Embellish Your Handmade Card with Polymer Clay

by Steph Ackerman

Embellish Your Handmade Card with Polymer Clay

This month’s color theme is Sea Breeze. This color theme reminds me of water, vacations, cruises, and time at the beach. With this ocean theme in mind, I created a fun card that could be given to someone heading on vacation, or perhaps someone heading towards retirement. By mixing and matching embellishments you can create a wide assortment of cards.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Ink embossing folder with Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze
Step 1

Ink embossing folder with Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze. Place white cardstock in the inked folder and emboss.

Mat embossed panel with kraft cardstock
Step 2

Mat embossed panel with kraft cardstock. Adhere panel to a blue card with foam adhesives.

Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink
Step 3

Ink canvas tag with Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink by dabbing different colors on the tag. Also, ink the twine.

Stamp the phrase on white cardstock with VersaFine Nocturne ink
Step 4

Stamp the phrase on white cardstock with VersaFine Nocturne ink. Die cut with an oval die and mat with a larger blue die.

Create a ship's wheel from Makin's tan clay with a pirate mold
Step 5

Create a ship’s wheel from Makin’s tan clay with a pirate mold. Ink with Brilliance in Pearlescent Chocolate Ink. Alternatively, you can create the ship’s wheel with brown clay.

Add elements to the card with On Point Glue
Step 6

Add elements to the card with On Point Glue, letting the tag twine flow freely across the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White, Blue, Kraft
  • Spellbinders – Circle dies
  • Sizzix Embossing Folder
  • Sizzix Embossing Machine
  • Makin’s Clay
  • Creative Vision Stamps
  • Burlap
  • Pirate mold

See How to Repurpose a Canvas

by Kassy Tousignant 

See How to Repurpose a Canvas with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray - Bahama Blue, Paris Dusk, Bamboo Leaves

This Camper theme stamp set from Joy Clair is so fun and the pairing with the versatile Imagine and Tsukineko products made this project great! I love the clouds stencil and when I saw the stencil I ended up using for the grass, I couldn’t resist using this old pre-framed canvas for this fun project. Joy Clair also included an SVG file for the stamp set so I didn’t have to fussy cut the stamped images. Of course, I used VersaFine Clair ink to get the most vibrant, crisp images possible.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair stamp – Happy Stamper
  • Joy Clair SVG file – Happy Stamper
  • Liquitex – Flexible modeling paste
  • Wooden frame
  • Daler Rowney – white gesso
  • Stencils
  • Cricut Maker
  • Neenah – white cardstock
  • Flat paintbrush

Create A Clean And Simple Artist Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

I love to create Clean & Simple cards, but at the same time, I love to use embossing techniques and different colors on my designs. Combining both styles in a single card is not complicated when you have materials like VersaFine Clair and Fireworks Sprays. This is a single layer card created with the stamp sets God’s Masterpiece and Broken Brick Background from Joy Clair Stamps. To make it, I selected Whisper White cardstock and different colors of VersaFine Clair Inks.

Directions


Step 1

Create the base of the card using Whisper White cardstock. The size of my card is a regular size 4.25″ x 11″ with a score in 5.5″.


Step 2

Stamp the Broken Brick Background on the upper part of the card using VersaFine Clair Morning Mist and cover it with clear embossing powder. Melt the powder with the heat tool.


Step 3

Arrange the rest of the images on your stamping tool. I am using the Stamparatus from Stampin’ Up but any stamping tool is good for that.


Step 4

Continue inking only the stamps that will be the focus of the card. For that, I used VersaFine Clair Nocturne and Embossing Powder in Clear. Continue the stamping process inking one by one the additional stamps with different tones of VersaFine Clair Ink and emboss them with clear embossing powder.


Step 5

Remember that one of the virtues that VersaFine Clair has is that you have more time to emboss your images. As you noticed, one of my main images overlaps the brick background. This is the moment when you said..”Uhh?! How do I fix that?!” But don’t worry I will show you the solution. You only need to continue with the process.


Step 6

To “resolve or cover” my mistake, I stamped in a separate piece of Whisper White card stock the overlap part of the image, with the same ink and embossing. Then I fussy cut it with my scissors to use only the part that I need to replace. To give color to some of the stamped images, I applied and mixed the Fireworks colors with a paintbrush.


Step 7

Why shouldn’t a single layer card have texture? I definitely loved making this project. It kept the concept of a lot of white and no paper layers to be in the category of CAS.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Stamps – God’s Masterpiece, Broken Brick Background
  • Cardstock – Whisper White
  • MISTI Stamping Tool
  • Heat tool
  • Round Corner

How to Bring Doodle Flower Background Stamp to the Foreground

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Bring Doodle Flower Background Stamp to the Foreground with embossing powder and VersaMark ink

By definition and design, background stamps are usually the foundation of a piece, not the focus. In this project, I show a way to highlight an amazingly detailed Mandala style background stamp from Joy Clair with embossing and ink blending to create a simply beautiful card with the look of a rich textile. Choosing a pattern stamp with fine details and plenty of open spaces is key to this particular technique, but experiment and see what works for you.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White, Teal, Grey
  • Joy Clair – Doodle Flower Background Stamp
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Paper Tape
  • Water Spritzer
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Button
  • Brad
  • Wire Cutters
  • American Crafts – Paper Trimmer
  • Helmar – Liquid Scrap Dots

Make a Splash With this Beautiful Textured Background

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

See how I created a super quick yet magical underwater effect using Kaleidacolour Caribean Sea, Delicata Golden Glitz, and a simple spray bottle. Waterbased inks are great for moving and mixing to create texture and visual effects. Since this is an underwater mermaid theme, I wanted to create the effect of water splashing and feel this technique was perfect!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Stitched Die
  • Heat gun
  • Water spray bottle
  • Cardstock – white
  • Mermaid Stamp set

See How to Stamp and Color with Fabric Inks

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

See How to Stamp and Color with Fabric Inks with All-Purpose Ink, Fabrico markers, and VersaFine Clair.

See how to decorate a cotton zipper tote bag using your favorite stamps and All-Purpose Inks to match summer colors and inspiring a positive mood. With this design, I stamped the words “smiles, hugs and kisses” along with swirls and flowers which could be used for cosmetics, small items, and for casual walks. Add glass beads to decorate it further and make a small metallic tag using SHEET Metal from Imagine and StazOn ink. The possibilities are endless!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the swirls design from Joy Clair stamps with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink pad on the cotton bag.


Step 2

Mix All-Purpose Inks on Imagine’s Craft Mat and paint the stamped design.


Step 3

Distress the rest of the bag using a Large Sponge Dauber and Memento Luxe in Bahama Blue.


Step 4

Sharpen the flowers from the stamped design with the Fabrico Marker in Midnight.


Step 5

Stamp words from the stamp set with the VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink pad. Repeat on the other side and set colors with an iron.


Step 6

Hand sew beads on in matching colors.


Step 7

Cover a diamond SHEET Metal shape with StazOn in Teal Blue.


Step 8

Stamp the heart design with VersaMark, cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in White and heat set.


Step 9

Cover the SHEET metal shape with GlazOn to seal and protect the color. Attach the metal shape with a ribbon on the zipper.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair – Hugs and Smiles stamp set
  • Cotton zipper tote bag
  • Paintbrush
  • Heat tool
  • Beads, needle, and thread
  • Satin ribbon