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

Learn How to Color and Stamp on Fabric for a Harvest Fall Theme

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Color and Stamp on Fabric for a Harvest Fall Theme

I love making new home décor items with the changing season. Here in Indiana we are saying goodbye to summer and welcoming in autumn. This is my favorite time of the year so I always look forward to Fall crafts. I thought it would be fun to create a piece of embroidery hoop art by dying and stamping a piece of linen I had in my stash. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 90 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Gather your supplies; make sure the piece of fabric extends approximately 2” on all sides of the embroidery hoop. This will give you enough material to secure it to the hoop once completed. Spritz the cloth with a bit of water to dampen. Sprinkle the damp fabric with Walnut Ink Crystals around the edges. I held the embroidery hoop over the cloth while I sprinkled the crystals to make sure they were where I wanted them to be. Spray Willow Walnut Ink Spray here and there over the panel. Let the fabric dry completely before moving onto the next step.


Step 2

Secure the cloth in a stamp positioning tool. I used both magnets and washi tape to hold it in place. Stamp the desired image(s) using Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink, stamp a second and third time if necessary to get a deep rich image on the fabric. I also stamped several leaves using other colors of Memento Luxe ink around the edge of the panel while it was still secured in the stamp positioning tool.


Step 3

Watercolor the image using All-Purpose Ink and a water brush or paintbrush, you may want your heat tool handy to help dry each area before moving onto the next. Continue coloring until you are satisfied with the image. Iron the entire panel to set the inks on the fabric.


Step 4

Secure the fabric in the embroidery hoop; trim off the excess fabric leaving approximately 1” material to wrap around the hoop and secure to the back using hot glue. Stretch the fabric tightly as you secure it to the back of the hoop.


Step 5

Use a Fantstix to apply dots of Vegas Gold All-Purpose Ink over the canvas for an extra bit of sparkle.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Co – Bountiful Haul (truck), Faith, Family & Fall (sentiment)
  • Joy Clair – Hello Autumn (leaves)
  • Fabric
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Heat Tool
  • Iron
  • Hot Glue/Gun

Learn How to Create a Card with a Panel of Denim Fabric

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Create a Card with a Panel of Denim Fabric

Make a mixed media card with embellished with naturally based materials. Use denim fabric as a background of a card decorated with a stamped design and MBoss embossing powder. Make embellishments for the card in the same way on small pieces of cotton fabric and color a wood piece with Fireworks!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Sew or glue a 4 x 6-inch piece of denim fabric on the front of the base card. Stamp with VersaMark inkpad, cover with the Mboss White Embossing Powder and heat seat.


Step 2

Cut a heart from a piece of cotton fabric, stamp again with the VersaMark inkpad and this time cover with Mboss Valentine Embossing Powder and heat set.


Step 3

Stamp with Waffle flower sentiment, “The best is yet to come” with VersaFine CLAIR Twilight color on a stripe of cotton ribbon.


Step 4

Spray with Fireworks! Paris Dusk a round piece of wood.


Step 5

Add ribbon around the wood piece and set it on the front of the card.


Step 6

Place Tear It! Tape on the back of the cotton ribbon with the stamped sentiment and set it on the card.


Step 7

Add the fabric heart and embellish with the beads.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 5 x 7 Base card
  • Kaisercraft – Flourish stamp
  • Waffle Flower – Doily circle
  • Cotton denim fabric
  • Cotton ribbon
  • A small piece of round bark
  • Ribbon and metallic beads
  • Heat tool

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 EZ Stamping on Fabric. I used a muslin bag with our Versa Color 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

Color of the Month for October is Chili Pepper

Color of the Month for October is Chili Pepper

Color of the Month for October is Chili Pepper! We see this color as a rich dark red. This richness can be a true red with a hint of brown. We feel that the Fall is a great time to indulge in warm rich colors and this is the perfect match. Some of our ink brands that represent this color are StazOn in Claret, Delicata in Ruby Red, Memento Ink in Rhubarb Stalk and VersaFine Clair in Chianti.

We challenged our artist with this beautiful color as well as the use of Fabric in their projects. So stay tuned for crafty goodness this month.

Here is a Sneak Peek!

Embroidery Hoop Colored with All-Purpose Ink by Iris Rodriguez

Denium & Stamping on Fabric by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Farm Harvest Stamp on Fabric by Roni Johnson

 

See How to Create this Marbelous Notebook

by Elina Stromberg

See How to Create this Marbelous Notebook

Layered stamps continue to be popular and many of us have come across lovely layered flower images by various manufacturers. This beautifully layered marble stamp set by Waffle Flower is a great addition to your stamp collection; there are not that many-layered background images available in the market, and the versatility of this set is simply amazing!

Before starting I suggest you try the stamps on a piece of scrap paper. Layering is not difficult at all, and you will soon learn which spots on the images to use as your positioning marks. A stamping tool like Misti is not needed as you will easily see the inked pattern through the clear stamp. In addition, when playing with a natural pattern the layers do not need to be perfect and inaccuracy is allowed!

Waffle Flower has published a video that includes great tips for using this set. Take a look at the video in YouTube and have fun!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Take a sheet of cardstock in your preferred color and choose three stamping inks to match the background paper. As suggested on the stamp package the first layer is stamped with the lightest color, then moving towards darker colors on layers 2 and 3. Stamp first layer of the marble background, starting with number one images of each set (stamps A1, B1 and C1). I chose a gray tone color palette, so I used grey ‘London Fog’ Memento ink for my first layer.


Step 2

Stamp second layer of images (stamps A2, B2 and C2). I used a bit darker grey (VersaFine Clair ‘Morning Mist’).


Step 3

Stamp the final layer (stamps A3, B3 and C3). To add a hint of color on my gray background I chose beautiful red VersaFine Clair in Chianti for stamping.


Step 4

Cover the notebook with the marble patterned paper. Before gluing down the paper fold it to half for aligning the back of the notebook with the center of the paper. Trim off the corners of the background paper. Fold inwards and glue on the notebook.


Step 5

Glue a (burgundy colored) panel on the notebook front and write a title with letter stickers. Enjoy your beautiful notebook!

Tip: Some new clear/photopolymer stamps may resist water-based inks when used for the first time. You may experience that the ink clusters into tiny bubbles on the stamp giving you a splotchy image. If this happens here’s an easy tip for gently prepping your stamps: Ink the stamp with clear VersaMark ink. Press the stamp on the palm of your hand. Ink with water-based Memento ink, stamp, and enjoy your lovely crispy image!

Left: Before prepping. Right: After prepping

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower Stamps – Layering Marble
  • Acrylic block
  • Notebook
  • Glue
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock – Grey, Burgundy
  • American Craft – Letter stickers