Thin Cuts Technique with Our Punny Pals

Thin Cuts Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #thincuts #dies #diecuts #cardmaking #diy #wildaboutyou #animals #zooanimals #lion #monkey #tiger

Available for this month only, we have coordinating Thin Cuts for our Punny Pals stamp set! Remember, for every Punny Pals stamp set purchased Close To My Heart will donate $7 of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides safe surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for people around the world. We took it upon ourselves to come up with a fun way to use this stamp set and its coordinating Thin Cuts to create something guaranteed to make someone smile! Below are step-by-step instructions to show you how to recreate this multi-layer card yourself using partially cut die cuts. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Materials Needed:
D1751 My Acrylix® Punny Pals Stamp Set
CC1340 Thin Cuts—Punny Pals
Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles
X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5954 Pewter Cardstock
Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad
Z4050 Picture My Life™—Beary Christmas
Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon
Z4029 Bronze Sequins
3505 Watercolor Pencils
Z2445 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Barely Beige Marker
Z2446 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Black Marker
Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker
Z2460 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Peach Marker
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Die-cutting machine

Prepare and cut.
To replicate our card exactly, you will need the following pieces:

  • 1 standard card base
  • 3¾” x 5″ White Daisy cardstock
  • 4″ x 5¼” Pewter cardstock
  • 3¾” x 5″ New England Ivy “Sprig” paper from Beary Christmas paper packet
  • 4″ x 5 ¼ ” Pebble striped paper from Beary Christmas paper packet
  • 3¾” x 1″ ombre New England Ivy paper from Beary Christmas Picture My Life™ Cards

Thin Cuts Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #thincuts #dies #diecuts #cardmaking #diy #wildaboutyou #animals #zooanimals #lion #monkey #tiger

Step 1. Planning the partial cut.
Using washi tape, temporarily attach the 2½” circle die onto the White Daisy cardstock piece approximately ¾” from the top. Place the Tiger die on the adhered circle die, slightly left of center, and mark (with a pencil) where the two dies intersect.

Remove the tiger die but keep the circle in place. With a ruler and pencil, draw a light line through both of the dots, running off both sides of the cardstock.

Step 2. Partially cutting the circle.
We use a Cuttlebug™ as our preferred die-cutting machine. Layer a platform and a C-size plate and align the edges. Place the White Daisy cardstock on top of this combination so that the line you have drawn is about 1/8″ below the bottom of the plate. This will put the top half of the cardstock on the plate and leave the lower half of the cardstock hanging off the plate. Adhere the card piece in place with washi tape so it will not move. Anything below the plate will not cut through.

Layer a B-size plate on top and run the paper through your die-cutting machine. You should end up with a partially cut circle, still attached on the bottom left.

WAIT—DON’T REMOVE THE CARD FROM THE PLATE YET!

 

Step 3. Partially cutting the tiger.
Thin Cuts Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #thincuts #dies #diecuts #cardmaking #diy #wildaboutyou #animals #zooanimals #lion #monkey #tiger

While keeping the cardstock attached to the plate, remove the circle die. Add the tiger die where your circle is still intact, allowing a portion of the head and tail into the inside of the circle, and secure it to the cardstock with some washi tape.

Replace the B-size plate, make sure the platform and plates are aligned, and run it through the die-cutting machine.

Remove the tiger die. You will now have a portion of the tiger cut out of the inside circle. (The remainder of the inner circle may be discarded.) If there is a small area of the inner circle that has not cut through just snip carefully with scissors.

Step 4. Get Stamping!
Stamp the tiger image in place and color it with watercolor pencils.

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Step 5. Assemble the rest of the card.
Create the inner circle of the card front by cutting the layers with the 2″ circle die.

Thin Cuts Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #thincuts #dies #diecuts #cardmaking #diy #wildaboutyou #animals #zooanimals #lion #monkey #tiger

Tip: To put the monkey in place, make two cuts of the monkey outline. When layering the shapes together, attach the front shape so that it overlaps the front of your circle window, and attach the back shape overlapping the back of the circle. This will hold the monkey securely in place.

Tip: For added dimension on your animal, make a second animal shape and, after stamping, trim out the face. Color this new layer and attach with thin 3-D foam tape.

 This Thin Cuts technique is all about versatility and dimension! Please share with us any comments or questions through the link below!

Share a Smile and happy trimming!

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Base & Shade: Stamping in Layers

This is it—our last post for National Stamping Month! To cap off this year’s celebration, we wanted to give you the rundown on some of our favorite stamp sets, the base and shades!

My Acrylix® Thoughtful Bird Stamp Set

Base and shade stamp sets provide exactly that—different stamps that work together, the first being the base and the rest the shade, to create a final 3-dimensional-looking image. These layered stamps allow for so much more intricate detail that would otherwise be impossible to achieve with one single stamp (even if you are a masking Kung-Fu expert).

My Acrylix® For You Darling Stamp Set                        My Acrylix® Beautiful You Stamp Set 

So, here’s how it works. First, decide on a color combination. If you’re feeling a little sassy, try using a second-generation image for one of your layers. Embossing the top layer is also a fun and popular option. Once you’ve got your colors and inks figured out, stamp the base, usually a solid image, in the lightest color.

Base & Shade Stamping #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #nationalstampingmonth #baseandshade #layeredstamping #dream #scrapbooking

My Acrylix® From the Heart Stamp Set (only available through the end of the month!)

With your base down, start building the image up from lightest to darkest color with the coordinating shade images. Our clear blocks are the perfect tool for this kind of stamping, allowing you to seamlessly match up your layers without any guesswork.

My Acrylix® Sweet Baby Stamp Set

Remember, this kind of stamping can take some practice so if you don’t get it right from the start it’s okay, just don’t give up! If you keep at it, you’ll be creating beautiful, detailed stamped images in no time!

Have you tried any of the stamp sets highlighted in this post? Let us know which is your favorite in the comments below!


Recipes

 4¼” x 5½” Thank You Card
Z3377 Thoughtful Bird Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3352 Enchantment Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5960 Fern Cardstock, Z2827 Almond Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut Shape:
Flower Market
3½” Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, M369879)

4¼” x 5½” Congrats Card
Z3375 For You Darling Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5951 Espresso Cardstock, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3343 Rose Embossing Folder, Embossing & Die-cutting Machine

4¼” x 5½” Thinking of You Card
Z3384 Beautiful You Stamp + Thin Cuts, D1739 My Acrylix® Thoughtful Bird Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Die-cutting Machine, Sewing Machine

12″ x 12″ Dream Page
CC1228 My Acrylix® From the Heart Stamp Set, Z3352 Enchantment Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5960 Fern Cardstock, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2842 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3354 Inspire Complements, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Sewing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Sweet Card
Z3376 Sweet Baby Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5984 Pixie Cardstock, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2719 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3346 Alphabet Embossing Folder, Embossing & Die-cutting Machine

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Marker Shading 101

Our final stamping technique in honor of National Stamping Month is a perennial favorite: how to bring your stamped images to life using marker shading! Today’s post will show you how to get multiple color shades from a single marker.

Step One: stamp your image. If you’re not sure what ink to use, see our tips at the end of this post.

Marker Shading Technique Step 1 #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #markers #markershading #markertechnique #flower #floral

Step Two: color your image using ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers. These markers are alcohol based, which makes them ideal for blending.

Marker Shading Technique Step 2 #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #markers #markershading #markertechnique #flower #floral

Step Three: decide where the “light” is coming from. To create a three-dimensional effect, which is what we’re trying to achieve by shading, you must determine where the light and shadows will be. Using the colorless blender, lighten the areas of your image where the light touches it.

Marker Shading Technique Step 3 #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #markers #markershading #markertechnique #flower #floral #highlight

Step Four: Re-color shaded areas. Using the same color markers, go over the shaded areas again to darken them.

Marker Shading Technique Step 4 #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #markers #markershading #markertechnique #flower #floral 

That’s it! Easy-peasy, right?! You can use this technique directly on a scrapbook page, a card base, or to create an original 3-D accent piece like we did with this card.

 Marker Shading Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #markers #markershading #markertechnique #congrats

INK TIPS: The very first thing we have to do, before picking out colors or anything of the sort, is to consider if we are using the correct ink for our stamping. Which is the correct ink? Isn’t black just black? Well, it depends on your stamping surface and what you will use to color in the image. Here’s a quick breakdown for you. Our Black Exclusive Inks™ is best used for images that you will stamp in solid black. Then there’s the Archival Black Exclusive Inks™. We like to use this ink especially in our scrapbooks because it’s colorfast and truly archival. You can add color to Archival Black ink with watercolors or alcohol-based markers, even, but you must make sure it is completely dry before you do so or your image will bleed. Black Memento™ ink is a favorite because it dries quicker than Archival Black and it doesn’t bleed when you add color. We’ve also learned, however, that the Memento™ ink does not work well on vellum paper and Archival Black does. The last one of the bunch that deserves a quick mention is the StazOn™ ink. StazOn™ works well with non-porous surfaces, such as glass, metals, ceramics, etc.

All of the stamped images on today’s post were done with Archival Black ink.

If you’ve got any comments or questions on what we’ve shared today, please let us know below!


Recipes

3″ x 3″ So Happy for You Card
C1693 My Acrylix® Many Congrats Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5974 Raspberry Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2457 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marigold Marker, Z2448 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Carmine Marker, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2466 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Vivid Green Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

3″ x 3″ I’m a Big Kid Now Card
Z3373 School Kids Stamp and Thin Cuts, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5960 Fern Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2448 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Carmine Markers, Z2455 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Light Orange Marker, Z2451 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay Marker, Z2456 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Mahogany Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z2458 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marine Blue Marker, Z2467 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 4 Marker, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

3″ x 3″ Welcome Little One Card
B1558 My Acrylix® Baby Animals Stamp Set, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2461 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peacock Green Marker, Z2451 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay Marker, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

3″ x 3″ Congrats Card
B1558 My Acrylix® Baby Animals Stamp Set, D1747 My Acrylix® Happily Ever After Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5982 Canary Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2453 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Lavender Marker, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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Stamping Vellum Like a Pro

With its translucent properties and incredible versatility, vellum has made its way back into the papercrafting limelight! We have several stamping tips and techniques to share, showing just how fun and versatile vellum can be. Keep scrolling to see some vellum-enhanced artwork and to learn something new!

Stamping on Vellum #ctmh #closetomyheart #vellum #stamping #nsm #nationalstampingmonth #stampingtechniques #stampingtipsIf you look carefully at this scrapbook page, you will see that the bottom layer of the mat behind the photo is a large piece of vellum. There are several things to learn from this example alone. First, take a look at the beautiful floral arrangement that was stamped directly onto the vellum. To create this muted effect, we used our regular water-based dye inks. Because vellum is less porous than other papers, ink will take longer to dry. We helped move the process along by using our trusty craft heater. For this technique, allow your heater to heat up before you use it. Once it’s hot, blow on the ink intermittently from behind the paper (which means you would need to do this step before attaching a piece like this to your page). If you blow directly onto the ink and vellum without pulling the heater away, the ink will move and the paper will warp. Once you’re done with the craft heater, blot any excess ink with a tissue to achieve a softer color as well as a completely dry image.

Card Stamping on Vellum #ctmh #closetomyheart #vellum #stamping #nsm #nationalstampingmonth #stampingtechniques #stampingtips #cardmaking #cardNow, let’s talk about embossing. There are so many ways to play with stamping and embossing on vellum. Our first approach is pretty straightforward. We used an embossed sentiment on a piece of vellum as an overlay for a stamped card front. This is an effective way to tone down a busy background and bring the focus to the sentiment and any other elements that are laid on top. (When setting your embossing powder, remember to use your craft heater intermittently and from behind to avoid warping!)

We took the translucent property of vellum a step further with this card. Instead of using it as an attached overlay, we made the entire card base from vellum and used one of our base & shade stamp sets for the images. The “base” of the image is stamped on the inside of the card and the “shade”—or outline—is stamped and embossed on the outside. Tips: attach a piece of cardstock to the inside of the card base and stamp it first, then line up the “shade” from above on the outside. After stamping and embossing the outside of your card, if the color from the base isn’t showing through as much as you’d like, add some watercolor (a little goes a long way on vellum) to your embossed images from behind. Watercolor paint dries fairly quickly on vellum, but if you’d like to speed the process up the craft heater should do it.

Card Stamping on Vellum #ctmh #closetomyheart #vellum #stamping #nsm #nationalstampingmonth #stampingtechniques #stampingtips #cardmaking #cardDid you spot the vellum on this card? If you guessed in those colorful autumn leaves, then you are right! To recreate this effect, emboss your images using some of the tips that we’ve already discussed. The trick to these leaves is achieving their lovely fall color. This time, instead of using watercolors or ink behind our images, we used alcohol-based markers! (Alcohol-based markers are easier to blend than others, so make sure you are using the right product.)

Vellum has been around for a long time but it’s sure making a comeback! Whether you use it in papercrafting, scrapbooking, or cardmaking, vellum can easily add depth, dimension, and texture to any of your projects.

If you’ve got a tip or some artwork with vellum that you’d like to share, please do so in our comments below!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ My Beautiful Life Layout
Z3384 Beautiful You Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3355 Happy Moments Complements, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Sewing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Go Where Your Dreams Take You Card
M1178 My Acrylix® Delicate Flower Stamp Set, D1755 My Acrylix™ Pack Your Bags Stamp Set (from Cricut® You Are Here Collection Z3389), 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3293 Shimmer Brush—Clear, Z2088 Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Sewing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Thinking of You Card
C1690 My Acrylix® For You Darling Stamp Set, D1739 My Acrylix® Thoughtful Bird Stamp Set, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

4¼” x 5½” Truly Grateful Card
Z4041 Falling for You Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7223C Falling for You Complements, Z4029 Bronze Sequins, Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon, Z2451 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2456 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Mahogany Marker, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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Cards from YOUR Heart

Cardmaking is a craft from the heart. You do it because you want to send the message to the recipient that they are worth the extra sentiment that comes from something handmade by you.

By now, we’re sure you’ve seen several examples of the elegant cards you can make using our From the Heart card kit. As we continue celebrating stamping this month, we want to show you just how versatile this kit, and the gorgeous stamp set it comes with, really is.

Layered Stamping #CTHM #fromtheheart #cardmaking #goldfoil #gold #thinkingofyou #thankyou #specialthoughts #sendingwishes #happyforyou #stamping #flowers #layeredstamping #layeredstamps
When you are working with stamps, you have so much flexibility to design something that is truly your own. Allow your creative juices to flow and experiment with different color combinations, as well as image (and sentiment) placement.

Monochromatic Layered Stamping #CTHM #fromtheheart #monochromatic #cardmaking #goldfoil #gold #thinkingofyou #thankyou #specialthoughts #sendingwishes #happyforyou #stamping #flowers #layeredstamping #layeredstamps
With the entire Close To My Heart exclusive color palette at your disposal, you can attempt a variety of monochromatic schemes, like you see here. Stay within one color family, or try using all warm or cool colors. Don’t be afraid to switch up your colors based on the sentiment you’re using, the recipient of the card, or even the time of year.

Amped up Layered Stamping #CTHM #fromtheheart #cardmaking #goldfoil #gold #thinkingofyou #thankyou #specialthoughts #sendingwishes #happyforyou #stamping #flowers #layeredstamping #layeredstamps
Challenge yourself to take your artwork up another notch! This kit is intentionally made to create a more chic and sophisticated card. Emboss your sentiments (like we did in the cards above) or try your hand at embossing other stamped elements. Add embellishments, like pearls, sparkles, and gems. Switch up the floral arrangements, or incorporate a different stamp set altogether!

There are no rules here, so unleash your creativity! Every creative decision you make customizes your card even more and gives it your unique flair. Remember, you are the artist.

Since cards are a beautiful way of expressing the deepest sentiments from the heart, it’s only fitting that you make them exactly how you feel.

May all of your handmade cards be from your heart.


Recipes

Image 2 (4 Cards)
CC1229 From the Heart Card Kit, Z2804 Pansy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ2817 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2830 Nutmeg Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 SapphireExclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2854 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2864 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2892 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

Image 3 (4 Cards)
CC1229 From the Heart Card Kit, Z2506 Adventure Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad Set, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2806 Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2807 Willow Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2809 Tangerine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2826 Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2852 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2853 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2864 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2892 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2088 Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3369 Bashful Pearls, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z555 Craft Heater

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Split Stamping Technique

In honor of National Stamping Month, we thought it’d be fun to share with you some stamping techniques on the blog—because no crafter can ever have too many stamping tricks up her sleeve, right? 😉

Today’s post is going to teach you what we call the Split Stamping technique.

This technique is exactly what it sounds like: You split your stamp image. There are a few different ways to do this.

One of the easiest ways is to stamp an image onto a piece of cardstock and then cut it into pieces, like the elephant below.

Split stamping technique #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #techniques #clear #stamps #card

Cutting up an image and reassembling it on your artwork is a unique way to draw more attention to your stamping.

Another way you can “split” your stamp is with masking. Not sure what we mean by “masking”? Masking is when you cover up part of your stamp or paper before stamping an image. Split stamping technique #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #techniques #clear #stamps #card

Here, we attached a strip of cardstock across the center of our card with just a little bit of adhesive so it wouldn’t slide around. Next, we stamped our flowers along the top and bottom of the card, overlapping them slightly with the strip. We then carefully peeled off the cardstock strip, removed any leftover adhesive with our Rub & Remove™ eraser, painted our flowers, and then stamped our sentiment.

For a more advanced spin on this technique, try incorporating the piece of cardstock you use for the masking!

Split stamping technique #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #techniques #clear #stamps #card

For this card, we cut both pieces of White Daisy cardstock, attached the smaller piece to the center of the larger piece with a little bit of adhesive, and then stamped our flowers over both pieces. Next, we carefully separated the smaller piece of cardstock from the larger one, painted our flowers, and popped the piece up on Bashful cardstock with 3-D foam tape. To add even more dimension, we also stamped some of the blossoms on scrap paper, painted them, trimmed them out, and then attached them over the matching blossoms with 3-D foam tape.

What do you think of the Split Stamping technique? Tell us in the comments below! And be sure to follow the blog all month long to see even more stamping techniques! 🙂


Recipes

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Congrats Card (Vertical)
D1726 My Acrylix® Sweet Baby Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Best Wishes Card (Horizontal)
D1747 My Acrylix® Happily Ever After Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ So Happy for You Card (Vertical)
C1693 My Acrylix® Many Congratulations Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

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Step-by-Step Instructions: From the Heart Card Kit

How to assemble the From the Heart cards by Close To My Heart #ctmh #closetomyheart #card #interactive #sliding #cardmaking #stamping

September is National Stamping Month, and we’ve designed an incredible card kit with elegant, layered stamping to celebrate!

It’s called the From the Heart card kit, and if you love stamping, you’ll love all the ways you can play with the interchangeable stamp designs to achieve a variety of looks for your cards.

If the thought of creating cards like these feels a bit daunting, don’t worry! The kit comes with helpful instructions to walk you through the assembly—just take a look!

How to assemble the From the Heart cards by Close To My Heart #ctmh #closetomyheart #card #interactive #sliding #cardmaking #stamping

Here are the pieces you get in your kit. You get enough to create 12 cards, plus the beautiful From the Heart stamp set and 12 envelopes. Once you punch out these pieces, follow the instructions below to create your cards.

Step 1

How to assemble the From the Heart cards by Close To My Heart #ctmh #closetomyheart #card #interactive #sliding #cardmaking #stamping

All the folds come pre-scored, so all you have to do is fold along the score lines. Starting with your card base (A), turn the gold foil side down and sharply fold the two outside flaps inward. Add adhesive to the top of these flaps.

Step 2

How to assemble the From the Heart cards by Close To My Heart #ctmh #closetomyheart #card #interactive #sliding #cardmaking #stamping

Fold your card base in half along the score line, attaching the front of the card base to the top of the flaps. This will form a pocket.

Step 3

How to assemble the From the Heart cards by Close To My Heart #ctmh #closetomyheart #card #interactive #sliding #cardmaking #stamping

Starting with the detached end of the large flap, make sharp folds along the score lines, accordion style, as shown.

Step 4

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Add adhesive to the bottom of first fold (the white side).

Step 5

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Insert the pull insert (B) into the pocket in your card base (A), keeping B centered. Attach that first fold from step 5 to the edge of the pull insert, keeping the edges flush. Now when you pull on the insert piece in and out, the large flap should pop up and down!

Step 6

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Slide your card closed and then add adhesive to top of first fold (over gold foil).

Step 7

How to assemble the From the Heart cards by Close To My Heart #ctmh #closetomyheart #card #interactive #sliding #cardmaking #stamping

Attach supporting piece (D) to the top of first fold. This supporting piece is a little bit larger than the area where you added the adhesive, so keep the top edge flush with the crease and center it on the flap. When it’s in place, the edges of the supporting piece should overlap the gold foil around the edges of your card.

Step 8

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Stamp your choice of sentiment and flowers onto your card front (C). When stamping the layers of your flowers, add extra depth by using different colors for each layer.

Step 9

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Stamp leaves and twigs in between flowers. Again, add depth by stamping all of the layers in different colors. This stamp set allows you to get incredible detail in your stamp images for a beautiful finished card.

Step 10

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Set aside your card front and go back to the base for a moment. Slide your card open, and then stamp your choice of inside sentiment onto the card base. The From the Heart stamp set includes four large sentiments designed especially to fit this space.

Step 11

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Once your stamping is dry, slide the card closed and add adhesive to second fold of large flap. This is the section right next to the supporting strip (D) that you attached, and it is where you will attach your card front.

Step 12

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Attach your card front (C) to the second fold, lining up the edges with the supporting strip (D).


Make your own beautiful, interactive cards using this card kit, available only during September! If you have any questions about how to assemble these cards or about the card kit itself, tell us in the comments below!

Happy crafting! 🙂

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10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone

Today’s post is an extra special treat! We’ve asked the talented Chari Pack, founder & CEO of Persnickety Prints, to share with you some tips for taking better photos on your phone. Whether you’re promoting your Close To My Heart business, taking photos for your scrapbooking, or just posting to social media, these tips are sure to take your phone photography to the next level!
10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tips

The way you present yourself, your artwork, and the products you offer has a huge impact on your business. Online sales will increase with improved product images.

Here’s how to get the best shot every time…

1. Natural Light (no flash)

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsWhen shooting with flash, the subject can be blown out and shadows disappear. With product shots, a soft shadow adds depth. Keep your flash off and set products under a window using natural light.

2. Focus (tap screen)

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsOn iPhones (and some Androids), tap the screen to focus on the subject. With the new iPhone 7S, use the portrait mode to blur out the background. With a short focal length, you’ll get that fancy dSLR camera result without the fancy camera.

3. Hold Steady & Level

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tips“Camera shake” can cause your photo to be blurry. Use steady hands or prop up your phone and use the self-timer for best results.

4. Staging (simple & clean)

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsInvest in a white poster board—it’s the perfect solution for a DIY backdrop! Wrapping paper or other fun colors can be added for dimension. Be sure your CTMH projects, cards, and layouts stand out. “Busy” photos tend to get lost in the crowd.

5. Get up close and personal!

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsDon’t be afraid to get up close to show details of the project. Shoot from different angles to focus on specific elements.

6. Pay attention to shadows

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsBe sure the shadow of your hand or camera is not in the frame. When shooting scrapbooking layouts, take the pages or photos out of the Memory Protectors™ and set the pages or photos on top. Your reader won’t notice they’re not inside, but they’ll notice the plastic glare when they are.

7. Use negative space to add text

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsUse the rule of thirds and push the subject to one side, leaving empty space to add a text overlay. We love using Rhonna Designs (iPhone and Android) and Adobe Post (iPhone and Desktop) to add text or a message to your photos.

8. Scale size with objects or pretty hands

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tips

Use objects to show the actual size of your product so the viewer isn’t misled. Well manicured hands holding a product works, too!

9. Keep your phone/camera level

When shooting from above your product, be sure your camera is flat and level. Use the Snapseed App (free on iTunes and Android)  to adjust horizons if needed.

10. Take 1 minute to Edit & Enhance before sharing

Even a quick click of the enhance button in your native camera will give your photo just enough pop! We love Snapseed (free on iTunes and Android) for enhancements.

The Rhonna Designs App is not only great for text overlays: We also use it to journal and design prints for our scrapbooks!

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tips

We can’t wait to see you put these tools into action! Additional photo tips and tricks can be found on the Persnickety Prints blog.

XOXO,

Chari

Thanks, Chari, for the great tips! Let’s show her some love in the comments, folks! 

Also, remember that Persnickety Prints created a discount code for you, our readers! Aren’t they the best? 🙂 Use this discount code to save 20% on your entire Persnickety Prints order: CTMH20

This code expires August 30, cannot be combined with other discount codes, and is limited to one use per customer. 

Now go print those fabulous photos on your phone! 🙂

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In with the New

There’s a new kid in town and it’s quickly becoming a class favorite! One of our newest and most versatile products is actually an upgrade of a beloved staple. We’re talking about our cardstock, of course! To give you even more color flexibility than before, our cardstock is now two-toned! With one side featuring an original color from our exclusive palette and the reverse that same color in a lighter tone, color coordination has never been easier.

color chromatic cardstock #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardstock #twotoned #rainbow #scrapbooking #birthdayTake a close look at this color chromatic rainbow. What appear to be 20 different colors are actually only 10! Achieve this same colorful scaled look by alternating your cardstock from the dark to light hues in each color.

Ombre paper fringe #ctmh #closetomyheart #card #cardmaking #congratulations #graduation #graduate #ombre #chromatic #colorchromatic #monochromatic

Use the two-toned properties of the cardstock to create a trendy ombrè effect, where you have tones of color that gradually shade into each other from light to dark, like the decorative fringe on this card!

Two-toned 3-D flowers #CTMH #closetomyheart #cardstock #twotoned #monochromatic #flowers #canvas #wallartThe monochromatic flowers on our 3-D canvas were made using just three different coordinating colors and their reverse lighter sides. It’s so easy to add depth and dimension to your art with this beautiful cardstock!

Seriously folks, there are reasons why this cardstock is a crafting favorite and must have! Expand your color combinations exponentially and check out all 40 of our exclusive (two-toned!) colors here.


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Happy Birthday Page
B1537 My Acrylix® Birthday Sparkles Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5974 Raspberry Cardstock, X5973 Blossom Cardstock, X5972 Tangerine Cardstock, X5971 Lemon Cardstock, X5970 Willow Cardstock, X5969 Emerald Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5966 Pansy Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3365 Gold Foil Paper, Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1″ <Summer> (p. 42)
1″ Shift <Summer> (p. 42, cut 2)
1¼” <Summer> (p. 42, cut 2)
1¼” Shift <Summer> (p. 42, cut 3)
1¾” <Summer> (p. 42)
1¾” Shift <Summer> (p. 42)

4¼” x 5½” ConGRADulations Card
B1564 My Acrylix ConGRADulations Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5979 Juniper Cardstock, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3225 Waterbrush—Medium Round

Flower Canvas
X5958 Peacock Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Canvas

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
½” Background <c> (p. 33, cut 4)
1″ Background <c> (p. 33, cut 2)
1½” Background <c> (p. 33, cut 2)
2″ Background <c> (p. 33, cut 4)
3″ Background <c> (p. 33, cut 2)

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