Beginner Guide: Mboss Clear in Matte Finish


by Imagine staff

Many of you may have heard of embossing powders by now. There are plenty of introductions on how to heat emboss. In fact, we feature a great introduction to embossing on a metal tin by Nicole Watt. Check it out! But there is no end to the many uses of this unique product. So, in today’s post, we thought we would highlight a fun technique with one of the cool powders that Imagine has in stock — Mboss in Clear Matte!

Directions


Step 1

Choose a pigment ink and a stamp. Here I picked VersaFine Clair in Charming Pink and a Waffle Flower stamp.


Step 2

Emboss the stamped image with Mboss Matte Clear. Notice how the Matte Clear deepens the Charming Pink color. With a regular clear embossing powder, a high gloss would show. With the Matte Clear, it simply enhances the stamped image without the high gloss. If you wanted to leave it as is then this is a great technique for enhancing a stamp. For embossing powders, you will need a heat tool. We listed a purchase option in the supplies below. 


Step 3

To take it a bit further, here is an embossing technique that can really intensify any papercraft or cardmaking project. In the sample above you can see the stamp inked with Warm Breeze in VersaFine and then inked again with VersaColor in Canary Yellow. One benefit of embossing is to lock the color of the first stamped image to the paper. It can be inked over with additional colors without affecting it. The plain stamp blends a bit and turns the image to a green hue. The embossed image keeps it’s turquoise color perfectly.

Last example again with VersaFine in Charming Pink — you can see the luster of the embossing keeps the deep pink color intact! Inked with VersaColor can turn the Charming Pink into a coral color (which is beautiful). With the Mboss the Charming Pink pops through the yellow background.

Other

Quick & Easy Projects: Sending Hope Greeting Card

by LeeAnn McKinney

Hi Friends, LeeAnn here with a fun project made using my favorite ink and technique, Kaleidacolor and brayering. I am Sending Hope to all out there to stay healthy through these times for you and your families.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 10 minutes

Directions

Other 

  • Brayer
  • Virginia Turtle Stamp Set “HOPE”
  • Honey Bee Stamp Set “Special Delivery”
  • Acrylic Blocks

Hope & Strength Guest Artists

In March, we posted a Call for Art with the theme Hope & Strength to reflect the current times we are facing with the Coronavirus.

Here are two artists who submitted beautiful work!

Sending You Hugs by Rebecca Goodwin

I hope you are all well. These postcards were created so that our family could send them to loved ones we know could use a little cheering up. We used cereal boxes from the recycling bin, acrylic paint, and StazOn ink. I hope they may inspire others to use materials they may already have in their home to send a quick note to their loved ones as well.

Follow Rebecca on Instagram

Stronger Together by Annie Williams

I stamped the floral image onto Strathmore Bristol smooth paper with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair Ink and colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. Once dry, I stamp the sentiment beneath the floral bunch in Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink. This was mounted using foam adhesive onto a background created by stamping blue cardstock with leafy branch line art images using Platinum Planet Brilliance Ink.

Follow Annie on Instagram

Spring Guest Artists

In late February we announced a Call for Spring Art. We asked for any papercraft or mixed media project that represents spring. Here are some of the art submissions from the Spring Call.

Terre Fry

Terre used Memento Tuxedo Black, StazOn Metallic Copper, All-Purpose Ink in Mint Green and Fireworks Craft Sprays to create a set of Shamrock themed mixed media cards.

Follow Terre on Instagram  @stampnterre

Jessica Lin

Jessica says, “Spring calls for rainbow colors!” Jessica uses VersaFine Clair inks to create a vibrant, Thinking of You card.

Follow Jessica on Instagram – @jessica.v.lin 

Alison Heikkila

Alison writes: VersaMagic Inks are some of my absolute favorites because of the soft chalky finish they have, plus their blend-ability. I knew they would be perfect for this lovely hydrangea, and by using blending brushes, I colored it up very quickly. For shine, I added some sequins with On Point Glue, which is the number one liquid adhesive I reach for.

My blog address: alisonheikkila.com
My Instagram: @alisonheikkila

Summer 2020 On Trend DIY Wedding Invitations using Tsukineko Inks

by Nicole Watt

So many brides get the DIY bug for their wedding, but making your own invitations can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to paper crafting. Nicole will show you how to create three stunning looks based on current 2020 color trends that won’t break the bank and won’t take hours to complete – even for beginners!

Skill: All levels
Time: varies on number of invitations

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other 
  • Neenah Solar White 80lb Cardstock 
  • Canson Mix Media paper 98lb 
  • Altenew Retro Plantines stamp set 
  • Altenew Exotic Garden stamp set 
  • Scrapbook.com String Lights Stencil 
  • Hero Arts Lavender cardstock 
  • Hero Arts Azalea cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Blue Jay cardstock 
  • Water brush
  • Blending brush
  • invitations printed from https://Greetingsisland.com

 

Beginner Guide: Best Black Inkpad for Papercrafting

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by Nicole Watt

In the sea of black inks, where do you start? Nicole will share the two black inks VersaFine Clair in Nocturne and Memento in Tuxedo Black that make it to the top of her list and show you the benefits and uses of both. These are her “must-have” black inks for papercrafters. There might even be some bonus discussion about a few more that you might already have!

Best Black Inkpads

Shopping List

Shop VersaFine Clair in Nocturne

Shop Memento Inkpad Tuxedo Black

Additional Items include

  • Acrylic Block
  • Cardstock
  • Acrylic Stamp set
  • Alcohol Markers