See How VersaFine Ink Can Be Used with Copic Markers and Stenciling

by Melissa Andrew

Today, I share how to use VersaFine Clair in multiple ways! This fabulous ink allows for crisp clean stamping. However, it also can be used over many mediums including Alcohol Markers, like Copics. It works wonderfully for embossing sentiments even on vellum and can be used under many mediums such as Perfect Medium. Today, I share a few of my favorite techniques using VersaFine Clair.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Whimsy Stamps – Hugs Bunny Clear stamp set
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock – white, blue
  • Bristol Smooth cardstock
  • Vellum
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Heat Tool
  • Stencil

How To Create A Beautiful Embossed And Watercolor Thank You Card

by Elina Stromberg

create a thank you card using memento inks and versamagic

Our lovely color of the month is ‘Passion Red’. What a perfect choice for a bright blooming flower card! I wanted to create a soft water-color painted look on my card, and all I needed was my water-soluble Memento and VersaMagic stamping inks and my Craft Mat as my palette.

Tsukineko ink pads come in several beautiful red colors, so I chose a few of my favorite reds and used them both for coloring the card background and for painting the beautiful Penny Black flower image. The trick was to stamp the main image twice and to layer the fuzzy-cut image on top of the stamped background; by using this technique the main image on the finished card has a beautiful, crispy edge, and while painting you don’t need to worry about the wet color running over the stamped lines!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stamp flower image with VersaFine ink on white watercolor or mixed media paper. Apply ‘Red Magic’ VersaMagic ink on the Craft Mat. Using a hint of water pick up the rich, creamy color with a brush and color the background. Apply more red pigment on the bottom, and mix the color with water to create a lighter color for the top of the card. Do not mind painting over the stamped image; it will be covered with a second image layer later. Let air dry or dry with a heat gun.


Step 2

Add texture to the painted background. Stamp random patterns here and there using red ‘Lady Bug’ Memento color. Keep the stamp in your hand (do not attach to an acrylic stamping block) and bend it while stamping.


Step 3

Re-stamp the main flower image on another sheet of white mixed media paper. Color the image using a water brush and a few hues of red ink. I used Memento ‘Lady Bug’, bit darker red ‘Rhubarb Stalk’, dark purple ‘Sweet Plum’, and VersaMagic ‘Red Magic’ for coloring the background. Use the Craft Mat as your palette and apply more ink if needed. Once dry, cut out the image.


Step 4

Glue the fussy cut image on the background. Trim the background to size.


Step 5 

Color the letters for the sentiment word. Press each chipboard letter on clear VersaMark ink. Pick up the letter with a tweezer, dab into copper embossing powder, and heat-set the powder by heating the chipboard on the Craft Mat. Glue letters on a strip of vellum. Fold ends of the vellum strips on the card background and secure them with double-sided tape. This will keep the strip in place; there’s no need to glue it on the card front.


Step 6

Mat card front on striped patterned paper and attach on the card base. Done!

Supplies
Imagine

VersaMagic DewDrop in Red Magic

Imagine Craft Mat

Memento DewDrop in Lady Bug

Memento DewDrop in Rhubarb Stalk

Memento DewDrop in Sweet Plum

VersaMark

VersaFine Clair in Nocturne

Embossing Powder in Copper

Other
  • White mixed media paper
  • Brush
  • Water brush
  • Penny Black Stamps – Awaken
  • Background pattern stamp
  • White vellum
  • Chipboard letters
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Heat gun
  • Glue
  • Striped patterned paper
  • White card base

November Color of the Month is Gingerbread

November Color of the Month is Gingerbread

Color of the Month for November is Gingerbread. We love this toasty burnt orange-brown color that reminds us of the all the yummy treats and eats that are created for the holidays. For papercrafting, we have a collection of ink colors that perfectly compliment the Gingerbread color. Some of these inks include VersaMagic in (ready for it…) Gingerbread, Memento in Peanut Brittle, and VersaMagic in Pumpkin Spice. These dark orange colors are a great addition to your ink collection.

To start us out for the month of November, we have a super cute cardmaking tutorial by Elina Stromberg. Enjoy!

Cute Birthday Card by Elina Stromberg

As a scrapbooker and card maker, I have lots and lots of beautiful patterned papers. However, very often I prefer using just plain white mixed media papers and creating the background patterns myself. That way I can both enjoy the creative process of inking, stamping, and stenciling but also create patterned papers that have exactly my needed colors. This cute birthday card was inspired by our November color ‘Gingerbread’. Even if I used only a limited color palette I think the card doesn’t look boring at all. Several layers of eye-catching patterns and cute stamped and colored images were a perfect combo!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp and fuzzy-cut the main images.


Step 2

Apply Memento in Desert Sand (light brown) on a piece of mixed media cardstock/watercolor paper. Do not cover the entire sheet but leave some areas white.


Step 3

Stencil VersaMagic in Gingerbread on top of.


Step 4

Stamp circle patterns with VersaFine Clair in Acorn.


Step 5

Add the final layer of patterns by stamping small dots with Memento in Potter’s Clay.


Step 6

Apply a thin layer of white gesso on those areas where the main images will be placed. This will highlight the fuzzy cut images, preventing them from blending into the busy background. Let dry.


Step 7

Glue main images on the card front. Mat card on brown cardstock and attach to white card base. I used the very same techniques for creating a matching ATC. I think it looks quite nice, too!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White mixed media paper
  • Brown cardstock, white card base
  • White gesso
  • Carabelle Studio: ‘Les Mini OUF 2’ Stamp, Mini Textures
  • VivaLasVegaStamps! – Doodle Dots
  • Ranger Dyulusions – Fresh Dots Small Stencil
  • Promarkers for coloring the images
  • American Crafts – Number stickers

Mythbusting – StazOn Ink & StazOn Cleaner with Clear Stamps

by Nadine Carlier

StazOn ink is a solvent ink that can be used on plastic, glass, metal, paper, and a host of mixed media surfaces and ephemera. So it is natural to assume that it might damage your stamps. We asked Nadine to talk a little bit about why StazOn is totally safe to use with any stamp set!

Supplies

Other

Learn to Make Cute Backgrounds Using VersaMagic Ink

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

Learn to Make Cute Backgrounds Using VersaMagic Ink

Today, I used a few tiny stamps from a Gina K stamp set and VersaMagic Inks to create a super cute pastel background for a Happy Fall handmade card. This papercraft project can be done using any inks you have in your collection. I used the VersaMagic since I really like the chalky soft appearance it gives.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Xpress It smooth card stock
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Gina K Designs – stamp
  • Whimsy Stamps – Scallop Die
  • Die cut machine

Create a Vibrant Art Journal Page to Tell Your Story

by Iris Rodriguez

Create a Vibrant Art Journal Page to Tell Your Story

Have you ever been attracted a shape, a pattern, an image, a technique and you don’t know why? For me, it’s been Asemic writing and abstract figures. Asemic writing is a wordless form of writing. It makes words look real, but it’s not meant to be read. This is a perfect way to express that you can write your own story every day and that nothing is set in stone. Imagine’s irRESISTible Pico Embellisher is a very fine mark-making tool and a medium perfect for Asemic writing. See how I make this vibrant journal page.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Spray the watercolor paper with water. Then brush on the All-Purpose Ink in Rose Pink, and Tropical Lagoon. Also, Brush on Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Dandelion. Do not blend or the colors will turn into a mud color. Rather color in separate areas. You can lightly blend the edges with a brush. Dry the paper.


Step 2

Use an InkBlushers to stencil in patterns with VersaFine Clair in Tulip Red, Monarch and Warm Breeze. You can use any stencil pattern you happen to have.


Step 3

To get a dimensional look, like you see on the top right of the of the image above, stencil the shape with a dark color, then place the stencil over the same area and slightly offset it, stencil a lighter color ink.


Step 4

The Dina Wakley stencil contains the positive and negative shapes. The cutout (positive) piece is considered a mask. Place the mask on the substrate. Make an outline with the VersaFine Clair in Nocturne using a Sponge Dauber.


Step 5

Continue to add to the shadows around the silhouette.


Step 6

Place a few drops of All-Purpose Ink in White onto your craft matt and pounce the Inkblusher into it and color inside the silhouette. This ink is opaque, so a couple of drops is more than enough. This will make the silhouette standout, while slightly making out the color and patterns underneath.


Step 7

Make Asemic writing marks inside the silhouette with the IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Black. It helps if you think of several parts of a phrase, song, poem and abstractedly and write it out.


Step 8

On a piece of white cardstock paper, stamp out a sentiment, then cut it out. Glue onto the page. Draw a frame with the black IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher for added interest.

Thank you! If you would like to learn more about stenciling then please see a full tutorial: Learn the Basics of Stenciling

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Watercolor paper
  • Crafter’s Workshop – Rebekah Meier stencil; Star and Flower
  • Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions Arrows stencil
  • Dina Wakley Casey & Penelope stencil
  • Alphabet stamps