See How to Use Acrylic Paint and Embroidery on a Birthday Card

by Elina Stromberg

See How to Use Acrylic Paint and Embroidery on a Birthday Card with Memento Inkpad and Craft Paints

Whenever you want to create interesting, bit grungy textures on a card background, I suggest you use acrylic paints for stamping! For this technique, you can use any pattern stamp you have in your stash and choose any colors to match to your main images. 

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours + drying time

Directions


Step 1

In this technique your Imagine craft mat will become handy: First, you use it as your palette for mixing the paints. Then you brayer the paint to a thin layer, add a hint of water should the paint be too heavy and then use the mat as your stamping pad. Simple and easy! The only thing to remember is to clean your stamp right after stamping. If the paint dries on your stamp it will be very difficult to remove. However, cleaning your craft mat you can do later; even if the paint is sticking to it, just mist the paint with water and wipe the mat clean with a baby wipe. Should there still be some paint left, just use a drop of hand sanitizer and your mat will look as good as new! Apply acrylic paint of your choice on the craft mat. I mixed white and red to get a beautiful light pink. Brayer the paint to a thin layer. Use the paint as your stamping pad. Keep the stamp in your hand, bend it, and stamp random patterns on the white paper. Let dry.


Step 2

Ink the background with a matching ink color. If you used a light acrylic paint color, use a darker ink. On a darker paint, a lighter ink color will best highlight the stamped pattern.



Step 3

Mist the inked pattern with water. Press the wet paper with a paper towel to pick up the excess ink. Let dry.


Step 4

Use a plastic stencil or a nesting metal die as your stencil and create a punched frame in the middle of your background. Secure the stencil with masking tape before starting. 
For punching, use a paper piercing tool or a darning needle. Place paper on an old mouse pad for easy punching and for protecting your crafting table.


Step 5

Sew a frame on the background using a straight stitch and three strings of embroidery yarn. Secure the end of the yarn on the back with double-sided tape.


Step 6

Stamp, color, and cut out your main image. Glue on the card front. Trim card to size, mat on a white card base. I used the same technique also for an ATC background; I think it looks quite nice, too!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Acrylic paint – White, Red 
  • Brayer
  • Water mister
  • Ink blending tool
  • Honeycomb pattern stamp

  • Stamping Bella: Milton (Mouse) Stamp cgr 135

  • Carabelle Studio: Simple Elegance
  • Promarkers for coloring
  • Cardbase – white
  • Cardstock – White mixed media 
  • Dark purple paper
  • Metal nesting dies: Sizzix
  • Embroidery yarn, needle, paper piercing tool, old mouse pad

Simple Card Background Using Imagine Craft Mat

by Nadine Carlier

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The new Imagine Craft Mat is great for creating all kinds of backgrounds for cards. This one was created using Memento Dewdrop Inks and the grid side of the craft mat.  Watch my video below to see how I did it. Enjoy!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Make a Valentine’s Card Using New Dewlets

by Melissa Andrew

Make a Valentine's Card Using New Dewlets

In today’s video, I share a mixed media Valentine’s card using the fantastic new dies from Imagine, Dewlets! These adorable dies can be used to create a multitude of wonderful designs. I share how to create hearts using the Memento Dew Drop ink pads in combination with the Dewlets. Also, learn to create a fun watercolored background using the same Memento Inks.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Supplies

Imagine

 Dewlets 
• Memento DewDrops – Love Letter, LuLu Lavender, Angel Pink, Gray Flannel
• Sheer Shimmer Spray – Sparkle
• VersaFine Clair – Nocturne
• Sponge Daubers
• Pico Embellisher – Gray Flannel
• On Point Glue
• Tear It! Tape
• Craft Mat

Other

• SugarPea Designs Stamp Set
• Whimsy Stamps Stencil
• Misti Stamping Tool
• Paper Trimmer
• White Card Stock
• A2 Card Base
• Black Card Stock
• Bristol Smooth White Paper
• Aquarelle Water Soluble Pencil
• White Acrylic Paint
• Spray Bottle
• Watercolor Brush

Learn How To Make A Raindrop Theme Shaker Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Learn How To Make A Raindrop Theme Shaker Card

I love a versatile tool and the Dewlet die is just that. The perfect little (but not too little) teardrop for petals, leaves, raindrops, balloons, and whatever else you think of. In this card, I’ve used the die as a stencil to draw out a pattern as well as a die to cut out shapes in that pattern. And that simple repeating pattern gets jazzed up with pen detailing, glitter, and a couple of shaker windows, too.

If you get the blues being away from friends and family, this is a sweet card to say how much you miss them. Change up the color scheme or sentiment, though, and it could easily be a baby or wedding shower card. Add some flowers and you’ve got an April Showers card. All from a simple repeating background and a few well-chosen embellishments.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour +

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White, Navy
  • Clear Acetate Sheet
  • Pencil
  • Paper Studio Iridescent Glitter – White, Powder, Robin’s Egg
  • Small Beads
  • Helmar – ZapDots ¼” Square
  • Uniball – Signo White Gel Pen
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer, Scissors
  • Die Cut Machine

Mythbuster: Creative Medium is Only Good for Mixed Media Projects

by Steph Ackerman

Mythbuster: Creative Medium is Only Good for Mixed Media Projects

When people think of heavy acrylic pastes like Creative Medium, they tend to assume it can only be used on mixed media projects. I would like to bust that myth by showing you that Creative Medium is also an excellent product to use in card making. Placing a light layer of Creative Medium on your paper can transform the look and feel of your cards. 

Skill: Beginner or Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Creative Medium can be used to transform any paper. Here I used Creative Medium in Gold Metallic to add a gold shimmer to patterned paper.  


Step 2

Use a palette knife to spread a light layer of Creative Medium on paper then place the paper aside to dry. Creative Medium will not wrinkle your paper and will dry flat.


Step 3

I used 3 different colors of Creative Medium in Gold, Iridescent Blue and Silver on assorted papers which consisted of stripes, small prints, and large prints, light and dark papers. Again, a light layer is all that is needed for your papers to achieve amazing results. Let the papers dry thoroughly before continuing. 


Step 4

On the Silver Creative Medium backgrounds, I used an assortment of techniques. I used a brick stencil and spritzed over it with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Lilac Posies. On another, I used a large script stamp with VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne. On another, I used the Scor-Pal to create the grid effect. As you can see Creative Medium works with dye ink sprays, stamping and scoring and it doesn’t affect the initial application. 


Step 5

On the Gold Creative Medium backgrounds, I used a large brick background stamp with VersaFine Clair ink in Fallen Leaves, embossed snowflakes and lightly inked with Bahama Blue ink and, I used a star stencil with Silver Creative Medium. Each of these show again how you can completely transform your cardstock. 


Step 6

Finally, I experimented with the Creative Medium in Iridescent Blue backgrounds. I used a Thank You embossing folder, then lightly inked with Memento Potter’s Clay. And the second one, I used Rose Bud with a floral stencil. So if you have cardstock or scrapbook paper you don’t particularly like or has an out-dated look, consider using Creative Medium to change it up and add some new life to them! Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine 
Other 
  • Embossing Folders – Cuttlebug, Sizzix
  • Scoring Tool – Scor-Pal
  • Stamps – Just For Fun Rubber Stamps (script); Joy Clair (Brick)
  • Stencils – The Crafter’s Workshop

Make Gingerbread Ornaments with Clay and Memento Ink

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

 See How to Make Gingerbread Ornaments with Polymer Clay and Memento Ink

This holiday season, the best recipe for gingerbread cookies can be found right here! It takes only a few ingredients/materials and no baking, with a long-lasting fresh cookie look! The first ingredient is clay! I used an air dry one to avoid any “baking” at all. A nice match of Walnut Ink Crystals with Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad gives a beautiful gingerbread color that will make people think these cookies are baked to perfection. Decorate the cookies with easy glazing and fine detail provided by the thin nozzle of irRESISTible Pico Embellisher colors. See if you can trick someone into tasting them! (Ok, maybe don’t go that far…)

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + clay drying time

Directions


Step 1

Use the rolling pin to flatten the clay in a thick layer. Cut shapes with the cookie cutters. Lay them on the parchment paper and set aside to dry.


Step 2

Dilute a few Walnut Ink Crystals in water and paint the clay shapes.


Step 3

Use a jumbo sponge dauber to darken and add a bit of texture on the clay shapes with Memento Rich Cocoa ink.


Step 4

Use the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress as ‘sugar glaze’ to decorate the clay cookies.


Step 5

Add color and details on the clay cookies with the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Morocco and Pear Tart colors.

Supplies

Imagine
Walnut Ink Crystals
Walnut Ink Crystals
Memento Inkpad in Rich Cocoa
Memento Inkpad Rich Cocoa
irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Wedding Dress
irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Wedding Dress
irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Pear TartirRESISTible Pico Embellisher Pear Tart irRESISTible Pico Embellisher MoroccoirRESISTible Pico Embellisher Morocco Sponge DauberSponge Dauber
Other
  • Air dry clay
  • Cookie cutters
  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment paper
  • Paintbrush