White Pines to the Rescue!

The charming White Pines paper packet may have been inspired by the holidays, but there’s no need to confine it to your Christmas crafts—or even to winter! It can do so much more! For example, take a look at this beautiful autumn page using the Champagne B&T Duos™ paper featured in White Pines.

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Don’t the warm tones really give this project the feeling of fall? We especially love the distressing on the edges of the wreath, which our artist accomplished with the help of a sponge dauber and our Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad. Here’s how: After cutting the wreath out of Colonial White cardstock using our Cricut® Artistry collection, she laid it over some scratch paper. Then, she inked a sponge dauber in Cashmere ink. After blotting the sponge dauber on the scratch paper to get rid of some ink, she rubbed it in a circular motion over the edges of the wreath. This technique creates a rustic look that is perfect for fall!

The kraft and Chocolate cardstock really complement the tones of the White Pines background, and we love the pop of bright color added by the leaves. Eggplant, Ruby, Saffron, and Goldrush cardstock carry on that homey theme, as they invoke memories of sipping warm apple cider, huddling around the hearth, and jumping into piles of crisp, golden leaves!

It’s amazing what small artistic details can do to convey a message. Look at the stitching on the wreath: Thread always invokes images of quilts and blankets, and for a page about crisp, cool fall, what could be more perfect than that? To get this look, poke holes in your cardstock with our piercing tool. This makes it easy to space the holes out evenly and thread the paper without creating crinkles or tears.

To find even more artwork inspiration featuring our White Pines paper packet, be sure to search #ctmhwhitepines on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. When you create your own White Pine masterpieces, be sure to share your artwork with the world by using this hashtag as well!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Happy Autumn Page
Reflections: Bottom Border—Portrait™
B1492 My Acrylix® Fallen Leaves, B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, X5643 Chocolate Cardstock, X5774 Eggplant Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, 1243 Goldrush Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2647 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2175 Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3124 Enamel & Glitter Duos Purple Hearts, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z2046 Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2 ½” Icon-1 <Fall> (p. 44)
11 ½” Background <Fall> (p. 44) 

Artbooking
1 ¾” Title <n> (p. 73)

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We’ve Fall-en for Sangria!

A new month means a new featured paper collection, and for October, Sangria is the belle of the ball! We love this vibrant paper collection, especially for creating fall layouts. The rich, warm tones capture the colors of the landscape preparing for winter.

Today, we’re going to talk about three perfect companions for the Sangria paper collection that will help you take your fall artwork to a whole new level. To begin, take a look at this back to school fall layout:

Sangria Fall Layout CTMH

It has so much warmth! The quilt pattern on the right page even makes you what to wrap yourself up in a giant quilt and sip some warm cocoa from your favorite mug. This layout uses all three elements to enhance Sangria and produce fantastic fall artwork. Let’s dive in!

1. Gold. And more gold!

Anything gold pairs wonderfully with Sangria. Try your hand at some Picture My Life™ gold overlays. Our artist used them to liven up squares of cardstock in the quilt pattern. See the polka dots and the “life is GOOD” sentiment? You’ve got it—overlays! The “ADVENTURE” sticker with gold lettering is from our Fundamentals stickers Basics pack, and, of course, we’ve got some gold sequins in the mix, too. All these gold bits add warmth to this fall layout.

2. Anything Saffron, Peacock, and Fern

These exclusive colors work hand in hand with the Sangria color palette. On this layout, you can see how well these cardstocks pair with the Poppy and Pomegranate colored B&T Duos™. You can also see Saffron and Fern ink in the leaf stamps.

3. Rock N’ Roll Stamping

When you think of fall, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is leaves: multi-colored, fading from green to amber and amber to crimson. Well, what better way to replicate that look than with the rock n’ roll stamping technique! Take a look at this stamping technique in action:

Rock n' roll leaves

Ready to rock n’ roll at home? First, stamp the leaf image in the lighter color. Then clean your stamp, and place the edge of the stamp on the darker stamp pad. Roll the stamp around so ink only gets on the outer edge of the stamp. Then stamp over the first image, and there you have it! For a visual how-to, check out our rock n’ roll Instagram video!

As you may have noticed, not all of the leaves have the darker ink all the way around the perimeter. You can certainly ink just one edge of the stamp—get creative! It’s a lot of fun, and there are a lot of looks you can discover!

Now you have three great tips for creating warm, fall-themed artwork using our Sangria paper collection. Show us what YOU can do with Sangria by typing #ctmhsangria in your post when you share your artwork on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We want to see your creativity at work!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Back 2 School Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 5
D1677 My Acrylix® Friend Tree, E1032 My Acrylix® Typography, X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, Z3144 Picture My Life™ Overlay Gold & Silver, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3166 Fundamental Stickers Basics Pack, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3132 Watercolor Paints
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