Here’s some inspiration for a quick card using some of my favorite inks. I used the direct to paper inking to create a simple and quick background but effective and informal just the way I like it. With a bit of bling on top and a gorgeous star, this card is perfect for any celebration.
Time: 15 minutes + dry time
- Stencil – Stars
- Stamp – Wish Upon A Star
- Card Base
- Card Stock
- Glitter Paste
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.
Welcome back everyone, Lee Ann here and I am so happy to be here with another project for Imagine Crafts. This fairly easy Fourth of July Card can be made using just a few items from Imagine Crafts and a Heat Tool.
- Cardstock – Black, White, Red, Blue
- Stamps – Fireworks, Sentiment
- Stamping tool or Acrylic Block
- Coffee filters
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!
Choose a pigment ink and a stamp. Here I picked VersaFine Clair in Charming Pink and a Waffle Flower stamp.
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.
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.
Lisa shares a quick comparison between Memento Dye Inks and Memento Luxe inks. Stamping, water coloring, and stenciling between dye inks and pigment inks can produce different results. Learn some beginner basics to understand which inks are best for your projects.
- Strathmore – 300 Series Bristol Board Pads | BLICK Art Materials
- Arches Watercolor Paper Pad – 140 lbs, Cold Press, 9″x12″
- Neenah Classic Crest – 80lb/216 GSM, Solar White, 97 Bright,
- Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White – 110# 8-1/2×11 250/pkg
Creating an Artsy book cover is easy with All-Purpose Ink and Ink Droppers. This project will walk you through the step by step process of creating a unique background paired with a large word stamped (with StazOn Pigment Ink) as a focal point.
Time: 20 minutes
Part 1: Create an Artsy book cover with All-Purpose Inks.
Part 2: Color Scheme Tag Journal
- Start with a blank hardcover book.
- Place a piece of paper under the book cover to protect the pages below.
- Using ink droppers, draw up a small amount of All-Purpose Ink into the dropper and release (splatter) the ink onto the cover. Repeat with different colors.
- After the ink has dried, stamp “ART” onto the cover using StazOn Pigment ink.
- Apply StazOn Ink directly to each edge of the book cover.
- Step two – Create Color Swatch Tag
- Cut a tag using the Waffle Flower Tag Die.