Usher in a New Season

Earlier this year we showed you how to use the Cricut® Flower Market Collection for a springtime monogram. Today we have some artwork that just goes to show that this truly is a collection for all seasons! Take a look at this beautiful wreath celebrating the upcoming fall!

Papercrafting Wreath #papercrafting #cricut #flowermarket #diy #CTHM #closetomyheart #fall #autumn #wreath #paperwreath

Starting with a simple grapevine wreath, we decorated our piece with paper flowers and leaves in stunning fall colors. (Picking our colors was easy—we just turned to our brand new fall-themed paper packets from the Holiday Expressions idea book, which is available for purchase as of September 1.)

When working with Cricut® shapes in your décor, add dimension and life by curling and bending petals and leaves. Add embellishments, like buttons and ribbons, for more textures, details, and volume.

With its changing leaves in rich hues of reds, oranges, and yellows, fall is by far the most colorful season of the year to draw inspiration from. Bring some of those glowing vibrant tones into your home by creating some of your own décor pieces—it’s all about where your creativity takes you!


Recipe

Fall Wreath
Z4041 Falling for You—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet, X5949 Almond Cardstock, X5951 Espresso Cardstock, X5952 Nutmeg Cardstock, X5965 Ruby Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7223C Falling for You Complements, Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon, Z3385 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, 18″ Grapevine Wreath, Hot Glue Gun

Cricut® Shapes: 
Flower Market
3″ Shift + Icon <J> (cut 8, p. 27, #MD6F435)
4½” <Chrsnthm> (cut 2, p. 47, #MFADEB0)

You Are Here
2½” Icon-4 <a> (cut 18, p. 21, #M27629BD)
2½” Shift + Icon-4 <A> (cut 18, p. 21, #M27629BD)

Numbers starting with #M specify the image number in Cricut Design Space™

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White Pines to the Rescue!

The charming White Pines paper packet may have been inspired by the holidays, but there’s no need to confine it to your Christmas crafts—or even to winter! It can do so much more! For example, take a look at this beautiful autumn page using the Champagne B&T Duos™ paper featured in White Pines.

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Don’t the warm tones really give this project the feeling of fall? We especially love the distressing on the edges of the wreath, which our artist accomplished with the help of a sponge dauber and our Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad. Here’s how: After cutting the wreath out of Colonial White cardstock using our Cricut® Artistry collection, she laid it over some scratch paper. Then, she inked a sponge dauber in Cashmere ink. After blotting the sponge dauber on the scratch paper to get rid of some ink, she rubbed it in a circular motion over the edges of the wreath. This technique creates a rustic look that is perfect for fall!

The kraft and Chocolate cardstock really complement the tones of the White Pines background, and we love the pop of bright color added by the leaves. Eggplant, Ruby, Saffron, and Goldrush cardstock carry on that homey theme, as they invoke memories of sipping warm apple cider, huddling around the hearth, and jumping into piles of crisp, golden leaves!

It’s amazing what small artistic details can do to convey a message. Look at the stitching on the wreath: Thread always invokes images of quilts and blankets, and for a page about crisp, cool fall, what could be more perfect than that? To get this look, poke holes in your cardstock with our piercing tool. This makes it easy to space the holes out evenly and thread the paper without creating crinkles or tears.

To find even more artwork inspiration featuring our White Pines paper packet, be sure to search #ctmhwhitepines on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. When you create your own White Pine masterpieces, be sure to share your artwork with the world by using this hashtag as well!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Happy Autumn Page
Reflections: Bottom Border—Portrait™
B1492 My Acrylix® Fallen Leaves, B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, X5643 Chocolate Cardstock, X5774 Eggplant Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, 1243 Goldrush Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2647 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2175 Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3124 Enamel & Glitter Duos Purple Hearts, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z2046 Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2 ½” Icon-1 <Fall> (p. 44)
11 ½” Background <Fall> (p. 44) 

Artbooking
1 ¾” Title <n> (p. 73)

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We’ve Fall-en for Sangria!

A new month means a new featured paper collection, and for October, Sangria is the belle of the ball! We love this vibrant paper collection, especially for creating fall layouts. The rich, warm tones capture the colors of the landscape preparing for winter.

Today, we’re going to talk about three perfect companions for the Sangria paper collection that will help you take your fall artwork to a whole new level. To begin, take a look at this back to school fall layout:

Sangria Fall Layout CTMH

It has so much warmth! The quilt pattern on the right page even makes you what to wrap yourself up in a giant quilt and sip some warm cocoa from your favorite mug. This layout uses all three elements to enhance Sangria and produce fantastic fall artwork. Let’s dive in!

1. Gold. And more gold!

Anything gold pairs wonderfully with Sangria. Try your hand at some Picture My Life™ gold overlays. Our artist used them to liven up squares of cardstock in the quilt pattern. See the polka dots and the “life is GOOD” sentiment? You’ve got it—overlays! The “ADVENTURE” sticker with gold lettering is from our Fundamentals stickers Basics pack, and, of course, we’ve got some gold sequins in the mix, too. All these gold bits add warmth to this fall layout.

2. Anything Saffron, Peacock, and Fern

These exclusive colors work hand in hand with the Sangria color palette. On this layout, you can see how well these cardstocks pair with the Poppy and Pomegranate colored B&T Duos™. You can also see Saffron and Fern ink in the leaf stamps.

3. Rock N’ Roll Stamping

When you think of fall, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is leaves: multi-colored, fading from green to amber and amber to crimson. Well, what better way to replicate that look than with the rock n’ roll stamping technique! Take a look at this stamping technique in action:

Rock n' roll leaves

Ready to rock n’ roll at home? First, stamp the leaf image in the lighter color. Then clean your stamp, and place the edge of the stamp on the darker stamp pad. Roll the stamp around so ink only gets on the outer edge of the stamp. Then stamp over the first image, and there you have it! For a visual how-to, check out our rock n’ roll Instagram video!

As you may have noticed, not all of the leaves have the darker ink all the way around the perimeter. You can certainly ink just one edge of the stamp—get creative! It’s a lot of fun, and there are a lot of looks you can discover!

Now you have three great tips for creating warm, fall-themed artwork using our Sangria paper collection. Show us what YOU can do with Sangria by typing #ctmhsangria in your post when you share your artwork on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We want to see your creativity at work!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Back 2 School Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 5
D1677 My Acrylix® Friend Tree, E1032 My Acrylix® Typography, X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, Z3144 Picture My Life™ Overlay Gold & Silver, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3166 Fundamental Stickers Basics Pack, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3132 Watercolor Paints
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Stamping Technique: Marker Coloring

Remember the marker chart from last week that showed you how to create our exclusive colors by blending ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers? Well, today we’re going to show you beautiful artwork that uses these formulas to fill in stamps! AND we’re going to teach you some tricks for how to do this!

Using this month’s featured paper packets, Zoe and Nevermore, our artist made these 3 adorable autumn cards:

Autumn Cards

Aren’t they cute? Using the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers to fill in stamped images is a great way to add rich, vibrant color to your artwork. Before we dive in to the specific techniques used in these cards, let’s talk about ink and paper. When filling in a stamped image with these alcohol-based markers, the ink you use to stamp your image really matters. If you stamp with a water-based ink, your image will most likely bleed and become less distinct as you color over it with the markers. We recommend using our Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ pad or other inks like the Black StazOn™ ink pad or the Tuxedo Black Memento™ ink pad.

Whatever ink you use, be sure that your ink dries completely before you use the markers. On this artwork, our artist used a craft heater to make sure the stamped images were completely dry before she grabbed her markers. We also recommend using White Daisy cardstock when blending the markers to create our exclusive colors.

So Thankful

After stamping (and drying!) the outline of these blossoms, our artist followed the marker chart to create Pomegranate, Eggplant, Sunset, and Saffron petals. As you’ll remember from our previous post, the order of the layered colors is very important, so make sure to follow the marker chart. We love how she alternated Saffron and Sunset on the largest flower! With the help of the chart, she also created Fern and Sweet Leaf leaves. Notice how the Eggplant cardstock on the base of the card matches the Eggplant blossom and pulls the card together.

Autumn Harvest

On this card, our artist used a really cool technique to get the shading on the leaf. She began by following the instructions for creating Sweet Leaf: First she colored the stamp with the Sap Green marker and then with the Pastel Green marker. To create Sweet Leaf you have to repeat these steps, so she colored it again with Sap Green, but then only colored half of the leaf with the Pastel Green, creating that ombré effect. How cool is that?

Happy Halloween

For the final card, our artist dressed this little monster up in Gypsy, Thistle, and Pear, created again by blending our markers. And don’t you just love those rosy cheeks? After coloring the face using the Barley Beige marker, the artist used the fine tip of the Light Orange marker to lightly add a few dots close together in a circle shape. She then immediately colored over the cheek a few times with Barley Beige large tip to blend the cheek in. The result—a very cute, blushing vampire.

And there you have it! A few tricks you can use when filling in your stamps with the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers. To see more artwork made using our Nevermore and Zoe paper collections, search for the hashtags #ctmhzoe and #ctmhnevermore on Facebook and Instagram. And stay tuned here on the blog for more artwork featuring great stamping techniques throughout the month!

Recipes

4 ½” x 5 ½” So Thankful Card
Originals: A Heartfelt Classic™
D1662 My Acrylix® Harvest Wreath, D1651 My Acrylix® Wavy Blooms, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, X5774 Eggplant Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z2456 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Mahogany Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2455 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Light Orange Marker, Z2467 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 4 Marker, Z2453 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Lavender Marker, Z2448 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Carmine Marker, Z2447 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Bronze Marker, Z2450 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Cherry Pink Marker, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z2027 Mini Stapler

6″ x 6″ Autumn Harvest Card
Originals: Background Blocks™
B1463 My Acrylix® Thankful Heart, D1662 My Acrylix® Harvest Wreath, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, X7198B Nevermore Paper Packet, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin Pastel Green Marker, Z2467 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 4 Marker, Z2451 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay Marker, Z2455 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Light Orange Marker, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

5 ½” x 4 ½” Happy Halloween
Wishes: Pattern Designer Tag™
C1630 My Acrylix® Little Monsters, X7198B Nevermore Paper Packet, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z2446 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Black Marker, Z2445 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Barley Beige Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2467 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 4 Marker, Z2453 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Lavender Marker, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z2455 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Light Orange Marker, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Art Philosophy
3 ½” <tag 3> (p. 50)
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All-Purpose Mat Color Splat

When we posted the Halloween-themed cards on our Facebook page last month, the background on the Halloween village card captured many hearts across the world. (Click here to see the card.)

Several of you asked us how it was done. So we took your questions to the artist herself, and not only was she generous enough to show us her methods, but she also created yet another stunning card for us that illustrates this beautiful technique.

Check it out!Isn’t that beautiful?

The technique used to create this kind of background centers on our all-purpose mat. (This tutorial will only add more truth to its name!) The non-slip surface makes it perfect for mixing ink and water to create special artistic effects.

There’s an infinite amount of possible art you can create with this technique, but first try this quick tutorial on creating the background seen on this great Happy Autumn card.

What Tools You’ll Need:
D1604 My Acrylix® Season of Thanks
C1589 My Acrylix® Lifetime of Happiness
Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2137 Olive Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2101 Autumn Terracotta Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z1380 Spray Pen
1778 My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner
Z697 Round Sponge
Z2045 All-Purpose Mat

1. Rub Olive, Desert Sand, Goldrush, Sunset, and Autumn Terracotta Exclusive Inks™ pads directly onto surface of all-purpose mat to create desired pattern.     2. Holding spray pen at a distance of about 12″ from the mat, spray water over ink until it has a dewed appearance.     3. Take your cardstock (preferably Colonial White or White Daisy) and lay it directly down into the watered ink. Rub back of paper lightly to ensure complete coverage. Lift paper and allow ink to dry completely. Use a craft heater to speed up the process.     4. Once ink has dried, repeat steps 1–3 with Glacier ink, except this time, instead of spraying the Glacier ink with water, spray it with the My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner in order to achieve a more modeled look.

5. Using the My Acrylix® Season of Thanks stamp set, stamp several tree trunks in Whisper. Stamp some trunks with second-generation impressions in order to add depth.     6. Using the My Acrylix® Lifetime of Happiness stamp set, stamp leaves in Canary, Honey, and Flaxen inks. Stamp quickly, using both second- and first-generation impressions. To give some leaves a more finished look, spread some ink on the all-purpose mat, spray it with spritz, dip the stamp in the dewed ink, and then stamp on cardstock.     7. Using the sponge, daube Canary ink around your design to lighten things up and maintain depth.      8. In order to create a soft edge, spread Whisper ink in a circle on your all-purpose mat and then spray it with spritz. Rub each of the edges of your cardstock lightly in the ink until you achieve a subtle border on each side. Allow ink to dry completely.

Voila! Your beautiful background is now complete. Now all you need to do is add your embellishments and other additions to complete your card.

This technique is full of possibilities, so feel free to experiment with it in other ways, too. We’d love to see what you come up with!

Happy crafting!

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