Beginner Guide: Acrylic Block Inking Technique

Beginner Guide Lesson: acrylic block ink technique for card making, paper crafting, new crafter

Beginner Guide: Acrylic Block Inking Technique

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Using this acrylic block technique is an easy way to create a colorful background with a watercolor effect on your paper projects like cards and scrapbook layouts. You can do this technique using any water-based pigment or dye inks, and acrylic blocks of different sizes and shapes. You do not need a lot of different supplies to make beautiful backgrounds! You can do this with a single color of ink, but I used two colors of Memento water-based dye inks because the colors in the line blend together so nicely.

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Memento Inkpad Tuxedo Black

Memento Inkpad Tangelo

Memento Inkpad Dandelion

Imagine Craft Mat

 Joy Clair Stamps

Stampin Up Cardstock

Acrylic Block by Stampin’ Up

Case base – white or black

2 oz Water Bottle

Tear It Tape

Select the size and shape of the acrylic block that you want to use to create the background. Here I used a block large enough to cover most of a standard size card but small enough to also leave a white border. Apply the ink directly on the acrylic block by swiping the ink pad on the surface.. Dye inks appearance on the block will look clear, but once you press the block onto paper the color will pop! I used two different colors, Memento Dandelion and Tangelo. I love the way the two similar colors fade into one another.

Spray your inked block with water. The intensity of color depends on the amount of water that you apply. Less water  will result in more color, and more water less color. Since the dye inks are waterbased the water will allow the orange and yellow to blend even more. Turn your block around and stamp the color directly over your cardstock or watercolor paper. Press the block into the paper with your hands to transfer the color. Lift the block off of the paper and let the cardstock dry naturally or speed the process with a heat tool. This technique can be used on most types of cardstock.

Arrange your clear stamps on the acrylic block. If you are not sure how you would like the design to look you can practice placement before you ink the stamp. This gives you a sense of the final look and feel. It can be eye-pleasing to have the stamped image use the full panel frame, meaning it covers both the colored and white areas. Here I decided to place the large floral image in the top corner and the sentiment “Thanks” in the opposite corner. Ink your main image using Memento Tuxedo Black to create a contrast. Adhere your inked and stamped panel to the black card base using double-sided tape. The black in the flower print and sentiment will pop even more because it matches the paper of the card base.


Create a Sunflower Mixed Media Art Panel

by Lori Warren

Create a 3D piece of Mixed Media Art with a metal flower and a variety of inks. To add a nice 3D effect to your project, just use metal!  Metal is a great way to add dimension and can even be colored to match with StazOn Pigment ink.  The results can really be spectacular!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

Add color to a metal flower with StazOn Pigment Inkpad.

Step 2

On an art panel, create a watercolor background with Memento DewDrops.

Step 3

Spray panel with Sheer Shimmer Spray in Sparkle.

Step 4

Stamp script stamp onto the panel with StazOn Pigment.

Step 5

Apply Memento ink in Teal Zeal and Pistachio onto the Craft Mat, add water, then use to stamp dots onto the panel.

Step 6

Stamp stem image with StazOn Pigment in Piano Black.

Step 7

Add water to a smear of Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black and splatter onto the background with a brush.

Step 8

Stamp saying with VersaFine CLAIR in Nocturne.

Step 9

Adhere metal flower onto the panel at top of the stem.

Step 10

Tie ribbon around the bottom portion of the panel.


  • Art Minds Metal Embellishment
  • Lori’s Cards & Creations Stamps
  • Art Panel
  • Celebrate 360 Sheer Ribbon

Color of the Month is Tuscan Sun

Color of the Month is Tuscan Sun

Color of the Month is Tuscan Sun. We were thinking of blended burnt orange and yellow sunset when we choose this hot summer color. Some of the inks that easily reflect this color choice are Memento Luxe in Morocco, Memento in Tangelo and VersaMagic in Pumpkin Spice.

For the Month of July August, we are also doing a special feature of Rinea Foil Paper. This beautiful paper foil comes in a variety of colors and patterns and we challenged our artists to use them in their tutorials and projects, so be on the lookout for awesomeness!!!  ******Correction: the exchange with Rinea is in August! 

Mixed Media by Roni Johnson

Best Wishes Card by Lori Warren

Paper Craft by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn a Simple Smoosh Technique Using Memento Inkpad

by Melissa Andrew

Learn a Simple Smoosh Technique Using Memento Inkpad

Today, I show you a simple technique using your Memento DewDrops. You don’t need stamps when you have fabulous inks! I choose colors of Memento that work well together for an interesting background.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes



  • Catherine Pooler Stamp – Feathered Friends
  • Catherine Pooler Chevron Divide Coverplate
  • White Cardstock
  • Bristol Smooth Paper
  • Copic Alcohol Markers

Create a Rainbow Blended Disney Theme Keepsake with VersaFine Clair

by Jessica Lin

Create a Rainbow Blended Disney Theme Keepsake with VersaFine Clair

Hi everyone! It’s Jessica and I’m so excited to share this Disney-inspired Twist and Pop 3D Card with you. As you can see, there are 4 panels dedicated to The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Up and Cinderella. And I’ve used 14 VersaFine Clair ink pads to ink blend all of the backgrounds. I’ve used several sets of Mama Elephant stamps as well; the images are stamped with Memento ink in Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics. I hope you enjoy this magical creation as much as I do!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 15-20 minutes for each panel, 2-3 hours total



  • Mama Elephant Stamp set – Mermaid Kisses, Carnival Cupcakes, Christmas Scene, Up and Away, Meowlloween Extras, Unicorn and Rainbows, Pix’s Favorites
  • Copic Sketch Markers
  • Cardstock – Neenah Solar White, Stampin’ Up Blueberry Bushel

Create a Watercolor Effect for a Thank You Card

by Elina Stromberg

Create a Watercolor Effect for a Thank You Card

This easy background technique can be used for creating beautiful soft backgrounds for various paper crafting projects. I used it for decorating a simple one-layer card, embracing our lovely color of the month ‘Fern Green’. The technique is quick and easy, and it requires only a very limited amount of supplies. Just take out your favorite Memento ink pad, any pattern stencil, a sponge dauber, and you’re good to go!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour


Step 1

Place card base flat on your Craft Mat, inside facing down. Wipe the Craft Mat with the ‘Bamboo Leaves’ green ink pad, mist the ink gently with water. Using a Jumbo dauber apply a soft layer of ink on the card base, both on the card front and on the backside. Do not ink the entire card but leave some areas blank. Let dry for a few minutes.

Step 2

Stencil random text patterns on the inked areas. Use the same green Memento ink and a small Sponge dauber.

Step 3

Die-cut the ‘Thank You’ sentiment twice, once from white cardstock and once from dark green. Layer the die-cut words letting the white layer partly show underneath. Glue on the card front. Die cut a branch from dark green cardstock and glue on the card front. If you don’t have a die-cutting machine decorate the card with letter stickers and hand-cut leaves, branches, or flowers.


  • Card base
  • Cardstock – White, Dark Green
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – Art Is Stencil
  • Sizzix – Skeleton Leaves
  • Die-Versions – Everyday
  • Water Mister
  • Glue