Inking & Masking Technique To Create A Wintery Scene

by Nadine Carlier

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Watch my video tutorial below to see how I used Memento Inks and a mask to create a wintery Christmas scene. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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See How to Heat Emboss on Rinea Foil Paper

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Hi there, Martha Lucia here! Today I am featuring one of my favorite techniques, heat embossing over Foiled Paper. During this month the teams of Imagine and Rinea are working together to promote the combination of these brands. The base of my card is Sahara sand card stock and the second layer is Mocha/Gold Glossy Rinea Foil Paper. Let me share with you the entire process.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Cut the base of your card. Mine is 4-1/4″x11″ with the score in 5-1/2″. Cut a second layer using your favorite color of Rinea Foiled Paper. Mine is Mocha/Gold Glossy. Select the embossing folder that you want to use. Mine is Tile Patterned from Darice. Ink a brayer with VersaMagic Cloud White or any pigment ink. The brayer will make the color uniform.


Step 2

Ink the de-bossing side of the folder with VersaMagic Cloud White or any other pigment ink. Rub the Rinea foiled paper with an anti-static bag or embossing buddy.


Step 3

Put the Rinea foiled paper inside of the inked embossing folder and pass it through your die cut machine.  Remove the embossed foiled paper and cover it with white embossing powder. Melt the powder with the heat tool, taking care of not burn your foiled paper.


Step 4

If you consider necessary to make a few retouches of the embossed layer, you can use the VersaMark pen and cover the area with the same color of embossing powder. In this case, white.


Step 5

Paste the embossed layer over the card base and finalize the decoration of your card. I decided to add a thick word die cut and for that, I cut several layers of the die-cut in card stock and one on Marigold Starstruck Rinea Foiled paper.  I am using the With Love Word Die from Lil’Inker Designs.


Step 6

Paste and stock all the word die cuts using On Point Glue.


Step 7

Paste the decorated word over your decorated card with glue dots.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea Foiled Paper – Mocha Gold Glossy, Marigold Starstruck
  • Cardstock
  • Darice – Embossing Folder Tile Pattern
  • Lil’Inker Designs – “With Love” die
  • Big Shot or Die Cutting Machine
  • Brayer

5 Next Level Heat Embossing Techniques with Mboss

by Jessica Lin

Six greeting cards made with different heat embossing techniques using Mboss embossing powder by Imagine

Hi everyone! Today’s video is all about heat embossing—from stamp layering with embossing powder, creating a faux branding iron look, to stenciling with VersaMark… these techniques really take heat embossing to the next level. If you like heat embossing and are eager to learn new tips and tricks, this video is a must-watch!

Supplies

Imagine
  • VersaMark – ink pad, VersaMarker
  • Mboss – Gold, Clear, Shimmering Night Sky, Birthday Party, Hologram, Lucky Stars
  • Craft Mat
Other
  • Stampin’ Up – Flourishing Phrases Bundle, Watercolor Wings Bundle
  • Stampers Anonymous – High Society Blueprint
  • Stamplorations – Kathryn’s Rainbows
  • Crafter’s Workshop – Stencil Template – Raindrop
  • Tim Holtz – Holiday Knit Stencil
  • Stamparatus or other stamping platform
  • EK – Anti-static Powder Tool
  • Wagner – Heat Tool
  • Acrylic block
  • Cardstock – colors of choice
  • Watercolor paper

 

Make Embellishments Using Creative Medium

by Nadine Carlier

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Create a pretty iridescent embellishment using Creative Medium that is perfect for cards, scrapbook layouts and much more. Once your embellishment is created you can then the negative space from the die cut to use as a stencil to make a fun background.
Watch my video below to see how easy it is.  Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Enhance Your Card Design with VersaMarker

by Renee Zarate

Enhance Your Card Design with VersaMarker

When you look at a pineapple what do you see? A ripe pineapple has shades of not only yellow but also touches of orange, green and brown. This card is made from a master board that incorporates all of these colors by using Fireworks Craft Sprays and water. The fun begins when the Stencil Girl stencils are used extensively with white gesso. Since this was a color challenge, the colors may say pineapple but the theme is summer rain.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 – 2 hours + dry time

Directions

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Step 1

To prepare the master board, spray a piece of 140lb watercolor paper with water. While still wet, spray Fireworks Craft Spray in different colors onto the paper. Lift the paper and allow the colors to run. Mop up any excess with a paper towel. Blend the colors with more water and blot again to soften the mix.


Step 2

Choose an area for the background and cut a piece of the paper to measure 4 ½” x 6 ¾”. On this panel, place a stencil and apply gesso through the stencil. Tape off any areas on the stencils that are not needed on the card. Lift the stencil straight up so it doesn’t smear, wash the stencil off immediately and allow the design to dry completely. Clean stencil.


Step 3

When the gesso is dry, reapply the stencil. If the image needs to be stronger just repeat the application of gesso and dry. Reapply the clean stencil and highlight the phrase with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink using a small dauber. Apply Clear Embossing Powder to the phrase and melt with a heat tool. Dilute a small amount of White All-Purpose Ink, use a paint brush and tap it to apply small spatters of white onto the panel. Use a Micron 05 black pen to outline the images and ink the edges of the panel. Use On Point Glue to attach a few light blue sequins randomly.


Step 4

Color the umbrella with a Dandelion Memento Marker then color over the yellow with a VersaMarker and heat emboss with clear powder. Touch some of the rain drops, the top of the girl’s hair and the tips of the boots with VersaMarker then sprinkle Imagine’s Iridescent Embossing Powder and melt with the heat tool. The embossing powder in the right spots create a shiny surface and give a life-like appearance to the design. Adhere the panel to a card blank with Tear It Tape and you are finished!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Strathmore 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
  • Stencil Girl – Rain by Jessica Sporn
  • Washi tape
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Micron 05 mm Pen – black
  • Sequins
  • Heat tool
  • Paper towel
  • Paper trimmer

Up Your Game Debossing with Die Cuts and VersaMark

Shimmer and Shine

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Handmade holiday card featuring silver debossed bells on a dark blue paper spritzed with Sheer Shimmer for extra sparkle by Martha Lucia Gomez.

I love techniques, and stretching my die cuts and stamps is one of my passions. Today I am sharing something that I explored using these two products combined with embossing powder and Shimmer Spritz. Even though you use your die cut and your die cut machine, you don’t cut anything! Take a look at my card and let me show you how you can make one just like it.

Directions

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Step 1

Take a piece of a dark colored card stock and your favorite die cut and rub with the embossing buddy to eliminate static and moisture on these.

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Step 2

Apply VersaMark ink lightly on the raised up borders of the die cut. Only the raised parts should get ink.

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Step 3

Prepare a sandwich with your Big Shot to make an embossing with the die cut on the card stock. The order of the sandwich is having the platform open in tab 1, cutting pad, embossing mat or rubber mat, card stock, die cut and cutting pad. I keep an acrylic pad that I use exclusively for this purpose. You should be able to do this with any die cut machine with a rubber mat.

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When you remove the pads, you will notice that you didn’t cut the paper. Instead, you obtained a great deboss thanks to the rubber mat.

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Step 4

If you notice that the ink is dry or doesn’t cover some parts of the image you can “re-ink” using the VersaMarker before applying the powder. Cover the embossed image with Silver Embossing Powder. Melt the powder with the heat tool.

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Step 5

Now stamp the sentiment using VersaMark and emboss with Silver Powder. You will notice the difference between an embossed image and a debossed image.

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Step 6

To add more shimmer over the stamped layer spray it with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle.

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Step 7

Paste the decorated layer over the card base using Tear it! Tape. The size is 4-1/4”x11” with score in 5-1/2”. If you want to finalize the decoration you can add some tiny pearls or any other embellishment to enhance your design.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, indigo
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Big Shot or other die cut machine
  • Embossing rubber mat.
  • Die-Namites – Holiday Bells Die Cut
  • Embellishments of choice

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