by Imagine staff
Many of you may have heard of embossing powders by now. There are plenty of introductions on how to heat emboss. In fact, we feature a great introduction to embossing on a metal tin by Nicole Watt. Check it out! But there is no end to the many uses of this unique product. So, in today’s post, we thought we would highlight a fun technique with one of the cool powders that Imagine has in stock — Mboss in Clear Matte!
Choose a pigment ink and a stamp. Here I picked VersaFine Clair in Charming Pink and a Waffle Flower stamp.
Emboss the stamped image with Mboss Matte Clear. Notice how the Matte Clear deepens the Charming Pink color. With a regular clear embossing powder, a high gloss would show. With the Matte Clear, it simply enhances the stamped image without the high gloss. If you wanted to leave it as is then this is a great technique for enhancing a stamp. For embossing powders, you will need a heat tool. We listed a purchase option in the supplies below.
To take it a bit further, here is an embossing technique that can really intensify any papercraft or cardmaking project. In the sample above you can see the stamp inked with Warm Breeze in VersaFine and then inked again with VersaColor in Canary Yellow. One benefit of embossing is to lock the color of the first stamped image to the paper. It can be inked over with additional colors without affecting it. The plain stamp blends a bit and turns the image to a green hue. The embossed image keeps it’s turquoise color perfectly.
Last example again with VersaFine in Charming Pink — you can see the luster of the embossing keeps the deep pink color intact! Inked with VersaColor can turn the Charming Pink into a coral color (which is beautiful). With the Mboss the Charming Pink pops through the yellow background.
Creating an Artsy book cover is easy with All-Purpose Ink and Ink Droppers. This project will walk you through the step by step process of creating a unique background paired with a large word stamped (with StazOn Pigment Ink) as a focal point.
Time: 20 minutes
Part 1: Create an Artsy book cover with All-Purpose Inks.
Part 2: Color Scheme Tag Journal
- Start with a blank hardcover book.
- Place a piece of paper under the book cover to protect the pages below.
- Using ink droppers, draw up a small amount of All-Purpose Ink into the dropper and release (splatter) the ink onto the cover. Repeat with different colors.
- After the ink has dried, stamp “ART” onto the cover using StazOn Pigment ink.
- Apply StazOn Ink directly to each edge of the book cover.
- Step two – Create Color Swatch Tag
- Cut a tag using the Waffle Flower Tag Die.
Hi Friends, LeeAnn here with a fun project made using my favorite ink and technique, Kaleidacolor and brayering. I am Sending Hope to all out there to stay healthy through these times for you and your families.
Time: 10 minutes
- Virginia Turtle Stamp Set “HOPE”
- Honey Bee Stamp Set “Special Delivery”
- Acrylic Blocks
Do you know how your inks work together? Perhaps you’re not getting the results you expect. That’s when layer swatching is a helpful activity. Join Nicole as she explores the VersaFine line of inks to see how they interact when stamping different swatches in layers, much like you would with a layering stamp. You’ll discover all the amazing colors that can be achieved by stamping various colors together to create new colors. Even though VersaFine inks are pigment inks, they layer just like dye inks!
Waffle Flower Color Swatching Stamp Set
Create the perfect background with Kaleidacolor and Creative Medium.2) Description: A perfect background can really do wonders to showcase a simply stamped focal point. It’s easy to accomplish with layers of Kaleidacolor Ink and Shimmer Creative Medium.
Time: 30 minutes
- Thinking of You stamp
Learn how to layer colors and different inks to create this lovely Polar Bear Holiday Card.
Time: 30 minutes
Spray Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Summer Sky onto card panel.
Stamp snowflakes with VersaMagic in Turquoise Gem.
Stamp a second snowflake pattern in VersaMagic in Aegean Blue.
Use a Large Dauber to sponge VersaMagic in Aegean Blue onto edge of card panel.
Stamp ice pattern onto bottom of card panel with VersaMagic – Turquoise.
Stamp Polar bear images with VersaFine Clair – Nocturne and cut out with coordinating dies.
Add color to bears with Memento Dual Markers – Summer Sky, London Fog, Gray Flannel.
Add color to scarfs with Memento Dual Makers – Rhubarb Stalk, Teal Zeal.
Spray Sheer SHIMMER Spray – Sparkle onto craft matte then use paint brush to apply to scarfs.
Stamp saying onto card panel with VersaFine Clair – Nocturne.
Adhere card panel to card base.
Adhere die cut Polar Bears to card front.
- Recollections Clear Stamps – Christmas stamp & die set
- Sizzix Big Shot
- White Card Stock