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

Make Embellishments Using Creative Medium

by Nadine Carlier

Creative Medium Butterfly main

Create a pretty iridescent embellishment using Creative Medium that is perfect for cards, scrapbook layouts and much more. Once your embellishment is created you can then the negative space from the die cut to use as a stencil to make a fun background.
Watch my video below to see how easy it is.  Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Create a Stencil Echo with VersaColor and All-Purpose Ink

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Create a Stencil Echo with VersaColor and All-Purpose Ink

Stencils are an amazing tool in the craft room. They are not limited as to what medium you use them on or with and, depending on the multitude of combinations, can produce results from shabby chic to cutting-edge modern. In today’s project, I decided to play around with the placement of my stencil to create—instead of a shadow of the original image—an echo. The combination of the Hyacinth VersaColor ink on a navy background, highlighted by Platinum All-Purpose Ink, gives the pattern a moonlit look, but other color combinations would be equally as striking.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Navy
  • The Crafters Workshop – Dancing Leaves stencil
  • Studio Calico – Make a Wish stamp set
  • Acrylic Block
  • Darice – Heat Tool

Use Shades of Lavender to Create a Mixed Media Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Use Shades of Lavender to Create a Mixed Media Card

Use shades of Lavender inks to create a vintage Mixed Media panel. Layer upon layer of inks and stenciled patterns make for an interesting mixed media project with a fun twist. Take a look at how I created this panel in a few easy steps.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Combine 2 different circle stencil designs with each other and blend the circles onto smooth white cardstock using a finger dauber.


Step 2

Layer a third stencil over the circles and stencil a darker pattern using VersaFine Clair Fantasia.


Step 3

Use a squeegee and apply a thin layer of Sweet Plum irRESISTible Pico Embellisher over the stenciled background. Add a few drops of the irRESISTible onto the cardstock and smooth it out using the squeegee.


Step 4

Adhere a cutout image onto the right-hand side of the mixed media panel. Use VersaFine Clair and add some texture patterns onto the background in the corners. Tap the ink onto the cardstock using a finger dauber.


Step 5

Use 3 more colors of VersaFine Clair inks and sponge in the corners to create texture and patterns. Add cut out elements and finishing touches to your mixed media panel.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Cardstock – White
  • Jowilna Nolte – Stencil
  • Short Cuts Craft
  • Embellishments

Use a Stencil Background to Create Artists Trading Cards

by Elina Stromberg

Use a Stencil Background to Create Artists Trading Cards

For me, crafting is my way to unwind and to relax. Sometimes I feel that I need to start crafting, but I don’t necessarily have a specific project in mind. The solution is to create background pages for later use. For making background pages, I take out a few white blank papers, my favorite inks or paints, stencils, and stamps, and I’m good to go. There are no strict rules to follow so I often start with the light colors, move towards the darker shades, and whenever I encounter issues I drop my original idea and jump over to plan B or C. If the result is a total catastrophe I throw away the page and start all over. For me, the end result is not as important as the pleasure the creative process gives me.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

On this background page, I started with inking the white paper with a light green color of Memento in New Sprout. I applied the ink directly from the ink pad on the paper, using the Dew Drop ink pad and a soft circular motion. If I had used a larger ink pad I would have used a brayer or a Jumbo Dauber for coloring the page.


Step 2

Then I used a darker green ink color of Memento in Bamboo Leaves and a Sponge Dauber to stencil a pattern on the page. Once finished, I splashed water on the page, letting the water-soluble ink react with the water before drying the page with my heat gun. Love those splash marks!


Step 3

Then I used another stencil and a bit darker green ink and added smaller patterns on the page. Just a hint here and there will do the trick!


Step 4

Adding a hint of both white and black is always a good idea. Those will refresh the page and make the other colors pop. I stamped some black text patterns on the page and added white color with a gel pen. I think it did the trick I was looking for!


Step 4

In the end, I had two almost identical decorated papers. I cut a few ATC card backgrounds and used a piece of the patterned paper for a background for a die-cut card.

I think that the stenciled backgrounds look good on my ATC’s!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Mixed Media Paper – White
  • Cardstock – Green, Yellow, Orange
  • Card base – White
  • Pronty – Leaf Stencils
  • Carabelle Studio – Dots
  • 13Arts – Triangles
  • Heat gun
  • Katzelkraft – Dog stamps
  • Wycinanka – Text pattern stamp
  • Sizzix – Bird stencil, Oval stencil
  • Alcohol markers
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Gel pen – White

Learn to Emboss with a Stencil

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Purple and lavender Hello Friend handmade card featuring Memento Inks by Tsukineko available from Imagine.

Hello Fellow Crafters! Today, I am sharing some of my favorite stencil techniques with you! Layering stencils are trending now and we can create beautiful designs and make techniques with the different patterns. I am sharing an all textured card with a “Hello Friend” greeting. This month our challenge is stencils and the Color of the Month is Lavender.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Select the color of cardstock and the stencils that you want to use. I am using Wisteria Wonder cardstock and the Layering Dahlia A & B Bundle Stencil from Altenew. Use the layers with different colors of ink. In my sample, I am using Memento Ink in Lulu Lavender and Grape Jelly. Apply the soft color on the stencil with more free areas and the dark color on the detailed stencil. To create the first layer of texture, place the stencil over the stenciled layer in the corresponding place.


Step 2

Create a special sandwich on your big shot to make the embossing. Remember that the pressures of cutting machines are different so you need to test and listen to your version. In my big shot the correct sandwich is:

  • Closed Platform
  • Rubber Pad
  • A piece of cardstock (shim)
  • Stenciled card layer
  • Stencil
  • Embossing Plate

Paste the ensemble sandwich easily through your die cut machine to emboss the stencil design and voila, you will have the first textured.


Step 3

Now it’s time to create the traditional embossing over your card. To make this I am using a Stencil Word from Jillibean Soup. Secure the stencil over the stenciled layer. Apply VersaMark directly with the ink pad over the “Hello”. Remove the stencil and cover the stamped word with Embossing Powder in White. Melt the powder with the heat tool. Paste the stenciled layer over a whisper white card base. Stamp a complement of the word and paste it over the card with On Point Glue.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Layering Dahlia A & B Bundle Stencil
  • Hampton Art – Hello stencil from Jillibean Soup
  • Big Shot – Rubber Mat
  • Glue Dots
  • Cardstock – Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
  • Big Shot Die Machine
  • Masking Tape