New Techniques for Embossing Stunning Springtime Cards

By Neva Cole 

In today’s crafting tutorial, I will show you how to use various Imagine products to create a sparkly stunning springtime birthday card, featuring both Mboss Valentine, VersaMark Ink, and Embossing Powders. The tutorial will also show you how you can use VersaMark over other inks to create a cohesive embossed look for a card, even if you do not have embossing powders in additional colors.

 

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  45 minutes

Directions:

Step 1

Trim card front to 4.75” x 6.25” to fit a standard A-7 card base.  It is important to use a stamp positioner platform for this technique to ensure that the image lines up properly on the finished card front.

 

Step 2

Color stamen portion of Penny Black First Waltz Tulip with VersaMarker and heat emboss with Black Mboss powder.

Pro tip: Use a dry fine tip paintbrush to remove any embossing powder that ends up on the card you do not want to emboss before heating.

 

Step 3

Use the Versa Mark small cube which allows you more precision in where you place the VersaMark ink to ink the flower portion of the image. Cover with Mboss Valentine, and carefully remove powder from the stamen area with a dry fine tip paintbrush then heat emboss.

 

Step 4

Color directly on the stem portion of the image with Memento Dual Marker in Pear Tart and Bamboo leaves.  Mist stamp lightly with water before stamping as this reactivates the ink to create a crisp image.

 

Step 5

Clean leaf portion of the image and ink with VersaMark ink. Stamp over the previously colored and stamped image with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with Iridescent embossing powder.

 

Step 6

Stamp the “Celebrate” sentiment in VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with Mboss in Valentine.  Die-cut the sentiment, I used my Brother Scan N Cut.

 

Step 7

I also stamped the inside of the card, as I intend to send it to a special friend for her birthday. Stamp the sentiment in VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with Mboss in Valentine.

 

 

Step 8

Lightly ink the card base and card front with the Memento Luxe Pear Tart ink pad to add just a hint of green around both layers.  I ran the ink pad around the edges of the cardstock to create the light tint.

 

Step 9

Apply Tear It! Tape to the back of the card front and adhere to the card base.

 

Step 10

Adhere the “Celebrate” sentiment to the card front using adhesive foam tape.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine

• VersaMark Ink

• VersaMarker

• Mboss – Valentine

• Memento Dual Tip Marker – Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves 

• Embossing Powder – Black, Iridescent

• Memento Luxe – Pear Tart

• Tear It! Tape

• 0.5 fl oz Spray Bottle

 

Other

• Penny Black – First Waltz

• Kelly Creates – Traceable Celebration Stamps

• Brother Scan N Cut

• Stamp positioner

• Fine tip paintbrush

 

Create a Shimmery Valentine’s Card Using Brilliance Inker

By Jowilna Nolte

Today I am showing you how to create a gorgeous shimmering background for your Valentine cards using a few tricks. First I used a piece of shimmering faux leather paper, added some Brilliance Rocket Red inker to it, and then used a unique rich metallic raspberry MBoss powder for added texture. For the focal point, I embossed a heart and then added some finishing touches for a quick and shiny card – perfect for friends. In just a few steps I created this card with loads of elegance, shine, and personality.

 

Skill: Intermediate

Time: 25 minutes

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• Brilliance Rocket Red Inker

• MBoss Metallic Berry Embossing Powder

• VersaMark Dazzle Champagne

• VersaFine Clair Nocturne

• Imagine Craft Mat

• Tear It Tape

• Inkblushers

• StazOn Stamp Cleaner

Other:

• Heat Gun

• Couture Creations Stamp Press

• Couture Creations Mini Guillotine

• Stamps – Joy Clair, Carabelle

• Cardstock – American Crafts

• Embellishments

Create a Woodgrain Theme Friendship Card with Rinea Foil

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create a Woodgrain Theme Friendship Card with Rinea Foil

Hi there, Martha Lucia here! Today, I have a fun card making project to share with you. I used the stamp piecing with foiled paper as a technique to create this card. To make this stamp piecing card, I used Rinea Foiled paper in pink, green and gold colors with StazOn Pigment Ink Piano Black to create a dynamic look. A single stamp with flowers coming out of an envelope suddenly takes on a new life.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Prepare your card by cutting the base of your card to 4-1/4″x11″ with a score in 5-1/2″. Cut the second layer using Mocha/Gold Glossy Rinea Foiled Paper. I cut this layer using the Stitched Woodgrain Cover Up Die from Lil’Inker Designs. Stamp the image of the stamp set Gift Enclosures from Catherine Scanlon Stamps using one single color of Rinea foiled paper and StazOn Pigment Piano Black Ink.


Step 2

Stamp the same image using different colors and textures of Rinea Foiled paper. I used gold/gold glossy for the envelope, blush starstruck for the flowers and emerald starstruck for the leaves. With scissors cut the different parts of the stamped image and paste them over the image stamped using On Point Glue and Double-sided Foam Tape.


Step 3

Resize and paste the Mocha Woodgrain layer over the card base.


Step 4

Create the sentiment for your card using a layered die set. I used the word “friend” that I cut from Gold/Gold Glossy Rinea Foiled Paper for the word mat and Fuchsia/Gold Glossy for the detailed word. Paste the two parts of the die with On Point Glue and then paste it over the decorated card base.


Step 5

Paste the gift envelope stamp over your decorated card using Double-sided Foam Tape. 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea Foiled Paper – Mocha Gold Glossy, Gold/Gold Glossy, Fuchsia/Gold Glossy, Blush and Emerald Starstruck
  • Card Stock
  • Catherine Scanlon Stamps – Stamp Set Gift Enclosures
  • Lil’Inker Designs – Stitched Woodgrain Cover Die
  • Simon Says Stamp – Word Die Cut Friend

Usher In Spring With This Quick And Easy Garden Craft

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Usher In Spring With This Quick And Easy Garden Craft

Today, I have created an easy and fun project to decorate tin flower pots to welcome spring, using the new StazOn Pigment ink pads and a couple of acrylic stamps. This also makes a nice project to use on making small Easter themed tin buckets to give as gifts.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Clean well the surface of the flower pots. Stamp with the brick wood stamps using the StazOn Pigment Snowflake and Passion Red ink pads to cover around and about ¾ of the height of the flower pots.


Step 2

Stamp the quote stamp using the same StazOn Pigment ink pads but the opposite color used earlier.


Step 3

Use various sizes of flower stamps to cover flower pots, adding the StazOn Pigment Piano Black too.


Step 4

Place Tear It! Tape on the end of the brick and wood stamps used as background designs and set the ribbon.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Tin flower pots
  • Viva decor – Brick and wood stamps
  • Quote stamps
  • Flower stamps
  • Red ribbon

 

Use Dewlets to Create a Unique Background

by Kassy Tousignant

Use Dewlets to Create a Unique Background

The new Dewlet etched metal die is so versatile! I have used it to create an interesting background in this card project. I stamped a beautiful pattern in VersaMagic and placed the Dewlet shapes on the background of the card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

•  VersaFine Clair – Nocturne
•  Embossing Powder – Black
•  VersaMagic – Aquatic Splash, Turquoise Gem, Night Sky
•  Dewlet
•  Tear It! Tape

Other

• Visible Image – stamp
• Washi tape
• Embossing buddy
• Vellum
• Cardstock – kraft, matte silver, white
• Carabelle – stamp for background
• Water bottle
• Heat gun
• Glue Dots

Super Cute and Easy Birthday Cards

by Elina Stromberg

For this card making project you don’t need any special supplies nor very much time. Just take out a blank card base, your favorite VersaFine Clair inks, and one or two small stamps with different designs. In less than 30 minutes you’ll have a clean and simple colorful card that is perfect for any occasion!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Fold the blank card base in half. Mask the areas you wish to leave blank i.e. cover both long sides with a post-it note or a piece of paper, revealing only a narrow rectangle panel area of the card base.

Step 2

Stamp random patterns using two or three VersaFine Clair inks of your preferred color scheme. Remove masking papers.

Step 3

Stamp sentiment text on a piece of white paper. Mat on a piece of colored cardstock matching to the chosen ink colors. Attach to card front and trim the excess. Done!

So many combinations to create!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card base – white
  • Cardstock – coordinating solid colors
  • Masking paper – Post-it notes, pieces of scrap paper etc.
  • Small stamps of various designs (we love Pegstamps by Rubber Stamp Tapestry!)