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Monday, October 27, 2014

"Amate" Paper Card: Memory Box meets Imagine Crafts!

Hello My Dear Stamper Friends:

Memory Box is showcasing all through this week at the 3 blogs, projects done by all the DT members featuring "Imagine Crafts Products"...

Here it is my take...
a "Faux - Amate" paper card

pin it:

But Let's have 1st a word about "Imagine Crafts"...
It is difficult not to know "Imagine Crafts" products...you may be more familiar with the name "Tsukineko", "Imagine Crafts" is their "new" name...but they  carry the same products (inks and craft accessories) that we all know such as: "Stazon", "Versamark Ink", "Versacolor",  "Versafine", "Brilliance" and many many more...  
They have added some great NEW ones, such as "Memento Luxe", "Delicata" inks and all the "Radiant Neon Pigment Inks" among many more...

So Today, I posted this project at the English blog for Memory Box: "Outside the Box" (PM Post) using Memory Box products along with some "Imagine Crafts" inks.

memory Box and Imagine crafts products

If you want to check out my other takes for the language blogs:
I have 2 other projects made using both company products...

As for my project here today,  to better understand my post, I have to talk ...
 1st,  about the Name: 
what is "AMATE"?

"Amate" is an adapted word used in Spanish from the Nahuatl language (from the Aztecs). 
It is a form of paper that it has being produced in Mexico since the Pre-Hispanic times. 
It was and still IS handmade by the "Otomi" indians of Mexico. 
Back in the Pre-Columbian times  these were used to paint codices depicting stories, events or astrology. 

Nowadays we can purchased them in any craft market in Mexico and they depict colorful nature scenes. 
Here is one that I have ...

amate painting

The paper is made from the bark of the fig tree giving unique shades of color and pattern to each sheet...see detail below...

amate paper detail

and this frame made with "Amate" paper 
was the inspiration for my card and for this tutorial...

How to make "Faux-Amate" paper...

Let's go step by step.... 

1-  take some brown wrapping paper, wet it, crumple it into a ball, open it, let it dry!

step 1 how to make amate paper

2-add "Memento inks" in "rich cocoa" and "desert sand" shades
  this is how it looks...

step 2 how to make amate paper

3- place and secure the "Memory Box- Bloom" stencil over it and sponge with "Inkblushers" sponges the "VersaColor" ink in "Lapislazuli" color
note: these inks are pigment, very juicy, vibrant and great for this technique!

step 3 how to make amate paper

4- Wash the stencil as you will use it next...
in a tray place it flat under the sink and brush it with a nailbrush using mild  hand soap.

step 4 how to make amate paper

5- dry the stencil by placing it flat inside a roll of paper towels...

step 5 how to make amate paper

6- place and secure back the "bloom stencil" and place inside the "Brilliant Peony". sponge the center with "Memento Luxe" in white

step 6 how to make amate paper

7- outline with a black marker the edges, doodle some designs and with white acrylic ink add dots

step 7 how to make amate paper

8-final look...

step  8 how to make amate paper

9- add "faux" stitching with white acrylic paint and a pattern tracing wheel (used for "quilts") along the 4 edges

step 9 how to make amate paper

10- mount the final project on some cardstock...

step 10 how to make amate paper

here is how I store all my "VersaColor" cubes and "Memento" ink dew drops...

organization of ink cubes
And here we are we have created a "faux-amate" project! 
I hope you will give it a try

Faux amate card with memory box stencils and inks

remember to see my 2 other projects!
Thanks for the Visit, 
love your comments

and tomorrow 
I will be featuring a special post 
with a well known company as well, 

stay tuned!!!

closes on Nov. 4th
sponsor: Paper Crafter's Library



  1. This is stunning Bibiana, what a great technique.

    What a great surprise you finally getting the parcel back!!! How long has it taken? Anyway I am happy that it has been returned to you at last.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  2. Premièrement, merci de nous montrer comment travailler avec ces 2 stencils qui se complètent si bien. Quand on les voit en boutique, je me demande toujours quoi faire avec ! Et bien là, c'est plus que parfait! Merci et c'est toujours très beau!

  3. Gorgeous technique and effect. Love it. Hugz

  4. Fantastic technique ! Such a fabulous card xx

  5. encore une très belle carte! bises

  6. ta carte est une oeuvre d art j adore trop belle braavo

  7. Encore une superbe carte, merci pour le partage. Bises.

  8. stupéfiant! j'adore et je vais essayer , trop top top ! bises

  9. This is really lovely - like the texture and colours

  10. Wow, beautiful technique! This looks amazing! I haven't heard of this before - I always learn something new here! Thank you for showing all the steps! And I really like your stitching done with the tracing wheel - what a great idea!

  11. I'm playing catch up on visiting tonight, and saved your blog towards the last of my comments. So glad I did, because then I had time to read through the post & enjoy the tutorial. Love this look, the beautiful card you've shared, and the fascinating explanation about the amate. Totally new to me. I will do my best to try this technique, as it is so unusual. Your card was gorgeous...I love Tsukineko, & their entire line of ink products. Delicata is my favorite of the gold inks, even more so than the Brillance Galaxy gold. Also love the MB dies & stencils. So thanks for a most informative post as well as a magnificent card. Hugs

  12. Beautiful! Making your own paper really added so much to the look of your card. Lots of yummy texture. Hugs!

  13. All your cards today is absolut gorgeous Bibiana, and thanks sooo much for the tutorials on the different blogs here too. I´d never heard of this before either, but is definitely going to try it out sometime soon, that´s for sure. I love, how it looks and could see a few different things, it would look great for too.

  14. C'est magnifique ! J'aime beaucoup les idées artistiques que tu développes, le papier, la peinture au pochoir, la roue pour la fausse couture, etc. Le résultat est sublime ! Bravo l'artiste et bises. Micha

  15. ce que j'aime chez toi c'est que tes creas sont toujours inventive... le resulat jaime beaucoup aussi, bisous

  16. Love the "Otomi" Indian picture. Your card is wonderful. It seems simpler than it is. Love the tutorial. Thanks for sharing it. Jim

  17. Encore une création de toute beauté Bibiana ! Et une nouvelle technique ! J'ai bien envie de tester cela aussi ! Je me demande quand j'aurai le temps mais qui sait ! En tout cas, j'adore le résultat et cette carte marron et bleue est vraiment superbe ! Bises

  18. Beautiful cards on all your blogs. I do love the history you share so very interesting and uniquely you for sure.

  19. Oh Wow that is Gorgeous, so neat to hear about the story behind your projects too, neat details and clever using the paint and the wheel, I use one of those before I hand stitch on cards to get my stitching straight :)


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