Add Watercoloring to Your Cards with Memento Inks

by Kassy Tousignant

Handmade card featuring Waffle Flowers Let Love Grow stamps and Tsukneko's Memento inks.

The super adorable Waffle Flower stamps are perfect for coloring in with Memento ink! I love that I can create a simple, fun card with minimal supplies and have something adorable to give away. I used a little bit of Memento in Grape Jelly in both of my images and then found a matching piece of amethyst glitter cardstock to pull the whole thing together!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Let Love Grow stamp set
  • Cardstock – white, glitter
  • Waterbrush
  • Foam adhesive

The most exciting part about the collaboration with Waffle Flower? You can WIN prizes! To enter all you need to do is subscribe to both Imagine and Waffle Flower’s YouTube channels and comment on the videos published this month using both of our products! (One comment per video per person.) Two lucky winners will win $50 gift certificates – one from each sponsor. Winners will be announced at the end of the month.

Add Dimension to a Single Stamp with Layers

by Roni Johnson

Amethyst is a lovely stone found in nature that’s color ranges from a deep rich purple to a smokey gray with all the sparkle and shimmer of diamonds. That is our color of the month and it is also the color scheme I used to create this triple layer card using Waffle Flower’s lovely Bouquet Builder 3 and a MISTI stamp positioner.


Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes


Directions


Step 1

Cut 3 cardstock panels from white cardstock using the following dimensions: 4 ¾” X 6.25”, 2.5” x 4.5”, 1.5” x 3.5”. Place the largest panel in the stamp positioner and center the large flower bouquet stamp in the center of the paper. Close the lid to pick up the stamp. Ink the stamp with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair ink; press the image onto the cardstock. Remove this panel from the stamping tool, leaving the stamp in place.

Step 2

Insert the 2nd panel into the positioning tool using the grid as a guide for proper placement. Ink the stamp with Electric Purple Radiant Neon ink and close the lid to stamp the image onto the second panel. Remove this panel from the positioning tool.

Step 3

Position the smallest panel into the positioning tool again using the grid as a guide for placement. Ink the stamp with Fantasia VersaFine Clair ink and stamp the image onto the third and last panel.

Step 4


Sprinkle Sparkle Mboss embossing powder over all three images; shake off excess and return the excess to the pouch. Heat each panel to melt the embossing powder.

Step 5


Mat each panel on a piece of coordinating cardstock with an 1/8” margin on each side.

Step 6


Stamp the sentiment onto a piece of scrap cardstock using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. Trim the excess cardstock and mat on a piece of black cardstock.

Step 7


Mount the largest panel onto a black card base. Adhere the other two panels over the first panel, aligning the image properly each time. Add a few Waffle Flower Stardust Enamel Dots to the card.

Step 8


Affix the sentiment to the card using double stick foam tape.

Just look at that sparkle and shine created by the Sparkle Mboss embossing powder. Simply lovely and it captures the essence of a real amethyst.

We hope you enjoyed our kick-off project in our collaboration with Waffle Flower. The most exciting part? You can WIN prizes! To enter all you need to do is subscribe to both Imagine and Waffle Flower’s YouTube channels and comment on the videos published this month using both of our products! (One comment per video per person.) Two lucky winners will win $50 gift certificates – one from each sponsor.


Supplies


Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Bouquet Builder 3, Stardust Enamel Dots
  • Cardstock – white, 2 shades of purple, black
  • My Sweet Petunia – MISTI Stamp Positioning Tool
  • Double Stick Foam Tape

See How to Make Clear Card Elements with StazOn Pigment Ink

by Lindsay Adreon

See How to Make Clear Card Elements with StazOn Pigment Ink

I love to send cards to people, but adding in unexpected touches is one of my favorite things to do! Today’s card has one of those surprises – a completely clear front! Using the new StazOn Pigment ink and acetate, I was able to create my own patterned acetate using Waffle Flower stamps to make the front of the card really unique!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
craft matImagine Craft Mat stazon pigment inkpadStazOn Pigment in Piano Black
StazOn Pigment in Lemon Drop StazOn Pigment in Grape Candy
Other
  • Acetate
  • Waffle Flower – Plaid Play Stamp Set
  • Paper Smooches – Sentiment Sampler Stamp Set
  • Acrylic Block
  • Copy paper
  • Cardbase
  • Scissors or Cutting Tool
  • Foam Tape

Create Cuteness with a Die Inlay Technique

by Elina Stromberg

Create Cuteness with a Die Inlay Technique

Isn’t the ‘Faye’ stamp set by Waffle Flower just adorable! Last month, I used this cute little monkey image for decorating a mini purse (see link below) and now I wanted to add to that with a fun inlay technique using Waffle Flower’s Cross Stitches Heart die. These cross stitch stamp styles are unique to Waffle Flower. They are so cute and work really well with any theme. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions


Step 1

Cover the patterned paper with a thin layer of clear gesso. Spread the gesso with a brush or palette knife.

Stamp the cute little monkey on watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine ink.
Step 2

Stamp the cute little monkey on watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine ink.

VersaColor Brown, VersaColor Raspberry, VersaMagic Thatched Straw, and VersaMagic Gingerbread
Step 3

Color the image with VersaColor Brown, VersaColor Raspberry, VersaMagic Thatched Straw, and VersaMagic Gingerbread. Use the craft mat as palette. Ink directly onto the craft mat, mix and apply the colors with a water brush. Dry with a heat gun, and fussy cut with scissors.


Step 4

Color the background with Fireworks Lilac Posies (this can also be applied to the craft mat first and used with a Fantastix or waterbrush). Dry with a heat gun, and die-cut with Waffle Flower’s Cross Stitched Heart die on the center of the card. Set aside the extra “x” Cross Stitch pieces from this cut. They will be used later for embellishments.


Step 5

Cut card to desired size. Mat on dark red cardstock using Tear It Tape.


Step 6

Die-cut the Cross Stitch Heart again from dark red cardstock. Remove paper gently from around the die, leaving little cross-stitches on the die. Place the die upside down on the die-cut heart, press cross-stitches through the die with a toothpick. Crosses will stick on the two-sided tape used for matting the card. This will essentially fill in the shapes with a new paper color creating a gorgeous effect.


Step 7

Glue light colored die-cut Cross Stitched “x” from the first cut in a previous step on the background. Make a few Fireworks ink splashes with a small brush. Decorate card with stamped texts and stamped flowers. Stamp the sentiment text on a piece of white cardstock, glue with the main image on the card front. When you have all the elements where you’d like them then mat card on white card base.

See the Faye themed Coin Purse by Elina. 

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Clear gesso
  • Patterned paper
  • Waffle Flower – Faye stamp set, Cross Stitched Heart die
  • Toothpick
  • Water brush
  • Cardstock – dark red, white
  • Card base – white

Here Are 2 Fabulous “You are My Anchor” Handmade Cards

In Life’s Storms Handmade Card by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

There is always someone to rely on who is like an anchor in the sea! For today’s crafting reflection, I choose to make a handmade card with an ocean theme.

Lately, I have been obsessed with Vertigo plastic surfaces and have made bookmarks with an ocean theme. Again, Vertigo sheets work so nice to give the impression of water and I used them for the background of this card. I lightly colored a Vertigo Taffeta sheet using just two StazOn colors that blend to give a beautiful turquoise effect of the sea.

Then I decorated with the wooden fish shapes with Iridescent Creative medium to resemble the fish scales. The irRESISTible Pico Clear was used to give volume both on the anchor and the clear bubbles on the card. Although this card uses a variety of products, the design is still clean and simple and creates a lovely theme for you to share with that special someone in your life.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Base – 5 x 7
  • Waffle Flower – Life anchor stamp set
  • Cardstock
  • Knorr Prandell – wooden fish
  • Waxed Cord– white

 


You are My Anchor in Life’s Storms by Jowilna Nolte

The color blue and ocean themes makes me happy! Throw in this amazing little stamp set from Waffle Flower and my heart skipped a beat. I used some out-of-the-box techniques for this card, so let me share with you some of the details.

On a sheet of Vertigo apply a thin layer of Creative Medium using a palette knife. Leave the medium to dry thoroughly. Once the creative medium is dry, color the Vertigo covered sheet using Memento Luxe ink. Lightly sweep the ink pad across the Vertigo and leave to dry. Out of blue cardstock die-cut with the Waffle Flower Life Anchor. Cover the die-cut anchor with a layer of GlazOn. While the GlazOn is still wet, lightly sprinkle with a layer of glitter and leave to dry.

While you are letting the anchor dry, use a circle stencil to add color to your card background. Apply different inks to the stencil, mist with water and stamp with the stencil onto the cardstock. Leave to dry. Mix a small amount of texture paste and color it using blue acrylic paint and a small amount of Memento Luxe inker. Use your palette knife to mix the color into the paste really well. Apply the colored paste through a stencil using smooth strokes in one direction. Leave the paste to dry. Use your matching Waffle Flower Life Anchor stamp set and stamp words and waves onto the card in between the stenciling. Cut the strips of Vertigo into smaller strips and use GlazOn to adhere the strips to your card front. Use your sewing machine to sew around the edges and finish off your card with the anchor attached with a brad and some blue ink splats.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Stencil
  • Cardstock – white
  • Penelope Dee – Alpha Stencil
  • Waffle Flower – Life Anchor stamps and die
  • Glitter
  • Sewing Machine

Get Creative with Tsukineko and Waffle Flower Stamps

We are delighted to feature two cards using Waffle Flower stamps. Waffle Flower makes super cute high-quality photopolymer stamp sets and craft dies with a wide variety of themes. Waffle Flower style has certainly set them apart and we are always excited to see new designs rolling out! In today’s post, Neva and Roni create two handmade cards that show the flexibility of their themes.

Get Creative with Tsukineko and Waffle Flower Stamps

Shellabrate Your Birthday! by Neva Cole

Aren’t these turtles so cute? Waffle Flower joined Imagine for a cross-company promotional in May and as a result Imagine artist received new stamp sets. The images from the Shellabrate and Snail Mail stamp and die sets create a wonderfully whimsical underwater scene. The turtles and sign are stamped in Jet Black StazOn ink, and the greenery is stamped in StazOn Cactus Green and Forest Green. The images are then water colored with Memento Dual-Tip Markers in Cottage Ivy, New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Peanut Brittle, and Toffee Crunch. The background sand is stamped and water colored with Memento Toffee Crunch. The bubbles are added in Memento Bahama Blue. The die cut images are adhered with varying heights of adhesive to give some fun dimension. A perfect summer birthday card anyone would enjoy receiving!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Shellabrate stamp and die sets, Snail Mail stamp and die sets

 


Wild -N- Free Handmade Card by Roni Johnson

If someone says, “Itsy bitsy teeny weenie…” don’t you just instinctively finish it off in your head, “…yellow polka dot bikini”? Well, Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie was one of our challenges this month and I couldn’t get that song out of my head so I just went with it! I created this card with a little help from Waffle Flower stamps.

I have the “Wild N’ Free” set from Waffle Flowers and if you look closely you can see the 3 tiny dot stamp above the eagle. I used these dots to create the background for this card. I started off by stamping the “ground” using 3 different colors of green Memento dye ink, stamping them over and over again. I flipped the cardstock over and stamped the sky using 3 colors of blue Memento ink.

Finally, once I was satisfied with the background I went about stamping the rest of the card as you normally would. Yes, it was a bit time consuming but surprisingly it was lots of fun! It’s almost a Zen feeling going back and forth between the paper and the ink pad. The rest of the design is straight-forward with framing the edges with layered roses and bringing the eye to the center with the wolf and the sentiment. Since this set is so varied, you can choose your favorite animal for the center.

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento Inkpad – New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Olive Green, Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Love Letter
  • VersaFine – Onyx Black
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Wild N Free stamp set
  • Cardstock – white
  • Cardbase – navy blue