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

 

Spring-Summer 2022 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

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Welcome to our blog! Imagine Crafts is pleased to be a super sponsor for the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop for the Spring/Summer of 2022.  Our design team members all joined in to show you some of the fun and coffee themed cards they made using some of the Imagine Inks and readily available stamps/dies that are coffee themed.  

We are also having a giveaway!  Since Imagine Crafts is a super sponsor, we will be giving away a $25.00 gift card to the store. Please comment below for your chance to win.

Some of our design team members have created extra projects in order to participate in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and we will now share their photos of their projects and links to the Imagine items used. That way, you can go visit the item and see if it is for you. 

Let’s get started with our Design Team Member’s Projects!


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Designed By: LeeAnn McKinney

– Hi there Coffee Lovers, for my project today I used The Perfect Blend Stamp Set from Gina K Designs. Using Memento Espresso Truffle I stamped the background and since Memento is a dye based ink it dried quickly.

I cut a panel of vellum to cover most of my background panel, and then grabbed a circle tag out of my stash. I stamped the coffee cups on the tag with the Memento Espresso Truffle and then used Memento Markers to add a pop of color. For The cup part I used Bamboo Leaves and Pistachio, while for the rings I used Rich Cocoa and Desert Sand.

The final stamping was the sentiment in which I used VersaFine Clair in Pinecone. I used Tear It! Tape and On Point glue to adhere my panels together and with that my project is complete.

Happy Hopping in the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop Spring/Summer 2022!!!

Supplies used:

Imagine

• Memento Espresso Truffle Dye Ink

• Memento Marker: Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand, Bamboo Leaves and Pistachio

 
 
 
Other Supplies Used:

• Perfect Blend Stamp Set from Gina K Designs

• Recollections Coffee and Cream Cardstock Pack(Brown and Ivory)

 

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By Annie Collins

– I created this fun coffee card featuring a stamp from @not2shabby and dies from @trinitystamps. I colored, embossed with @imaginecrafts products. 

Supplies Used:
Imagine:

• Memento Ink: Jumbo Java & Summer Sky 

• VersaFine Ink:  Onyx Black

• Memento Markers: Desert Sand, Toffee Crunch, Peanut Brittle, Espresso Truffle, New Sprout, Dandelion, Lulu Lavender, Rich Cocoa, Angel Pink., Rose Bud & Tuxedo Black

• Mboss Embossing Powder: Clear

• On Point Glue

• Tear It! Tape

Other Supplies Used:

• Stamps: Not 2 Shabby: Coffee, Paper Crafts Magazine: Macaroons, Run On & Caffeine Loading Sentiments

• Die: Trinity Stamps: Coffee 

• Accent 80# Ultra Smooth Cardstock: Opaque White

• Recollections Brand 110# Cardstock: White, Brown & Kraft

• Trinity Stamps Clay Elements: Coffee Beans and Hearts


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By Alison Heikkila

– I went with a simply designed card that is perfect for any coffee lover. I ink blended two VersaFine Clair Inks with my coffee bean stencil. My sentiment was die cut and I used the die itself as a mask to softly ink around the sentiment. Sparkle Blends were adhered with On Point Glue for some shine. 

Supplies Used:
Imagine:

VersaFine Clair –  Fallen Leaves and Pinecone

VersaMagic Ink – Sahara Sand

On Point Glue

Other Supplies Used:

Stamp Anniething: Coffee Beans Stencil

Erin Lee Creative: Stamp from the Coffee Lover’s Kit (discontinued)

Doodles Paper Playground: Cinnamon Roll Sparkle Blend

Spellbinders: Die Cut

Copic: R22


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How To Make Simple but Impactful Wedding/Anniversary Cards

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By LeeAnn McKinney

– Hi there friends and fellow crafters, Today I am here making 2 Impactful but clean and simple cards using Tear It! Tape, On Point Glue, VersaFine CLAIR in Nocturne, MBoss in Clear and Memento Luxe in Wedding Dress.

The first thing I had done to prepare for my video was to create 2 A2 panels 4.25” x 5.5”. I then used my Mini Misti stamped 1 panel with the sentiment from the Gina K Designs Delightful Daisies stamp set using VersaFine CLAIR in Nocturne. This is a Vegetable Oil based ink and takes a little time to dry so put it aside and move to my second panel. 

The second panel, I put in the Altenew Daisy Bed 3D embossing folder and ran it though my Vagabond 2 machine with only 1 cutting plate and the platform, this worked perfectly and gave a great embossing effect. 

I then went back to the first panel and ran it through the embossing folder as well, following that I poured a bit of clear MBoss on the sentiment and heat set it. This gave a seal and a shiny effect to the sentiment and allowed me to move on to the next step, which was using the Memento Luxe Mixed Media Pad in Wedding Dress to add a bit of shine and White color to the Raised edges of the panel. I added this purple panel to the card base, a few Jewels and this card was complete, Moving back to the Mint card, I used On Point glue to adhere the Happy Anniversary Sentiment and Shadow to the front panel, the Cantaloupe Memento Marker to the center of the Daisies and a Jewel for the tittle in the sentiment. Added this to the card base using Tear It Tape and this card was also complete.

Skill level: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

Memento Luxe Wedding Dress

• Imagine Craft Mat

• On Point Glue

• Memento Marker Dandelion

• Clear MBoss

• Imagine Tear It! Tape

• VersaFine Clair Nocturne

StazOn Stamp Cleaner

Other products:

• Gina K Designs Delightful Daisy Stamp set

• Altenew Daisy Bed Embossing Folder

• Kat Scrappiness Happy Anniversary Die with Shadow

• Kat Scrappiness Ornate Rainbow Jewels

• Accent Opaque 120lb Cardstock

Create A Quick Set of Ink Blended Note Cards with Embossing Powders

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By Katy Ingram –

Hello Friends! Katy here with another quick project for you. I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for quick card ideas to save me some time and in today’s video, I have a simple card that is easy to replicate and all you need is some inks (VersaFine Clair in this case) some Mboss embossing powders a background stamp and some word dies. I made 6 cards in about an hour and what I love about them is that they can be used for anyone or any occasion. I hope you enjoy the video. Thanks so much for watching.

Skill: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Time: 25 minutes

Art Supplies:

Imagine

VersaFine Clair

Glamorous 

Monarch

Verdant 

Green Oasis 

Twilight 

Morning Mist 

Charming Pink 

Purple Delight 

Fantasia 

Warm Breeze 

Paradise 

Blue Bell

Cheerful 

Summertime 

VersaMark Dazzle Frost 

VersaMark Ink Pad 

Mboss Embossing Powder – White 

Mboss Embossing Powder – Gold 

Point On Point Glue

Tear It! Tape

 
Other Supplies Used:

Concord & 9th Barnwood Background Stamp

Spellbinders Simply Perfect Mix & Match Sentiments

Fabriano Artistico Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper

Classic Crest Epic Black 130lb Card Stock

Accent Opaque 110 lb Card Stock

Misti Stamping Tool

Kaolin Clay Powder Tool

 

Create a Dramatic Anniversary Card with Multi Layers of Metallic Shimmer

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By Neva Cole –

Today’s tutorial will demonstrate how to create multi layers of texture for a dramatic Anniversary Card.  StazOn, Delicata, and Mboss will add amazing levels of metallic shimmer.

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  1 Hour

Directions:

Step 1
Trim white piece of sturdy cardstock to 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”.  I used the backing of a paper pack, that had one shiny white side.  First, I pressure embossed with Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Doodle Triangles.  A makeup sponge was used to spread StazOn Metallic inks from re-inkers in Platinum, Silver and Gold randomly around the surface of the card front.  StazOn dries on the sponge and makes it a one-time use tool. StazOn Jet Black ink is gently tapped over the raised portions of the card panel.  Set aside to dry or heat with a heat gun.
Step 2
Using a stamp from my stash (manufacturer unknown) small hearts were stamped randomly in VersaMark ink and heat embossed in Mboss in Valentine.
Step 3
Memento Luxe in Tuxedo Black is used to stamp Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background sentiments followed by heat embossing with black embossing powder.  The matching die is used to die cut the entire set and five sentiments are selected for the front of the card.
Step 4
Each sentiment strip is inked with Delicata in Silvery Shimmer, Golden Glitz or Ruby Red with an Ink Dauber.  Since the sentiment is embossed, the ink will not change the color.
Step 5
The sentiment strips are backed with white cardstock with the matching backer die.  The edges are inked with Memento Tuxedo Black and an ink blusher to add definition.
Step 6
A Scribble Heart die by Impression Obsession is die cut from white cardstock.  The die is then inked with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with Mboss in Valentine.
Step 7
A white card base is trimmed to 5 ½” x 8 ½”.  The edges are inked with Memento Tuxedo Black and an ink blusher.
Step 8
The card base is adhered to textured front with TearIt! Tape.  The Heart is adhered with On Point Glue.  The sentiment strips are adhered with dimension foam tape.  A striking masculine anniversary card goal achieved!

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Doodle Triangles
  • Make up sponge
  • Background heart stamp (manufacturer unknown)
  • Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background Sentiments, Die, and Backer Die
  • Impression Obsession Scribble Heart die
  • Dimensional foam adhesive
  • Black and White cardstock
Neva Cole http://snippetscrafter.blogspot.com/ n.cole@windward-performance.com