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Watercolor Birthday

Our ink refills are a fantastic way to keep your ink pads fresh and juicy but they are versatile enough to be used in other ways as well. Let Barbara walk you through how she used refills to create a beautiful watercolor effect on her birthday card design.



Begin by stamping water color paper with the Happy Birthday Background using Black Licorice ink.


Dampen the water color paper with a water brush or a paint brush dipped in water.


Lay a drop or two of ink on a craft sheet or other non-porous surface.


Pick up some color with the brush and swipe across your paper.


Keeping your paper damp to allow the ink to flow, add additional colors as desired and blend the edges together.


Allow the color to pool, run, and drip as desired.


Once the panel is dry, spray and splatter with glimmer spray.

watercolorHB_gDie cut “Happy” and attach with foam adhesive. Stamp a sentiment from Delicious Birthday with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on a strip of Sweet Tooth Card Stock and attach with foam.


Give it a try! Stamping is obviously a favorite activity but there are so many more ways to play with your inks. Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we always love seeing what you’re up to :)


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Happy Looks Good on You

Our line of TRANSFORM-ables is endlessly versatile. Barbara trimmed “smile” from the framed image to layer on top of the die-cut frame for a high contrast sentiment that demands attention (in the best possible way.)


Think about your supplies in new ways. Here, the Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX have been transformed into layering elements simply by trimming them to shorter lengths. A subtle tone-on-tone background, created with the On the Diagonal Background, adds pattern and interest that doesn’t overwhelm the other stamped and die-cut elements.


Has Barbara’s project inspired you to create something smile-inducing? Be sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can see what you’re up to!


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Ombre Happy Birthday

Layering pattern and color is one of Laina‘s specialties. Her birthday layout exquisitely combines photos and words into a cohesive design that you can’t stop looking at. Our line of generously-sized background stamps is a beautiful collection of patterns that are ideal for creating decorative panels and elements that stand out without overwhelming. We know repetition is an important design element and this layout is a prime example why – that title, created with the Happy Die-namics, is sensational.


Using background stamps, Versamark ink, and clear embossing powder, create resist patterns on white card stock. Using an ink blending tool, lightly blend ink over the top of the embossing to add color to the backgrounds and reveal the embossed patterns.


Using an ink blending tool, lightly create the ombre ink pattern by blending dye ink colors together. After the ink is dry, die cut your title words from the pre-blended inked paper.

ItsYOurDay_Detail1Cut extra words from white card stock. Add layers of die cut words to raise each word one layer higher than the previous word. This will make the title dimensional and “grow” as it steps down the page.

ItsYourDay_Detail2To create the glass plate, apply Berrylicious dye ink to plain vellum with an ink blending tool. After the ink is dry, die cut the plate first from vellum and then a second layer from clear acetate. Layer the acetate over the vellum for a pretty glass look.

ItsYourDeayDetail4To construct the cake, die cut the cake and accents from white card stock. Add color to the layers of cake and candles with an ink blending tool and dye inks.


Tip: To add ink to tiny pieces, keep the die cuts in their original card stock backing by adding washi tape to the reverse, holding them in place. Add color to the elements by using a blending tool.

Birthday_Detail3Now it’s your turn – take Laina’s sketch and make it your own. Take her 12 x 12″ design and create your own scrapbook layout or card. Make sure you tag #mftstamps on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook when you share your creations - we love to see what you’re up to!



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Your Hard Work Doesn’t Go Unnoticed

Don’t let the names of the At the Office stamp set and Office Supplies Die-namics trick you into thinking they’re only appropriate for work-themed projects! As Laina’s layout so deftly illustrates, academic layouts are a perfect application of this charming duo of products. The addition of texture in the form of a stitched title adds interest and another pop of color. The Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics makes stitching a breeze by creating a pre-punched stitching guide.


Once again, Laina has managed to combine layers of color and pattern into an incredibly cohesive look – now it’s your turn! Did you notice that Laina created a 12×12 sketch but adapted it to an 8.5 x 11″ layout? Sketches are endlessly adaptable! The sketch provided would work wonderfully for a card as well. If you’re inspired to create something wonderful with this starting point, make sure to tag us if you share – we always love seeing what you’ve been up to with MFT products :)



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Getting Inky with Our New Hybrid Formula Pt. 3

Yesterday, we’d shared an example of a card that could be completed in no time at all. Today, Sharon Harnist is with us to share a Copic tutorial that is perfect when you have the time and desire to get deep into a coloring project.


Hello, MFT friends!  I’m thrilled to be on the MFT blog today to share a Copic coloring tutorial and demonstrate how well your Copics will work with MFT’s new Hybrid Ink Pads…so let’s get started!


To color this sweet Pure Innocence Sassitude image, first I stamped her with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto X-Press It Blending Card. The hybrid ink dries quickly and you can start coloring right away, with no need to heat set or allow for lengthy dry time! The pleats in her dress are already drawn for you, so the coloring is pretty simple. (I’ll have another example at the end of this post that shows how to create pleats when there are none included).

1. Base color the skirt with lightest RV52.

2. Using darker RV55, color from the round end of the pleat, which would be the deepest “valley,” upward, creating an upside down V.

3. Go back with the lighter RV52 and blend the two colors together.

4. Using the 0-Colorless Blender marker, push away some of the color from the very tops or “peaks” of the pleats, creating the same upside down V pattern going upward towards the waistline. These strokes become more visible in the next step photo as the blender solution dries.

You’ll notice, even with using the 0-Colorless Blender marker to push away Copic color, the hybrid ink stamp lines remain crisp!

5. Color the lower row of ruffles the same as the steps above.


6. To color the bodice of her dress, start with a base coat of T0.

7. Using mid-tone of T1, create a shadow on the right side of her body and on her shoulder.

8. Using darkest T2, deepen the shadow on the far right edges of her body.


9. To color hair, base coat with Y23, then add mid-tones of E33.

10. Add darkest E35.

11. Go back with lightest Y23 and blend colors together.


12. To color skin, base coat with lightest E00; add shading with darker E11. Go back with lightest E00 and blend.

13. To color shoes, base coat with lightest T2 and add shadows with darker T4.


Here are all the Copic colors I used:


To make Miss Sassitude even more sassy, I gave her some shimmer by placing MIX-ables Sheer Shimmer Mist into a water reservoir brush and painting it onto the bodice of her dress and hair bow. Even with painting over the hybrid ink stamped lines with the shimmer mist, the lines remain crisp, with no bleeding!  The mist was also lightly sprayed onto the Razzle Berry 6-inch calendar base.


Hopefully you can see all that pretty shimmer in this close-up. (I also accidentally got some shimmer mist sprayed onto her face when I was spraying the Razzle Berry layer – oops! Just adds to her sparkling personality, I guess - LOL!):


To make the calendar part of my page, I stamped the Journal It-Calendar Basics grid with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto Smooth White Card Stock.  The numbers were stamped with Razzle Berry Hybrid Ink onto the calendar grid. I’ve found this process goes quickly by stamping all of one number at a time. Here, I’ve stamped all the 1’s and 2’s:


The June month name was die cut from Razzle Berry Card Stock with Accent It-Months of the Year Die-namics. To finish my calendar page, I embossed the Wildcat Stencil onto the Steel Grey layer, by using the thin mat from the Embossing Pad Combo and running it through my Big Shot.


A Fishtail Flag was cut from Pink Lemonade Card Stock and topped with a Cotton Candy stitched strip from Blueprints 1.  A Loopy Bloom cut from Cotton Candy felt finishes my 6-inch June calendar page.

To create pleats in clothing where they are not already drawn, just color the same upside down V pattern where you think they would look most natural. In this Birdie Brown Sunflower Sweetheart image, I used the curves in the bottom of the dress as a guide for coloring the pleats:


Thanks so much for joining me today – I hope this tutorial is helpful to you when coloring your MFT images!


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Quite a Pair

Your cards and projects don’t need to be time and labor-intensive unless that’s what you want them to be. Attractive projects that your recipient will love are mere minutes away – Creative Team member Amy’s sweet card is proof positive.


Talk about thinking outside the box – Amy repurposed the Lightbulb Die-namics into a pair of pears. The result is simple and sweet, cool and graphic, and begging to have the card interior filled with words of love.

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The stem and leaves can be cut twice from different shades of card stock, or, simply choose a coordinating ink color to darken the stem – what a time saver!

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We’d love to see your “made in minutes” projects. Make sure to tag MFT in your social media uploads so we can see what you’re up to!


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May Your Day Be Filled with Sunshine

Using supplies in new and unexpected ways is one way to extend their usefulness and get a lot more bang for your buck.


Kimberly’s happy card demonstrates this technique with the Trendy Triangle stamp set and Triangles Die-namics. The card base, embossed with the Cloudy Day Stencil, provides a serene backdrop to the shiny, smile-inducing sun.

sunshine Kimberly Crawford

Mounting the circle sentiment and sun rays with foam adhesive adds dimension. Kimberly also created a slight shadow effect by stamping her sentiment twice, shifting the image ever-so-slightly before creating the second impression. Card making doesn’t have to be time-consuming or require a laundry list of supplies – with just a handful of versatile supplies and a single ink pad, she’s managed to create card anyone would be so pleased to receive.


Hey! Have you heard? We’re having a HUGE Retirement Sale! 40 – 50% off more than 180 Stamps and Die-namics. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good though so if there’s something on your wish list that you have to have, now’s the time to grab it! See all of the sale items HERE and HERE. Enjoy!


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Light it Up!

Shine a spotlight on a bright spot in your life like Laina did in her arresting layout. Patriotic colors paired with shiny gold and silver and neutral kraft can’t help but to catch your eye. Laina used an image from the Watt’s Up? stamp set to create a pattern repeat block, used die cut inlays to create the chevron block, and layered a die cut border over a matching paper strip for a cool tone-on-tone textural element. An embellishment created with the Lightbulb Die-namics truly highlights the journaling block. There’s so much to love about this stellar design!


Did you notice that Laina created a 12×12 sketch but adapted it to an 8.5 x 11″ layout? Sketches are endlessly adaptable! The sketch provided would work wonderfully for a card as well. If you’re inspired to create something wonderful with this starting point, make sure to tag us if you share – we always love seeing what you’ve been up to with MFT products :)



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Getting Inky with Our New Hybrid Formula Pt. 2

A couple of weeks ago, Kimberly shared her thoughts about the new Hybrid Inks, as well as some examples of how the inks work on different surfaces. We’ve had some inquiries into how the new inks compare with the Premium Dye Inks you already have in your collection so today, we have a wonderfully descriptive video from Amy as well as some visuals from Barbara to show how the two correlate.

PrintHere are my thoughts on the NEW MFT Hybrid inks that were just released this month! I’ve been playing with them quite a bit. See my stamped and colored samples on my blog. If you watch the video, you can tell how much I love these inks. I’m really excited to have TWO options for every MFT color (well soon to be every color!) depending on my mood and what I am trying to achieve with my creation.


Hi there, Barbara here to tell you a little more about MFT’s new Hybrid Inks. First, a little background information about inks. Dye inks are just that – they dye the paper when you stamp with them and in doing so, are soaked up by the paper. They dry fast – almost instantly. Pigment inks on the other hand, are made of tiny particles that sit on top of the paper and take longer to dry. Because of this, they are great for heat embossing with powders. Hybrid inks are a combination of the two, ink and pigment, possessing properties of both.

The first thing I’m going to show you is how the new hybrid inks work with various coloring techniques. The big question is “will they work with Copic markers?” I can tell you emphatically that they do. I’m going to compare the stamping quality with that of one of the conventional inks used for Copic coloring, Memento – specifically Tuxedo Black.


Here I’ve stamped the Pure Innocence Sunny Thoughts on X-Press It Blending Card. I’ve used Memento Tuxedo Black on the left and Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on the right. You’ll notice the sample stamped with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink is much sharper and richer.


Here is the same image stamped with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on water color paper. As you can see, this ink stamps crisply and cleanly on each of these paper options.


So, now I’d like to show you how the ink holds up to Copic coloring.

Let’s examine each one closely. First, the X-Press It Blending Card. You’ll notice there’s no bleeding of the Black Licorice Hybrid Ink whatsoever. I tend to blend pretty heavily, so if it was going to bleed, it would have for me.


I rarely watercolor (and it shows!) but I wanted to show you how waterproof the new hybrid ink is. I used a waterbrush, and at times my paper got pretty wet. Even with the saturation, there wasn’t a speck of bleeding from the hybrid ink. This ink is definitely waterproof.


Finally, on this image I used colored pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits. Obviously I’m not a pro at this either, but if you’ve ever colored with pencils, you know you have to do a bit of rubbing with the blending stump. Again, no bleeding from the hybrid ink at all.


So there you have it! MFT’s new hybrid ink is your go-to ink for any of your coloring needs. It’s compatible with Copic markers, is waterproof, and it stands up to odorless mineral spirits.

Next I have a color chart I created to show you how the new hybrid inks compare to the premium dye inks, color-wise. Due to the different process used to formulate the inks in each line, there can be a very slight variation in the hues. I’m using the twelve colors released in April for this comparison and both Sweet Tooth Card Stock and Smooth White Card Stock.


I am loving these new inks and find myself reaching for them more and more as I see how well they stamp, both in coverage and sharpness. I can’t wait for more colors, now!


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Getting Inky with Our New Hybrid Formula

We’ve talked about our new Hybrid Inks and the characteristics that make them unique. Now that they’re showing up in your homes and studios though, we can begin to explore all of the different ways that they can be used in your crafting and memory keeping projects. We have one of our very talented Creative Team members, Kimberly, here today to share her experience with the inks so far.


Hello! Kimberly here and today, I am so excited to share project ideas with you using the new line of Hybrid Inks from MFT!  I am already a huge fan of the bright, vivid colors and the moment I received the new inks, I took them out and started playing. Today I am going to share a few of those ideas with you, but stay tuned, because I have so many more ideas to share soon!

ink with copics

First, the basic use, the big question, the one we are all asking, can we use the Hybrid inks with Copic Markers? Yes! I stamped my Pure Innocence image with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on the Blending Card. It works perfectly with Copics!

ink with watercolors

The Black Licorice Hybrid ink works for watercoloring too. I used Smooth White Card Stock and stamped the same image, but this time, I used a waterbrush and regular ink to color the image. No bleeding from the Hybrid Ink – none at all.

watercolor over ink

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Then I really started experimenting. For this example, I stamped the flowers in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, along with the sentiment. I washed over the top with watered-down inks and a paintbrush. No bleeding of the black Hybrid ink. And it kept its original intensity of color!

blending in on background

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Using a cosmetic sponge, I applied Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink and Sour Apple Hybrid Ink to Smooth White Card Stock. Then I stamped the Sheet Music Background with Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink on top. My final step was to stamp the flowers and sentiment in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. Pure happiness from me! The layering is beautiful with the vibrant colors, but the black stamped solid.

ink on vellum

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Then I moved on to stamping on come different surfaces. Vellum worked well. I inked the image with Sour Apple Hybrid Ink and Grapesicle Hybrid Ink, then stamped the vellum. Several of the flower stems were stamped second-generation, meaning I didn’t re-ink between impressions.  The color stayed vivid and held up well on the vellum. Because of the surface texture of the vellum, the Hybrid Inks need to be heat set with a heating tool. A few seconds worked fine. I could easily see the Hybrid Ink appearance change from wet to dry.

ink on wood

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Next I tried wood veneer paper. This paper comes in sheets, but the wood veneer shapes we all have in our stashes would take the Hybrid Ink in the same manner. Strong, bright, vivid, and not much bleed. If you notice on the right hand flower, I used two colors of Hybrid Ink: Red Hot and Orange Fizz. I think the colors blended well together and will make the rock and roll technique very viable with these inks.

ink on acetate

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Acetate took the ink well. I applied the ink pad directly to the clear piece of plastic. Then, because of the slick surface, I heat set the inks. Finally, I stamped the flower and sentiment in Black Licorice. I am impressed with both the color and the detail that still remained in the sentiment.

ink on glassine bag

How about a glassine bag? How fun to stamp a pattern onto one using the On the Diagonal Background. You’ll definitely want to zap it with some heat to set it but once you do, awesome! So many fun possibilities with this technique.

ink on canvas

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This is a piece of canvas, sticky-back canvas to be precise. I started by applying Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink and Sour Apple Hybrid Ink to the surface with a sponge. It went on very smoothly. I was also able to layer the colors, adding more depth where I wanted. These two colors also blended well where they met. Once heat set, I stamped the flowers and sentiment in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. Again, I achieved crisp images and super detail.

ink on fabric

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Being curious about other fabric possibilities, I grabbed a white baby onesie and stamped it. I used Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink to stamp the elephant and Lemon Drop Hybrid Ink for the stars. I heat set the ink before washing and drying the shirt. I love the results! The ink showed up well and stayed in place. Again the key is to heat set.

I have to say that I am very impressed with these inks! They have wonderful color and staying power on whatever surface you stamp on, provided you heat set them as required by the material. I know that I will enjoy discovering new ways to use these inks. Who else is ready for more colors? I am!


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