How to Use Delicata Ink as a Resist with VersaFine Clair

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Use Delicata Ink as a Resist with VersaFine Clair by Jennifer Vanderbeek

While trying out my new VersaFine Clair inks I was stamping them onto scrap cardstock that already had a few things on it, including some Delicata ink. That’s when I noticed something very interesting: the Delicata seemed to be resisting being covered up by the VersaFine Clair ink! Wanting to be very sure what was happening, I tried it on purpose and found that yes, indeed, Delicata ink acts as a natural resist when VersaFine Clair is stamped on top of it. This is a great technique for layering background and foreground images or adding a subtle all-over pattern to different stamps, giving your finished project a nice, cohesive look. And it’s just plain cool!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 10 minutes


  • Cardstock – White
  • Joy Clair – Wood Background stamp
  • Studio Calico – Fall Foliage stamp set
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer, Hole punch
  • Coffee Filter
  • Heat Tool
  • Assorted Ribbon
  • Wooden Button
Other Color Combinations
  • Delicata Celestial Copper and Bronze Burst with VersaFine Clair Fantasia and Tuxedo Black Memento Marker
  • Delicata White Shimmer with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink, Verdant, and Pinecone plus Clear Embossing Powder
  • Delicata Champagne with VersaFine Clair Blue Belle and Nocturne plus Clear Embossing Powder
  • Delicata Rose Gold with VersaFine Clair Green Oasis plus Tuxedo Black Memento Marker

How to Extend A Stamp to Second and Third Generation Stamping

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Extend A Stamp to Second and Third Generation Stamping

When you have an ink that holds its image strength as well as VersaFine Clair does, creating a card with multiple shades and tones is incredibly easy. By using third generation stamping for the background, the full-strength VersaFine Clair stands out beautifully while, of course, blending seamlessly. I used the same technique with the hearts of first and second generation stamping to let the primary image shine through while letting the smaller hearts be accents. I’ve found that I can get a full five generations of images from a single inking of VersaFine Clair so there’s plenty of tones to choose from.


  • Cardstock – white, black, beige
  • Burlap paper
  • Cas-ual Fridays Stamps – In the Cards stamp set
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer
  • Coffee Filter
  • Assorted Trim
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Plastic Button
  • Faux Wax Seal
  • Helmar – Quick Dry 450

How to Make a Notebook Cover with Fabric

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Make a Notebook Cover with Fabric by Jennifer Vanderbeek.

Whether you’re decorating a pre-made notebook or putting the finishing touches on a book you’ve made yourself, there’s nothing that puts it over the top like custom endpapers. In this project I used the same stamp for the cover as the end papers for continuity and even added a string closure to keep it snugly closed as the book gets filled up in the coming year.


  • Small notebook
  • Book cloth
  • Ribbon
  • Copy Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Studio Calico – Storyteller stamp
  • Hardcarved stamp
  • Acrylic Block
  • Helmar – Super-Tac Glue
  • Binder Clips
  • Bone Folder
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer
  • Paper Punch
  • Eyelet and Setter
  • Embroidery Floss

Make a Girls Night Out Theme Card with VersaFine Clair

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Make a Girls Night Out Theme Card with VersaFine Clair

The inspiration behind this card was three-fold: the yummy richness and name of the VersaFine Clair ink, the little black dress stamp I carved making me think of Girls’ Nights Out with friends, and the continuous image technique I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest. Only in my version, I used an embossing folder for the continuous image enhanced by a swipe of Nocturne ink to create a rubbing effect.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time



  • Cardstock – White, Black, Black and Gold Dot, Gold and White Woodgrain
  • Darice – Sheet Music Embossing Folder
  • Heat tool
  • Die cut machine
  • My Favorite Things – Die-Namics Pierced Oval STAX dies
  • Momenta – word dies
  • Paper Tape
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer, Scissors
  • Little Black Dress stamp (hand carved)
  • Xyron Create-a-Sticker 550
  • Coffee Filter
  • Bone Folder
  • Helmar – ZapDots

Color of the Month for January is Nocturne!

Nocturne is Imagine's color of the month for January 2018.

Everyone has their favorite black ink, which is often a crafter’s most used inkpad. We wanted to inspire our artists (and you) to use that black as a bit more than just an outline and make a statement with it! It inspires images of the night sky, little black dresses, and the timeless look of black and white photography!

We wanted to give a preview to some of the projects that took on this challenge. You will see tutorials or videos for all of these projects by the end of the month.

Jennifer Vanderbeek also thought of a little black dress when she created this adorable girls-night-out themed card:

A handmade card featuring a little black dress and the sentiment "Shine Bright" by Jennifer Vanderbeek.

Arjita Sepaha Singh left these outline images un-colored for a really lovely affect that highlights the beautiful background she will show you how to create:

A handmade card featuring a raw silk background and un-colored floral images with the sentiment "sending love & hugs" by Arjita Sepaha Singh.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates more beautiful jewelry – showing how easily you can make your own paper beads:

Handmade necklace and earrings featuring handmade black and white paper beads by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou of The Crafters World.

And Roni Johnson will remind you that Nocturne can be used to great affect in Valentines too!

Handmade Valentine featuring masked layered stamping in Nocturne and Tulip Red by Roni Johnson.


Watch a Video on Quick and Simple Handmade Thank You Cards

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Writing a thank-you card is becoming a lost art. This year, show those who chose to gift you with their time, attention, or gifts a sweet and simple thank-you by penning a quick note inside an even quicker-to-make card. They’re so quick to make, in fact, that it’s best to go ahead and make a bunch at the same time and then you’ll be set for whenever you need them! And if you’re thank-you writing skills or a bit rusty, I’ve got three things to include in a good thank-you card right inside the video!


  • Cardstock – white
  • Card bases
  • Hampton Arts – SCO683 stamp set
  • Acrylic block
  • Craft Smith – Soho Boutique Paper Pad
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive runner
  • Dimensional adhesive