Are You Ready for Christmas Cardmaking?

by Martha Lucia Gomez

On this project, I used Delicata and Memento Markers with two different stamping techniques. I divided the making of this card into two steps. It's a simple process and so fun to make!

Are you ready for Christmas? I started my holiday creations using different colors and this year the Rose Gold is trending so I used it to create the background of my card.  I thought it would be fun to color the wood grain texture created by the embossing folder. On this project, I used Delicata and Memento Markers with two different stamping techniques. I divided the making of this card into two steps. It’s a simple process and so fun to make!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1-hour + dry time

Directions

Ink the upper side of the folder directly with the Delicata ink pad. Pass the sandwich as usual through the die cut machine
Step 1

Put rose gold paper inside of the folder. Ink the upper side of the folder directly with the Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata inkpad. Pass the sandwich through the die cut machine. Remove the embossed cardstock and paste the embossed layer over a card base once dry. (You could get a similar look using brown paper and Rose Gold Delicata!)

 watercolor paper and Memento Markers in two different colors
Step 2

For this step, I used watercolor paper and Memento Markers in two different colors. Secure the stamp over a Misti stamping tool. Use Memento Marker to color the different parts of the image. Stamp over the watercolor paper. With a paint brush or aqua painter, create a distress around the leaves of the wreath and in the center of the berries. Cut the wreath using a cross stitch die cut circle. Add texture over the wreath using White Radiant Neon Amplify and activate with the heat tool to create the puffy effect. Stamp a sentiment on the center of the wreath using Delicata Ruby Red. Paste the wreath over the decorated base and finalize the decoration adding a tiny bow.

This project was very enjoyable to make and can be a great way to start off holiday cardmaking!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Misti stamping tool
  • Cardstock – rose gold, dark brown
  • Watercolor paper
  • Waterbrush
  • So Suzy Stamps – Wreath and Peace Stamps
  • Stampin’ Up – Wood Embossing Folder
  • Bakers Twine
  • Gina Marie Designs – Circle Cross Stitch die cut

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Make the Most of Your Stamps with Layering Delicata

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Make the Most of Your Stamps with Layering Delicata red blue green white pigment ink

 

The new colors of Delicata are simply amazing and if you want to use them for layer stamping, you will obtain shiny images with great texture. To create this beautiful butterfly card, I used only Delicata Ink with four of the new colors, a creative layout twist and a butterfly layering stamp set. I selected Crum Cake cardstock (or a kraft color cardstock) to enhance the radiant look of the ink and a tilt in the canvas.

I started with the lightest color in Delicata White Shimmer and the solid image of the stamp. This gave me a solid and brilliant base for the butterflies. Since pigment ink takes a little longer to dry, I set the color using a heat tool. Then I stamped the second layer of the butterflies image using the new color Delicata Pink Shimmer and set the color with heat tool as well. The last layer of the stamps was stamped with the darker colors of Delicata Ink in Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, and Emerald Green and covered it with clear embossing powder to have a wonderful texture over each butterfly and take advantage of the pigment’s open dry time.

For the sentiment, I used one of the quotes of the stamp set Faith Quotes of Joy Clair stamped with Black Shimmer Delicata Ink. To finish, I titled the kraft paper over the card base, trimmed the edges to fit, and mounted the panel to the card base. This simple tilt of the card panel, the use of embossing and Delicata layering adds a bit of drama to an otherwise easy card! Thank you for visiting the blog and leave a comment below!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Black, White, Kraft
  • Layering Butterflies Stamp Set
  • Joy Clair – Faith Quotes Stamp Set
  • Misti stamping tool
  • Heat Tool
  • Sequins

Dreams are Made of Magical Things

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Sometimes it is very difficult to think of creating something using a single color hue, but monochromatic is fun and easy to make magic! If you have the cardmaking inspiration and a few elements you have been itching to use then try out a monochromatic style. I made this card using the magic of Teal Zeal Memento Ink.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

 

Directions


Step 1

With a pencil, mark the area you will use to stamp the fairy image. For this, you can use a circle diecut frame. Cut the same circle die on paper to use as a mask. Stamp the image with Teal Zeal Memento Ink, leaving part of the image out of the masking area to give the sensation of movement.


Step 2

Stamp the “Dreams are made of Magical Things” sentiment. If you want you can use the same tone of Memento Ink or you can create little shine with Versamark and Silver Embossing Powder.


Step 3

Erase the marks created with the pencils and paste the mask in place to prepare for inking the card panel. Take a jumbo sponge dauber and with circular movements apply the Teal Zeal Memento Ink from the bottom part to up. Continue the ink layering process with a brush to make the color have a soft appearance.  Since the Memento is a dye ink, the more you use it the more intense the color. It is simply dying the paper fibers more and more. In this project, the stamped fairy and leaves create a shadow effect.


Step 4

Stamp additional images over the sponged area using the Teal Zeal Memento Ink. Spray the card with shimmer mist and remove the masking paper. Resize the layer and paste over the matching teal card base.


What do you think of this teal monochromatic fairy card? Please let me know in the comments below. Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Peak a Boo Designs – Magical Fairies Stamp Set
  • Stampin Up – Best Friends Forever Stamp Set
  • Card Stock – teal, white
  • Masking paper
  • Circle dies
  • Heat tool

Be Inspired by Trifold and Vellum in these 2 Mermaid Cards

Today is full of mermaids! We have two creatively designed cards by Martha and Mischelle which show off the these mysterious mythical creatures. Enjoy!

Be Inspired by Trifold and Vellum in these 2 Mermaid Cards

Be Careful What You Wish For Mermaid Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

I adore mermaids and today I have a Z-Fold card with a lot of dimensions and a very special mermaid to share with you. I made my card with Kaleidacolor inks and Fireworks Spray — two magic products to make extraordinary things!

I will start with the simplest part, the folding of the card. This model is called Z-Fold and you need a piece of card stock of 4 1/4 x 11 inches. Make a score at 2 3/4 inches, 5 1/2 inches and create and mount and valley and voila! Your Z-Fold is created.

Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor Ink

Now the most interesting part is how you can use the Kaleidacolor inks in different ways. In this sample, I used a piece of whisper white card stock, shaving cream and acrylic blocks of different sizes. I used Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor Ink. Put a little amount of shaving cream on your mat. Ink the block with the Kaleidacolor ink using at the same time different colors. Apply the shaving cream over the ink using a pallet. Pass the acrylic block over the card stock. Repeat the process until you have the design that you want. When the paper is dry, cut it with a die cut to create the waves. Also, cut waves using the same color of the card base.

Cut a rectangle of the height that you want for the card. In my sample, I covered it partially. Paste over this rectangle the waves using On Point Glue. Paste the rectangle over the folding part of the Z-Fold. Create the inside panel of the card with a digital stamp of a mermaid and a rubber stamp for the sentiment. I printed the mermaid and stamped the sentiment with Teal Zeal Memento Ink. I colored the mermaid with Fireworks Spray and a paint brush. From here you can finish the card with your own personal touches.

What do you think? Please let me know in the comments below. Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • So Suzy Stamps – Careful What You Wish Mermaid Stamp
  • Nikki Burnette – Vienna Digital Stamp
  • Card Stock – teal, white
  • Lawn Fawn – Weaves die cut

The Mermaid Memento Marker and Vellum Card by Mischelle Smith

The Mermaid Memento Marker and Vellum Card by Mischelle Smith

Our theme at Imagine this month is Mystical. I wanted to combine this fun theme with our color of the month Teal. The background of this artsy Mermaid card was created using the technique I shared earlier this month – Faux Gelli Printing with VersaMagic and Ink Potion #9. I typically print in batches and use these prints as card fronts when I need a card on the fly – it’s a huge time saver!

This darling mermaid is printed onto vellum and colored with Memento Markers which complement the background beautifully. This simple card comes together quickly and begs for summer to linger just a little longer.

The Mermaid Memento Marker and Vellum Card by Mischelle Smith

Print or stamp mermaid image and the “a mermaid heart cannot be tamed” saying onto vellum paper. Heat set if necessary. Turn the paper over (so stamped/printed images face down) and color the images. Allow coloring to dry. Cut out images and attach to card with tiny glue dots or your favorite adhesive. Outline edge of card with black Memento Marker. Embellish the card with sequins, washi tape or any other of your favorites. Finish the overall design by spritzing with Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Vera Lane Studio – The Mermaid
  • Vellum
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Burlap
  • Old book paper
  • Starfish charm
  • Rhinestones
  • Printer

See How to Create Your Own Magical Fairy Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

See How to Create Your Own MAGIC Fairy Card

Who said that you can’t create your own magic? I created my own magic by using a combination of Encore Ultimate Metallic Gold, Memento Luxe and Memento Dye inks in a fairy themed handmade card. It was very easy and fun and you can do the same just using your imagination. Take a look at how I created this glowing teal colored background.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

ink blending with Memento dye inks
Step 1

Take a piece of whisper white card stock and three different colors of Memento Ink. I used Desert Sand, Peanut Brittle, and Teal Zeal colors. Sponge the Desert Sand Memento ink as a base layer around the borders of the paper using a jumbo sponge dauber to create a frame. Use Memento Peanut Brittle to enhance the color saturation. Sponge the center of the layer with Teal Zeal Memento Ink. Spray the layer with water to create a texture effect and let the paper dry.

Stamp the image of the fairy using Memento Luxe Teal Zeal
Step 2

Stamp the image of the fairy using Memento Luxe Teal Zeal and heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.

spiral of stars and "Create Your Own Magic" sentiment
Step 3

Stamp the spiral of stars and “Create Your Own Magic” sentiment with Encore Metallic Gold and heat emboss with Gold Embossing Powder. Cut the layer with a rectangle stitched die cut. Paste the decorated layer over the card base a matching teal card base.

What do you think? Please let me know in the comments below.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • So Suzy Stamps – Moonlight Fairy stamp, Star Swirl stamp
  • Peak-A-Boo Designs – Magical Fairies stamp
  • Card Stock – white, teal
  • Fun Foam
  • Rectangle Stitched Die cut

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