Beginner Guide: Mboss Clear in Matte Finish


by Imagine staff

Many of you may have heard of embossing powders by now. There are plenty of introductions on how to heat emboss. In fact, we feature a great introduction to embossing on a metal tin by Nicole Watt. Check it out! But there is no end to the many uses of this unique product. So, in today’s post, we thought we would highlight a fun technique with one of the cool powders that Imagine has in stock — Mboss in Clear Matte!

Directions


Step 1

Choose a pigment ink and a stamp. Here I picked VersaFine Clair in Charming Pink and a Waffle Flower stamp.


Step 2

Emboss the stamped image with Mboss Matte Clear. Notice how the Matte Clear deepens the Charming Pink color. With a regular clear embossing powder, a high gloss would show. With the Matte Clear, it simply enhances the stamped image without the high gloss. If you wanted to leave it as is then this is a great technique for enhancing a stamp. For embossing powders, you will need a heat tool. We listed a purchase option in the supplies below. 


Step 3

To take it a bit further, here is an embossing technique that can really intensify any papercraft or cardmaking project. In the sample above you can see the stamp inked with Warm Breeze in VersaFine and then inked again with VersaColor in Canary Yellow. One benefit of embossing is to lock the color of the first stamped image to the paper. It can be inked over with additional colors without affecting it. The plain stamp blends a bit and turns the image to a green hue. The embossed image keeps it’s turquoise color perfectly.

Last example again with VersaFine in Charming Pink — you can see the luster of the embossing keeps the deep pink color intact! Inked with VersaColor can turn the Charming Pink into a coral color (which is beautiful). With the Mboss the Charming Pink pops through the yellow background.

Other

Create the Perfect Background with Kaleidacolor & Creative Medium

by Lori Warren

Create the Perfect Background with Kaleidacolor & Creative Medium

Create the perfect background with Kaleidacolor and Creative Medium.2) Description: A perfect background can really do wonders to showcase a simply stamped focal point. It’s easy to accomplish with layers of Kaleidacolor Ink and Shimmer Creative Medium.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Thinking of You stamp
  • Stencil
  • Cardstock

 

Make a Spring Terrarium Card with VersaColor

by Nicole Watt

Make a Spring Terrarium Card with VersaColor

Did you know that you can watercolor with VersaColor inks? Even if you only have a limited palette, you can mix colors to create a wide variety of hues! Nicole will show you how she watercolored a cute terrarium scene with only five VersaColor shades.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 20 minutes + dry time

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Tiny Terrarium Stamp Set
  • Neenah – Solar White 80lb Cardstock
  • Canson – Mix Media paper 98lb
  • Blending brush
  • Transon watercolor brush

Hope & Strength Call for Art

Call for Hope & Strength Art

In tough times we all need to focus on being strong and supporting each other. Submit a photo of an Inspiration-themed project. Some of the themes can include: Hope, Love, Faith, Prayers, Be Strong, Hang in There, Stay Strong, Brighter Days are Ahead, Journal pages, At-home crafts, etc.

Submit an attractive 600 x 600 pixel square or 900 x 900 pixel square photo of your project, a short description and a link to your Instagram profile or blog to marketing@imaginecrafts.com. Submissions are due by Monday, March 30th, 2020

We will review all submissions and post a collection in one blog post and will share it on our social media platforms. Potential reach = 10,000 followers.

Learn How to Make Happy Easter + Shaped Ink Blended Backgrounds

by Lisa Mensing

Learn How to Make Happy Easter + Shaped Ink Blended Backgrounds

In this video, I’m showing you step-by-step how to use Memento Inks to create egg-shaped backgrounds for your Easter cards.

Skill: Advanced
Time: varies on the number of cards

Directions

Supplies

Imagine 
Other
  • Simon Says Stamp – Churches Wafer Die, OH BUNNY Wafer Dies sssd111809 Best Days, Clear Stamps OH BUNNY sss101812 Best Days 
  • “Blending Buddy” White Bristle Blending Brush – Trinity Stamps
  • White Glitter Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110# 8-1/2×11 250/pkg

Spring Guest Artists

In late February we announced a Call for Spring Art. We asked for any papercraft or mixed media project that represents spring. Here are some of the art submissions from the Spring Call.

Terre Fry

Terre used Memento Tuxedo Black, StazOn Metallic Copper, All-Purpose Ink in Mint Green and Fireworks Craft Sprays to create a set of Shamrock themed mixed media cards.

Follow Terre on Instagram  @stampnterre

Jessica Lin

Jessica says, “Spring calls for rainbow colors!” Jessica uses VersaFine Clair inks to create a vibrant, Thinking of You card.

Follow Jessica on Instagram – @jessica.v.lin 

Alison Heikkila

Alison writes: VersaMagic Inks are some of my absolute favorites because of the soft chalky finish they have, plus their blend-ability. I knew they would be perfect for this lovely hydrangea, and by using blending brushes, I colored it up very quickly. For shine, I added some sequins with On Point Glue, which is the number one liquid adhesive I reach for.

My blog address: alisonheikkila.com
My Instagram: @alisonheikkila