Imagine released a new craft mat not too long ago. It has so many wonderful features. A nice surface that resist stains, cleans up easily, provides cushion for stamping images crisply, and so many other wonderful things!! Today I want to share with you how to print or stamp with the Imagine Craft Mat! You can watch the full video tutorial down below!!
For printing/stamping with the craft mat from Imagine I find it best to use pigment inks, because they stay wet for an extended period of time. You could also use dye inks, and then spritz LIGHTLY with water before printing, but this will change the look of the finished panel.
To save myself time and product I made myself a guide with masking tape. This allowed me to map out the area that I would need to cover in order to stamp onto my panel. I also used a finger dauber to apply my inks, but this technique is open to so many possibilities. You could use your ink pad and stamp rectangles, swipe your ink pad for brush strokes, use dew drops for tear drop shapes, etc.! There are really so many variations to play around with!
I also used three different colors of Versafine Clair ink, but made sure they were all blues. This gave the appearance of a bokeh background, which is so much fun! And I know this seems like a lot of work for just one printing, but you can get multiple prints with just one inking!! I stamped/printed two panels with one inking, but could easily have done another. Using a brayer to press down the card stock is a great way to apply a good amount of pressure so you can pick up as much ink as possible!
My finished projects were pretty simple to put together! I like to use these prints as backgrounds and add die cut sentiments for a quick and fun card! You can add little embellishements, like the IrResistible Pico Embellishments that I used on my card today!
These cards were so much fun to make and I really can’t wait to play around with this technique more! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!