Be a Star with New Embossing Techniques

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By Martha Lucia Gomez –

Hello there! In today’s crafting tutorial, I will be sharing two easy ways to upgrade the basic embossing techniques using a Brilliant Ink and embossing power or MBoss.  This is a great idea for any occasion, however like summer is around the corner, I created a Patriotic Card honoring 4th of July.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 1 hour

Directions:

 

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Step 1:

Select a piece of card stock and embossing folder. Use a piece of cardstock larger than the folder. Dry emboss it in the normal way using your die cut machine. 

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Step 2:

Pick a brayer or any type of roller to add ink to the emboss design. Noticed that you can use any face of the embossed piece to develop this technique. I am using Brilliance Pearlescent Sly Blue and Shimmer White Cardstock.

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Step 3:

Ink your brayer completely and apply the Brilliance Ink over the surface with a soft movement. You don’t want to transfer the ink to the debossed part.

 

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Step 4:

Repeat the step 3, until you are satisfied with the color of the layer. In my sample, I made this step three times to have a great covering.

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Step 5:

Create the card base and layers that you wanted to use. In this model I am using white card base, and blue die cut layer to create a contrast. Resize your inked embossed piece to use it as top layer over the die cut piece. Select a shadow die set with a sentiment or any other type of image to create a window over your inked layer. Don’t paste your layers yet.

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Step 6:

With the shadow or die base of your die cut, create a window over the inked layer. If you want you can save the die cut layer to use in another project.

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Step 7:

Paste the inked embossed layer over the die cut layer using your favorite adhesive. If you want to have more dimension, you can use foam tape. Paste the decorative piece over the card base. 

Cut the word or image according with the die cut that you selected.

 

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Step 8:

With masking tape, cover the half of the die cut word and made a partial hot embossing using VersaMark Ink and your favorite color of embossing powder or MBoss. In my model, I am using the Metallic Berry. 

Don’t remove the masking tape if you want to repeat the above step and obtain shinier and dimension with the hot embossing. I repeated this step twice.

 

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Step 9:

Paste the embossed word and decorate with a complement sentiment and/or embellishments. I used a tiny sentiment stamped with Memento Paris Dusk and a few die cut stars in white cardstock.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Brilliance – Pearlescent Sky Blue

• VersaMark – Clear

• MBoss – Metallic Berry

 

Other:

• Whimsy Stamps – Slimline Embossing Folder Wave Length

• Joy Clair Designs – White Smooth Cardstock and Loopy Rectangle Slimline Dies.

• Birch Press Design – Big Sending Sugar Scrip

• Scrapbook Adhesives – Crafty Foam Tape

• Die Cut Machine

• Heat Tool

• Brayer

 

• Heat Tool

• Brayer

 

How to Make a Quick Stenciled Christmas Card

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By Annie Collins

– Hello Crafty Friends – Annie here with a quick and easy stenciled Christmas Card featuring a variety of Imagine Crafts Products.

Directions:

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• Brilliance Inks: Pearlescent Poppy and Gamma Green
• VersaMagic Ink: Hint of Pesto
• irResistable Texture Spray: Gold
• On Point Glue
• Tear It! Tape
• Craft Mat
• Ink Blushers
• StazOn All Purpose Stamp Cleaner

Other:

• Stampendous Stamp: Shapely Vase
• Maker’s Movement Thanks Die
• Gel Press 6×6
• Accent 80# Ultra Smooth Cardstock: Opaque White
• Recollections Brand Cardstock: 110# White, 65# Cream and 80# Dark Green
• Recollections Brand Rhinestones: Gold and Violet

See How to Make a Beautiful Beaded Bowl

by Iris Rodriguez

See How to Make a Beautiful Beaded Bowl

They say it’s the little things that matter. So one day, I was at my local craft store and noticed the beads were on clearance. How can I pass up this aisle, right? I saw these two large turquoise beads. I got inspired to wire wrap them into a small bowl. I made the bowl using Activa Self Hardening clay, a nice porous clay that takes pigment inks nicely. I decided to use inks that would complement the beads. I used Turquoise Gem, VersaMagic, a stunning turquoise that contrasts nicely with the Crimson Copper and Rocket Red Gold Brilliance inks.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 Hour to make the bowl, 2 days total for bowls to air dry

Directions


Step 1

For this project, I used Activa Plus clay. In case you’re not familiar with this clay, I will describe its properties. It is an air-dry clay. It is fine, moist, malleable, firm, but not hard. Keep the clay moist by spraying a little water, which also makes it softer. When the clay is wet, it is a beige like color, and when dry it turns off white color. The rate that it dries will depend on the thickness of the project and room temperature. The drier the room, the faster it dries. It is highly porous, which is nice, because it takes just about any kind of medium for coloring onto the clay, such as Imagine’s dye/pigment inks and craft sprays. For this project, I used pigment inks. Use a wooden board or another non-porous surface to work with this clay.


Step 2

Condition the clay by wedging the clay or just rolling it around. Roll out a sheet of clay. You can use a pin roller used or use a clay roller. The clay is usually very smooth when it’s rolled out. If it is not, then smooth out the clay with your fingers, rib tool or another smooth-edged tool.


Step 3

Create a template for the bowl. Make the template out of scratch paper. The template will guide you when cutting out the clay.


Step 4

Place the stencil over the clay and in a pouncing motion ink the clay with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic ink. Then ink on the Crimson Copper Brilliance ink. Add the Rocket Red Gold Brilliance ink over the Crimson Copper. If you do not have a stencil, you can cut shapes out of paper and place over the clay. The moisture of the clay keeps the paper in place.


Step 5

Place the template over the clay and cut out the shape. Ensure that you work on the wooden board when cutting out the clay. DO NOT use the craft mat to cut.


Step 6

Place the bead on the end. Place the circle stencil over the bead and find a circle that fits the bead.


Step 7

Using the stencil as a guide, cut out the shapes. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the other side. Ensure that you work on the wooden board when cutting out the clay. DO NOT use the craft mat to cut.


Step 8

Place the clay bowl into a real bowl or other object and allow it dry for one day. It will take on the shape of the object.


Step 9

At the start of day 2. The clay will be slightly moist. Perfect time for drilling the holes. If the clay is completely dry, and you try drilling, you risk the clay breaking. Use a small drill bit and manually drill the holes. Ensure that the wire will fit through the holes. Do not use a power drill; it’s overkill and the clay is too delicate. Wipe off the clay burrs with a brush. Let the clay dry for another day. No need to put it back in the real bowl. At this point, the shape will stay in place. To determine if it’s dry, take a look at the natural clay color; it will turn an off-white when dry. Also, if the clay feels cold then it’s still wet. It is very important to seal the bowls. The clay is porous, therefore liquids can weaken or activate the clay. The sealer makes it look purposely finished. You can use a spray sealers like 3M/Krylon or brush on a water-based varnish or polyurethane.


Step 10

Now that the bowl is completely dry. Time to embellish it. You will need beads, plyers and 20 gauge copper wire.


Step 11

Cut out about 15 inches worth of wire. Add the bead to the wire, take it to the center of the wire.


Step 12

Wrap the wire over and under the edge of the bowl.


Step 13

Wrap the wire three times to secure the ends. Cut the wire.


Step 14

Now you have you finished your decorative bowl.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Activa Plus Self Hardening Clay – White
  • Modeling clay tools – rib tool, knife or needle tool
  • Rolling pin
  • Wooden board
  • Large Beads
  • 20 Gauge copper wire
  • Stencils
  • Sealer (spray, polyurethane)

Using Brilliance Ink To Create A Mixed Media Card

by Nadine Carlier

I love the brillance shimmer that Brilliance Ink adds! I created this entire card using different colors of Brilliance Ink.
Watch my video tutorial below to see how I did it. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 15 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Create A Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout Background

by Nadine Carlier

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It has been such a long time since I have done a scrapbook layout. I really miss doing them!  I used several different Imagine products to create the background for my layout; Creative Medium, Fireworks, Delicata, Brilliance, VersaMagic, and StazOn Pigment Ink.
Watch my video below for details on how I created the background for my layout.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Chipboard by Creative Embellishments
  • Stencil by Creative Embellishments
  • Stamp by Creative Embellishments
  • Gesso – Clear, White
  • Prima Flowers
  • Paper by 13Arts

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How To Make A CAS Layered Card

by Nadine Carlier

CAS Layered Card by Nadine Carlier IC

Brillance Pearlescent Coral was the perfect ink for the delicate flowers on my CAS layered card. Watch my video below to see how easy it was to create. Enjoy!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Gina K Designs Watercolor Flowers Stamp Set
  • Misti
  • String
  • Gemstones
  • Cardstock – White, Gray, Pink

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