Whenever I just want to play with my stamps and don’t have enough time to make an entire art journal page, I create artist trading cards. Usually, I make several on one go, as I want to have enough cards for swapping, but it’s nice to keep at least one piece in my own card collection.
This time I wanted to use a beautiful stamp set by StampinUp! with two stylish hand-drawn feminine images. They were perfect for water coloring, so I took out my new VersaFine Clair which is a perfect choice for various watercolor projects. With this waterproof pigment ink, you can simply paint over the stamped lines and the image will not bleed nor smear. I suggest you use Fireworks! spray mists as liquid watercolors; in addition to the amazing and vibrant colors, you get a beautiful shimmery finish, too!
Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour (depending on the number of cards)
Cut white background paper to ATC cards of size 2.5” x 3.5”. Stamp one image per card using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne.
Pour a few drops of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Danube Blue, Lilac Posies, and Dandelion and a small amount of Walnut Ink in Willow and Cherry Blossom on a palette or on the Craft Mat. Paint the images and part of the background with a watercolor brush. Create two stamping masks by stamping the images on a piece of scrap paper, and fussy cut the bottom parts of the images.
Place the mask over the stamped and colored images. Stamp text patterns with the mask in place on the background with VersaFine Clair in Oasis (green) and Cheerful (bright yellow). The mask will protect the main images so the dresses of the fashion models are kept clean. Remove mask.
Trim ATC’s removing 1/8” from each edge, and mat card fronts on green ATC base cards. Add any additional details to make it your own! Enjoy!
- Mixed Media Paper
- Cardstock – Green
- Stampin Up – ‘Beautiful You’ stamp set
- Wycinanka – Texture stamp
- Watercolor brush
- Paper trimmer
- Double-sided tape
I created a simple yet gorgeous card perfect for Valentine’s Day. I used very few supplies to create this and the main hero of the card was our newly launched Versafine Clair inkpad. I used it to create my colored cardstock and also to get the stamp layering 3D image. I did 1st and 2nd generation stamping to get two shades from one ink pad.
- Whimsy Stamps – Stencil
- Altenew – Rose Layer Stamps
- Spellbinders – Heart Die
- Cutter Bee – Scissors
Adding a new element to a card creates lots of texture and interest. Today, let’s add fabric to a Valentine’s day card and stamp with Versafine Clair, the new ink from Tsukineko. It creates a gorgeous crisp images even on fabric. If you are the type of person who likes to color in their stamped images then you are going to love the techniques I share with the Fabrico markers.
- Whimsy Stamp Set – Cupid in Training, Bold Statements stamps
- Lawn Fawn – Bugs and Kisses Stamp set
- Cardstock – pink shimmer, white
- Canvas fabric
- Circle die
- Die cut machine
The inspiration behind this card was three-fold: the yummy richness and name of the VersaFine Clair ink, the little black dress stamp I carved making me think of Girls’ Nights Out with friends, and the continuous image technique I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest. Only in my version, I used an embossing folder for the continuous image enhanced by a swipe of Nocturne ink to create a rubbing effect.
Time: 1 hour + dry time
- Cardstock – White, Black, Black and Gold Dot, Gold and White Woodgrain
- Darice – Sheet Music Embossing Folder
- Heat tool
- Die cut machine
- My Favorite Things – Die-Namics Pierced Oval STAX dies
- Momenta – word dies
- Paper Tape
- Fiskars – Paper Trimmer, Scissors
- Little Black Dress stamp (hand carved)
- Xyron Create-a-Sticker 550
- Coffee Filter
- Bone Folder
- Helmar – ZapDots
Normally I would never dream of trying to emboss a single multi-step image much less several due to the time-consuming process of lining up the various layers. VersaFine Clair’s unique properties now allow me to do just that! I can take my time to align all of the layers on multiple images and still have time to emboss them all at one time.
Time: 40 minutes
Die cut a heart shape from plain white cardstock.
Set the die-cut heart aside and use the negative as a mask. Temporarily tape the negative heart mask over a piece of white cardstock. Stamp the multi-step flowers inside the masked off area using VersaFine Clair in Tulip Red (bright red) and Nocturne (deep black).
Remove the mask and discard.
Sprinkle Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Clear over the entire panel. Shake off excess and melt with a heat tool.
Even after several minutes, I am able to emboss the entire print! Next, trim the panel to fit to the card design.
Stamp the “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. Sprinkle with black embossing powder and melt with heat tool.
Adhere the embossed flower pattern heart and Valentine’s sentiment on a 4 x 5.75” cardstock panel leaving a gap between the two elements. Add ribbon to the gap and secure with Tear It! Tape.
To finish this design, affix a tiny bow to the card and seal it using On Point Glue.
Adhere the entire panel to a grey 4.5 x 6.25” card base.
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- Altenew – Painted Flowers stamp set
- Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Valentine’s Day Sentiment
- May Arts – Red Velvet Ribbon
- Club Scrap.com – Rose Cardstock, Grey Card Blank
- White Cardstock
- Heat Tool
- Stamping Blocks
I love the look of black on black. It creates a beautiful subtle saturation that attracts the eye to the subject. If you go the extra mile and add heat embossing into the mix you have a classic and elegant effect. For this card, I used black embossing on a black background with some beautiful contrasting white elements on top. On the background, I added a little element of surprise in the form of texture and pattern. Take a look at how I created the effect.
Time: 1 hour + dry time
For this project you will need the Memento inker. If you cannot find the inker at your local craft store then search for it online. It is a great investment to your craft stash. Add a few drops of Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black directly onto a piece of white cardstock. The drops are very dense so it will darken the paper rather quickly. While the ink is wet turn over the cardstock piece and smudges the ink on your craft mat.
Add a few more drops of ink onto the background and then mist with water to make it spread out. You will have darker and lighter patches on your background.
Once the background is completely dry, stamp the flower stamp with VersaMark and heat emboss using Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Black.
Emboss a couple of extra flowers using the same embossing powder onto white cardstock. Cut out the flowers and set aside. Use a burnishing tool and emboss a pattern onto the background around the embossed flowers. As you can see in the photo above, I lightly embossed a grid like pattern on the paper. Avoid the grid-like embossing over the flowers otherwise, you will damage the surface of the embossing.
Use Irresistible Tuxedo Black to add a few black dots where the embossed gridlines meet. This creates an interesting effect and tone on tone look. The shiny texture of the Irresistibles liquid easily matches the embossing powders shiny surface.
Finish the design by attaching a sentiment that expresses what you would like. I choose the sentiment “Memorable”. Adhere the extra embossed flowers and an extra embellishments.
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- White cardstock
- Carabelle Studio – Azoline Flowers Cling Stamp A6
- Sentiment Stamp
- Stylus or Burnishing Tool
- Dimensional Adhesive