Here are 4 Great Ways to Use Memento Luxe Ink

by Neva Cole

Here are 4 Great Ways to Use Tsukineko Japan Memento Luxe Inkpad

We love the versatile Memento Luxe ink so much we wanted to share some of it’s uses! Memento Luxe is a fabulous pigment ink available in 24 colors that coordinate with Memento Dye inks and Memento Dual-Tip Markers. It is water-based, archival, and acid-free, and is great for all sorts of crafting needs such as card making, tag decoration, scrapbooking and even fabric printing. Memento Luxe inkpads are very juicy and can be used on both light and dark surfaces.

Four Ways to Use Memento Luxe

Memento Luxe on Dark Surfaces

Because Memento Luxe is a pigment ink, the color will rest on top of the surface of the paper allowing for it to show up well on dark papers. This “Make A Wish” tag uses Memento Luxe Wedding White on black cardstock. The tag images were stamped once and the edge was inked with a sponge dauber. As you see all the ink pops forward with plenty of contrast.

Blending with Memento Luxe

Since the Memento Luxe has a longer dry time, more than one color can be successfully blended to create a beautiful and seamless color range. Here Dandelion is blended into Pear Tart, and then Pear Tart is blended into Danube Blue on Strathmore Bristol Board. The sentiment is stamped in Danube Blue ink and is heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Memento Luxe on Fabric

Not all pigment inks will stay on fabric. However, Memento Luxe is wonderful for stamping, stenciling or blending on fabric and canvas surfaces. The formula for Memento Luxe is unique in that it will stay on fabric when heat-set with an iron or heat tool. This Butterfly tote project was made by daubing Memento Luxe in Pear Tart, Pistachio, Dandelion, Morocco, and Rhubarb Stalk through stencils. This ink is so easy to use on fabric that both sides of this bag were completed in under an hour!

Memento Luxe Inker with Creative Medium

A fun and out-of-the-box use for Memento Luxe is to use the inker to mix with Creative Medium. Apply Creative Medium on a craft mat and squeeze a pea size amount of Memento Luxe ink and mix with a palette knife. Since Memento Luxe is a rich pigment ink that will easily blend into the Creative Medium paste, you will get a uniform opaque appearance. This is a big plus of matching the other Memento products but also to achieve the color control you desire.

The heart on this welcome sign uses the Lilac Posies inker mixed with Creative Medium and then applied with a palette knife through a stencil.

Memento Luxe is one of the most versatile inks in the Tsukineko line and can be used in so many ways. We hope you found this product review helpful. Please let us know in the comments below! Have an inspiring day!

For more product information, please check out the Imagine website.

 

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See How to Make a Double Embossed Summertime Tag

by Jowilna Nolte

See How to Make a Gold Embossed Summertime Tag

Layered embossing creates a soft magical effect for this bright and beautiful summertime tag. Celebrate summer in gorgeous shades of Tangerine and Lime – perfect for drinks on the beach, party decor, or gift giving. Create the mood of long, endless lazy days with this style!

I wanted the final results to look lush and shiny, so I started with a manilla tag and inked in up with Memento Luxe Morocco and Radiant Neon Electric Orange. These color are great together. While the ink was still wet, I cover it immediately with a layer of embossing powder and heat set until fully melted. Next, I die cut feathers out of white cardstock embossed the tips using VersaMark ink and Imagine’s Gold Embossing Powder. Once the gold embossing powder has cooled down, I covered the embossed portion with another layer of VersaMark ink, repeated the embossing process. Embossing paper twice will remelt the dried embossed layer beneath. The results will be smoother and more intense than one application. For the rest of the project, I colored the feathers using Memento Luxe and Radiant Neon inks with Fantastix tool then brayered with KaleidaColor. Since this double emboss technique is so addictive, I repeated the process for the rest of the feathers too. Once you get a nice rhythm going, although seemingly time consuming, it is over in a flash and you may find the need to make more of these cute little tags!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Tag
  • Kaisercraft –  Feather die-cut
  • Brayer
  • Heat Gun
  • Chiswick

Color of the Month for June

June Color of the Month is Tangerine

We are excited to announce the Color of the Month — Tangerine! Everyone month Imagine highlights a different color to show off our catalog of inks. The Tsukineko brand offers this rich orange color in All-Purpose Ink, VersaColor, Memento, Radiant Neon, Radiant Neon Amplify and StazOn. And Imagine’s offers two in house products — the recent release of the 2oz bottle of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Tangelo as well as IrRESISTibles Pico Embellisher Tangelo.

Tangerine is a deep orange color that evokes a festive vibe, the warmth of summer, and tangy flavors of fruit! Some of the trends we see with this color are….

tangerine tiles

Moroccan tiles…

Tangerine Tiles Stamp StazOn Tsukineko ink Orange Zest

Bohemian theme home decor or stamps…

camp vibes DCWV scrapbook paper

and Camp Fire or Outdoors themes.

We offer this color challenge to our Artist in Residence to bring forward in their June project submissions, so be on the lookout for how our team uses this vibrant color. We also offer this challenge to you. If you feel inspired by Tangerine and use Imagine or Tsukineko inks then please tag us in your Instagram or Facebook posts. We would love to see what you create!

Easy and Edgy Mixed Media Tag

by Renee Zarate


Shipping tags are a wonderful substrate for mixed media art. They are small, the paper is durable and when completed they fit nicely into an art journal or can be used in place of a card. This tag showcases not only texture and color but also techniques such as embossing, masking, stamping, mixing inks, using foils, and coloring ribbon. A mixed media tag is a great way to use many of your craft supplies in one simple and easy project!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 40 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Mask off the head portion of the girl image. Ink up the stamp with StazOn Jet Black and stamp image onto the shipping tag. Stamp again on masking paper, cut out the top portion and place over image on tag.


Step 2

Stamp swirls with Paris Dusk Memento ink, then stamp again in the same area using Rose Bud Memento ink. Remove mask. Fill a water pen with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in the New Sprout color which is a nice soft yellow-green. Color the dress & hands with the water pen. Stamp the word “Fly” with Delicata Black Shimmer ink. Cover with Clear Embossing Powder and melt with a heat tool. Add highlights on the heart, arms and legs of stamped image and dots on the swirls with a Memento Marker in Rose Bud. Use the fine tip of the Tuxedo Black Memento Marker to color in a ground line near the feet of our girl. I also did a few random swipes with a glue stick and burnished silver foil onto portions of the tag.

 


Step 3

Spray two pieces of ribbon with Fireworks Craft Spray. Use Lilac Posies color which is a magenta and the other with New Sprout to match the colored area of the tag. Additional water can be sprayed onto the ribbons to achieve the desired color. Blot with a paper towel, coil up the ribbons separately and allow them to dry. When dry, trim to desired size. Hand tear faces off of the washi tape and place on tag, including one at the top of the body image. Lay lines of the other washi tapes in the pack on a scrap piece of card stock. Die cut into a butterfly shape. Adhere silver foil to the butterflies as done on the tag in step 2.


Step 4

Ink edges of tag with any ink color used on the interior of the tag. Tie the colored ribbons on the top and staple the butterflies into place.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Manila shipping tag
  • Stampotique – Mela stamp,  “Fly” stamp
  • Joy Clair –  Hugs & Smiles
  • Washi tape – Jane Davenport
  • Prima Foil – silver
  • Glue stick
  • Water pen
  • White ribbon
  • Sizzix – Butterfly die
  • Cardstock
  • Masking paper
  • Heat tool
  • Die cutting machine
  • Paper towels

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Big Bright Things Come in Small Packages

gift tags made from dcwv paper. wish big. flower stamps from hero arts.

Wish Big Envelope Packages by Martha Lucia Gomez

I love to create packages and could not resist this opportunity to use the Beach House collection from the DCWV papers! These are envelopes to store gift cards or money, perfect for the season, don’t you think? To create these gift tags you need a 6″x 6″ piece of decorated paper. I started by scoring 1-5/8″ from the sides, 1/2″ from the bottom and 1″ from the top and cut away the four corners creating a small wedge from the sides of the flags to make it easier to assemble. I then pasted the edge of one side flag and the bottom flag using Tear It Tape. Place your gift card or money inside and secure the envelope package with a few loops of bakers twine.

To finish the overall design, decorate the front of the envelope package with flower stamp set of your choice and color using Fireworks! I attached the flowers using dimensional stickers and On Point Glue and stamped the Wish Big sentiment with Memento Paris Dusk. A gift wrapped in a handmade package will certainly show your loved one you really care!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Beach House Collection
  • Joy Clair – Doodle Flowers Stamp Set
  • Stampin Up – Wish Big Stamp
  • Baker’s twine
  • Scissors
  • Dimensional stickers

Handmade card with gift tag. DCWV paper. floral theme. lace.



Country Floral Gift Card Tag by Roni Johnson

With Spring popping up everywhere I thought it would be fun to make a dainty little floral gift card tag holder and card all in one. The card features a bouquet of flowers pieced on one of the front flaps which opens to reveal a silvery lace pocket which holds an oversized tag. Continue opening to see nestled inside you find a gift card! This crafty card and tag combination creates a nice surprise gift effect for the person receiving the present. The possibilities of themes and ideas for this duo set are endless, so let your imagination fly!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • DCWV – Country Floral, Textured Brights
  • Cardstock
  • ClubScrap.com – Stamps
  • Foam Adhesive Strips
  • 
Twine
  • Lace
  • Ribbon
  • Eyelets

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Cutting Class

Learn some basic on cutting tools for crafters.

If you have been paper crafting for a while you have probably made quite an investment in cutting tools. When starting out one might assume that a nice pair of scissors will do. But there are many different tools that have an array of features that make paper crafting easier, and often more fun! Some devices are made out of sturdy materials so they will last a long time but also makes them expensive. We hope to provide some insight on what to buy and when in order to avoid overspending on equipment you may not need…yet.

Beginner

At the beginning stage, there is a lot to learn about paper, ink, stamping techniques and adhesives used in projects. It is great to learn the basics of composition and design when starting out. Whether making a card, a banner or a paper flower arrangement, most of the learning curve is with the basic layout, color theory, and form. No matter the layout or project, you are probably going to need to cut the paper.

Drawing representing a basic paper trimmer.

Get a perfect edge of the perfect size (almost) each and every time! (User error does cause some heartaches.)

Besides a good pair of scissors, a basic paper trimmer and a few fun punches will be a great start. A trimmer allows accuracy in cutting measurements and straight clean lines. Once a few projects are made using a paper trimmer,  it is hard to go back. Many come with a slide style blade, but there also are guillotine styles. Another beginner essential is a paper punch. These heavy little devices offer basic shapes such as a circle, heart, star or a hexagon and can keep anyone busy for a long time. With a basic punch, the beginner can go crazy on creating paper garlands, adding dimension to a card design or making labels for other projects. 

They are kinda like the ole’ office supply hole punches on steroids.

$ – Paper trimmer $10-20. Do some research and go ahead and get a nice one. This device will be one of your most used tools no matter how long you’ve been playing with paper. Be sure to get one that offers replacement blades. Punches vary from $5-20 each. Beginning investment can range from $35 -$75.

Intermediate

Once the beginner has developed a strong foundation in layout and a working knowledge of materials then it is time to kick it up a notch with more complex designs. One way to do this is with a die cut machine. Die cuts come in basic shapes, basic words and alphabets, as well as more complex designs like flower sets, animal shapes, box templates, edge treatments, etc. The die and paper run through a die cut machine which may be manually cranked or electronic. It acts much like a punch creating perfect shapes. Die cuts can be much more delicate than punch shapes and you can find die cuts that do some really amazing tricks! Using die cuts can be quite joyful, but the price is significant. Once you are ready, invest in the machine and build your die cuts over time. As with punches, think about the variety of uses you will get out of each die when deciding on which ones to purchase.

Hand drawn image of a hand crank die cut machine.

You can get a workout while you create!

$$ – Die Cut Machine $50-$150. Again, do some research and get a nice one. One machine should last you for years. Wait for a sale or a coupon and pick one up. $15-30 for each die set. Your investment could easily reach $100-$200 quickly.

Advanced

Plotting and crafting meet at last! What takes someone from an intermediate to an advanced crafter is debatable. Since the digital machines are the most expensive, we reserve the price point for the advanced level with the confidence that anyone can make millions of great projects without spending at this level. While digital cutting machines are designed for easy use, we feel the advanced crafter will have the background and experience to get the most out of the flexibility and precision the plotter style machines offer.

Hand drawn image of a digital cutting machine.

It’s like having your very own crafty robot.

$$$ – Digital Die Cut Machine $200-400.

Whether you are just starting in paper crafting or have been crafting for years, we hope this review has helped provide guidance on purchasing tools that will match your needs. Of course, buy whatever devices you wish especially if you are on a Treat Yo Self mission! We recommend the above “levels” for the amount of use one can get before moving on to the next purchase!

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