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

 

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

Create a Bright and Beautiful Card Using the New Dewlets from Imagine

by Melissa Andrew

Create a Bright and Beautiful Card Using the New Dewlets from Imagine

In today’s video, I create a fun and colorful card using Imagine’s Fireworks Sprays and the new Dewlets. I love the adorable Dew Drop ink pads from Imagine and was inspired to create a fun rainbow raindrop theme card that reads You Color My World!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

Dewlets

Imagine Craft Mat

Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray Bahama Blue

Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in New Sprout

Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Dandelion

Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in  Lady Bug

Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Grape Jelly

VersaFine Clair in Nocturne

On Point Glue

Tear It! Tape

Other
  • Lawn Fawn – Color My World stamp set
  • Cardstock – white, black
  • Bristol Smooth Card
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Heat Tool
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Trimmer

November Color of the Month is Gingerbread

November Color of the Month is Gingerbread

Color of the Month for November is Gingerbread. We love this toasty burnt orange-brown color that reminds us of the all the yummy treats and eats that are created for the holidays. For papercrafting, we have a collection of ink colors that perfectly compliment the Gingerbread color. Some of these inks include VersaMagic in (ready for it…) Gingerbread, Memento in Peanut Brittle, and VersaMagic in Pumpkin Spice. These dark orange colors are a great addition to your ink collection.

To start us out for the month of November, we have a super cute cardmaking tutorial by Elina Stromberg. Enjoy!

Cute Birthday Card by Elina Stromberg

As a scrapbooker and card maker, I have lots and lots of beautiful patterned papers. However, very often I prefer using just plain white mixed media papers and creating the background patterns myself. That way I can both enjoy the creative process of inking, stamping, and stenciling but also create patterned papers that have exactly my needed colors. This cute birthday card was inspired by our November color ‘Gingerbread’. Even if I used only a limited color palette I think the card doesn’t look boring at all. Several layers of eye-catching patterns and cute stamped and colored images were a perfect combo!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp and fuzzy-cut the main images.


Step 2

Apply Memento in Desert Sand (light brown) on a piece of mixed media cardstock/watercolor paper. Do not cover the entire sheet but leave some areas white.


Step 3

Stencil VersaMagic in Gingerbread on top of.


Step 4

Stamp circle patterns with VersaFine Clair in Acorn.


Step 5

Add the final layer of patterns by stamping small dots with Memento in Potter’s Clay.


Step 6

Apply a thin layer of white gesso on those areas where the main images will be placed. This will highlight the fuzzy cut images, preventing them from blending into the busy background. Let dry.


Step 7

Glue main images on the card front. Mat card on brown cardstock and attach to white card base. I used the very same techniques for creating a matching ATC. I think it looks quite nice, too!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White mixed media paper
  • Brown cardstock, white card base
  • White gesso
  • Carabelle Studio: ‘Les Mini OUF 2’ Stamp, Mini Textures
  • VivaLasVegaStamps! – Doodle Dots
  • Ranger Dyulusions – Fresh Dots Small Stencil
  • Promarkers for coloring the images
  • American Crafts – Number stickers

We are Excited to be Hopping with Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps Day 2

We are Excited to be Hopping with Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps Day 2

It’s day 2 of blog hopping with Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps! We love blog hops because they are a super fun way for you to learn more about the individual blogs of design team members and it is also a great way to win some new products!

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these two days of hopping so you can be entered to win a $25 Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps Gift Certificate or one $25 Gift Certificate from Imagine!!! Winners will be announced on the Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps and Imagine Blogs on Friday, October 26th, 2018.

Lindsay Andreon

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Teresa DeWitt

Nadine Carlier

Tracy McLennon

Roni Johnson

Giada Rigamonti

Steph Ackerman

Martha Lucia Gomez

Melissa Andrew

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We are Excited to be Hopping with Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps Today!

Today we are blog hopping with Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps! We love blog hops because they are a super fun way for you to learn more about the individual blogs of design team members and it is also a great way to win some new products! In today’s blog hop, pairing our inks with Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps makes for a perfect match! Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps has fun stamps sets for all sorts of occasions and as you know—we have all sorts of inks for all sorts of projects. Our Artists in Residence have been excited to share their projects with you, and we can hardly wait to see what the Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps Team came up with too!

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these two days of hopping so you can be entered to win a $25 Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps Gift Certificate or one $25 Gift Certificate from Imagine!!! Winners will be announced on the Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps and Imagine Blogs on Friday, October 26th, 2018.

Enjoy today’s Blog Hop order:

 

Vicky Briggs

Elina Stromberg

Donna Idlet

Iris Rodriguez

Terri Burson

Jennifer Vanderbeek

Cornelia Wenokor

Jowilna Nolte

Olesya Andreyeva

Kassy Tousignant

 

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