I love working with VersaMagic inks. Those chalky inks look gorgeous both on light and dark cardstocks, and the ink’s rich and creamy consistency make stamping simple and fun. In addition to stamping the VersaMagic inks can be applied directly from the inkpad on the cardstock. Possibilities are endless for creating beautiful stenciled and masked backgrounds!
I made a set of ATC cards, using black cardstock as the card panel. For background patterns, I used a simple masking technique, in which I covered parts of the background with a strip of a torn piece of paper and dabbed VersaMagic ink on the black cardstock. The pictures don’t do justice to the wonderful shimmering finish!
Time: 1 hour
Cut four ATC cards of size 2.5” x 3.5” from black cardstock. Using a piece of torn paper mask parts of the ATC background, and apply VersaMagic in Cloud White on the cardstock. Move strip, and apply more ink until the entire background is decorated.
Stamp flowers on white cardstock with various VersaMagic colors.
Using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne, stamp flower borders on top. Stamp flower centers with VersaFine Clair in Summertime. Let dry and fussy cut flowers and stems with scissors. Glue flowers and stems on ATC’s. Decorate with stamped sentiment words “Create, Keep Calm, Dreamer.” If you want to have a border around the card, trim the edges, and mat the card on white cardstock cut to ATC size.
- Simon Says Stamp – Artful Flowers stamp
- Carabelle Studio – Mini mots 3
- Mixed media paper
Create a quick and easy card by using some Fireworks! Spray, VersaMagic, and VersaFine Clair. Watch my video tutorial below to see how I created my background to my card.
Time: 15 min.
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Today’s tutorial shows you how to use a stencil to create a beautiful design with a resist effect and VersaMagic colors. Embossing powder creates a resist with Fireworks Shimmer Spray and the combination can be used for gorgeous backgrounds for cards, scrapbooks, and any paper craft projects.
Time: 1 hour
- Whimsy Stamps – Sun Rays stencil, Fly By stamp set
- Bristol Smooth Card
- White Cardstock for card base
- Hammermill Cover Copy
- Copic Markers – B28, R29
- Paper Trimmer
VersaMagic inks have a longer drying time so they are perfect to use with stencils where you can use multiple colors, and even blend them if desired. I love to use stencils, but I really don’t like to waste the ink that is left on them. Rather than clean the stencil, I like to lightly spritz the inked side of the stencil, flip it over, and place it on the second piece of cardstock creating a watercolored panel. See how I created two cards with the same stencil!
Time: 1 hour + dry time
Tape a stencil to white cardstock. Ink with VersaMagic in Aegean Blue, Niagara Mist, Purple Hydrangea, Perfect Plumeria, and Thatched Straw. Remove the stencil.
Lightly spritz the inked side of the stencil. Place the stencil, inked side down, on the second panel of white cardstock and tape in place. Brayer over the stencil to release the ink.
Remove the stencil and let both panels air dry.
Using Brilliance in Graphite Black, stamp two pairs of boots and two “Happy Spring” sentiments. Emboss with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Clear.
Fussy cut the boots and color with different colors of Memento Markers.
Mat one stenciled panel with yellow cardstock and one panel with blue cardstock. Adhere each panel to a kraft paper card base. Double mat the sentiments and add to the cards with foam adhesives. Adhere the boots to the cards with foam adhesives. Use On Point Glue to adhere the gems to the boots.
- Cardstock – White, Blue, Yellow
- Cardbase – Kraft
- MemoryBox – Stencil
- Penny Black – April Showers Stamp
- The Robin’s Nest – Gems
Mango is not only a delicious fruit, it is also a beautiful color! Every month we challenge our Artists in Residence with a couple of different ideas or themes to push them to think outside the box, to try a technique they haven’t tried before and to give flow and continuity to the projects. This month our color is Mango which we consider a soft yellow-orange. We chose it to get us in the mood for summer! This color reminds us of fruit, flowers, the warming sun, and fun-in-the-sun activities. Another challenge we offered to our artists is to use VersaMagic ink. This chalk-like finish makes this ink a delight to work with on almost any crafting project.
Here is a sneak peak for the month of April
Elina Stromberg created this lovely “Hello” greeting card using Memento dye inks in Cantaloupe.
Iris Rodriguez created this “Hello” greeting card with a flowering tree using VersaMagic Mango Madness, Thatched Straw, and Aegean Blue
Roni Johnson created this “Keep on Swimmin” encouragement card using VersaMagic in Mango Madness with some shading using Memento Dual Tip Markers.
Keep an eye on our posts this month to see these and many more tutorials in this fabulous color!
Announcing the Inkpad Personality Kit!
Do your inkpads seem to speak to you every time you walk by your crafting space? We know what it means to become attached to certain inks. At times, it even seems the inkpads develop their own personality. Knowing this inspired us to develop the Inkpad Personality Kit™ to fill this void in the industry. If you feel that your inkpads have eyes…then why not give them some?!
All eyes on your little Angel! Give Memento Angel Pink a sweet smile to match!
Do you have an inkpad that is considered your bestie? We recommend the fun lets-go-get-drinks-after-work smile!
How about a bright green that is insistent you use it in every project. You can tell VersaFine Verdant to let the other inkpads have a turn!
How about Memento Sweet Plum who can always make you giggle with delight?!
Happy April Fool’s Day!!
If you have not figured it out by now… this is not a real product release! But what if it was?! Would you buy your inkpad a personality kit? Ha! In-house designer Marcie claims that Memento Bahama Blue makes its way into almost all of her projects at home and definitely plans to deck out her inkpads. She is even considering getting her inkpads their own dollhouse! Marketing Manager Amanda thinks VersaFine Clair Nocturne is the bees knees and winks at it every time she uses it. She’s super excited to have him wink back now! Bwahaha!