Thinking Beyond the Lines with Unique Thin Cuts!

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One of the quickest and simplest ways to dress up your artwork is to add a unique Thin Cuts die-cut (or a few) to the mix! Our Thin Cuts metal dies are easy to use and produce gorgeous die-cuts time and time again. Let’s look at some of the more unique Thin Cuts from our July–August catalog and explore the various ways to use them to maximize creativity!

First up, we have our Isabella–Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts set. This Thin Cuts set includes five metal dies and features the large “Love” and “You” and banner dies.

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These dies make an impression all on their own, but when you pair them with the intricate patterns in the accompanying Isabella—Cardmaking stamps, it takes them to a whole new level! Combining these stamps and the larger dies results in dimension that literally bursts off the page. When you create with these dies and stamps, you can either stamp on the die-cut after it’s been cut out of the paper, or you can stamp on paper and then use the Thin Cuts to cut your image. It’s completely up to you!

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Next, let’s take a look at the Isabella—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts set. A few of the floral stamps and dies in this set have been specifically designed to layer over each other for greater dimension within these images. This results in more metal dies, but with our magnetic carrier sheets, you’ll never have to worry about losing a piece.

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With these duplicated stamp images and die-cut outlines, you can easily combine them for a more dimensional image, larger image clusters, or you can use them separately for even more floral fun! To get the most out of these stamps and Thin Cuts, we recommend attaching them with 3-D foam tape.

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The last die we’re looking at is the Butterfly Background Thin Cuts. This fun, stand-alone die yields an intricate image with a variety of delicate stitched butterflies and floral cut-outs. Because this die includes so many small or delicate pieces, you may find that you have a few left over at the end of your project, but don’t throw them out! You can always save the smaller pieces as accents to use in other projects whenever you’re looking for a unique embellishment.

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One of our favorite ways to use this die is to cut several layers in various colors, patterns, or textures and allow them to peek through the cut-out portions, while leaving the larger stitched butterflies at the forefront. This die even allows for the butterflies to have lifted wings, bringing your artwork to life!

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For a more in-depth look at how you can maximize the Thin Cuts and stamps showcased above, check out this video, where our Creative Arts manager, Karen Pedersen, takes you through her creative process with each of these dies and stamp sets!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this highlight of a few of our more unique Thin Cuts! If you like what you’ve seen here today or have some ideas of how you’d like to use the dies and stamps, leave us a comment below!


RECIPES

4¼” x 5½” Love You Card (Horizontal)
Z3969 Isabella—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7270S Isabella Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7270C Isabella Coordinating Cardstock, X6030 Evergreen Cardstock, Z6504 Sage Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

8½” x 11″ Live Your Best Life Page
Z3963 Isabella—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7270S Isabella Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6036 Ballerina Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7270E Isabella Acrylic Shapes, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Small Round Waterbrush, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine, Pencil

4¼” x 5½” Love You Card (Vertical)
A1243 My Acrylix® Teeny Tiny Type Stamp Set, X9030 Mix-in Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X6032 Wisteria Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z3961 Butterfly Background Thin Cuts, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Cricut® Basic Shapes, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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4¼” x 5½” Love You Card (Vertical)
C1900 Isabella—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X6036 Ballerina Cardstock, X6037 Bluebird Cardstock, X6039 Carolina Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z3559 Waterfall Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z3961 Butterfly Background Thin Cuts, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine


4¼” x 5½” Thanks Card (Vertical)

A1243 My Acrylix® Teeny Tiny Type Stamp Set, X9030 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6048 Blue Belle Cardstock, X6054 Grape Cardstock, X6041 Lilac Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X6032 Wisteria Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3961 Butterfly Background Thin Cuts, Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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FREE Scrapbook Pattern with You Are Enough

Our National Scrapbooking Month celebrations are in full swing around these parts, and what better way to get everyone to join in the festivities than with a free downloadable scrapbook pattern, complete with cutting diagrams and all!

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Making its original debut with the Daydream Workshops On the Go®, we paired this timeless 12″ x 12″ pattern with our gorgeous You Are Enough collection!

The You Are Enough collection is a celebration of life and all of its perfect imperfections. “You are enough” does not mean that you are or have to be everything. You don’t have to be perfect, just be who you were designed and made to be. Our You Are Enough collection features beautiful stone designs with stunning rose gold accents and a gorgeous sticker sheet full of positive affirmations, enabling incredible artwork that celebrates everything that life has to offer!

Along with providing products that you will consume and not just collect, we also pride ourselves in being the “let me show you how®” memory-keeping company, and in providing the most comprehensive scrapbooking and cardmaking patterns. When you download the Daydream scrapbooking pattern, you will find that it also comes with cutting diagrams, making it even easier to create these pages from any of your favorite papers and embellishments, not just what we are showing you here. All of our patterns lend themselves to any memories that are special enough to preserve.

Download this free scrapbook pattern below and let us show you just how easy scrapbooking can be!

Download free pattern and cutting guides, here.

For even more timeless scrapbook patterns, check out our Make It from Your Heart™ pattern books! If you love the free scrapbook patterns we share on the blog, you’re sure to be blown away by the patterns and inspirational artwork in all of our how-to books.

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You Are Enough National Scrapbooking Month & Giveaway!

It’s time to party, because National Scrapbooking Month is officially here! We started things off with a bang last weekend, with a two-day National Scrapbooking Day Celebration virtual event, where everyone was welcomed to follow along and create beautiful scrapbook pages, cards, and even a mini album with us! If you missed out on any of these projects and would still like to participate, the instructional segments are available under the past Events tab on the Close To My Heart (Official) Facebook page. (For example artwork photos and information about the product bundles to make these projects, visit our website, here.)

We’re thrilled to continue our National Scrapbooking Month celebrations with a new and exclusive patterned paper collection and suite of coordinating products, only available for the month of May and while supplies last. The gorgeous You Are Enough collection is built on a foundation of affirmation, encouragement, and celebration of all the beautiful qualities we admire in our loved ones and ourselves! It was inspired and designed around a gemstone concept, making it a perfect complement to treasured memories.

Start with the incredible You Are Enough paper packet, which features 12 double-sided paper sheets, two each of six double-sided designs—that’s double the number of designs and sheets than in our other paper collections!

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The beautiful coordinating stickers and cardstock feature stunning rose gold foil accents and designs. (Click on the thumbnail images for a closer look!)

Increase your crafting potential with a coordinating stamp set, pocket cards, and sequins!

My Acrylix® You Are Enough Stamp Set

(*Outlined images coordinate with Thin Cuts metal dies.)

You Are Enough Picture My Life™ Cards

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You Are Enough Sequins

Since May is National Scrapbooking Month, after all, we’re celebrating with not one, but two scrapbooking workshops!

You Are Enough Scrapbooking Workshop Kit

Use the materials in this kit to create four coordinating 12″ x 12″ two-page layouts and one single page.

You Are Enough Album Workshop Kit

Use the materials in this kit create the 6″ x 8″ scrapbook pages of the You Are Enough album. (Album not included.)

We may be celebrating scrapbooking this month but we certainly have not forgotten our amazing cardmakers! (We love handmade cards, too!)

You Are Enough Cardmaking Workshop Kit

Use the materials in this kit to create 24 standard size cards, 2 each of 10 designs and 4 unique designs.

If you’re not quite sure where to begin, let us help you out! We are giving away FIVE You Are Enough Paper Bundles, right here, right now! That five sets of the You Are Enough Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet and the You Are Enough Coordinating cardstock! For a chance to win, you must be subscribed to this blog AND leave us a comment below letting us know what you like most about this amazing You Are Enough collection! All entries must be submitted by 4 p.m. tomorrow, May 6 (MDT). The five lucky winners will be notified via e-mail (we use the mail address you are subscribed with, so make sure it is up to date to not miss out!). (In order to subscribe, simply click here.)

We have so many exciting things lined up for this year’s National Scrapbooking Month! Keep up with all of our festivities by continuing to follow us here, as well as on Facebook and Instagram (@cmthofficial).

Happy scrapping!

Join us and create the artwork from all three of the You Are Enough workshops along with us on June 21, 23, and 25 on the Close To My Heart (Official) Facebook page. See you there!

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BRUSHED IS BACK by Popular Demand!

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With the promise of fun days and happy memories ahead, the much-loved Brushed paper collection is back now and through the end of July! With a re-vamped color scheme, a new 12″ x 12″ coordinating sticker sheet, updated coordinating cardstock, and two additional popular stamp sets from the past, the vibrant Brushed collection is just the thing to brighten up your days to come!

1. My Acrylix® A Budding Friendship and Your Own Kind of Wonderful

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These gorgeous stamp sets are ideal for unlocking hours of crafting fun! The beautiful spring designs in the My Acrylix® A Budding Friendship and Your Own Kind of Wonderful stamp sets are the perfect addition to any card or scrapbooking layout and are sure to help your artwork flourish!

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2. Brushed Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet

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Featuring our exclusive colors, Canary, Candy Apple, Green Apple, Lagoon, Pixie, and Smoothie, the Brushed paper collection comes with six refreshed patterned paper sheets, two each of three double-sided designs, and one new coordinating sticker sheet! Click on the individual thumbnail images to take a closer look!

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3. Brushed Coordinating Cardstock

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These cardstock colors coordinate perfectly with those in the Brushed paper packet and it’s complementing sticker sheet. Each coordinating cardstock pack comes with 12 sheet, two each of Canary, Candy Apple, Green Apple, Lagoon, Pixie, and Smoothie; all 12″ x 12″.

4. Live Virtual Crop!

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With its eye-catching new color scheme, delicate designs, and wealth of whimsical patterns, we can hardly wait to share the Brushed collection with you!

Join us for a FREE live virtual craft event on June 30th, 2020 at 2:00 pm MDT on our Facebook page! We will be creating one single-page layout, three two-page layouts, and eight standard-sized cards, all using this beautiful and exclusive Brushed collection. To learn more and to sign up for this free event, click here.

***Make sure to click “going” on the event page in order to be entered to WIN FREE PRIZES during the live event.***

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Can’t wait for you to join us!!


Recipes:

4¼” x 5½” Wonderful Card (Vertical)
CC6202 Brushed Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, D1602 My Acrylix® A Budding Friendship Stamp Set, D1627 My Acrylix® Your Own Kind of Wonderful Stamp Set, X5982 Canary Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

3″ x 3″ Happiest Thoughts Card
CC6202 Brushed Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, D1602 My Acrylix® A Budding Friendship Stamp Set, X5982 Canary Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2495 Bright Pink TriBlend™ Marker, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” Special Card (Vertical)
CC6202 Brushed Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, D1602 My Acrylix® A Budding Friendship Stamp Set, D1627 My Acrylix® Your Own Kind of Wonderful Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

8½” x 11″ Happy Together Layout
D1602 My Acrylix® A Budding Friendship Stamp Set, D1627 My Acrylix® Your Own Kind of Wonderful Stamp Set, X5982 Canary Cardstock, X5984 Pixie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6513 Green Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2495 Bright Pink TriBlend™ Marker, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3668 Wood Buttons, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z3512 Pewter Journaling Pen (.01), Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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Sponging Techniques for Nature Scenes

Butterfly

You’ve probably photographed dozens of picturesque nature scenes— ember-colored sunsets, mountains mottled with snow, a bee hovering over a bluebell—but have you ever thought about creating nature scenes in your artwork? Aristotle said, “Art takes nature as its model,” and who are we to argue with Aristotle?

Nature Page

Our inspired artist gathered bunches of stamp sets to create the colorful meadow on the page. A corner from the Brushed paper packet makes a perfect patch of grass here, but our favorite feature has to be the faint sky in the background. How did our artist create this look? If you guessed that a sponge was involved, you are correct!

First, our artist cut out a cloud shape from some scratch cardstock. Then, she placed the cloud on the page and lightly sponged around the edges with our Glacier Exclusive Inks™ pad. The result is a soft, subtle texture that has us floating away to crafting paradise. A similar technique was used to create this mountain scene:

Nature Card

The great thing about using a sponge is that it can give any artwork textural variety and layers of color, which you can really see on this card. Our artist first sponged on the sky and soil. Next, she traced the mountain range from the My Acrylix® Campfire Lifestyle stamp set onto a scratch piece of cardstock and cut out the shape. This time she placed the cardstock with the mountain shape cut out of it on the card and sponged on the mountains using both the Pacifica and Gypsy Exclusive Inks™ pads. Finally, for the trees, she first stamped the image, and then, squeezing the sponge to create a narrow surface area, carefully dabbed a little more ink on top of the tree to create a softer look.

Mountain Meadows

Isn’t it amazing what that little sponge can do? These pieces of artwork are lovely odes to nature. Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” So, browse through your photo stash for pictures of nature, or better yet, step outdoors for some fresh air—we know you will be inspired. Then, pull out your handy dandy sponge, and let your creativity run wild!

Recipes 

12″ x 12″ Life is Beautiful Page
Reflections: Sampler—Captivating Corners™ (with alterations)
C1599 My Acrylix® Pretty Petals, C1589 My Acrylix® Lifetime of Happiness, D1616 My Acrylix® Have a Happy Day, C1612 My Acrylix® Shower Flowers, D1627 My Acrylix® Your Own Kind of Wonderful, D1646 My Acrylix® Finding the Words, D1613 My Acrylix® Best Christmas, B1432 My Acrylix® Love This, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2135 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin ™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z2451 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay Marker, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z697 Round Sponge, Thread

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Gratitude Card
C1559 My Acrylix® Always Grateful, C1611 My Acrylix® Campfire Lifestyle, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5928 Saddle Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2114 Cocoa Exclusive Inks™, Z2175 Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2190 Gypsy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2192 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2171 Saddle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2027 Mini Stapler

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