Creating Memories by the Seaside

Just in time for all of those sun-bleached memories you’re creating, our beloved Seaside collection is back now and through the end of August! With updated colors—including brand new French Vanilla—, a new 12″ x 12″ coordinating sticker sheet, and a new workshop, our timeless Seaside patterns have just the right amount of beachy bliss to capture the feeling of cool ocean breezes and all that this radiant season has to offer!

1.  My Acrylix® Seaside Greetings
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This stunning stamp set, with its realistic line designs and versatile sentiments, is not just beautiful but also very easy to use in both scrapbooking and cardmaking. (We’ll show you how we’ve paired it together with the rest of the Seaside collection to make scrapbook pages and cards in the available workshop, below.)

2.  Seaside Paper Packet

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Here it is! Featuring our exclusive colors, French Vanilla (new!!), Glacier, Lagoon, Raspberry, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, and Toffee, this dreamy paper packet comes with 6 refreshed patterned paper sheets, 2 each of 3 double-sided designs, and 1 new coordinating sticker sheet! The zip strips are also new (and super cute)! Click on the individual thumbnail images to take a closer look!

(You can get a FREE Seaside paper packet by becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant or hosting a qualifying party in July!)

3.  Seaside Coordinating Cardstock

Seaside-coordinating-cardstock

These cardstock colors coordinate perfectly with those in the Seaside paper packet. Each coordinating cardstock pack comes with 12 sheets, three each of French Vanilla, Lagoon, Smoothie, and Toffee; all 12″ x 12″.

4.  Seaside Workshop Kit

Paired with this downloadable workshop guide, the materials in this kit come together to create the gorgeous scrapbook layout, pages, and cards you see here:

12″ x 12″ layout:CC7196-1

12″ x 12″ pages:
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4¼” x 5½” cards:

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3″ x 3″ cards:

We love this collection so much that we want everyone to have one of these kits to create this artwork. To help with that effort, we’re giving three of the dreamy Seaside Workshop kits away to three lucky winners! To qualify for an entry to win, first make sure you are subscribed to this blog. Then, leave us a comment below telling us what you love so much about this collection or, if you’ve been with us for a while, let us know what other retired collection you love that you would like to see make its way back. You have until 3 p.m. (MST) tomorrow (Wednesday, July 10) to get your entries in. All winners will be notified via email shortly after that—so keep an eye out, it really can be you who wins!

AND REMEMBER…Seaside is only available for a limited time and only while supplies last! Act fast and get your favorites from this collection before they run out and it goes away for good! GOOD LUCK!

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Back to the Basics with Cricut Design Space™—Using Lock/Unlock

We are continuing our review of some of the basic features of Cricut Design Space™ today by taking a closer look at the Lock/Unlock tool. This feature is one of the simplest and most helpful tools in Design Space, and once you learn how to make the most of it, you’ll be able to use it on virtually any project to take your creativity to new heights!

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On the card above, we used an assortment of images from the Artbooking, Artistry, and Hello USA Cricut® collections. These collections each lend a different flair to this project, and we love the way they all came together. By branching out and using images from a few different collections, you can create something that’s truly unique and all your own!

As you read along, remember that the steps below show you how to use Design Space on a laptop or desktop computer. If you are using the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be in slightly different places on your screen. Most of these basic features are available on any device.

Lock/Unlock

The Lock/Unlock feature in Design Space allows you to change the height or width of shapes or text. Since most shapes or text blocks won’t automatically fit into your project, Lock/Unlock will be one of your go-to tools as you create your Cricut masterpieces. For this project, we used the Lock/Unlock tool to resize the height or width of each Cricut shape and image to fit seamlessly into this card.

When you want to lock or unlock a shape, image, or block of text, there are two ways to do so—with the button on the toolbar at the top of your screen,

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or with the button at the bottom left corner of your shape or image.

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Lock/Unlock with Basic Shapes

Basic shapes can be selected from the basic shapes tab in the Design Panel. Although basic shapes are often used as versatile building blocks of great Cricut designs, you’ll probably need to resize or adjust them in order to fit on a project. When you insert a basic shape, it will automatically be locked, meaning, if you try to resize it, the height and width will adjust together. You can make the entire shape bigger or smaller, but you can’t adjust the height or the width individually unless you unlock it. Once you unlock the shape, you can alter just the height or just the width to make sure you have the needed dimensions for your shape. If you want to resize your shape to a specific size, you can enter your measurements into the dimension indicators on the toolbar at the top of your canvas.

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For this card, we used the unlock feature to create a 4.25″ x 5.5″ base for our card and a red rectangle layer to go behind the “Celebrate” sentiment. This allowed us to tailor these pieces to fit the card.

Locking/Unlocking More Intricate Shapes

Just like basic shapes, when you insert any shape from any Cricut collection, it will populate on your canvas as a locked image. Resizing one of these shapes with the Lock/Unlock feature is very similar to resizing a basic shape. You’ll just need to pay a little closer attention to any intricate parts of your shape to ensure that it doesn’t get too cramped or warped.

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You can see above how the circle medal behind the banner warps into an oval when it is stretched too far horizontally. You’ll want to look out for things like this as you use the Lock/Unlock feature.

In our example card, we resized the pennant banner, the circle medal, and the star accents to fit neatly on the card. By using Lock/Unlock, we were able to work these images into the card design with ease.

Lock/Unlock with Text

Using the Lock/Unlock feature with text is a great way to really expand your creative capacity. 🙂

For our card, we used a Cricut shape to cut the “Celebrate” sentiment. If you choose to include typed-in text rather than an existing shape of text in your project, you can easily resize individual letters using Lock/Unlock. Select the entire text block, ungroup it, and then alter each letter as you choose.

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If you’d like to alter the text block as a whole, you can select the entire text block (regroup it if you’ve ungrouped it) and then unlock and resize it as you please.

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Put It Together

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Follow the steps below to put all of the ideas we discussed today together and make the Celebrate card!

  1. Search for the “Celebrate” sentiment from the Artbooking collection, #M3D5CF, and insert it on your canvas.
  2. Search for the star image from the Artbooking collection, #M3E9BD, and insert it on your canvas. Copy and paste this image to get two stars.
  3. Search for the circle medal image from the Artistry collection, #M4183C8, and insert it on your canvas.
  4. Search for image #M2CCFB18 from the Hello USA collection and insert it on your canvas. (You will only be using the star overlay from this 4th of July image.)
  5. For the card base, insert a square shape from the Shapes tab in the Design Panel. Unlock and resize it to measure 4.25″ x 5.5″.

Tip: Be sure to change the colors of each shape or image as you resize them. This will help you to keep track of which paper you’ll need to use for each cut.

  1. Select a circle shape from the Shapes tab in the Design Panel. Keep the shape locked and resize it to cover one of the small holes in the top of the pennant image. Copy the small circle and cover the other hole. Select the entire image and weld. This should leave you with one solid pennant image piece. Change the color of the pennant to a light blue and resize it to 2.933″ x 5.306″, then center it over your 4.25″ x 5.5″ card base.

Tip: All measurements in this post are W x H.

  1. Select the circle medal shape and resize it to 4″ x 3.52″. Change the color of the banner to blue and the scalloped circle to white. You will need to ungroup this image to do this. Be sure to regroup it when you’re done.
  2. Select the “Celebrate” sentiment and unlock it. Resize it to .75” in height. Then, place it on top of the circle medal piece and center it in the banner. Rotate the “Celebrate” sentiment until it fits within the banner.
  3. Select both, the circle medal and the “Celebrate” sentiment, and group them together. Select the Slice option from the toolbar at the bottom of the Layers Panel.
  4. Select a square shape from the Shapes tab in the Design Panel. Resize it to 2.806″ x 1.215″ and change its color to a dark red. This piece will form the background for the “Celebrate” sentiment.
  5. Select the circle medal and place it over the red layer square you just created. Make sure the red piece is completely covered by the medal. Group this entire image together and center it over the blue pennant.
  6. Ungroup the “Happy 4th” image and delete everything except the star base and overlay. Change the color of these pieces to yellow.
  7. Select Make It in the top right corner and cut your project pieces.
  8. Assemble your card and embellish with watercolor paint and sequins!

We hope you enjoyed this brief overview of the Lock/Unlock tool. Be sure to check out our next Design Space post, where we’ll explore more applications of the Attach feature! In the comments below make sure to let us know if you have any Design Space questions or if there are any topics you’d like us to cover in the future.



Recipe:

4¼” x 5½” Celebrate Card
X7247B Into the Wilde Paper Packet, X5992 Candy Apple Cardstock, X6005 Goldrush Cardstock, X6020 Saffron Cardstock, X6021 Sapphire Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4235 Loose Sequins—Gold, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3298 Cricut® Artistry Digital Collection, Z3503 Cricut® Artbooking Digital Collection, Z3390 Cricut® Hello USA Digital Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
.75″ #M3D5CF
.344 x .408, .4 x .45 #M3E9BD
2.933 x 5.306 #M4235A

Artistry
4″ x 3.52 #M4183C8

Hello USA
1.507 x 1.602 #M2CCFB18

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Stamping with StazOn™ Ink

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We’ve been having a lot fun with StazOn™ ink in our art studio recently and wanted to let you in on it!

Considering all of the different black ink options available, from the faithful Archival Black to the newer Intense Black, it is no surprise that the StazOn ink pad is often overlooked. Most of us who follow this blog papercraft, scrapbook, or make cards out of paper. StazOn ink, although it works well on semi-porous surfaces, including paper, is better known for its use on non-porous surfaces such as plastic, glass, and porcelain. It stays put on the stamped surface, without pilling, until it completely dries.

We decided to put this trusty ink pad to the test, and sure enough, the results were as expected!

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Tip: An inked stamp can be slippery on a non-porous surface, like the acetate circle in the shaker windows above. When you are ready to stamp, we suggest you do so with a steady hand, bringing the stamp straight down. (Avoid breathing if possible! 😉 ) Any slight movement in your hands can cause your image to smudge. Just as carefully, remove the stamp from the surface with a straight lift. Do not roll your stamp away.

Follow-up Tip: If you moved while stamping…it happens…have a damp rag (a wet wipe works!) at the ready to wipe off your surface. This only works on non-porous surfaces. If you are working on a semi-porous surface, like leather or photos, wiping will only spread the ink around creating a bigger smudge. A wet wipe should do the trick. (DO NOT use the My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner to wet your surface for cleaning.)

Once your image is stamped, the ink will require time to set. We recommend that you plan ahead as you work with StazOn ink. Stamp first and set these pieces aside to dry as you work on the rest of your project.

But what if you want to stamp on something that is porous?

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Most inks will seep into a permeable surface and spider out from the original stamped image. The trick, here, is to make your surface non-porous, or less porous. To stamp on a wood surface, like this album cover from our Made with Love mini album workshop, use a clear matte acrylic sealer. Before we stamped on our album cover, we sealed the surface with a clear finish aerosol spray. (If you have access to Mod Podge, it works really well, too!) Make sure to allow the sealant to dry before stamping onto the surface. It shouldn’t take too long, but if in doubt wait a bit longer just to make sure.

What are you stamping with StazOn? Do you have any tips or tricks for using this ink? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!


Recipes


4¼” x 5½” It’s Your Birthday (dots) Card
C1749 My Acrylix® Something Fierce—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7242B I Heart Us Paper Packet, X5994 Ballerina Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z4270 I Heart Us Sequins, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z4304 Loose Sequins—SilverZ4309 Thin Cuts—Shaker Window & Confetti, Z4310 Shaker Window Foam & Acetate, Die-cutting Machine

4¼” x 5½” Happy Birthday Card
C1749 My Acrylix® Something Fierce—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7240B Something Fierce Paper Packet, X7242B I Heart Us Paper Packet, X5994 Ballerina Cardstock, X5998 Canary Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z4270 I Heart Us Sequins, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z4304 Loose Sequins—Silver, Z4309 Thin Cuts—Shaker Window & Confetti, Z4310 Shaker Window Foam & Acetate, Die-cutting Machine

4¼” x 5½” It’s Your Birthday (stripes) Card
C1749 My Acrylix® Something Fierce—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7240B Something Fierce Paper Packet, X7242B I Heart Us Paper Packet, X6016 Pixie Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, X7242C I Heart Us Complements, Z4270 I Heart Us Sequins, Z4304 Loose Sequins—Silver, Z4309 Thin Cuts—Shaker Window & Confetti, Z4310 Shaker Window Foam & Acetate, Die-cutting Machine

6⅛” × 7¼” Grandmother Mini Album
CC4193 Made with Love Mini Album Workshop Kit, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad

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Back to the Basics with Cricut Design Space™—Card Edition!

Often the tools we show you in Design Space are illustrated with a scrapbook page or layout, but not today! In this next back to the basics post, we want to remind you that these tools can be used for many, many projects, including custom cards and envelopes. As we continue our review of basic tools in Design Space, you’ll see that it’s easy to create cards and envelopes that are both beautiful, unique, and most importantly, easy!

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On the cards above, all of the shapes we used, including the sentiments, flowers, and even the envelopes, come from the Flower Market Cricut® collection. Flower Market has both flat and 3-D shapes, and you can see we’ve used both types on these cards. This makes it a truly versatile collection, useful for an entire year’s worth of seasons, celebrations, and creativity!

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.

Basic Shapes

Design Space has a “basic shapes” feature in the Design Panel. The shapes in this section are available to you for free, and it’s an easy way to add simple shapes like circles, rectangles, hearts, or diamonds and also use them as a base for other projects. For example, you could insert a square and then size it for a variety of things, and this is exactly what we did to create our cards.

Basic Shapes Screenshot

To create a card front in Design Space, insert a square shape from the Shapes section. Adjust the size to 4.25″ x 5.5″. If you wanted to cut an entire card base, insert a square shape and size it to 8.5″ x 5.5″. In the next section, we’ll tell you how to add a score line to the card base.

Cut Lines and Score Lines

When you insert a shape on your canvas, the line of that shape is typically a solid cut line, but you’ll notice when you add an image, like the envelope from the Flower Market collection (#MD38C82), there is a dash line as well.

Score Screenshot

This is a score line. Your Cricut® machine will both cut and score the envelope for you. You just need a scoring tool or scoring wheel, depending on the type of machine you have. You can change lines to cut, score, or even draw. If you aren’t sure what type of lines you have on your shape. You can always look in the Layers panel. It will tell you which ones will score or cut, and you can change the line type in the Edit bar.

Card Base Screenshot

To complete your card base, insert a score line. Score lines can also be added from the same Shapes section of the Design panel. Resize the score line to 5.5″, move it over your card base, and select both images. Then under Align in the Edit bar, select Center. Once the score line is centered, keeping both the line and the card base selected, click Attach in the Layers panel. Using Attach keeps your score line exactly where you want it, even if you move the shape on the canvas.

Using the Slice Tool

We used the Slice tool to create the sentiments for our cards. The Slice tool is one of the functions at the bottom of the Layers Panel, next to others like Weld and Contour. With Slice, you can cut an image or text out of another shape. Simply place your word or image over the one you want to cut it from. Select both shapes, and click Slice in the Layers Panel.

Slice Screenshot

Initially, it might not look like anything happened, but if you click on your images, you’ll have two of whatever you cut. One is the shape itself, and the other is the shape you cut from the background.

Image 2

There are a few important things to keep in mind. First, you can see in the “Thanks a Bunch” banner on this card, we sliced the sentiment from Lagoon paper and attached that to a solid White Daisy banner. For something like this, before you slice in Design Space, make sure you ungroup the image. Images that have multiple layers can’t be sliced. If your sentiment image has multiple pieces grouped together as one shape, like this one does, you’ll need to ungroup them and slice using just one image.

Another thing to remember is to duplicate the solid shape that goes behind whatever you’re slicing, if applicable. If you are slicing into the card base, you wouldn’t need a duplicate piece, but if you’re slicing into another shape, like the banner on this card, you’ll want to have a solid shape to layer behind it.

The last important tip we have for you is that you want to make sure when cutting your project that you keep small pieces that go inside letters or other shapes. With this card, that means you want to set aside the inside of each “a” and the “B” to attach to the banner.

Image 3

If you look closely, you’ll notice a similar thing happening on the Happy Easter card, but it’s also a little bit different. We sliced the sentiment from the card base, but instead of saving the inside pieces, we cut the sentiment separately and layered a solid piece of White Daisy cardstock on the back, behind the sliced shape.

 Put It Together (Basic Shapes, Score, and Slice)

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All of the cards in our post today use the tools we’ve talked about including a basic rectangle shape, inserting a score line, and slicing a sentiment. Follow the steps below to put it all together and make the Sending Sunshine card!

  1. First, search for the sentiment, #MD38CC3, and insert it on your canvas.
  2. Ungroup the sentiment, and delete only the “Sunshine” image. Then resize the sentiment to a height of 1.75″, leaving the width locked.
  3. For the card base, insert a square shape from the Shapes. Adjust the size to 8.5″ x 5.5″. Don’t insert a score line yet. You have to use the slice tool first, before attaching a score line.
  4. Slice the sentiment from right side of the card base. This is your card front. Place the sentiment where you want it, select both images, and click Slice in the Layers panel.
  5. Keep both extra sentiments. You’ll cut them from Lemon cardstock and layer the two in another step.
  6. Now insert a score line, also from the Shapes section of the Design Panel. Size it to 5.5″. Place it over the card base, and select both images. Then, under Align in the Edit bar, select Center, and then select Attach in the Layers panel.
  7. Insert other flowers and leaves on the canvas as desired. For our card, we used the Daisy image (#MFADCF2) cut in three different sizes, and we paired it with the Rhododendron leaf (#MD37FB).
  8. Color your project pieces to make it easy to cut on the right color of paper or cardstock. Then select Make It in the top right corner and cut your project pieces.
  9. Attach one 4″ x 5¼” piece of Mint cardstock behind the sliced portion of your card (on the inside of the card). Then layer the two Lemon sentiments and attach inside the sliced section.
  10. Embellish with stamped images, 3-D flowers, sequins, and more!

**Bonus Tip!

Are you unsure how to add a Close To My Heart digital collection to your Cricut® account? Simply visit www.cricut.com/CTMH and sign in to your account (or create one if you haven’t already). In the list of options in the menu on the left, you’ll see the last one is Redeem Promotion. Select that option. Then enter the code, click Redeem, and you’ll be on your way. Not sure if you’ve already linked your physical cartridges? In that same menu, you can select Linked Cartridges. This will show you the ones you’ve already linked to your account.

Next month, we’ll look at ways to manipulate text in the Edit bar on the canvas with the shapes and unique font from the You Are Here collection. Check back in April for more Design Space fun!


Recipes:

4¼” x 5½” Happy Easter Card (Vertical)
D1797 My Acrylix® Watercolor Impressions Stamp Set, X7241B So Much Happy Paper Packet, X5995 Clover Cardstock, X6008 Lemon Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4235 Loose Sequins—Gold, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z3501 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
1.5″ #MD72936
3″ #MD72998
2.5″ #MD72998

4¼” x 5½” Thanks a Bunch Card (Horizontal)
D1797 My Acrylix® Watercolor Impressions Stamp Set, X7241B So Much Happy Paper Packet, X5995 Clover Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2824 Linen Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4235 Loose Sequins—Gold, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z3501 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
3.5″ #MD4051F
0.75″ #MD3840E

4¼” x 5½” Sending Sunshine Card (Horizontal)
D1823 My Acrylix® Word Search Highlights Stamp Set, D1797 My Acrylix® Watercolor Impressions Stamp Set, X7241B So Much Happy Paper Packet, X6008 Lemon Cardstock, X5986 Mint Cardstock, X5988 Peach Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2808 Lemon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4270 I Heart Us Sequins, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3501 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
0.5″ #MD37FB8
1.25″, 1.5″, 1.75 #MFADCF2
1.75″ #MD38CC3

Envelopes
X7241B So Much Happy Paper Packet, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3501 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
10.5″ #MD38C82 (cut 3)

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A New Cardmaking Workshop and Embossing Folder Technique Video!

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Calling all card makers—we have a new cardmaking workshop available! Complete with photos, paper cutting diagrams, and easy-to-follow instructions, the Love Blossoms cardmaking workshop is a must-try. The best part, it doesn’t matter if you have years of experience or are new to the craft of cardmaking, your end results WILL. BE. STUNNING.

In this workshop, you create a set of 12 cards, four each of three designs, with the exclusive My Acrylix® Love Blossoms stamp set. As you can see above, you will use the same stamps, patterns, and instructions in a monochromatic scheme, resulting in 12 unique cards.

Download your free guide, here, and get started!

This workshop also features embossing techniques using our new Swiss Dot embossing folder . There is one part in the instructions when using this embossing folder could get tricky, so we prepared a short video to walk you through it!

Now that you’ve got your workshop guide and a few tips for using the Swiss Dot embossing folder, you are just about ready to take on this workshop! What else could you possibly want? How about a 20% discount on product that you’ll need to complete these cards? We’ve put together a kit that includes the exclusive Love Blossoms stamp set, all of the necessary cardstock, mini ink pads, embellishing thread, and card bases and envelopes to make this workshop even easier for you to do!

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Love Blossoms Cardmaking Workshop Kit (CC21912)

 

Depending on your needs, we have a few other options available, too. Click on the links below to see which one is your best fit:

Love Blossoms Stamp Set
Love Blossoms Base Kit (cardstock, card bases and envelopes, and embellishing thread only)

The Love Blossoms stamp set and discounted workshop kits will not be available forever. You have until March 31, while supplies last, to get your hands on these exclusive stamps and product bundles. Whether you’re new to cardmaking or have been doing it for years, this is a workshop you don’t want to pass up! What better way is there to express love and appreciation than with a handmade card? Download your free guide and let your love blossom!

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Sponging and Droplet Technique on Cards

We love using colorful inks to create cool backgrounds on cards. Today we are showing you how we made the vibrant gradient background on the card below.

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Let’s get started!

First, we picked our colors. We needed a full spectrum to create a rainbow effect, so we used Candy Apple, Raspberry, Nectarine, Lemon, Willow, Bluebird, and Pansy from our Exclusive Inks™ collection. The next thing to do is to prepare your sponges.

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We took one of our round sponges and cut it into wedges, one for each color. (Daubers also work, if those are your preference.)

Firmly hold your paper on your work surface. A little bit of rolled up washi tape on the back of your cardstock should do the trick for when you can’t hold it in place with your hands. Now, to the fun part of sponging on the colors!

With an inked sponge wedge, start off by applying your first color with light pressure and in a circular motion. Continue to apply the color until reaching the desired level of saturation. As you switch colors, slightly overlap each for that blended look.

After all of our colors were applied we splattered our background with Spritz Cleaner to achieve a water “damage” look. First, we unscrewed the top and dropped fat drops of Spritz Cleaner onto the ink straight from the tube. Then, we replaced the top and sprayed the card for smaller droplets. We suggest using Spritz Cleaner instead of water because the ink will separate better and create the desired effect without warping the paper like water will.

We finished the card by heat embossing a sentiment and cute balloon in white.

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One of the great things about this technique is that you don’t always have to sponge your ink on a solid color piece of paper. Take a look at how we used this same technique on patterned paper to create this other card:

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It also looks great with just one color:

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What do you like about this sponging technique? And if this isn’t new to you, what are some ways that you do things differently? Please share your creative thoughts with us in the comments below!

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What Makes Your Heart Happy?

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Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
We love papercrafting
How about you?


Alright, we already know that you do, which is why our tireless product designers and artists have been hard at work to stay ahead of your crafting needs. We know that at this time of year, our hearts and minds turn toward the most special relationships in our lives, and we start thinking of ways that we can meaningfully show love for those closest to us. Anticipating the desire to create cards and scrapbook pages to celebrate this love, we have created a new exclusive collection we’re calling Heart Happy!

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The Heart Happy collection features a paper packet, stamp set, and sticker sheet all designed specifically to help you express your feelings for those people who mean the most to you—whether that’s a significant other, children, family members, or even your girlfriends!

This collection is also available packaged together in a convenient workshop bundle with materials and instructions to help you create 1 two-page scrapbook layout, 2 single-page scrapbook pages, 10 unique cards, and 5 tags suitable to attach to sweet, thoughtful gifts for your loved ones.

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If you’re anything like us, then your heart is definitely feeling happy right now just thinking about playing with this vibrant collection of coordinating items. Now is the perfect time to start getting ready to make Valentine’s Day special, and ordering the Heart Happy collection is a wonderful place to start—visit closetomyheart.com to see the whole collection!

PS – If Valentine’s Day isn’t your thing but you’re still crushing on this paper collection, then you’ll love the alternative Everyday Life™ album that we’ve designed using these same papers. Check that out here.

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Assembling a Holiday Sparkle Shaker Card

Were any of you able to catch our Facebook live yesterday? If you did, you know that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around these parts. Yep, you heard right! For the month of October we have an impressive set of holiday shaker cards for you to make and send to all of your favorite people this coming season! The best part—they are so easy to make that you can probably assemble all 12 that come in one kit in less than an hour!

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These bright and festive Holiday Sparkle cards are part of our Cut Above® program, which means you get everything you need to assemble them in one convenient kit: printed card bases, die-cuts, stickers, loose sequins, window foam and acetate, envelopes, and easy-to-follow instructions—absolutely no cutting required! The detailed paper accents that we all love for our handmade cards are included right in your kit!

A shaker card, for those new to the idea, is a card that has a window compartment built into it that holds loose pieces, adding a little extra whimsy to the card design and a lot of fun for the recipient!

So how do the Holiday Sparkle cards come together? Take a look at the steps below to see just how easy it truly is to assemble these festive cards with their glistening windows!

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  1. The very first thing you’re going to do is lay one of the printed card bases flat on your working space. Do not fold the card base in half just yet. This will give you a flat surface to work with, which is especially helpful later when you’re adding the loose sequins.
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  2. Next, carefully remove the outer foam ring from one of the window foam circles and attach it to your card front, on top of the printed circle.

  1. Keeping your card base flat, add some of the loose sequins inside the circle frame you just created.

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  1. If you haven’t done so already, peel off the protective layer from the top of the foam tape ring to expose the adhesive.

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  1. Remove the protective film from one of the window acetate circles and lay it on top of the foam tape ring.

  1. The last step in assembling the shaker window is to hide the foam frame by layering a faux-stitched circle sticker on top of it.

  1. Now that your window is complete, all that is left is to embellish the card front as well as the envelopes using the included die-cuts, stickers, and any leftover sequins.

You’ll notice that we give you a solid circle of foam tape, not just the outer ring to use in the making of the window. The inside pieces are purposefully included, and pre-cut for your convenience. Use these pieces to attach some of your embellishments for even more dimension.

To add some holiday cheer to the inside of your cards, the My Acrylix® Love with All the Trimmings stamp set (CC10188) is a perfect companion to this card kit with its many classic seasonal sentiments and designs.

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So, what do you think?

With all of the time you’re saving using the Holiday Sparkle Cut Above® kit for your holiday cards this year, you’ll have more time to spend on some of your other holiday projects! But you better act fast! These kits and its supporting stamp set (Love with All the Trimmings) are only available until the end of the month, while supplies last. We’ve got a feeling that they are going to be flying off the shelf, so make sure to get yourself at least one kit while you still can!

Your loved ones will surely be impressed when they receive a Holiday Sparkle card and find out that it is handmade! They don’t have to know how easily it comes together—that can be our little secret!

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Cardmaking & Scrapbooking with Here’s to You

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We are celebrating life’s special occasions with the Here’s to You special! Featuring four exclusive stamp sets and a workshop designed for making elegant cards and layouts, this special is the perfect way to get prepared for the happy events coming up on your calendar!

Exclusive Stamp Sets:

Not only are the sentiments on these stamp sets a must-have for celebrating relationships, but each set also coordinates with a shape from the Cricut® Artistry collection, giving you an easy way to add dimension and extra detail to your projects!

Workshop kit options:

We have two workshop kits available—one with a rose embossing folder and one without. Both kits include the four exclusive stamp sets and additional materials at a discounted price to create one 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page and seven standard size cards that can be used to celebrate friendships, anniversaries, weddings, and many other occasions.

Completed projects:

The designed workshop projects feature shapes cut with the Cricut® Artistry Collection. To keep things easy, we’ve compiled the necessary Cricut® shapes to complete the workshop as a project file in Cricut Design Space™, Here’s to You Workshop (https://design.cricut.com/#/design/95920516). (If you don’t have a digital machine, specific Cricut® cut information is also provided in the included instructions.)

Celebrate life’s special occasions with us and don’t miss out on this special offer! Only available through the end of August, while supplies last, get your cardmaking and scrapbooking in motion to commemorate the moments that matter most.

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