See How to Use Ink Blending Tools for a Fun Halloween Witch Card

by Lisa Mensing

flying witch halloween card with a glowing moon background made with memento inks in a how to tutorial on ink blending

In this card making lesson, Lisa shares how to create this very quick and simple ink blended night sky, perfect for Halloween cards. Learn how to do ink blending for a flying witch Halloween greeting card. Use Memento dye inks in black, a light green, yellow, grey, and purple to create moon glow effects. Lisa walks you through each step in the process.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20-30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Background Blender Brushes | Set of 2 | Honey Bee Stamps
  • Silver Brush Black Velvet Brush – Round, Size 8 | BLICK Art Materials
  • Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Board Pads | BLICK Art Materials
  • CLASSIC CREST Avalanche White Card Stock – 8 1/2 x 11 in 100 lb Cover Smooth 250 per Package
  • Shapeabilities Witch on Broom Holiday 2017 Etched Dies
  • Simon Says Clear Stamps IF THE HAT FITS SSS101758
  • Gem Stickers | 300 Count | Black
  • Double-Sided Adhesive Foam – Large and Small Squares
  • Journey Platinum Machine w/Plates

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

Layering with Different Ink Applications & Techniques for an Easter Card

by Lori Warren

Layering your ink with different applications and techniques is a great way to create and interesting and beautiful card.  This card features ink application through a stencil, repeat stamping with color, single stamping in black, as well as a bit of water coloring. 

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 15 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Easter theme stamp set
  • Stencil
  • Ribbon

Beginner Guide:Understanding VersaFine Ink Properties


Do you know how your inks work together? Perhaps you’re not getting the results you expect. That’s when layer swatching is a helpful activity. Join Nicole as she explores the VersaFine line of inks to see how they interact when stamping different swatches in layers, much like you would with a layering stamp. You’ll discover all the amazing colors that can be achieved by stamping various colors together to create new colors. Even though VersaFine inks are pigment inks, they layer just like dye inks!

Other

Waffle Flower Color Swatching Stamp Set

 

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

 

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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