Beginner Guide: Acrylic Block Inking Technique

Beginner Guide Lesson: acrylic block ink technique for card making, paper crafting, new crafter

Beginner Guide: Acrylic Block Inking Technique

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Using this acrylic block technique is an easy way to create a colorful background with a watercolor effect on your paper projects like cards and scrapbook layouts. You can do this technique using any water-based pigment or dye inks, and acrylic blocks of different sizes and shapes. You do not need a lot of different supplies to make beautiful backgrounds! You can do this with a single color of ink, but I used two colors of Memento water-based dye inks because the colors in the line blend together so nicely.

shopping list for Imagine


Memento Inkpad Tuxedo Black

Memento Inkpad Tangelo

Memento Inkpad Dandelion

Imagine Craft Mat

 Joy Clair Stamps

Stampin Up Cardstock

Acrylic Block by Stampin’ Up

Case base – white or black

2 oz Water Bottle

Tear It Tape

Select the size and shape of the acrylic block that you want to use to create the background. Here I used a block large enough to cover most of a standard size card but small enough to also leave a white border. Apply the ink directly on the acrylic block by swiping the ink pad on the surface.. Dye inks appearance on the block will look clear, but once you press the block onto paper the color will pop! I used two different colors, Memento Dandelion and Tangelo. I love the way the two similar colors fade into one another.

Spray your inked block with water. The intensity of color depends on the amount of water that you apply. Less water  will result in more color, and more water less color. Since the dye inks are waterbased the water will allow the orange and yellow to blend even more. Turn your block around and stamp the color directly over your cardstock or watercolor paper. Press the block into the paper with your hands to transfer the color. Lift the block off of the paper and let the cardstock dry naturally or speed the process with a heat tool. This technique can be used on most types of cardstock.

Arrange your clear stamps on the acrylic block. If you are not sure how you would like the design to look you can practice placement before you ink the stamp. This gives you a sense of the final look and feel. It can be eye-pleasing to have the stamped image use the full panel frame, meaning it covers both the colored and white areas. Here I decided to place the large floral image in the top corner and the sentiment “Thanks” in the opposite corner. Ink your main image using Memento Tuxedo Black to create a contrast. Adhere your inked and stamped panel to the black card base using double-sided tape. The black in the flower print and sentiment will pop even more because it matches the paper of the card base.


Introducing the Beginner Guide

Are you new to paper crafting and need help deciding where to start? We feel you! As a way to help you on this exciting and inky journey you are about to begin, we have developed a beginner guide program featuring simple and easy projects that will help build your experience, confidence and crafting stash.

What to expect from this guide

  • Clear shopping list on where to buy the supplies you will need for each project on a small budget
  • Easy to complete steps with full explanations on how each step is accomplished
  • Less is more with a limited number of steps to complete
  • We will publish at least two beginner guide posts a month to keep adding to the fun

The first project is from Martha Lucia Gomez and will publish on Monday, July 8th, 2019. Here is a sneak peek of an inky technique that results in a oh-so-beautiful and oh-so-easy Tuscan Sun colored card!

Color of the Month is Tuscan Sun

Color of the Month is Tuscan Sun

Color of the Month is Tuscan Sun. We were thinking of blended burnt orange and yellow sunset when we choose this hot summer color. Some of the inks that easily reflect this color choice are Memento Luxe in Morocco, Memento in Tangelo and VersaMagic in Pumpkin Spice.

For the Month of July August, we are also doing a special feature of Rinea Foil Paper. This beautiful paper foil comes in a variety of colors and patterns and we challenged our artists to use them in their tutorials and projects, so be on the lookout for awesomeness!!!  ******Correction: the exchange with Rinea is in August! 

Mixed Media by Roni Johnson

Best Wishes Card by Lori Warren

Paper Craft by Martha Lucia Gomez

See How to Use these Unique Card Making Supplies

by Martha Lucia Gomez

See How to Use these Unique Card Making Supplies

Hello friends! Today, I would like to share with you a quick and easy way to create an inspiring card with clear Vertigo Sheets and VersaFine Clair.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

If you are not familiar with Vertigo Sheets it is a plastic product from Imagine that adds unique depth to cards and mixed media projects. It comes in different designs and you can create visual effects with these depending on the design and colors of ink that you use. You can also stamp over the sheets, die cut and emboss it.

Step 2

To make my card, I used a strip of Vertigo Taffeta design, that is the most simple design and VersaFine Clair ink in three different colors: Verdant, Shady Lane and Green Oasis. I applied the ink over the Vertigo Piece using a sponge or dauber and let the ink dry naturally.

I stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne the images that I wanted over the strip and also let the strip dry well before pasting it over my card base. I used Tear It Tape to paste the decorated layer over my card and finalized it by stamping a sentiment from the Boss Babe stamp set of Joy Clair with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink. The photos don’t do justice to this card because of the Vertigo’s refracting. In person it is really clear and lovely!


  • Cardstock – Whisper White
  • Joy Clair – Boss Babe set
  • Simon Says Stamp – Floral Mix Background

Learn An Elegant Embossing Resist And Blending Technique

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn An Elegant Embossing Resist And Blending Technique

Hello crafty friends! Today, I want to share a “Hello” greeting card using the technique of color blending and emboss resist. I have always enjoyed mixing different techniques together and emboss resist is one of the most versatile. What I show in this card making tutorial is with this option you can create a rich color background before embossing and then apply extra layers of color to enhance the effect. See how I created this elegant card below.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

To make this card, I used three different green colors of Memento Ink. I started with the lightest New Sprout, continue with Bamboo Leaves and finalized with Cottage Ivy.

Step 2

Over a whisper white piece of card stock, I applied the ink directly with the ink pad, just rub it softly and blend the colors. When I was totally satisfied with the colors, I let the paper dry very well before to continue with the next step. I used my heat tool to speed up the process.

Step 3

I stamped a background stamp over the inked layer using the embossing buddy or anti-static pad, VersaMark Ink and Clear Embossing Powder.

Step 4

After heat embossing and using an InkBlusher, I applied Delicata Pigment Ink in White Shimmer directly over the heat embossed background. At this stage, you will notice how the embossed butterflies fine lines did not absorb the pigment ink and the background color looks softer.

Step 5

To finalize the card, I resized the layer, pasted it over the mat and card base and stamped one sentiment using VersaFine Clair Green Oasis and embossed it with clear embossing powder.

Step 6

You can use this technique using a single color of ink for the background or mixing different colors. The most important is that you use white pigment ink to make the color tones soft and enhance the embossing.

Thank you for stopping by!


  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Dark Brown
  • Stamp Sets – Blossom & Butterflies, Friendship Greetings
  • Stamparatus or Misti Stamping Tool
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Heat Tool

Color of the Month for June is Fern Green

Color of the Month for June is Fern Green. We love this soft green color because it reminds us of the beautiful plants that come bursting forward into the lushness of Summer. Some of the inks we recommend for this color are StazOn Cactus Green, VersaColor Fresh Green, VersaFine Clair in Green Oasis and Verdant.

Here is a sneak peek for what we have coming up this month…

Green Eyes Art Canvas by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Mixed Media by Roni Johnson

Resist Embossing by Martha Lucia Gomez