Get the Chalk Look without the Chalk Mess!

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Ever want to write or draw on a dark piece of paper without having to add a white paper mat? The trusty Chalk Marker is your answer! It works on paper and most non-porous surfaces, and, much like the name implies, the results are vibrant, opaque, and chalk-like.

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As most of you know, we’re of the memory keeping variety at Close To My Heart and it is our aim to preserve things forever and always, therefore this Chalk Marker is permanent, archival, and lightfast. It is not filled with liquid chalk and will not wipe off (so do not use it on an actual chalkboard unless you want permanent results! 😉 ).

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The intention of the Chalk Marker is for it to mimic the appearance of written chalk. It writes in a thin white line and the color of paper that the ink is being used on will show through a little bit, as you can see here:

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The ink is also designed to build on itself as you layer it. The more coats you apply the more vivid and rich the ink will appear.

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Unlike most other markers, the Chalk Marker needs to be stored horizontally for best results. The ink inside is a special blend that, if the marker is stored upright, will shift to the end pointing down and it will take a good while for it to shift back to where it needs to be. Storing this marker horizontally will help you get the steady flow of ink to the tip that is necessary to achieve a smooth application.

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The Chalk Marker is very user friendly when you know what to expect from it and how to take care of it. It is an awesome (and inexpensive!) tool to add to your crafting arsenal. Keep in mind the tips that we’ve shared with you today and give it a try!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Oh the Places You’ll Go Page
X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, X7234B Documented Paper Packet, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, X5966 Pansy Cardstock, X5963 Poppy Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Paper, X7234C Documented Complements, Z4171 Documented Titles, Z4178 Central Park Sequins, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z1767 Chalk Marker, Z4182 Thin Cuts—Stitched Hearts, Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Die-cutting Machine, Sewing Machine

Cricut Shape:
Artistry
9″ Icon-2 <h> ( p. 26, #M418F74)

12″ x 12″ First Day of School Page
X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5982 Canary Cardstock, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z1767 Chalk Marker, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

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Using Attach in Cricut Design Space™

One of the amazing things Cricut Design Space™ does automatically for you is arrange the images you intend to cut to save on materials. This is so helpful when creating with your Cricut® machine, but did you know it’s also possible to arrange images to cut exactly where you want using the Attach feature? Attach can be used in several different ways. Today, we are going to show you how to use this tool to place images and text exactly where you want them to cut, rather than leaving it up to your machine.Cricut Design Space Tutorial #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #flowermarketcollection #flowermarket #attach

With the Attach feature we were able to create the negative space design of the circles and title in the page you see here. In Design Space, we attached the circles and title to a large square and, after cutting our project, layered paper behind the images for a different kind of dimensional look. (You can do something similar with the Slice feature, but the nice thing about Attach is that you don’t end up with any leftover images to delete!)

The steps below will walk you through the process of attaching and cutting images to replicate this 12″ x 12″ page. If you want to use the same font we did, you must own the Flower Market CricutŽ collection. You will also need a CricutŽ machine that is Design Space compatible (any of the Explore models or the new Maker) to link your collections to your account. (If you do not know how to do this, click here.)

The steps below show you how to work in Design Space from a desktop or laptop computer. If you use the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen, but the same features are available on any device.

1. Sign in to Cricut Design Space™ at design.cricut.com.

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Log in with your Cricut ID and password, and then select the green New Project button in the top right corner.

2. Insert and resize a basic square shape.

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To make the base for your journaling, you will first insert a square by clicking on Shapes on the left side of your screen. Then add a square to your canvas. You can easily resize this square to 11.5 by adjusting the width. Make sure to leave lock icon locked so that the height automatically resizes when you change the width.

3. Color the square.

Cricut Design Space Tutorial #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #flowermarketcollection #flowermarket #attachAdjusting the color of the square will help you see where to place the shapes and text as you attach them to the square. Click on the colored circle next to the scissors icon in the Layers panel to adjust the color of the shape. We decided to work with white, but you can choose any light color.

4. Insert and resize your title.

Cricut Design Space Tutorial #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #flowermarketcollection #flowermarket #attachBefore adding any circles, we are going to go ahead and insert the title. Click Text and then under Fonts, search for the Flower Market font in the search box. Once you’ve selected it, go ahead and type the title, “MOOD.” Then, insert a separate text box and type “#.” Having two separate pieces allows you to resize the “#” to match “MOOD.” Resize both to a height of 1.5″. Just like the square, keep the size locked so the width automatically adjusts proportionately.

5. Arrange the title on the square.

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Drag the title over the square and arrange it how you’d like it to cut on the square. We placed our title about 7″ from the top of the square.

6. Insert circles and arrange them on the square.

Cricut Design Space Tutorial #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #flowermarketcollection #flowermarket #attachTo insert your circles, you’ll do the same thing as you did to insert the square. Click on Shapes on the left side of your screen and add a circle to your canvas. We used three 1.5″, three 1.75″, and one 2″ circle for this project. Resize the circles as you need, and take advantage of the Duplicate tool in the top right corner of your screen to create more. You can add circles and arrange them on your project however you’d like.

7. Attach images and text.

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Look over your project one more time to make sure you have arranged everything how you want it on the 11.5″ square. Then click and drag your mouse over all the images and click Attach in the bottom left corner. Now all the images are attached exactly how you’ve arranged them when you cut the project in the next step.

8. Cut your project and create your page!

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Once everything is attached, it will all display as one white image on your canvas. When you’re ready to cut your paper, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Once your project is cut, you can layer other patterned paper and cardstock behind the title and circles and then attach it to your 12″ x 12″ page. Just add photos and journaling to document whatever “#MOOD” you’re in at the moment. 🙂

Now you know how to use Attach in Design Space to arrange text and shapes however you like! While we used Attach to place images on an 11.5″ square, you can also use it to attach images in relation to each other on the mat itself. Now it’s your turn! Use these instructions to make your first Design Space scrapbook page with Attach, and then keep experimenting with this tool to create layers and dimension on your layouts.


Recipe:

12″ × 12″ #Mood Page
D1772 My Acrylix® Documented—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7234B Documented Paper Packet, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2804 Pansy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7234C Documented Complements, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3290 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection

CricutÂŽ Shapes:
Flower Market
1½” <font> #MOOD

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Creating Scrapbook Pages with Unity and Variety

Unity and variety are two of the most fundamental principles of design. When used correctly, these two principles complement each other and result in artwork that looks just right, complete, and pleasing.

Unity happens when the parts of a scrapbook page or layout (or any kind of art) work together to be seen as a whole. It’s difficult to specify exactly how to achieve it because unity is an impression of the person that is making the observation. It is a feeling that is conveyed to the viewer of the art. And because we’re unique, each of us with our own perspective, it comes down to who you are making your art for.

With all that said, there are a couple of tips that have proven time and time again to result in artwork that looks unified to pretty much everyone.

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The first tip will sound fairly obvious: greater unity can be achieved by reducing diversity! In this instance, we specifically mean reducing how much diversity you employ in each of the main elements of design (shape, color, lines, texture, space, value, and form). In our example above, you can see that we kept to just a handful of colors and basic shapes, most of them created by straight lines. Because the various elements of the page share many attributes, there is less diversity and greater unity.

Our second tip to building unity in scrapbooking is the use of repetition. Looking at our example again, what repetition do you see? Let us know what you find in the comments below. (Hint: there is so much more than just the square shapes! 🙂 )

This leads us to the second principle of design we are discussing today. To create pages that are visually interesting and exciting, you have to have variety in your art.

Variety occurs when you use differences and change on your pages to increase visual interest.

The scrapbook page we are sharing with you today is made up of 12 3″ x 3″ squares. This works well in this instance because of the variety in the patterns, colors, and photos. The elements need to be alike enough so we can see that they belong together and at the same time different enough to be interesting (harmony).

The principles of art are tried and true methods for organizing the elements of your art. When all of the pieces work together, the result is harmonious! Make an effort to strike a good balance between unity and variety on your scrapbook pages so that your albums will be brimming with enjoyable works of art! Keep following us on the blog to learn more!


Recipe:

12″ x 12″ Love Today Page
D1772 My Acrylix® Documented—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7234B Documented Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5984 Pixie CardstockX5984 Pixie Cardstock, X5963 Poppy Cardstock, X5983 Sorbet Cardstock, X5961 Saffron Cardstock, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2852 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7234C Documented Complements, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z4171 Documented Titles, Z4197 Central Park Alphabet, Z4182 Thin Cuts—Stitched Hearts, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Sewing Machine

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Journaling in Cricut Design Space™

Did you know that you can use fonts in Cricut Design Space™ for more than just a title on your scrapbook page? In this next installment of our Design Space tutorials, we are going to show you how to use Design Space to create large journaling spaces for your scrapbook pages. Not only can the words of your story be the main feature on your page, it can also be made using your Cricut® machine and your favorite Design Space font.

Journaling with Cricut #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhcricutcollection #artistry #cricutartistrycollection #cricutartistry #journaling #cricutjournaling #centralpark #ctmhcentralparkAs you can see in this scrapbook page, you can type a large amount of text in Design Space for your journaling. With the Align and Slice tools, you can then easily cut that text out of cardstock and add it to your page.

To replicate our font you will need to use the CricutŽ Artistry collection. You will also need a CricutŽ machine that is Design Space compatible (any of the Explore models or the new Maker) to link your collections to your account. (If you do not know how to do this, click here.)

The steps below show you how to work in Design Space from a desktop or laptop computer. If you use the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen, but the same features are available on any device.

1. Sign in to Cricut Design Space™ at design.cricut.com.

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Log in with your Cricut ID and password, and then select the green New Project button in the top right corner.

2. Insert and resize a basic square shape.

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To make the base for your journaling, you will first insert a square by clicking on Shapes on the left side of your screen. Then add a square to your canvas. Next, resize this square to an 8.5″ x 11.5″ rectangle. Don’t forget to click the lock icon to unlock the size and change the width to 8.5 and the height to 11.5.

3. Color the rectangle.

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This is an easy, optional, step just to help you better see the text as you are journaling and then using the Slice tool later on. Since we wanted to use Bashful cardstock on this project, we went ahead and adjusted the color of the rectangle from dark gray to light pink. Click on the colored circle next to the scissors icon in the Layers panel to adjust the color of the shape.

4. Insert a line of text.

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To start your journaling, click Text and then search for the Artistry font in the search box. Once you’ve selected it, type your first line of text.

5. Resize the text.

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You’ll notice when you type your first line of journaling that the text is too large for your rectangle base. Resize the text to a height of 0.45″. You can do this by changing the height in the size box to 0.45. Make sure to leave the lock icon locked this time so that the width is automatically resized in Design Space.

6. Insert additional lines.

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Continue adding lines of text for your journaling. To do this quickly, simply duplicate a line of text. This way you don’t have to go back in and resize the font. Click the previous line, select Duplicate in the top right corner, and then type a new line of text.

7. Arrange lines of text.

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After you have completed your journaling, it’s time to arrange the lines on the base rectangle. For this page, we decided to arrange the majority of the text from the top down, leaving a space to add a photo and embellishments before the last two lines of text at the bottom. To help with spacing, you can insert other Basic Shapes, like we did here. You can insert and resize a square to give you an idea of where your photo will go or a circle to represent an embellishment piece. Don’t worry about perfectly spacing each line of text. Design Space has a helpful tool that we will use in the next step.

8. Use the Align tool to evenly space the lines of text.

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Once you have your lines loosely arranged how you like on the rectangle, select the rectangle and move it to the side. Then click and drag your mouse over all the top lines of text to highlight all of them at once. Select Align and then select Distribute Vertically. This will evenly space your lines, and the in the Align tool again, select Center Horizontally. This will center the text. You can also center horizontally the last two lines on the bottom. Because there are only two lines, the option to distribute vertically won’t be available.

9. Use the Slice tool to slice your journaling into the base rectangle.

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To slice the journaling into your rectangle, you have to work line by line. Place the rectangle behind your text. Then select the top line, hit the shift button on your keyboard, and select the rectangle. This will allow the Slice tool to become available in the bottom right corner. Just select Slice and your text will be cut into the rectangle. After slicing, you’ll have two extra lines of text. Delete both extra lines by selecting the red X. To see the remaining lines of text, select Arrange and then Move to Back. Continue this process for each line of text.

10. Cut your project and assemble your page!

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When you’re ready, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Your Cricut® machine will do the rest of the work for you and cut this journaling centerpiece for your scrapbook page!

We hope you love this creative option for adding journaling to your layouts using Design Space. Often the journaling is something we add once our scrapbook page is complete, but with Design Space, you can turn your journaling into a main feature of the page. There are so many options for filling your page with text when you use Design Space!


Recipe:

12″ × 12″ A Walk in the Sun Layout
X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7231C Central Park Complements, Z4178 Central Park Sequins, Z4197 Central Park Alphabet, Z3216 White Twine, Z3190 CricutÂŽ Artistry Digital Collection

CricutÂŽ Shapes:
Artistry
½” <font>

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Tools Every Stamper Should Have

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Stamping runs through our veins here at Close To My Heart and we just can’t get enough of it! For those who are new to stamping or maybe just new to our product line, we wanted to share some of the basics that will make stamping with Close To My Heart your new favorite!

My AcrylixÂŽ Stamp Sets

The very first thing that you need is a good quality stamp. There’s no getting around this one. You want stamp sets that will stand the test of time in both structure and design. (Some have had to learn the hard way, not all clear stamp sets are created equal. 🙂 )

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At Close To My Heart we put a lot of thought and effort into making the best stamps for our customers. The process begins about nine months to a year before a stamp set is even available for purchase. From trend and customer preference research all the way through the final label placed on the packaging, there isn’t a detail left unturned.

All of our My AcrylixÂŽ stamps are made of a liquid photo polymer resin. (What does that mean?) They are a clear, rubbery, very high quality material that creates clean and crisp prints time and time again. They are also flexible! Because they come packaged on a carrier sheet and are not permanently mounted on a block, you can manipulate them to fit inside shapes and banners, or simply to achieve a slightly different look than the original. (Some people will go as far as cutting their polymer stamps in order to rearrange words and sentiments!)

My AcrylixÂŽ Blocks

We mentioned earlier that our stamps are not permanently mounted on blocks, and if you watched the video above you can see what a world of difference that makes.

Once you have your stamp sets, you will need blocks to use them. Our My AcrylixÂŽ blocks are your best bet!

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All of our My AcrylixÂŽ blocks have a small white horizontal line on them to help with stamp alignment, which is especially helpful to keep words and borders straight. Their crystal clear acrylic design not only lets you see where you are stamping but it is also hard and sturdy, making them very durable and difficult to break. With rounded edges providing a safe and comfortable grip, be prepared for hours of stamping fun!

Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

When creativity strikes, enjoy a full spectrum of color with our Exclusive Inks™ color palette.

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Our patented Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads feature an innovative lid pad (where the larger than average ink pad is stored in the lid) keeping the ink always at the surface and ready to use.

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The sleek magnetic closure design makes it easy to open and close (and also helps to keep your fingers clean!).

Available in every one of our beautiful exclusive colors, the ink is an acid free water-based dye and formulated from scratch.

My AcrylixÂŽ Spritz Cleaner & Stamp Scrubber

As stampers, we naturally want to take care of our beloved stamps. For a lint-free clean, the My AcrylixÂŽ Spritz Cleaner and Stamp Scrubber will be your new besties.

Like you saw in the video above, just spray your stamp while it’s still on the block and scrub away. This cleaner and scrubber duo will also remove stubborn pigment inks from My Acrylix® stamps.

That’s it! With a few quality basics you’re set to take on stamping like a pro!

Are there any products you absolutely must have for your stamping? Let us know in the comments below!

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Design Principles: Rhythm & Movement

Many of us scrapbook with storytelling as our primary goal. Preserving stories is the main factor we keep in mind as we design pages, layouts, and albums. The story is what guides our photo placement and the order of events. Sometimes, we even go as far as labeling parts of our pages to help the viewer follow a specific path through our stories.

Today we’re going to discuss two design principles that will help your artwork do some of the storytelling for you. These two principles work together to organize different elements within your artwork in order to create a natural visual flow.

Rhythm is something that catches the viewer’s eye and continues to move it through the artwork. It is created through slight differences in a pattern and repetition of elements, and, just like in music, it can vary in pace depending on how heavy your patterns are and how often they repeat. Movement is the path that your eye takes through the art.

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Can you spot the rhythm causing elements in our example scrapbook page above? There are several, so let’s talk through a few of them. First, take a look at those colorful pennant banners. There are two, both made up of equal-sized triangles and the same color scheme. As a pair, these two banners catch our eye and move our attention from the top left of the page to the center. Even each banner has its own rhythm because of the repetitive triangle shape.

A second place we find rhythm in this piece is in the cluster of squares and rectangles made up of the two small photos, the white rectangle behind the lower banner, and the small journaling card.

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They are all similar enough in shape and size to consider them a repetitive pattern. This rhythm generates a sense of movement in the lower middle section of the page.

A third, subtle, way we created movement in our example is through the repetitive use of blue sequins.

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We started out at the top left, moved to the middle, then across to the bottom right. Another place we see rhythm and movement in this one page is with the color yellow. From the banners, to the photos, and the paint washes, there are small accents of yellow carrying our attention from one place to the next.

These are just a few of the many ways rhythm is creating movement in this example piece. Now that you know what to look for, can you spot any more?

Most of you reading this blog naturally look at things from left to right, top to bottom. It’s how we’ve been trained to read the world around us. To keep with this natural rhythm we’ve all been subconsciously taught, keep it in mind as you create your artwork so that the finished product will look and feel pleasing to you and your audience. In the following two-page layout we use lines, shapes, color, and space to create rhythm and movement from one page to the other, following a left to right, top to bottom flow.

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In the left page, where we will always know to begin, we are first drawn to the title for several reasons. One of which is because it is framed with yellow lines and accents.

From this highlighted title, the yellow rhythm continues to the surfboard in the 4 x 6 photo and then from one cluster of embellishments to the next until we reach the end (or right side) of the second page. Also creating rhythm and visually moving us along from left to right are the blue lines, blue photo mats, and blue arrow.

Creating rhythm and movement in artwork will take practice and patience to master. The first step in the process is to know that it is there. Make note of it in other people’s art and learn from it. Take what you see (and like) and incorporate it into your artwork as best you can. With practice it will eventually become second nature and you will be visually guiding others through your artwork and your stories intentionally and with purpose.


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Yay Summer Page
D1772 My Acrylix® Documented—Scrapbooking Stamp set, D1780 My Acrylix® Aloha Spirit Stamp Set, X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, X7231D Central Park Coordinating Cardstock, Z2892 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2808 Lemon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7231C Central Park Complements, Z4178 Central Park Sequins, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

12″ x 12″ Endless Summer Sunshine Layout
D1775 My Acrylix® Central Park—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, D1772 My Acrylix® Documented—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, D1733 My Acrylix® Splash of Color Stamp Set, X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5967 Pacifica Cardstock, Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2892 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2808 Lemon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7231C Central Park Complements, Z4178 Central Park Sequins, Z4197 Central Park Alphabet, Sewing Machine

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10 Stamping Techniques You NEED to Know!

We’re in the middle of Stampaganza 2018, which means you’ve got a great opportunity to add some fun new stamp sets to your collection this month, free! And since you’ll have the stamps, we came up with a list of 10 techniques to help you make the most of your stamping experience!

Stamping Techniques #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #stampingtechniques #techniques #stampaganza #ctmhstampaganza #ctmhcentralpark #centralpark #blockandstring #embossing #ombre #ombré1. Heat embossing with pigment ink. Did you know that you can heat emboss in any of our exclusive colors? All you need is the pigment ink in the color of your choice and clear embossing powder. Stamp with pigment, add embossing powder, melt and seal together with a craft heater. That’s it!

2. Ombré stamping. To achieve the popular ombré effect, you have to gradually blend one color, or color hue, into another. There are several ways to do this, but let’s show you how we did it in our card.

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We inked our stamp using mini pigment pads. Here’s a tip. Instead of pressing the stamp to the ink pad, reverse the process and press the ink onto the stamp for better ink control. First, ink the top two thirds of the stamp using the lighter color of the two being blended (in this case, Bashful). Starting at the bottom, add the second, darker, color (Lemon). As you get to where the two colors will overlap, use less pressure with the ink pad to apply less ink and achieve that blended look you’re going for.

3. String & block. An oldie, but a goodie, this technique is here to stay. Start by wrapping a My Acrylix® block with twine, as many or as few times as you’d like, and tie it off at the top of the block. Ink the twine in your stamp pad and stamp away. There you have it! Your own, unique, texture stamp! Try spacing out the twine when you wrap it around your block for different looks, and then get to work experimenting! (Technically this one doesn’t use a stamp, but it’s still a great technique to keep up your crafty sleeves!) You can see what this technique looks like in the Happy card at the top of this post. For more inspiration using this method, click here.

4. Split stamping. The idea behind this one is pretty much what the name implies: you split your stamp image. One of the easiest ways to do this is to stamp an image on cardstock and then cut in into pieces (see trees in example below). For more split stamping ideas, click here.

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5. Second-generation images. If you take a look at our trees in the top left corner of the page above, you’ll notice that some of the trees in the background are more faint than the ones in the foreground even though they were all stamped using the same color stamp pad. The lighter images were made with second-generation stamping and the darker ones with first-generation stamping. A first-generation image is one that is created when you ink your stamp and then press it to paper. A second-generation image is created when, without re-inking after the first-generation, you stamp on your paper again. (Take it further if you’re up for it with third-generation images!)

6. Masking. Masking is one of the classic stamping techniques of any seasoned stamper. The concept starts out simple. You have a stamp of a design or sentiment that you only want to partially stamp an image of. To keep those extra bits off your project, all you have to do is mask, or cover, those parts with scratch paper. (In our example above, the word “MEMORIES” was part of a sentiment that was masked and later cut out.

7. Stamping on vellum. Because vellum is less porous than other papers, ink will take longer to dry. You can help move the drying process along by using your 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 project). 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. For learn more about stamping on vellum, click here.

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8. Kissing technique. The possibilities are endless when we pair stamps together using this method. You can create different textures and compound images when you mix and match stamps. In the right card above we used the kissing technique to create the heart in the solid circle image.

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First, ink the stamp that you want to have as a base. In our example, we inked the circle in Bashful. Then, with both stamps on blocks, press the two stamps together. The second stamp will not have ink on it and will remove some of the ink from the first stamp in its shape. After your stamps kiss, stamp your base stamp on paper. Ta-da! Use this method to add textures and all kinds of shapes or designs to your stamping!

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9. Rock & roll technique. Here’s another fun way to blend colors while stamping.

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First, ink your stamp in a base color. We started by inking our sentiment in Pacifica. To add that second color to the outer edges, you gently roll your already inked stamp in the second color. In our case, we rolled in Glacier. Only make contact with the stamp pad on the edges where you want to add the color. You have to rock and roll your block to achieve this look.

 10. Using the back of a stamp. One of the many advantages of having acrylic stamps over wooden mounted rubber ones is that you can attach them to your block whichever way you want. Mount your stamp on your block backwards—yep, backwards—so that the smooth back of your stamp is exposed. Ink it and stamp it this way to create a shape outline for you to then stamp the front of your stamp on.

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Even though this idea will only work with stamp sets that are symmetrical, like the round sun in this example, it’s definitely one to keep in your reserves.

That’s a wrap! 10 techniques every stamper needs to know!


Recipes:

4Âź” x 5½” Happy Card (Vertical)
B1232 My Acrylix® Solos “h” Stamp Set, X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z2506 Adventure Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad Set, Z2852 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Sewing Machine

4Âź” x 5½” Enjoy Card (Vertical)
B1229 My Acrylix® Solos “e” Stamp Set, X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2506 Adventure Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad Set, Z2508 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad, Z2088 Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

12″ x 12″ Memories Page
D1783 My Acrylix® Fresh Air—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

4Âź” x 5½” Love Card (Vertical)
B1236 My Acrylix® Solos “l” Stamp Set, X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

4Âź” x 5½” Happy Butterfly Card (Vertical)
B1232 My Acrylix® Solos “h” Stamp Set, Z7231B Central Park Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X5947 Mink Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

12″ x 12″ Beautiful Reasons to Be Happy Page
D1775 My Acrylix® Central Park—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X5947 Mink Cardstock, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2808 Lemon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2892 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3024 White Shimmer Trim, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

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Stampaganza 2018!

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We did it again! Stampaganza is back! For every two stamp sets you purchase at full retail price during the month of July you get a third of equal or lesser value FREE! Any of our current stamp sets found in our Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 2 catalogs are up for grabs. AND, to make things even more exciting, we brought back our popular alphabet and number Solos stamp sets just for this sale!

 

Celebrate this Stampaganza with us as we highlight some of the Solos sets in a fun summer album, below!

 

Features: Solos “a”, Solos “e”, Solos “h”, Solos “i”, Solos “l”, Solos “y”

 

These first two pages are the title and subject introduction of this album, where we get invited into a little girl’s “marvelous summer” adventures. In the pages that follow, we recount 10 of Ali’s favorite summer memories doing all of our stamping using only the number and alphabet Solos. Can you spot your favorite?

 

Features: Solos “1”, Solos “2”, Solos “e”, Solos “i”, Solos “m”, Solos “p”, Solos “s”, Solos “w”

 

 

Features:  Solos “3”, Solos “4”, Solos “b”, Solos “c”, Solos “e”, Solos “g”, Solos “i”, Solos “k”, Solos “n”, Solos “o”

 

 

Features: Solos “5”, Solos “6”, Solos “a”, Solos “c”, Solos “e”, Solos “f”, Solos “i”, Solos “k”, Solos “m”, Solos “r”, Solos “s”, Solos “t”

 

 

Features: Solos “7”, Solos “8”, Solos “a”, Solos “d”, Solos “e”, Solos “g”, Solos “m”, Solos “r”

 

 

Features: Solos “0”, Solos “1”, Solos “2”, Solos “9”, Solos “a”, Solos “c”, Solos “f”, Solos “l”, Solos “r”, Solos “t”

 

Just remember, these stamp sets are only back until the end of July, so make sure to snatch up your favorites before they are gone! (You really can’t ever have too many fonts 😉 )

Which stamp set is calling your name this Stampaganza? Tell us in the comments below!

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Creating Pocket Cards in Cricut Design Space™

Are you ready for some new Cricut Design Space™ ideas? Today we’re going to walk you through creating your very own pocket cards for your pocket scrapbooking layouts. Making pocket cards is a great and relatively easy way to add unique shapes or titles to your memory keeping projects using images that can be manipulated in Design Space. Simply follow our steps below to learn how.

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This layout shows three different pocket cards made with the You Are Here CricutÂŽ collection. The variety of shapes from this travel-themed collection pair perfectly with the colors and patterns of the Fresh Air paper.

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These three pocket cards come together quickly when you use tools like Contour and Slice in Design Space. Let’s show you how to make the layered pieces for the title card, “THE Adventure BEGINS,” from one image in Design Space.

Before getting started, make sure you own the You Are Here Cricut® collection so you can use the same title that we did on this pocket card. You will also need a Cricut® machine that is Design Space™ compatible (any of the Explore models or the new Maker) to link your collections to your account. (If you do not know how to do this, click here.)

The steps below show you how to work in Design Space from a desktop or laptop computer. If you use the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen, but the same features are available on any device.

1. Sign in to Cricut Design Space™ at design.cricut.com.

Log in with your Cricut ID and password, and then select the green New Project button in the top right corner.

2. Insert and resize a basic square shape.

Step 2

To make the pocket card base, you will first insert a square by clicking on Shapes on the left side of your screen. Next you can easily resize this square to a 4″ x 6″ rectangle. Click the lock to unlock the size and change the width to 6″ and the height to 4″.

3. Insert the title image and resize.

Step 3

To add the title from the You Are Here collection to your canvas, click Images on the left side of your screen. Then search for image #M2763105 in the search box at the top. This is the exact title you need. Select it and click Insert Images in the bottom right corner to add it to your canvas. Then change the width only to 5.25″. Design Space™ automatically resizes the height to the correct proportions as long as the lock icon above the size is locked.

4. Duplicate the rectangle and title.

Step 4

To create this pocket card, you will need several images to slice and contour. To duplicate both the rectangle and the title, select the image and then click Duplicate in the Layers panel. The second rectangle will serve as the base for your pocket card.

5. Without ungrouping, use the Slice tool on one of your title images.

Step 5

To slice the title, select it and then click “Slice” in the bottom right corner. This will help you create one of the layers on your pocket card. After slicing your first title, you’ll have several pieces of text remaining. The screenshot shows you the three different pieces that will be made after you use slice on this first title image.

6. Delete one of the extra titles.

Delete of one of the extra titles by selecting the red X. Make sure you leave the image with the words “THE” and “BEGINS” on your canvas.

7. Contour the remaining sliced title.

Step 7

With the remaining title image from your slice, you will use Contour to hide the word “BEGINS” from the image to leave only the word “Adventure.” Select it and then click Contour in the bottom right corner. Then click on all the pieces you want to hide to get ride of the word “BEGINS.” This will leave only the word “Adventure” that you’ll use in the next step.

8. Use Slice to cut title into one rectangle.

Step 8

To cut the “Adventure” title into one of the rectangles, click and drag your mouse over the banner and text to highlight both images. This will allow the Slice option to become available in the bottom right corner. Click Slice.

9. Delete extra text and contour the title.

Step 9

Both titles from slicing into your rectangle can be deleted by selecting the text and clicking the red X. You won’t need to use them to build your pocket card. To allow parts of the solid cardstock to show beneath title you sliced in this pocket card, use the Contour tool to remove some of the extra cuts. Select the sliced title and click Contour. Then select some of the inside pieces to remove, like the inside cut of the letters “A,” “d,” and “u.” You can also contour part of the curly line at the beginning and the end of the word.

10. Ungroup the duplicate title image and delete extra pieces.

Step 10

To create Juniper layer of this title, select the duplicate title and click Ungroup in the layers panel. Then delete the purple “Adventure BEGINS” image by select the red X.

11. Assign colors to your project pieces.

Step 11a

Assigning colors to your pieces is an optional step, but it can help you see what color of cardstock you need when you cut your project. You can also color each piece and move them around to visually get a sense for how your project pieces will look when they come together, like we did below.

Step 11b

12. Cut your project and assemble your pocket card!

When you’re ready, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. We used light Toffee cardstock for the pocket card base and Toffee cardstock for the 4″ x 6″ sliced title card. We used Juniper cardstock for the title piece with the solid banner. Finish it off with New England Ivy cardstock for the separate title pieces, “THE” and “BEGINS” and then “Adventure”. After your pieces are cut, it’s easy to assemble the layers for this title on your pocket card. Just remember that the final layer will be your two New England Ivy pieces, and you’ll attach them to your card over the Juniper cardstock.

If you liked the title we made today but it doesn’t match your photos, that’s an easy fix. You can use the tools in Design Space to create other pocket cards in any color scheme. You’d follow the same steps and then simply choose other colors of cardstock when you cut the project. The creative options in Design Space can be used for your 12″ x 12″ scrapbook pages, but they also allow you to design projects for other types of memory keeping like pocket cards. Enjoy!


Recipe

12″ × 12″ Adventure Layout
X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, X7232D Fresh Air Coordinating Cardstock, X7232C Fresh Air Complements, Z4185 Fresh Air Shapes, Z4170 New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon, Z3389 CricutÂŽ You Are Here Collection

CricutÂŽ Shapes:
You Are Here
2″ Icon-1 <8> (p. 8, #M27202C7)
2″ Shift+Icon-1 <?> (p. 8, #M27606C7)
2″ Icon-2 <8> (p. 8, #M27606C7)
2½” Shift+Icon-3 <F> (cut 3, p. 24, #M2762C6C)
2ž” Title <j> (cut 3, p. 27, #M2763105)
2ž” Title <b> (p. 35, #M27F821B)
2ž” Shift+Title <B> (p. 35, #M27F821B)

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