Create an Cat Themed Card with Ombre Background with Memento Ink

by Melissa Andrew

Today, I create a Kitty Theme Ombre background using a watercolor technique and Memento Ink. This will give you a gorgeous transition from dark to light of the same color. The technique is smooth and allows for a seamless background. The Memento ink is vibrant and colorful and can be easily moved with water. In addition, I show you how to watercolor images directly with Memento Inks.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • LDRS Creative Stamp Set – Kitten Caboodle
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Acrylic Stamp Block
  • Paint Brush – 12 round, 6 round
  • Water Color Paper
  • White Cardstock
  • Misti Stamping Tool

 

Create A Song Bird Theme Card For Valentines Day

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Create A Song Bird Theme Card For Valentines Day

Using Imagine’ s Craft Mat, I made a mirror image of the stamp as I wanted to create a background with a repetitive pattern on it. Having a stamp design with one only way to stamp, the Craft Mat kept the VersaFine Clair ink long enough to place the cardstock and capture the stamped image at the reverse direction. The same technique can be used on various materials such as fabric and wood. It could also work well on transparent sheets when you need both side stamped image.

Skill: beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Mark on the craft mat an outline of the cardstock size with a pencil to use a guideline to align your stamps. For this project, a 4 x 6 cardstock cutting is used.


Step 2

Stamp the birds on the Craft Mat using the Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink pad inside the guidelines. Press the cardstock piece on the craft mat and inside the guidelines.


Step 3

Stamp to cover the rest of card piece to create the repetitive pattern.


Step 4

Set the stamped cardstock piece on the front of a card 5 x 7 inch with Tear It! Tape.


Step 5

Add color details on the flowers with the Fabrico marker in Red Brick.


Step 6

On a piece of white cardstock, stamp with VersaMark the love word, cover with Imagine’ s red embossing powder and heat set. Distress the edges of the paper.


Step 7

Use lightweight clay and the rubber mold to make a feather and when dries whitening it further with All-Purpose Ink in White.


Step 8

Place two side to side layers of Tear It! Tape to match the size of the ribbon and glue the chevron ribbon on the card.


Step 9

Continue with the Tear It! Tape to set the word “love” on top of the ribbon.


Step 10

Add rhinestones with the On Point Glue on the flowers.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White cardstock
  • Heat tool
  • Rhinestones
  • Feathers rubber mold
  • Kaisercraft – Bonjour stamp set
  • Penny Black – All about love stamp set
  • May Arts – chevron ribbon red
  • Light Weight Paper Clay

 

Create a Valentines with Emboss Resist Using Goosebumps Spray

by Lindsay Adreon

Create a Valentines with Emboss Resist Using Goosebumps Spray and VersaFine Clair

I am a clean and simple cardmaker who likes to focus on techniques, so the GooseBumps spray is PERFECT for my style of cardmaking! Using the spray and Versafine Clair inks together is a fast and easy way to create a fun and vibrant background for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday! (Plus I added a little sparkle, because who can resist that??)

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine 
Other
  • Craftin Desert Divas –  Nested Hearts & Flag Banner Dies
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Candy Hearts Stamp Set
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Fun Foam
  • White Cardstock
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Alcohol (For Clean Up)

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

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

Create A Snowflake Theme Card To Say Thank You

by Jowilna Nolte

Create A Snowflake Theme Card To Say Thank You

Create a beautifully layered snowflake element for a “So Grateful” greeting card using a variety of Tsukineko products that compliment each other in the Frosted Blue color scheme. This card theme makes a perfect thank you card to send to friends and family for Christmas gift-giving.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Stamp a background image onto white cardstock using VersaFine Clair in Paradise
Step 1

Stamp a background image onto white cardstock using VersaFine Clair in Paradise. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set until fully melted and shiny.

Add a few drops of StazOn Studio Glaze Cloudy Sky onto the embossed background
Step 2

Add a few drops of StazOn Studio Glaze Cloudy Sky onto the embossed background and smooth it out using your finger. The glaze just makes the white not as white and adds a nice finishing touch to it.

Ink the edges of the embossed disk using VersaMagic Night Sky
Step 3

Ink the edges of the embossed disk using VersaMagic Night Sky. Use a finger dauber to blend the edges should you have to. I used the ink pad directly.

Use a small paintbrush and All-Purpose Ink in Sky Mist
Step 4

Adhere the embossed disk onto a folded card. Use a small paintbrush and All-Purpose Ink in Sky Mist to add some splatters to the background.


Step 5

Stamp a large snowflake image onto white cardstock using VersaFine Clair in Twilight. Cut out the snowflake and add a diamanté to the center.


Step 6

Adhere the snowflake to the circle, add stamped sentiment in VersaFine Clair along the outside edge of the circle. Finish off your card with diamanté.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Cardstock
  • Cardbase
  • Patterned paper
  • Heat Gun
  • Stamps – gratitude sentiment (your choice), snowflake image, floral images
  • Paintbrush
  • Diamante