Make a Fun Mixed Media Steampunk Inspired Gothic Collage

by Roni Johnson

Make a Fun Mixed Media Steampunk Inspired Gothic Collage

Happy Birthday, Thomas Edison! Described as America’s Greatest Inventor, he was born February 11th, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. In his honor, his birthday is now known as National Inventors Day. Best known for his invention of the incandescent light bulb but he was so much more. He accumulated a record 1,093 patents in his lifetime. I thought it only fitting to honor this man who so greatly changed our lives with a fun mixed media Steampunk inspired Gothic Arch collage complete with Creative Medium Metallic gears and photos of the man and his work.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut a large and small Gothic arch from chipboard. These will eventually nest inside one another.


Step 2

Ink a 1-inch border around the entire outside edge of the large Gothic arch using a sponge dauber and Tulip Red VersaFine Clair ink.


Step 3

Sprinkle desired color(s) of embossing powder over the inked areas. Clear, gold and patina embossing powders were used for this example. VersaFine Clair has amazing properties which allow embossing powders to stick to it even after it is dry to the touch so there is no need to rush or waste embossing powders by mixing them all together. Each color may be applied individually enabling you to collect and save the excess powder.


Step 4

Use a heat tool to melt the powders. Set the large arch aside to cool.


Step 5

Tear vintage ledger pages, mathematical charts, dictionary pages, etc into small pieces.


Step 6

Adhere the pieces of ephemera to the small Gothic arch using Vintage Creative Medium and a palette knife. Overlap pieces until most of the chipboard have been covered. Set aside to dry.


Step 7

Spread a thin layer of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper Metallic Creative Medium over 4.25” x 5.5” pieces of cardstock and let dry. Die-cut various gear shapes from the Creative Medium papers.


Step 8

Adhere the gears to the arch using more Vintage Creative Medium.


Step 9

Trim off the excess paper from the arch.


Step 11

Stamp sentiment on a strip of white cardstock. Create an aged look by rubbing a small amount of Vintage Creative Medium over the strip. Ink edges with VersaFine Onyx Black.


Step 12

Adhere the sentiment and images to the arch as desired. The lightbulb image was inked using Memento Dandelion ink. A couple drops of On Point Glue was applied to the colored area and sprinkled with micro-fine glitter. Affix the smaller Gothic Arch to the larger embossed arch using Tear It Tape.

And if you have extra supplies left….

Make a Fun Mixed Media Steampunk Inspired Gothic Collage Tag

Take the remaining pieces and create a gift tag.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Memory Box Dies – Steampunk Gears
  • Artistic Outpost – Steampunk (sentiment)
  • Vintage Ephemera
  • Micro Fine Glitter
  • Cardstock – white
  • Chipboard
  • Scissors

“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

Directions


 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.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 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

Celebrate Mardi Gras this Year with a Handmade Mask

by Kyriako Pachadiroglou

Celebrate Mardi Gras this year with a gorgeous and festive handmade mask. Vertigo sheets are a great tool for making amazing visual effect when light hits it and it’s always more vibrant when color is added. Using the StazOn ink pads you can assure that the colors mix well on the Vertigo sheet and will not fade. Imagine’s Embossing Powder also provides a detailed decoration for this project that is iconic of the celebration of Mardi Gras. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Print the mask template, cut along and secure it on the back of a Vertigo Sheet using masking tape.


Step 2

Cut along the mask pattern.


Step 3

From the remaining Vertigo sheet, cut wave shaped stripes between 3-4 inch and color with the StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple.


Step 4

Using your heat gun and a pair of tweezers, heat the Vertigo stripes and twist.


Step 5

Partially cover the Vertigo mask pieces with StazOn Studio Glaze. Continue to color with the StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple inks.


Step 6

Stamp the sun design on side of the mask using the VersaMark inkpad. Decorate the opposite side by hand using the VersaMarker. Cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in White and heat set.


Step 7

Decorate the mask with the StazOn Studio Glaze in Silver, making lines and dots.


Step 8

Pierce holes on the mask inner sides and hand tie with the cord.


Step 9

Punch holes on the Vertigo stripes and attach them with an eyelet on the mask. Add eyelets on the ends of the mask to tie later the elastic cord.


Step 10

Use small pieces of Tear It Tape to glue feathers close to, previously attached, Vertigo stripes.


Step 11

Add rhinestones by gluing them with On Point Glue. And finish the mask by adding the elastic band to the sides.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mask Template
  • Rhinestones
  • Stamperia – Sun stamp
  • Eyelets
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic cord
  • Feathers
  • Masking tape
  • Heat gun
  • Piercing tool
  • White waxed cord

Make a Vivid and Impressive Valentine’s Day Card

by Steph Ackerman

Make a Vivid and Impressive Valentine's Day Card

Valentine’s Day is a cardmaking holiday. If you have a lot of people on your card-receiving list and you need to create several of the same cards quickly, it’s easiest when you limit your supply choices. That doesn’t mean, however, that your cards need to look simple. For this design, I choose the new line of VersaFine Clair inks that are beautifully vibrant and I’ve used Tulip Red to create an amazing background color saturation.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Ink background stamps with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair and stamp onto pattern paper.
Step 1

Ink background stamps with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair and stamp onto pattern paper.


Step 2

Emboss with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.


Step 3

Stamp assorted sized flowers with Brilliance ink in Pearlescent Orchid and stamp leaves with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.


Step 4

Die cut the flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies.


Step 5

Mat the stamped background with black cardstock. Add the flowers and leaves to the panel with brads


Step 6

Mat panel with red cardstock. Create a card from black cardstock. Add panel to the card at a slight angle using foam adhesives for dimension.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – red, white, black
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamp – Valentine Background
  • Heartfelt Creations – Classic Rose Stamp Set & Die
  • Brads
  • Die cut machine
  • Heat Tool
  • Adhesive

Learn How to Create Interesting Backgrounds with Monoprinting

by Elina Stromberg


If I had to pick just one must-have product, it would be the Tuxedo Black Memento ink. It’s a fast drying, water-based dye ink, and it is my No. #1 choice when coloring stamped images with alcohol markers. Another advantage is the easy cleaning of the stamps. No scrubbing is needed as the water-based inks can simply be wiped away with a wet wipe. Because they clean so easily, Memento is a great ink for inking your embossing folders because they will not damage or stain your embossing folders. I used my Tuxedo Black for monoprinting a variety of cool black and white background textures that are perfect for cards, ATC’s and art journal pages. See how I did it..

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Gather all needed supplies: One or several embossing folders (any texture or pattern will do), Memento inkpad, brayer, and several sheets of white cardstock or watercolor paper.


Step 2

Using a brayer, ink one side of the embossing folder with Memento ink. If the folder image contains numbers or letters, make sure to ink the side with the mirrored numbers or letters. The folder can be also be inked only partially, allowing for two or several patterns to be printed on one page.


Step 3

Mist the inked surface gently with water. Place paper on the inked folder, press gently with your hand and pull the print. Set aside to dry, and rinse the embossing folder with warm water.

 

Step 4 (Optional)

If the printed panel is used as background for a stamped image dab white gesso or acrylic paint on the B&W pattern to calm down the busy background. Let dry.


Step 5 (Optional)

Add color to the black & white pattern by stamping textures with StāzOn in Blazing Red.

To use the backgrounds add a focal image and paste onto a card base.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix – Embossing folders
  • Watercolor paper
  • Water mister
  • Brayer
  • White gesso or acrylic paint
  • Carabelle Studio – ‘Simple Elegance’,  ‘I Have a Dream’ stamps
  • Wycinanka – text pattern
  • White card base
  • Red cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive of choice

Create a Watercolor Effect with Stamping

by Melissa Andrew

watch a video on how to Create a Watercolor Effect with Stamping by Melissa Andrew

Create a lovely scenic background using your Memento Markers and your favorite stamp. Memento markers allow you to have a gorgeous watercolored appearance and you can create a sky after with more markers without ruining your already stamped image. I love that I can create my sky after my foreground stamping.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Penny Black – Woodland Beauty
  • Simon Says Stamp – Hand Lettered Winter Wishes
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Cardstock – Kraft, Green
  • Water Spritzer
  • Heat tool
  • Acrylic block
  • Anti-static tool
  • Watercolor brush