Beautiful Watercolor Poppy Cards Using VersaColor Reinkers

By Nancy May

Hey y’all. I so enjoy to watercolor and I love that you don’t have to have fancy watercolors to create something special.  Today we’ll use VersaColor reinkers in the colors Cardinal and Canary to paint the poppies in a gorgeous reb rubber cling background stamp from My Favorite Things. I’ll also use a VersaColor inkpad in the color Turquoise for the background and to mix with Canary to create greens for the project. 


Skill: Beginner, Intermediate

Time: 30 -60 minutes

Art Supplies


• VersaFine Clair Ink Pad – Nocture

• VersaColor Reinker – Cardinal

• VersaColor Reinker – Canary

• VersaColor Ink Pad – Turquoise

• Tear It! Tape

• On-Point Glue

Other Products:

• My Favorite Things – Rubber Cling Background Stamp – Poppies BG103

• PinkFresh Studio – Slimline Dies – Ornate Banner Set

• This Calls For Confetti – Confetti – Iridescent Clean

• The Stamp Market – Clear stamps and coordinating dies – Gorgeous Greetings

Create a “Hello Friend” Card with Pico Embellisher

by Iris Rodriguez

Create a "Hello Friend" Card with Pico Embellisher

I love stamps as much as the next crafty person. Sometimes, I like to hand draw my own images though. Did you know you can draw your images with Imagine’s irRESISTible Pico Embellisher? IrRESISTible is a texture medium; which adds dimension to your project. It comes with a fine-tipped applicator for writing or making doodles. For the background, I used various All-Purpose Inks to create a watercolor painted look and then drew on top with the Pico Embellisher.

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

Determine how many colors of All-Purpose Ink. Prepare a water container for each color, so that you do not contaminate the colors; also, avoids running the risk of your ink turning into a mud color. Use a different for each color, or wash the brush between each color if using the same brush.

Step 2

First, wet the area with plain water. Place a small amount of ink into one of the ink wells. Add water to the ink and brush onto the paper.

Step 3

Repeat the same process for each color. Do not blend the colors; just lay them next to each other. Dry the paper.

Step 4

Brush on Creative Medium in order to seal in the All-Purpose Ink. Draw your image using Zeal Teal irRESISTible Pico Embellisher. If you are not used to this medium, first practice drawing on a piece of scratch paper. Always squeeze out the Pico Embellisher onto scratch paper to eliminate the bubbles, before applying to your project. Finally, stamp on sentiment and assemble the card.


  • Watercolor paper
  • Ink well palette dish
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardbase – black

Learn Vintage Monotone Watercoloring with Walnut Ink

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

I stamped a beautiful flower bunch from Simon Says Stamp with Brilliance Ink on a watercolor paper. I added some water on a small scoop of Walnut Crystals and painted the entire bunch with it. This is a monotonic theme card and I have used only one pigment to create all the highlights and shadows. I stamped a simple sentiment with Pinecone Versafine Clair ink and the painted panel is ready.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time






Make a Happy Girl Card Watercolored with Memento

by Mischelle Smith

Make a Happy Girl Card Watercolored with Mementos

The color of the month at Imagine is Tangerine – a color I love. For this project, I wanted to use my tangerine inks to evoke a warm, sunshiny summer day. Another favorite of mine is watercoloring. I wanted to show watercoloring and how to create more with your favorite inkpads.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes


Prima – Bloom Girl Joy by Jamie Daugherty
Step 1

Ink image with Memento Dew Drop Tuxedo Black and London Fog. Use Tuxedo Black first and then use London Fog to soften the lines of the Tuxedo Black. Be mindful of what images you want black.

Prima – Bloom Girl Joy by Jamie Daugherty
Step 2

Continue stamping images using the same inks and technique in previous step. This will create dreamy, soft lines and crisp, hard lines which will create a fade effect.

VersaMark ink and emboss with Imagine's Clear Embossing Powder
Step 3

Ink a stamp with VersaMark ink and emboss with Imagine’s Clear Embossing Powder. Repeat this step in several areas to create texture.

Finnabair Butterfly 3 Stamp
Step 4

Dab with a yellow-orange color range of Memento inkpads onto clear acrylic block. I choose Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangerine, and Morocco (dark orange). Fill area(s) you want to color on your paper with water. Pick up the desired Memento ink color with your brush and add to selected area you filled with water. Since the paper is wet, the dye ink will disperse at random which is the funnest part of watercoloring. I love to see what naturally happens in this process. Continue watercoloring until you are satisfied. Stamp words using alphabet stamps with StazOn ink. Embellish with matching orange color jewels, sequins, etc.


  • Prima – Bloom Girl Joy by Jamie Daugherty, Finnabair Butterfly 3
  • Stampin’ Up – Oh, So Lovely
  • Close To My Heart – Flower Market Background Stamps
  • Hampton Arts – Alphabet Stamps
  • Watercolor paper
  • Notecard
  • Gemstones
  • Copic Marker – YR18 (Sanguine)
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic block
  • Heat tool
  • Date stamp


#LinksWeLike Wednesday

Heatin’ it up with this week’s #LinksWeLike – it’s pretty hot at Imagine Crafts HQ so don’t surprised if we whip out ice cold summer treats soon.

Kristen Magee’s has us chasing rainbows on the Craftsy blog this week!

It’s going to be a hot one this, if you’re heading to the beach here’s a perfect packing list for your sunny adventures!

K Werner’s use of VersaFine & watercolor is UH-MAY-ZING

This on trend Kaleidacolor technique is just what you need for a warm summer greeting

Crafting. . . I N  S P A C E !

Some of the craftiest dad’s on the internet, courtesy of Brit + Co.

#LinksWeLike Wednesday!

Welcome to #LinksWeLike Wednesday, a weekly roundup of some of our favorite things from around the web. From product reviews and videos to projects, new blog discoveries and more!

It’s totally okay to do your happy dance now that you’ve found some exciting new projects to try. We’re doing the Carlton in our chairs right there with you