Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Clean & Simple Cards Using Magicals & Versamark

Hi - just dropping by to share 3 super clean and simple cards, all based on the one layout and all using the same products - though in different colours and with slightly different techniques.  Now I'm warning you all these are way more simple than my usual stuff and once you get started making these it's difficult to stop since they are so much darn fun!  All 3 cards use Versamark Watermark ink and Lindy's Stamp Gang products - Magicals and Starbursts to be exact.  I'm starting with the easiest of the 3 cards....  

Card 1 - Blue Flower

Lindy's Stamp Gang Products
 Other Products:
  • Prima Flower:  Regency - White II
  • White Velvet Ribbon
  • Heidi Grace Epoxy Words: So Sweet
  • Spellbinders Corner Die: Fantastic Flourish Two
  • Kraft card stock
  • Black Eclipse 100 Cardstock 
  • Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
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This cards' background was created by inking a text stamp with the Versamark ink and stamping directly onto 1/2 the background.  I sprayed the flower with 2 colours of Starburst Spray and left it to dry overnight and I used the same colours of spray to colour the velvet ribbon - though a little trick, if you want to add the colour but no sparkle, flip the ribbon over and spray the back.  This works particularly well with thicker ribbon like velvet, then when dry flip it back over and you have colour but no shimmer.

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The colours on the flower seem to glow!
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I think the black really makes the colours pop.

Card 2 - Purple Flower

Lindy's Stamp Gang Products
Other Products:
  • Prima Flowers - Recency White I and Candy Gems (Melon)
  • Stamp: Hero Arts - Antique Background
  • Distress Stickles - Crushed Olive
  • Kraft card stock
  • Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
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This cards' background was created by inking a background stamp with the Versamark ink and stamping directly onto 1/2 the background, then while ink is still damp brush Magicals powder over the top, gently tap off any excess powder.  Spray flower with multiple colours of Starburst Spray and leave to dry. Ribbon then coloured with Magicals and Magicals added to flower in certain sections, in differing strengths to create multi-tonal effect.

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Adding Magicals to the flower really made it special.
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The Magicals are so crisp over the Versamark.

Card 3 - Red flower

Lindy's Stamp Gang Products
Other Products:
  • Prima Flower:  Regency - White II
  • Stamp: Hero Arts - Classic Fabric Design
  • White Ribbon
  • White Lace
  • Gala Glitz: Gold
  • Kraft card stock
  • Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
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This cards' background was created by inking a background stamp with the Versamark ink and stamping directly onto 1/2 the background.  Then while ink is still damp brush Magicals powder over the top, gently tap off any excess powder and spritz lightly with water to create a slightly shabby aged appearance.  You will notice that the water activates the dye in the Magicals and this then bleeds onto the surrounding card - a little water = a little colour bleeding, a lot of water = a lot of colour bleeding.  Spray flower with multiple colours of Starburst Spray and leave to dry. Ribbon and lace coloured with same Starburst Sprays as flower, but due to the higher polyester content in the ribbon and lace, the colours are much more muted. 

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Didn't these 2 colours go well together!
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You can see the soft edges on the spritzed Magical pattern.

 Basically the formula is as follows:
  1. Stamp with Versamark = subtle
  2. The next step-up is to brush over Magicals = bling
  3. Then the next step-up is to spritz with water = shabby or vintage
So simple - but with just these small changes you will be able to get 3 very different effects.  I hope that you may have learned a new technique here today and don't forget you can use this idea for cards, pages or layouts - the only limit is your imagination!  And don't forget to check out the LSG YouTube channel tomorrow as I'll be posting a video clip showing you how I made these backgrounds.

May your day sparkle,
Kate
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4 comments:

  1. Oh My! I need to try this Magicals with Versamark...it is so pretty and shinny. I wonder if heat would set it? That is one beautiful piece of lace...reminds me of spellbinders cuts. Great job!
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  2. Awesome cards, love how you used the magicals

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  3. These cards are so beautiful, the magicals add such a lovely depth of color! xo

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