Learn How To Blend VersaFine Clair Inks

by Roni Johnson

Learn How To Blend VersaFine Clair Inks

Sometimes colors speak volumes and Imagine’s Color of the Month for March does so for me…Peacock Feathers. I love the rich jewel tones found in peacock feathers from the brilliant greens, lush blues to the royal purple not to mention the amazing metallic glimmer thrown in for good measure. Mother Nature is amazing, isn’t she? I tried to keep all of this in mind when creating a project to share with you. I decided to use one of my favorite techniques, color blending paired with the lovely VersaFine Clair inks, I think I came pretty darn close. I hope you enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Mask off the area that you would like to color. I have used JudiKins Eclipse Masking Tape but you could just as easily use scrap paper secured with washi tape or something similar. I wanted the colors to be bold like a peacock so I chose to work with a 2” wide area to ink.


Step 2

Begin applying the ink to the paper using a Sponge Dauber. I like to work from lightest to darkest but that’s up to your personal preference. In this instance, I began with VersaFine Clair in Verdant (bright spring green).


Step 3

VersaFine Clair in Shady Lane (darker green) is the next color in the lineup. Apply the ink beside the previous color, save the overlapping and blending till the end.


Step 4

VersaFine Clair in Paradise (cyan blue) is applied next.


Step 5

VersaFine Clair in Blue Belle (darker blue) is the 4th color added.


Step 6

VersaFine Clair in Fantasia (darker purple) is the 5th and final color added to the peacock feather stripe.


Step 7

It is time to go back and blend the colors together. To do so, look at your colors in pairs; use the lighter of the two colors to blend them both together. In this case, I am using the Blue Belle Sponge Dauber to blend Fantasia and Blue Belle together.


Step 8

Once you are satisfied with the blending, remove the masking tape (scrap paper).


Step 9

Spray the card panel with Sheer Shimmer Spray in Sparkle and let it dry completely.


Step 10

Sprinkle a few drops of All-Purpose Ink in Vegas Gold on the Craft Mat; add a couple drops of Ink Potion No. 9 (or water) to the ink and mix. Use a paintbrush, toothbrush or another tool to flick the ink over the card panel.


Step 11

Stamp a sentiment such as “hello” and a peacock feather image using VersaFine Clair Nocturne inkpad. Mat the Peacock Feather panel with Violet and Sapphire Starstruck Rinea Foiled Paper; affix to a white card base.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • JudiKins Eclipse Masking Tape
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Peacock Feather
  • Paper Smooches – “Hello” sentiment
  • Rinea Foiled Paper – Violet Starstruck, Sapphire Starstruck
  • Silicone Baster
  • White Card Base

Learn How To Make A Hello Spring Card

by Elina Stromberg

Learn How To Make A Hello Spring Card

Here in Finland, the winters are usually quite long, and when you now look out from the window you still see piles of snow even if it is already March! On a grey late winter day when spring and summer seem to be still quite far away, you can turn your mind already into spring mood: For that, you only need a few stamps, your favorite bright ink colors and some colorful pieces of scrap paper. When you spend a short moment stamping, cutting, and layering your colorful hand-made elements on a beautiful flower card I’m sure you will soon feel your mood rising. Happy and pleased with your creation you quickly feel that actually spring is just around the corner!

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Mist a piece of watercolor paper with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Dandelion. Let dry. Place a stencil on the colored paper. Use VersaFine Clair in Summertime and a Sponge Dauber to stencil random patterns on the paper. Do not cover the entire area but leave areas unpatterned.


Step 2

Shape a chipboard grid by cutting out some parts with scissors. Color the plain chipboard with a Fabrico Pen in Real Black.


Step 3

Stamp patterns on the yellow stenciled paper, using the same orange ink. Glue the colored chipboard grid on the paper.


Step 4

Stamp flowers and leaves on pieces of colored cardstock. Stamp each flower twice; first on orange paper and then on yellow. Cut out. Layer each flower center on a base flower. Attach using 3-D foam stickers.


Step 5

Glue flowers and leaves on the card front. Write greeting word with foam letter stickers. Mat on dark brown cardstock and attach to card base.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Chipboard grid
  • Dutch Doobadoo – Stencil ‘Burlap’
  • Stampin’Up – Stamps ‘Falling Flowers’
  • Wycinanka – ‘Lorem Ipsum’
  • 3-D foam stickers
  • American Crafts – Foam letter stickers
  • Microbeads
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock in dark brown, yellow, orange, green
  • White card base

See How to Create Rose Gold Theme Gift Tag

by Lori Warren

See How to Create Rose Gold Theme Gift Tag

I have limited space for craft supplies and am always looking for ways to get multiple uses out of a single supply. One way to accomplish this, for example, is to keep a stash of white paper flowers in different sizes and color them to match your project.  This way, you don’t have to make room for multiple packages of pre-colored flowers. See how I create a Rose Gold Dragonfly theme gift tag using several of Imagine and Tsukineko inks.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

 


Step 1

Apply Brilliance Ink to mat, add Shimmer Spray, use to color paper flower. Allow to dry.


Step 2

Repeat step one for multiple flowers.


Step 3

Add dots of clear IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher to flowers. Allow to dry.


Step 4

Apply Brilliance Ink in Pearlescent Coral to the mat, add Shimmer Spray and lay tag down into wet ink.  Allow to dry.


Step 5

Stamp diamond pattern, with Brilliance, to sections of tag.


Step 6

Stamp script onto tag with Delicata Golden Glitz.


Step 7

Edge tag with Brilliance.


Step 8

Stamp Dragonfly image and saying with VersaFine CLAIR in Nocturne.


Step 9

Embellish with dots of Tuxedo Black IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher.


Step 10

Apply Rose Gold Sheer Shimmer Stix to edge of flowers.


Step 11

Embellish tag with ribbon and flowers.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • The Paper Studio – white tag
  • Recollections – paper flowers
  • Celebrate it – sheer ribbon
  • Ashland Floral Essentials
  • Lori’s Cards & Creations – Art Nouveau Dragonfly stamp set
  • Viva Las Vegas script stamp
  • Lost Coast Designs – Little Diamonds Background

Watercolor a Rose in 3 Minutes with Rose Gold Shimmer Stix

by Jessica Lin

Watercolor a Rose in 3 Minutes with Rose Gold Shimmer Stix

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to share the new Sheer Shimmer Stix with you! These handy, little guys come with dauber heads, so you can apply shimmer easily without the mess of a spray. We also have a new Rose Gold color and it’s *absolutely* gorgeous. Check out my video and see how you can use them to “watercolor” these images within 3 minutes!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 3 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

• Sheer Shimmer Stix – Rose Gold, Sparkle – http://bit.ly/2lSt6SK
Memento Dew Drop Inkpad – New Sprout – http://bit.ly/2g8OWzf
• VersaFine Clair – Norturne – http://bit.ly/2ERrIYC
• Craft Mathttp://bit.ly/2ypJtwb
• On Point Gluehttp://bit.ly/2CY5TJt
• Tear It! Tapehttp://bit.ly/2y4RlFM

Other

• Stampin’ Up Petal Palette Clear-mount stamps
• Stampin’ Up Petals & More Thinlits Dies
• Big Shot Machine
• Cardbase
• Cardstock
• Paintbrush

Learn to Make a Set of Matching Thank You Cards

by Kassy Tousignant

Learn to Make a Set of Matching Thank You Cards

Coral is Imagine’s Color of the month for February 2019. I couldn’t resist using this gorgeous Radiant Neon ink in Neon Coral!! It is really stunning. I wanted a bold contrasting color to pair with it so I chose the VersaFine Clair in Fantasia. They are a match made in heaven! I absolutely love the way the colors play off of each other. They are both strong, bold colors on their own and yet they work fabulously together!

I made both of these Thank You cards at the same time and they were completed quickly. Sometimes it’s nice to have a simple, yet beautiful thank you card ready to give at a moments notice.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Vellum
  • Cardstock – Silver glitter, white
  • Concord & 9th – flower/background stamp
  • Acrylic Block
  • Heat tool

See How to Use Inkers for a Mixed Media Tag

by Jowilna Nolte

See How to Use Inkers for a Mixed Media Tag

This month’s color, Coral offers so many possibilities. I pulled out all my products in those shades and created a bright and beautiful gift tag perfect for tying around a gift. I love making tags instead of cards – so quick and easy and just the right size to experiments and create some fun effects.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Add a few drops of dye ink refill ink onto watercolor paper and mist with water. Keep adding drops of ink and mist with water until you are happy with the look.


Step 2

Use a tag template and cut your colored paper into a tag shape.


Step 3

Stamp birds and sentiment onto smooth white cardstock using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink.


Step 4

Add a few drops of re-inker ink onto your craft mat. Mist water next to the ink. Pick up a small amount of water and mix with the ink and then paint your bird images.


Step 5

Mist your tag and painted birds using Shimmer Spray in Frost. It gives the end product a beautiful shimmer.


Step 6

Trim your sentiment strip and adhere it to the bottom of your tag. Adhere to the painted birdie above the sentiment. Add additional stamped detail to the left of the tag and the background. Use inks to add splatters over the tag for some interest.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – white
  • Stampers Anonymous – stamp
  • Paint brush
  • Watercolor paint