Celebrate National Scrapbook Day with this Stunning Layout!

by Jowilna Nolte

Celebrate National Scrapbook Day with Stunning Layout!

Happy National Scrapbook Day! I love scrapbooking because it gives you a chance to capture memories with those you love. Another feature is you get to collage together beautiful images and colors to encapsulate those memories. In today’s project, I choose lime and purple as the perfect color combination for a young at heart! This layout is filled with interesting floral details combining some of my favorite ink products in a vibrant color combination. Enjoy!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1.5 hours


Step 1

Stencil a circle background onto smooth white cardstock using texture paste. Leave the paste to dry. Create color by misting the texture with Fireworks sprays and leave to dry.

Step 2

On the second sheet of white cardstock create a background using Radiant Neon in Electric Green and Delicata in Emerald Green. Use the direct to paper technique to add the color. You can also add color with inkers for even more intensity.

Step 3

Once the background is dry. Use Delicata ink and stencil a pattern onto the background in selected areas. Punch  2½” circles from your background as well as some 1” circles.

Step 4

Mist the background with the same colors of Fireworks that you used on the background. Spray in selected areas to create a beautiful shimmer.

Step 5

Assemble the punched out circles, a photo matted on a black background, and cut out flowers from the patterned paper on the background to create your layout. Add a title like “drive” and additional embellishments like the stars and hearts to finish off the layout. Add additional Walnut Ink splats as well as colors ink splats using the Fireworks sprays.


  • Cardstock – white
  • Jowilna Nolte – numbers stencil, circle stencil
  • Short Cust Craft – wooden letters
  • Kaisercraft – Patterned paper
  • Texture paste
  • Cirle punch or die – 1″ and 2″

Create a Copper and Teal Father’s Day Steampunk Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Create a Copper and Teal Father's Day Steampunk Card

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, but I thought I’d get a head start on a steampunk/industrial Father’s Day card. Depending on the mom – it could be for either! These projects are always fun because you get to make things look grungy and metallic with inks, embossing powders and embellishments. By altering corrugated cardboard with different craft inks, you can transform scraps into a cool background. See how I made it!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours


Step 1

Select a piece of corrugated cardboard.

Step 2

Spray Ink Potion No. 9 onto the corrugated cardboard. This helps the ink spread evenly and reduces harsh spray splotches. Spray Walnut Ink on the corrugated cardboard randomly. The ink will seep into the crevices. This imitates a timeworn metal look. To remove ink from the crevices use a dry brush to lift up the ink, then dry onto a paper towel. Dry paper.

Step 3

Rip the top and bottom edges.

Step 4

Ink the corrugated cardboard with Champagne Delicata and Turquoise Gem VersaMagic inks on the raised surface. The Turquoise Gem ink imitates a patina look while the Champagne ink imitates bits of metal shining through. Dry paper.

Step 5

Ink the edges with the Rich Cocoa Memento Luxe ink. Dry paper

Step 6

Ink gears with VersaMark ink, add Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Gold and heat set. Repeat this step using the Celestial Copper and Silver embossing powders.

Step 7

To vary the look of the gears, create a patina and copper gear. Ink the gear with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic ink.

Step 8

Add Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Copper on random areas.

Step 9

Add Imagine’s Embossing powder in Clear to the rest of gear and heat set

Step 10

Ink the card’s edges with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic Ink. Dry paper. Ink small areas randomly with the Celestial Copper Delicata ink.

Step 11

Adhere corrugated cardboard front to the card.

Step 12

Adhere nailheads, studs, and gears. Stamp a “Happy Father’s Day” sentiment and cut out into a rectangle shape. Add small metal studs on the four corners of the sentiment card and mount to the front of the card. Essentially the card is finished at this point but you can continue to add little details to make it your own! Happy grungy cardmaking!


  • Cardstock
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Creative Embellishments – Chipboard Gears (1, 1.25. 1.5 inches); ‘Loose Parts’ set
  • Nailhead and stud metal embellishments
  • Happy Father’s Day sentiment stamp

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


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.


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

Product Release: Inkpad Personality Kit

Announcing the Inkpad Personality Kit!

Do your inkpads seem to speak to you every time you walk by your crafting space? We know what it means to become attached to certain inks. At times, it even seems the inkpads develop their own personality. Knowing this inspired us to develop the Inkpad Personality Kit™ to fill this void in the industry. If you feel that your inkpads have eyes…then why not give them some?!

All eyes on your little Angel! Give Memento Angel Pink a sweet smile to match!

Do you have an inkpad that is considered your bestie? We recommend the fun lets-go-get-drinks-after-work smile!

How about a bright green that is insistent you use it in every project. You can tell VersaFine Verdant to let the other inkpads have a turn!

How about Memento Sweet Plum who can always make you giggle with delight?!

Happy April Fool’s Day!!

If you have not figured it out by now… this is not a real product release! But what if it was?! Would you buy your inkpad a personality kit? Ha! In-house designer Marcie claims that Memento Bahama Blue makes its way into almost all of her projects at home and definitely plans to deck out her inkpads. She is even considering getting her inkpads their own dollhouse! Marketing Manager Amanda thinks VersaFine Clair Nocturne is the bees knees and winks at it every time she uses it. She’s super excited to have him wink back now! Bwahaha!


Layering Different Inks With Layered Stamps

by Nadine Carlier

Hydrangea Card by Nadine Carlier main ic

So often when using layering stamps I think I need to use the same kind of inks for each layer. Nope! Mix it up some with different combos to see what great looks you can achieve. I love the look that the Delicata White Shimmer added over a layer of VersaFine Clair and Memento ink to create my hydrangea flowers.

Watch my video tutorial below to see how I created the flowers and the background for my card. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min.



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See What Craft Supplies Our Artists Recommend for Weddings

See What Craft Supplies Our Artists Recommend for Weddings

There are so many kinds of craft projects that would successfully create a DIY wedding. We see all sorts of fabulous ideas on Pinterest and highlights from crafter’s blogs that blow our minds. We decided to ask our Artists in Residence (and some members of the Imagine team) to recommend their favorite Tsukineko or Imagine products to use in wedding cardmaking and crafting. Here is what they had to say!

Product Recommendations

3 Votes for Delicata!

Steph Ackerman

I recommend Delicata in Celestial Copper and Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Clear. This metallic pigment ink creates a beautiful effect on vellum. For further detail add a touch of color with Memento Markers to coordinate with the colors of the bridal party. The full-size inkpad should be enough to create a large number of cards and this ink has an inker available. So if you are creating more than usual then purchase the inker with the large inkpad.

Nadine Carlier

Delicata in White Shimmer and Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Iridescent on black cardstock is a great combo. For a video tutorial, I created this gorgeous black and white themed wedding invitation card. If you need the extra shimmery wedding then spray some Sheer Shimmer Spritz Sparkle. Watch Nadine’s video.

Jowilna Nolte

I recommend using All-Purpose Ink Pale Mint Green and Delicata in White Shimmer on top, all on a pearly cardstock. One lovely stamping technique I recommend for making an invitation would be to use a layered stamp set like you would find in the Altenew collection.

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3 Votes for Embossing Powders!

Jennifer Vanderbeek

Gold and silver embossing powder is the best way to bring a touch of elegance. If you don’t have time to DIY it all, a touch of gold or silver embossing on your paper goods can elevate purchased items with a bit of pizazz.

Melissa Andrew

I really love Imagine’s Embossing Powders on vellum. I love a beautiful soft look for weddings and a gorgeous embossing powder on or under vellum is simple yet stunning. The beautiful colors, gold or silver, are the perfect colors to represent long-lasting love. They seem to compliment any colors a bride would choose. VersaMark ink is a great ink for embossing because of it’s tacky qualities. 

Arjita Sepaha Singh 

For an Indian wedding, perspective red is the color! Red is considered auspicious and adding Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Gold will be like a match made in heaven.

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2 Votes for Creative Medium!

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

I recommend Creative Medium in any of the Iridescent colors as a great way to create backgrounds that are not visible at first sight, giving an elegant and festive style with a distinctive glamour.

Martha Lucia Gomez

I enjoy Creative Medium in Clear and created a floral design using a watercolor technique with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray and Memento dye inks. See the full tutorial for this card. 

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2 Votes for Sheer Shimmer Spritz!

Roni Johnson

For wedding projects, there’s nothing I like more than Sheer Shimmer Spray to add a touch of elegance, sparkle, and shine. It comes in 6 different colors, perfect to match any theme the bride and groom have chosen. Sheer Shimmer Spray can make plain white sparkle and they make colored backgrounds really pop! 

Marcie McCabe

My recommendation is Sheer Shimmer Spray in Sparkle and Fireworks Craft Spray in the colors of the wedding party. 

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1 Vote for Fireworks Sprays

Iris Rodriguez

I recommend Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays for crafting in wedding decor. It can be hard to match the right colors for wedding decor. Since Fireworks is available in 24 colors and is a dye-based ink, you can choose one of the colors or blend colors to make the desired color. For example, to make a simple cork place card holder (in photo above), add a paper flower embellishment and color it with Fireworks! It’s elegant, inexpensive and personal. To make a zero waste wedding, make a wreath by attaching all remaining cork place card holders and flowers to a frame.

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2 Votes for VersaFine Clair

Kassandra Tousignant

I recommend a delicate floral background stamp on paper with Sheer Shimmer Spray in Sparkle. In the photo above, I layered the paper with an acrylic sheet on top stamped with VersaFine Clair inked “It’s Your Special Day” sentiment. 

 Amanda Harryman

For those who don’t want to emboss, but want a touch of that elegant look, I would recommend Delicata in Golden Glitz or Silvery Shimmer depending on colors or preferences. I can also say that I would recommend VersaFine Clair in Nocturne, or other wedding colors, to use for the return address stamp on invitations since it will stamp the details clearly, and be smudge-proof quickly.

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