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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.

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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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So Very Proud of You

I think most parents would agree that there are few greater feelings of personal accomplishment than seeing your child succeed. It’s not technically your accomplishment, but it sure does feel like it at the moment! There are so many milestones along the way but seeing them receive a diploma – that signifier that they’re about to truly embark on adulthood – that’s really special. And that pride is evident on the faces of Laina and her husband in this amazing layout.


The Graduation Accents and Bright Lights Numbers and Symbols Die-namics sets mix perfectly to create titles for layouts and sentiments for cards.


Laina created custom washi tape in classic patterns to match the feel and colors of the rest of the layout. She also trimmed the label die cut to size it perfectly to her stamped image.



This caption was created by masking a sentiment from the Happy Graduation stamp set resulting in the two-piece design shown.


Are you as inspired as we are? Ready to tackle a scrapbook page of your own? If you need a jumpstart, Laina has provided a sketch for the layout she’s shared so give it a shot. Please 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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An Inspired Thank You

We think our Creative Team is top notch. They inspire us daily with their projects. Our team can be inspired to craft beautiful new projects by our friends and customers as well though. This stunning card from Jackie was inspired by the card and video Jennifer McGuire shared a few days ago on our blog and Youtube channel.


Jackie was compelled to pull out her Copics and add some beautiful and realistic coloring to her Lily Die-namics pieces after viewing Jennifer’s tips and tricks. What have you been inspired to create lately?


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Thinking of You

Barbara is with us again today sharing a wonderful “anytime” card that would meet the needs of a variety of occasions. Whether someone is dealing with a difficult situation, celebrating a recent success, or just in need of a quick “hi,” this design fits the bill!


Barbara created interest on this pretty card by including lots of layers and an eye-catching, contrasting color scheme. While it would have been equally beautiful without, the small scalloped element stamped with an image from the Art Expression Text provides some visual grounding and the perfect bit of pop.


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Hey, Girlie!

You know that feeling when someone does something really nice for no particular reason? It’s kind of even better than when it’s for your birthday, or anniversary, or some other obligatory occasion. Send a girlfriend a little note and I promise, you will make her day. And all for the price of a stamp and a few minutes of your time. They’re worth it and you owe it to yourself to recognize the important people in your life.


Glam it up by combining the Chandelier Die-namics with the Damask Designs stamps for a quick and elegant card that anyone would be thrilled to receive. Jot a quick note inside to say ”hi,” or “thinking of you,” or “you are really special to me!” and pop it in the mail. You just made someone’s day in 30 minutes flat…can you think of a better use of your time?


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I’m Always Here for You

Soft shades of springy colors and a mix of lovely patterns make this card a gem worth sharing. The Easter Bunny stamp set plays double duty in creating a pretty floral strip to back the sentiment with as well as a die cut embellishment to pop on top.

I'm Here for You

An encouraging sentiment from the Words of Inspiration set is stamped in subtle Grout Gray but still manages to be the star of the show – that’s what you want when you’re sending a note as important as this one is. When a loved one is facing a battle large or small, a simple show of support like this can make all the difference in the world. Add a few cards like this to your stash so you can always be prepared when hard times hit.


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Go to Your Happy Place

A fun day captured in photos and commemorated in a fabulous layout – that’s what Laina has created to share with us today. She’s included so many fun little details to make a special layout reflective of a special day. Tone on tone pattern and texture in the form of subtle dotted embossing on the pocket die cut are just a couple of details to take note of.


To create the incredibly cool accents, Laina used the Magical Memories and Reel Life Die-namics sets to cut elements from both card stock and foil paper and inlaid the foil pieces into the resulting letter, number, and negative spots. The effect is striking and definitely adds a little magic to the layout.

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The star patterned paper was created by using the Stargaze Stencil. Laina used both Lemon Drop and Orange Fizz inks with an ink dauber to add a bit more depth to the look.

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Laina carried her incredible attention to detail right down to the journaling spot. She created the base by stamping the lines in a light color and added the title using masking to create the multi-colored look.

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Would you like a sketch for this fun layout? We’d love to see the layouts you’re creating with MFT products! Please make sure to tag us when you share – sharing is caring!



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At the Beach

Beachy shades of blue and pink mimic the soft blue of breaking waves and the glow of a softly setting sun reflected in the sky and clouds. A relaxing birthday at the beach is documented in perfect fashion by Suzy’s idea filled scrapbook page.

my birthday at the beach

That beautiful title work was accomplished by first die cutting the letters with the Little Letters and Little Lowercase Letters Die-namics sets. After adding color with markers or ink, the dot pattern was stamped with an image from the Washi Patterns set. Suzy chose to stamp a coordinating slightly darker ink on the lighter colored letters and used the Sweeth Tooth Pigment Ink on the darker letters. The contrast is so eye-catching! After combining the Triangles Die-namics and Trendy Triangles stamps to assemble the center border, Suzy bridged the transition between the triangles and photos by stamping and cutting a design from the Sunny Day Doodles Borders and Accents set. Simply stamp in black for a high-contrast look or take it up a notch by embossing for a more pronounced, shiny look

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The breaking waves presented the perfect opportunity for adding a bit of journaling to one of the photos, and a tag created with the Pierced Traditional Tag STAX and an image from the Sweet Little Memories set completes the look with panache. Documenting ourselves is something a lot of us neglect to do. Take a cue from Suzy’s layout and create a project all about YOU.


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My Baby Giraffe

Today Suzy is joining us to share a lively layout full of personality and whimsical touches. Custom colored letters complete a title that’s perfectly matched to the photos and design. Time to go wild with pattern, texture, and layering!

my baby giraffe

To achieve the faded effect with the background stamping, Suzy inked only a portion of the Cheetah Background stamp. This technique adds some subtle pattern to the card stock base that is a perfect complement to the layout topic. Suzy added more custom pattern by overlapping the Striped Background to create a plaid effect, crafting a striped edge to match the cork border, and using the More Washi Patterns in conjunction with the Wonky Scallop Border Die-namics. The variation in the stamped images, such as the giraffes, is attained by first applying the lighter ink and then adding the darker around the edges.

my baby giraffe close up

To add some texture and dimension, Suzy used the Sunny Day Doodles Borders and Accents to piece together a border. Trimming a strip of cork to match the curvy shape is a finishing detail that bounds the layout and completes the look. Whether you’re a scrapbooker or a card maker, these are ideas you can apply to your next project. Go make something fun!


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Always a Good Time

Color. Texture. Pattern. Laina has masterfully combined all of these design features into one vibrant layout. She’s used trendy patterns and techie elements to create a page that’s very much “in the now” but by including classic patterns, she’s imparted a timeless feel – this is a design that she’ll enjoy for years to come! It’s the little details that really make a layout special and Laina has shared some wonderful tips for pumping up your next project.


If you want key words in your title to really POP, cut the letters twice and layer with pop dots.

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Kick tone-on-tone up a notch by using slightly different shades of the same color. Now you have created texture and contrast.

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This layout includes the perfect mix of patterns but Laina didn’t use a single piece of patterned paper. Instead, she created her own custom patterns in a number of different ways. The Berrylicious block was created by embossing card stock, highlighting the raised detail with coordinating ink. The Sour Apple and Razzle Berry blocks were done with Cover-Up Die-namics. The Steel Grey block was also done with a Cover-Up but this time, Laina left the piece intact choosing not to remove the circles. Tone on tone pattern was also created by stamping the Woodgrain Background pattern on the Instafames, a portion of the title work, and the Mod Border along the bottom of the layout.

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Finally, Laina created a journaling spot in her Smart Phone die cut negative by stamping with a lined journaling stamp.


Ready to make a layout of your own based on Laina’s sketch? She has graciously provided one for you! This layout is such an excellent example of how putting attention and effort into the finer details can make an impact on the final product. The process doesn’t have to be time consuming, just thoughtful. So on your next project, challenge yourself to come up with one little detail that will push it from really good, to reallyreally good.

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