Learn An Elegant Embossing Resist And Blending Technique

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn An Elegant Embossing Resist And Blending Technique

Hello crafty friends! Today, I want to share a “Hello” greeting card using the technique of color blending and emboss resist. I have always enjoyed mixing different techniques together and emboss resist is one of the most versatile. What I show in this card making tutorial is with this option you can create a rich color background before embossing and then apply extra layers of color to enhance the effect. See how I created this elegant card below.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

To make this card, I used three different green colors of Memento Ink. I started with the lightest New Sprout, continue with Bamboo Leaves and finalized with Cottage Ivy.


Step 2

Over a whisper white piece of card stock, I applied the ink directly with the ink pad, just rub it softly and blend the colors. When I was totally satisfied with the colors, I let the paper dry very well before to continue with the next step. I used my heat tool to speed up the process.


Step 3

I stamped a background stamp over the inked layer using the embossing buddy or anti-static pad, VersaMark Ink and Clear Embossing Powder.


Step 4

After heat embossing and using an InkBlusher, I applied Delicata Pigment Ink in White Shimmer directly over the heat embossed background. At this stage, you will notice how the embossed butterflies fine lines did not absorb the pigment ink and the background color looks softer.


Step 5

To finalize the card, I resized the layer, pasted it over the mat and card base and stamped one sentiment using VersaFine Clair Green Oasis and embossed it with clear embossing powder.


Step 6

You can use this technique using a single color of ink for the background or mixing different colors. The most important is that you use white pigment ink to make the color tones soft and enhance the embossing.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Dark Brown
  • Stamp Sets – Blossom & Butterflies, Friendship Greetings
  • Stamparatus or Misti Stamping Tool
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Heat Tool

Learn How To Arrange A Scrapbook Page With The Imagine Craft Mat

by Elina Stromberg

Learn How To Arrange A Scrapbook Page With The Imagine Craft Mat

Scrapbooking is my favorite way to unwind. I love patterned papers, simple layouts, and combining ready-made embellishments with decoration elements I’ve made myself. For this scrapbook layout, you only need two sheets of patterned paper, scrap pieces of solid color papers, a few stamps, and your favorite inks, letter stickers, leftover pieces of chipboards and a mix of any ready-made embellishments you have available at arm’s reach. The center of your layout is your favorite photo, a memory you want to cherish and keep for the years to come!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Attach a strip of washi tape or a strip of patterned paper on the left side of your background paper. The grid side of Imagine’s Craft Mat will help you in aligning the long strip. 
Glue a panel of patterned paper on the left side of the strip, partly covering it.


Step 2

Stamp patterns on the background around the area where you want to place your photo. Use the lightest color for the largest patterns and add smaller highlights with darker colors on top.
 On this layout, I continued the triangle pattern on the stamped areas; I often get inspired by the patterns on the paper I decide to use and like to replicate similar images elsewhere on the project. You may spot the triangle shape also in larger sizes on this layout; I had a couple of triangle-shaped transparencies I included on the page.


Step 3

Stamp and fussy-cut embellishments. Combine your DIY decorations with ready-made stickers, die-cuts, and chipboards. Feel free to mix and match embellishments of various types and styles!
 Layer embellishments and use them in clusters. Don’t try to cover the entire page but leave some areas undecorated.


Step 4

Highlight your photo: Mat the photo on a piece of white cardstock. Layer pieces of solid color or patterned papers underneath it or use ready-made chipboard frames for lifting the photo from the layout background.
 On this layout, the background color was quite light, and for making the photo really pop I backed the chipboard frames with a darker grey color paper. For attaching the photo on the layout, I used foam stickers.


Step 5

Adding a hint of white and/or black will brighten all the other colors. I added black by stamping small black arrows on the background and white by highlighting the stamped embellishments and parts of the stamped background patterns with a white gel pen.


Step 6

Sometimes it may be tricky to align the letter stickers on the layout. A long ruler and the grid pattern on the Craft Mat will be of great help!
 If you want the title word to end close to your main photo, start writing it from the end. This way you will manage the positioning of the complete word more easily!

Here are some additional close-ups from the finished page:

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Patterned papers in size 12”x12”
  • Photo
  • Washi tape with honeycomb pattern
  • Cardstock – green, yellow, white and dark grey
  • American Crafts – Letter stickers
  • Stamps: Carabelle Studio: Mixed Media Flowers #1. 
Studio Calico: Arrows, triangles, stars.
Wycinanka: Lorem Ipsum
  • Embellishments:
 Wooden hearts – Pinkfresh Studio, Felicity – 
Chipboard frames, Heidi Swapp -
Triangle-shaped transparencies
, White sentiment stickers
, Leftover pieces of honeycomb chipboards
  • White gel pen
  • Foam stickers
  • Glue

Learn How To Use Yupo Paper In A New Way

by Roni Johnson

Learn How To Use Yupo Paper In A New Way

Fern Green…a cool, relaxing shady spot on a hot summer’s day…sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Well, that’s what June’s color of the Month brings to mind. I thought I’d run with that theme and play around with a few different colors of green from the Fireworks Craft Spray and VersaFine Clair. I use these lovely Fern stamps, fern dies, and a special technique with Yupo paper to create this fun card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Trim a piece of Yupo paper to 4 x 4.75” and select desired colors of Fireworks spray you’d like to use.


Step 2

Spritz the inks onto the Yupo paper.


Step 3

Use a heat tool to dry the inks, continue heating until the paper begins to shrink and wrinkle. Turn the paper over part way through heating, continue to heat and shrink. The Yupo paper is now about 45% of its original size.


Step 4

Turn your heat tool on to preheat so it gets nice and hot.


Step 5

Pounce one edge of the wrinkled Yupo onto a VersaMark ink pad.


Step 6

Dip the inked edge into Mboss embossing powder in Gold and use a pre-heated heat tool to melt the powder. Since the heat tool has been pre-heated melting should occur almost immediately thus causing no further shrinking to the Yupo.


Step 7

Repeat step 6 until all 4 edges have been embossed.


Step 8

Cut a piece of white cardstock 4” x 5.25”. Stamp a trio of fern branches over the entire panel using Rain Forest, Shady Lane, and Verdant VersaFine Clair inks.


Step 10

Flick Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz over the panel and let dry.


Step 11

Sponge the same inks onto a scrap of white cardstock. Die-cut ferns from the various colors.


Step 12

Stamp the sentiment “sending hugs your way” on black cardstock using VersaMark ink. Sprinkle with white Mboss embossing powder, shake off excess and return it to the bag. Use a heat tool to melt the powder and trim.


Step 13

Mount the fern panel onto a black card base; affix the Yupo paper to the card and embellish.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Yupo Paper
  • White & Black Cardstock
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Fern
  • Spellbinders – Ferns
  • Heat Tool
  • Gold Thread

Learn How to Make a Travel Journal

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Make a Travel Journal

Keeping travel memories in real time while they are taking place and having them all gathered in a journal is the best way to have to keep every moment of your trip. Include blank pages, make pockets and keep tickets, notes, and photos in this handmade travel journal. To make the cover, I used Kraft-tex paper, which a fabric-like paper, which I sprayed with Ink Potion No.9 instead of water to keep it soft and allow better performance of inks. Stamping with the StazOn Pigment inkpads gave great coverage and sharp design on the wrinkled surface, while the ink dried fast to allow moving to the next step. Make this journal before your trip and have it handy during your travels.

Time: 2 hours
Skill: Advanced

Directions


Step 1

Cut a 16 ½ x 8 ½ inch piece of the Kraft-tex paper and spray it with the Ink Potion No.9


Step 2

Twist and crinkle the paper and while spraying a bit more of the Ink Potion No.9. Let it dry or use a heat tool.


Step 3

Cut a 5 ½ x 3-inch canvas piece and place it on the cover, leaving 2 ½ inch from the long side on the right, as it will be used an inner flap making a side pocket. Stamp with the map and the travel journal stamp with the VersaMark, cover with Mboss Embossing Powder in Black and heat set.


Step 4

Remove the canvas piece, press lightly on the surface with the StazOn Pigment Snowflake inkpad and distress the surface.


Step 5

Continue stamping with the StazOn Pigment in Passion Red, Mariner Blue, Piano Black ink pads with travel stamps on the surface. Distress around the compass image and maps with the same colors ink pads.


Step 6

Add Tear It Tape to the top side of the canvas piece and a Sheet Metal dog tag, gluing only half of it. Allow space as it will be used a hook to secure the burlap cord wrapped around the journal.


Step 7

Cut a 2 ½ x 2-inch piece of canvas fabric, fold in half and glue just the edge of the long side with the On Point Glue, creating a pen pocket.


Step 8

Place the canvas pieces on the Kraft-tex cover and using a piercing tool open holes to allow hand sewing of the red twine. Apart from decorative purpose, this also helps to secure it further the pen pocket to the cover.


Step 9

Continue decoration with stamps and the StazOn Pigment in Passion Red, Mariner Blue, Piano Black inkpads.


Step 10

Turn at the back and glue the previously left sides on top and bottom only making side pockets.


Step 11

Open two holes at the middle (spine-like) leaving about 1 ½ inches from top and bottom and pass three times the elastic black cord.


Step 11

Cut blank pages in stacks of 5 creating signatures in 10 x 7 inch (5×7 when folded) and secure with the red twine by opening 3 holes and passing the twine through them. Repeat the process and just pass between the elastic cord to secure them.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Kraft-tex paper fabric – natural
  • Canvas
  • Viva decor – Travel and Paris, Rome, Berlin stamps
  • Black elastic cord
  • Red twine
  • Burlap cord
  • Blank pages
  • Heat tool
  • Piercing tool

Color of the Month for June is Fern Green

Color of the Month for June is Fern Green. We love this soft green color because it reminds us of the beautiful plants that come bursting forward into the lushness of Summer. Some of the inks we recommend for this color are StazOn Cactus Green, VersaColor Fresh Green, VersaFine Clair in Green Oasis and Verdant.

Here is a sneak peek for what we have coming up this month…

Green Eyes Art Canvas by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Mixed Media by Roni Johnson

Resist Embossing by Martha Lucia Gomez

See How to Stamp in an Embossed Surface with StazOn

by Kassy Tousignant

See How to Stamp in an Embossed Surface with StazOn

To create this cool Rebel Canvas I used the new MBoss Hologram embossing powder with a fun, classic technique to create a stamped impression in the embossing powder. The new Hologram embossing powder is soooo gorgeous and fun to use. I love that the new MBoss packaging allows for precision application and easy cleanup!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Carabelle Studios – stencil
  • Visible Images – stamp
  • Arteza – canvas panel
  • DecoArt Media – White gesso
  • Black twine
  • Heat Tool