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

VersaFine Clair Fading Technique

by Nadine Carlier

Fading Technique with VersaFine Clair by Nadine Carlier IC WM

A fun background idea for your cards is creating a fading technique using VersaFine Clair Inks and some Ink Potion No. 9 with a stencil. This is a super easy technique that will make people ask, “How did you do that?”

Watch my video tutorial below to learn how I created the fading effect on my card.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 min.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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How to Extend A Stamp to Second and Third Generation Stamping

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Extend A Stamp to Second and Third Generation Stamping

When you have an ink that holds its image strength as well as VersaFine Clair does, creating a card with multiple shades and tones is incredibly easy. By using third generation stamping for the background, the full-strength VersaFine Clair stands out beautifully while, of course, blending seamlessly. I used the same technique with the hearts of first and second generation stamping to let the primary image shine through while letting the smaller hearts be accents. I’ve found that I can get a full five generations of images from a single inking of VersaFine Clair so there’s plenty of tones to choose from.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, black, beige
  • Burlap paper
  • Cas-ual Fridays Stamps – In the Cards stamp set
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer
  • Coffee Filter
  • Assorted Trim
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Plastic Button
  • Faux Wax Seal
  • Helmar – Quick Dry 450

Celebrate Mardi Gras this Year with a Handmade Mask

by Kyriako Pachadiroglou

Celebrate Mardi Gras this year with a gorgeous and festive handmade mask. Vertigo sheets are a great tool for making amazing visual effect when light hits it and it’s always more vibrant when color is added. Using the StazOn ink pads you can assure that the colors mix well on the Vertigo sheet and will not fade. Imagine’s Embossing Powder also provides a detailed decoration for this project that is iconic of the celebration of Mardi Gras. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Print the mask template, cut along and secure it on the back of a Vertigo Sheet using masking tape.


Step 2

Cut along the mask pattern.


Step 3

From the remaining Vertigo sheet, cut wave shaped stripes between 3-4 inch and color with the StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple.


Step 4

Using your heat gun and a pair of tweezers, heat the Vertigo stripes and twist.


Step 5

Partially cover the Vertigo mask pieces with StazOn Studio Glaze. Continue to color with the StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple inks.


Step 6

Stamp the sun design on side of the mask using the VersaMark inkpad. Decorate the opposite side by hand using the VersaMarker. Cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in White and heat set.


Step 7

Decorate the mask with the StazOn Studio Glaze in Silver, making lines and dots.


Step 8

Pierce holes on the mask inner sides and hand tie with the cord.


Step 9

Punch holes on the Vertigo stripes and attach them with an eyelet on the mask. Add eyelets on the ends of the mask to tie later the elastic cord.


Step 10

Use small pieces of Tear It Tape to glue feathers close to, previously attached, Vertigo stripes.


Step 11

Add rhinestones by gluing them with On Point Glue. And finish the mask by adding the elastic band to the sides.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mask Template
  • Rhinestones
  • Stamperia – Sun stamp
  • Eyelets
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic cord
  • Feathers
  • Masking tape
  • Heat gun
  • Piercing tool
  • White waxed cord