Block Alphabet Thin Cuts Technique

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Our Die-namite! sale is in full swing, so why not share yet another way to use our Thin Cuts!

For those of you stumbling across our blog for the first time, Thin Cuts are our special line of metal dies that you can use to cut paper shapes by running them through a die-cutting machine, like the Cricut Cuttlebug™. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and some even coordinate with specific stamp sets. You can create exact shapes, over and over again, without using scissors! And the only thing better than that is that they are on sale through the end of the month at 25% off individual sets and 30% off select bundles! (For a complete list of our Thin Cuts, click here.)

Now let’s talk about that super cute card sending everyone out there HUGS. We made the card above using our Block Alphabet Thin Cuts and a partial die-cutting technique. The step-by-step instructions below will guide you through the process of re-creating this card, or one like it with a sentiment of your choice!

Materials Needed:
X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet
Z3350 Whimsy Fundamentals
X5941 Bashful Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet
Z3274 Clear Sparkles
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z4014 White & Gold Twine
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
Washi Tape
Die-cutting Machine


Prepare and Cut.

To replicate our card exactly, you will need the following pieces:

  • 1 standard card base
  • 2″ x 4¼” White Daisy cardstock
  • 2¾” x 4¼” light Bashful cardstock (our cardstock is 2-toned and we used the light side for this piece)
  • 3½” x 4¼” Bashful cardstock
  • 4¼” x 4¼” white flowers on Pixie paper from Gimme Some Sugar paper packet

Step 1. Planning your letter placement.

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With a pencil, lightly draw a line 1″ from the right edge on all four cardstock pieces.


Step 2. Attaching the alphabet Thin Cuts.
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Again, with a pencil, lightly mark 1 3/8″ from the top of the cardstock. Align the top of the alphabet Thin Cuts with this mark and the left edge slightly over the line you drew in step 1. You should be able to see the pencil line on the inner edge of the die. Once your dies are aligned, secure them with washi tape.

Tip: make sure your letters are in the correct order. The first letter should be on the shortest paper and the last letter on the longest.


Step 3. Partially cutting the letters.
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As our preferred die-cutting machine, we used a Cricut Cuttlebug™ for this step. If your machine is something different, adjust as needed.

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 right half of the cardstock on the plate and leave the left half of the cardstock hanging off the plate. Adhere the piece in place with washi tape so it will not move when it’s run through the die-cutting machine. 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 letter, still attached on the left.

Repeat this step with all of your letters.


Step 4. Trim off the excess.
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To get a clean, straight edge, trim along the pencil line with a paper trimmer. DO NOT CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH! Leave the part of the letters that are supposed to be attached uncut.

Tip: for the center line of the S, trim with scissors.


Step 5. Assemble your card!

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Erase any remaining pencil lines and build your card. Attach your letters to the white flower Pixie paper starting one inch from the left with the S on the bottom, followed by the G, then U, and then the H.

Tip: embellish with twine before attaching this front to the card base.

That’s all, folks! Use this technique to make a standard-sized card with any custom sentiment, anything between 4 to 6 letters long, using our Block Alphabet Thin Cuts!

Share any comments or questions regarding this technique in the comments below!

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Color Theory: Monochromatic and Analogous Colors

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A lot of us know, or at least think we know, what a monochromatic color scheme is. Monochromatic color designs make use of a single color that varies in lightness and saturation. This type of color “combination,” if you will, is easy to achieve with some of our favorite Close To My Heart products. Take our two-toned Bashful cardstock, for example. We have Bashful on one side and light Bashful on the other. Because they are two tones of the same color, when used together they are considered monochromatic. Second generation stamping, where you stamp an image a second time without applying more ink to get a lighter image, is another way to play with monochromatic colors in your art.

 

 

Sometimes, a piece of artwork that we may think is monochromatic is actually following an analogous scheme, which is just a fancy way of saying that the featured colors are next to each other on the color wheel. One color is typically dominant while neighboring colors are used to enhance the design. In our example layout above, we make use of both monochromatic and analogous colors.

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If we visit our CTMH color wheel, you can see that the four colors we used throughout our layout, Bashful, Pixie, Blossom, and Raspberry, are all adjacent to each other. (As a reminder, we have our Pretty in Pink sale going on through the end of the month where you can find products in these colors at a discount!) This layout would’ve worked in much the same way with Sapphire, Pacifica, Crystal Blue, and Peacock.

The ideas that we discuss in this series of posts are what really matter—not the technical names or scientific reasons why they all work. The end goal is to know how to, time and time again, choose colors that will work well together as you create beautiful art worthy of preserving your memories.

So, here’s what you need from this post for your color scheme toolbox: when you’re choosing colors for your artwork, start at the color wheel. Pick a dominant color and then look at the colors around it. Make use of these colors with your papers, inks, Complements, and accessories and you can’t go wrong! 🙂

For more color combination ideas revisit last month’s color theory post:
Complementary Colors and How to Use Them


Recipe:

12″ x 12″ What I Love About My Home Layout
C1709 My Acrylix® Chelsea Gardens—Cardmaking Stamp Set, D1728 My Acrylix® What Matters Most Stamp Set, B1572 My Acrylix® Banner Love Stamp Set, A1182 My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp Set, D1733 My Acrylix® Splash of Color Stamp Set, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5984 Pixie Cardstock, Z5973 Blossom Cardstock, X5974 Raspberry Cardstock, Z3360 Bashful Glitter Paper, Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3388 Picture My Life™ Cards—The Story Begins (Baby Girl), X7227C Make Waves Complements, Z3369 Bashful Pearls, Z3381 Heart Clips, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

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Pretty in Pink Butterfly Mobile

We’re thinking PINK all month long at Close To My Heart with our Pretty in Pink special,  featuring a select group of pink and gold items at 25% off as well as three exclusive product bundles at 30% off! These bundles include the Bashful—Color of the Year bundle (which you can also get FREE by signing up as a Consultant or hosting a qualifying party this month!) and two bundles with supplies to make this beautiful butterfly mobile:
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For a full set of instructions to make this mobile, click here. Follow along with Monica in the video below to see how it all comes together!

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A Pastel Christmas

Red and green, silver and gold—we love the traditional holiday color palette. This season, why not have a little fun and switch things up! Venture into the trendy world of pastel colors and try incorporating them in your Christmas cardmaking and scrapbooking projects.

Pastel color schemes are an easy way to give your holiday crafts a feminine, sophisticated look or a cool, vintage feel.

Take a look at how we are using pastels for Christmas projects this year.

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This scrapbook page shows you how to mix and match cardstock, paper packets, and Complements to create a completely different color scheme. The pastel color palette gives the project a delicate tone that draws attention to the photos, while the silver glitter die-cuts add some classic holiday bling.

If you like this color trend for your layouts but aren’t too confident you can pull it off without a little bit of help, give our Noelle Cut Above® layout kit a try.

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Featuring the dreamy hues of the pastel holiday trend, this kit is the perfect option for easy memory keeping! The kit includes base pages, stickers, die-cuts, Memory Protectors™, and instructions—all you need is adhesive and a journaling pen! (If you are worried about whether or not your photos will match, try printing them in black and white. Not only would black and white photos look great on this layout, but they would also create a vintage finish to your pages.)

 

Paired with black and white, a pastel color scheme can add a touch of class to holiday crafts, including cards. Adding a Christmas sentiment with sparkles and silver glitter trim keeps things festive.

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If you prefer a softer, vintage feel, you can combine pink or blue with silver, like the card above. This card features an embossed sentiment and some simple silver embellishments. We’ve created extra dimension by using our Tree Line Border Thin Cuts and both sides of our two-toned Linen cardstock.

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As you get your holiday crafting underway, don’t foget to try this trend out with your gift tags, too!Pastel Christmas Trend #ctmh #closetomyheart #pastel #Christmas #trend #bashful #silver #glitter #pink #lightblue #juniper #December #gift #tags #diy

Maybe holiday reds and greens aren’t your thing, or maybe you’re looking for something new this year. Pastel color schemes can help you create Christmas projects that are subtle and elegant or fresh and classy. Give it a try! Tell us how you’re using this color trend in your projects in the comments.


Recipes

Merry Christmas Page
X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5979 Juniper Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

 4¼” x 5½” ‘Tis the Season Card
C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
2½” Icon-1 <Travel> (p. 30, #M41036A)

4¼” x 5½” Have a Wonderful Christmas Card
C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z4037 Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border, Die-cutting Machine

Gift Tags
C1692 My Acrylix® The Thought that Counts Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3216 White Twine, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3344 Thin Cuts—Basic Tags, Die-cutting Machine

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