Product Release: VersaFine Clair Inkpads

The best stamping ink on the market just expanded with a brand new line of inkpads! Tsukineko’s VersaFine Clair is a quick drying pigment ink that provides impeccable solid surface-area coverage as well as capturing fine details on stamps. VersaFine Clair’s innovative formulation provides the perfect image to use with watercolor paints or water-based markers.

Watch a video on VersaFine Clair’s features

 

24 New VersaFine Clair Colors Include

Cheerful 901, Paradise 602, Charming Pink 801, Warm Breeze 603, Purple Delight 101, Summertime 701, Tulip Red 702, Fantasia 102, Green Oasis 501, Glamorous 201, Verdant 502, Blue Belle 601, Golden Meadow 951, Rain Forest 551, Chianti 151, Fallen Leaves 451, Monarch 152, Shady Lane 552, Pinecone 452, Nocturne 351, Medieval Blue 651, Acorn 453, Twilight 652, Morning Mist 352 

Cheerful 901, Paradise 602, Charming Pink 801, Warm Breeze 603, Purple Delight 101, Summertime 701, Tulip Red 702, Fantasia 102, Green Oasis 501, Glamorous 201, Verdant 502, Blue Belle 601, Golden Meadow 951, Rain Forest 551, Chianti 151, Fallen Leaves 451, Monarch 152, Shady Lane 552, Pinecone 452, Nocturne 351, Medieval Blue 651, Acorn 453, Twilight 652, Morning Mist 352

VersaFine Clair Ink

  • The best ink for fine detailed stamps
  • Embossable for several minutes—perfect for layered stamping
  • New air tight, ergonomic case keeps the pad inky
  • Great for solid block print style stamping

Handmade card made with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, Waffle Flower stamps and colorful DCWV cardstock.

VersaFine Clair Nocturne is a stellar black ink for outline, fine-line and block print stamping alike! We are so excited to see how this ink is used in everyone’s papercrafting projects! Stay tuned to the Imagine Blog for projects from our Artists in Residence and please tag any work you post with #versafineclair. We love to see how you use our ink!

Shop for VersaFine Clair at the Imaginecrafts.com.

Happy inking!

Free Download —  VersaFine Clair color chart

 

Design a Watercolor Portrait with Walnut Inks

by Elina Stromberg

Design a Watercolor Portrait with Walnut Inks from Imagine Crafts and Tsukineko.

Whenever I come across an inspiring technique tutorial or a project idea, I save it to one of my Pinterest boards. Those pins become handy when there’s a need for getting the creative juices flowing, but even if the creative mojo is not lost I love to browse through the idea boards for getting fresh innovative ideas.

Some of the pinned projects have been on my to-do list for a while already, waiting for the right time slot to be explored. Like a watercolor portrait tutorial by Elise Engh in her Grow Creative blog that I pinned years ago: I loved the project idea and I had planned to make these cool monotone portraits of my kids, but I was not sure if I had the patience for following all the tutorial steps of editing, printing, tracing, and painting. So, when I finally decided to give it a try, I altered the steps, cut some corners, and finished in no time at all! I used a photo editing program for creating my painting template, and instead of making the painting completely monotonous I used two matching Walnut ink colors for painting. And I loved how the portrait turned out!

Creating the painting template requires some photo editing skills, but you don’t need to be an expert for making the template. You can use whichever software you wish, but as photo editing software vary, I did not include detailed instructions of the photo editing steps. However, please do leave a comment if more guidance is needed.

Walnut inks come in several natural earth tones, and they give a beautiful antique finish to photos, papers, and wooden embellishments. They come in handy spray bottles, but the strong pigment inks can also be used as liquid watercolors; they were the perfect choice for this portrait project!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions

Step 1

Choose a well-lit portrait photo and open it in a photo editing program (e.g. Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Gimp, PicMonkey). Adjust colors and lightning, and if needed, add contrast. Convert the photo to black and white, and remove the background. Edit the photo using ‘Posterize’ adjustment tool. Set levels to 2, i.e. use only two colors on the posterized photo. Once done, lighten the black to a light grey so that when you print it is just a light shadow.


Pour a small amount of Walnut Ink in Brown and EucalyptusStep 2

Pour a small amount of Walnut Ink in Brown and Eucalyptus (an earthy green) on a watercolor palette. Taping the paper on the surface is not needed as the Walnut ink will not curl the paper.


Step 3

Paint the portrait using a small brush, covering all printed light grey areas. Let the colors mix, and add water for gaining lighter tints. Work rather quickly, using a rich amount of ink. Walnut Ink will dry quite fast on a porous watercolor paper. When finished, trim the portrait to the desired size and frame.

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
  • Photo in digital format
  • Computer + Photo editing software
  • Printer
  • Watercolor paper
  • Palette
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Photo frame

Create a Bright and Decorative Tea Gift

by Renee Zarate

Create a Bright and Decorative Tea Gift
When I was young my Grandmother’s favorite way to fix any problem in life was to have a cup of tea. As I’ve gotten older I still love tea time in the afternoon. This mini Tea Journal is for the tea lover in your life. There are spots to insert special bags of tea and small pages to journal about their must-have teas or maybe keep track of fun adventures with other tea lovers.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 3 hours

Directions


Step 1

Create a master board using Tsukineko’s Radiant Neon inks, your favorite stamps and a spray bottle of water, cut into 4” by 4” squares. Stamp a teacup image on the paper. Use a Micron pen to decorate with doodled designs, color in with Memento Markers and ink from Radiant Neon inkers. Apply Shimmer Goosebumps on top of the colors on the teacup and allow to dry. Attach the decorated panel to a 4 inch square canvas. Make another teacup image and affix to a matching canvas. One canvas is for the front cover of the journal and the second one is for the back cover. Make additional teacup squares but do not attach to a canvas, these will be glued down inside of the journal.


Step 2

Cut a piece of Bristol paper to measure 4” x 16”, fold accordion style to create 4 inch sections. Attach the twine to tie the book closed underneath the folded piece of paper to hide the ends of the twine. Adhere to the inside of the canvases on either side using Tear It Tape. Small charms can be attached to one or both ends of the twine. Create additional tea cups squares to include inside of the journal. These can all be made to look different by drawing designs on the stamped image or by using different colors, they can be matted or attached to a little hidden fold out book which becomes a journal within a journal.


Step 3

Adhere the extra teacup squares inside the journal. Teacup images can be on either side of the accordion fold, there is a front and a back that can be enhanced depending on how much ephemera there is to add in. Tea bags can include as a surprise. This can be considered a journal since there are blank pages within, these are waiting to include thoughts about favorite teas or favorite tea time adventures.


Step 4

When not in use fold the book up and tie the cord around it to keep it closed.

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
  • B Line Designs – Tea Cup stamp
  • Dyan Reaveley stamp
  • Too Much Fun stamp
  • Artistcellar – stencil
  • Twine
  • Charms
  • Bristol paper
  • Card stock
  • Paintbrushes
  • 4” x 4” canvas
  • Tags
  • Water spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Tea bags
  • Ephemera

Watch a Video on How to Create a Beautiful Paper Clay Bowl

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Create a Beautiful Paper Clay Bowl

Have you tried paper clay, yet? I love that it’s so simple, so forgiving and so very versatile. After seeing project after project on Pinterest about how easy it is to make clay bowls embossed with doilies and other items, I thought it would be fun to make a paper clay bowl and decorate it with stamps and ink. The gilding is a nod to the Japanese technique of Kintsugi—which means golden joinery—as I had the idea to maybe fill some of the uneven rim with the Creative Medium but ultimately used it to blend the different shades of green in the dried clay and add a bit of sheen and shimmer to the finished bowl.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Prima – Paper clay
  • Water
  • Plastic Wrap
  • 6” Cookie cutter or knife and circle pattern
  • Simon Says Stamp – “Kind Flowers” stamp set
  • Acrylic block
  • Wet wipes
  • 1200 grit sandpaper
  • Face mask
  • Heat tool
  • Bowl or Form

Use Foamiran and Delicata to Make Beautiful Poinsettias

by Roni Johnson

Use Foamiran Foam and Delicata to Make Beautiful Poinsettias

The poinsettia is arguably the most iconic flower of the holiday season. They bring light and joy wherever they are found. Create your own joy and spread the light of the Christmas season by making your own realistic sparkly foam poinsettias with the help of Delicata Inks.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Die-cut or hand cut several flower petals and a few extra for leaves.


Step 2

Color both sides of the petals using a sponge dauber and Ruby Red Delicata Ink; ink the leaves using Emerald Green Delicata ink.


Step 3

Place a petal in the veining mold; heat with a heat tool for 2-3 seconds.


Step 4

Immediately place the upper portion of the veining mold over the bottom; gently press and hold for 1-2 seconds.


Step 5

Remove the petal from the mold. Repeat steps 3 – 5 as needed.


Step 6

Once all petals and leaves have been molded, cut a flower base from cardstock and ink with Ruby Red Delicata ink.


Step 7

Use a hot glue gun to adhere the leaves and petals to the cardstock base; overlap each petal just a bit.


Step 8

Adhere the mid-size petals over the large petals.


Step 9

Glue the smallest petals nearest the center of the flower.


Step 10

Apply a bit of Electric Yellow Radiant Neon Amplify! to a plastic stamen; heat to activate Amplify! medium.


Step 11

Insert stamen in the center hole of the cardstock base and secure with a bit of hot glue.

Try making a couple yourself or make with a group of friends! Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Foamiran Silk Foam
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Plastic Flower Stamen
  • Spellbinders – Poinsettia Die
  • Sugar or Fondant Leaf Veining Mold

Learn to Decorate a Candle with Your Holiday Stamps

by Neva Cole

Learn to Decorate a Candle with Your Holiday Stamps. StazOn - Forest Green, Blazing Red, Jet Black, Royal Purple, Azure

This project originally started out as the Evergreen challenge but then morphed into much more than that! Very simple and quick to create, and a great hostess gift as well. You can use regular candles, or the LED wax version.

The tall Christmas Tree pillar candle is the real deal wax candle. The images are stamped on white tissue paper in StazOn Forest Green and Blazing Red and then gently fussy cut. (Note, you will want extra paper or a Craft Mat under the tissue paper as the ink WILL bleed through.)

Place the image in desired position and gently heat with a heat gun. Smooth the tissue paper down into the melted wax and smooth edges of wax with fingers. The tissue paper becomes translucent in the melted wax.

The snowman and angel candles are both the LED versions. The snowmen were stamped in StazOn Jet Black and colored with Fabrico markers. The images were die cut with a layer of cardstock underneath to cut the tissue more cleanly. The images may be reversed when applying to the candle as the color is equally vibrant on both sides. The angels are stamped in StazOn Royal Purple and Azure. All three candles are finished with decorative trim or ribbons with bows.

Learn to Decorate a Candle with Your Holiday Stamps

Supplies

Imagine
  • StazOn – Forest Green, Blazing Red, Jet Black, Royal Purple, Azure
  • Fabrico Markers – Truffle, Bubble Gum, Coal Gray, Tangerine, Pea Pod, Poppy Red
Other
  • Wax or LED candles
  • DeNami Designs—Small Tree, Small Tree Swirl
  • Hampton Arts—Let It Snow Snowmen stamp
  • A Stamp In the Hand—Angel Parade
  • Heat tool
  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbons