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

See How to Make a Set of Farmhouse Valentine’s Day Cards

by Lisa Mensing

See How to Make Several Farmhouse Valentine's Day Cards VersaFine Clair

In this video, I’m sharing my version of a Farmhouse Valentine Card complete with a shiplap background stamped with Versarfine Clair Midnight Mist ink. I’m adding Versafine Clair Charming Pink and Glamorous ink stamped hearts and to complete the look heat embossed sentiments using Gold MBoss Embossing Powder on Vellum.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 15 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Whimsy Stamps – Shiplap stamp
  • Cardbase
  • Vellum
  • 80lb Cardstock
  • Misti Stamping Tool
  • Die-cut Machine
  • Anti Static Powder
  • Stamp set
  • Paintbrush
  • Heat tool

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VersaMagic and VersaFile Clair Create a Polar Bear Card

by Lori Warren

Learn how to layer colors and different inks to create this lovely Polar Bear Holiday Card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Spray Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Summer Sky onto card panel.

Step 2

Stamp snowflakes with VersaMagic in Turquoise Gem.

Step 3

Stamp a second snowflake pattern in VersaMagic in Aegean Blue.

Step 4

Use a Large Dauber to sponge VersaMagic in Aegean Blue onto edge of card panel.

Step 5

Stamp ice pattern onto bottom of card panel with VersaMagic – Turquoise.

Step 6

Stamp Polar bear images with VersaFine Clair – Nocturne and cut out with coordinating dies.

Step 7

Add color to bears with Memento Dual Markers – Summer Sky, London Fog, Gray Flannel.

Step 8

Add color to scarfs with Memento Dual Makers – Rhubarb Stalk, Teal Zeal.

Step 9

Spray Sheer SHIMMER Spray – Sparkle onto craft matte then use paint brush to apply to scarfs.

Step 10

Stamp saying onto card panel with VersaFine Clair – Nocturne.

Step 11

Adhere card panel to card base.

Step 12

Adhere die cut Polar Bears to card front.

Imagine

Supplies
Other
  • Recollections Clear Stamps – Christmas stamp & die set
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • White Card Stock

Stamping Holiday Wrapping Paper with a .. Fork?

by Roni Johnson

Keeping with my Berry, Blue and Silver theme I decided I wanted to make wrapping paper and matching gift tags this year as well. The limited color palette is very aesthetically pleasing when grouped together under the tree. Since I was using all the same colors I thought it would be fun to vary the patterns so I went from very easy (Joy wrapping paper) to a more complicated layered pattern (Noel paper) which I will share with you today.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the design

Directions

Step 1

Tear off enough of the kraft paper to cover the gift you will be wrapping.


Step 2

To create the layered look use a fork (I am using a baby fork for the example) to make a cross hatch pattern with Silvery Shimmer Delicata ink.


Step 3

Heat set the Delicata ink to speed drying. As you can see it creates a stunning background which could be used as is.


Step 4

Stamp Noel using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink over the entire sheet of kraft paper. Vary the direction of the image to add interest.


Step 5

Layer 3 consists of several snowflakes stamped using Blue Belle VersaFine Clair ink.

Step 6

Several more stamped snowflakes are added using Rhubarb Stalk Memento ink.


Step 7

And finally Morning Mist a lovely shade of grey to finish it off. You will have created a beautiful multi layered wrapping paper worthy of any gift you have for giving.


Step 8

Follow the same steps to create the matching gift tag.


Step 9

Use a sponge dauber to apply Blue Belle ink to the edge of the tag. Add a bit of ribbon to finish it off. And here is my gift all wrapped up ready for giving. Below you will find additional examples to inspire.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Kraft Paper (On a Roll – Paint Section of a Hardware Store)
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Oh So Fancy (Joy/Noel), Snow Much Fun, Snow Storm, Poinsettias in the Pines, Holiday Bell Trio, Deer Head, Christmas Greetings (gift tag sentiment)