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.
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.
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.
When you are satisfied with the blending and shades, assemble your card using the same family of colors. Stamp your sentiment using Versafine Onyx.
- Altenew – Lace Up Stamp set
- Cardstock – Yellow, Grey
- Heat tool
When you look at a pineapple what do you see? A ripe pineapple has shades of not only yellow but also touches of orange, green and brown. This card is made from a master board that incorporates all of these colors by using Fireworks Craft Sprays and water. The fun begins when the Stencil Girl stencils are used extensively with white gesso. Since this was a color challenge, the colors may say pineapple but the theme is summer rain.
Time: 1 – 2 hours + dry time
To prepare the master board, spray a piece of 140lb watercolor paper with water. While still wet, spray Fireworks Craft Spray in different colors onto the paper. Lift the paper and allow the colors to run. Mop up any excess with a paper towel. Blend the colors with more water and blot again to soften the mix.
Choose an area for the background and cut a piece of the paper to measure 4 ½” x 6 ¾”. On this panel, place a stencil and apply gesso through the stencil. Tape off any areas on the stencils that are not needed on the card. Lift the stencil straight up so it doesn’t smear, wash the stencil off immediately and allow the design to dry completely. Clean stencil.
When the gesso is dry, reapply the stencil. If the image needs to be stronger just repeat the application of gesso and dry. Reapply the clean stencil and highlight the phrase with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink using a small dauber. Apply Clear Embossing Powder to the phrase and melt with a heat tool. Dilute a small amount of White All-Purpose Ink, use a paint brush and tap it to apply small spatters of white onto the panel. Use a Micron 05 black pen to outline the images and ink the edges of the panel. Use On Point Glue to attach a few light blue sequins randomly.
Color the umbrella with a Dandelion Memento Marker then color over the yellow with a VersaMarker and heat emboss with clear powder. Touch some of the rain drops, the top of the girl’s hair and the tips of the boots with VersaMarker then sprinkle Imagine’s Iridescent Embossing Powder and melt with the heat tool. The embossing powder in the right spots create a shiny surface and give a life-like appearance to the design. Adhere the panel to a card blank with Tear It Tape and you are finished!
- Strathmore 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
- Stencil Girl – Rain by Jessica Sporn
- Washi tape
- Spray bottle of water
- Micron 05 mm Pen – black
- Heat tool
- Paper towel
- Paper trimmer
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.
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!
- VersaFine inkpad – Onyx Black
- Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Bamboo Leaves, Rose Bud, Bahama Blue, Dandelion
- Memento Markers – Lilac Posies, Sweet Plum, Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Rose Bud, Angel Pink, Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves
- Embossing Powder – Black
- 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
I love wearing jewelry and wanted to make something colorful, light and airy for hot summer days. In today’s quick post, I am using Imagine’s Sheet Metal, VersaMagic and StazOn ink — all products perfect for jewelry. Jewelry making is super fun because of the creating and imagination process. It is fun to watch something transform from raw material to something beautiful and wearable.
I started out with plain metal pieces of Sheet Metal which is a sturdy but thin crafting metal. I choose four square pieces and one circle to contrast the others. Sheet metal is thin enough to use with embossing folders so I embossed with a couple different embossing folders to get different shapes and textures.
Then I colored the pieces using a combination of VersaMagic Chalk inks with the ‘direct to paper’ technique. This technique is using your inkpad directly on the metal blank to add color. After adding each color, heat emboss the newly inked sheet metal with Imagine’s Clear Embossing Powder. This will help you develop a layered ink look. Since this is metal, use extra precaution by holding your sheet metal with tweezers to avoid burning yourself. Now that your heat emboss is finished, add sentiments or your favorite small stamps using StazOn ink. When finished, seal your work with a clear sealant and attach the jewelry components.
- Close To My Heart – Chevron embossing folder, Arrows Embossing Folder
- Heat tool
- Earring/Jewelry Findings
- Jewelry pliers
- Die cutting machine
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!
- Kaisercraft – Feather die-cut
- Heat Gun
The color of the month at Imagine is Tangerine – a color I love. For this project, I wanted to use my tangerine inks to evoke a warm, sunshiny summer day. Another favorite of mine is watercoloring. I wanted to show watercoloring and how to create more with your favorite inkpads.
Time: 45 minutes
Ink image with Memento Dew Drop Tuxedo Black and London Fog. Use Tuxedo Black first and then use London Fog to soften the lines of the Tuxedo Black. Be mindful of what images you want black.
Continue stamping images using the same inks and technique in previous step. This will create dreamy, soft lines and crisp, hard lines which will create a fade effect.
Ink a stamp with VersaMark ink and emboss with Imagine’s Clear Embossing Powder. Repeat this step in several areas to create texture.
Dab with a yellow-orange color range of Memento inkpads onto clear acrylic block. I choose Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangerine, and Morocco (dark orange). Fill area(s) you want to color on your paper with water. Pick up the desired Memento ink color with your brush and add to selected area you filled with water. Since the paper is wet, the dye ink will disperse at random which is the funnest part of watercoloring. I love to see what naturally happens in this process. Continue watercoloring until you are satisfied. Stamp words using alphabet stamps with StazOn ink. Embellish with matching orange color jewels, sequins, etc.
- Prima – Bloom Girl Joy by Jamie Daugherty, Finnabair Butterfly 3
- Stampin’ Up – Oh, So Lovely
- Close To My Heart – Flower Market Background Stamps
- Hampton Arts – Alphabet Stamps
- Watercolor paper
- Copic Marker – YR18 (Sanguine)
- Acrylic block
- Heat tool
- Date stamp