Adding Color to Vellum

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Vellum paper is a great addition to any project, but it can sometimes get a bit tricky figuring out how to incorporate it in fun and different ways. Somewhere between transparent and opaque, using vellum paper in your projects is an easy way add a touch of sophistication. From markers and ink pads to re-inkers and shimmer brushes, today we’re walking through a few ideas for adding a dash of color to vellum paper.

In this first example, we sponged the edges with the Mint and Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads using a round sponge. By gently dabbing the ink onto the page with the sponge, you can create the perfect blend of gentle color on the vellum for a fantastic colored overlay! While it may not look like much on its own, this technique is a great way to finish off the vellum work in your projects for a subtle flair.

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This sponging technique is also great for larger surface areas, as you can see in this next card. Here, we used a sponge dauber to spread the ink over the entirety of each present overlay piece. We still concentrated more color at the edges, but we also spread the ink over the rest of the overlay to put more pigment in the finished piece.

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In our next example, we’ve used TriBlend™ markers to add a few pops of color to this cheery birthday card. First, we created the fun candles on the front side of the vellum paper with silver embossing powder. Then, we flipped the vellum paper over and colored in the gaps with the Citrus, Bright Pink, Blue Turquoise, and Hydrangea markers on the back side of the vellum piece. This way, you get the illusion of soft candlelight on varicolored birthday candles that look so good, you almost want to blow them out!

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Tip: To prevent warping or curling in your vellum paper, move your heat tool in small circles as you set the embossing powder and avoid focusing the stream of the heat tool in one spot for too long.

For this next card, you’ll want to make sure you have your re-inker stash handy. To create this adorable sentiment and wreath on our vellum circle, we used gold embossing powder for the center and Black StazOn™ Ink for the wreath. Once the ink was dry, we flipped the vellum circle over and colored in the leaves on the wreath with re-inkers, again on the back side, using a regular paintbrush as an application tool. This technique gives you a rich saturation level on your color for consistency and vibrancy.

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Our last example today features the Julep Shimmer Brush. To start, we cut our vellum piece out with a bone folder and a paper trimmer to create the rough edges you see. (Instead of running the blade down the paper, run the bone folder in the crease of the trimmer to cut the paper.) Once we cut this large vellum piece, we heat-embossed oak leaves on it with gold embossing powder and colored them in with a Julep Shimmer Brush.

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Tip: When using a shimmer brush to add color to vellum, be sure to keep the coloration consistent throughout. Otherwise, you may end up with some blotchy patches.

With the subtle shine of the shimmer brush, these leaves are the perfect finishing touch for this card!

Impress your friends and loved ones this season with beautiful handmade cards that include some color treated vellum. The subtle sophistication that a little dash of color adds goes a long way!


Recipes:

4¼” x 5½” Grateful for You Card (Horizontal)
S1911 My Acrylix® Family Time Stamp Set, X7251B Cedar & Pine Paper Packet, X9009 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6503 Mint Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6515 Paprika Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z4249 Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder, Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z697 Round Sponge, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack, Die-cutting Machine

4¼” x 5½” Hip! Hip! Hooray! Card (Vertical)
D1899 My Acrylix® Birthday Greetings Stamp Set, X7250B Holly Jolly Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems, Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts, Z2067 Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z2482 Citrus TriBlend™ Marker, Z2495 Bright Pink TriBlend™ Marker, Z2489 Blue Turquoise TriBlend™ Marker, Z2494 Hydrangea TriBlend™ Marker, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting Machine

4¼” x 5½” Thank You Card (Vertical)
C1813 My Acrylix® Woodland Greeting Stamp Set, X9009 Mix-in Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2727 Almond Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2729 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z7515 Paprika Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2751 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2728 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z4054 Gold Embellishing Thread, Z3560 Golden Rod Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Z3316 Gold Shimmer Brush, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z2066 Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z4309 Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts, Z4260 Stitched Rectangles Frames Thin Cuts, Die-cutting Machine, Paintbrush

4¼” x 5½” Season’s Greetings Card (Horizontal)
C1800 My Acrylix® Holly Jolly—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7250B Holly Jolly Paper Packet, X9009 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6036 Ballerina Cardstock, X6031 Green Apple Cardstock, X6042 Mint Cardstock, X5974 Raspberry Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6507 Clover Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z3550 Striped Ribbon Bows, Z3549 Holly Jolly Dots, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” Grateful Card (Horizontal)
C1813 My Acrylix® Woodland Greetings Stamp Set, X7251B Cedar & Pine Paper Packet, X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, X6033 Paprika Cardstock, X6045 Sage Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z4054 Gold Embellishing Thread, Z3508 Julep Shimmer Brush, Z2066 Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z4181 Stitched Circles Thin Cuts, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Watercolor Pencils, Die-cutting Machine, Sewing Machine

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Zoe Is Back and Better Than Ever!

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We did it again, friends! One of our favorite retired paper collections, Zoe, has received a modest makeover, getting updated colors, a new 12″ × 12″ coordinating sticker sheet, and a new workshop. The updated Zoe collection is available through the end of May. With its sunny disposition, this collection is sure to brighten anyone’s day and any scrapbook album!

1.  My Acrylix® Zoe Stamp Set

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As if this stamp set isn’t perfect enough for all those sunny moments you wish to hold onto, the shapes outlined in red coordinate with our Cricut® Artistry collection—making it that much easier to create unique, custom cards and layouts! You’ll find sizing instructions for cutting the coordinating shapes on the packaging of the stamp set.

2. Zoe Paper Packet

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Here it is! Featuring our exclusive colors, Canary, Heather, Mint, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, and White Daisy, this 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! Click on the image to take a closer look!

3. Zoe Coordinating Cardstock

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These cardstock colors coordinate perfectly with those in the Zoe Paper Packet. Each Zoe Coordinating Cardstock pack comes with 12 sheets, 2 each of Sweet Leaf, Smoothie, Mint, Canary, Heather, and White Daisy; all 12″ × 12″.

4. Zoe Workshop Kit

Use the materials in this kit and the online instructions found below to create four coordinating layouts and six cards!

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(Click on the individual image for a closer look at any of these projects.)

Download workshop instructions, here!

Zoe is only back 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!

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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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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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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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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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