Make a Friendly “Need a Hug” Card

by Steph Ackerman

Make a Friendly "Need a Hug" Card with VersaFine Clair

Have you ever made a mistake with coloring a stamped image and thought it was ruined?  That you would have to start again from scratch? Well, this is what happened with this “Need A Hug?” handmade card.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Stamp image and sentiment using VersaFine in Nocturne.
Step 1

Stamp image and sentiment using VersaFine in Nocturne.


Step 2

Using Fantastix, add color to the mushroom top using VersaFine Clair in Tulip Red. Add color to the rest of the image using VersaFine in Pinecone, Green Oasis, Blue Belle, Cheerful colors.


Step 3

Color the small mouse with Memento Markers in London Fog and Angel Pink. I used Fantastix to color the large mouse with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink. It’s here that I noticed the image to be problematic. To me, the large mouse was just too dark, and yet the mushroom was perfect just the way it was.


Step 4

To salvage the mushroom image, I decided to re-stamp the large mouse on a scrap of cardstock. I colored the “new” mouse with Memento Markers in Desert Sand and Angel Pink.


Step 5

Then I fussy cut the mouse and placed on top of the main image using On Point Glue. The focal image is now salvaged. No one will know a mistake was made! This can apply to any cardmaking or stamping project you take on. Now let’s move on to the rest of the card design. Use a medium size circle die to die cut the perfected image.


Step 6

Using Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Lady Bug, spritz through a stencil creating a unique background.


Step 7

Cut the stenciled panel to fit the card base. Ink edges with Memento Luxe in Love Letter. Wrap with similar color ribbon and twine. Adhere stenciled panel to card.


Step 8

Die cut a slightly larger circle to act as a base to mount the stamped mushroom image. Ink edges of mushroom image and “need a hug?” phrase with Delicata in Rose Gold. Mat each with the larger circle cardstock mats. First, add the mushroom image to card with foam adhesives. Add the sentiment to the top of the card slightly overlapping stamped image. Finish with any additional personal styling to make it your own.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, brown
  • Stamping Bella – Gilbert and Maisy Under the Toadstool stamp
  • Spellbinders – Nesting circle dies
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – Tattered Lace stencil
  • Whisker Graphics Twine
  • Ribbon – Red
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

Craft a “Leather” Purse Made of Paper

by Iris Rodriguez

Every year I give my closest girlfriends and sisters paper purse cards for their birthday. It is kind of my little tradition. Inside I include a note or gift card. I find these gifts to be fun to make. What girl can resist a purse even if it’s not a real purse? This year I wanted to make a faux leather paper purse card. A little edgy, compared to the cutesy type purses I’ve made in the past. I’ve been having so much fun with Imagine’s Walnut Inks, so I thought I’d try doing a faux leather and I was very happy with the results. See how I did it!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Spray the Walnut Ink in Eucalyptus. Dry paper.


Step 2

Spray the Walnut (original color) ink, then spray the Ink Potion No.9. The Ink Potion No. 9 blends the inks very nicely and effortlessly. Let dry.


Step 3

Spray a tiny amount of Walnut Ink in Java in random areas. This ink is intense, a little goes a long way. Spray the Ink Potion No.9 and let dry. Using all the different hues of the Walnut Inks will create a lovely organic look.


Step 4

Draw or print out a purse template and cut your inked paper using template..


Step 5

For this step, I found it easiest to do one fold at a time. Stamp VersaMark ink, add Embossing Powder in Clear and remove the excess powder. Using the tapered tip Doodlestix, rewmove lines to make the leather looking texture. The Embossing Powder will make the paper surface about 2 shades darker which goes further to encourage the worn leather look.


Step 6

With a Brushstix, add VersaMark to the metal embellishment and emboss with Embossing Powder in Gold. Rub on StazOn ink in Spiced Chai using the brush tip Brushstix which helps to get into the crevices carved out by the DoodleStix. Heat again with a heat tool to fuse the ink with the Embossing Powder.


Step 7

Glue the embellishments and studs to the front flap with the On Point Glue.


Step 8

In order to keep the flap closed, adhere a Velcro dot. Write a “Happy Birthday” note on the inside if you desire.


Step 9

Punch out a hole in the folding area of the flap. Attach the chain to jump rings and attach the jump rings to the purse. You can stop here or continue adding details to this little gift as you see fit!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper – 12 x 9 inches Cold Press, 300 GSM – 140 lbs
  • Metal Embellishment
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Copper Jumprings
  • Copper Chain
  • Gold Iron-On Studs
  • Purse template
  • Velcro dot

How to Use Delicata Ink as a Resist with VersaFine Clair

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Use Delicata Ink as a Resist with VersaFine Clair by Jennifer Vanderbeek

While trying out my new VersaFine Clair inks I was stamping them onto scrap cardstock that already had a few things on it, including some Delicata ink. That’s when I noticed something very interesting: the Delicata seemed to be resisting being covered up by the VersaFine Clair ink! Wanting to be very sure what was happening, I tried it on purpose and found that yes, indeed, Delicata ink acts as a natural resist when VersaFine Clair is stamped on top of it. This is a great technique for layering background and foreground images or adding a subtle all-over pattern to different stamps, giving your finished project a nice, cohesive look. And it’s just plain cool!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 10 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Joy Clair – Wood Background stamp
  • Studio Calico – Fall Foliage stamp set
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer, Hole punch
  • Coffee Filter
  • Heat Tool
  • Assorted Ribbon
  • Wooden Button
Other Color Combinations
  • Delicata Celestial Copper and Bronze Burst with VersaFine Clair Fantasia and Tuxedo Black Memento Marker
  • Delicata White Shimmer with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink, Verdant, and Pinecone plus Clear Embossing Powder
  • Delicata Champagne with VersaFine Clair Blue Belle and Nocturne plus Clear Embossing Powder
  • Delicata Rose Gold with VersaFine Clair Green Oasis plus Tuxedo Black Memento Marker

Create a Dazzling Raspberry Red Scrapbook Layout

by Jowilna Nolte

Create a Dazzling Raspberry Red Scrapbook Layout with VersaFine Clair

Don’t you just love red, and with the month of love we are celebrating raspberry red with loads of repetition. I created this shimmering layout using tons of red ink and then added a few splashes of other color for some fun contrast. Take a look at how I created the fun shimmering elements, stamped with the amazing new raspberry red shaded Glamorous VersaFine Clair and had fun with repeating elements in my design.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Creative Shimmer onto your Craft Mat. Add a few drops of dye inkers to the mediumStep 1

Add a small amount of Creative Shimmer onto your Craft Mat. Add a few drops of dye inkers to the medium. I added 2 colors of red.


Step 2

Mix the inker into the paste really well using your palette knife until the paste is fully colored.


Apply the colored paste through a stencil onto craft paper and leave to dryStep 3

Apply the colored paste through a stencil onto craft paper and leave to dry. The creative medium dries really fast and has a stunning shimmer.


Step 4

Use the same inkers to color a piece of smooth white cardstock. Drop a few drops onto the cardstock and mist with water.


Step 5

Apply some of the colored paste onto the colored cardstock using the same square stencil.


Once dry stamp some images onto the background using VersaFine Clair Glamorous.Step 6

Color a sheet of white cardstock with the same red inkers. Once dry stamp some images onto the background using VersaFine Clair Glamorous.


Step 7

Add random color splats using Fireworks sprays to add color to the background. Cut out flowers from patterned papers and adhere them. Then stamp some random text in the background using VersaFine Clair.


VersaFine Clair Pinecone and stencil some dots onto the backgroundStep 8

Use VersaFine Clair Pinecone and stencil some dots onto the background. Then adhere your photo. Cut stenciled squares with a beautiful shimmer from the papers and adhere to the layout. Add diamanté to finish off.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Jowilna Nolte – stencil, stamp
  • Kaisercraft – patterned paper

Make a Fun Mixed Media Steampunk Inspired Gothic Collage

by Roni Johnson

Make a Fun Mixed Media Steampunk Inspired Gothic Collage

Happy Birthday, Thomas Edison! Described as America’s Greatest Inventor, he was born February 11th, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. In his honor, his birthday is now known as National Inventors Day. Best known for his invention of the incandescent light bulb but he was so much more. He accumulated a record 1,093 patents in his lifetime. I thought it only fitting to honor this man who so greatly changed our lives with a fun mixed media Steampunk inspired Gothic Arch collage complete with Creative Medium Metallic gears and photos of the man and his work.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut a large and small Gothic arch from chipboard. These will eventually nest inside one another.


Step 2

Ink a 1-inch border around the entire outside edge of the large Gothic arch using a sponge dauber and Tulip Red VersaFine Clair ink.


Step 3

Sprinkle desired color(s) of embossing powder over the inked areas. Clear, gold and patina embossing powders were used for this example. VersaFine Clair has amazing properties which allow embossing powders to stick to it even after it is dry to the touch so there is no need to rush or waste embossing powders by mixing them all together. Each color may be applied individually enabling you to collect and save the excess powder.


Step 4

Use a heat tool to melt the powders. Set the large arch aside to cool.


Step 5

Tear vintage ledger pages, mathematical charts, dictionary pages, etc into small pieces.


Step 6

Adhere the pieces of ephemera to the small Gothic arch using Vintage Creative Medium and a palette knife. Overlap pieces until most of the chipboard have been covered. Set aside to dry.


Step 7

Spread a thin layer of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper Metallic Creative Medium over 4.25” x 5.5” pieces of cardstock and let dry. Die-cut various gear shapes from the Creative Medium papers.


Step 8

Adhere the gears to the arch using more Vintage Creative Medium.


Step 9

Trim off the excess paper from the arch.


Step 11

Stamp sentiment on a strip of white cardstock. Create an aged look by rubbing a small amount of Vintage Creative Medium over the strip. Ink edges with VersaFine Onyx Black.


Step 12

Adhere the sentiment and images to the arch as desired. The lightbulb image was inked using Memento Dandelion ink. A couple drops of On Point Glue was applied to the colored area and sprinkled with micro-fine glitter. Affix the smaller Gothic Arch to the larger embossed arch using Tear It Tape.

And if you have extra supplies left….

Make a Fun Mixed Media Steampunk Inspired Gothic Collage Tag

Take the remaining pieces and create a gift tag.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Memory Box Dies – Steampunk Gears
  • Artistic Outpost – Steampunk (sentiment)
  • Vintage Ephemera
  • Micro Fine Glitter
  • Cardstock – white
  • Chipboard
  • Scissors

Use Shimmer Craft Spray To Create a Watercolor Effect

by Melissa Andrew

Use Shimmer Craft Spray To Create a Watercolor Effect

If you are looking for a fun new crafting technique then try using Shimmer Craft Spray instead of water to dilute your dye inks. This will create a watercolor background with a ton of beautiful shimmer! After dry, stamp on the background with your favorite VersaFine Clair ink for a finished look.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Whimsy Stamp Set – Love Has Four Paws
  • Paper Cutter
  • Cardstock – Kraft, White
  • Stamping Block
  • Heat Tool