Make a Set of Shimmery Fashion ATC Cards

by Elina Stromberg

Whenever I just want to play with my stamps and don’t have enough time to make an entire art journal page, I create artist trading cards. Usually, I make several on one go, as I want to have enough cards for swapping, but it’s nice to keep at least one piece in my own card collection.

This time I wanted to use a beautiful stamp set by StampinUp! with two stylish hand-drawn feminine images. They were perfect for water coloring, so I took out my new VersaFine Clair which is a perfect choice for various watercolor projects. With this waterproof pigment ink, you can simply paint over the stamped lines and the image will not bleed nor smear. I suggest you use Fireworks! spray mists as liquid watercolors; in addition to the amazing and vibrant colors, you get a beautiful shimmery finish, too!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour (depending on the number of cards)


Step 1

Cut white background paper to ATC cards of size 2.5” x 3.5”. Stamp one image per card using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne.

Step 2

Pour a few drops of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Danube Blue, Lilac Posies, and Dandelion and a small amount of Walnut Ink in Willow and Cherry Blossom on a palette or on the Craft Mat. Paint the images and part of the background with a watercolor brush. Create two stamping masks by stamping the images on a piece of scrap paper, and fussy cut the bottom parts of the images.

Step 3

Place the mask over the stamped and colored images. Stamp text patterns with the mask in place on the background with VersaFine Clair in Oasis (green) and Cheerful (bright yellow). The mask will protect the main images so the dresses of the fashion models are kept clean. Remove mask.

Step 4

Trim ATC’s removing 1/8” from each edge, and mat card fronts on green ATC base cards. Add any additional details to make it your own! Enjoy!


  • Mixed Media Paper
  • Cardstock – Green
  • Stampin Up – ‘Beautiful You’ stamp set
  • Wycinanka – Texture stamp
  • Watercolor brush
  • Paper trimmer
  • Double-sided tape

Make a Friendly “Need a Hug” Card

by Steph Ackerman

Make a Friendly "Need a Hug" Card with VersaFine Clair

Have you ever made a mistake with coloring a stamped image and thought it was ruined?  That you would have to start again from scratch? Well, this is what happened with this “Need A Hug?” handmade card.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour


Stamp image and sentiment using VersaFine in Nocturne.
Step 1

Stamp image and sentiment using VersaFine in Nocturne.

Step 2

Using Fantastix, add color to the mushroom top using VersaFine Clair in Tulip Red. Add color to the rest of the image using VersaFine in Pinecone, Green Oasis, Blue Belle, Cheerful colors.

Step 3

Color the small mouse with Memento Markers in London Fog and Angel Pink. I used Fantastix to color the large mouse with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink. It’s here that I noticed the image to be problematic. To me, the large mouse was just too dark, and yet the mushroom was perfect just the way it was.

Step 4

To salvage the mushroom image, I decided to re-stamp the large mouse on a scrap of cardstock. I colored the “new” mouse with Memento Markers in Desert Sand and Angel Pink.

Step 5

Then I fussy cut the mouse and placed on top of the main image using On Point Glue. The focal image is now salvaged. No one will know a mistake was made! This can apply to any cardmaking or stamping project you take on. Now let’s move on to the rest of the card design. Use a medium size circle die to die cut the perfected image.

Step 6

Using Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Lady Bug, spritz through a stencil creating a unique background.

Step 7

Cut the stenciled panel to fit the card base. Ink edges with Memento Luxe in Love Letter. Wrap with similar color ribbon and twine. Adhere stenciled panel to card.

Step 8

Die cut a slightly larger circle to act as a base to mount the stamped mushroom image. Ink edges of mushroom image and “need a hug?” phrase with Delicata in Rose Gold. Mat each with the larger circle cardstock mats. First, add the mushroom image to card with foam adhesives. Add the sentiment to the top of the card slightly overlapping stamped image. Finish with any additional personal styling to make it your own.


  • Cardstock – white, brown
  • Stamping Bella – Gilbert and Maisy Under the Toadstool stamp
  • Spellbinders – Nesting circle dies
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – Tattered Lace stencil
  • Whisker Graphics Twine
  • Ribbon – Red
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

Use Shimmer Craft Spray To Create a Watercolor Effect

by Melissa Andrew

Use Shimmer Craft Spray To Create a Watercolor Effect

If you are looking for a fun new crafting technique then try using Shimmer Craft Spray instead of water to dilute your dye inks. This will create a watercolor background with a ton of beautiful shimmer! After dry, stamp on the background with your favorite VersaFine Clair ink for a finished look.


  • Whimsy Stamp Set – Love Has Four Paws
  • Paper Cutter
  • Cardstock – Kraft, White
  • Stamping Block
  • Heat Tool

Create a Beautiful Valentine’s Day Card

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

Create a Beautiful Valentine's Day Card

I created a simple yet gorgeous card perfect for Valentine’s Day. I used very few supplies to create this and the main hero of the card was our newly launched Versafine Clair inkpad. I used it to create my colored cardstock and also to get the stamp layering 3D image. I did 1st and 2nd generation stamping to get two shades from one ink pad.


  • Whimsy Stamps – Stencil
  • Altenew – Rose Layer Stamps
  • Spellbinders – Heart Die
  • Cardstock
  • Cutter Bee – Scissors

How to Extend A Stamp to Second and Third Generation Stamping

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Extend A Stamp to Second and Third Generation Stamping

When you have an ink that holds its image strength as well as VersaFine Clair does, creating a card with multiple shades and tones is incredibly easy. By using third generation stamping for the background, the full-strength VersaFine Clair stands out beautifully while, of course, blending seamlessly. I used the same technique with the hearts of first and second generation stamping to let the primary image shine through while letting the smaller hearts be accents. I’ve found that I can get a full five generations of images from a single inking of VersaFine Clair so there’s plenty of tones to choose from.


  • Cardstock – white, black, beige
  • Burlap paper
  • Cas-ual Fridays Stamps – In the Cards stamp set
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer
  • Coffee Filter
  • Assorted Trim
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Plastic Button
  • Faux Wax Seal
  • Helmar – Quick Dry 450

“I Love You” Valentine’s Day Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

"I Love You" Valentine's Day Card VersaFine Clair

When you have the new ink pads of VersaFine Clair in your hands you want to use all the colors at the same time. These colors are brilliant and give you the opportunity to stamp your images and layer them until you create your perfect design. For today’s project, I created an “I Love You” Valentine’s Day card with a lovely fern and peacock feathers theme.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes


 Versafine Clair Charming PinkStep 1

Stamp the solid images over whisper white cardstock. I used Versafine Clair Charming Pink. Let the ink dry for quite a few minutes, or speed up the process using the heat tool.

VersaFine Clair NocturneStep 2

Once the base leaf layer is completely dry, stamp the detailed image over the first stamped image using VersaFine Clair Nocturne. Cover the image with clear embossing powder and melt the powder with the heat tool.

VersaFine Clair Ink. I used the Cheerful (Yellow) Step 3

Stamp some feather images over the leaf images using another color of VersaFine Clair Ink. I used the Cheerful (Yellow) and covered it with Clear Embossing Powder to obtain a great texture over the first stamped image.

Step 4

Ink another image using a Memento Marker with a clear color of the same family that you are using on your project and stamp on the white spaces.

Step 5

Repeat step 3 using VersaFine Clair Purple Delight. Finalize your card with a sentiment. I stamped a sentiment over a coordinating banner using White Embossing Powder. I created two arrows using a die cut, then inked and embossed with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink and VersaFine Clair Purple Delight.


  • Cardstock – Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Rich Razzberry
  • Stamp positioning tool
  • Heat tool
  • Stampin’ Up – Botanical Blooms Stamp Set
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Love Languages Stamp Set
  • Arrow die cut of choice
  • Scissors
  • Double sided foam tape