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

Color of the Month for February is Raspberry Red

Color of the Month for February is Raspberry Red

The Color of the Month for February is Raspberry Red! This is a beautiful color that can be found in fashion, crafts, and home decor. We love raspberry red because it has an electric look that occurs from the slight tint of purple in the deep red color. It is not purple, not magenta, not pink and it is not quite red either. We choose this color because of Tsukineko’s exciting and latest release of VersaFine Clair and the gorgeous raspberry-like color called Glamorous. Some other great raspberry colors in the Tsukineko inks are Memento Love Letter, VersaColor Raspberry, and StazOn in Fuchsia Pink so if you have any of these colors on and you are creating projects this month then you may qualify for…

Imagine Color Challenge with a $30 Give-A-Way!!

We are announcing the Imagine Color Challenge for the month of February! Use rich raspberry colors from any Imagine or Tsukineko product in any crafty project. The project can be a card, scrapbook page, mixed media focus, home décor, etc of any size or shape. Post a finished project with mention of our product by February 28th on your social media. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag the photo of your project with the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge. At the end of the month, our team will select a random winner from all who have participated! We will be re-posting or sharing some entries all month long!

How is the winner judged?

At random lottery selection of those that met the requirements. We will comb through all the social media posts and enter your name into a random lottery.

Prize

$30 dollars of products from the Imagine Shop shipped anywhere in the US.

Rules

  • Tag us on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with our handle and the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge
  • Post a high-quality photo of the project. Blurry or low-resolution photos will not qualify
  • Must use Tsukineko or Imagine products and name them. Example: Fireworks Craft Spray, Memento Luxe, VersaFine, VersaMark, etc.
  • Must use the Raspberry Red color
  • Must be a newly created project
  • Projects posted between February 1 and February 28, 2018 (at midnight PST) are to be considered.

For inspiration stay tuned to our blog this month

Elina Stromberg has created a Congrats card using VersaFine Clair.

Elina Stromberg has created a Congrats card using VersaFine Clair.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou created a lovely Mardi Gras mask using StazOn Studio Glaze.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou created a lovely Mardi Gras mask using StazOn Studio Glaze.

Jowilna Nolte has created this lovely scrapbook layout using VersaFine Clair and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays.

Jowilna Nolte has created this lovely scrapbook layout using VersaFine Clair and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays.

 

 

Thank you visiting the Imagine blog and stayed tuned for more on these and other lovely projects!

 

Learn How to Create Interesting Backgrounds with Monoprinting

by Elina Stromberg


If I had to pick just one must-have product, it would be the Tuxedo Black Memento ink. It’s a fast drying, water-based dye ink, and it is my No. #1 choice when coloring stamped images with alcohol markers. Another advantage is the easy cleaning of the stamps. No scrubbing is needed as the water-based inks can simply be wiped away with a wet wipe. Because they clean so easily, Memento is a great ink for inking your embossing folders because they will not damage or stain your embossing folders. I used my Tuxedo Black for monoprinting a variety of cool black and white background textures that are perfect for cards, ATC’s and art journal pages. See how I did it..

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Gather all needed supplies: One or several embossing folders (any texture or pattern will do), Memento inkpad, brayer, and several sheets of white cardstock or watercolor paper.


Step 2

Using a brayer, ink one side of the embossing folder with Memento ink. If the folder image contains numbers or letters, make sure to ink the side with the mirrored numbers or letters. The folder can be also be inked only partially, allowing for two or several patterns to be printed on one page.


Step 3

Mist the inked surface gently with water. Place paper on the inked folder, press gently with your hand and pull the print. Set aside to dry, and rinse the embossing folder with warm water.

 

Step 4 (Optional)

If the printed panel is used as background for a stamped image dab white gesso or acrylic paint on the B&W pattern to calm down the busy background. Let dry.


Step 5 (Optional)

Add color to the black & white pattern by stamping textures with StāzOn in Blazing Red.

To use the backgrounds add a focal image and paste onto a card base.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix – Embossing folders
  • Watercolor paper
  • Water mister
  • Brayer
  • White gesso or acrylic paint
  • Carabelle Studio – ‘Simple Elegance’,  ‘I Have a Dream’ stamps
  • Wycinanka – text pattern
  • White card base
  • Red cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive of choice

The Magic Of Translucent Pigment Ink – The New Versafine Clair

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello everyone! The new VersaFine Clair is a fantastic pigment ink that gives you a nice touch on your cardmaking projects with vibrant colors. On today’s project, I decided to use an ink splatters stamp set over a designer cardstock and to my surprise the print on the paper shows through the splatters. I think this is a beautiful feature in this ink and hope you find these tips and tricks with VersaFine Clair useful.

On this card, I used several colors VersaFine Clair: Verdant, Purple Delight, Charming Pink, Cheerful, Glamorous and Nocturne. First I stamped the ink splatters one by one in all the different colors and when I was satisfied with the design I covered all my stamping with clear embossing powder and heat set. I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair Nocturne. After stamping the sentiment, I covered it with clear embossing powder and melted the powder with the heat tool. Over the crumb cake, the VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink covered everything perfectly but left translucent properties over the splatter stamped area due to the double embossing. I love this effect because it gives my project a real 3D effect. This is so different from any pigment ink I’ve used before. There are so many fun techniques one could use with these gorgeous inks and patterned papers!

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this post then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Make a Beautiful Northern Lights Theme Greeting Card

by Roni Johnson

Make a Beautiful Northern Lights Theme Greeting Card

VersaFine Clair Nocturne is a perfect ink to create a work of art dealing with evening or night. It is especially great for a dreamy pensive composition for the cosmos. I learned this  Northern Lights technique but I wanted to put my own spin on it to take it to the next level. See how I did it!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Cut a piece of white cardstock a bit larger than the desired finished size. Sponge 2 or more colors of VersaFine Clair ink in a random pattern over the cardstock panel blending each color into the last. Here I used Blue Belle, Charming Pink, Paradise, Verdant and Nocturne.


Step 2

Sponge VersaFine Nocturne (black) ink around the edges of the card panel working it towards the center. Sponge a lighter layer of black in over select areas of the colored inks.


Step 3

Sprinkle Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Sparkle over the entire inked card panel, shake off excess and return it to the jar. Due to the unique characteristics of VersaFine Clair the ink will feel dry to the touch yet retain the ability to be embossed as an ordinary wet pigment ink.


Step 4

Heat the embossing powder to melt. The results look like a starry night spent under Mother Nature’s very own spectacular light show! So fun to create this texture.


Step 5

Now it is time to take this awesome background and make it into a card design. This past December (2017) I participated in Carve December on Instagram. So as a result I have this cute hand carved stamp of a polar bear. There are plenty of bear themed stamps out there so certain find one that best suits this project. Stamp polar bear image along the bottom of the Northern Lights panel using VersaMark Ink. Sprinkle white embossing powder over the image, shake off excess powder and return it to the jar. Heat the embossing powder to melt.


Step 6

Cut a snowbank hill on a piece of scrap paper and adhere it to the bottom of the panel.


Step 7

Apply White Radiant Neon Amplify! to the paper.


Step 8

 

Sprinkle Sparkle embossing powder over the wet Amplify! medium. Use heat tool to activate and puff the medium.


Step 9

Mount the panel on black card blank. Stamp and emboss the “Happy New Year” sentiment on strip of white cardstock and adhere to card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Hand Carved Polar Bear Stamp
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – New Year’s sentiment
  • White Cardstock
  • Adhesive
  • Heat Tool

Create a Valentine’s Card with VersaFine Clair

by Roni Johnson

Normally I would never dream of trying to emboss a single multi-step image much less several due to the time-consuming process of lining up the various layers. VersaFine Clair’s unique properties now allow me to do just that! I can take my time to align all of the layers on multiple images and still have time to emboss them all at one time.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 40 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Die cut a heart shape from plain white cardstock.


Step 2

Set the die-cut heart aside and use the negative as a mask. Temporarily tape the negative heart mask over a piece of white cardstock. Stamp the multi-step flowers inside the masked off area using VersaFine Clair in Tulip Red (bright red) and Nocturne (deep black).


Step 3

Remove the mask and discard.


Step 4

Sprinkle Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Clear over the entire panel. Shake off excess and melt with a heat tool.


Step 5

Even after several minutes, I am able to emboss the entire print! Next, trim the panel to fit to the card design.


Step 6

Stamp the “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. Sprinkle with black embossing powder and melt with heat tool.


Step 7

Adhere the embossed flower pattern heart and Valentine’s sentiment on a 4 x 5.75” cardstock panel leaving a gap between the two elements. Add ribbon to the gap and secure with Tear It! Tape.


Step 8

To finish this design, affix a tiny bow to the card and seal it using On Point Glue.


Step 9

Adhere the entire panel to a grey 4.5 x 6.25” card base.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Painted Flowers stamp set
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Valentine’s Day Sentiment
  • May Arts – Red Velvet Ribbon
  • Club Scrap.com – Rose Cardstock, Grey Card Blank
  • White Cardstock
  • Heat Tool
  • Stamping Blocks