Stamping Vellum Like a Pro

With its translucent properties and incredible versatility, vellum has made its way back into the papercrafting limelight! We have several stamping tips and techniques to share, showing just how fun and versatile vellum can be. Keep scrolling to see some vellum-enhanced artwork and to learn something new!

Stamping on Vellum #ctmh #closetomyheart #vellum #stamping #nsm #nationalstampingmonth #stampingtechniques #stampingtipsIf you look carefully at this scrapbook page, you will see that the bottom layer of the mat behind the photo is a large piece of vellum. There are several things to learn from this example alone. First, take a look at the beautiful floral arrangement that was stamped directly onto the vellum. To create this muted effect, we used our regular water-based dye inks. Because vellum is less porous than other papers, ink will take longer to dry. We helped move the process along by using our trusty craft heater. For this technique, allow your heater to heat up before you use it. Once it’s hot, blow on the ink intermittently from behind the paper (which means you would need to do this step before attaching a piece like this to your page). If you blow directly onto the ink and vellum without pulling the heater away, the ink will move and the paper will warp. Once you’re done with the craft heater, blot any excess ink with a tissue to achieve a softer color as well as a completely dry image.

Card Stamping on Vellum #ctmh #closetomyheart #vellum #stamping #nsm #nationalstampingmonth #stampingtechniques #stampingtips #cardmaking #cardNow, let’s talk about embossing. There are so many ways to play with stamping and embossing on vellum. Our first approach is pretty straightforward. We used an embossed sentiment on a piece of vellum as an overlay for a stamped card front. This is an effective way to tone down a busy background and bring the focus to the sentiment and any other elements that are laid on top. (When setting your embossing powder, remember to use your craft heater intermittently and from behind to avoid warping!)

We took the translucent property of vellum a step further with this card. Instead of using it as an attached overlay, we made the entire card base from vellum and used one of our base & shade stamp sets for the images. The “base” of the image is stamped on the inside of the card and the “shade”—or outline—is stamped and embossed on the outside. Tips: attach a piece of cardstock to the inside of the card base and stamp it first, then line up the “shade” from above on the outside. After stamping and embossing the outside of your card, if the color from the base isn’t showing through as much as you’d like, add some watercolor (a little goes a long way on vellum) to your embossed images from behind. Watercolor paint dries fairly quickly on vellum, but if you’d like to speed the process up the craft heater should do it.

Card Stamping on Vellum #ctmh #closetomyheart #vellum #stamping #nsm #nationalstampingmonth #stampingtechniques #stampingtips #cardmaking #cardDid you spot the vellum on this card? If you guessed in those colorful autumn leaves, then you are right! To recreate this effect, emboss your images using some of the tips that we’ve already discussed. The trick to these leaves is achieving their lovely fall color. This time, instead of using watercolors or ink behind our images, we used alcohol-based markers! (Alcohol-based markers are easier to blend than others, so make sure you are using the right product.)

Vellum has been around for a long time but it’s sure making a comeback! Whether you use it in papercrafting, scrapbooking, or cardmaking, vellum can easily add depth, dimension, and texture to any of your projects.

If you’ve got a tip or some artwork with vellum that you’d like to share, please do so in our comments below!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ My Beautiful Life Layout
Z3384 Beautiful You Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3355 Happy Moments Complements, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Sewing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Go Where Your Dreams Take You Card
M1178 My Acrylix® Delicate Flower Stamp Set, D1755 My Acrylix™ Pack Your Bags Stamp Set (from Cricut® You Are Here Collection Z3389), 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3293 Shimmer Brush—Clear, Z2088 Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Sewing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Thinking of You Card
C1690 My Acrylix® For You Darling Stamp Set, D1739 My Acrylix® Thoughtful Bird Stamp Set, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

4¼” x 5½” Truly Grateful Card
Z4041 Falling for You Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7223C Falling for You Complements, Z4029 Bronze Sequins, Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon, Z2451 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2456 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Mahogany Marker, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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13 Tips to Help You Become an Ink Expert

19 Helpful Tips for Using Close To My Heart’s Stamp Pads #infographic #stamping #ink #howto #dye #pigment #coloring #stamp

If you’re a stamper, then chances are you are no stranger to the wonders of inky fingers! But no matter how much exposure you’ve had, there are probably some things about working with ink that may still be a mystery to you. Today’s topic is Inks 101, and by the time you’ve read this post, you’ll be well on your way to becoming an ink expert!

1. Not sure which type of ink you should use for a project? Click on this handy infographic to figure it out!

19 Helpful Tips for Using Close To My Heart’s Stamp Pads #infographic #stamping #ink #howto #dye #pigment #coloring #stamp

2. Just like our cardstock, we offer dye and pigment stamp pads in all of our exclusive colors…meaning you’ll always have ink to match your cardstock! Easy color coordination is the name of our game. 🙂

19 Helpful Tips for Using Close To My Heart’s Stamp Pads #infographic #stamping #ink #howto #dye #pigment #coloring #stamp3. Our Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads have one of the largest surface areas on the market. Plus, they’re super easy to open, thanks to the magnetic case design!

19 Helpful Tips for Using Close To My Heart’s Stamp Pads #infographic #stamping #ink #howto #dye #pigment #coloring #stamp

4. We designed our stamp pads so that the pad is on the lid of the case. This way while your stamp pad is sitting around waiting to be used, the ink is settling on the surface of the pad so you’ll always be able to get a crisp stamped image.

5. Is your stamp pad getting dry? That happens with a lot of use over time. But the good news is that instead of buying a new one, you can buy the coordinating re-inker and use it to replenish your pad. To re-ink a stamp pad, gently squeeze the re-inker evenly over the surface of your stamp pad while moving in a zig-zag pattern, top to bottom. Repeat until your stamp pad is properly saturated again (you won’t even need to use the whole bottle!). Just be sure to give your ink some time to soak in before using the stamp pad.

19 Helpful Tips for Using Close To My Heart’s Stamp Pads #infographic #stamping #ink #howto #dye #pigment #coloring #stamp

6. Is your stamped image darker than you thought it would be? Don’t worry, that’s normal! Dye inks need a little bit of time to cure, which means that they need to fully dry before they turn the right color. This shouldn’t take too long, but a craft heater can certainly help speed up the process.

7. When using our mini pigment ink stamp pads, dab the stamp pad lightly onto the stamp rather than trying to press the stamp onto the stamp pad.

19 Helpful Tips for Using Close To My Heart’s Stamp Pads #infographic #stamping #ink #howto #dye #pigment #coloring #stamp

8. Pigment ink sits on the surface of your paper, which is why the colors are more vivid than dye inks. However, this means pigment ink takes longer to dry. Give images stamped with pigment ink time to air dry, or use a craft heater to dry them right away.

9. If you’ve got the painting bug, then you’re going to love painting with our inks! Start by squishing the lid of your closed stamp pad all over. This will transfer some ink from the pad onto the other side of the case where you can pick up the ink using a slightly damp waterbrush or paintbrush, and then paint away!

19 Helpful Tips for Using Close To My Heart’s Stamp Pads #infographic #stamping #ink #howto #dye #pigment #coloring #stamp10. If you want to create a splattered paint pattern on your artwork, then our spray pen is your friend! Simply fill your spray pen with some water and add a bit of ink from a re-inker bottle, shake, and then spritz onto your artwork. Raise the spray pen higher for a subtler splatter and closer to the paper for a more concentrated splatter. If you want the ink to dry faster, try using rubbing alcohol instead of water.

19 Helpful Tips for Using Close To My Heart’s Stamp Pads #infographic #stamping #ink #howto #dye #pigment #coloring #stamp11. Our round sponge and sponge daubers can create really cool effects with our inks. With the sponge daubers insert and small organizer, you can store a whole collection of sponge daubers, even labeling them by color so you don’t forget which dauber you used for each stamp pad.

19 Helpful Tips for Using Close To My Heart’s Stamp Pads #infographic #stamping #ink #howto #dye #pigment #coloring #stamp12. In addition to our Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads, we also offer the VersaMark™ ink pad. Use this ink pad to create watermark images, or add embossing powder over the stamped image, shake off the excess, and heat set for an entirely different look!

13. Coloring in your stamp? Make sure you use the right ink to avoid bleeding! Memento™ is the way to go if you’re using alcohol markers, and Archival Black permanent ink is best with watercolor paints or pencils.


Did we miss anything? 🙂 Ask any questions about our inks in the comments below!

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One Awesome Stamp, Four Incredible Looks!

When you find a stamp you love, you tend to use it over and over (and over) again—we get it! 😉 Today we’re sharing some fun ideas to showcase one stamp in four different ways so it’s not the exact same every time. To show you what we mean, we’re going to use the darling “HELLO” stamp from our Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking stamp set.

The following stamping techniques range in skill levels—try them all to find your favorite!

4 awesome stamping techniques #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #scrapbooking #embossing #how #diy #tips #tricks

When going for a saturated and vibrant look, especially in small details, ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers are an excellent choice. They are bright, smudge-proof, and, because they are alcohol-based, they are easy to blend. The fine tip on each marker is ideal for coloring intricate images, like those flowers and leaves in our stamp. To ensure a crisp outline of your stamped image, use our permanent Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad. Unlike other inks, Archival Black won’t smear or smudge when you apply color.

4 awesome stamping techniques #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #scrapbooking #embossing #how #diy #tips #tricks

For a softer  look, use watercolors! Once again, stamp your image using Archival Black ink. Because this ink is waterproof, it won’t run when you apply your paint. In this example, we used a fine tip brush to color the small details.

4 awesome stamping techniques #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #scrapbooking #embossing #how #diy #tips #tricks

Ready to add some texture? Try embossing! For those of you who are new to this technique, embossing powder is a special powder that, when heated, melts to form a raised surface. To start, stamp your image using the VersaMark™ ink pad (embossing ink), which will create a clear, wet-looking print of your stamp. While the ink is still wet, cover it with embossing powder and carefully shake off any excess. In our example, we used white embossing powder to make our image pop on the colored cardstock. Use a craft heater to dry and seal your design. Craft heaters blow extremely hot air with a low air current, which keeps the powder from blowing right off—hair dryers are not a good substitute!

After your powder is set, add some shimmer using our gold and clear shimmer brushes. When you use these, prep your brush before you do! You want to squeeze your brush over scrap paper until the shimmery liquid comes out. Keep brushing it on the paper until you get the consistency you want on your brush before coloring in those details.

4 awesome stamping techniques #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #scrapbooking #embossing #how #diy #tips #tricks

Okay, here’s technique we’re really excited to share! Did you know that you can pair our Exclusive Inks™ mini pigment pads with clear embossing powder to emboss in any color you want? Yes, really! Stamp an image with your choice of pigment ink, cover it with clear embossing powder, and then set it with your craft heater! It’s that simple! You can match all of our exclusive colors perfectly using this last technique!

Of course there are many more ways to customize a stamp. That’s the best thing about finding a great stamp—you can use it again and again without it being identical each time. Give these techniques a try and have fun dolling up your current fave. 🙂

Recipes

Hello—Markers
D1714  My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2453 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Lavender Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2455 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Light Orange Marker, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker

Hello—Watercolors
D1714 My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Hello—Embossed
D1714 My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3293 Shimmer Brush—Clear, Z3316 Shimmer Brush—Gold

Hello—Embossed Pigment
D1714 My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2507 Sea Glass Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad, Z2088 Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

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Embossing with Two Powders

A fun embossing powder trick to try! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhembossing #embossingpowder #cardmaking #stamping #Christmas #howto

If you’re a big fan of embossing, we’ve got a fun idea to share with you today: using TWO different embossing powders on the same stamped image!

We decided to use this technique on our My Acrylix® Yuletide Joy stamp set because it has so many intricate designs—and maybe we wanted an excuse to start making Christmas cards. 🙂

So let’s dive in to the technique. The star and stocking cards above both use the same basic technique. We simply stamped the image with VersaMark™ ink, added the two embossing powders, and then set the images. This was easy enough because of where we wanted to put the powder and the look we were going for, but the present card required a little more precision, so we decided to use masking!

A fun embossing powder trick to try! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhembossing #embossingpowder #cardmaking #stamping #Christmas #howto

We taped off everything but the ribbon, inked the image, removed the tape, stamped, added silver embossing powder, and then heat set the powder. We repeated this same technique for the gold wrapping and ended up with a wowie finished product.

What fun embossing ideas do YOU have? Tell us in the comments below! And be sure to share your artwork using the hashtag #ctmhembossing.

Recipes

4 ½” x 4 ½” Star Card
S1610 My Acyrlix® Yuletide Joy, X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

 4 ¼” x 5 ½” Noel Card
S1610 My Acyrlix® Yuletide Joy, X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Stocking Card
S1610 My Acyrlix® Yuletide Joy, X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater
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Making Impressions

We know it’s the little things, like cards, that make all the difference in the world, and often it’s the little things that make your cards exactly the way you want. Take embossing folders for example.

Embossing folders are a great way to personalize your cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #cards #embossing #embossingfolder

Embossing folders are a great essential for cardmakers because they transform a regular piece of cardstock into something truly unique. You basically get to create your own patterned papers by mixing and matching colors and folders.

Embossing folders are a great way to personalize your cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #cards #embossing #embossingfolder

Because you give cards for all sorts of different occasions, you need a variety of embossing folders so you can get just the right look for each and every card.

Embossing folders are a great way to personalize your cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #cards #embossing #embossingfolder

For all you scrapbookers out there, embossing folders are also great for easy layering. Arrange a few pieces of embossed paper behind a photo for a quick, effortless pattern.

Embossing folders are a great way to personalize your cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #cards #embossing #embossingfolder

Also, don’t be afraid to emboss plain white cardstock. With some texture, it takes on a life all its own!

Cardmaking and scrapbooking are both all about celebrating and strengthening relationships. With our latest embossing folders, you’ll be able to show a little bit more tender love and care to your artwork and to your loved ones.

Recipes

4 ¼” × 5 ½” Good Job Card
Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, Z3265 School K-6 Complements, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, 1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3250 Word Search Embossing Folder, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, X254 4 ¼” × 5 ½” White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack, Embossing Machine

4 ¼” × 5 ½” Hello Darling Card
D1708 My Acrylix® Sending Smiles (comes with Cricut® Flower Market), Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, X5763 Smoothie Cardstock, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3249 Happy Thoughts Embossing Folder, Z3247 Simple Chevron Embossing Folder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, X254 4 ¼” × 5 ½” White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack, Embossing Machine

12″ × 12″ Today Page
Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals, Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5783 Emerald Cardstock, Z3265 School K-6 Complements, Z3264 Good Life Complements, Z3122 Enamel & Glitter Duos Blue Dots, Z3249 Happy Thoughts Embossing Folder, Z3250 Word Search Embossing Folder, Z3248 Wood Slats Embossing Folder, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Embossing Machine, Thread

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Stamping Technique: Embossing

National Stamping Month’s been a real treat: From designing the My Acrylix® Hello, Life! stamp sets to looking at all the beautiful artwork you’ve shared on social media, we’ve enjoyed every moment of it! Ready for another great stamping technique to celebrate this special month? We’ve got a great one to share from this spooktacular layout!

Halloween layout CTMH

Did that “BOO” stamp on the right page pop out at you? Well it should have, not because it’s scary but because it’s embossed! For those who don’t know what we mean by embossing, we’ll quickly explain. Embossing means to create a raised design on a surface. This stamping technique gives the stamp a gritty texture that sits on top of the page for added dimension.

Now, how do you emboss? We’ll walk you through what our artist did for this stamp. First, she stamped the “BOO” image onto the page using a VersaMark ink pad. Then she sprinkled Ranger white super fine embossing powder onto the ink, and lightly shook off the extra (the powder will cling to the ink). To set the image, she heated it with a craft heater. Here’s a closer look at the finished product:

Boo embossing CTMH

What’s particularly cool about the embossing on this Halloween layout is that our artist surrounded it with an Eggplant fog to create a ghostly feel. This technique is really easy to do and adds extra charm to the embossing. Using our Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad, she simply took a sponge dauber and lightly daubed on and around the embossing. The stamp doesn’t become obscured because the embossing resists the ink. It’s almost like magic!

On the prowl for more artwork featuring our Nevermore paper collection? You’ll find lots more by searching Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest using the hashtag #ctmhnevermore. Also, in case you missed it, check out the fun artwork in this video that came out earlier this month on the My Craft Channel website:

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Halloween Layout
B1503 My Acrylix® Steampunk Scoundrels, B1488 My Acrylix® Pumpkin Chevron, X7198B Nevermore Paper Packet, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment, Z3128 Paper Fundamentals Basics, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2647 Eggplant Exclusive InksStamp Pad 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad, Z3083 Nevermore Assortment, Z3166 Fundamental Stickers Basics Pack, Z3104 Fundamental Assortment Black, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z2068 Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z2462 ShinHan Touch Twin Peony Purple Marker, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking
2 ½” Shift+Title <I> (p. 55)

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Around the World: Japan

Konnichiwa! We’re glad to see that you’ve arrived safely at our first travel destination—Japan! The reason we’ve traveled across land and sea to this beautiful archipelago is to study the ancient art of kintsukuroi.

What on earth is kintsukuroi, you ask? As your trusty tour guide, we’d be more than happy to fill you in. Kintsukuroi is the Japanese practice of repairing broken pottery with gold, silver, or platinum and doing so with the belief that the pottery is more beautiful for having been broken.

Isn’t that a lovely idea? The final results are equally as lovely.

Kintsukuroi

The philosophy behind kintsukuroi is that objects are not rendered useless when they crack or begin to fall apart. In fact, these “flaws” aren’t really flaws at all! They merely signify the passing of time and contribute to the object’s history. They are not something to conceal or be ashamed of because they remind us what it means to be human.

We asked one of our artists to create a layout about what kintsukuroi means to her. Here’s the moving page she created:

Beautiful Imperfect Me

It’s hard to decide what we love most: the raw emotion of the page or the artistic details that express that emotion so perfectly—the ripped Zoe paper, the silver embossing that mirrors kintsukuroi, the heartfelt journaling. Together the emotion and details create something that resonates with each one of us.

Silver Crack

It’s sometimes hard to forgive ourselves for not being what we wish we could be, and as crafters it’s sometimes hard not to focus on our inabilities or the flaws in our artwork. Essentially, it’s hard to look beyond the cracks and simply appreciate the wonder of the whole. But it’s important that we try because there is great power in acceptance.

Kinsukuroi

Just as the gold and silver seams between the broken shards of pottery create a more unique and beautiful piece of art, embracing our imperfections helps us heal and embrace our own unique beauty. And that’s the kind of beauty that truly deserves to be illuminated.

Now go out into the world and feel empowered! And always remember you’re beautiful, cracks and all. 🙂

P.S. Be sure to leave a comment on this post to enter the travel stamp giveaway!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Me Page
D1544 My Acrylix® Distress Backgrounds Flair, D1550 My Acrylix® Happy Autumn, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, X7188B Snowhaven Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z1939 Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment, Z2196 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3042 Coral Reef Sequins, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
1 ½” Shift <Font> “E”
2″ Shift <Font> “M”

 

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Come Sail Away: Using Thoughtful Details to Drift Back to Cherished Memories

Examining the intricate patterns on a seashell, feeling wet sand seep between your toes, hearing the laughter of family members as someone slips into the surf—these small, simple moments are what create lifetime memories. They are the sunshine that gives us hope amid life’s hurricanes.

The small and simple details are also what help a scrapbook page capture these small, simple moments from family escapades. Details help us slow down, examine the heartfelt artwork, and reminisce about cherished days past.

The page shown below is a wonderful example of this. It was created using our vintage Seaside paper packet, which serves as a foundation for the addition of many meaningful details.

Ocean Bliss

Notice the intricate chevron stitching on the Colonial White cardstock portion of the page. The pattern switches direction in the middle of the page and again at the bottom. The stitching gives texture to the page, and switching the direction of the pattern helps capture the eye even more.

Now, if you look closely, you’ll also notice the streaked finish on the “Beach Bum” and “Good Day Sunshine” stamps, which adds to the weathered feel of the Seaside paper packet. You can replicate this effect in your own artwork by sliding your stamp in a downward direction across an ink pad to create a streaked look. Then simply stamp the image as normal.

Embossing is another thoughtful detail you can add to your page. The gold embossing on the title pairs well with the golden tones in the Seaside paper packet and enhances the nautical theme by creating what looks like glittery sand.

You can see this same beautiful embossing on the card below made from the Seaside paper packet:

Hello Summer Card

The card really catches your eye with that gold embossing, doesn’t it? The gold sequins bring out the shimmer of the embossing even more, as does the lovely anchor charm from our Base & Bling line.

The use of Glacier thick twine adds an additional nautical feel to the card, creating the impression that this was the very rope that pulled the anchor up from sea.

The subtle seashell pattern on the Glacier cardstock ties everything together, making for a memorable card that will surely add sunshine to anyone’s day.

As you work on your crafts this summer, remember this—in life (and in crafting), it’s the small and simple things that matter most. So don’t forget to incorporate small and simple details into your artwork! After all, these are the details that will end up meaning the most when others look through your albums and receive your cards. Why? Because these are the details that really matter.

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Ocean Bliss Page
Reflections: Half & Half—Tags
E1029 My Acrylix® Marquee Uppercase, C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, X7192B Seaside Paper Packet, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z1852 Stitch Guide, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
½”, ¼”, and ⅛” <Heart1> (cut several, p. 26)
½” and ⅛” Shift+Layer <Heart1> (cut several, p. 26)

Artbooking
3 ½” Photo Mat 1 <AllStar> (cut 3, p. 83)

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Hello Summer Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 27
C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, C1594 My Acrylix® Treasured Friendship, X7192B Seaside Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2014 Base & Bling Journey Charms, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Thread

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Blissfully Drifting through an Ice Cream Dream

Do you remember what it felt like to hear the sweet music of the ice cream truck wafting down your street? It was pure summer magic. There wasn’t a kid around that didn’t feel the internal tug when the ice cream truck issued its siren call through the neighborhood.

Something about ice cream on wheels is just simply irresistible. Perhaps it’s because the only thing that can make a carefree summer day more wonderful is the sweet chill of ice cream melting down into your tummy.

To commemorate this beloved summer tradition, we bring you the deliciously adorable June Stamp of the Month, which is appropriately named Ice Cream Dream. Check out some of the artwork made from this set full of fun!

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Birthday parties and ice cream go together like frosting and cake. They just make each other a whole lot better.

And take a look at this absolutely adorable card created by Close To My Heart Consultant Dianne Wood from South Australia. Keep reading to learn how she made it.

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  • Use the scallop embossing folder to emboss Lagoon cardstock.
  • Place sentiment and ice cream cone from June Stamp of the Month on a 4″ x 5″ My Acrylix® block.
  • Using VersaMark™ ink, stamp image on Outdoor Denim cardstock.
  • Cover stamped image with white embossing powder and set with heat gun.
  • Using ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers in the colors of your choice, shade embossed stamps, pressing lightly with the markers.

Thank you for sharing your technique with us, Dianne! We love the card. 🙂

Happy June, everybody!

P.S. Did all of this talk of ice cream make you hungry for some of your own? Before you start hunting down ice cream trucks, watch this video from BuzzFeed we found to learn how to make easy, delicious, and hassle-free ice cream at home.

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