Learn How to Build Rich Color With Memento Ink

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello friends! If you aren’t familiar with ink blending with dye inks and would like some direction on where to start then I recommend creating shades with Tsukineko’s Memento inkpads. It is one of my favorite inks to work with and you only need to select a couple different color tones to begin the process. Let me show you how easy it is.

Directions

Step 1

Stamp your image over a piece of card stock in the same color of the Memento ink you want to use. I used Daffodil Delight because our color this month is yellow. I stamped my images using Versamark and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

Step 2

With a Jumbo Dauber, apply Memento Dandelion ink in circular motion over the area you want to have the most shade. Layering more ink develops a more rich color. Allow first layer to dry and repeat the process. The embossed areas act as a resist and the dye will easily wipe clean from the embossing surface allowing the ink to soak down into the paper. You only need to remove the ink over the embossing using a dry cloth or paper towel.

Step 3

When you are satisfied with the blending and shades, assemble your card using the same family of colors. Stamp your sentiment using Versafine Onyx.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Lace Up Stamp set
  • Cardstock – Yellow, Grey
  • Heat tool

This is Day 3 of the StencilGirl Blog Hop

In this week’s blog hop, we are pairing our ink with StencilGirl stencils to make a perfect match! StencilGirl works with a variety of designers to create all sorts of themes and as you know—we have all sorts of inks for all sorts of projects. Thank you for everyone who has participated and enjoy Day 3!

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these 3 days so you can be entered to win a $30 StencilGirl Gift Cards or a $30 Imagine Gift Cards!!! Winners will be announced on the StencilGirl and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.

 Day 3 Blog Hop Artists

Belen Sotelo

Torrie Gass

Debi Adams

Martha Lucia Gomez

Jessica Litman

Alison Heikkila

Learn How to Create a Delightful Pineapple Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn How to Create a Delightful Pineapple Card

 

Hello friends, today I have a very fun inky technique to share with you on how to create your backgrounds using plastic and Fireworks Craft Spray. You will love how easy it is and how versatile it can be. Simple and delightful!!!

Directions

Step 1

Cut the pineapple die cut using whisper white card stock, but don’t discard the negative parts. Apply Electric Yellow Radiant Neon Ink directly over the body of the pineapple.

Step 2

Cover the pineapple with Clear Embossing Powder. Remove the excess and melt the powder with the heat tool.

Step 3

Repeat the process with the leaves of the pineapple applying Radiant Neon Electric Green but this time cover with Verdigris Embossing Powder to obtain a mixed color. Set aside. Take a big piece of plastic or wrapping paper, the same one you use in your kitchen and spray it with two colors of Fireworks–Dandelion and New Sprout. Smash the paper and apply the color over a piece of whisper white card stock. You will have a great texture on your paper and the intensity of the color depends directly on your style and colors that you used.

Step 4

Assemble your card using coordinating colors of layers. In my model, I used Basic Gray for the base, Crushed Curry for the second layer and then I pasted the decorated layer with Fireworks. I removed some of the negative parts of the pineapple to have a dramatic effect and pasted it with dimensionals. Finally, I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Card Stock – grey, white, curry
  • Heat tool
  • Die cut – Pineapple
  • My Sentiments Exactly – Handwritten Sentiments
  • Dimensionals or Foam tape

Get Your Crafting on This Independence Day!

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Happy Independence Day! Create a sweet card with Waffle Flower mini envelope dies. Red, White and Blue inkpad from Tsukineko.

Happy Independence Day! I love to celebrate this fantastic day, and made a card combining stamps and die cuts that help me do just that. I love these mini envelopes by Waffle Flower originally designed for planners, but today I used them on a card.  I used the patriotic colors red, white and blue and a new stamp set from Joy Clair called Stars and Stripes, perfect for the 4th of July.

To begin, stamp the fireworks images using Memento Dandelion ink on white card panel cut down to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Stamp the sentiment “Happy Fourth of July” using VersaFine Deep Lagoon and Satin Red. This sentiment is not in line, so I decided to mask it with a Post-It to have different colors and a linear message. Using decorated paper and a Big Shot die machine, I cut the mini envelope from Waffle Flower three times using coordinating patriotic colors. Paste the envelopes on the center of the card and add any surprise details on the inside as you wish. Finish the design by mounting the stamped panel onto a slightly larger piece of red card stock, then onto a navy blue base. You can continue to embellish the card, but I considered this design to be complete and think it looks great!

Isn’t it the cutest?! Tell us what you think or if you have similar ideas for cute and fun die cuts.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair – Stamps Stars and Stripes
  • Waffle Flower – Mini Notes Envelope Die
  • Cardstock – Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White

Evoke Letterpress Stationary with just Two Techniques

by Martha Lucia Gomez

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Embossing is one of the most elegant and sophisticated techniques in papercrafting because it has the look and feel of letterpress. Ink blending is another refined practice because it can take practice to achieve that seamless look between shades. Today, I combined embossing and blending to create an ombré effect. It was a lot easier than it looks. I only used two varieties of ink—Versamark and Memento in Tangelo. See how this simple model for a card can be easily tweaked for your own design, and can evoke the refinement of letterpress stationary.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Take a piece of very vanilla card stock and stamp a border image using VersaMark ink. To get the best results in symmetry, stamp using the Misti alignment tool. Spread Imagine’s Gold Embossing Powder and shake off excess. Melt the powder with the heat tool.


Step 2

Sponge over the stamped images using Tangerine Memento Ink and a Jumbo Dauber. To create this ombré effect, just start from the bottom part in circular motions with the jumbo sponge dauber and go up. Do not re-ink your dauber until you are ready to start at the bottom again. Always start from the bottom (or flip and go from the top) because with this will saturate color on the lower parts of the page and automatically decrease the amount of ink you are laying down as you move upwards. Continue across the paper and you will see the degrade effect.


Step 3

Stamp the sentiment using VersaMark and Imagine’s gold embossing powder. Melt the powder with the heat tool. Stamp the complement sentiment on a separate piece of card stock and mount with dimensional dots. Adhere the decorated layer on the card base using Tear It! Tape.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Stock – Very Vanilla
  • Heat tool
  • Joy Clair – Azteca Background and Hello Sentiments Stamp Sets
  • Misti stamp tool
  • Dimensional dots or Foam tape

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All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea

We have 3 projects today that focus on the ocean for the crafting motion! Martha creates a stunning visual effect using die cuts and Memento ink. Kyriakos wields his glue gun again for a surprisingly awesome project using silicone molds. And Jessica brings it back home with a simple hand lettering project using Memento markers. Check it out!

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Smile Starfish Die Cut Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

Summer is here! Tangerine is not only a perfect color, it is the perfect for representing the mysterious starfish. Today, I am sharing a quick way to mix Memento inks to create an unique background and die cuts to create a negative foreground. I was happy with the design concept and feel this style can be applied to any theme.

Start by taking Memento Ink Dandelion (bright yellow), Tangelo (orange) and Lady Bug (classic red) and apply the ink randomly and directly to Imagine’s silicone craft mat. Spray with Ink Potion No. 9 to dilute the heavy concentration of ink, and allow the different colors to blend. Lay the card stock on the mix to absorb into the paper fibers. This is most of the work of inkblending and it creates the coolest effects. Let the paper dry and paste the inked layer over a card base.

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Take another piece of white card stock and cut out several star fish shapes using the Gina Marie Starfish die. Once you are happy with the amount of cut-outs, paste the negative layer over the ink layer using dimensional dots or foam tape. The lifted negative foreground creates a dramatic effect which is immediately noticed by the eye. Finalize the card using your own custom details. I choose a “smile” die cut and gold sequins which I applied with On Point Glue. This handmade card is simple in terms of crafting time and produces impressive results!

Supplies

Imagine
Other

 

Starfish necklace crafts

Creating a Starfish Necklace by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Do you have a cool silicone mold laying around that you want to do something with? Why not make jewelry with it? For me, I had a starfish mold and thought it would make a fun fashion project. Jewelry with an ocean theme is an easy way to create a complimenting summer look to the wardrobe. The starfish is made of hot glue shaped into the silicone mold and colored with StazOn inks to give an impression of a real dried starfish. Surprisingly, the dry time is only one hour or less. Simply let your glue heat to it perfect temperature and fill the mold completely.

Since most of the work is about the starfish itself, feel free to download a tutorial on jewelry making to help finish the details of the entire piece if you are not familar with jewelry making. There are dozens of jewelry tutorial online. The rest of the embellishments are little pearls and metallic fishes that are pre-made and can be purchased at any bead store or craft store. I was careful to space the craft wire and attach all the pieces on scattered places to create a mesh that holds the starfish in place. The length of the wires varies from 16 to 18 inches, while it can easily altered to your preference.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Silicone mold – starfish
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft wire
  • Fish charms
  • Pearls End caps
  • Jump rings
  • Lobster clasp

 

handlettering using Memento Markers

All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea by Jessica Litman

Who doesn’t love a good summer quote? Better yet, who doesn’t like practicing their hand lettering with a solid quote that inspires. I submitted the art in the photo above using Memento water-based markers in a variety of colors. I love simple and clear lettering and like to create all sorts of fun projects with quotes. But this one is perfect for the summer, as I hope to spend a lot of time at the beach! If you feel inspired by this, then try your hand and write the phrase “All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea” and hang it in a spot you will see (sea) it often. You can also transform this quote into a full paper crafting project by adding sea-theme stamps or embellishments.

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento Dual Tip Markers – Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Cottage Ivy, Danube Blue, Grape Jelly, Lilac Poises, London Fog
Other
  • Paper