Create a Father’s Day Scenic Card with VersaFine Clair Inks

by Jessica Lin

Create a Father's Day Scenic Card with VersaFine Clair Inks

Hi everyone! Father’s Day is right around the corner and I’m here to share a simple, masculine card idea with you. It features a forest and lake scene that has a watercolor look, but it’s done completely through stamping! I’ve also shown how you can stretch your ink pads by using second generation stamping. It’s an easy technique that allows you to create different shades of the same color even if you’re just using one colored ink.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Clair – Cheerful, Shady Lane, Rain Forest, Blue Belle, Acorn
• Craft Mat
Tear It! Tape

Other

• Stampin’ Up – Waterfront stamp set, Labeler Alphabet stamp set
• Cardstock – white, kraft. printed
• Acrylic Block
• Sentiment stamp

Learn An Elegant Embossing Resist And Blending Technique

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn An Elegant Embossing Resist And Blending Technique

Hello crafty friends! Today, I want to share a “Hello” greeting card using the technique of color blending and emboss resist. I have always enjoyed mixing different techniques together and emboss resist is one of the most versatile. What I show in this card making tutorial is with this option you can create a rich color background before embossing and then apply extra layers of color to enhance the effect. See how I created this elegant card below.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

To make this card, I used three different green colors of Memento Ink. I started with the lightest New Sprout, continue with Bamboo Leaves and finalized with Cottage Ivy.


Step 2

Over a whisper white piece of card stock, I applied the ink directly with the ink pad, just rub it softly and blend the colors. When I was totally satisfied with the colors, I let the paper dry very well before to continue with the next step. I used my heat tool to speed up the process.


Step 3

I stamped a background stamp over the inked layer using the embossing buddy or anti-static pad, VersaMark Ink and Clear Embossing Powder.


Step 4

After heat embossing and using an InkBlusher, I applied Delicata Pigment Ink in White Shimmer directly over the heat embossed background. At this stage, you will notice how the embossed butterflies fine lines did not absorb the pigment ink and the background color looks softer.


Step 5

To finalize the card, I resized the layer, pasted it over the mat and card base and stamped one sentiment using VersaFine Clair Green Oasis and embossed it with clear embossing powder.


Step 6

You can use this technique using a single color of ink for the background or mixing different colors. The most important is that you use white pigment ink to make the color tones soft and enhance the embossing.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Dark Brown
  • Stamp Sets – Blossom & Butterflies, Friendship Greetings
  • Stamparatus or Misti Stamping Tool
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Heat Tool

Learn How To Arrange A Scrapbook Page With The Imagine Craft Mat

by Elina Stromberg

Learn How To Arrange A Scrapbook Page With The Imagine Craft Mat

Scrapbooking is my favorite way to unwind. I love patterned papers, simple layouts, and combining ready-made embellishments with decoration elements I’ve made myself. For this scrapbook layout, you only need two sheets of patterned paper, scrap pieces of solid color papers, a few stamps, and your favorite inks, letter stickers, leftover pieces of chipboards and a mix of any ready-made embellishments you have available at arm’s reach. The center of your layout is your favorite photo, a memory you want to cherish and keep for the years to come!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Attach a strip of washi tape or a strip of patterned paper on the left side of your background paper. The grid side of Imagine’s Craft Mat will help you in aligning the long strip. 
Glue a panel of patterned paper on the left side of the strip, partly covering it.


Step 2

Stamp patterns on the background around the area where you want to place your photo. Use the lightest color for the largest patterns and add smaller highlights with darker colors on top.
 On this layout, I continued the triangle pattern on the stamped areas; I often get inspired by the patterns on the paper I decide to use and like to replicate similar images elsewhere on the project. You may spot the triangle shape also in larger sizes on this layout; I had a couple of triangle-shaped transparencies I included on the page.


Step 3

Stamp and fussy-cut embellishments. Combine your DIY decorations with ready-made stickers, die-cuts, and chipboards. Feel free to mix and match embellishments of various types and styles!
 Layer embellishments and use them in clusters. Don’t try to cover the entire page but leave some areas undecorated.


Step 4

Highlight your photo: Mat the photo on a piece of white cardstock. Layer pieces of solid color or patterned papers underneath it or use ready-made chipboard frames for lifting the photo from the layout background.
 On this layout, the background color was quite light, and for making the photo really pop I backed the chipboard frames with a darker grey color paper. For attaching the photo on the layout, I used foam stickers.


Step 5

Adding a hint of white and/or black will brighten all the other colors. I added black by stamping small black arrows on the background and white by highlighting the stamped embellishments and parts of the stamped background patterns with a white gel pen.


Step 6

Sometimes it may be tricky to align the letter stickers on the layout. A long ruler and the grid pattern on the Craft Mat will be of great help!
 If you want the title word to end close to your main photo, start writing it from the end. This way you will manage the positioning of the complete word more easily!

Here are some additional close-ups from the finished page:

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Patterned papers in size 12”x12”
  • Photo
  • Washi tape with honeycomb pattern
  • Cardstock – green, yellow, white and dark grey
  • American Crafts – Letter stickers
  • Stamps: Carabelle Studio: Mixed Media Flowers #1. 
Studio Calico: Arrows, triangles, stars.
Wycinanka: Lorem Ipsum
  • Embellishments:
 Wooden hearts – Pinkfresh Studio, Felicity – 
Chipboard frames, Heidi Swapp -
Triangle-shaped transparencies
, White sentiment stickers
, Leftover pieces of honeycomb chipboards
  • White gel pen
  • Foam stickers
  • Glue

See How to Create Stunning Card Design on Black Paper

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

See How to Create Stunning Card Design on Black Paper

For today’s card, I used the new StazOn Pigment inks to create this stenciled floral background. I love the way StazOn Pigment Ink looks on dark/black card stock. This is a very easy and simple card to make because the ink is so vibrant. I used my old daubers to add the pigment on my black card stock if you do not have old dauber then consider using an InkBlusher. To make an impact on this design, I first added white ink and then the colored ink on top. This gives me a brighter vibrant impression and I like it a lot. I used a sentiment “sending hugs” stamped in black and added few details to the inside of the flowers with my white gel pen to finish the card.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Black, White
  • Altenew – Floral Garden Stencil
  • Misti Stamping Tool

Learn How To Use Yupo Paper In A New Way

by Roni Johnson

Learn How To Use Yupo Paper In A New Way

Fern Green…a cool, relaxing shady spot on a hot summer’s day…sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Well, that’s what June’s color of the Month brings to mind. I thought I’d run with that theme and play around with a few different colors of green from the Fireworks Craft Spray and VersaFine Clair. I use these lovely Fern stamps, fern dies, and a special technique with Yupo paper to create this fun card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Trim a piece of Yupo paper to 4 x 4.75” and select desired colors of Fireworks spray you’d like to use.


Step 2

Spritz the inks onto the Yupo paper.


Step 3

Use a heat tool to dry the inks, continue heating until the paper begins to shrink and wrinkle. Turn the paper over part way through heating, continue to heat and shrink. The Yupo paper is now about 45% of its original size.


Step 4

Turn your heat tool on to preheat so it gets nice and hot.


Step 5

Pounce one edge of the wrinkled Yupo onto a VersaMark ink pad.


Step 6

Dip the inked edge into Mboss embossing powder in Gold and use a pre-heated heat tool to melt the powder. Since the heat tool has been pre-heated melting should occur almost immediately thus causing no further shrinking to the Yupo.


Step 7

Repeat step 6 until all 4 edges have been embossed.


Step 8

Cut a piece of white cardstock 4” x 5.25”. Stamp a trio of fern branches over the entire panel using Rain Forest, Shady Lane, and Verdant VersaFine Clair inks.


Step 10

Flick Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz over the panel and let dry.


Step 11

Sponge the same inks onto a scrap of white cardstock. Die-cut ferns from the various colors.


Step 12

Stamp the sentiment “sending hugs your way” on black cardstock using VersaMark ink. Sprinkle with white Mboss embossing powder, shake off excess and return it to the bag. Use a heat tool to melt the powder and trim.


Step 13

Mount the fern panel onto a black card base; affix the Yupo paper to the card and embellish.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Yupo Paper
  • White & Black Cardstock
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Fern
  • Spellbinders – Ferns
  • Heat Tool
  • Gold Thread

See How to Upcycle a Tea Tin with Walnut Ink

by Kassy Tousignant

See How to Upcycle a Tea Tin with Walnut Ink

I love upcycling old, found items. In today’s video, I give this tea tin has a fresh new shabby chic look while still holding on to that vintage feel using the VersaFine Clair ink in Fallen Leaves paired with the Walnut ink. I love this way this turned out and hopefully, you will give this project a try.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

Walnut Ink – Walnut
On Point Glue
VersaFine Clair – Fallen Leaves
InkBlusher
Tear It! Tape

Other

• Jewels
• Patterned paper
• Metal die
• Die-cutting machine (Gemini)
• Glitter
• Tea Tin
• Paintbrush