Create an Ombre Background Using VersaFine Clair and Vellum Flowers

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

Create an Ombre Background Using VersaFine Clair and Vellum Flowers

For today’s card, I heat embossed few flower images with white embossing powder on vellum. I used my sharp pair of scissors to cut them. To create the background I have used Versafine Clair inks which are very highly pigmented and also blend beautifully with each other. I used a jumbo dauber to add the colors. The sunset ombre looks so beautiful and then arranged the flowers on the card. To finish the card I added few splatters of the shimmer spray and a sentiment.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

• VersaFine Clair – Red Tulip, Summer Time, Cheerful
• Embossing Powder – White
• VersaMark
• Jumbo Sponge Dauber
• On Point Glue
• Sheer Shimmer Spray – Sparkle

Other

• Cardstock – White, Vellum
• Powder Tool
• Heat gun
• Misti
• Scissors
• Stamp – sentiment, flowers

How to Use Many Types of Ink on Yupo Paper

by Roni Johnson

Completed love art piece on Yupo paper made with many types of Tsukineko inks.

Yupo is a polypropylene medium that can take all sorts of abuse and still come out looking great. Today I wanted to show you how easy it is to use with StazOn, Memento and VersaFine Clair inks with a couple of other mediums thrown in for fun. Today’s technique is only one of many different ways to use inks on Yupo paper. Experiment, have fun and if you don’t like it simply wipe it off and start over! This is a truly forgiving medium to work with.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 45minutes – 1-hour +dry time

Directions

Step 1

Use a paint brush to paint a layer of rubbing alcohol onto the craft mat.

Step 2

Add one drop of St. Valentine StazOn ink to the rubbing alcohol and slightly blend.

Step 3

Press a piece of Yupo paper into the ink mixture and lift. Repeat this step with additional pieces of Yupo or plain cardstock to pick up the excess ink.

Step 4

Mix a drop of Rhubarb Stalk and rubbing alcohol on the craft mat.

Step 5

Pounce a piece of wadded up plastic into the ink mix.

Step 6

Pounce the inky plastic over the Yupo paper to create a variety of patterns.

Step 7

Repeat steps 4 – 6 until you achieve the desired look. Try adding other ink colors for a bolder look. For my final result I used StazOn St Valentine, Claret and a touch of Gothic Purple as well as Memento Rhubarb Stalk Ink.

Step 7b (optional)

Flick rubbing alcohol over the Yupo to create additional depth and dimension.

Step 8

Spread Gold Metallic Creative Medium through a stencil using spatula palette knife.

Step 9

After the Creative Medium has dried, scribble around the heart and edge with a Marabu Art Crayon.

Step 10

Smudge the art crayon markings with your finger. Affix letters to the Yupo with On Point! Glue.

Step 11

Randomly stamp text and hearts over the Yupo canvas with VersaFine Clair Morning Mist ink.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Yupo Paper
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Marabu Art Crayon
  • Rinea – Text Stamp
  • Joy Clair – Heart Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp – Heart Stencil
  • Sizzix – Letters

Learn How To Color Glass For A Valentines Gift

by Iris Rodriguez

The idea of sending a message in a bottle has been around since 310 B.C. The Greek philosopher Theophrastus used to plop sealed bottles in the sea to prove that the Mediterranean was formed by the inflowing Atlantic. In the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I of England believed that some bottles might contain secret messages sent home by British spies or fleet. As a result, she appointed an “Uncorker of Ocean Bottles”; making it a capital crime for anyone else to open one.

Today the idea of message in a bottle is more of fun romantic notion, thanks to literature and Hollywood movies. Show some love with this heart shaped glass bottle containing a custom stamped message, on a ribbon, using StazOn ink. Embellish the bottle with StazOn Studio Glaze and other adornments.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 Hour

Directions


Step 1

Begin by selecting a heart shaped bottle. I found this wonderful bottle at my local craft store. Working on glass can be a little tricky. For instance, getting some things to stick, getting an even texture (e.g. brush strokes) and color. It helps to prime the glass. For this project the glass is primed with on GlazOn. It is added to the glass; and in between the StazOn Studio Glaze layers. The Studio Glaze is a pigment ink medium. Start by brushing the GlazeOn onto the bottle. Brush using a crosshatch pattern; create X patterns without washing the brush. By doing a crosshatch pattern, allows you build up the GlazeOn evenly and eliminates brushstrokes. Brush on a section at a time. Let the glass dry completely. This product dries fast. Wash your brush in water right away. Dry the brush before using with the GlazeOn again. If you have water, it will active the GlazeOn or Studio Glaze and you will remove any medium you may have on the glass and get uneven surface.


Step 2

Squeeze out a small drop of the St. Valentine Studio Glaze on your grey craft mat. Using an Inkblusher sponge on the StazOn Studio Glaze, sponge one section at a time. Only place a few drops of the Studio Glaze at a time, then sponge. To increase color intensity, keep adding layers. Sponge one layer at a time, and allow each layer to completely dry. Brush on a thin layer of the GlazeOn in a crosshatch pattern. Ensure your brush is dry. Allow this layer to completely dry.


Step 3

Sponge on the Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze on the sides and bottom of the heart. This adds dimension and interest. Allow the layer to completely dry. Brush on a thin layer of the GlazeOn in a crosshatch pattern. Ensure that the brush is dry. Allow this layer to completely dry.


Step 4

Squeeze a few drops of the Shimmer IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher, then sponge. This gives the bottle a slight shimmer. If not adding the Shimmer brush on a final layer of GlazeOn. Allow the layer to completely dry.


Step 5

The bottle is complete at this point. For added measure, once all layers have dried, seal the glass with a final sealer to protect the beautiful finish. Brush on a thin layer of Indoor water based Polyurethane. Any brand will do. Polyurethane is great for sealing art work on just about any surface. It comes in matte, satin, and gloss. It has a nice strong, but soft finish (does not have that plastic feel, looks natural.


Step 6

Stamp the message on the ribbon. This can be done while you wait for the products to dry on the glass. First a little about ribbons. Recommend using a Grosgrain ribbon. I tried stamping on satin and polyester ribbons, but the ink bled. The Grosgrain ribbon performed better due to its design; it’s heavy and tightly woven. This type of ribbon is widely available and comes in many colors and widths. Choose a size that will fit your alphabet stamps. I liked the one inch ribbon; it filled up the glass nicely and it fit my larger alphabet stamps as well.

This sounds silly to even say it, but before you begin to stamp your message, write it out on a piece of paper. There is something about concentrating on the stamping that makes you miss a letter here and there, if you’re not careful. You don’t want to send the wrong message (pun intended, lol!). Stamp the message while the ribbon is on the roll, you don’t know exactly how much ribbon your will need. Cut the ribbon after you finish stamping the message; leave a little extra ribbon at the end of the message.Singe the end of the ribbon with a cigarette lighter or it will unravel over time. The ribbon is flammable; singe by quickly running a cigarette lighter across the edge.


Step 7

Using heavy clear glue, adhere the ribbon to the center of the cork. Glue about ¼ inch of the ribbon.


Step 8

Allow the glue to dry. Use a piece of piece of tape or place something light on the cork to hold it in place while the glue dries.


Step 9

Place the cork and ribbon in the bottle and embellish.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heart shaped glass bottle
  • Embellishments
  • Grosgrain red ribbon- between ½ to 1 inch width
  • Alphabet rubber stamp
  • Varathane indoor water based Polyurathane

Be Inspired With A Creative Design For Valentines Day

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Be Inspired With A Creative Design For Valentines Day

Hello friends! It’s a New Year and our next big cardmaking holiday is right around the corner. Today, I want to share a special Valentine’s card with a sentiment that expresses “You make my Heart Happy!” On this project you will see a few advantages of the new Craft Mat of Imagine.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

I am falling in love with the new craft mat, the grey color and the grid are perfect to work on any side and use it with your different mediums or inks. To create this card, I used Ruby Red Delicata Ink for the background texture and VersaFine Crimson Red to stamp the images. I took a piece of watercolor paper and over the mat I applied some touches of Delicata Ruby Red Ink and sprayed with Ink Potion No. 9, then I put the watercolor paper over the sprayed ink and created the texture. Maybe you don’t notice on the photos but the Delicata Ink give shiny touches to the paper and it looks very beautiful in person. I let the paper dry naturally but if you want to speed the process you can use the heat tool.


Step 2

I stamped an image using the background stamp Center Cut Heart Background from Simon Says Stamps with VersaFine Crimson Red. This is one of my favorites colors on this ink because it is a dark red and show up beautifully with the watercolor look. Also, I covered the freshly stamped background with Clear Embossing Powder and melted with the heat tool.


Step 3

I resized the stamped layer to have it 3-3/4″x 5″ and made a diagonal die cuts over the layer to make the design more interesting. I pasted the layer over a very vanilla card base using white foam behind every piece and to finalize the process I added a sentiment from the stamp set Happy Heart of Altenew in between of the cut lines. As final touch, I added a die cut word “hello” that I cut several times to create a stacked die and pasted with On Point Glue. I love to have these kind of details to make my cards more interesting.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamparatus or Misti Stamping Tool
  • Stamps – Center Cut Heart Background by Simon Says Stamps and Happy Heart from Altenew
  • Paper Trimmer
  • White Foam
  • “hello” die cut
  • Die cut machine

 

Simple Card Background Using Imagine Craft Mat

by Nadine Carlier

together card by nadine carlier ic

The new Imagine Craft Mat is great for creating all kinds of backgrounds for cards. This one was created using Memento Dewdrop Inks and the grid side of the craft mat.  Watch my video below to see how I did it. Enjoy!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Learn How To Create A Grungy Heart Notebook For Valentines

by Lori Warren

This project is all about making something out of nothing.  At least, nothing as in a piece of corrugated cardboard from a discarded box and lined paper from an old notebook.  These reuse items, paired with a few Imagine Fireworks sprays, create a beautiful notebook that would be a great gift for friends or family.  In the tip video, I will show you how to use Fireworks sprays with a liquid varnish to create a permanent finish.  This is a helpful tip especially if you are into Mixed Media.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours

Directions

 


Step 1

Start by drawing a heart shape (approximately 4 1/4” x 4” in size) onto a piece of corrugated cardboard. Cut out shape.


Step 2

Trace the heart onto a piece of heavy weight cardstock and cut out.


Step 3

Line up the corrugated and cardstock heart shapes and punch a hole in the upper left hand corner.


Step 4

Tear off sections from top layer of paper on the corrugated heart, exposing he corrugated layer underneath.


Step 5

Paint a layer of Gesso over the front and back sides of the corrugated heart. Lay a stencil down over the corrugated heart and apply modeling paste. Only apply in small sections around the heart.


Step 6

On your craft mat, mix Rhubarb Stalk Fireworks with a liquid varnish (2 parts fireworks to 1 part varnish).


Step 7

With a paint brush, add puddles of the Fireworks/varnish mixture to the top of the corrugated heart. Add/spray water onto the puddles of Fireworks mixture. Allow the mixture to run and drip down the heart.  Blot with a paper towel to stop run. Add more Fireworks mixture and repeat, as needed. Allow to dry in between layers.


Step 8

Repeat inking with Desert Sand Fireworks. Once the Fireworks mixture is completely dry, seal with a coat of liquid varnish. Stamp a script stamp randomly across the corrugated heart with Jet Black StazOn ink.


Step 9

Add splatters to the heart with some watered down black acrylic paint.


Step 10

Spray a few resin roses with Rhubarb Stalk Fireworks and heat set. Repeat, a needed. Fireworks can also be applied with a paint brush, if preferred.


Step 11

Once the Fireworks ink (on the resin roses) is completely dry, edge the roses with Jet Black StazOn inkpad and a dauber.


Step 12

Edge the circumference of the corrugated heart with StazOn and a dauber as well. Deconstruct twine into individual threads and shred the fibers to create a “bed” for the resin hearts to sit on. Adhere the shreds of twine down into the upper left corner of the heart (be sure not to cover the punched hole). Then adhere the roses over the shredded twine.


Step 13

Stamp a title word onto the upper center portion of the heart with Jet Black StazOn ink. Trace the heart shape onto lined paper and cut out. To keep the paper from moving, staple about 4 to 5 sheets together prior to cutting. Repeat for more sheets, as needed (keep in mind the size of book binder ring that you are using). Line up the 3 booklet elements (front = corrugated heart piece, center = lined paper, back = cardstock heart) and attach a book binder ring. Finished!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Lined paper from old notebook
  • DecoArt Acrylic Paint – Americana Jet black, DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Heirloom Roses
  • TCW – Stencil, TCW437, White Gesso, Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste
  • Lori’s Cards & Creations – Inspire background stamp set
  • White Cardstock
  • Book Ring
  • Twine
  • Crop a Dile Eyelet & Snap Punch