Beginner Guide: Easy Watercolor Technique

by Jowilna Nolte

I love cool watercolor effects achieved by artists in making cards and stamping. With a few stamps and a good water brush, it is easy to make a beautiful card. But the real magic happened when I figured out I can use something as simple as a plastic packet or an acrylic block with inks I owned to create those looks I so love. Take a look at how easy it is…


Memento DewDrop in Grape Jelly

VersaFine Clair in Nocturne

Acrylic Block by Stampin’ Up


Waffle Flower Stamp Set

Stampin Up Cardstock

 

 

Directions

Dab Memento Dew Drop inkpad onto a piece of plastic. I used Grape Jelly (purple). Mist the ink with water until the color starts to pool. Lift the packet carefully, flip it over and stamp the ink onto the cardstock.

Stamp the ink onto the front of the folded card and leave to dry naturally. Do not put the packet down flat, but rather keep it curled up with both hands and manipulate and stamp the ink where you want to.

Leave the ink to dry on the background and then add your stamped flower and the “Happy Birthday” sentiment. VersaFine Clair is a great stamping ink and layers nicely over the Memento. This quick and easy card design is complete!

Make your Cards Shine with Rinea Foil and Sheer Shimmer

by Jowilna Nolte

Beautiful and shiny handmade card featuring a flying heart and earthy and metallic colors.

Create amazing shiny elements for your scrapbook layout or cards using the range of beautiful Rinea foils. Combining these foils with inked backgrounds and coordinating focal elements you can create a feast of color and shine. I colored the beautiful heart image with Memento Dual Markers and added lots of shine with Imagine’s Sheer Shimmer spray.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Step 1

Stamp heart image onto white cardstock using VersaFine Onyx Black.

Step 2

Use Memento markers in shades of yellow and gold to color in the heart.

Step 3

Once you are done coloring in, its time to add some shine. Fill an empty waterbrush with some Shimmer spray, then paint over the entire heart to add a nice thin shiny layer.

Step 4

Back Rinea foil with some double sided tape opposite side of the Rinea Foil. Leave the adhesive backing in place and emboss it with an embossing folder to add texture and pattern.

Step 5

Adhere the Rinea foil to the bottom of some patterned paper. (I actually made this patterned paper. Want to know how? Check it out here.) Add sewing detail where the two pieces meet.

Step 6

Add ink and paint splatters across the heart for a nice finishing touch. Then adhere the heart, stamped sentiment and some bling elements to finish off your card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea Foil – Metallics
  • Cardstock – white
  • Patterned paper
  • Couture Creations – Embossing folder
  • Art by Marlene – Heart Stamp
  • Joy Clair – sentiment stamp
  • Double sided adhesive sheet
  • Sewing machine
  • Embossing machine
  • Diamante and pearls

How to Use Rinea Foil and Memento Inks on a Scrapbook Layout

by Jowilna Nolte

How to Use Rinea Foil and Memento Inks on a Scrapbook Layout

Create amazing elements for your scrapbook layout using the range of Rinea foils, Memento inks, and a layered stencil set. Combined with inked backgrounds you can create a feast of color and shine.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Blend Toffee Crunch Memento ink through the first layer of a stencil set onto smooth white cardstock.


Step 2

Then blend Peanut Brittle Memento Luxe through the second layer of the stencil to bring out some more of the details.


Step 3

Add more highlights by blending in certain areas using Memento Peanut Brittle. Layering a dye on top of a pigment ink creates beautiful results.


Step 4

Remove the stencil to reveal the blended background. And repeat with different color hues to create more variety. I repeated this process with pink.


Step 5

Die-cut the stenciled background using a die-cut machine or hand-cut some letters.


Step 6

Back a sheet of Rinea foil with double-sided tape. Then die-cut some leaves out of the foil.


Step 7

Assemble your layout by adhering the die-cut letters, then add your photo. Create a cluster using your foil leaves and cut out elements.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Wooden block
  • Altenew – Stencil – Layered Dahlia A, Layered Dahlia B
  • Resin
  • Prima Moulds
  • Texture Paste
  • Little Birdie

See How to Make a Moon and Stars Art Canvas with Fireworks Spray

by Jowilna Nolte

See How to Make a Moon and Stars Art Canvas with Fireworks Spray

Create a beautiful dimensional Moon and Stars home decor element using resin embellishments and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray. Combine warm rich colors to compliment your yellow and the end result is simply stunning. A quick and easy project with lots of colors showcasing the amazing shimmer and shine by using Fireworks.

Skill: Intermediate/Advanced
Time: 30 – 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Add stenciling to a piece of wood using texture paste and leave to dry. Adhere resin elements to the block over the stenciling and leave to dry.


Step 2

Paint the entire block with the dimensional elements on using black gesso. Make sure you cover all the pieces and the sides too. Leave to dry.


Step 3

Use 3 to 4 colors of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray and mist over the entire design. Layer the colors over each other. Use a heat gun to dry layers in between and then add more color until you are happy with the look.


Step 4

Once the colored layers are dry, give it one last misting of Sheer Shimmer Spray in Sparkle for extra shine. I also added some Delicata Gold inker and rubbed it over the resin elements with a sponge to highlight the details and dimension.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Wooden block
  • Jowilna Nolte stencil
  • Prima Moulds Resin
  • Texture Paste: Little Birdie

Learn How To Create A Color Wash Effect On A Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Learn How To Create A Color Wash Effect On A Card with memento luxe inkers

Following in the footsteps of fashions trends we explore the warm yellow that has the world looking all happy and sunshiny. I too have fallen in love with this Tuscan Sun color and who wouldn’t? I show you how easy it is to achieve this warm dark yellow effect by mixing colors, pastes, and watercolor techniques. Take a look at how I created this watercolor wash effect.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

I used Creative Medium, Memento Luxe inkers, and clear texture pastes to create my colored base.


Step 2

Mix Creative Medium, 2 drops of Dandelion inker, 2 drops of Peanut Brittle inker and a small drop of the clear glossy texture paste. Smooth the mixture out onto a piece of cardstock and leave to dry.


Step 3

Once dry the surface creates a plastic looking smooth effect. Use a Loopy Rings die-cut and cut out the basic shape to use on your card. The die-cut elements have this amazing plastic looking effect that is super strong because of all the product mixed together on its surface.


Step 4

Use On Point Glue to adhere the Loopy Rings die-cut to the front of your card base. Add drops from your inkers into an inkwell and add water. Using a large soft watercolor paintbrush, paint inside the circles to give a watercolor wash effect. By mixing the two colors of inker you can achieve the perfect warm mustard yellow.


Step 5

Finish off your card by using the left-over watercolor ink to splat drops of color onto your card. Add a stamped sentiment using VersaFine Clair Nocturne and a stamped shark image. Add pearls and diamanté.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Joy Clair Stamps
  • Memory Box – Loopy Rings metal die
  • Die-cut machine
  • Anna Griffin – Texture Paste
  • Pearls
  • Diamanté

How to create Gelli Printed backgrounds with Memento Luxe inkers

by Jowilna Nolte

How to create Gelli Printed backgrounds with Memento Luxe inkers

I love using my inkers as an extension of my crafting. It’s so easy to pick up an inkpad and create fun effects and stamp with, but the inkers are so vibrant and intense and are perfect for mixed media effects and art journaling. I basically created a fun background in my art journal and loved it so much that I used the extras to create a few quick and quirky cards. Take a look at how easy it is to do.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Add a small amount of Memento Luxe inker onto a Gelli plate.


Step 2

Use a brayer to roll out the ink to a thin even layer.


Step 3

Place a sheet of white cardstock over the plate and smooth it out with your hand. Lift the paper to pull the print.


Step 4

Add another color of inker and roll out to an even layer with your brayer. Pull another print onto the same piece of paper. I overlapped my prints for a colorful background.


Step 5

Ink the Gelli plate with Memento Dew Drop ink pad and pull a print again.


Step 6

Keep on printing different colors onto your paper until it is completely covered in ink. TIP: you can even add some paint layers in between the ink pulls to give a different texture and effect. Trim the background into a piece to fit onto the front of your card. Stamp a script image using VersaFine in the center of the background.


Step 7

Stamp an image onto white cardstock and add color.


Step 8

Then cut it out and add to your background for a quick and quirky card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Gelli Plate – Gelli Arts
  • Cardstock – Antalis
  • Stamps – Carabelle, AALL & Create Watercolour
  • Paint – JoviBrayer