How To Paint With Versafine Clair

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How To Paint a Desert Scene With Versafine Clair

VersaFine Clair is great for using with wet mediums because it’s oil-based formula won’t interact with paints or sprays. But I also wondered what else I could do with this very versatile ink. I discovered that VersaFine Clair’s quick-drying formulation makes for a wonderful, texture-rich dry brush effect when combined with Fantastix and that, while you can’t make a fluid medium with it and water-based thinners, a little bit of added oil will work! I had a lot of fun reaching beyond traditional techniques to create my “painted desert” scene.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Canson – Hot Press Watercolor Paper
  • Hero Arts – Stamp Your Own Cactus
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer, Scissors
  • Olive Oil
  • Helmar – ZapDots

Learn How to Upcycle Cork Coasters

by Elina Stromberg

Learn How to Upcycle Cork Coasters

A while ago, I found a pile of old cork coasters in my kitchen cabinet. I had not used them in years and was just about to throw them away, but then I realized they were perfect for small home décor items. Maybe the beautiful material made me change my mind. Nowadays cork is truly a trendy material in craft projects, so I thought I should try to turn the old coasters into something nice and new. And I’m so glad I did!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Remove dust and stains from the coasters.


Step 2

Stamp the images using Onyx Black VersaFine. When stamping, press the stamp firmly on the cork surface. VersaFine is a great ink for solid image stamping and since it is a dense ink it should stamp on the cork well.


Step 3

Color images with All-Purpose Ink. Use irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress (white) for decorating the stamped and colored images with dimensional paint dots. Let dry.


Step 4

Using a new Fantastix, color in the leaves with All-Purpose Ink in Spring Green.


Step 5

To finish this project, continue stamping and coloring the remaining coasters in your set. You have the option of making all 4 or 6 of your coasters different or repeating the same image for all. If you want to hang the decorated coaster on the wall, attach a loop on the back of the coaster with a strong adhesive.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cork Coasters
  • Stampendous – Nesting Bird Stamp
  • Acrylic block for stamping

Make a Friendly “Need a Hug” Card

by Steph Ackerman

Make a Friendly "Need a Hug" Card with VersaFine Clair

Have you ever made a mistake with coloring a stamped image and thought it was ruined?  That you would have to start again from scratch? Well, this is what happened with this “Need A Hug?” handmade card.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Stamp image and sentiment using VersaFine in Nocturne.
Step 1

Stamp image and sentiment using VersaFine in Nocturne.


Step 2

Using Fantastix, add color to the mushroom top using VersaFine Clair in Tulip Red. Add color to the rest of the image using VersaFine in Pinecone, Green Oasis, Blue Belle, Cheerful colors.


Step 3

Color the small mouse with Memento Markers in London Fog and Angel Pink. I used Fantastix to color the large mouse with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink. It’s here that I noticed the image to be problematic. To me, the large mouse was just too dark, and yet the mushroom was perfect just the way it was.


Step 4

To salvage the mushroom image, I decided to re-stamp the large mouse on a scrap of cardstock. I colored the “new” mouse with Memento Markers in Desert Sand and Angel Pink.


Step 5

Then I fussy cut the mouse and placed on top of the main image using On Point Glue. The focal image is now salvaged. No one will know a mistake was made! This can apply to any cardmaking or stamping project you take on. Now let’s move on to the rest of the card design. Use a medium size circle die to die cut the perfected image.


Step 6

Using Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Lady Bug, spritz through a stencil creating a unique background.


Step 7

Cut the stenciled panel to fit the card base. Ink edges with Memento Luxe in Love Letter. Wrap with similar color ribbon and twine. Adhere stenciled panel to card.


Step 8

Die cut a slightly larger circle to act as a base to mount the stamped mushroom image. Ink edges of mushroom image and “need a hug?” phrase with Delicata in Rose Gold. Mat each with the larger circle cardstock mats. First, add the mushroom image to card with foam adhesives. Add the sentiment to the top of the card slightly overlapping stamped image. Finish with any additional personal styling to make it your own.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, brown
  • Stamping Bella – Gilbert and Maisy Under the Toadstool stamp
  • Spellbinders – Nesting circle dies
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – Tattered Lace stencil
  • Whisker Graphics Twine
  • Ribbon – Red
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

Imagine Tips: See How to Fix Stamping Mistakes

by Melissa Andrew

Imagine Tips: See How to Fix Stamping Mistakes

Ever have mistakes in your stamping and you can’t figure out how to fix them?! Try Fantastix to ink over your stamping mistakes. Simply set the Fantastix on the inkpad you used to stamp, and lightly color in your mistakes.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Whimsy Stamps – Penguin’s Winter Adventure stamp set, Whimsy Wonderland Word die Set
  • Doodlebug Designs Milk and Cookies paper
  • Cardstock – pink, white
  • Chipboard Snowflakes

What a Beautiful World with Delicata

What a Beautiful World with Delicata

You Make the World Beautiful Handmade Card by Alison Heikkila

Hello! In August, Imagine introduced 6 new Delicata colors, and today I am using some of them. I absolutely LOVE these inks. They have the most beautiful glimmer to them. My card uses stamps from the Hero Arts “You Are Loved” stamp set. I love this set because of all of the beautiful messages it has, but also because a portion of the proceeds goes to an anti-bullying campaign.

This card is easy to make. I started with the globe by stamping Smooth Bristol Paper with VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black and embossing. Color the globe with 2 different Brush-Tip Fantastix and apply the Emerald Green Delicata Ink for the land and Sapphire Blue Delicata Ink for the ocean. Heat set with heat tool.

On a piece of vellum, I stamped the sentiment with Ruby Red Delicata, heat set and diecut with a large frame. Then I swiped Champagne Delicata Ink across black cardstock in a horizontal arc. From here it is all about putting all the pieces together. I added sparkly washi tape, stars from the same stamp set with Celestial Copper Delicata Ink, the globe and irRESISTibles Pico Embellisher in Shimmer.

Just look at all of that fantastic shine!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Hero Arts – You Are Loved Stamp Set
  • Stampendous – Fitted Frames Set B
  • Queen & Co. – Washi Tape
  • Glue Dots
  • Black foam square adhesives
  • Strathmore – Smooth Bristol Paper
  • Cardstock – black
  • Vellum

Change the World using Rose Gold by Neva Cole

Change the World using Rose Gold by Neva Cole

Personally I really like Rose Gold, my iPhone just happens to be this color! It was fun to create a card that features this fabulous color. To highlight the Rose Gold color, the card is a clean and simple design. The images are stamped in Delicata Rose Gold and Black Shimmer first to help determine the placement of the line of pressure embossed dots. The dots were inked using a Fantastix Brush point and the Delicata Rose Gold ink. The base card is inked with crumpled aluminum foil and Delicata Rose Gold. The top panel is adhered and the simple but sophisticated card is ready to be sent to a friend!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cream cardstock
  • Unity – Love Brings You Home stamp set
  • Cuttlebug – Daisy Borders embossing folder
  • Aluminum foil
  • Corner rounder

Show Me the Way Monochromatic Journal Layout

by Mischelle Smith

I absolutely LOVE the Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray by Imagine! These inks have a beautiful shimmer that kisses your paper with a soft, subtle sparkle. It was this kiss of color that I wanted to capture for my Inspirational Journal. I wanted to create a layout that I can add to effortlessly when the time allows. We all know that feeling! {smiles}

This layout features the Faux Gelli Printing technique I’ve shared in my other projects this month. This time, however, I utilized my Fireworks sprays to create a monochromatic background and I’ll also show you how to use Fantastix with Fireworks for doodling and detailing.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 60 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Generously ink the craft mat with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Rose Bud. Add Fireworks in Lilac Posies and allow the colors to blend. Both these colors are an intense pink with slightly different hues. Lilac Posies is a bit darker. Lift one side of the craft mat and allow ink to run and create new patterns.


Step 2

Spritz ink with Ink Potion No. 9 which will dilute the mix and create a cool effect.


Step 3

Lay watercolor paper on ink and lift off. Repeat with more paper. Heat set. The paper on the right, in photo above, shows the first pull of color. The paper on the left shows the 2nd pull of color. Both create cool textures to work with.


Step 4

Spritz craft mat with Lilac Posies and Ink Potion #9. Lay stencil on top of spritzed ink. Place watercolor paper on top of stencil and press gently with your fingers around the stencil.


Step 5

Remove paper and heat set. As the paper continues to dry more variations of color and shimmer will appear – adding depth to the pink tones. Repeat steps 1-5 with any additional colors or stencils you wish to add to the faux gelli print. Splatter Fireworks onto paper using a fan brush mixed with Grape Jelly and Ink Potion #9.


Step 6

To use Fireworks with a Fantastix is super easy. Since Fantastix has such an absorbent fiber barrel, it readily soaks up both the dye color and the shimmer into the barrel. So, remove the lid from Fireworks and dip a bullet tipped Fantastix into the ink for 5-10 seconds. The Fantastix should have enough ink to work with the project and more. Continue with detailing by making dots using the tip of the Fantastix.


Step 7

Use a brush tipped Fantastix to draw lines in a brick pattern or a pattern of your choosing. Add lines and let dry, or heat set. Reapply color for more depth.


Step 8

Stamp flower images in the corners, as desired, using Grape Jelly Memento ink. Use white pen to dot the centers of stamped flowers. Use Grape Jelly Memento Marker to continue doodling on the layout. Add random ‘doodle text’ with white marker.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Peaceful Petals
  • Watercolor paper
  • White Posca Marker
  • Prima – Circle Stencil