How to Make Faux Gelli Printing with Radiant Neon Amplify!

by Mischelle Smith

How to Make Faux Gelli Printing with Radiant Neon Amplify!

I love Gelli printing and coming up with all sorts of magical designs I can use in my journaling and card making. However, sometimes I don’t have enough time to drag everything out that I need to stay true to the Gelli print techniques. So, I go for ‘faux Gelli prints’ using Tsukineko’s Radiant Neon Amplify which creates a thick texture when activated with a heat gun. This thick texture replicates the layers of paint often used in Gelli prints and the faux technique is done directly on the paper skipping the use of the Gelli plate.

For quick focal points in projects, I keep a box of already colored images on my desk for times when I need something ASAP. For this project, I pulled out a spaceship image and matched it to the Amplify colors – super easy! Amplify! appears to be wet after brayered – leave it this way or add several more layers and heat with a heat tool to change the texture.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

Apply one color of Radiant Neon Amplify to paper and brayer.

Step 2

Apply a second color of Amplify and brayer.

Step 3

Working quickly – use a sponge dauber, stencils, scrapers or other items, to create marks in the brayered Amplify medium. Amplify dries quickly, so do not wait too long to add extra marks. Once you are satisfied with the texture and details you have created, use a heat tool to activate the Amplify. The Amplify with expand in a foamy texture and will be immediately ready for additional inking and stenciling.

Step 4

Cut faux gelli paper to the size needed and stencil on another color with Memento Paris Dusk Ink (dark purplish blue) to add detail and depth. Attach spaceship image, “Happy Birthday Earthling” quote and decorative twine to the front of the card. Stamp date at the bottom with StazOn ink and any additional embellishments.


  • Vera Lane Studio – Lost in Space
  • Stencil Girl – Entangling Threads Stencil
  • Date Stamp
  • Brayer
  • Cardstock
  • Twine – Lime
  • Close To My Heart – Gems & Sparkles
  • Foam tape
  • Copic Markers
  • Scissors

Be Inspired by a “Love Never Fails” Sign

by Tenia Nelson

Love Never Fails

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun project made with Imagine and Tsukineko products! Love Never Fails is one of my favorite quotes from 1 Corinthians. It is a reminder to never lose faith in yourself and in others. So for today’s post, I created this fun crafting project as a home decor and inspiration piece! Create it yourself with your favorite quote and hang it somewhere you can see it everyday!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes or less.


Emboss Love on a wooden sign
Step 1

Using the VersaMarker, hand letter “love” on wood, add embossing powder and heat emboss.

fireworks craft spray
Step 2

Spray Fireworks craft spray in Desert Sand onto wood sign.

Step 3

Using Crop-O-Dile, punch holes into top of the wood sign and add the additional letters with either die cuts or stamps.

Step 4

On a small, thin strip of paper, stamp quote source with Memento Tuxedo Black. Cut into banner shape.

Step 5

Add red dots onto wood sign with Memento Lady Bug marker. Then finish the entire piece by adding twine to the punched holes and other fun embellishmetns. Thanks for checking out this fun project and have a great day!!!




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!

cardmaking ideas and tips inkpad crafts

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.

inkpad die cut crafts

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!




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.


  • 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.


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

Using BIG Words in Your Art, Literally

Making something bigger can sometimes enhance a seemingly ordinary project into something unique. A word or name is plain when written on a piece of paper but if those letters were suddenly enlarged 100x then it creates a whole new character. Today, we have two projects by Neva Cole and Roni Johnson that do just that.


Art paper mache project. handmade using chipboard, gesso and tsukineko inks.

Papier Mache Art by Roni Johnson

The bigger the better! What comes to mind is larger than the norm, but it also conjures up the idea of something a bit over the top! A project a bit larger, brighter, with more techniques, more products, and more goodness piled on. That is what inspired my “Art” that I’d like to share with you today. This is a hand constructed papier mache project that is not only larger than the norm but it is also styled in my own handwriting. I’ve not seen a project like this done before which just adds to my “more” theory of the bigger the better. Here’s a quick look at how it was made…

art lettering handwritten

I started with drawing the word “art” then transferred the text onto a large piece of chipboard. I trimmed away the excess chipboard and made a second copy by using the first piece as a template.

crafting a paper mache project

Next, I decided to make the depth 2.5” and trim several strips of chipboard to the same size. I simply taped these sides to one piece and taped the second piece to create the backside. I used tape here with these materials. I am certain a glue gun or adhesive of choice can be used instead.

inking a paper mache project with tsukineko ink

To create a proper ground for this 3-D project, I used strips of newspaper and cover the entire piece with a thinned down glue (of your choice) and let dry. I found that mine was sturdy enough after the first layer to proceed and painted the entire piece with white acrylic paint (or gesso). Since I work hard to set up a solid foundation it was not time to go crazy! And I finished the overall look with stamped images over the front of the piece, Onyx Black VersaFine ink, various colors of Creative Medium over several different stencils, and several colors of Fireworks Spray. Once my colors and texture were laid down I finished with adding vintage-looking items such as old paint brushes, pencils, and calligraphy nibs. Yes, it is easier to just buy individually manufactured papier mache letters, but this was worth it to have a one of a kind piece in your very own handwriting. Enjoy!


  • Chipboard
  • Newspaper
  • Collage Glue
  • Rayon Seam Binding
  • Microbeads
  • Glass glitter
  • Scissors
  • Old paint brushes
  • Old pen nibs
  • Old pencils

Bigger is Better Family Wall Décor by Neva Cole

This project is a perfect example of buying something with the full intent of completing a project but never actually getting around to working on it . . . I’ve had these letters for about 2 years, maybe even more. Insert a blush here! When the challenge to create something Bigger and Better came along it was finally time to decorate these 9.5″ letters that spell our family name–Cole. The Sierra Pacific Crafts Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) letters were painted with a mixture of Creative Medium mixed with VersaMagic Jumbo Java ink. This gives a nice glossy color in one coat that dries quickly. Several stencils and Creative Medium Metallic in Gold mixed with a small amount of Copper finish the look. The stenciling was completed in several steps with drying time in between to avoid smearing. This fun wall décor was easy to create in an afternoon and was ready to hang on the wall with small Velcro hangers. Our name is now proudly hanging above the coat rack my husband built in the entry way of our home.






Learn How to Create Monday Motivation

by Jessica Litman

Happy Monday! As you plan your week, Check out Jessica Litman's quick tips on a week-long planner layout. blue ink Tsukineko Memento Dew Drops.

Planner spreads don’t have to be overly complicated. In this quick and easy tutorial, all you need are stamps, Xyron Sticker Maker, double-sided Tear It Tape and Memento Dew Drops! Adding your personal touch to your weekly planner never looked so good!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 5 minutes + plan time


Lilac Walnut ink spray used to color cardstock. cut into strips for planner decor.
Step 1

Start by spraying Lilac Walnut ink on paper and let dry

memento paris dusk dew drop tsukineko to ink a flag stamp on an acylric block.
Step 2

Decorate the bottom of the planner by using a diamond stamp (main image at the top of the page) with Paris Dusk Memento dew drop to create a border at the bottom of the page. This will give it a washi tape look. Create flag stickers using a flag or banner shape stamp ink pad on white card stock.

xyron sticker maker.
Step 3

Fussy cut the flags and run through Xyron sticker maker. Adhere flags to important events for the week.

double sided tape to use with planner papercrafting
Step 4

Cut the paper spritz with walnut ink paper into thin strips. Use the strips as event dividers. Line the backside with double-sided Tear It tape and adhering the strips to the planner. Add additional stamps to the planner using the Paris Dusk Memento Dew Drop.

memento markers for the planner
Step 5

Record or Plan weekly events using the Memento pens. Sit back and enjoy your well planned and beautifully crafted week!

planner tips for planning out a productive work week!


  • Stamps – diamond
  • Teresa Collins – Love Today Clear Stamps
  • Crafter’s Companion – Clear Stamps
  • Xyron 1.5” Sticker Maker
  • White card stock
  • Stamp block
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter
  • Planner

How to Create an Absolutely Bombastic Mixed Media Journal

 by Mischelle Smith

Art journal featuring a sailboat and ocean waves.

When it comes to journaling, I’m a beginner. It’s been a fun transition going from die-hard stamper to the mixed media world and now into journaling. I’ve been able to bring many of my skills with me and I’m learning new skills daily. I wanted to do a spread in my journal that used Imagine’s color of the month Greenery and the artist challenge “You Feeling Me?” If you happen to be new to journaling, like me, then I’d recommend starting with a simple spread like this. I’ve discovered that my Memento Markers are the best journaling pens I have and they coordinate with the ink pads what I’ve used on my pages … LOVE that!


Step 1

Stamp Pear Tart onto Imagine’s mat several times. Using a palette knife, add shimmer Creative Medium to the ink and mix gently. Do not mix the entire color so several shades of Pear Tart show through the Creative Medium.

Step 2

Stamp Bahama Blue onto the craft mat and add into the Creative Medium mix. Again, don’t over work the mix.

Step 3

Adhere stencil to journal page with washi tape. Use a palette knife to apply the Creative Medium mixture. Apply the mixture onto the left page at the bottom and top. Set aside and let dry completely. Adhere Travel Notes stencil to page and color with Bahama Blue Memento. Repeat using a mottled circle stencil. Stamp randomly on the pages using VersaFine with travel theme stamps.

Paper Waves fill a journal page

Step 4

Sketch a boat onto kraft paper and cut out. Wade pieces up and then flatten out. Distress boat with VersaMark ink. Set aside. Place a hard craft mat behind the right-hand page. Cut along the edges of the waves to create a niche for the boat. Place the boat in between the waves. Attach with On Point Glue. Use Tear It Tape to attach the right-hand page to the page behind it. Hiding the cut in the page and the back of the boat. Use Memento Markers to doodle and journal around the pages. Use Memento Markers to doodle and journal around the pages. Flick New Sprout and Bahama Blue Fireworks on pages. Spray pages with Frost Shimmer Spray.


The steps above can serve as dozens of variations on the inside pages of a journal. One could stay busy with these ideas for days! To transition to thinking of the front cover, I thought I’d break it up a bit. I love green and as soon as I sprayed a touch of New Sprout Fireworks on leftover canvas I knew I wanted to make a journal. The combination of green with aqua blue’s is a favorite of mine so adding Bahama Blue Fireworks with the New Sprout worked perfectly. Creating this cover was super easy … filling up the pages is what takes time and thought.


Step 1

Spray canvas scraps with New Sprout and Bahama Blue Fireworks. Let dry. Tear pages from old books, hymnals and dictionaries to add as pages. Modpodge the front and back of each page. Let dry.

journal page cover

Step 2

Lay canvas and pages in the order you like. Secure the center with a pin. Stitch the album together with a needle and thread. Draw a line down the center with a ruler and stitch on this line. Decorate the cover with washi tape, stamped sentiments, and hand-drawn elements. Personalize with your favorite quotes and phrases. Add any additional items. In the photo above, I included a butterfly stencil. Finish by flicking Fireworks onto canvas to match the base.



Memento Luxe – Pear Tart, Bahama Blue
Creative Medium – Shimmer
VersaFine – Tuxedo Black
Memento Marker – Tuxedo Black, Sky Blue, Rich Cocoa, Bahama Blue, Teal Zeal, Nautical Blue, Pear Tart, Danube Blue
Fireworks! – New Sprout, Bahama Blue
Sheer Shimmer Spray – Frost
Daubers – Sponge and Jumbo
On Point Glue
Tear It! Tape
Palette Knives
Craft Mat


Stencil Girl – Whimsical Waves, Travel Notes Mini
Close To My Heart – Stamps
Mottled Circle Stencil
Craft knife
Washi tape
Canvas Scraps
Old book pages
Foam Brush