Product Release: VersaFine Clair Inkpads

The best stamping ink on the market just expanded with a brand new line of inkpads! Tsukineko’s VersaFine Clair is a quick drying pigment ink that provides impeccable solid surface-area coverage as well as capturing fine details on stamps. VersaFine Clair’s innovative formulation provides the perfect image to use with watercolor paints or water-based markers.

Watch a video on VersaFine Clair’s features

 

24 New VersaFine Clair Colors Include

Cheerful 901, Paradise 602, Charming Pink 801, Warm Breeze 603, Purple Delight 101, Summertime 701, Tulip Red 702, Fantasia 102, Green Oasis 501, Glamorous 201, Verdant 502, Blue Belle 601, Golden Meadow 951, Rain Forest 551, Chianti 151, Fallen Leaves 451, Monarch 152, Shady Lane 552, Pinecone 452, Nocturne 351, Medieval Blue 651, Acorn 453, Twilight 652, Morning Mist 352 

Cheerful 901, Paradise 602, Charming Pink 801, Warm Breeze 603, Purple Delight 101, Summertime 701, Tulip Red 702, Fantasia 102, Green Oasis 501, Glamorous 201, Verdant 502, Blue Belle 601, Golden Meadow 951, Rain Forest 551, Chianti 151, Fallen Leaves 451, Monarch 152, Shady Lane 552, Pinecone 452, Nocturne 351, Medieval Blue 651, Acorn 453, Twilight 652, Morning Mist 352

VersaFine Clair Ink

  • The best ink for fine detailed stamps
  • Embossable for several minutes—perfect for layered stamping
  • New air tight, ergonomic case keeps the pad inky
  • Great for solid block print style stamping

Handmade card made with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, Waffle Flower stamps and colorful DCWV cardstock.

VersaFine Clair Nocturne is a stellar black ink for outline, fine-line and block print stamping alike! We are so excited to see how this ink is used in everyone’s papercrafting projects! Stay tuned to the Imagine Blog for projects from our Artists in Residence and please tag any work you post with #versafineclair. We love to see how you use our ink!

Shop for VersaFine Clair at the Imaginecrafts.com.

Happy inking!

Free Download —  VersaFine Clair color chart

 

Imagine Tips: See How to Fix Stamping Mistakes

by Melissa Andrew

Imagine Tips: See How to Fix Stamping Mistakes

Ever have mistakes in your stamping and you can’t figure out how to fix them?! Try Fantastix to ink over your stamping mistakes. Simply set the Fantastix on the inkpad you used to stamp, and lightly color in your mistakes.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Whimsy Stamps – Penguin’s Winter Adventure stamp set, Whimsy Wonderland Word die Set
  • Doodlebug Designs Milk and Cookies paper
  • Cardstock – pink, white
  • Chipboard Snowflakes

See What our Artists Carved Up in December

The Carve December art challenge on Instagram hosted by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is winding down and Imagine staff and artists are delighted to have had the opportunity to participate. If you are not familiar with this then head over to Instagram and check out the following hashtags– #carvedecember and #carvedecember2017 

Here are some of our submissions

My Dog Graber by Roni Johnson @inkstanedroni

Owl on a Branch by Roni Johnson @inkstanedroni

Party Banner by Renee Zarate @rzee2015

“Art” stamp by Renee Zarate @rzee2015

Stamping on Fabric by Amanda Harryman @imaginecrafts_

Swallow Bird Stamp by Amanda Harryman @imaginecrafts_

Leaf Stamp on Fabric by Marcie McCabe @marciemccabe

Game of Thrones Dragon, House of Baratheon, and Little Finger Sparrow stamps by Taylor Poole @imaginecrafts_

Create a Beautiful Mountain Landscape with Stamps

by Neva Cole

Create a Beautiful Mountain Landscape with Stamps

This is a scene I truly would enjoy gazing upon Mount Hood in the distance with a few deer peeking out through snow covered evergreens. I get to see deer in my yard on occasion hiding among the trees, and I can see mountains in my home town, just not out my front window! So, this is a fantasy scene created just for our Winter Window challenge. Learn how to make your own window frame using a wood grain stamp, Tear It! Tape and Kraft cardstock to surround a multilayered outdoor landscape.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 90 minutes

Directions


Scribble Memento Markers on craft matStep 1

Stamp foreground images in StazOn Saddle Brown on white cardstock and die cut. Scribble Memento Markers on craft mat along with a spritz of Ink Potion No. 9 and watercolor images.


use Memento Markers in Pistachio and Olive Grove in the foreground and Danube Blue for the sky.Step 2

Stamp Mount Hood image in StazOn Saddle Brown on 5” x 6 ½” Bristol Board card base and watercolor. I choose to use Memento Markers in Pistachio and Olive Grove in the foreground and Danube Blue for the sky. Most of the foreground will be covered.


Stamp woodgrain image in Memento Rich CocoaStep 3

Stamp woodgrain image in Memento Rich Cocoa on a 3” x 11” section of Kraft cardstock. The image is not designed to line up, so I used a Memento Dual Tip Marker to draw in lines to finish the look.


Step 4

Trim Kraft cardstock into ¾” strips and score the back 1/8” from each edge. Die cut the center from Kraft cardstock trimmed to 5” x 6 ½” to make the supporting window frame.


Step 5

Apply Tear It! Tape to all four sides of the base frame. Fold edges of each section back on scored lines trim to fit the frame. Adhere each section to create window frame.


Step 6

Arrange and adhere die cuts to create desired scene. The background images are adhered directly to the card base, the middle images have one layer of thin dimensional foam adhesive, and the foreground images have two layers of thin dimensional foam adhesive. Take care to avoid adhesive around the edges where the frame will be placed. Trim images that overhang the scene.


Step 7

To add a bit of shimmer to the scene, color snow sections on mountain with Versa Marker and heat emboss with Iridescent embossing powder. When I view snow-covered mountains from a distance they seem to have a bit of a glimmer.


Step 8

Add bits of Radiant Neon Amplify! on the scene to mimic a light covering of snow in the foreground, and a snow topped mountain in the background. Heat to cure and puff up the Amplify! Adhere frame over the scene. Add any finishing details that inspire you!

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Bristol Board
  • Cardstock – white, kraft
  • Rainy Day Stamps – Mount Hood Large (Vintage)
  • Heartfelt Creations – Woodsy Critters stamp & die set, Woodsy Wonderland stamp & die set
  • Unity Stamp Company – Grainy Background
  • Elizabeth Craft Design – Stitched Rectangles
  • Fine tipped paint brush

Create a Beautiful Holiday Card with Clear Elements

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create a Beautiful Holiday Card with Clear Elements by Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello everyone! It’s a week of Holiday Cards at Imagine and today I am sharing a beautiful Christmas Wreath window card. Adding a clear panel or window is easier than you may think and the results can be amazing. Take a look!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Start the window by making 2 pieces. For my wreath, I used the Wondrous Wreath stamp set, this is a layering set is meant to show off many colors. I was careful to stamp with my Misti stamp tool so that later the two separate pieces will line up perfectly on the card front. I heat embossed the first layer of the wreath with VersaMark ink and embossed with Candy Green Embossing Powder. I repeated with Verdigris Embossing Powder for the second layer.


Step 2

I repeated Step 1 on the clear Window Sheet or embossable acetate piece of the same size. I cut the white cardstock into three pieces. After cutting out the center portion of the embossed wreath on cardstock, I added the acetate piece in between using Tear It Tape. This forms the structure for the clear panel. Be careful to line up the leaves between the cardstock and the clear pieces for a seamless look.


Step 3

The sentiment “Jolly” is from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits. I die cut multiple pieces of “Jolly” and pasted over a fun foam layer using On Point Glue to give more dimension. I then stamped “Christmas” using Emerald Green Delicata Ink.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up – Window Sheet or Acetate, Wondrous Wreath stamp set, Christmas Greetings Thinlits
  • Card Stock – Old Olive, Whisper White
  • Fun Foam
  • Misti Stamp tool

Keep Crafting Fresh on the Mind with 2 Handmade Cards

Happy Friday! We hope you have some crafting projects lined up this weekend. To provide a little inspiration, we have two handmade cards by Imagine artists that each have their own unique custom touch. Elina created a whimsical heart balloon card using embossing powder and watercoloring and Neva made a dynamic pop-up birthday card that is out of this world!

Fly Away embossing and watercoloring

Fly Away Watercoloring and Embossing by Elina Stromberg

Watercolors and heat-embossed stamped images are a perfect match. Today, I create this sweet card with a young girl releasing a heart balloon. The girl and the balloon figures are embossed, while the blue sky background is created with a watercolor style. The goal was to use heat-set embossing powder to resist watercolors, so when creating watercolored backgrounds you can just simply paint over the stamped images. Preserving white unpainted areas is easy, too, as the embossing powder raises a bit from the surface, and helps you in painting around the image.

Mists and spray inks are perfect liquid watercolors. For this card, I only used Walnut ink and Fireworks Shimmer ink, but applied the colors in several layers on the background. The first light layers I painted using a rich amount of water, and for the next layers I always used less and less water creating darker shades of the same color. Before applying the next layer I dried the previous one with my heat gun.

For heat-embossing this beautiful stamped image, I used both black and red embossing powders. First, I poured the black powder on the stamped image, protecting the heart shaped balloon with a piece of paper. I put the extra powder back into its container, and repeated the step with the red powder. Heat-setting the powder between colors was not necessary, as the second color will stick only on areas that are not yet covered with powder.

Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Viva Las Vega Stamps – Girl, heart balloon stamp
  • Mixed media paper
  • Card base – white
  • Cardstock – blue
  • Watercolor brush
  • Heat gun
  • Double-sided tape

pop up birthday card Teal Stair Bday Card

Custom Pop Up Birthday Card by Neva Cole

What pre-teen boy doesn’t like blues, greens, and teals? For our teal challenge this month I wanted to try mixing two different Kaleidacolor ink pads to see if shades of teal could be created. I think this card illustrates success!

Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze and Fresh Green are alternately brayered onto glossy 8 ½ “ x 11” cardstock taking care to have the lighter hues line up in the fade. A light spritz of Ink Point No. 9 helps the inks blend neatly on the glossy cardstock. Half of the sheet is die cut with the Sizzix Framelits Step Up Card die. The remainder of the sheet is used to die cut the coordinating elements. The gifts were cut twice each so the bows could be trimmed for contrasting colors then adhered with On Point Glue.

A few days ago, I accidentally spilled part of a bottle of Fireworks! Dandelion on my craft mat. Not wanting to waste this pretty ink, I pressed Bristol Board cardstock into the inky mess and set it aside for later use. This little incident provided the perfect contrasting color for the candle flames and my son’s name. Each candle die cut is cut twice, once in Fireworks! Dandelion and once in the Kaleidacolor mix. After trimming off the top (flames) of the Kaleidacolor layer, they are adhered together with On Point Glue. The sentiment and cupcake layers adhered together with On Point Glue. Some elements are popped up with dimensional foam adhesive. The banner is held together with paper cord before it is adhered to the card front. I am pleased with the results of my little experiment and think my soon to be twelve-year-old son will be too!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Glossy cardstock
  • Sizzix – Framelits Step Ups 660142 by Stephanie Barnard
  • Judikens – Decorative Paper Cord
  • Brayer
  • Lifestyle Crafts – Stiletto Alphabet
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive

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