Sunday, April 7, 2013

AIR - VersaMagic in spring colors

Hi all

Mixed Media style is getting popular, and I love it too.

This month, our assignment ink is VersaMagic Dew Drops.
Our John picked lovely spring-ish color combinations for us, and I was curious how they can be Mixed Media style?

Here's what I played.

3 background colors Aloe Vera/Mango Madness/Thachet Straw

On Coated paper, DTP 3 colors ramdomly

Ink up background stamp (Hero Arts) with 3 background colors

stamp over the background

While ink is still wet, wipe some part with paper towel to scrap off some color
if your ink pad get muddy, wipe off on paper towel gently

Stamp Ferns (Penny Black) with Spring Pansy

Stamp Butterfly (Penny Black) with Memento Tuxedo Black

Using Brushstix, color butterfly wings with VersaMagic. Don't worry about outline at this stage.

Scrape off some color with dried Brushstix

Over stamp the butterfly with Brilliance Graphite Black
to make outline standout

Sorry, I forgot to take picture this stage, I again stamp background flower vine (Penny Black ) with Spring Pansy. Then, with Memento Marker, outline the part of background flower

After stamp the sentiment with Brilliance Graphite Black, DTP  Brilliance Sunlight White lightly to background area to make it misty.  Isn't it lovely?
Add edge shadow with Memento Tuxedo Black.  I love Jumbo Dauber to make edging.
After all thing dried, I applied thin coat of Creative Medium for finishing touch.

Finished card.  Applied lace trim and pearls (Hero Arts) at the bottom.


VersaMagic is chalk finished ink.  It is water based pigment ink yet dries on glossy paper.
As you may know, pigments on the glossy paper could come off when it scratched. This character makes  such a layerd and faded effects.  In the other hand, it could be damaged later, that's why I used Creative Medium for protector.

Another tip with this project.  On glossy paper, dye ink (Memento pad and marker) is soaking into the paper, but pigments will stay on surface.  The reason why I used Memento to stamp the butterfly first time, is make it faded as rough draft.  Brilliance is another opaque pigment ink and dries on the glossy paper, so it was used as finishing ink.

If you like more distressed look, you can use sanding paper to scrape colors. it will shave off more ink.

Hope you enjoy this project. 

Until next time :)


  1. Kazuko, your artwork is gorgeous! I love your layering of VersaMagics and then stamping with them. It shows a lot of depth and soft beauty!

  2. I love this technique! I need to try it - beautiful job!

  3. Thank you Susan, thank you Maureen. This is easy and fail proof technique. Try it with colors of your choice :)