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.
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.
Skill: Intermediate 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.
This mixed media project is a great example of how you can use different inks and mediums to create a piece full of texture and color. It’s a step by step layering technique to add depth and interest to mixed media artwork.
Skill: Intermediate Time: 30 minutes
Cut chipboard into a pendant shape and punch a hole at the top. Place a piece of paper under the book cover to protect the pages below.
Cover the front and back of the chipboard piece with white gesso.
Cover the front and back of chipboard piece with white gesso.
Stamp chipboard pendant with VersaFine CLAIR.
Cover pendant with a stencil and apply Creative Artist Medium – Clear.
Stamp brush onto watercolor paper with StazOn Pigment Ink – Piano Black.
Add color to the tip of a brush with StazOn Pigment –Peacock Feathers.
Sponge StazOn Pigment onto Pendant to highlight stencil pattern. Adhere stamp brush image.
Highlight elements of the pendant with ALL PURPOSE INK – Frost White (using a Doodlestix)
Apply splatters in ALL PURPOSE INK – Tropical Lagoon.
Cover element with GlazOn – Slight Gloss Finish.
Add MBOSS Powder to pendant while GlazOn is still wet. Heat set. Round corners of the pendant.
Edge pendant with StazOn Pigment Ink – Piano Black.
Adhere sticker saying.
Use the Waffle Flower – Clear Dies and Combo Swatch Tag Die to record color scheme for this project.
Do you know how your inks work together? Perhaps you’re not getting the results you expect. That’s when layer swatching is a helpful activity. Join Nicole as she explores the VersaFine line of inks to see how they interact when stamping different swatches in layers, much like you would with a layering stamp. You’ll discover all the amazing colors that can be achieved by stamping various colors together to create new colors. Even though VersaFine inks are pigment inks, they layer just like dye inks!