A Halloween Card Using An Innovative Stencil Technique

by Nadine Carlier

Have you ever tried dry embossing with a stencil? In my video, I share how I created this really cool background embossing with a stencil and using Firework! Spray and VersaMagic to get the eery color.
Watch my video below to see exactly how I did it.  Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

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Learn to Make Cute Backgrounds Using VersaMagic Ink

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

Learn to Make Cute Backgrounds Using VersaMagic Ink

Today, I used a few tiny stamps from a Gina K stamp set and VersaMagic Inks to create a super cute pastel background for a Happy Fall handmade card. This papercraft project can be done using any inks you have in your collection. I used the VersaMagic since I really like the chalky soft appearance it gives.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

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  • Xpress It smooth card stock
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Gina K Designs – stamp
  • Whimsy Stamps – Scallop Die
  • Die cut machine

Chills & Thrills Halloween Shaker Card

by Nadine Carlier

Halloween Shaker Card by Nadine Carlier IC main

I love shaker cards but I really don’t make them all that often. I was looking around my craft room and found some googly eyes and thought those would be fun in a shaker card. Plus I was thinking this months color, Sangria would make a really cool eery sky.
Watch my video below to see how I used Delicata, VersaColor and Sheer Shimmer Spitz to create my eery sky and how I put together my shaker card.  Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

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Learn How To Make Three Unique Bowls

by Iris Rodriguez

Learn How To Make Three Unique Bowls

Ink is not just for paper. You can use it on fabric, metal and more specifically Polyform clay. You can use inks to transform polymer clay projects into a wide variety of pieces. Use ink to simply color your clays projects, use with stamps to add designs, or blend it into the clay to create a new color clay. For this project, I create three different bowls using Sculpey Souffle clay with VesaMagic Dew Drop and StazOn inks and demonstrate several techniques when using inks. Hope I pique your interest and give these projects a try.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour per bowl; baking time according to clay manufacturer instructions

Directions

Making the Round Yellow and Purple Bowl


Step 1

Ceramic, glass or specially made mat like Polyform’s Sculpey Make ‘n Bake Mat surfaces work best when working with clay.


Step 2

Before starting, determine bowl size. Use a template or a real bowl as a guide. This will help to determine how much clay you will need. For this bowl, use the Canary Sculpey Souffle clay.
Begin by conditioning the clay with a clay roller, or pasta machine. When first taking the clay out of the package, roll the clay a few times in order to soften it. If it cracks when running it through the pasta machine or roller; this means that it’s not conditioned. So continue to condition. If using a pasta machine, roll out two sheets of clay to the third thickest setting. If using a roller, aim for ~¼ inch thickness. Ensure that the sheet is big enough for desired bowl size. Place one sheet over the other sheet, roll the clay roller over the sheets; this allows them to stick together and avoids bubbles.


Step 3

Place a long string in a random fashion on top of the clay.


Step 4

Squish the string with an acrylic block or tile. Avoid using your fingers to push in the string, as you’ll get fingerprints and finger indentations on the clay.


Step 5

Pounce the Purple Hydrangea VersaMagic Dew Drop ink.


Step 6

Remove the string.


Step 7

Place a bowl or template over the clay, cut the excess clay.


Step 8

Smooth out the outer edge (or what will be the bowl’s rim) with your fingers or clay tool. Color the outer edge with the Purple Hydrangea VersaMagic Dew Drop ink.


Step 9

Place the clay bowl into a real bowl and bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the package. The clay bowl will take on the shape of the real bowl.


Step 10

Seal the clay bowl with Polyform Sculpey Gloss Glaze.


Making the Square Teal and Red Bowl


Step 1

Following the same instructions in Step 2 above. Determine bowl size. For this bowl blend 2/3 Sea Glass Sculpey Souffle clay and 1/3 Igloo Sculpey Souffle, to lighten it up a little. Roll out one sheet to the third thickest setting or ~1/16 inch if using a clay roller.


Step 2

Ink a large background stamp or clay texture stamp with Claret StazOn ink.


Step 3

Stamp into the clay. Press firmly with your fingers. Cut out holes with a cutter or use the cap of a pen.


Step 4

Following the same instructions in Step 2. Roll out one sheet of the Cherry Pie Sculpey Souffle clay to the third thickest setting or ~1/16 inch if using a clay roller. Place the Cherry Pie clay sheet under the Sea Glass sheet. Roll the clay roller over the sheets; this allows them to stick together and avoids bubbles.


Step 5

Cut the excess clay. Place the clay bowl into a real bowl and bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the package. The clay bowl will take on the shape of the real bowl.


Making the Oval Blue and Green Bowl


Step 1

Following the same instructions in Step 2. For this bowl use the Igloo Sculpey Souffle clay. Roll out two sheets to the third thickest setting or ~1/4 inch if using a clay roller. Place one sheet over the other sheet, roll the clay roller over the sheets; this allows them to stick together and avoids bubbles. Pounce on the Spanish Olive and Aegean Blue VersaMagic DewDrop inks onto a rubber stamp.


Step 2

Stamp into the clay. Press firmly with your fingers.


Step 3

Add interest to the edges with some markings. For this bowl, I inked a wooden clay tool with the Aegean Blue VersaMagic Dew Drop ink and pressed it onto the edges.


Step 4

For this bowl, I wanted a sort of uneven edges. I placed the clay bowl in a real bowl and lined the sides with aluminum foil, giving it ruffled like shape. Bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the package. The clay bowl will take on the shape of the real bowl. Dealing with backs of the bowls. I like to stamp textures or images stamp to backs of them, but not add color. It is very important to seal the bowls. Sculpey’s Gloss Glaze works great for sealing the bowls. Sealing clay projects helps to protect the ink and clay, makes it look lively and purposely finished.

Supplies

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  • Polyform – Sculpey Souffle Clay – Sea Glass, Igloo, Canary, Cherry Pie
  • Polyform – Sculpey Essential Tool Kit
  • Polyform – Sculpey Gloss Glaze
  • Ceramic or Glass Bowls
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Ceramic tile, crafting glass, or Sculpey Work ‘n Bake Clay Mat
  • Hemp string
  • Exacto knife

Check Out This Fun Mixed Media Door Hanger Project

by Steph Ackerman

Mixed media projects consist of a variety of projects in all shapes and sizes. Mixed media means you can mix an assortment of products to create a one of a kind piece of artwork. So decide on your base, grab some items from your stash, several colors of ink, a stencil and let your imagination flow. Create with no expectations and see what happens. In today’s tutorial, I put together a beautiful door hanger in a lavender and dandelion color scheme.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions


Step 1

Paint door hanger with black gesso; alternatively use a black door hanger. Place stencil on top. Use Creative Medium with a palette knife randomly about the door hanger. Allow to dry thoroughly.


Step 2

Ink assorted chipboard elements with VersaMagic in Purple Hydrangea and Brilliance in Sunflower Yellow, or choose the ink colors that speak to you.


Step 3

Add shimmer by spritzing several chipboard elements with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Dandelion.


Step 4

Stamp a phrase using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne on a wood sign. Ink a portion of the image stamp with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne and stamp around the oval chipboard element.


Step 5

Using the doily as the base, determine the position of each element. Use On Point Glue to adhere the elements. Glue doily to door hanger. Wrap twine around the heart and adhere. Add twine to the stamped tag and adhere.

Supplies

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  • Door Hanger
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – Stencil
  • Unity Stamp Co. – Stamp
  • Paper Doily
  • Metal, chipboard elements
  • Black Gesso
  • Twine

Create a Beautiful Lavender Mosaic with Ink and Stencils

by Roni Johnson

Create a Beautiful Lavender Mosaic with Ink and Stencils

There are so many fun techniques that you can use with stencils. So many techniques that I couldn’t decide which one to use so I decided to see how many I could incorporate into a single creation! Of course, these don’t include everything you could do with a stencil but it’s a pretty good start to get the creative juices flowing. Try the entire project or perhaps just a few stenciling techniques!

Skill: Beginner
Time: Individual Techniques 2-15 minutes each or Entire Canvas 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Beginning with the easiest technique, sponge a single color of ink through the stencil.


Step 2

Randomly sponge 2 or more inks through a stencil. Here I used Memento which is a dye ink and VersaMagic which is a pigment ink.


Step 3

Sponge a pigment ink over a stencil; remove the stencil; sprinkle with embossing powder and heat to set. The second example was made by flipping the inked stencil onto a piece of cardstock to transfer the excess pigment ink. It was then sprinkled with embossing powder as well.


Step 4

Spray Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Lulu Lavender over a stencil. Flip the wet stencil onto a fresh sheet of cardstock for a reverse impression.


Step 5

Spread Creative Medium over a stencil using a palette knife and carefully remove the stencil; set aside to dry. Before the medium dries press the stencil over onto a fresh sheet of cardstock to remove the excess Creative Medium from the stencil. This makes a grungy reverse image of the stencil.


Step 6

Use a pen or marker to trace the stencil onto cardstock. Doodle inside of the traced image. Sponge ink overall or select areas of the stenciled image for added interest.


Step 7

Position stencil over cardstock. Stamp the desired image over the stencil and smudge the excess ink off the stencil into the individual sections of the image.


Step 8

Sponge or brayer ink onto a sheet of cardstock. Place stencil over inked cardstock wet a sponge dauber with Ink Potion No.9 and pounce the dauber over the stencil. Remove the stencil and heat to speed drying.


Step 9

Sponge a dark color of ink over a stencil. Slightly shift the stencil to one side, ink with a lighter color of ink. Close up of the shifted stenciled pattern.


Step 10

Sponge dark ink over a piece of cardstock. Position the stencil over the inked cardstock and sponge white ink over the surface. Heat emboss with white embossing powder for a more pronounced difference.


Step 11

Brayer ink through a stencil, use a Kaleidacolor ink pad for a fun, vibrant look.


Step 12

Pounce desired colors of ink on craft mat; spritz with water or Ink Potion No.9. Create a monoprint by pressing the cardstock into the ink mixture, set aside to dry. Once the monoprint has dried, brayer ink over a stencil, press the inked stencil over the monoprint for an interesting contrast.


Step 13

To create the canvas, trim the stenciled samples into 2” x 2”; 2” x 3” and 2” x 4” pieces. Ink the edges with VersaFine Clair Fantasia and a sponge dauber. Adhere each piece in a random pattern onto a piece of thick book board or cardboard. Embellish as desired.

Supplies

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