4 Ways to Use VersaMark

Look in the stash of most paper crafters and you’ll find VersaMark Ink.  It’s the industry-standard watermark ink, a favorite of crafters for its quality and versatility.  Explore VersaMark with the following project ideas, including cards, a treat box and jewelry.  (We told you it was versatile!)

“You’re Nauti-cool" Card

1. Anchor dry mediums: When wet, VersaMark ink is slightly tacky, making it ideal for use with dry mediums like IMAGINE Crafts Embossing Powders. In our “You’re Nauti-cool” Card, VersaMark captures the details of the anchor stamp to create a stunning image in White Embossing Powder.

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2.  Fake multiple ink colors: Stamp VersaMark on colored papers for an image a shade darker than the paper.  You get the look of multiple colors, even though it’s just one ink pad.   In our Citrus-slices Card, 3 pairs of coordinated paper along with one pad of VersaMark look like 6 ink colors.

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3.  Something to resist: stamp your surface with VersaMark, let dry, then apply inks over the surface. The VersaMark resists the color for results that really pop!  For our mini gift box, Kaleidacolor in Tahiti is applied over a stamped VersaMark background.

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4.  Add some personality: With the dual-tipped VersaMarker Pen, you don’t have to rely on stamps for applying VersaMark, and even a simple design adds a personal touch. For this Monterey Pine Bracelet, use the VersaMarker Pen to make squiggly lines, then emboss them with Gold Embossing Powder.

Did we miss your favorite technique?  Be sure to share how you use VersaMark in the comments!

Want more creative ideas for your next project? Be sure to visit IMAGINE Crafts’ extensive online collection of project tutorials and resources including product information and surface compatibility

Creative Medium Tutorials

Texture pastes are becoming more prominent in paper crafts, but many crafters are hesitant to try them because they have this misconception that they can’t be used on cards or scrapbooking pages. Today we’re featuring two short video tutorials from our Artists In Residence highlighting basic techniques using Creative Medium on their own crafting projects.

 

Scrapbooking with Creative Medium

Tina McDonald shares with you a variety of different ways to incorporate IMAGINE Crafts’ Creative Medium in Iridescent and Metallic finishes into your next scrapbook layout.

 

Layering with Creative Medium

Carisa Zglobicki shows how easy it is to layer Creative Medium in Iridescent and Metallic finishes to create dramatic effects on your mixed media projects.

 
Like to see more creative ideas for your next project? Be sure to visit IMAGINE Crafts’ extensive online collection of project tutorials and resources including product information and surface compatibility

Get AMPed This Weekend!

The weekend is here and it’s time to get AMPed for crafting! IMAGINE Crafts is here to share with you some amazing projects and tutorials using one of our newest releases, AMPLIFY! Applied directly from the bottle, use a heat tool to create a soft, airy 3D effect on cards and other projects. And you’ll achieve dramatic results on both light and dark papers.

 

Amplify Floral Tutorial

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Roni Johnson has this great tutorial on how to create a variety of different flowers using Amplify! Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can incorporate all of your flower making skills to make the card above.

 

Get Carried Away with Amplify!

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Get carried up, up and away with these fun balloons embellished with Amplify in different patterns and colors. Penny Ward shows you how to make your own balloon bouquet for the front of your next card.

 

Flower Power with Amplify

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Linda is always looking for new ways to add dimension to her paper projects. Today she shares with you how easy it is to transform the ordinary into extraordinary with just a touch of Amplify!

 

What’s the Scoop?

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Leave it to Maureen to create a card that features an upcycled coffee sleeve with Amplify! for a delightful clean and simple greeting that’s perfect for almost any occasion. Get the scoop on how to make your own.

 

 

Like to see more creative ideas for your next project? Be sure to visit IMAGINE Crafts’ extensive online collection of project tutorials and resources including product information and surface compatibility

Mixed Media Techniques

IMAGINE Crafts would like to inspire you to break out those palette knives and mediums and try some new mixed media techniques with these great projects from our Artists In Residence. Whether you’ve been hesitating to try this art form for the first time or just looking for new tips techniques, we’re here to help!

Art Journaling Pages

2015_February_RZ_Technique_step9Artist In Residence Renee Zarate is always looking for new ways to add color to her Art Journal pages and she discovered that StazOn Studio Glaze blends to give amazing variation in colors.  Learn how Renee created this two page spread she has titled called “She Pauses”.

 

Creative Medium Photo Transfers

Gini Cagle-Williams shows just how quick and simple it is to add photo transfers to your mixed media art using Creative Medium Metallic!

 

Mixed Media Board

Carisa Zglobicki walks you through step-by-step on how to create your own mixed media board with your favorite IMAGINE Crafts supplies including Creative Medium, StazOn and Radiant Neon inks.

Chinese New Year 2015

IMAGINE Crafts would like to wish you a Happy Chinese New Year! Today is when the new moon cycle begins and is the first day of the Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

2015 is the Year of the Sheep, which is the 8th in the Chinese zodiac that is comprised of 12 zodiac animals in total. Your year of birth determines what zodiac animal you are. Sheep years include 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1992, 2003 and 2015.

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In celebration of The Year of the Sheep, Artist In Residence Isha Gupta has created this fun card using Amplify to create the dimensionality of the sheep’s fur. Learn how Isha made this New Years card.

More fun facts about the Year of the Sheep

Lucky colors: brown, red, and purple

Lucky numbers: 2 and 7, or numbers containing 2 and 7 like 27 or 72

Lucky flowers: carnation, primrose

Lucky direction: north

Lucky months in 2015: August, November

The Sheep’s Personality:

People born in a year of the Sheep are generally believed to be gentle mild-mannered, shy, stable, sympathetic, amicable, and brimming with a strong sense of kindheartedness and justice.

They have very delicate thoughts, strong creativity, and perseverance, and acquire professional skills well. Although they look gentle on the surface, they are tough on the inside, always insisting on their own opinions in their minds. They have strong inner resilience and excellent defensive instincts.

Though they prefer to be in groups, they do not want to be the center of attention. They are reserved and quiet, most likely because they like spending much time in their thoughts. Sheep like to spend money on fashionable things that give them a first class appearance. Although sheep enjoy spending money on the finer things in life, they are not snobbish.

For more information about the Year of the Sheep, visit either of these sites where we obtained all these fun facts used in today’s blog post: Chinese Fortune Calendar or China Highlights.

 

Like to see more creative ideas for your next project? Be sure to visit IMAGINE Crafts’ extensive online collection of project tutorials and resources including product information and surface compatibility

Versatility of StazOn Studio Glaze

There are so many different applications of StazOn Studio Glaze, it’s almost as if the possibilities are endless! Of course it can be used on paper, but why stop there? Get a little courageous and use this fabulous, dimensional product on other surfaces like plastic, metal, glass and more. To help give you more ideas, our Artists In Residence are presenting short video tutorials to get those creative juices flowing!

Coloring Gemstones with Studio Glaze

Savannah O’Gwynn shows how you can color virtually any clear glass or plastic beads using StazOn Studio Glaze.

 

Celebrate Life Everyday

Tina McDonald uses StazOn Studio Glaze as a background with Memento Luxe and irRESISTible Texture Sprays to create this easy to create scrapbooking layout.

 

Camouflage Decorative Tiles 

Making her video tutorial debut as an Artist In Residence, Carisa Zglobicki shares with you how to create this fun, military inspired coaster from a ceramic tile colored with StazOn Studio Glaze.

 

 

Like to see more creative ideas for your next project? Be sure to visit IMAGINE Crafts’ extensive online collection of project tutorials and resources including product information and surface compatibility

Valentine Wishes from IMAGINE Crafts

IMAGINE Crafts sends you heartfelt wishes to you today on Valentine’s Day! We hope that your day is filled with love, a little red and pink, hopefully something sparkling and shiny that comes in a jewelry box, and something sweet.

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by Jowilna

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With the Ombre trend still very much alive and well, I was inspired to create a little Ombre magic on this Love themed card using my Radiant Neon Electric ink pad. I used the same ink color on different mediums and loved to see how they turned out – each medium giving a different result and a different color effect. Truly a versatile and stunning ink to work with, offering so many possibilities. Fall in LOVE with your own creation by following Jowilna’s tutorial.