Create Your Own Textured Backgrounds for Card Making

by Melissa Andrew

Creating a textured background for your creations is all the rage! Instead of purchasing a rubber stamp, try creating your own. In today’s video I show you how to do this with Memento ink and an acrylic block; simple and easy with a beautiful effect.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • SugarPea Designs – Stuck on You
  • Acrylic Block
  • Cardstock – white, kraft
  • Foam Dots
  • Watercolor Brush

Make Lavender Feather Earrings Out Of Clay

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Make these quick and easy jewelry pieces out of lightweight clay. The feathers are colored with Memento markers in Angel Pink and Lulu Lavender colors to create  contrasting but still matching shades. I decided to use markers instead of ink pads as they can easily color in the fine details of the clay feathers. The clay feathers are covered with gold embossing powder around the edge and on the backside to give a faux metallic case for the feather.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Press lightweight clay in the feathers mold and set it aside until it is dried.


Step 2

Color the clay feathers with the Memento Angel Pink marker and continue with the Lulu Lavender marker following the pattern of the feather.


Step 3

Press the back side of the feather on the VersaMark inkpad, cover with Imagine gold embossing powder and heat set. Repeat the process with the second feather. To give a bit of extra shine, emboss the edges of the clay feather.


Step 4

Color a couple of same size white feathers with the Memento Lulu Lavender marker. Let them dry well.


Step 5

Cover the clay feathers with the Creative Medium Iridescent Blue to protect the colors and to add effect.


Step 6

Attach earring clasps and jump rings.

See my tutorial on jewelry making for more information on supplies: Want to Learn How to Make Jewelry?

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Silicone feathers mold
  • Lightweight clay
  • White Feathers
  • Heat tool
  • Earring clasps
  • Jump rings
  • Pliers

Watch a Video on Watercoloring with Memento Markers & VersaFine Clair

by Melissa Andrew

Watch a Video on Watercoloring with Memento Markers and VersaFine Clair!

Pets are the best! It is often that a dog or a cat is not simply a dog or cat but a member of the family. In today’s tutorial, I create a card with a pet theme using Memento Markers, VersaFine Clair, and clear embossing powder. The combination of these three craft items and the pet imagery really makes a gorgeous and simple creation. Memento Markers are versatile water-based markers so you can watercolor with them, add fine detail and create stunning backgrounds. Join me as I show you how.

 

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Whimsy Stamps – Shaker Maker Banner Die Set, An Unbreakable Bond
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Heat Tool
  • Canson Watercolor Paper
  • Cardstock – White

See How to Emboss on Vellum

by Steph Ackerman

See How to Emboss on Vellum with Brilliance and color the flower stamps with Memento dye ink markers

Vellum is a great way to add a little class to a project. It is a translucent product resembling parchment and it can add dimension and visual interest to paper crafts. Since it is less porous than paper, it will take ink longer to dry so heat embossing vellum is definitely an option. See how I created this beautiful card.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Ink floral stamps with Brilliance Moonlight White Ink. Stamp onto the yellow vellum. Pour Imagine Embossing Powder in White on images and heat set.


Step 2

Ink leaves with Brilliance in Moonlight White Ink. Stamp on green Vellum. Pour Embossing Powder in White on images and heat set. While vellum embosses beautifully, be careful not to overheat because it can buckle or wrinkle under the heat. Try heat setting vellum from underneath for perfect results every time.


Step 3

Die cut flower images. Using Memento Markers in Cottage Ivy, Pear Tart, and Dandelion to add color to the stamped images. To avoid coloring over the embossing powder color the reverse side of the images.


Step 4

Stamp the “My Wish for You” or similar sentiment in the upper corner of card with VersaMagic in Midnight Black. Emboss the sentiment with Imagine Embossing Powder in Clear and heat set.


Step 5

Assemble card by placing the daisy layers together with a brad. Glue the leaves to the card and place the daisy on top.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heartfelt Creations –  Large Sweet Peony Stamp and Die
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Vellum
  • Heat tool
  • Brad
  • Cardbase

Create an Awesome Watercolored Background with Kaleidacolor Ink

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create an Awesome Watercolored Background with Kaleidacolor Ink. This handmade card also has a beautiful vellum sentiment embossing in Gold.

Remind someone that they are awesome with this Sea Breeze easy watercolored background with gold embossing vellum sentiment. The color challenge this month is sea tones. I decided to place my design on decorated paper and not over regular cardstock. I am using one of the sea colors included on the Serenade collection from Quick Quotes Scrapbook and the Kaleidacolor Inkpad in Caribbean Sea. It’s a perfect match to get all kinds of lovely tropical sea colors!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut the layer of decorated paper to 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”. Stamp the image background using VersaMark. Sprinkle on white embossing powder and shake off excess. Melt the powder with a heat tool.


Step 2

Ink your mat with Kaleidacolor Ink in Caribbean Sea. Mix and extend the inks by spraying some Ink Potion No.9 on your ink.


Step 3

Rub your stamped layer over the mix of inks. Let variation in color occur, and even allow some areas to have the base paper show through. That’s why we didn’t use white cardstock! Let the paper dry naturally or speed the process with the heat tool.


Step 4

With Memento Markers in Pear Tart and New Sprout enhance the sea colors on the leafy parts of your stamped image. Resize your layer and paste it over a whisper white card base.


Step 5

Stamp your message or sentiment on vellum using VersaMark. Coat with Gold Embossing Powder and shake off excess. Melt the powder with a heat tool. Paste the sentiment over the card with glue dots.

Supplies

Imagine

• VersaMark
Kaleidacolor Inkpad – Caribbean Sea
Ink Potion No. 9
Embossing Powder – White, Gold
Memento Markers – Pear Tear, New Sprout
Tear It! Tape
Craft Mat

Other

• Hero Arts – Big Flower Background
• Decorated paper
• Cardstock – Whisper White
• Vellum
• MISTI Stamping Tool
• Heat tool

Creating Beautiful Skies with VersaMagic Chalk Ink

by Melissa Andrew

In this cardmaking project, I use VersaMagic Chalk Ink and ink daubers to create a beautiful blended sky. This technique can be used for various background blending techniques as the VersaMagic Chalk Ink blends. The kitty cat images and “Thanks for being there!” sentiment is from the Best Buds stamp set from Joy Clair Stamps which as several additional cute animals such as bunnies and turtles.

Directions

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other