New Techniques for Embossing Stunning Springtime Cards

By Neva Cole 

In today’s crafting tutorial, I will show you how to use various Imagine products to create a sparkly stunning springtime birthday card, featuring both Mboss Valentine, VersaMark Ink, and Embossing Powders. The tutorial will also show you how you can use VersaMark over other inks to create a cohesive embossed look for a card, even if you do not have embossing powders in additional colors.

 

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  45 minutes

Directions:

Step 1

Trim card front to 4.75” x 6.25” to fit a standard A-7 card base.  It is important to use a stamp positioner platform for this technique to ensure that the image lines up properly on the finished card front.

 

Step 2

Color stamen portion of Penny Black First Waltz Tulip with VersaMarker and heat emboss with Black Mboss powder.

Pro tip: Use a dry fine tip paintbrush to remove any embossing powder that ends up on the card you do not want to emboss before heating.

 

Step 3

Use the Versa Mark small cube which allows you more precision in where you place the VersaMark ink to ink the flower portion of the image. Cover with Mboss Valentine, and carefully remove powder from the stamen area with a dry fine tip paintbrush then heat emboss.

 

Step 4

Color directly on the stem portion of the image with Memento Dual Marker in Pear Tart and Bamboo leaves.  Mist stamp lightly with water before stamping as this reactivates the ink to create a crisp image.

 

Step 5

Clean leaf portion of the image and ink with VersaMark ink. Stamp over the previously colored and stamped image with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with Iridescent embossing powder.

 

Step 6

Stamp the “Celebrate” sentiment in VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with Mboss in Valentine.  Die-cut the sentiment, I used my Brother Scan N Cut.

 

Step 7

I also stamped the inside of the card, as I intend to send it to a special friend for her birthday. Stamp the sentiment in VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with Mboss in Valentine.

 

 

Step 8

Lightly ink the card base and card front with the Memento Luxe Pear Tart ink pad to add just a hint of green around both layers.  I ran the ink pad around the edges of the cardstock to create the light tint.

 

Step 9

Apply Tear It! Tape to the back of the card front and adhere to the card base.

 

Step 10

Adhere the “Celebrate” sentiment to the card front using adhesive foam tape.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine

• VersaMark Ink

• VersaMarker

• Mboss – Valentine

• Memento Dual Tip Marker – Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves 

• Embossing Powder – Black, Iridescent

• Memento Luxe – Pear Tart

• Tear It! Tape

• 0.5 fl oz Spray Bottle

 

Other

• Penny Black – First Waltz

• Kelly Creates – Traceable Celebration Stamps

• Brother Scan N Cut

• Stamp positioner

• Fine tip paintbrush

 

Learn to Make a Unique Slimline Valentine Card

By Neva Cole 

Today I am sharing how to make a Slimline Valentine using Memento inks. Slimline cards are very trendy. This is a great quick and easy card that can be given to the special guy in your life for Valentine’s Day.

 

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes

 

Directions:

Step 1

A great thing about slimline cards is that you only need a single sheet of 8.5” x 11” cardstock for the card and card front. Trim cardstock to 7” x 8.5” and score to make a card base of 3.5” x 11. It will fit in a standard A10 envelope. Use a Sponge Dauber and Memento Rose Bud to ink the outer 0.5” of the card base.

 

Step 2

Trim the remaining cardstock to 3.25” x 8.25”. Edge with Memento London Fog. Stamp a background in Memento Angel Pink with a small Valentine’s themed image. I used an ancient Rollergraph heart stamp. It is very subtle but adds just a bit of depth to the card.

 

Step 3

Die-cut four layers of cardstock with the Technique Tuesday Paper Airplane on the Border Die.

 

Step 4

Ink one loop with a sponge dauber and Memento Rose Bud. Ink one airplane in Memento London Fog. Ink one airplane leaving the cutout section in place when inking with Memento Tuxedo Black.

 

Step 5

Layer the loops together with dots of On Point Glue, the lower photo shows the very small dots of glue, a little goes a long way! Lightly press together to create a raised die-cut.

 

Step 6

Using On Point Glue, layer the Memento Tuxedo Black airplane over one white airplane. Layer the third airplane with the cutouts removed over the Memento Tuxedo Black airplane. Layer the Memento London Fog airplane with cutouts removed on top.

 

Step 7

Stamp sentiment image in Memento London Fog. I placed all the elements on the card to decide the position before using a stamp positioner to stamp the sentiment.

 

Step 8

Adhere the card front to the base using Tear It! tape.

 

Step 9

Adhere die cuts and sequin embellishments with On Point Glue.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Technique Tuesday Die-Paper Airplane on the Border
  • Hero Arts-CL493 Holiday Sentiments
  • Spiegelmomscraps-Sock Hop sequins
  • Rollergraph-Heart Stamp

Imagine’s Valentines Day Guest Artists

Imagine's Valentines Day Guest Artists

Our Call for Art for Valentine’s Day was heard! We asked our community to submit any Valentine’s theme art using Imagine or Tsukineko products. We are happy to feature several Valentine’s Day cards for February!

Guest Artists

Fairuz Fabiha Valentine's Day Card You Make My Heart Sing

Fairuz Fabiha

“I’m 20 year old paper crafter. The card is actually the first valentine’s day card I’d ever created.” 

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kazuko kocho - Valentines day card to you from me

Kazuko Kocho

“[Valentine’s Day card design] It’s simple, just stamp and color. Stamp credit PennyBlack. Ink VersaFine Clair in Nocturne”

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Neva Cole

“For this Valentines Card design, I used Delicata Golden Glitz, Iridescent Embossing Powder, Fireworks in Angel Pink and Rose Bud, Ink Potion No. 9, Concord & 9th Geode Stamp Set, Geode Die Set.”

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whale you be my valentine

Angie Cimbalo

Whale You Be my Valentine? Super cute Narwhal Card Design.

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Alison Heikkila

I wanted to create a background with vibrant, blended color that was also super shimmery. Fireworks! Spray was the perfect product. The colors are so bold, and the shimmer is beautiful. Using a stencil and a few other simple products made this card come together very quickly.”

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Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please like, comment below or share on social media! Stay tuned for our next Art Call – Spring is Coming. 

Tasha Davies

I created this Love You Floral Valentines card using embossing powder and VersaMark!

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Learn to Decorate a Candle with Your Holiday Stamps

by Neva Cole

Learn to Decorate a Candle with Your Holiday Stamps. StazOn - Forest Green, Blazing Red, Jet Black, Royal Purple, Azure

This project originally started out as the Evergreen challenge but then morphed into much more than that! Very simple and quick to create, and a great hostess gift as well. You can use regular candles, or the LED wax version.

The tall Christmas Tree pillar candle is the real deal wax candle. The images are stamped on white tissue paper in StazOn Forest Green and Blazing Red and then gently fussy cut. (Note, you will want extra paper or a Craft Mat under the tissue paper as the ink WILL bleed through.)

Place the image in desired position and gently heat with a heat gun. Smooth the tissue paper down into the melted wax and smooth edges of wax with fingers. The tissue paper becomes translucent in the melted wax.

The snowman and angel candles are both the LED versions. The snowmen were stamped in StazOn Jet Black and colored with Fabrico markers. The images were die cut with a layer of cardstock underneath to cut the tissue more cleanly. The images may be reversed when applying to the candle as the color is equally vibrant on both sides. The angels are stamped in StazOn Royal Purple and Azure. All three candles are finished with decorative trim or ribbons with bows.

Learn to Decorate a Candle with Your Holiday Stamps

Supplies

Imagine
  • StazOn – Forest Green, Blazing Red, Jet Black, Royal Purple, Azure
  • Fabrico Markers – Truffle, Bubble Gum, Coal Gray, Tangerine, Pea Pod, Poppy Red
Other
  • Wax or LED candles
  • DeNami Designs—Small Tree, Small Tree Swirl
  • Hampton Arts—Let It Snow Snowmen stamp
  • A Stamp In the Hand—Angel Parade
  • Heat tool
  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbons

Create a “Warm & Cozy Wishes” Holiday Flip Card

by Neva Cole

Create a Warm & Cozy Wishes Holiday Card

Delicata is the perfect ink to create a Let It Snow Flip card, or in my case Warm & Cozy Wishes while surrounded by snowflakes! In order to make this card, you will need the Sizzix Framelits Flip Its 660022 or one similar to it from Sizzix. There are several video tutorials on how to use this die and once you have a handle on how to construct the card then the rest is easy!

The mittens and cuffs are stamped and heat embossed with clear embossing powder and die cut, then placed over the stamped mitten image. The snowflake background is created by stamping with Delicata White Shimmer and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. Delicata Sapphire Blue is applied over the entire area with an Ink Blusher then the ink is buffed off the images with a paper towel.

The background behind the mittens and the small snowflake die cuts are simply stamped in Delicata, the shimmer of the ink does the rest! Ink blusher applies ink around the edges of the card in Delicata Silvery Shimmer, and behind the circle in Delicata Sapphire Blue.

By using just three Delicata inks, a bright and beautiful coordinated flip card is fun to create. I hope your holidays are warm and cozy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • The Stamps of Life — Mittens 2 stamp and die set, Patterns 4 mittens
  • Sizzix — Framelits Flip Its 660022
  • Cardstock
  • Diecut Machine
  • Heat tool
  • Paper towel

What Could Be Better than Donuts and Coffee?

Fun Donut Birthday Card by Neva Cole

Chocolate donuts are simply the best, even better if they have Cocoa flavored frosting as well! I used a new set of The Stamps of Life to create a few yummy looking donuts with different types of frosting. Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer is embossed to create a shiny frosting on one donut. The other donuts are stamped and embossed to create Radiant Neon Electric Pink sprinkles, and white frosting from white embossing powder. Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer is applied with an ink blusher to give a shimmery frosting look.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White cardstock
  • The Stamps of Life – Donut2stamp stamp die sets
  • Sizzix – Framelits Drop-Ins 560147

‘Thanks a Grande’ Handmade Card by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a very cool card using Cocoa as my main color and of course made with Imagine and Tsukineko products. I stamped my sentiment and images onto kraft paper with Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate and embossed everything with clear embossing powder. I fussy cut the images to create some fun layers. For the background I added some splatter onto kraft paper using Fireworks Craft Spray in Rich Cocoa. To create my finished look I adhered a scrap piece of patterned paper, and added washi and sticker stitches onto the image panel. I used foam tape on some elements to give the nice depth, and added a few fun matching embellishments.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Company Stamp – stamp
  • Fun Stampers Journey – stamp
  • Stampin’ Up! – stamp
  • Cardstock – kraft, patterned scrap
  • Sticker Stitches
  • Queen and Company – Washi Tape
  • Sequins
  • Puffy Heart Sticker