Make a Splash With this Beautiful Textured Background

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

See how I created a super quick yet magical underwater effect using Kaleidacolour Caribean Sea, Delicata Golden Glitz, and a simple spray bottle. Waterbased inks are great for moving and mixing to create texture and visual effects. Since this is an underwater mermaid theme, I wanted to create the effect of water splashing and feel this technique was perfect!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Stitched Die
  • Heat gun
  • Water spray bottle
  • Cardstock – white
  • Mermaid Stamp set

See How to Stamp and Color with Fabric Inks

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

See How to Stamp and Color with Fabric Inks with All-Purpose Ink, Fabrico markers, and VersaFine Clair.

See how to decorate a cotton zipper tote bag using your favorite stamps and All-Purpose Inks to match summer colors and inspiring a positive mood. With this design, I stamped the words “smiles, hugs and kisses” along with swirls and flowers which could be used for cosmetics, small items, and for casual walks. Add glass beads to decorate it further and make a small metallic tag using SHEET Metal from Imagine and StazOn ink. The possibilities are endless!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the swirls design from Joy Clair stamps with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink pad on the cotton bag.


Step 2

Mix All-Purpose Inks on Imagine’s Craft Mat and paint the stamped design.


Step 3

Distress the rest of the bag using a Large Sponge Dauber and Memento Luxe in Bahama Blue.


Step 4

Sharpen the flowers from the stamped design with the Fabrico Marker in Midnight.


Step 5

Stamp words from the stamp set with the VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink pad. Repeat on the other side and set colors with an iron.


Step 6

Hand sew beads on in matching colors.


Step 7

Cover a diamond SHEET Metal shape with StazOn in Teal Blue.


Step 8

Stamp the heart design with VersaMark, cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in White and heat set.


Step 9

Cover the SHEET metal shape with GlazOn to seal and protect the color. Attach the metal shape with a ribbon on the zipper.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair – Hugs and Smiles stamp set
  • Cotton zipper tote bag
  • Paintbrush
  • Heat tool
  • Beads, needle, and thread
  • Satin ribbon

Create a Coffee Themed Father’s Day Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Create a Coffee-Themed Father's Day Card

You are a Special Blend! This two-toned coffee theme card with its fun sentiment could make for a nice Father’s day card for the special dad that loves his coffee. I know in our house that sure is true. This card boasts shades of blue ocean with a hint of dramatic black all using one of my favorite inks—VersaFine Clair. Continue reading to see how I made this card!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

using your VersaMagic DewDrops. Start with your lightest color first moving to the darkest color
Step 1

Use the direct to the paper method to ink a piece of cardstock from top to bottom in sections using your VersaMagic DewDrops. Start with your lightest color first moving to the darkest color. And let dry completely.

Misti Stamping Tool and stamp the background image in Versamark ink and then sprinkle with clear embossing powder
Step 2

Position your stamp and cardstock piece in the MISTI Stamping Tool and stamp the background image in VersaMark ink and then sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Remove excess and heat set image.

Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink and ink over the entire embossed piece
Step 3

Use Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink to ink over a portion of entire embossed piece. Use a soft damp cloth to gently wipe the embossed areas clean from the black ink and reveal the colored image underneath. Ink the card only one-third of the way. I am using a band to mask the area area where it is ink over and where it is not. But you could mask off a line with washi tape if you wanted a strong edge.

Stamp "You're A Special Blend" sentiment from your Coffee Lovers set repeatedly in VersaFine Clair Warm Breeze across the paper band.
Step 4

Trim a piece of specialty paper to 2 inches tall and 5 – 6 inches—long enough to wrap around your card. Stamp “You’re A Special Blend” sentiment from your Coffee Lovers set repeatedly in VersaFine Clair Warm Breeze across the paper band.

VersaFine Clair Fallen Leaves onto white cardstock
Step 5

Stamp the coffee cup twice in VersaFine Clair Fallen Leaves onto white cardstock. Then stamp the heart inside it using VersaFine Clair Warm Breeze.

Cut out the coffee cup and ink the edges using VersaMagic
Step 6

Cut out the coffee cup and ink the edges using VersaMagic. On your second cup, cut out a band and layer it on top of the colored cup using foam tape.


Step 7

Trim the embossed panel to fit onto a plain inked matt and add sewing detail. Adhere the panel to the front of a card using foam tape. Wrap the stamped band around the card and adhere the colored cup in place. Finish off the card with pearl and diamanté in the same shades as the inks used.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Cardstock – white, kraft
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Coffee Lovers Clear Stamps
  • Sewing machine
  • Heat tool
  • MISTI Stamping Tool
  • Foam tape
  • Embellishments of choice

See How to Use Embossing Powder to Create Mermaid Scales

by Kassy Tousignant

See How to Use Embossing Powder to Create Mermaid Scales Joy Clair Stamps and VersaMagic DewDrops

In this video, I share a different way to use embossing powder and Joy Clair Stamps to create a beautiful mermaid scales background for this card. Start by embossing a piece of cardstock 5 times. Yes, that is right–5 times. This heavy use of embossing powder creates a thick fish scale look and feel. I love using craft products in new ways, always pushing the boundaries and this is surely an example of that.

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Liquitex – Flexible Modeling Paste
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Mermaid Tail Background
  • Zots adhesive dots
  • Prima flowers, crystal embellishments
  • Gold thread
  • Cardstock – White
  • Spray Bottle

 

How to Blend Different Stamps in the Same Mermaid Card Project

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Blend Different Stamps in the Same Mermaid Card Project with VersaFine Clair

This Fintastic Mermaid card is one of those examples of how a color and a single image can inspire a whole project. This month’s color challenge is Sea Breeze, so I immediately reached for VersaFine Clair in Warm Breeze—a favorite from the first time I stamped it. That plus the Lovely Swirl background (which, when turned on its side, reminds me of waves) gave me a clear direction for this delightful little mermaid card.

One of my favorite parts of the process was mixing various stamps from different manufacturers but tying them together seamlessly by keeping the same non-traditional outline color throughout. Try it next time and see how it works for you!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White, Blue
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Lovely Swirl Background Stamp
  • Santoro – No 31 Awashed Stamp
  • Waffle Flower – Little Mermaids Stamp Set
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Water Brush
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Tweezers
  • American Crafts – Paper Trimmer
  • Fiskars – Scissors
  • Craft Knife
  • Helmar – Liquid Scrap Dots, Zap Dots

See How to Make a Glass Pebble Votive with StazOn Studio Glaze

by Roni Johnson

See How to Make a Glass Pebble Votive with StazOn Studio Glaze

When I saw the Color of the Month for June was Seabreeze, my first thought was beach glass being tossed around deposited on land by the endless waves. Sadly I live in a landlocked state so I don’t have the opportunity to find or collect on the beach myself so I decided to improvise. Flattened glass marbles are easily found at many retailers so they were an easy choice to create this faux beach glass votive holder.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Gather about 50 or so flattened glass marbles, and StazOn Studio Glaze in Blue Hawaii and Emerald City.


Step 2

Dispense a dot of Studio Glaze onto one of the marbles and spread the medium over the top and sides of the marble with a paintbrush or your fingertip. Vary the application of the medium so there are areas with thinner and thicker coats which will produce a number of color variations.


Step 3

Repeat until you have roughly one-third of the marbles covered with Blue Hawaii. Let these marbles dry naturally.


Step 4

Apply Emerald City Studio Glaze to approximately one-third of the marbles as in steps 2 and 3. Leave the remaining third of the flattened marbles uncolored.


Step 5

While the flattened marbles are drying, cover a mason jar lid with Rinea Silver Starstruck foiled paper.


Step 6

Adhere a piece of cork to the bottom of the lid. This will become the base for the candle holder.


Step 7

Place a votive candle in the center of the lid base to use as a guide for placement of the flattened marbles.


Step 8

Use a hot glue gun to adhere the marbles to the base.


Step 9

Continue to build layers of flattened marbles until the walls reach their desired height. There are 6 layers of 8 marbles used in this example. Adhere decorative jute ribbon around the edge of the base of the votive holder. Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Flattened Marbles
  • Mason Jar Lid
  • Rinea – Silver/Silver Starstruck Foiled Paper
  • Cork
  • May Arts – Jute Ribbon
  • Battery Operated Votive Candle
  • Hot Glue Gun