Mixed Media Fall Leaf Tag Décor ft. VersaFine Clair and All Purpose Ink

by Nicole Watt 

“Always take the scenic route,” perhaps a drive through all the fall leaves will brighten your day and provide some much needed crafting inspiration! In this crafting tutorial, Nicole creates gorgeous color and texture to celebrate Fall in a home décor thick-board tag. Use VersaFine Clair, All-Purpose ink, and Creative Medium for stenciling, and embossing to make a rich look and feel! Nicole breaks down every step so you can recreate the techniques yourself!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Art Supplies

Other Supplies

Quick and Easy Projects: Create a Marble Effect on Paper

by LeeAnn McKinney

Greetings crafty friends! I was watching YouTube and came across this shaving cream ink marbling technique from GinaK and just had to try it. This is a quick, fun card style to make, you can use any re-inkers you have in your stash and mix/match with plain colors and beautiful metallic tones as I did here. As I say in the video, the Golden Glitz really makes this card for me. This technique can also be used on all sorts of paper crafting projects.

Since it is the fall season, I focus on a warm color palette for an Autumn leaves look and stamped the sentiment with a rich brown to compliment the yellow, orange, and gold colors. This card design is a perfect way to spend an afternoon crafting and coming up with multiple card designs with a marble look. The shaving cream can be used to make several card panels until you run out of the medium.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Imagine

use memento inkers to create marble paper

Other Art Supplies
  • Bamboo Skewer
  • Joy Clair Fall Leaves Stamp Set
  • Paper Plate
  • Card Base
  • Brown Cardstock
  • Shaving Cream (Foam type)

 

Quick and Easy Projects: Stamp and Color Rainbows, Pineapples and Donuts on a School Folder


by Annie Collins

Hello Friends! In this video, I teach you how to create a fun custom school folder that you and your kids can make together.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Other
  • File Folder
  • Various Stamps

Guest Artist: Helen Gullett with Color Blending

We did a Call for Art for Color Blending. And we got a great submission by Helen Gullett! We love this card design!

Helen writes:

I had fun creating the background using VersaFine Clair ink pads: Blue Belle, Purple Delight, Tulip Red, Summertime, Green Oasis, and Nocturne (Black). I picked the ink up with a makeup sponge and started sponging it on white cardstock. I stamped the lighthouse image from the Light House Stamp Set with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink Pad, and then I heat set the ink with craft heater. I colored the image with ShinHan Twin Touch Markers and Colorless Blender Marker. After that, I fussy cut the image, and I added it on the card with 3D foam tape.

I stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Clair Blue Belle and trimmed it.

Helen’s Instagram is @helengdesigns

Stay tuned for more opportunities to be a guest artist! 

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