VersaFine Clair Fading Technique

by Nadine Carlier

Fading Technique with VersaFine Clair by Nadine Carlier IC WM

A fun background idea for your cards is creating a fading technique using VersaFine Clair Inks and some Ink Potion No. 9 with a stencil. This is a super easy technique that will make people ask, “How did you do that?”

Watch my video tutorial below to learn how I created the fading effect on my card.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 min.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Watercoloring Without A Paintbrush

by Nadine Carlier

Valentine Card by Nadine Carlier IC

Today I am sharing an easy way to make a watercolor Valentine card without using a paintbrush by using some Kaleidacolor and VersaFine Clair Ink.

Watch my video tutorial below to learn how you too can do this brushless watercolor technique. Enjoy!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 min.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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A Poinsettia Christmas Card To Believe

by Nadine Carlier

Believe Card thumbnail

I love to create dimensional cards to put inside gifts for the holidays. So when you want dimension, Amplify is the perfect product! Then to add some holiday sparkle, and what other product gives incredible shimmery sparkles then Fireworks and Delicata inks? Add all these products together and you will have an amazing Christmas card that is like a gift all on its own!

Watch my video tutorial below to see exactly how I created my card. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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See How to Create an Awesome Cat Lover Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

purple ink, star die, awesome cat card with mixed media design.

Being a cat person, couldn’t resist making a card to celebrate the National Cat Day and what better way to do so than with An Awesome Cat card. I worked the designs on watercolor paper, Ink Potion No 9 to increase the effect and spread the irRESISTible paint. Using mainly the Memento Grape Jelly color, I let it come in contrast with the white paper and the red bow, making the card look lighter. GooseBumps gave a great result making the stars vivid and separating the color shades.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Memento Grape Jelly
Step 1

Cut a 4 x 6 inch watercolor paper card. Using a sponge lightly distress the card with Memento Grape Jelly. Spray with Ink Potion No 9 and dry with a heat gun.


Step 2

Sprinkle irRESISTible Grape Jelly on the card and immediately heavily cover with Ink Potion No 9 aiming at the irRESISTible paint spots. Dry the card with a heat gun.


VersaMark and Imagine Embossing Powder in Vintage Plum to stamp the cat stamp on a distressed edges piece of cardstock
Step 3

Use VersaMark and Imagine Embossing Powder in Vintage Plum to stamp the cat stamp on a distressed edges piece of cardstock.


Spray them with GooseBumps and then color with Memento Grape Jelly.
Step 4

Die cut the stars with a nesting set of dies in order to create a punch out in the center. Spray them with GooseBumps and let dry then color with Memento Grape Jelly. The Goosebumps acts as a resist and will lock the white paper in place while the Memento ink will color what is exposed.


Step 5

Cut a small piece of ribbon and form a bow.


Step 6

Cut and distress all the edges of a piece of corrugated paper and glue it on the card.


Step 7

Finish the design by attaching the stars, the cat stamped face, the bow and the sentiment “The Awesome”. Continue detailing and personalizing this card until it is the work of art you desire!

If you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Corrugated paper
  • Nesting Star dies
  • Cardstock
  • Watercolor paper
  • 5″ x 7″ Cardbase
  • Cat stamp
  • Ribbon
  • Heat gun

See How to Make Your Own Shimmery Eclipse Scrapbook Layout

by Neva Cole

the Great American Eclipse Scrapbook Layout with Delicata ink

I will admit, the Great American Eclipse truly lived up to all the hype and expectations. We are fortunate to live very close to the zone of totality and were able to enjoy an experience of a lifetime! There were many amazing photos taken on this date, and I was able to take a few myself. I am surprised that my totality photo of the corona resembles the others taken across the United States. Knowing I would create a scrapbook layout to commemorate the event, I planned ahead and had everyone sign on a section of white cardstock. Totality was so stunning I wanted to create the same look and feel of nature and the new Delicata Ink colors were absolutely perfect! This is a super easy background to create for your own eclipse photos, or the technique could be used for any layout that needs an ethereal sky backdrop!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions

Goose Bumps bottle and gently take the clear texture medium over the top half of the Bristol Board
Step 1

Trim Strathmore 100lb Bristol Board to 12” x 12”. Bristol Board is absolutely the best for this technique as it will stand up to a heavy application of Ink Potion No. 9 and ink blending with Jumbo Daubers. Remove the spray applicator from the GooseBumps bottle and gently tap the clear texture medium over the top half of the Bristol Board. Set aside to dry.

Apply Delicata in Champagne with a Jumbo Dauber
Step 2

Mist the bottom section of the paper with Ink Point No. 9. Apply Delicata in Champagne with a Jumbo Dauber.


Step 3

Repeat with Ink Potion No. 9 and Delicata in Pink Shimmer. It is starting to look like a sunrise!

Delicata in Sapphire Blue
Step 4

Mist the top portion of the paper and ink with Delicata in Sapphire Blue. If one area is a bit darker than desired, add a bit of Ink Potion No. 9 to the craft mat and pick up with the Jumbo Dauber. The smooth surface of the Bristol Board is very forgiving and allows the inks to blend beautifully. Notice the GooseBumps will now resemble the stars that were visible during totality!

Delicata in Black Shimmer
Step 5

Determine placement of journal block and blend Delicata inks accordingly on the section of Bristol Board that was trimmed off the original size. Print journaling directly on the Bristol Board. For my layout with the signatures, I gently blended the inks over the signatures. We used a permanent pen so the ink did not bleed. Ink the edges with Delicata in Black Shimmer. Ink a section of black cardstock with Delicata Black Shimmer, this will give just a hint of shimmer to match the rest of the layout. Die cut the title and adhere. Adhere your selected eclipse photos and sit back and admire and remember this event of a lifetime!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Strathmore Bristol Board 100 lb
  • NASA Eclipse glasses
  • Quicktuz—Indigo alphabet (retired)

 

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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