Be a Star with New Embossing Techniques

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By Martha Lucia Gomez –

Hello there! In today’s crafting tutorial, I will be sharing two easy ways to upgrade the basic embossing techniques using a Brilliant Ink and embossing power or MBoss.  This is a great idea for any occasion, however like summer is around the corner, I created a Patriotic Card honoring 4th of July.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 1 hour

Directions:

 

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Step 1:

Select a piece of card stock and embossing folder. Use a piece of cardstock larger than the folder. Dry emboss it in the normal way using your die cut machine. 

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Step 2:

Pick a brayer or any type of roller to add ink to the emboss design. Noticed that you can use any face of the embossed piece to develop this technique. I am using Brilliance Pearlescent Sly Blue and Shimmer White Cardstock.

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Step 3:

Ink your brayer completely and apply the Brilliance Ink over the surface with a soft movement. You don’t want to transfer the ink to the debossed part.

 

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Step 4:

Repeat the step 3, until you are satisfied with the color of the layer. In my sample, I made this step three times to have a great covering.

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Step 5:

Create the card base and layers that you wanted to use. In this model I am using white card base, and blue die cut layer to create a contrast. Resize your inked embossed piece to use it as top layer over the die cut piece. Select a shadow die set with a sentiment or any other type of image to create a window over your inked layer. Don’t paste your layers yet.

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Step 6:

With the shadow or die base of your die cut, create a window over the inked layer. If you want you can save the die cut layer to use in another project.

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Step 7:

Paste the inked embossed layer over the die cut layer using your favorite adhesive. If you want to have more dimension, you can use foam tape. Paste the decorative piece over the card base. 

Cut the word or image according with the die cut that you selected.

 

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Step 8:

With masking tape, cover the half of the die cut word and made a partial hot embossing using VersaMark Ink and your favorite color of embossing powder or MBoss. In my model, I am using the Metallic Berry. 

Don’t remove the masking tape if you want to repeat the above step and obtain shinier and dimension with the hot embossing. I repeated this step twice.

 

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Step 9:

Paste the embossed word and decorate with a complement sentiment and/or embellishments. I used a tiny sentiment stamped with Memento Paris Dusk and a few die cut stars in white cardstock.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Brilliance – Pearlescent Sky Blue

• VersaMark – Clear

• MBoss – Metallic Berry

 

Other:

• Whimsy Stamps – Slimline Embossing Folder Wave Length

• Joy Clair Designs – White Smooth Cardstock and Loopy Rectangle Slimline Dies.

• Birch Press Design – Big Sending Sugar Scrip

• Scrapbook Adhesives – Crafty Foam Tape

• Die Cut Machine

• Heat Tool

• Brayer

 

• Heat Tool

• Brayer

 

Make a Congrats Card with Fireworks!

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Alison Heikkila here. It’s getting close to fireworks season, and I am pretty stoked about it. My kids and I love watching fireworks, and I get so happy to see their faces light up, literally and figuratively. I decided to make a fireworks card for Imagine this month…not necessarily for a specific holiday, but as a congratulatory card instead. 

Skill Level: Beginner
Time to Complete: 30 minutes

Directions:

 

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Step 1:

Shake up your Fireworks Spray (I chose 3 colors). Choose your lightest color (Bahama Blue for me) and open the spray bottle. Dip a brush into the bottle and apply the color to watercolor paper. Cover around 1/3rd of the paper. 

*My paper was cut to 4” x 5 1/4.” 

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Step 2:

Repeat this with the other two colors. I used Danube Blue, then Paris Dusk. Try to blend the colors together where they meet. Let dry.

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Step 3:

With a Sponge Dauber, apply VersaMark Ink through the stencil. I opted to use the Dazzle version, but you can use the regular one. 

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Step 4:

After you apply each firework, sprinkle on some Mboss embossing powder and heat set. Fill the panel with embossed fireworks. 

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Step 5:

Shake up the Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold, open the cap, and tap on to the card panel. Let dry. 

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Here you can see how shimmery the panel is. It’s even prettier in person. 

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Step 6:

Apply VersaMark to a scrap of cardstock. Sprinkle on some Mboss embossing powder, shake off excess, and heat set.

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Step 7:

Die cut your sentiment from the embossed cardstock. I used vellum for my shadow layer. Glue together with On Point Glue. 

 

Step 8:

Adhere your sentiment and panel to a white card base. 

Step 9:

Optional: Add some sequins to the card front with On Point Glue. 

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Finished!

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Fireworks! Spray in Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, and Paris Dusk

Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold

Mboss in Rose Gold, Silver, and Shimmering Night Sky

VersaMark Ink: Regular or Dazzle

On Point Glue

Sponge Dauber

 

Other:

Brutus Monroe: Fireworks Stencil

Doodles Paper Playground: Flags and Fireworks Sparkle Blend

White Cardstock

Watercolor Paper

Paintbrush

Vellum

 

Make a Thank You Card for your Teacher

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! It’s getting close to the end of the school, so I thought it was time to make cards for teachers that have worked so hard this year (and every year!). If you have a stamp set with coordinating dies, I’ve got some fun techniques that you can recreate. We’ll be using 2 types of masks and several colors of Memento inks. 

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Time to Complete: Approx. 20-30 minutes

Directions:

 

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Step 1:

 

Let’s grab all of our supplies. Be sure to have focal images, a sentiment, the dies, and plenty of ink. We’ll be using Memento Inks because they blend so nicely.

 

Step 2: On a piece of white cardstock, cut to 4” x 5 1/4,” stamp the apple with Nocturne Ink. This is the apple that will be in the front.

Step 3: Stamp an additional apple on some scrap paper and fussy cut it out. You could use the die for this, but I wanted to get right up to the edge of my apple. This will be our first type of mask.

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Step 4:

Place the fussy cut apple on to the one you stamped on your card front (you can use some low tack glue to hold it in place if you like). Then stamp your second apple, as shown above. When you remove the mask from the first apple, it will look like the second apple is behind the original. 

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Here’s what the apples look like after they’re stamped. 

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Step 5: Die cut an apple out of scrap paper. Make sure you have plenty of negative space around the die cut. This will be our second type of mask and will be used to protect the card front except for the apple you’re ink blending. 

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Step 6: Let’s start ink blending! I love coloring apples because there is often so much variation in colors on them. I started with Lady Bug ink, then moved into Cantaloupe, and finished with Pear Tart. The mask we made with the die cut allows us to get a perfect edge around the apple. 

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Again, these dies cut slightly larger than the stamped image, but I don’t mind that clean, extra rim of color around the apple. 

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Step 7: Place the fussy cut apple on to the inked apple, then line up your other mask around the uninked apple. Repeat the ink blending on this apple, but try to make it look a little different from the first one. 

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Step 8: Grab one of your brown Memento markers (I used Espresso Truffle) and color in the stems. 

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Step 9: Stamp a leaf on a separate piece of cardstock with Nocturne Ink. Ink blend Pear Tart ink on top and die cut it. 

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Step 10:

Use the same 3 colors you used on the apples to ink blend the edges of your card base. 

Step 11:

Stamp the sentiment with Shady Lane ink. 

Step 12:

Adhere the card front with your favorite adhesive. Attach the leaf using foam tape. 

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Finished!

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Memento Inks in Lady Bug, Cantaloupe, and Pear Tart

VersaFine Clair Inks in Nocturne and Shady Lane

Memento Marker in Espresso Truffle

Other:

Mama Elephant: Fresh Fruits Stamps and Dies (discontinued…but there are many other fruit sets out there)

Stamping Bella: Planty Dandy

Blending Brushes

White Cardstock

Adhesive

Foam Tape

 

 

Create a Beautiful Wedding Scrapbook Page

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! It’s time for my latest tutorial for Imagine, and I decided to make another scrapbook page. This time, I went way back and pulled out some wedding photos. I never did finish our wedding album, so this was a great opportunity to get one more page completed.

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Time to Complete: 1-2 Hours (I’m a slow scrapbooker)

Directions:

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Step 1:

Gather your supplies. This may seem obvious, but it helps quite a bit to grab a bunch of things that you may wind up using on your page. Inks, ephemera, dies, stencils, etc. are all things that you could use. I grabbed a bunch of items for the photo above, but I didn’t use all of them, and some things i used aren’t shown here. I don’t often have a plan when I am scrapbooking, but I like to grab things to help get me started.

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Step 2:

Based on the colors in the photo, I wanted to use the Vineyard Kaleidacolor Ink Pad. I took a piece of Mixed Media Paper and rolled the ink on to it using my brayer and Ink Potion No. 9. The Ink Potion No. 9 helps the color to move and transfer better. It took a number of passes to get the paper covered, but I love how it looks painted and uneven. This piece will go behind the photos to “ground” them. Let dry.

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Step 3:

Paint or enhance your ephemera. I found some feathers that have foil on them in my stash, and the negative space was white. So I applied some of the Kaleidacolor Ink to my Craft Mat and painted it on with a brush and water. The look is subtle, but it helped it to coordinate with the rest of my page better. I also added some color to the stopwatch.

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Step 4:

Add die cuts. I die cut a few lavender stems from white cardstock. I used Elderberry Memento ink and the greens from the Vineyard Ink to paint them. These pieces are delicate, so don’t oversaturate them. I also die cut some foliage from white cardstock and lightly spritzed them with Desert Sand Fireworks! Spray. Using white die cuts allows you to completely customize them.

Step 5:

Add die cuts with colored cardstock. I die cut the wreath out of green cardstock. It needed to be enhanced a bit, so I lightly applied Pistachio and Olive Grove. It’s subtle, but adds a lot of interest.

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Step 6:

Enhance textured die cuts. I used an Impresslits border under both of my photos. I cut it out of white cardstock, and used Pretty Petunia VersaMagic Ink to enhance the design. I just rubbed the ink pad across the piece. I also sprayed it unevenly with Desert Sand fireworks! Spray for shine and to dull down the white a bit.

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Step 7:

Begin to place your elements. Play with torn edges, overlapping items, and creating a sense of movement. Move things around to make sure you have good, even placement, and feel free to add or remove pieces as necessary.

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Step 8:

Add some splatter. I used some more Elderberry ink that I squished on to my Craft Mat to apply splatter to the entire white background. It’s just a bit more color, but it adds a lot to the finished page.

Step 9:

Add your title. I found some ridiculously old rub-ons and letters to help me create the perfect title.

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Step 10:

Start gluing down your elements. It helps to take a photo of your layout before you start gluing, so that you can place your pieces back exactly where you had them. On Point Glue is perfect for the teeny die cuts I used.

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Step 11

Finishing touches. Do you need an additional sprig of foliage? Do you need a touch more ink somewhere? This is the point where the page is just about finished, and you just need to add a tiny detail here and there.

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Finished!

We’ve got a very pretty wedding page that works beautifully with the photos and feel of our wedding. Don’t forget…even if your embellishments and/or color scheme are completely different from mine, you can still use these techniques when creating your own layout. Playing with your inks to help enhance items you have in your stash can really tie everything together. Play with your papers and dies to see how you can alter them with inks and sprays to get exactly the look you want. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Kaleidacolor Inks in Vineyard
Memento Inks in Olive Grove, Pistachio, and Elderberry
Ink Potion No. 9
On Point Glue
Desert Sand Fireworks! Spray
VersaMagic Ink in Pretty Petunia

Other:

Canson Mixed Media XL Paper
Brayer
Princeton Snap Brush: Size 4
Sizzix/Tim Holtz: Wildflowers Dies
Sizzix/Tim Holtz: Impresslits Embossing folder- Mini Provincial
Sizzix/Tim Holtz: Funky Wreath
Rub-Ons
Ephemera
Die Cut Letters
Additional Adhesive (for bigger items)

 

Soft Inking Scrapbook Page with VersaMagic

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! I love scrapbooking, but truthfully it’s been ages since I’ve made any layouts. I came across this fantastic picture of my husband when we were in Woodstock, NY a couple of years ago, and the inspiration hit. Let me show you how beautifully VersaMagic Ink blends with stencils and die cuts to make a fun page.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes- 1 hour

Directions:

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Step 1:

On white 12×12 cardstock, tape down the first layering stencil. I masked off some areas with washi tape, because I didn’t want the foliage to come to a harsh end where the stencil is cut. I only used leaves that were complete or went off the edge of my page.

Step 2:

Ink the leaves with a blending brush and Aquatic Splash VersaMagic Ink.

Step 3:

Add the top layering stencil and mask off any leaves that you don’t need.

Step 4:

Ink Teal Zeal Memento Ink with a blending brush.

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Step 5:

Repeat the steps above to create a wide column of the foliage going down the left side of the page. Hint: I used that circle die to give the one leaf a rounded edge, instead of looking like it’s cut off by the edge of the stencil

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Step 6:

Die cut the flamingo out of white cardstock. Ink blend the body with Pink Grapefruit and a touch of Pixie Dust VersaMagic Inks. Keep the inking soft….don’t overdo the color.

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Step 7:

Die cut the legs out of white cardstock. Ink blend with Pink Grapefruit and Pumpkin Spice VersaMagic Inks. The Pumpkin Spice dulls the Pink Grapefruit just enough to make the legs look like the color of actual flamingo legs.

Step 8:

Die cut the front area of the beak with black cardstock.

Step 9:

Glue the flamingo pieces together with On Point Glue.

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Step 10:

On your craft mat, swipe the Bouquet Kaleidacolor ink. You’ll be using the peachy tone in the middle.

 
Step 11

Wet a brush with water and pick up the peach color from your craft mat. Splatter the color all over the background of your scrapbook page.

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Step 12:

Swipe Aquatic Splash on a piece of white cardstock. Die cut your title from that piece.

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Step 13:

Using a small blending brush, apply Teal Zeal to the centers of the letters. Again, don’t go too heavy with the color.

Step 14:

Cut out a piece of coordinating patterned paper for a mat around your photo.

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Step 15:

Adhere all layers with On Point Glue.

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A close-up of the inking.

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

VersaMagic in Pixie Dust
VersaMagic in Aquatic Splash
VersaMagic in Pink Grapefruit
VersaMagic in Pumpkin Spice

Memento in Teal Zeal
Kaleidacolor in Bouquet
On Point Glue
Craft Mat

Other:

Erin Lee Creative: Monstera Layering Set
Erin Lee Creative: Flamingo Builder Die Set
Princeton Snap! Brush Size 10
Alphabet Die Set (the one I used is discontinued)
Blending Brushes
Patterned Paper
12×12 White Cardstock

Make a Fun Puffed Hearts Card with Radiant Neon Amplify

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! My latest tutorial for Imagine uses one of the most unique products they make…Radiant Neon Amplify. This stuff is so fun! It’s kind of a runny paint, that when you apply heat to it, it puffs up. I love using Amplify with stencils. Let me show you how.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Time: Approx. 20 Minutes, plus drying time

Directions:

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Step 1:

Tape a piece of cardstock to your work surface. Lay your stencil on top and tape it down. You may want to use something like Pixie Spray to hold the stencil even more, depending on how detailed it is.



Step 2:

Squirt the Radiant Neon Amplify all over the stencil. I went pretty sparingly at first because I didn’t want to waste the product, but I did need to add more than what’s pictured above.

 

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Step 3:

Using a paste spreader or palette knife, spread the Amplify across the surface of the stencil. Don’t press too hard, because you may lift up the Amplify. The thicker you apply the Amplify, the bigger the puffs will be, so keep that in mind.

 

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Step 4:

Fill in any gaps you may have with more Amplify. Don’t over mix the colors…you want a marbleized look. It should look sort of like mine above.


Step 5:

Carefully remove your stencil from the cardstock and immediately wash it and any other tools you may have used. You don’t want the Amplify to dry on anything except your cardstock.

 

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Step 6:

Heat the wet Amplify with a Heat Tool. You will see the shine disappear and it will start to puff up. Again, the thicker areas will have bigger puffs.

 

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Step 7:

Trim the panel down to 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4.”

 

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Step 8:

Cut a piece of Smooth Bristol Cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2.” Tape down to work surface.

Step 9:

Tape down your second stencil. I also used Pixie Spray for this one, because the rays can move easily.

Step 10:

Apply Memento Ink in Rose Bud using a blending brush. Remove the stencil.

 

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Step 11:

Apply Memento Ink in Grape Jelly to your work surface and spritz a little water on to the ink. Using a brush, flick the color on to your stenciled panel.

 

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Step 12:

Add a sentiment to the puffed panel with VersaFine Clair Ink in Monarch.


Step 13:

Adhere all layers to your card base.

 

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I love the texture you get from the Radiant Neon Amplify. It’s so unique and fun! I hope you’ll give them a try. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Radiant Neon Amplify: Electric Purple & Electric Pink
• Memento Ink: Rose Bud & Grape Jelly 
• VersaFine Clair Ink: Monarch 

Other:

• A Colorful Life Designs: Love Strands Stencil & Bitty Rays Stencil
• Mama Elephant: Creativity is Contagious Stamps
• Palette Knife and/or Paste Spreader
• Smooth Bristol Cardstock
• Blending Brushes
• White Card Base
• Heat Tool
• Paint Brush