Postcard Perfect Cardmaking!

This post was written and photographed by our talented friend, Mayline Jung, whose love for the arts, design, and papercrafting (especially cardmaking!) has resulted in praise, admiration, and professional recognition from her fellow crafters. Check out her beautiful creations below and show her some love in the comments!

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Hello everyone! I am so happy and honored to be here with you. My name is Mayline and I love cardmaking! It was by chance in 2012 that I watched a cardmaking tutorial on Youtube. I immediately fell in love with the craft so I watched tutorials for an entire year when finally, at the end of 2013, I decided to try to make my own cards. I love clean and simple cards which are based on my unique creative ideas and layouts.

Today I am sharing six cards I created using the Postcard Perfect paper packet and stamp set. Each card comes with a video showing my cardmaking process from start to finish.

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For this card, I used the tropical paper. I fussy cut all the images, arranged them on the card base, and mounted them with adhesive and 3-D foam tape. I also decorated the inside of an envelope using the same tropical paper, resulting in a very special set.

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Here is my second card using the Postcard Perfect stamp set and Postcard Perfect paper packet. I stamped hibiscus images using various color inks on white cardstock and then fussy cut them. It’s so fun to stamp on paper! (Sometime I do it just for the fun of it!) If you are like me, you will enjoy making this card.

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Here is my next card, where I used the Postcard Perfect Cut Above® layout kit. After using the kit to make my scrapbook layouts, I had a lot of stickers and die-cuts left over. So, I used the stickers to make this card. And I love how it turned out!

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In this next card, I used the tropical leaves patterned vellum paper with stamps and markers.

This is a fun technique. I just used markers to color the vellum and the results are amazing! I colored the leaves with grey and light peach color markers—you can try this with any markers you may have—by gently coloring over the leaves, making sure to go slowly and with little pressure, so the pigment transfers to the leaves only. Don’t forget to color on the back of the vellum!! It turned out amazing! In this video tutorial, I walk you through exactly how I made this card.

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This next card takes less than 10 minutes to make. I used blending tools to blend the bottom of the paper. I then fussy cut the images and adhered them on the paper. That’s all. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!

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For my last card, I used all my leftover stickers and die-cut pieces with vellum paper. This is perfect combination for a fun and unique card!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects. Thanks for stopping by!

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Creating Interactive Cards with Thin Cuts!

Let’s get crafty and use those Thin Cuts we’ve been talking about all month long on some fun interactive cards!

Today we are going to walk through making this astronaut in orbit card, since it is the harder of the two to make. Once you’ve got that one down, making others like it will be a breeze!

Materials Needed:
Z4157 Stargazer Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts
Z4006 Monstrous Halloween Stamp + Thin Cuts
X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2863 White Daisy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2807 Willow Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z4143 Stargazer Dots
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z3177 Paintbrush Set
Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles
Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder
Z555 Craft Heater
Z2446 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Black Marker
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z3342 Foam Dots
Die-cutting Machine
Washi Tape
Penny or Small Flat Button

Prepare and Cut.

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

  • 1 standard card base
  • 4″ x 5¼” Pacifica planets paper (Stargazer paper packet)
  • 4″ x ¼” Poppy striped paper (Stargazer paper packet)
  • Trimmed zip strips to use as accents (Stargazer paper packet)
  • Astronaut die cut from White Daisy cardstock, stamped with Archival Black ink, painted in watercolor (Stargazer Thin Cuts)
  • Aliens/monsters die cut from White Daisy cardstock, stamped with Willow ink, pupils colored over with black marker (Monstrous Halloween Thin Cuts)
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Place the 2½” circle die (the largest one in the set) ¾” from the top of the planets paper and centered, left to right. Attach it with washi tape to keep it in place as you run it through your die-cutting machine.

Step 2. Cutting the moon.

Once you’ve cut your first circle, use the inside circle to make the moon.

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Flip the 2½” circle you just cut out over, to the side of the paper that looks like the surface of the moon. Attach the 2″ circle die to it with washi tape and run it through your die-cutting machine.

Step 3. Attaching the planets paper.

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On the backside of your paper, add thin 3-D foam tape as shown here. You will need a small piece of foam tape near the circle to allow the movement later but make sure it isn’t too close to the circle or it will not work! Attach this piece to your card front.

Step 4. Adding the penny.

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This step is pretty simple but also requires accuracy. With your card resting on a flat surface, gently tuck your penny (or flat button) behind the planets paper about half way. Be careful to not bump your card, the penny is not attached to anything at this point.

Step 5. Prepping the moon.

With your penny in place, it’s time to prepare the moon for attaching.

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Flip your moon over to the planets side of the paper and add thin 3-D foam tape to the center only and attach it to the card. Don’t move the penny.

Step 6. Attaching the astronaut.

Remember our floating penny? Carefully attach a small foam dot to the center of it, between the two papers. Remove the adhesive from the top and attach the astronaut you’ve previously prepared.

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Step 7. Embellish!

Add your sentiment, aliens, and all other embellishments to your card to finish it off!

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Have you made other interactive cards using this or any other method? Tell us all about it in the comments below!


Recipes

5½” x 4¼” Mission Control: We have a Birthday Card
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5½” x 4¼” Super Girl Card
Z4163 Super Girl Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5982 Canary Cardstock, X5975 Cranberry Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4143 Stargazer Dots, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3177 Paintbrush Set, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting Machine, Penny

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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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What to Do with Christmas Cards After the Holidays

Phew! You can take a deep breath now—Christmas is over and you can calmly go about your business getting back to a “normal” routine. There are decorations to be put away, a tree to take down, presents to find places for, goodies and leftovers galore to eat your way through… but all in its own time.

One item that perplexes many is the stack of Christmas cards that you’ve received over the past few weeks (and which will probably keep trickling in over the next few weeks, too!). You’ve probably got a great system for displaying them when they come in, but now that Christmas is over what is to become of them?

We shudder at the thought of throwing away those cute photos and heartfelt greetings from loved ones and bygone friends, but the alternative of shoveling the stack into a box and shoving it onto an obscure and cluttered shelf under the stairs seems scarcely better. Luckily we have some great ideas to help you find a more fitting home for these keepsakes.

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Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ to the rescue! This Christmas cards 2017 layout gives you a beautiful place to preserve those photos. The layout itself uses neutral colors and simple design elements in order to give visual preference to the photos, which likely do not all conform to a unified color scheme. Cards that are larger than 4″ x 6″ can be trimmed to fit into the Flip Flaps, or you can even just trim out a part of the photo and add it to the page, discarding the rest of the card.

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Cards that do not include family photos can benefit from similar treatment, incorporated as design elements into a layout like this one. By using the Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors, you can add these cards to a layout so that the designed card front looks like any other design element, but the card can still be pulled out and read for the message inside.

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Another project that works well for pulling together different elements is a mini-album. Once again, you can include entire cards, trim them to fit, or cut out elements you’d like to preserve.

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Christmas cards come in all shapes and sizes, and so do mini albums! Here’s another album idea that takes a vertical approach by binding all the cards together with a piece of ribbon threaded through punched holes in each of the pages.

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Use this idea to incorporate all kinds of cards, from photo cards, to traditional, folding cards and notes, which can be tucked into basic pockets in your album. As the creator of your album, you can make it to fit the cards that you want to keep.

When your friends and family members go to the trouble of sending you a Christmas card, that is an act of caring that deserves better treatment than to be stuck on a fridge or a board for a month and then discarded! Now that we’ve given you some ideas of what to do with them, you have an alternative that will keep their warm holiday wishes around all year—and isn’t that what we hope will happen every Christmas?


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Christmas Cards 2017 Layout
A1182 My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp Set, C1688 My Acrylix® First Noel Stamp Set, C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3231 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 4″ x 6″, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
1½” <font> “2017”

12″ x 12″ Jolly Festive Holiday Layout
D1737 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, C1688 My Acrylix® First Noel Stamp Set, C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3242 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 1

5½” x 7½” Merry Christmas 2017 Mini Album
D1737 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, C1688 My Acrylix® First Noel Stamp Set, C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, D1743 My Acrylix® Gingerbread Friends Stamp Set, B1567 My Acrylix® Hallelujah Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5975 Cranberry Cardstock, Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
1″ <font> “2017”

Artbooking
4¼” Shift+Border <TeamWork> (p. 83, #M46F6E)
1¼” <Merry> (p. 75, #M58114)

5¼” x 7¼” Beary Merry Christmas Card Flip Book
C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, C1688 My Acrylix® First Noel Stamp Set, D1737 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7225C Beary Christmas Complements, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Hole Punch

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Sneak Peek Inside Our New Cardmaking Pattern Book

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Our new Seasonal Expressions 1 goes live on January 1 and we simply cannot wait to share all of the new and exciting products we’ve got in store for you! We’re so excited, in fact, that we’re going to give you an early peek into one of our favorites—the newest installment of our Make It from Your Heart™ pattern book series, volume 4.

Feels like we were just here in June, when we gave you a sneak peak into volume 3 of the series with all of its game changing qualities. Our fourth volume of Make It from Your Heart differs from its predecessor only because it is filled with patterns to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind, CARDS!

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This new book features 24 card patterns, including 18 vertical and 6 horizontal designs, all in the standard 4¼” x 5½” size. And, just like its scrapbooking counterpart, this cardmaking volume comes in a collection of loose, 3-ring, hole-punched pages sized to fit inside any of our Everyday Life™ albums, giving you the flexibility to rearrange and pull out pages at any time!

Additionally, we’re again giving you TWO pieces of artwork inspiration per pattern PLUS an artwork tip for each card! That’s two tips per pattern to help you add your own creative flair as you design your own cards.

Without further ado, here is that promised sneak peek!

Pattern 6

Pattern 18

This new pattern book will be available to order beginning January 1. What better way to start out a new year than with some new and inspiring patterns?! Order this great new book on your Consultant’s website or closetomyheart.com as soon as it is available!

Cardmaking just got a whole lot easier! 😉

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Free Basics Fundamental 64 Card Workshop Pattern!

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We’re giving you more free patterns today! This time, instead of a scrapbooking layout, we’ve got a workshop for you and your friends to make 64 gratitude cards—8 cards in 8 designs—using our Basics Fundamental paper packet, which so happens to be on sale right now at 30% off!

These patterns were originally introduced at our 2016 convention as part of a Fundamentals card workshop. We’ve simply updated the cutting diagrams and flat patterns and created some new cards with one of our favorite paper packets!

All you will need to recreate these cards is one of each of the following:
B1536 My Acrylix® All the Thanks Stamp Set
Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet
Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine
Z3274 Clear Sparkles
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Workshop Patterns and Cutting Diagrams

Download the patterns above and let the cardmaking extravaganza begin!

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DIY Photo Cards!

By this time of year most of us have already taken new family photos (or have them planned for the very near future) in anticipation of turning them into beautiful Christmas cards to share (and show off ☺).

This year, instead of having someone else print and make your holiday cards, make them yourself! We’ve prepared some tips to show you how to personalize your cards even more using your creativity rather than someone else’s ready-made template.

Check out the tips below as you’re thinking of all the people you plan to send a little holiday cheer to.

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Tip #1: When stamping on your photo, use one with lots of negative space.

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To stamp a holiday message directly on your photo, choose one that has lots of negative space, like the photo above. Negative space is all of the area surrounding the subject of your photo. Using a photo with plenty of negative space gives you a place to stamp your holiday message without covering the subject—like the face of one of your family members!

Tip #2: Matte photo paper works the best with any ink.

Printing your photos on matte photo paper is the best option for using them as photo Christmas cards. Matte paper works well with any ink. If you like the raised look and feel of embossing, matte photo paper is also the best option. You can use the VersaMark™ Ink Pad and your choice of embossing powder. (For even more color options, try our mini pigment pads with clear embossing powder!)

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Keep in mind that VersaMark™ ink will absorb quickly into the matte photo paper. If you are going to stamp and heat emboss multiple images, emboss between stamping each image to make sure the embossing powder sticks to the ink.

Tip #3: Glossy photo paper requires StazOn™ Ink.

If you prefer the finish of glossy photo paper, you can still stamp on it! Just use the StazOn™ Ink Pad. This ink is especially meant to work on smooth, nonporous surfaces, and it will adhere to your photo much better. Other inks will smear on glossy photo paper.

Tip #4: Use a strip of cardstock over your photo for the stamped image.

What if you aren’t sure about stamping on a photo? Or maybe your photo doesn’t have space for a sentiment? That’s ok. You can stamp or emboss your message on a piece of cardstock to adhere on top of your photo like you see in the image below.

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Tip #5: Make your photo card a different shape.

Tired of sending rectangle cards? Shake things up this year by making your photo card a square or even a circle. (Get creative and maybe even use a Cricut® shape!)

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To create the circle card above, print a 5″ x 7″ photo. Then, trace a 5″ circle over your photo and cut it out. Finish by distressing the edges of your photo to hide any pen or pencil lines.

Tip #6: Don’t forget your envelopes.

When creating your photo cards, be sure to size your cards to fit in standard size envelopes.

Here are some examples that we used. These are common envelope sizes that you can find at your local craft store or online.

Card Size                    Envelope Type
3″ x 5″                        4BAR
4″ x 6″                        A6
5″ x 7″                        A7
5″ x 5″                        5¾” Square
6″ x 6″                        6½” Square

The photo card size refers to the dimensions of the entire card. If you like the look of having a mat behind your photo, trim your photo and then attach it to the cardstock or paper mat of your choice.

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The photo card above measures 4″ x 6″, including the photo mat. The envelope type that will fit this size is A6. You’ll notice that this card also has great negative space for stamping the holiday message.

One of the great things about making your own holiday cards is that no two cards have to be the same. You can personalize each sentiment and use different photos if you want to.

Our friends at Persnickety Prints are standing by with some great deals going on right now! Check them out to get your photos printed and get started on creating your own personalized Christmas cards this year!


Recipes

4″ x 6″ Tidings of Great Joy Photo Card (L)
B1567 My Acrilyx® Hallelujah Stamp Set, X5975 Cranberry Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

5″ x 7″ Holiday Cheer Photo Card (L)
D1737 My Acrilyx® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, Z891 VersaMark® Ink Pad, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

4″ x 6″ Wishing You Photo Card (L)
D1743 My Acrilyx® Gingerbread Friends Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

 5″ x 7″ Noel Photo Card (L)
C1688 My Acrilyx® First Noel Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock,  Z891 VersaMark® Ink Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

6″ x 6″ Holiday Cheer Photo Card
D1737 My Acrilyx® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, Z891 VersaMark® Ink Pad, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

5″ Happy Holiday Circle Photo Card
C1689 My Acrilyx® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Ink™ Stamp Pad, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Flower Market
5″ Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, Basic Shapes)

4″ x 6″ Happiest Holidays Photo Card (L)
C1689 My Acrilyx® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X5975 Cranberry Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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New Thin Cuts!

We’ve just launched four new sets of our exclusive Thin Cuts metal dies! These new Thin Cuts coordinate with four stamp sets in our Annual Inspirations idea book: My Acrylix® School Kids, My Acrylix® Wreath, My Acrylix® Sweet Birthday, and My Acrylix® Swirly Seashells.

The great thing about our Thin Cuts is that they save you so much time—no more fussy-cutting! They also make it SO much easier to cut duplicates of the same shape.

Here is some artwork to show you what we mean.

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Adorable, right? We absolutely love our My Acrylix® School Kids stamp set, and with the new coordinating Thin Cuts, you can make lots of these cute little kiddos in no time. Don’t they just make the most adorable student name cards?

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If you’re a teacher, these Thin Cuts could give you a fast way to decorate name cards, cubbies, and more. You can color in your students’ miniature look-alikes—or get your students in on the fun!

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Creating duplicates of the same shapes also comes in handy when you want to really deck out a scrapbooking page. Here we used the Swirly Seashells Thin Cuts to make all these little seashells. Since we didn’t need to spend nearly as much time trimming out the seashells, we had more time to add beautiful watercolor details to them instead.

We’ve shown you artwork made using two of the four new Thin Cuts sets, and given you just a small taste of the possibilities! Check out our promotions page to learn more about this limited-time offer!

Recipes

School Name Tags
D1706 My Acrylix® School Kids, E1030 My Acrylix® Handwritten Print, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3216 White Twine, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush SetCC1158 Thin Cuts—School Kids

12″ x 12″ Seashells Page
C1664 My Acrylix® Swirly Seashells, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry Cardstock, Z3237 White Glitter Paper, Z2506 Adventure Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set, Z2507 Sea Glass Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad, Z2503 Basics Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints,Z3188 Paintbrush SetZ2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2088 Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft HeaterCC1155 Thin Cuts—Swirly Seashells, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
3 ¾” Shift+Icon-1 <Z> (cut 2, p. 31)
4″ Shift+Icon-1 <Z> (p. 31)
1″ font <Seashells Seashore>
¾” font <by the>

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5 Ways to Use Instalife™ City Limits

Instalife™ is our mini pocket scrapbooking line: From mini albums and Memory Protectors™ to mini cards you slide into place next to your photos, these petite products are just too cute!

Today we’re going to show you five different ways you can use our Instalife™ City Limits cards, which are only available through April 30.

1. Traditional Mini Album

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You can see that the cards have fun designs and cutouts, along with spaces for journaling. Simply slide your photos and cards in, and you’re done! The album possibilities are endless: Create one for graduation, one with photos of your family for your kids to take to college, or one with photos of your pet. It’s also a great way to keep all the photos you have on your phone. Just print them out, and create a mini album of your adventures!

2. Mother’s Day Gift

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Because the cards are soft blues, greens, and greys, it’s easy to add other colors into the mix! Here we added some Pixie cardstock and ink to make this a feminine album for Mother’s Day. The card sentiments are generic, so they work great for any occasion.

3. Father’s Day Cards

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Once Mother’s Day is over, use the cards to create unique Father’s Day cards. On the left card, we have two 2″ x 2″ Instalife™ cards stacked on top of each other. On the card on the right, we used a 4″ x 4″ Instalife™ card with a cutout and stamped a sentiment inside of it.

4. Everyday Life™ Album

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5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

What’s great about the Instalife™ cards is that they’re small enough to use as accents for your My Crush® pages. You can attach them quickly and easily, and they even go really well with the colors of the My Crush® Everyday Life pages.

5. Traditional Scrapbooking

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The cards also work great on traditional scrapbook pages. These 4″ x 4″ cards act as frames for the photos, and the little 2″ x 2″ card makes a fun embellishment when combined with some ribbon.

Instalife™ cards may be small, but their potential is huge! We hope this artwork inspires you to think outside the box—there are so many possibilities! To learn more about this artwork, watch this video:

Ready to experiment with Instalife™ yourself? Then head on over to our Instagram account for a chance to win FREE Instalife™ products!

Recipes

Traditional Mini Album
Z3206 Instalife™ Album—Black & White, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z3117 Memory Protectors™ Mini 2″ x 2″, Z3116 Memory Protectors™ Mini 4″ x 4″, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Mother’s Day Album
M1137 My Acrylix® A Day for Mother, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3206 Instalife™ Album—Black & White, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z3117 Memory Protectors™ Mini 2″ x 2″, Z3116 Memory Protectors™ Mini 4″ x 4″, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment

Father’s Day Cards
C1633 My Acrylix® For Family, Z2192 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Thread

Everyday Life™ Album
Z3208 Everyday Life™ Album—Black, Z3210 My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3197 Black & Gold Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Traditional Scrapbook Page
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3208 Treasured Puffies, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
3/4″ <font> “Smile and Be Happy”

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