Thursday, July 27, 2017

What can you do with Memento Luxe?

I volunteered to write an article for Imagine about the wonderful ink known as Memento Luxe.  Enjoy!

Memento Luxe is a fabulous pigment ink that comes in 24 colors that coordinate with Memento dye based inks, Memento Dual Tipped Markers, Fireworks! shimmer sprays, irRESISTilbe Texture Sprays, and irRESISTilbe Pico Embellishers.   It is water-based, archival, and acid free so it is great for card making and scrapbooking.  Memento Luxe ink pads are very juicy and can be used on many surfaces both light and dark colored.  

This fun tag uses Memento Luxe Wedding White on black cardstock for a quick but stand-out statement.  If your pad is a bit older, re-inking the pad will give you the best results on dark cardstock. 

Since the Memento Luxe has a longer dry time, amazing ombré effects can be achieved by blending with an Ink Blusher or Sponge Dauber.  More than one color can also be successfully blended to create a beautiful seamless color range.  Here Dandelion is blended into Pear Tart, in turn into Danube Blue on Strathmore Bristol Board.  The sentiment is stamped in Danube Blue ink and is heat embossed with clear embossing powder, which acts as a resist to the coordinating Fireworks! sprays.

As a pigment based ink it is perfect for embossing on paper, chipboard, or wood.  When used on glossy cardstock or vellum it should be embossed because the ink will not dry on slick surfaces. 

Memento Luxe is wonderful for stamping or blending on fabric, wood, canvas, or other porous surfaces.   As it is a pigment based ink it is resistant to fading on all surfaces.  When used on fabric the Memento Luxe is heat-set with an iron at the appropriate fabric setting so it can be laundered and will remain as bright and pigmented as when the ink is first applied.  Heat setting is also recommended for other mixed media surfaces as the ink may smear due to the long dry time.  Butterflies are flying around this time of year and Memento Luxe ink made creating this canvas bag a breeze with a stencil, Ink Daubers, and Jumbo Ink Daubers.  The vines are outlined in Pear Tart and Pistachio, the butterflies are inked in Dandelion, Morocco, and Rhubarb Stalk.  This ink is so easy to use on fabric that both sides of this bag were completed in under an hour!  

A fun and out-of-the-box use for Memento Luxe is to use an inker and mix with Creative Medium.  Place the Creative Medium on a craft mat and squeeze a bit of Memento Luxe ink and mix with a palette knife before applying to a project.  Memento Luxe is richly pigmented and will expand Creative Medium’s color range, with the big plus of matching the other Memento based lines!

This welcome sign uses Lilac Posies mixed with Creative Medium and then applied with a palette knife through a heart stencil.  After the heart dries, the sentiment is stamped in Pear Tart and heat embossed with clear embossing powder on the slick chalk board surface. 

Memento Luxe is one of the most versatile inks in the Imagine line and as illustrated can be used on so many surfaces.  Stock up on all the colors and their inkers and have fun creating!  

Black cardstock
The Stamps of Life--Wish2make stamp set
WR Memory Keepers—white grommet
Strathmore Bristol Board
Unity Stamp Company—Create, Share, etc stamp
Create Out Loud--Canvas Bag
The Crafters Workshop--Flutterby TCW206
Make It Love It Chalkboard Plaque Large Fancy Rectangle
Stencil Girl—Heart Striped Stencil
Technique Tuesday--Farmhouse Capital Letters Large

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