Beginner Guide: 5 Ways to use VersaColor Ink for Cardmaking

by Nicole Watt

Join Nicole as she shows you how to add VersaColor ink to your cardmaking projects. She’s got five ways that you can use this water-based pigment ink for various techniques in paper crafting.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

versacolor pigment ink pad

Other 

  • Altenew – Golden Feather Stamp & Die bundle 
  • Hero Arts – Starry Night Stencil 

Beginner Guide: Five Heat Embossing Tips for Beginners


Beginner Guide: Five Heat Embossing Tips for Beginners

by Lisa Mensing

Today, Lisa is sharing her top five heat embossing tips and they are perfect for the beginner crafter. See how she demonstrates three fun ways to use embossing powder on beautifully handmade cards.

Skill: Beginner
Time: Varies

Directions

shopping list

mboss embossing powder

versamark

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Beginner Guide: Mboss Clear in Matte Finish


by Imagine staff

Many of you may have heard of embossing powders by now. There are plenty of introductions on how to heat emboss. In fact, we feature a great introduction to embossing on a metal tin by Nicole Watt. Check it out! But there is no end to the many uses of this unique product. So, in today’s post, we thought we would highlight a fun technique with one of the cool powders that Imagine has in stock — Mboss in Clear Matte!

Directions


Step 1

Choose a pigment ink and a stamp. Here I picked VersaFine Clair in Charming Pink and a Waffle Flower stamp.


Step 2

Emboss the stamped image with Mboss Matte Clear. Notice how the Matte Clear deepens the Charming Pink color. With a regular clear embossing powder, a high gloss would show. With the Matte Clear, it simply enhances the stamped image without the high gloss. If you wanted to leave it as is then this is a great technique for enhancing a stamp. For embossing powders, you will need a heat tool. We listed a purchase option in the supplies below. 


Step 3

To take it a bit further, here is an embossing technique that can really intensify any papercraft or cardmaking project. In the sample above you can see the stamp inked with Warm Breeze in VersaFine and then inked again with VersaColor in Canary Yellow. One benefit of embossing is to lock the color of the first stamped image to the paper. It can be inked over with additional colors without affecting it. The plain stamp blends a bit and turns the image to a green hue. The embossed image keeps it’s turquoise color perfectly.

Last example again with VersaFine in Charming Pink — you can see the luster of the embossing keeps the deep pink color intact! Inked with VersaColor can turn the Charming Pink into a coral color (which is beautiful). With the Mboss the Charming Pink pops through the yellow background.

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Beginner Guide: Intro to Memento Inks

by Lisa Mensing

In this video, Lisa is focusing on the Memento Ink Line by demonstrating a few techniques and sharing tips and tricks throughout the video.

Skill: Beginner
Time: varies

Directions

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Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Board Pads 

Amazon.com: Arches Watercolor Paper Pad, 140 lbs, Cold Press, 9″x12″

Amazon.com: Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb/216 GSM, Solar White, 97 Bright

Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110# 8-1/2×11 250/pkg

Circles, Circles, Circles Clear Stamps | Whimsy Stamps

*Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day stamp set

Polka Dot Background | Set of 4 Stencils – Honey Bee Stamps

Bee Bold Alphabet | Honey Cuts – Honey Bee Stamps

 

Beginner Guide:Understanding VersaFine Ink Properties


Do you know how your inks work together? Perhaps you’re not getting the results you expect. That’s when layer swatching is a helpful activity. Join Nicole as she explores the VersaFine line of inks to see how they interact when stamping different swatches in layers, much like you would with a layering stamp. You’ll discover all the amazing colors that can be achieved by stamping various colors together to create new colors. Even though VersaFine inks are pigment inks, they layer just like dye inks!

Other

Waffle Flower Color Swatching Stamp Set

 

Quick & Easy: Embossing and Watercoloring Technique

by Elina Stromberg

Heat embossing is an easy but versatile technique that will bring your stamped projects to a new level. You will be amazed how easily this technique will transform your stamped images into shiny, non-fading, water-resisting decoration elements! Most crafters use heat embossing together with stamps, but this technique can also be used in various ways to create cool effects on your project backgrounds.

For heat embossing you don’t need too many supplies; embossing powder, a sticky stamping ink, and a heating tool will take you a long way. A heating tool (or a heat gun) is a dryer that blows very hot air. The temperature is much higher than of a hairdryer, so be careful not to touch the nozzle as it may burn your fingers! The magic of heat embossing is in the melt, and the embossing powder will need heat to start melting. Therefore, a hairdryer cannot be used for this purpose as the air is simply not hot enough. The results of heat embossing are gorgeous; it’s almost like magic on paper! Even if you don’t have too much experience of paper crafting, I recommend you give this technique a try; it’s so easy that you will master it in no time at all!


VersaMark

Mboss in Black

Watercolor Set

Waterbrush

Acrylic Block by Stampin’ Up


Stampin Up – Beautiful Day

Stampin Up Cardstock

Heat Tool

For heat embossing, you need an ink that is sticky. The ink acts as a glue and the fine embossing powder sticks to the ink until it’s melted. My personal preference for this technique is VersaMark as it dries slowly allowing me to work at my own pace without any rush. I can also stamp several images on one go without worrying for the ink to dry too quickly.
Stamp the image on white paper. I used a smooth watercolor paper, as I wanted to color the embossed image with watercolors.

Place your stamped paper on a piece of scrap paper (a sheet of printing paper will do great). Sprinkle a generous amount of embossing powder over the stamped image. Lift the stamped cardstock and pour the leftover embossing powder onto the scrap paper. The powder sticks to the sticky ink. Tap the stamped cardstock a couple of times to get rid of more excess powder. Set the stamped paper aside and funnel the leftover powder back into the container. The leftover powder can be used over and over again! If for some reason the powder would stick on unwanted areas, you can brush off the excess powder with a small paintbrush before heat setting the powder.

Keeping the heating gun nozzle a few inches away from the cardstock, heat the embossing powder until it’s completely melted. Be careful not to overheat it. You will notice when the powder starts melting as it turns from matt grainy to smooth and shiny.

Paint the embossed image with watercolors. The heat embossed image resists watercolors, allowing you to block colors from mixing.
 I decided to use the butterflies for decorating cards, so I cut them out with scissors. I glued two panels of patterned papers on a simple white card base. For making my beautiful butterflies pop I added simple heat embossed texture on the background: 
I started with dabbing clear VersaMark in on the center of my background. On my first card, I used white embossing powder for the background, and for the second one gold. Heat embossing is an easy way to add a hint of metallic shimmer to your card! Once the powder had cooled, I glued the butterfly on the card front. Done!