See How to Create a Relaxing Sunset with VersaFine Clair

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

See How to Create a Relaxing Sunset with VersaFine Clair

Do you know someone who is overdue for a vacation? Perhaps they are not sure whether they deserve a break? Today’s project is a perfect encouragement card for such a person. This card brings a desire for summer vacations and relaxation that makes you want to be inside the scene with the warm colors and the sense of calmness it gives. It allows you to dream of the place of a tropical island or somewhere in Africa. The deep colors of VersaFine Clair ink pads make them ideal for vibrant shades on paper and Imagine’s Sheet Metal pieces. See how I made this card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

 VersaFine Clair in Summertime. Sprinkle Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Clear
Step 1

Use a jumbo sponge dauber to color the Sheet metal circle with the VersaFine Clair in Summertime. Sprinkle Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Clear and heat set. Repeat the process a couple more times.

VersaFine Clair in Summertime and Golden Meadow inks
Step 2

Cover a 4 x 6 cardstock by laying and blending VersaFine Clair in Summertime and Golden Meadow inks with a jumbo sponge dauber. Use the VersaFine Clair in Pinecone for the lower part of the card.

VersaFine Clair in Pinecone
Step 3

Emboss the cardstock with the branches embossing folders only at the bottom of it and enhance with more VersaFine Clair in Pinecone.


Step 4

Die cut the beach hut and color with the VersaFine Clair in Pinecone and Summertime.


Step 5

Use the rest of the die cut paper as a stencil and with the help of a sponge dauber make huts on the cardstock.


Step 6

Press the palm plywood shape on the VersaFine Clair Pinecone and use it to stamp on the cardstock.


Step 7

Color the plywood shapes and the Icelandic moss with the VersaFine Clair in Pinecone.


Step 8

Cut small pieces of the Tear It Tape and set the Sheet metal circle.


Step 9

Glue the plywood shapes with the On Point Glue and use foam tape to keep the beach hut raised from the background. Place the cardstock on the front of a 5 x 7 card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 5 x 7 cardbase
  • Cardstock – White
  • Plywood embellishments – palm tree
  • Marianne Design – Beach hut die
  • Icelandic moss
  • Foam tape
  • Heat tool
  • Hot glue gun
  • Embossing machine and folder

Create a Sunny “Hello” Card for a Good Friend

by Elina Stromberg

Create a Sunny "Hello" Card for a Good Friend with Memento DewDrops

Our wonderful color of the month is ‘Mango’. That rich and warm yellow color took my mind right in the middle of sunny summer days, and that feeling inspired me to create a summer-themed flower card. Matter of fact—I made two card fronts on one go, but instead of creating two identical greeting cards I trimmed the other one into an ATC card. Love them both!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Stamp image on white paper with VersaMark. Heat emboss with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Black.


Step 2

Apply the two shades of yellow inks in Memento on the background using a brayer. Start with the lighter color and add the darker yellow on top. Do not cover the entire background but ink the center of the card only.


Step 3

Using the Craft Mat as a palette, press ink on the craft mat. Pick up colors with a water brush, and paint the image.


Step 4

Cut stamped card front to size and mat on a white card base. Die-cut the “hello” sentiment twice, glue together with On Point Glue and attach to the card front.

Above is ATC version of this card in a vertical format and without the “hello” sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Brayer
  • Stampendous – Cling Daisy Cluster Stamp
  • Sizzix – ‘Hello’ die
  • Cardstock – white, yellow, black
  • Water brush
  • Heat gun
  • Cardbase
  • Glue
  • Scissors

 

 

See How to Monoprint with VersaFine Clair

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

See How to Monoprint with VersaFine Clair

I’ve been curious to see how VersaFine Clair inks would work when used with a gel plate and finally made the time to give it a try. The rich colors meant I got very beautiful prints with each layer and the natural translucency of VersaFine Clair allowed me to build up some depth and color mixing between the layers without having to mingle the actual inks. Check out the video to see how I used VersaFine Clair and friends to create this sweet little bunny scene.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour +

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Gel Plate
  • Speedball – Brayer
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Ivy Stencil
  • Stencil Girl – Stone and Mortar Version 2 stencil
  • Uni-ball Signo White Pen
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer, Scissors
  • Self-adhesive Crystal
  • Tweezers
  • Helmar – ZapDots

Create a “Just Keep On Swimming” Encouragement Card

by Roni Johnson

Create a "Just Keep On Swimming" Encouragement Card

Mango Madness! What a fun ink color name huh? It makes an even better color of the month to help welcome in the summer. As I was thinking about a project to share for April, I instantly thought of these darling little fish from Stamptangle and a fun underwater scene. VersaMagic’s Mango Madness was the perfect foundation for it all.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 Minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Sponge VersaMagic in Mango Madness on white cardstock roughly the size of 3 of the fish.


Step 2

Stamp one large and one small fish with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne over the inked cardstock. Ink the small fish stamp with VersaFine Clair Nocturne and stamp on the craft mat.


Step 3

Place a piece of Mango Madness cardstock face down over the stamped image and burnish. The result is a perfect reverse image of the original.


Step 4

Add colorful highlights using Memento Dual-Tip Markers. Stamp underwater foliage using VersaMagic in Mango Madness, VersaFine Clair in Verdant and Rain Forest. Fussy cut all images and set aside.


Step 5

Construct a window card using a light blue cardstock and a piece of Vertigo film; adhere the film to the card using Tear It Tape. Adhere all images to the front and inside portions of the card using On Point Glue. Apply rub-on letters to form the sentiment. Finish off the card by applying dots of Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellisher as bubbles.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Stamptangle Sea Kelp, Stamptangle
    Sea Coral, Stamptangle Sea Plant, Stamptangle Fancy Fish – Small, Stamptangle Fancy Fish – Large
  • Rub On Letters
  • Cardstock – blue, white
  • Acrylic Block

Make a Happy Birthday Card with Layered Stamping

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Make a Happy Birthday Card with Layered Stamping in VersaMagic DewDrop

One of the advantages of using chalk inks like VersaMagic is the soft texture created for your cardmaking projects. Creating texture and mixing colors is easy when you use the DewDrops because of the control and use of the tip of the inkpad. On this project, I used a single flower image to create a beautiful pattern and a stamping tool to create this eye-catching birthday card.

Directions


Step 1

Using a stamping tool, stamp the first flower with VersaMagic Mango Madness as a base color.


Step 2

Since Mango Madness is a relatively light color, I had to stamp the image over the Very Vanilla cardstock twice to make all the flowers and leaves details evident.


Step 3

Keeping the stamp and the paper in the same place, apply and combine the colors of the VersaMagic directly over the stamp. Make sure not to contaminate the ink pad with different colors. But if this happens to you, don’t worry, you can clean your ink pad with a paper towel.


Step 4

Repeat the stamping process until creating the background that you want. Keep the pattern of colors or change it to others with each image. On this card, I used VersaMagic Mango Madness, Red Magic, and Ocean Depth. To complement the background you can splatter some tiny spots of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Tuxedo Black. I also used a few splatters of All-Purpose Ink in Champagne Mist to give to my background a shimmery touch. Stamp your sentiment using VersaMark, sprinkle with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in White and melt the powder with the heat tool.


Step 5

To finalize the card, resize the stamped background, sponge the borders with VersaMagic Wheat and tie a few loops of natural hemp twine around. Paste directly over the Crushed Curry card base using Tear It Tape and paste your sentiment with dimensionals or double-sided foam tape. If you consider necessary, you can repeat the splatter process to enhance some parts of the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Crushed Curry
  • Stampin Up – Heartfeld Blooms
  • MISTI or Stamparatus
  • Heat tool
  • Natural hemp twine
  • Double sided foam tape or dimensionals

Make a Gorgeous Set of Cards with a Floral Theme

by Elina Stromberg

Make a Gorgeous Set of Cards with Floral Theme with VersaMagic Ink

I love working with VersaMagic inks. Those chalky inks look gorgeous both on light and dark cardstocks, and the ink’s rich and creamy consistency make stamping simple and fun. In addition to stamping the VersaMagic inks can be applied directly from the inkpad on the cardstock. Possibilities are endless for creating beautiful stenciled and masked backgrounds!

I made a set of ATC cards, using black cardstock as the card panel. For background patterns, I used a simple masking technique, in which I covered parts of the background with a strip of a torn piece of paper and dabbed VersaMagic ink on the black cardstock. The pictures don’t do justice to the wonderful shimmering finish!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Direction


Step 1

Cut four ATC cards of size 2.5” x 3.5” from black cardstock. Using a piece of torn paper mask parts of the ATC background, and apply VersaMagic in Cloud White on the cardstock. Move strip, and apply more ink until the entire background is decorated.


Step 2

Stamp flowers on white cardstock with various VersaMagic colors.


Step 3

Using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne, stamp flower borders on top. Stamp flower centers with VersaFine Clair in Summertime. Let dry and fussy cut flowers and stems with scissors. Glue flowers and stems on ATC’s. Decorate with stamped sentiment words “Create, Keep Calm, Dreamer.” If you want to have a border around the card, trim the edges, and mat the card on white cardstock cut to ATC size.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Simon Says Stamp – Artful Flowers stamp
  • Carabelle Studio – Mini mots 3
  • Mixed media paper
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue