Learn How to Create Galaxy Backgrounds with 2 Different Embossing Techniques

by Lindsay Adreon

Learn How to Create Galaxy Backgrounds with 2 Different Embossing Techniques

There are many ways to create galaxy/night sky backgrounds for your cards. You can use ink blending, watercolor, ink smooshing, braying, and so much more. But did you know you can create galaxy and night sky backgrounds with embossing powder? It’s such a fast and easy way to get the galaxy look! I’m using a few of the new glittery Mboss Embossing Powders from Imagine to show you how to create your own backgrounds! I hope you all enjoy it!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 – 45 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heat Tool
  • MISTI Stamping Tool
  • Papertrey Ink – Out of This World Mini Stamp Set & Rocket Die
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Out of This World Stamp Set
  • Rinea Silver Foil Paper
  • Circle Die Set
  • Kat Scrappiness Wonky Wavy Stitched Rectangle Dies
  • Die Cutting Machine

The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

The Best Things in Life Aren't Things Greeting Card Design

The best things in life aren’t things! This is a lovely reminder to take time to appreciate your life and live it to the fullest. I wanted to create a holographic look to go along with this nice message. Combining Mboss, StazOn ink pads and Vertigo sheets is the best way to create a holographic card theme. The StazOn inks will quickly dry on the Vertigo sheet and following the pattern of the sheet will enhance the result. The white card base brightens the StazOn colors adding extra background lighting and the Mboss in Hologram creates an added effect.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

On a 2 x 4 inch piece of watercolor paper, stamp the flourish design with VersaMark, cover with the Mboss embossing powder in Hologram and heat set.


Step 2

Cut the Vertigo sheet to 4 x 6 inches.


Step 3

Color with the StazOn in Fuchsia Pink and Vibrant Violet using sponge daubers trying to follow the pattern of the Vertigo sheet.


Step 4

Continue adding color with the StazOn Sunflower Yellow and Azure.


Step 5

Stamp the sentiment, butterfly and flourish design with the VersaMark, cover, and heat set the Mboss embossing powder in Black both on the Vertigo sheet and the watercolor paper. Fussy cut the butterfly. Cut out the sentiment in a square and set aside.


Step 6

Set the Vertigo sheet and the flourish embossed paper strip on the card base using the Tear It! Tape.


Step 7

Continue adding the butterfly stamped image, the sentiment and the rest of the embellishments as you see fit.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardbase
  • Watercolor paper
  • Kaiserkraft stamps – Flourish, Tigerlilly
  • Paper Roses
  • Metallic beads
  • Scissors

Create Your Own Holographic Vertigo Film for Cardmaking Crafts

by Roni Johnson

Create Your Own Holographic Vertigo Film for Cardmaking Crafts

Holographic … as a color? Yep, that’s what May’s color of the month is at Imagine. I must admit at first I was thrilled. I LOVE the wide spectrum of color, the swirly design, and the amazing depth it gives a project. After the jubilation wore off I was stumped! Short of going out and buying some holographic paper, how do I create this look on my own? Well, I took this as a challenge and I set to experimenting.

Let me tell you experimentation is not a pretty process…lots and LOTS of trial and error but it is very fun! As luck would have it I found the perfect recipe for making my very own holographic colored technique and I’d like to share it with you.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut a piece of Vertigo film to the desired size. I am using a 4.25 x 5.5” for my examples.


Step 2

Begin applying ribbons of color using a variety of StazOn inks and a sponge dauber. I must warn you that the Vertigo film has a texture to it that may or may not tear up your sponge daubers. If you are a bit heavy handed as I am the film does tend to chew on the dauber. It’s o.k. though, I keep a set of the daubers set aside just for this purpose.


Step 3

Continue to add color until the entire piece of Vertigo film has been covered. You will be left with a very colorful sheet of Vertigo film.


Step 4

Freshen up or apply a brand new coat of the ink/glue your Essential Glue Pad.


Step 5

Pounce the Glue Pad over a background stamp.


Step 6

Position the inked piece of Vertigo film over the inked stamp. Lightly rub the back of the Vertigo to ensure complete coverage.


Step 7

Carefully place silver leafing flakes over the inked film. I find that a soft bristle brush helps to push the leafing flakes around where needed. Let the glue dry completely. I usually leave it undisturbed for 2-4 hours.


Step 8

After the glue has dried use a soft bristle brush to remove the excess leafing flakes. Save the excess leafing flakes for future use. And here’s how this example looks after removing the excess leafing flakes.


Step 9

Time to apply a layer of StazOn Pigment ink over the panel. Choose a color that will compliment the overall design and apply it over both the exposed Vertigo film and the leafing flakes.


Step 10

You will be left with an amazing design that has all of the wonderful aspects of holographic colors.


Step 11

The same panel from another angle reveals the beauty of the StazOn ink colors hidden beneath the leafing flakes. It will shine and shimmer from every angle.


Step 12

What can you do with the holographic design? Virtually anything! You are only limited by your imagination. The card above is assembled with a unicorn stamp and the “you are magical” sentiment.

This is another example made using the same technique with a different selection of colors. The card above is assembled with a mermaid stamp and the “The hardest part of moving forward is not looking back” sentiment.

Supplies

Unicorn Example

Imagine
Other
  • Hero Arts – Unicorn Stamp and Cut
  • Black Widow Colored Pencils
  • White Cardstock

Mermaid Example

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Co – She Mermaid (mermaid), Mystical Mermaid (sentiment)
  • Black Widow Colored Pencils
  • White Cardstock