Learn How to Design a Crimson Color Greeting Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn How to Design a Crimson Color Greeting Card

Hi there, Martha Lucia here! Today I have fun Hugs and Kisses card using only red-hued inks to represent the deep crimson Chili Pepper Color of the Month for Imagine. To make my card, I used red stock, VersaFine, VersaFine Clair and the fabulous Memento inkpads.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

I took a piece of red cardstock and stamped over it the flowers of the stamp set Sketched Flowers by Simon Says using VersaFine Ink Satin Red. Like this is an embossable ink, I let the paper dry well before to continue with the next step. If you want to speed the process you can use a heat tool.


Step 2

When the ink was totally dried, I stamped the “hugs” sentiment from the stamp set Cuddles & Hugs by Concord & 9th, over the flowers, using VersaFine Clair Glamorous and covered it with MBoss Embossing Clear and melted the powder with the heat tool. Using VersaFine Clair, the lines of the flowers are translucent to the word and offered a different tone of color.


Step 3

Then using Memento Ink in Lady Bug sponge the basic layer around the word. For that, you can use a large sponge dauber or a blending brush. In the photo, you can see the different of colors before and after to apply the ink. The lower part of the right photo shows you the difference.

To finalize my just red card, I resized the layer and pasted over whisper white card base and added a stamped sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Real Red, Whisper White
  • Simon Says Stamp – Sketched Flowers Stamp Set
  • Concord & 9th – Cuddles & Hugs
  • Stamping Tool
  • Blending Brush

See How to Stamp on Fabric with VersaColor Ink

by Martha Lucia Gomez

See How to Stamp on Fabric with VersaColor Ink

Hi there, Martha Lucia here! Today, I have a fun project to easy stamping on fabric. I used a muslin bag with our VersaColor inks and clear stamps.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions


Step 1

I secured my muslin bag over my stamping tool and put inside of the bag a piece of hard card stock to keep the fabric straight. I selected the Bloom Layers stamp set to stamp them over the muslin bag using VersaColor in Camellia color. I just inked well the stamp and stamped just like I made with the stamping on paper.


Step 2

To fix the ink on the muslin bag, I only ironed the bag. Then using other pieces of the stamp set I decorated my original stamped flowers. To make the details of the flowers I used VersaColor in Raspberry, Topaz and Fresh Green. After that, I just ironed the bag again.


Step 3

To complement my gift idea, I just stamped some of the flowers included on the same Bloom Layers stamp set onto very vanilla cardstock but his time using Memento Inks. The colors that I used were Lady Bug, Rhubarb Stalk, Morocco and Tuxedo Black.


Thank you for stopping by! Don’t feel afraid of use fabric in your creations. It is the same thing as when you stamp on paper, just use the correct ink and enjoy your creation! Note: VersaColor is not a fabric ink and will wash out of fabric. Switch to Memento Luxe or VersaCraft for permanent projects. 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Muslin Bag
  • Cardstock – Very Vanilla
  • Bloom Layers Stamp Set by RGAvenue
  • Iron
  • Stamping Tool

See How to Use Blending and Embossing to Create a Beautiful Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

See How to Use Blending and Embossing to Create a Beautiful Card

Hi there, Martha Lucia here! Today I have a fun project creating a Violet rainbow with your Memento Inks. This month the design team of Image is featuring the amethyst color and I decided to use not exactly violet colors but some colors from the same line.

Skill: Beginner – Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Most of the work in this design is coloring the background. I started with a whisper white piece of cardstock and masking tape. As you can notice on the photo my initial idea was using four colors of Memento Ink but at the end, I changed my mind and used five. The colors of Memento Ink that I used were Paris Dusk, Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Lulu Lavender and the versatile London Fog. By the way, London Fog is one of my favorites colors of Memento Ink because it can be used to no-line coloring and also is great for watercolor and many other techniques.


Step 2

Next, I stamped the large beautiful flower stamp from Waffle Flower’s “In Bloom” stamp set. Since I used dye inks in the background, I can now stamp over the inked layer with VersaMark Ink and MBoss Embossing Powder Sapphire. To create the contrast, I stamped the “Bloom” sentiment over Whisper White cardstock with VersaMark Ink and the same color of MBoss. I fussy cut with scissors the sentiment and added it to the project using double-sided foam tape.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower – In Bloom Stamp Set
  • Cardstock – Whisper White
  • Masking Tape
  • Stampin Buddy
  • Double-sided Foam Tape
  • Scissors

Learn How to Create an Amethyst Diamond Background Pattern

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn How to Create an Amethyst Diamond Background Pattern. Martha Lucia Gomez shows you a step-by-step process.

Hi there, Martha Lucia here! Today, I have a fun project to create using your Memento Inks and Waffle Flower stamps. This month we are featuring the color Amethyst a beautiful purple hue. I am using Memento Ink in Grape Jelly and Lulu Lavender to create my faux diamond Amethyst background.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

I started with a whisper white piece of cardstock and a strip of masking tape. I just created diagonal lines of color using a jumbo dauber and the Grape Jelly Memento Ink. This is a technique that you can use with any color of ink, but for this color scheme, I started with the dark purple. I used the grid side of my Craft Mat to determinate space in between each line. Mine are around 3/4″ of each in between.


Step 2

When I was satisfied with the look, I just turn the inked cardstock 180 degrees and repeat the process but this time using a lighter color of ink, Lulu Lavender Memento Ink, just to create the shadow.


Step 3

I sprayed the entire inked piece with Shimmer Sheer Sparkle to give the shimmering touch that a pair of shoes deserve. Yes, to finalize my card, I used images from the stamp set First Steep from Waffle Flower. This is a gorgeous stamp set that includes a pair of shoes with many embellishments and great encouraging sentiments.


Step 4

I just stamped one of the embellishments included in the First Step stamp set directly over my faux diamond background with VersaFine Clair Nocturne and Clear Mboss Embossing Powder. Then I combined two sentiments and stamped them over a piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock that I cut and mat with whisper white cardstock using the Stitched Sentiments Strips Dies from Kat Scrappiness.

Thank you for stopping by and if you want a suggestion, try to use this faux diamond technique using opposite colors of ink and share your creations with us!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower – First Step Stamp Set 
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape
  • Masking Tape
  • Kat Scrappiness – Stitched Sentiments Strips Dies

Color of the Month for September is Amethyst

Imagine Crafts's color of the month for September 2019 is the deep purple color Amethyst.

Imagine’s Color of the Month for September is Amethyst. This deep, luscious purple is perfect for fall inspiration. Not only is this color great for Halloween crafting, but is a great hue for all your fall time cards including back-to-school projects. Some of our favorite Amethyst hued ink finds include the aptly named Amethyst VersaColor inkpad, VersaFine Clair in Monarch and Memento’s Grape Jelly in the marker, full-size and DewDrop inkpads.

September also brings an exciting collaboration with Waffle Flower! Keep a watch on both our and Waffle Flower’s blogs and YouTube channels all month long to see some inspiring projects using both of our products! We used their Pretty Wings stamp set in our Color of the Month image. Isn’t it a beauty? The most exciting part about the collaboration with Waffle Flower? You can WIN prizes! To enter all you need to do is subscribe to both Imagine and Waffle Flower’s YouTube channels and comment on the videos published this month using both of our products! (One comment per video per person.) Two lucky winners will win $50 gift certificates – one from each sponsor.

Here’s a sneak peek on what fun stuff we have coming your way this month.

An amethyst inspired rainbow of purple by Martha Lucia Gomez.

A timely card from Lori Warren.

And a beautiful reminder from Kassy Tousignant!

 

See How to Heat Emboss on Rinea Foil Paper

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Hi there, Martha Lucia here! Today I am featuring one of my favorite techniques, heat embossing over Foiled Paper. During this month the teams of Imagine and Rinea are working together to promote the combination of these brands. The base of my card is Sahara sand card stock and the second layer is Mocha/Gold Glossy Rinea Foil Paper. Let me share with you the entire process.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Cut the base of your card. Mine is 4-1/4″x11″ with the score in 5-1/2″. Cut a second layer using your favorite color of Rinea Foiled Paper. Mine is Mocha/Gold Glossy. Select the embossing folder that you want to use. Mine is Tile Patterned from Darice. Ink a brayer with VersaMagic Cloud White or any pigment ink. The brayer will make the color uniform.


Step 2

Ink the de-bossing side of the folder with VersaMagic Cloud White or any other pigment ink. Rub the Rinea foiled paper with an anti-static bag or embossing buddy.


Step 3

Put the Rinea foiled paper inside of the inked embossing folder and pass it through your die cut machine.  Remove the embossed foiled paper and cover it with white embossing powder. Melt the powder with the heat tool, taking care of not burn your foiled paper.


Step 4

If you consider necessary to make a few retouches of the embossed layer, you can use the VersaMark pen and cover the area with the same color of embossing powder. In this case, white.


Step 5

Paste the embossed layer over the card base and finalize the decoration of your card. I decided to add a thick word die cut and for that, I cut several layers of the die-cut in card stock and one on Marigold Starstruck Rinea Foiled paper.  I am using the With Love Word Die from Lil’Inker Designs.


Step 6

Paste and stock all the word die cuts using On Point Glue.


Step 7

Paste the decorated word over your decorated card with glue dots.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea Foiled Paper – Mocha Gold Glossy, Marigold Starstruck
  • Cardstock
  • Darice – Embossing Folder Tile Pattern
  • Lil’Inker Designs – “With Love” die
  • Big Shot or Die Cutting Machine
  • Brayer