Create a Matching Frame & Card Design with VersaMagic

by Lisa Mensing

Create a matching card and home decor frame - you can do anything

In this video, I’m sharing how to use stencils along with a few inks to create gorgeous backgrounds wrapped in Vellum and heat embossed with inspirational quotes. I’ve used the background in two ways: to create a handmade card and framed. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Whimsy Stamps Farmhouse Greenery Stencil
  • Neenah #110 Classic Crest Solar
  • White Coverstock Strathmore Laser Transculent Vellum
  • Black Frame
  • Heat Tool

Happy New Year! It is 2020!!

by LeeAnn McKinney

Using Celebration Themed stamps along with VersaMark Dazzle and Delicata Golden Glitz ink pads make a New Years Card. I will be making several of these cards to send to friends as well as co-workers to welcome in the New Year.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair- Let’s Celebrate
  • Peek-a-boo Designs- Poinsetta
  • Lawn Fawn- Celebration Countdown
  • Recollections 110 lb Black Cardstock
  • Gold Mirror Cardstock

Quick & Easy Projects: Ink for Planners

by Marcie McCabe

In today’s post, I will do a quick review of our ink brands and discuss the best inks for the thinner pages of journals and planners. If you are a planner addict or simply would like to craft some fun “goals” pages for the New Year then check out what we have to say about the best planner inks for 2020!

VersaFine + StazOn

One of the unique qualities of planners is the thin pages on the inside. These thin pages are designed to be flexible and lightweight so journals remain easy to use and at a low cost. If you like stamping inside your planner then getting a great inkpad is crucial. Let’s start with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne! VersaFine is a solid ink for making cards, but on thin pages, it is going to show through on the following page. StazOn Jet Black is an excellent mixed media ink and will stamp on nearly anything, yet again it shows through on thin paper. So these two inks I would save for cardmaking.

VersaMagic + Memento

VersaMagic is a highly pigmented chalk ink. The Midnight Black stamps well and does not bleed through the paper as heavily as other black inks. I vote YES for this ink on thin pages. Memento Tuxedo Black is a water-based dye ink that is an excellent ink for cardmaking and using with other inks such as alcohol markers but has a heavy bleed through on the thin pages. In my observation, it bleeds through the most.

What about grey?

If you really like a certain inkpad brand and feel you still want to use it on your planner or journal pages then you can try a lighter shade. Although Memento Tuxedo Black is too heavy for thin pages an alternative is London Fog. The grey tone is light enough for the journal page. I was inspired to try VersaFine Clair in Morning Mist, but again the tone of grey is too dark and the VersaFine showed through again. It is not an issue of the ink formula but rather the color hue of this particular grey.

Final Thoughts

When looking at different inks for journal pages consider different colors within a brand or brands with unique pigment qualities. The winners of this stamping-on-thin-pages test are Memento in London Fog and VersaMagic in Midnight Black!! Thank you and Happy Planning!

Quick and Easy Projects: Kissing Stamp Technique

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Kissing Technique is an easy way to combine your stamps and create unique designs for your stamping projects. Just select one solid design and combine it with another pattern and create different layouts.

Memento Lulu Lavender


Memento DewDrop – Grape Jelly

Craft Mat

Card and Envelope Set

Full Heart Stamp 

Stripepddle Stamp by RG Avenue.

Directions

Select the stamps that you want to use and the colors of the ink. Use a light color for the solid image and dark color for the textured or detailed image. Place the stamps over different acrylic blocks and ink well with the corresponding ink. Here I selected a heart stamp and inked it with Memento in Lulu Lavender. Then I choose a stripe stamp and inked it with Memento in Grape Jelly.

Place one stamp over the other, touching the inked sides. You will notice how the stripe image is transferred into the solid heart image. When you are using a waterbased ink like Memento this transfer will happen very smoothly.

If you decide to use a dark color for the solid image, don’t apply ink to the detailed image, just kiss them and you will see how it take off the color from the solid stamp. Stamp the image over your card stock layer and finalize your card stamping a coordinating sentiment.

 

Simple Candy Cane Backgrounds with Memento Ink

by Lindsay Adreon

Sometimes you just need a quick card or even a set of cards to give as a gift. This background is the perfect way to create those at this time of year! And all you need is cardstock, painter’s tape, and an ink pad!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 15 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Waffle Flower Nesting Oval Die Set
  • Heffy Doodle Thanks Die

Happy Holidays! Get Ready with some classic projects!

Happy Holidays everyone! We hope the Holiday and Christmas season is treating you all well. We are excited about what the holidays bring and all the crafting inspiration that comes with it. Be on the lookout for our tutorials featuring holiday cards, ornaments and wrapping paper as well as the announcement for our 2020 Design Team.

Some of the Must-Haves inks for the holidays include VersaFine Clair in Nocturne, Sheer Shimmer in Sparkle and Frost, and the color of your choice in VersaColor or Memento inks. Be sure to head over to these shop pages and check out our selection.

Since we cannot post all the cards for December right away and fast forward through the month to all the good stuff, we thought we would do a recap of some of our favorite cards and holiday crafts. See these projects on the Make section of our website. Click on Season and then on the Christmas link to browse through more!

warm winter wishes

This simple Mason Jar Holiday Card by Arjita Singh shows a lovely rustic winter effect. See more on the Make section >

Create light-up holiday houses with Jennifer Vanderbeek. See the full tutorial on Make Section >

Dress up a kraft cookie bag with a star stamp and embossing powder. See the full tutorial on the Make section >

And if you do not know where to begin then try a very easy Christmas card featuring VersaFine Clair. Beginner Guide on Make section >