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

Get Creative with Tsukineko and Waffle Flower Stamps

We are delighted to feature two cards using Waffle Flower stamps. Waffle Flower makes super cute high-quality photopolymer stamp sets and craft dies with a wide variety of themes. Waffle Flower style has certainly set them apart and we are always excited to see new designs rolling out! In today’s post, Neva and Roni create two handmade cards that show the flexibility of their themes.

Get Creative with Tsukineko and Waffle Flower Stamps

Shellabrate Your Birthday! by Neva Cole

Aren’t these turtles so cute? Waffle Flower joined Imagine for a cross-company promotional in May and as a result Imagine artist received new stamp sets. The images from the Shellabrate and Snail Mail stamp and die sets create a wonderfully whimsical underwater scene. The turtles and sign are stamped in Jet Black StazOn ink, and the greenery is stamped in StazOn Cactus Green and Forest Green. The images are then water colored with Memento Dual-Tip Markers in Cottage Ivy, New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Peanut Brittle, and Toffee Crunch. The background sand is stamped and water colored with Memento Toffee Crunch. The bubbles are added in Memento Bahama Blue. The die cut images are adhered with varying heights of adhesive to give some fun dimension. A perfect summer birthday card anyone would enjoy receiving!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Shellabrate stamp and die sets, Snail Mail stamp and die sets

 


Wild -N- Free Handmade Card by Roni Johnson

If someone says, “Itsy bitsy teeny weenie…” don’t you just instinctively finish it off in your head, “…yellow polka dot bikini”? Well, Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie was one of our challenges this month and I couldn’t get that song out of my head so I just went with it! I created this card with a little help from Waffle Flower stamps.

I have the “Wild N’ Free” set from Waffle Flowers and if you look closely you can see the 3 tiny dot stamp above the eagle. I used these dots to create the background for this card. I started off by stamping the “ground” using 3 different colors of green Memento dye ink, stamping them over and over again. I flipped the cardstock over and stamped the sky using 3 colors of blue Memento ink.

Finally, once I was satisfied with the background I went about stamping the rest of the card as you normally would. Yes, it was a bit time consuming but surprisingly it was lots of fun! It’s almost a Zen feeling going back and forth between the paper and the ink pad. The rest of the design is straight-forward with framing the edges with layered roses and bringing the eye to the center with the wolf and the sentiment. Since this set is so varied, you can choose your favorite animal for the center.

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento Inkpad – New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Olive Green, Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Love Letter
  • VersaFine – Onyx Black
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Wild N Free stamp set
  • Cardstock – white
  • Cardbase – navy blue

Make a Match from Today’s Papercraft Inspiration

When we challenge our artists, we are always pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Sometimes there are similar ideas that pop up in the creative process between two talented people and today’s projects share this common trait — matching! Kyriakos matches colors to create color harmony and Alison matches a scrapbook page to a 2-D style. Check it out!

Make a Match from Today's handmade card

Yellow Flowers Inspiration Card by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

I love the Pineapple color challenge this month and decided to create a blooming flowers card on yellow shades in contrast with the kraft card and the black details used. Using the kraft paper with white, yellow and black all match to create a warm color harmony that turned out rather nice.

First, I used White Embossing powder on the kraft card base to give texture and add detail on the frame. Then I colored the paper flowers with Memento Desert Sand and Dandelion and filled their centers with Radiant Neon Amplify to add volume. For the top panel background, I inked a large stamp in a distressed style with Memento Dandelion and Tangelo ink and pressed on white cardstock. The leaves are pressed in the VersaMark ink and then covered with the Imagine’s Silver Embossing Powder and heat set. To finish the card, I arranged all these elements together and used a piece of black corrugated cardboard to give the design contrast and ground the overall look.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Paper flowers
  • 5 x 7 card base
  • Sizzix – Mixed flowers set stamp
  • Metallic leaves and charms
  • Jute cord
  • Black corrugated paper

We Match Scrapbook Page by Alison Heikkila

Hello! The Artists in Residence for Imagine and Waffle Flower Crafts did a collaboration in May. As a result, I was sent the adorable Enveloper Little Birdie Stamp Set and I love using it. Looking at their other sets, and I now have a nice wish list I would love to add to my collection. I decided to make a scrapbook layout with the Little Birdie set because it reminded me of the matching Marimekko dresses my daughter and I have.

The flowers on the dresses are 2-D flat design style and only use one color. I wanted to match the dress design. So, I stamped my images onto white cardstock with VersaFine ink in Majestic Blue and used Memento Markers to match colors on the dresses. I love to shade and blend when I color, but I really wanted to stay true to the fabric and keep the colors flat.

I created a mat around the white cardstock with Banana Pepper cardstock from My Colors cardstock, and I stamped my sentiment down the side with Habanero VersaFine ink. Then, I wrote the date of the photos with a Danube Blue Memento Marker. My blue base cardstock was looking a little plain, so I sprayed it with New Sprout Fireworks! Spray and used On Point Glue to add white sequins.

I’m really happy with how well the stamped images from Waffle Flower went with our dresses. I think the stamps showcased the photos perfectly! Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Enveloper Little Birdie Stamp Set
  • Inkadinkado – Alphabet Stamps (Discontinued)
  • My Colors Cardstock – Banana Pepper
  • Cardstock – white, blue
  • Sequins

These 2 Different Embossed Pineapples are Super Fun

This week we have been on a bit of a pineapple binge! We challenged our artists with “pineapple” as a color for the month of July. But because pineapples have been such a cute trend, our artists have used the pineapple itself as the object of affection. In today’s blog, we have two projects that focus on embossing pineapples as a way to create adorable crafty goodness!

These 2 Different Embossed Pineapples are Super Fun

Embossing Bright Yellow Pineapples by Jowilna Nolte

The month of July celebrates all things bright, yellow and happy. Those words come to mind when you think about the prickly fruit with its gorgeous golden hues and funky outer facade. What a fun fruit and color to transform into a summers card perfect to cheer up someone’s day.

This card was quick and easy to make, yet I used a different embossing technique. Start by creating the base of your folded card. Use a circle stencil and Memento Cantaloupe to blend some circles using an ink sweeper. Keep the stencil in position and use Delicata Golden Glitz to blend over the same circles using the gold to add shimmer. I love the way metallic inks and dye inks work together.

Now it’s time to use embossing paste! Color embossing paste with Delicata Golden Glitz inker and apply the paste through a pineapple stencil with a palette knife on a separate piece of watercolor paper. Leave the stenciling to dry. Once the stenciling is dry, use a combination of All-Purpose Ink and stamp pad inkers to color the background. Using the inkers creates a more saturated look which is very effective for a light color like yellow. Mist the background with water and then drop All-Purpose Ink, and inkers onto the wet surface and let blend. When the background colors are dry, carefully cut out your pineapples and arrange them onto a card. Adhere them using foam dots for dimension. Finish off your card with washi tape, diamanté, and a large ribbon bow.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Circle stencil
  • Cardstock – white
  • Watercolor paper
  • Penelopee Dee – Pineapple Stencil:
  • Ribbon
  • Washi tape
  • Diamante
  • Embossing paste

 


Embossed Pineapple Greeting Card by Jessica Litman

Pineapples are all the rage! So, why not add some tropical spunk to your craft project?! One of the coolest things about heat embossing is that it turns something simple like cardstock or scrapbook paper into a more elegant project that looks as if it visited a letterpress shop. So with a pineapple stamp and an embossing technique, it is simple to enhance scrapbook pages to a new level.

If you are familiar with heat embossing then you are already halfway there! Simply, stamp pineapple stamp using VersaMagic Cloud White onto Teresa Collins scrapbook paper. VersaMagic is a chalk pigment ink and works perfectly for embossing. Next, heat emboss with Silver Embossing Powder or color of choice. Attach pineapple paper with Tear It Tape to a black card base. If you have more time, then keep going with different color embossing powders and different scrapbook papers until you have a cute pineapple theme collection.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Pineapple Stamp
  • Black Card
  • Heat Gun
  • Teresa Collins – paper

Having a Cocktail Party? Watch a Tutorial on this Cute Invitation.

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Small stamps can have a big impact if used to their full potential. Take, for instance, the itsy bitsy stamps in Waffle Flower’s Currently Drinking set: delightful images of tea, coffee, soda, and cocktails that, when combined in a semi-random pattern, give you the opportunity to make custom patterned paper. I designed this card with a bachelorette or girl’s night out in mind, but the same process could be used with different colors and other stamps in the set to invite someone out for coffee.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCVW – white, pink
  • Waffle Flower – “Currently Drinking” stamp
  • Paper Cut – Alpha dies
  • Stampabilities – “Everyday Expressions” stamp
  • Die cutting machine
  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • 
Xyron sticker maker
  • 500 
Repositionable Tape
  • 
Acrylic blocks
  • White gel pen
  • 
Twine
  • Dragonfly charm
  • 
Tape
Helmar – Zap
  • Dots foam adhesive

Create a Background with the Extras in Your Stamp Set

by Alison Heikkila

Create a Background with the Extras in Your Stamp Set. Super Cute Cupcake Card colored with Memento markers.

Hello! I have a “sweet” card to share with you today. This month, the Artists in Residence for Imagine were challenged with the theme “Itsy Bitsy.” So, I decided to use the teeny stamps found in my Lawn Fawn’s Baked with Love and Love ‘N Breakfast. For those of you who are familiar with Lawn Fawn’s set, you know they are fantastic at adding extra hearts, faces and other expressive features to their sets. Why not use those little pieces?!

To create the background, I added several of the hearts, candlesticks, XOXO and smiley face stamps to an acrylic block in an arrangement and I inked them up with VersaFine Onyx Black. I stamped an entire background piece of Bristol paper with these stamps, slightly turning the block as I went along and heat embossed the entire background. Next, I stamped four cupcakes on to Mixed Media Paper, colored them with Memento Markers and die cut with coordinating dies. I decided to make the cupcakes stand out more, so I used two different sized circle punches and layered them underneath the cupcakes. The smaller circles were spritzed with Bamboo Leaves Fireworks spray, and I mounted them with a foam square.

cupcake stamps Lawn Fawn

To add color and sparkle to my background, I sprayed a Fireworks sprays on to a piece of acetate. I laid my background on top, flipped it over and smooshed the colors around. You can see in the photo above the fabulous shimmer and how beautifully the colors blended together. Then, I stamped my sentiment on to a white piece of bristol scrap paper and mounted with foam tape. To finish, I mounted the entire panel to a card base.

I loved this challenge! So please don’t forget to use those cute teeny stamps that come in your sets! You can make quick and fun backgrounds with them. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Lawn Fawn – Baked with Love Stamps, Baked with Love Dies, Love ‘N Breakfast
  • My Colors Cardstock– Mint Julep, Lime Pop
  • Scrapbook Adhesives – Foam Squares
  • Canson – Mixed Media Paper
  • 
Strathmore – Smooth Bristol Paper
  • Punch – small circle, medium circle