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Mon 27

"Amate" Paper Card featuring Imagine Crafts Products


Hello Dear Memory Box Fans:

Here Bibiana....with an "Amate paper card"!

Memory Box, all through this week at the 3 blogs,

is featuring  "Imagine Crafts Products" ....


Here is my take...

a TUTORIAL on how to make

a "Faux - Amate" paper card

using "Memory Box" and "Imagine Crafts" products


Amate flower front


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...


Here are the supplies using Memory Box products along with some "Imagine Crafts" inks...

Amate flower supplies

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

1- To see my "Tuscan, afternoon card"
go to the French blog: "Un brin de Créativité"


 2- To see my "Acetate Ornament Snow globe card"
go to the Spanish blog: "A Crear se Dijo!"

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 front


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 painting 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!

Amate flower step 1


2- Add "Memento inks" in "rich cocoa" and "desert sand" shades directly onto the paper
This is how it looks...

Amate flower step 2


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!

Amate flower step 3


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.

Amate flower step 4


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

Amate flower step 5


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

Amate flower step 6


7- Outline with a black marker the edges, doodle some designs as well...
and with white acrylic ink add dots

Amate flower step 7


8-Final look...

Amate flower step 9a


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

Amate flower step 9


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

Amate flower step 10


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

Amate flower orga inks


And here we are...

we have created a "faux-amate" project! 

I hope you will give it a try

Amate flower flat


remember to see my 2 other projects!

1- To see my "Tuscan, afternoon card"
go to the French blog: "Un brin de Créativité"

 2- To see my "Acetate Ornament Snow globe card"
go to the Spanish blog: "A Crear se Dijo!"


Thanks for the Visit, 

we love your comments!!


supplies: Bloom stencil and peony stencil


Oh Bibiana~ This is just gorgeous! LOVE the colors and can't wait to make my own faux Amate paper! Thank you for sharing with me!

Very original and beautiful too!

Todays work on all 3 blogs are absolutely amazing, and I love this fauz armatepater too. Thanks so much for the great tut for it, it´s definitely one of the things, I´ll put on my must try list to try out very soon, that´s for sure. All your projects today are sooo beautiful and well made as usual.
Have a great day.

This is incredibly beautiful Bibiana. I was in Mexico earlier in the year but I don't recall seeing any of the beautiful paper art that you mentioned.

very unique and beautiful!

Amazing! Thank you for sharing the history of this paper and for showing your technique!

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