Learn How to Make a Hearts Canvas Tote Bag Using the Bokeh Technique

By Roni Johnson

In today’s tutorial, I show you how to make a hearts canvas tote bag using the Bokeh Technique using Memento Luxe Inks and Fabrico Markers. Today’s example is Valentine’s tote made using the Imagine Crafts Happy Valentine’s Day Free PDF Download. You can use this same basic technique for any holiday or occasion by changing the mask used.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


Step 1

Iron the tote bag to remove all wrinkles.

Step 2

Insert a piece of cardboard into the tote bag to prevent ink from soaking through to the back of the bag.

Step 3

Print the desired heart from the PDF onto a piece of cardstock.

Step 4

Trim the heart mask(s) and adhere to the tote bag using repositionable adhesive.

Step 5

Gather the desired colors of Memento Luxe Inks.


New or freshly-inked pads work best for this technique.

Step 6

Gather desired stamps and/or tools to stamp the circles.
Pencil erasers, circle stamps, and Sponge Daubers work great for this technique.

Step 7

Pounce the desired tool onto the ink pad; press and hold for 10-15 seconds to allow time for the canvas to soak up the ink.


Concentrate the dots of ink closer in the center and further apart as you work your way towards the edges.

Step 8

Continue to add layers of dots with the desired color(s) of ink.

Tip: Highlight Wedding Dress (White) Memento Luxe ink on the canvas with Fabrico Marker (Bubble Gum).
This makes the white pop against the canvas and other colors of ink.

Step 9

Remove the masks and discard.

Step 10

Outline the hearts using Real Black Fabrico Marker. Add additional details with Fabrico Markers at this time if desired.

Step 11

Iron the canvas with the hottest setting allowable for the fabric to set the inks.


Art Supplies:


Fabrico Marker – Bubble Gum, Poppy Red, Real Black

Sponge Dauber – 

Happy Valentine’s Day Free PDF



Canvas Tote Bag



Pencil Eraser

Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Stamps – Layering Circles

White Cardstock

Repositionable Adhesive




Make a Tangram Chinese Puzzle On a Tote Bag

by Elina Stromberg

Elina Stromberg creates a tote bag with Chinese puzzle using Memento Luxe.

Are you familiar with ’Tangram’? It’s a Chinese puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form specific shapes. I got my Tangram book from my mother when I was a little kid, and yet today those black geometric puzzle pieces keep inspiring me. This time I did not play with the puzzle itself but instead used a Tangram stamp set to decorate a plain canvas tote bag. Stamping on fabric is as easy as it is on paper; just remember to iron the fabric first, and to use stamping inks suitable for fabric. Memento Luxe pigment inks are the perfect choice for all fabric projects.

For keeping the fabric flat, I suggest placing a piece of cardboard underneath the fabric. Especially when using thin fabrics, a sheet of cardboard inside the tote (or a T-shirt) will block the stamping ink from blotting and messing the fabric layers underneath.
Once the ink is dry the stamped image is heat set with ironing. Then the colors will remain vibrant even if repeatedly washed.

Elina Stromberg creates a tote bag with Chinese puzzle using Memento Luxe. Geometric shapes create the art. Elina Stromberg creates a tote bag with Chinese puzzle using Memento Luxe.



Memento Luxe – Tuxedo Black, Danube Blue, Lilac Posies, Rose Bud, Pistachio, Pear Tart

  • Canvas tote bag
  • Altenew – Simple Shapes Stamp Set
  • Acrylic block
  • Piece of cardboard