Learn How to Make an Astrological Card

Astrological-Chart-Card-1200

By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! It’s time for my newest post for Imagine, as an official part of the 2022 Design Team. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, many of us are wiped out, or even burnt out from making cards and gifts all season. Because of that, I decided to come up with a fast card that doesn’t take a ton of effort, but looks like it did because of the layering.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 15 to 20 Minutes

Directions:

Astrological Chart Card 2

Step 1:

Adhere your 3″ x 5″ Gel Press to an acrylic block. While you can adhere it to your work surface, but if it’s attached to a block, you can control where it goes on your printing plate.

 

Astrological Chart Card 3

Step 2:

Apply Versa Fine Clair Ink in Twilight to the Gel Press Plate. I applied it in rows, but you can do it however you like.

Step 3:

Squeeze on a bit of Silvery Shimmer Delicata reinker. You don’t need too much.

 

Astrological Chart Card 4

Step 4:

Using a brayer, roll the colors together. Try not to overmix them.

 

Astrological Chart Card 5

Step 5:

While the inks are still wet, flip the Gel Press Plate on to the printing plate. Since it’s on an acrylic block, you can place the Gel Plate wherever you want easily. Press the Gel Press into the printing plate firmly.

Step 6:

Flip the Gel Press back over, and lay a piece of copy paper on top. This will create your print. Press the paper firmly and evenly all over the plate to get a good transfer.

 

Astrological Chart Card 6

Step 7:

Carefully peel back the paper to reveal your print. You can place the paper back down before you peel up the entire thing if you feel that you need to transfer the ink more.

 

Astrological Chart Card 7

Step 8:

After I made 3 more prints, I chose the one I wanted to use on my card. I went with my first print, which is the upper right. I tore the edges around the print instead of trimming it smoothly.

 

Astrological Chart Card 8

Step 9:

Using an edger die, trim a piece of navy colored cardstock to create a mat around your print.

Step 10:

Using Silvery Shimmer Delicata Ink, ink up the edges of the die cut mat.

 

Astrological Chart Card 9

Step 11:

On a gray card base, ink the right side with VersaMark ink. Try to not make it even, so that it has a more organic feel.

Step 12:

Sprinkle Mboss in Shimmering Night Sky on to the wet ink. Shake off excess, and heat set with a heat tool.

 

Astrological Chart Card 10

Step 13:

Adhere your layers. I added a stamped and die cut sentiment, as well as some jewels. For the jewels, I used On Point Glue.

 

Astrological Chart Card 11 600

The finished card has lots of shine and cool texture. Using your inks and reinkers on a Gel Press Plate gives you the ability to mix colors from different lines and get beautiful, soft effects.

 

Astrological Chart Card 13 600

Again, using all of these layers may make it seem that this card took a lot of time, but it really didn’t because making the print is such a fast process. And you can choose to use a larger Gel Press Plate to cut down on some of the layers.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• VersaFine Clair Ink in Twilight
• Delicata Ink Pad & Reinker in Silvery Shimmer
• VersaMark Ink Pad
• MBoss in Shimmering Night Sky
• On Point Glue
• Craft Mat

Other:

• Gel Press: 3″ x 5″ Plate
• Carabelle Studio: Zodiac Printing Plate
• Speedball: Brayer
• Stampendous: Deckle Die Set, Slim Acrylic Handle
• Pinkfresh Studios: Perfect Sentiments stamp & die set
• Doodles Paper Playground: Silver Starburst Rhinestones
• Gray card base, white copy paper, navy cardstock
• Heat Tool

Create Fall Inspired Cards With VersaFine Clair Inks

November_2021_Katy-Ingram_Fall-Inspired_700x700

By Katy Ingram –

Hello and welcome! Katy here with a new video. Many of you may have noticed from my last couple videos that I use VersaFine Clair Inks a lot and that I love to ink blend with them. Today’s video is no exception. I used two VersaFine Clair Inks that blend beautifully and create the most amazing burnt orange color that is perfect for Fall. In the video I also talk a bit about how to have better success with your ink blending by using Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper and I also show you a simple way to create sentiment strips that are fool proof. I hope you find these tips helpful and I hope you enjoy the video. Thanks so much for watching.

Thanks For Watching.

Skill: Intermediate, Advanced
Time: 30 minutes

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• Delicata Golden Glitz

• Versafine Clair Inks Cheerful, Glamorous and Chianti.

• On Point Glue

• Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold

Other Products Used:

• Gina Marie Designs Tribal Stitched Nested Rectangle Dies
• Honey Bee Large Thanks Die set
• Concord & 9th Lace Leaf Stamp & Die Set
• The Greetery Sentiment Suite Thank You stamp set
• Waffle Flower Oversized Hugs Stamp Set
• Altenew Leaf Burst Stencil
• Strathmore 500 Series Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper.
• Gina K Designs Dark Chocolate Cardstock

 

THANKS, You Mean So Much To Me with Imagine Crafts

2021_LeeAnn_Nov_IG

By LeeAnn McKinney –

Hi there friends and fellow crafters, LeeAnn here with a fun Thanks card, using products you might not think about when not using them in the means intended.

I purchased a few (4) Hot Foil Dies a couple months ago, and didn’t have the machine needed to play with them. So I’ve been thinking, and decided to use them like a letter press. I inked up the Fall Leaves with VersaFine Clair Pigment Ink in Tulip Red, Summertime Cheerful, Verdant and Pinecone, taped it to a panel of Mixed Media Cardstock and then did the same with the word “Thanks”, using Delicata Golden Glitz. I used a piece of heavyweight cardstock and rubber embossing pad, on my big shot platform, then added my panel with the foil plates adhered to it and then the regular top plate, ran it through my big shot twice (forward then back) and wow, other than a little over-inking where I tried to cover up with some sequins they turned out amazing. I used On Point Glue to adhere the sequins and Tear It! Tape to adhere the panel to my cardbase. I also heat embossed the secondary part of the sentiment using Mboss Gold Embossing Powder.

Hope you enjoy. Watch until the end and let me know which card you prefer, the card on the left without the sequins or the card on the right with the sequins. Oh, forgot that I used Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz on my panel as well.

Thanks for watching, have a great day.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

 

• VersaFine Clair

• VersaMark Watermark Ink

• Paper Delicata

• Mboss

• Craft Mat

• On Point Glue

• Tear It! Tape

• Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz

 

Other Products:

• Kraft Cardstock (heat embossed strip)
• Heavyweight Letter Press Cardstock
• Aww-Tumn Embellishment Sequin Mix

 

 

Halloween Fun with Memento Inks and Imagine Crafts

LeeAnn_October_2021

By LeeAnn McKinney

– Hi there friends and fellow crafters, It’s LeeAnn with a fun Halloween Card I made using Memento Dew Drops, a stencil, and some die cuts. Also a cute kitty using a multilayered stamp set.
Thanks for watching!

 

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

• Imagine Crafts Craft Mat
• Tear it Tape
• VersaFine Clair Nocturne
• Memento Dew Drop Dandelion
• Memento Dew Drop Gray Flannel
• Memento Dew Drop London Fog
• Memento Dew Drop Tuxedo Black
• Memento Dew Drop Tangelo
• Memento Dew Drop Peanut Brittle
• Memento Dew Drop Grape Jelly
• On Point Glue

 
Other Products:

• Kat Scrappiness Crafters Essentials Halloween Dies
• Kat Scrappiness Boo-gy Ghosts Dies
• Kat Scrappiness Toil and Trouble Layering Stamp Set
• Scrappy Tails Starry Night 3 Layer Stencil Set

 

How to Create A Night Sky With VersaFine Clair

Imagine_Katy-Ingram_-October-2021_Blog

By Katy Ingram –

Hello friends! Katy here and for today’s video I am going to use 3 VersaFine Clair Inks to create a Nebula or Night Sky. I will also show you how I create two panels, one uses the emboss resist and the other uses some Delicata Ink. Thanks so much for watching.

Skill: Intermediate, Advanced
Time: about 40 minutes

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• Delicata Silvery Shimmer

• MBoss Embossing Powder Clear and White

• VersaFine Clair Charming Pink, Blue Belle and Monarch

• On Point Glue

• VersaMark Ink

Other Products Used:

• Gina Marie Crescent Moon
• Gina Marie Pine Trees
• Bristol Smooth
• StarDream Metallic Silver
• Silver Holographic
• Neenah Classic Crest 110 lb White Card Stock
• Black Heavy Weight Card Stock
• Paper Rose Star words Stamp Set
• Blending Brushes

 

Make an Autumn Blessings Card with Imagine Crafts

LeeAnn-September_IG

By LeeAnn McKinney

– Howdy friends and fellow crafters, LeeAnn here with a fun Autumn card for you today. I spritzed, I sprayed, I brayered and dabbed… a little bit of it all. Now sit back and lets get inky…

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

• Kaleidacolor Vineyard Ink Pad

• Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray: Summer Sky

• VersaFine Clair: Pinecone

• Craft Mat

• Tear It! Tape

• Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray: Gold

 
Other Products:

• Trinity Stamps Beautiful Breeze 4×8 Stamp Set

• Trinity Stamps Seasonal Winds 6×6 Stencil

• Tim Holtz Guillatine Trimmer

• Fiskars Trimmer

• DCWV Shimmer Paper

• Accent Opaque 120lb Cardstock

• Bristol Smooth Cardstock

• MISTI