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


  • 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

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!

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Happy inking!

Free Download —  VersaFine Clair color chart


Create Papercraft Projects with Beautiful Purple Hues

Today we have two fantastic papercrafting projects that show off our Color of the Month Aubergine! Elina has crafted an encouragement card using a layered stencil technique and Renee lays down mixed media mayhem with a princess theme tag.

Create an Encouragement Card with Beautiful Purple Hues by Elina Stromberg

Create an Encouragement Card with Beautiful Purple Hues by Elina Stromberg

Our October theme color is the beautiful Aubergine. It’s rich, dark purple tones took my mind to the dark autumn nights, candlelight, coziness, and relaxation. Those warm thoughts were the inspiration for this card project.


I started the card with decorating the background. I layered two stencils on the background; leaf pattern against the purple cardstock, and circle stencil on top. I dabbed VersaMark ink through the stencil and heat-embossed the pattern with Vintage Plum embossing powder. Layering stencils is a simple technique for creating beautiful background elements.


Bird and feathers are stamped and colored with alcohol markers, and cut out with a die-cutting machine, using the matching dies. Cheesecloth is a nice decoration element to use on cards: It does not increase the dimension too much and it’s lightweight, so your cheesecloth decorated project will easily fit into a standard mailing envelope. White cheesecloth can easily be dyed to match the color palette of your project; this time I used Lilac Walnut Ink for tinting the fabric.



Aubergine Mixed Media Princess Tag by Renee Zarate

Create an unusual gift tag using a variety of purple inks to create an Eggplant or Aubergine color saturation. This tag design uses embossing powder for texture, cardboard doll figures as a centerpiece, stamps, sequins and a huge list of mixed media products too long to mention.

Sizzix - Tag die Use a die cutting machine to cut a tag out of the inked paper. This tag measured 3” by 6 ¼”.

I started by inking a small amount Memento Elderberry ink and three times as much Memento Sweet Plum ink on my craft mat and then sprayed a small amount of water on the inks and dragged a piece of Mixed Media paper over the inks. Since Memento is water based the inks blend quickly.  The inks marbleize as the tag is repeatedly dipped into the mixture. To speed up the drying, I set colors with a heat tool then die cut with a tag die.

Then I prepared the doll figure with gesso or white ink, stamp interesting images on the dress portion and used a washi tape face on the doll. If you have drawing skills you can also simply draw a face on the doll piece or stamp. Using Memento Luxe Sweet Plum, I stamped a texture stamp on the left side of the tag. Then I used StazOn Royal Purple to stamp script on top of the texture stamping. Since StazOn is a solvent ink, it should not interact with Memento and will provide distinct layering. Apply Clear embossing powder and melt with a heat tool. To contrast the purple hues, I stamped Delicata Golden Glitz (pigment ink) with different texture stamps randomly on the tag. Then continued to distress the edges with Sweet Plum and Royal Purple inks. Finally, I added doll and the stamped phrase, “It’s not easy being a princess,” with sequins, twine, and staples to the tag.


  • White gesso
  • Black gesso
  • Sizzix – Tag die
  • Diecutting machine
  • Cardboard dolls
  • Jane Davenport – washi tape
  • Twine
  • Dina Wakley – texture stamps, script stamp
  • Sequins
  • Staples
  • Heat tool
  • Spray bottle (water)
  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper


‘I Like Chocolate’ Whimsical Style Halloween Tag

 by Renee Zarate

I Like Chocolate Whimsical Style Halloween Tag

Who doesn’t love chocolate? It is often the perfect gift! There are so many different types of chocolate: white, milk, bittersweet…the list goes on and on. There’s a little something for everyone and every taste. Next time you give someone the gift of chocolate think about making a tag to go with it. If the chocolate is super tasty then it is sure that the tag will last longer than the gift.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour


This tag was diecut from Strathmore Mixed Media paper and a Sizzix tag die.
Step 1

Select or diecut a tag. You can purchase blank tags at most craft stores or even office supply stores. This tag was diecut from Strathmore Mixed Media paper and a Sizzix tag die. Stamp images with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa, emboss with clear powder and melt with a heat tool. Use a Dauber to color in the background with Delicata Champagne.

 Using a small Dauber ink the edges with Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer, then follow with a different Dauber tool add Delicata Golden Glitz ink
Step 2

Before the ink dries, place a stencil on top and remove some of the background ink with a baby wipe. Using a small Dauber ink the edges with Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer, then follow with a different Dauber tool and add Delicata Golden Glitz ink.

Apply Post-It notes to serve as a mask covering the stamped images, apply white gesso with a texture type stencil randomly.
Step 3

Apply Post-It notes to serve as a mask covering the stamped images, apply white gesso with a texture type stencil randomly.

Step 4

Add additional interest with a script stamp using Celestial Copper ink. Take a bottle cap and use as a stamp with Dark Brown Shimmer ink. Color at random with Memento Markers. Add a baker’s twine bow, some staples, a tiny metal heart and a quick spray of Gold Shimmer Spritz.

Once everything is dry then you are ready to pair with a chocolate gift! If you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial then share on Facebook or leave a comment below!


  • Sizzix – tag die measuring 6 ¼” x 3”
  • Die cutting machine
  • Strathmore – Mixed Media paper
  • Stencil Girl – Textures stencil
  • Bottle cap
  • Post It Notes
  • Dina Wakley – Texture stamps
  • Rubbermoon – I like chocolate
  • Baby wipes
  • Prima Crafts – Mechanical Heart
  • White gesso
  • Baker’s twine
  • Heat tool


Delicata is a Fabulous Ink for Watercoloring

Watercoloring A Floral Pattern with Delicata by Martha Lucia Gomez

Watercoloring A Floral Pattern with Delicata by Martha Lucia Gomez

Watercoloring is one of my favorite techniques because each piece you create is unique. Today, I want to share with you how easy it is to watercolor using the new colors of Delicata ink. To create this card, take a piece of watercolor paper and stamp your favorite image using Delicata Ink Rose Gold. Cover the stamped images with clear embossing powder. Remove the excess powder and melt with the heat tool. Since I used flowers in this card, I combined the Emerald Green and Ruby Red Delicata Ink. Apply ink over your craft mat. Using an aqua painter or paintbrush, add a few touches of water over the stamped images and apply the ink from the mat.

When the paper is totally dry cut the layer using a decorated die cut. Paste the decorated layer over a very vanilla card base. Stamp a sentiment of your choice on a separate piece of watercolor paper using Delicata Ruby Red.


  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – Very Vanilla
  • Heat tool
  • Aqua painter
  • The Ton – Always Cherry Blossom Stamp Set
  • Stampin Up – Botanicals For You
  • Gina Marie Designs – Rectangle Stitch die cut

Delicata Watercolored Tags Technique by Renee Zarate

Delicata Watercolored Tags Technique by Renee Zarate

I think I can speak for most crafters and mixed media artists when I say that many of us are limited by space and the financial means to have every new product we see on the market. The luscious Delicata inkpads that were recently released in jewel-toned colors are one of those multi-use products that produce some pretty amazing results. Not only do the new ink colors stamp beautifully but today I’m sharing a technique showing how they can be used in a different way to produce a watercolor result. This is definitely a stamp pad collection that deserves a special spot in any studio.

Purchase or die cut white shipping tags. These were cut from a Sizzix die from Mixed Media paper. The tags can be left plain, texturized with an embossing folder or primed with a light coat of gesso. Apply inks on a craft mat then spray with water until the ink colors start to move and blend with each other. The Delicata inks used here are Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green, and Champagne.

Drag each tag through the watery ink. If more color is desired simply ink up a background stamp and press the still wet tag into the stamp. More water can be sprayed on the tag or if pleased with the look of the tag, use a heat tool to dry it completely. Now the tags can be stamped on or otherwise embellished.


  • Plastic block
  • Sizzix – Tag die, Butterfly die
  • Alterations – Texture Fades Embossing Folders
  • Big Kick Embossing Machine
  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper 140#
  • Heat tool
  • Ribbon
  • Stamps – Sandra Evertson

Make Plans for the Perfect Christmas Card

by Elina Stromberg

Snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards Shapphire Blue.

Busy Christmas card season is soon here! I envy those efficient crafters who start making their Christmas cards early enough, so that they can create beautiful, diverse card designs for each receiver. I usually start too late, and in order to complete the task on time I must choose only one or two designs that are easy and quick to do even in larger quantities. However, simple does not mean that the cards need be boring, quite the contrary! A wow-factor must be included, and even if time may be running short, I still take time to carefully plan the card design.

Each year I make a few extra cards that I keep to myself. I want to keep record of the card designs I have used, as my cards must never be replicates of the previous years’ designs. Making a couple of test rounds before starting the actual card making project has proven to be a wise choice, too. Whenever I want to come up with a new and fresh design idea, I like to start with making several samples. For me that’s the only way to see what works and what doesn’t. This is especially true when including new media, new color combinations, new supplies or new techniques. A few pieces of scrap paper keep this endeavor an inexpensive choice for testing! I’ll switch to higher quality card bases when I’m ready to go into production.

This year my Christmas cards will most probably have a snowflake background; snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards. For my sample pieces, I sprayed two sheets of white mixed media cardstock with blue Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray. Those shimmering cold blue colors gave just the icy look and feel I needed! I mixed the colors with water, dried with my heat gun, and cut the sheets into smaller sample pieces. I even punched one sheet with a tag punch and a set of gift tags was made on the same go.

For sample #1, I applied Metallic Silver Creative Medium through a snowflake stencil. On sample #2, I stamped different small snowflakes with Sapphire Blue Delicata ink and for sample #3, I used the same snowflake stencil with the Sapphire Delicata ink and a Stipple Brush.

I continued testing on punched gift tags: #4 is heat embossed with white embossing powder, and #5 with silver.

For tags #6 and #7,  I used the previous techniques once again, as I wanted to see how they work on small backgrounds.

For tags #8 and #9,  I die-cut snowflakes from glitter paper and glued them down with On Point Glue. #8 is misted with Original GooseBumps Texture Spray, and #9 outlined with ‘Wedding Dress’ white irRESISTible texture spray.

Now the only tricky part is to choose which pattern or texture to use for my Christmas cards. As much I liked the stamped and die-cut images, I think I will go for the stenciled Metallic Silver Creative Medium. The shimmering silver just looks so cool on the shimmering, icy blue background!

From here building a card design that could be both time-friendly and very personalized will be easy and fun! Enjoy!


  • Mixed media paper
  • Water mister
  • 13Arts Studio – Snowflake stencil
  • Snowflake stamps
  • Scissors
  • Tag punch