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.

Use our new Thin Cuts metal dies to easily cut shapes for your stamp sets! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhthincuts #diecutting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #teacher #classroom

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?

Use our new Thin Cuts metal dies to easily cut shapes for your stamp sets! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhthincuts #diecutting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #teacher #classroom

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!

Use our new Thin Cuts metal dies to easily cut shapes for your stamp sets! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhthincuts #diecutting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #beach #ocean

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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Shhhhh! It’s a Birthday Surprise!

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We sure love our CEO and founder, Jeanette Lynton. As a pioneer in the stamping and papercrafting industry, she has put so much time and heart into helping others discover their creativity and preserve their memories. She truly is one-of-a-kind.

Jeanette’s birthday is in March, and we want your help in giving her a birthday surprise to remember. As you know, a handmade card speaks a thousand words, so here’s what we’d like you to do:

Create a birthday card for Jeanette, snap a photo of it, and post it to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #cards4jeanette. Feel free to post a message to Jeanette with the picture if you’d like.

On her birthday, we’ll show Jeanette all the cards you have made by searching this hashtag on social media. Beautiful artwork made by people she cares about so dearly will be sure to touch her heart.

We’ll also randomly select 20 people who have posted a card and give them a prize. We’ll announce the winners on the blog on March 28.

Make sure to post your cards before then, and thank you in advance for your help in celebrating the extraordinary life of this special woman.

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Yes, We Will Be Your Valentine!

We loved looking at all the beautiful valentines you created using the La Vie En Rose paper packet. Your creativity is so inspiring! If you haven’t had a chance yet to look at all the incredible valentines your fellow crafters made, search #lovinLaVie on Instagram.

Out of all the amazing artwork, we have picked 10 of our favorites to feature on the blog today. Here they are!

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If your artwork is featured in this blog post, we’ve got a special surprise for you! We’re going to send you the My Acrylix® Springtime Wishes stamp set, the coordinating Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts, AND the Treasured Puffies from Seasonal Expressions 1! We figured a floral, whimsical stamp set would be the perfect surprise for a Valentine’s Day giveaway, and hopefully this giveaway will help usher in springtime (We’re freezing out here in Utah!). 🙂

To claim your prize, please send your name and mailing address to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com. Put “Valentines winner” as your subject line.

Thanks to all who participated, and have a great Valentine’s Day! We love you all!

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Show Your Love with La Vie En Rose Valentines

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and we want to help you celebrate! We’ve got some great ideas for making one-of-a-kind cards using the perfect paper packet for Valentines: La Vie En Rose! With its elegant black and white patterns and the exquisite floral print paper, it is the perfect place to start when for creating personalized valentines for everyone—from your significant other to the kids’ teachers.

Ready for some inspiration? Let’s start with this little cutie:

Let La Vie En Rose help you with your Valentines! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards

We meant it when we said “little”—this mini card is ideal for all those little cuties you know! Take advantage of Valentine’s day to tell your children or grandchildren how much they mean to you, or let your kids help create a handful of these simple cards to take to school and give to their friends. Thanks to the Darling Dinos stamp set, even boys can get in the fun without having to be too mushy about it.

For your significant other, we can try something a bit more grown-up:

Let La Vie En Rose help you with your Valentines! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards

Chic and sweet! You don’t have to go all-out with hearts to create a lovely valentine. The two bitty hearts on this card are enough to convey, “I love you!” You might not initially think “black” when making a valentine, but it really works! We especially love the black ampersand that is accented with the help of some 3-D tape. A beautiful card like this one can add even more feeling to the words you write inside it.

All right, we’ve covered kids and significant others, but there are sure to be other people who would love to hear heartfelt words of appreciation on Valentine’s Day. How about your child’s teacher, for instance?

Let La Vie En Rose help you with your Valentines! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards

In our book, this card gets an A+! The kraft cardstock and Glacier dotted lines take us right back to our grade school days—how fun is that? Plus, that special heart stamp will be the “apple” of the teacher’s eye! 🙂 Teachers can be so influential in a child’s life, and a beautiful card like this is sure to let them know how much you appreciate their hard work.

We’ve fallen in love with La Vie En Rose, and we know you will too when you start working with this paper packet. That’s why we’re going to issue a creative challenge for the chance to be featured on the blog and to win a prize!

Here are the contest details. First, create your own valentine using the La Vie En Rose paper packet. Then post a photo of the card on Instagram using the hashtag #lovinLaVie by the night of Thursday, February 11. On Valentine’s Day, we’ll post some of our favorites on the blog for all of you to see! Then we’ll reward our winners with a special surprise. 🙂

We want to see all of your lovable cards, so get excited and start crafting!

Recipes

3″ x 3″ You’re Dino-mite Card
Originals: Matted Square™
B1486 My Acrylix® Darling Dinos, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2009 Red Enamel Hearts, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, 3174 Blending Pen

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Hugs & Kisses Card
C1621 My Acrylix® Mr. & Mrs., X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

5 ½” x 4 ¼” World’s Greatest Teacher Card
D1612 My Acrylix® Teacher Appreciation, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z3094 Poppy Thick Twine

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

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Get Ahead on Your Christmas Cards!

There are two types of people in this world: those who barely let Halloween pass them by before pulling out the Christmas decorations, and those who keep every sprig of holly tucked away until at least December 1. No matter which type of person you are, you can’t deny that Christmas is the busiest time of year. So get ahead of that Yuletide dash by preparing your holiday cards now!

Why? Well, if you get started now, you’ll have time to create beautiful and detailed artwork like this:Get ahead on Christmas cards! #CTMH #closetomyheart #ctmhwhitepines #christmascards
Isn’t this family postcard adorable? The gold embossing adds such a festive feel, especially when paired with the White Pines paper packet. White Pines also makes a cheery statement on the Christmas tag. Customized gift tags like this are a wonderful way to brighten up your Christmas wrapping! The gold sequins add such a thoughtful detail. Speaking of details…Get ahead on Christmas cards! #CTMH #closetomyheart #ctmhwhitepines #christmascards
…there’s that gorgeous gold again! That stylish shimmer really makes the sentiments shine, while also adding a unique texture to the card. For even more texture, try using an embossing folder to create an embossed pattern like you see on the Chocolate cardstock. These details add a touch of class and luxury to your cards, don’t they? Ah, the power of details.
Get ahead on Christmas cards! #CTMH #closetomyheart #ctmhwhitepines #christmascards
But maybe you are looking for another solution for your Christmas cards, perhaps something you can duplicate quickly and easily. If that’s you, we recommend our Workshops on the Go® White Pines cardmaking kit! This kit comes with all the supplies you need to make 15 cards, plus a guide that gives you step-by-step instructions for how to cut, stamp, assemble, and accessorize the three different Christmas card designs.

If you’re looking for an even quicker Christmas card option, we’ve got just the thing! Say hello to our holiday Cut Above™ card kits: Boughs & Berries and Deck the Halls. The great thing about Cut Above™ is that we’ve done all the designing and cutting for you. All you have to do is the stamping and assembly! You get to create 10 beautiful cards from each pack, and you end up with a beautiful, handmade result with less work! So don’t let Christmas sneak up on you! Let our White Pines paper collection or one of our cardmaking kits help you get ready before the rush. Bring on the holly!

Recipes

5″ x 7″ Merry Christmas Postcard
Originals: Always Right™
D1657 Holly Jolly Christmas, B1483 Season’s Greetings, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
1 ¾” Shape <0> (p. 10)

5″ Christmas Joy Tag
M1126 My Acrylix® This Is Christmas, D1664 My Acrylix® Packages, Boxes, & Tags, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
3″ Icon-2, <Christms> (p. 48) 3″ Shift+Icon-2 <Christms> (p. 48) Art Philosophy 5″ <Tag4> (p. 60)

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Make It Merry Card
D1617 My Acrylix® Make it Merry, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Joy to the World Card
C1628 My Acrylix® Christ is Born, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

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Stamping Technique: Marker Coloring

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

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

Autumn Cards

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

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

So Thankful

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

Autumn Harvest

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

Happy Halloween

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

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

Recipes

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

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

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

Cricut® Shape:
Art Philosophy
3 ½” <tag 3> (p. 50)
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