For the Love of Color: A New Color Wheel!

It is officially love day, and we couldn’t be more excited! Valentine’s Day is a time designated to focus on and celebrate the relationships that matter most, and, in case you didn’t know, you are at the top of our significant others list as part of our beloved crafting community! We simply couldn’t let this special relationship go unnoticed, so we made you a one-of-a-kind Valentine that we hope you’ll enjoy!

For the Love of Color #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhloveofcolor #loveofcolor #ctmhexclusivecolorpalette #colorwheel #ctmhcolorwheel #colortheory #colorcombinations #diy #color #colour

Download your new CTMH color wheel, here! ❤

We updated the color wheel we shared with you last year to include this year’s new colors from our exclusive color palette!

Since we’re celebrating relationships today, we thought it would be fun (and practical) to talk about relationships between colors and what makes certain pairings work. We’ve summarized color theory principles from previous blog posts and compiled them, below, to have them conveniently available for review all in one place.

Once you’ve chosen basic colors using any one of these combination options, jump on the Close To My Heart color wheel and take your pick from the exclusive colors that fall into each category. If you’d like to learn more about any of the individual principles or would like to see more artwork examples, click on the provided links at the end of each section. Lastly, if you don’t have the time or would simply rather not read through color theory (we get it 😉 ), skip to the end of this post to see how we make using a full spectrum of color even easier!

Monochromatic and Analogous Colors:

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Monochromatic color designs make use of a single color that varies in lightness and saturation. Sometimes, a piece of artwork that we may think is monochromatic is actually following an analogous scheme, which is just a fancy way of saying that the featured colors are next to each other on the color wheel. One color is typically dominant while neighboring colors are used to enhance the design. (Monochromatic and Analogous Colors)

Complementary Colors:

Complementary colors are two colors opposite each other on the color wheel, such as Candy Apple and Clover (red and green), and Goldrush and Bluebird (orange and blue). If you notice, one side of the color wheel is made up of warm colors while the other is made up of cool colors. Complementary colors, since they are across from one another, will have one of each. They create a vibrant contrast, making each other pop without being jarring to the eye. (Complementary Colors and How to Use Them)

Split-Complementary Colors:

Split-complementary colors are pretty much what the name implies. When you are using two complementary colors, split one of them into its two adjacent colors on the wheel to end up with three colors that will visually work. Take red-orange and blue-green, for example. They are opposite each other on the color wheel and therefore complementary. Add a third color using the split-complementary scheme by splitting red-orange into two and use red and orange with the blue-green instead. (Using Split-complementary Colors)

Triadic Colors:

A triadic color scheme is a lot easier to understand than it may sound. Just like some of the other theories, triadic color combinations make use of three colors. This time, instead of being next to or opposite each other, triadic colors are three colors that are equally spaced around the color wheel, and when connected by lines create an equal sided triangle.Triadic Color Combinations #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhstargazer #stargazer #star #gazer #colortheory #color #theory #redyelloblue #red #yellow #blue #canary #cranberry #sapphire #scheme #combination #vivacious #bright #harmony #harmonious #balance #balanced

There are only four triadic color combinations on your basic color wheel:

  1. Red, Yellow, Blue
  2. Red-orange, Yellow-green, Blue-violet
  3. Orange, Green, Violet
  4. Yellow-orange, Blue-green, Red-violet.

(Triadic Color Combinations)

Double Complementary Colors:

 

In a double complementary scheme, we use a combination of four colors that, as the name implies, is made up of two complementary color pairs. (Remember, two colors are complementary if they are opposite each other on the color wheel.) To make it even easier, this kind of color combination is also known as rectangular colors because, when the four colors are connected on the color wheel, they form a rectangle. (Double Complementary Color Schemes)

After reading, reviewing, and applying these color principles it’s easy to see that making harmonious color combinations isn’t so hard. Keep that trusty color wheel close by and pick your colors with confidence!

We also know that color theory isn’t for everyone. If you fall into this category or would like to see pages and pages of artwork examples that we’ve come up with using these principles, then Love of Color is for you.

Love of Color

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Love of Color is our latest how-to book, and through its pages the exclusive Close To My Heart color palette comes to life! In it, breathtaking artwork illustrates how to create beautiful and perfectly balanced color combinations without any guesswork. Each spread in this book starts out with one exclusive color that is then combined with two, three, and four other exclusive colors, shown in beautifully crafted inspirational artwork.

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This layout was created using one of the three Smoothie color combination options offered in Love of Color. In this example, Smoothie was paired with Ballerina, Eggplant, New England Ivy, and Heather. Smoothie is the dominant color and the others were used to create accents throughout.

 

Thank you for being our Valentine today and joining us through this celebration of color! We hope that you are always living your life in full color and that you are moved to do something creative today!


Recipe:

12″ x 12″ Sunshine Layout
D1817 My Acrylix® So Much Happy—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7240B Something Fierce Paper Packet, X5994 Ballerina Cardstock, X6000 Eggplant Cardstock, X6006 Heather Cardstock, X6011 New England Ivy Cardstock, X6022 Smoothie Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4244 Stencil Sheets, Z6501 Ballerina Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2826 Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4270 I Heart Us Sequins, Z4245 Opaque Matte Texture Paste, Z4247 Palette Knives, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3503 Cricut® Artbooking Digital Collection, Z3501 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection

Cricut Shapes:
Artbooking
6″ Overlay <g> (p. 62, #M3F0A2)

Flower Market
1¾” Shift + Title <&> (p.7, #MD38CC3)
3½” <Hibiscus> (p. 30, #MFAD3B7)
3½” Shift <Hibiscus> (p. 30, #MFAD3B7)
¾”, 1″, 1¼”, Shift <Rose> (p. 42, #MFAD8CB)

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Drawing Shapes in Cricut Design Space™

Each Close To My Heart Cricut® collection has hundreds of shapes that you can adapt for any project. We’ve shown you some ways you can use Design Space to cut shapes for your scrapbook pages, and today we have another tutorial to expand your creative options with your Cricut® images by changing images from cut to DRAW. This allows you to use the same fonts and shapes to draw a title, journaling, or a background!

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Switching an image from cut to draw in Design Space is very simple. You just click on your shape and change Cut to Draw in the Edit bar above your canvas. Today we are going to walk you through how to make the multicolor triangle background that you see in the page above by using the tools in Design Space to draw, rather than cut, this design.

Keep in mind, to use the same image we did, you must own the You Are Here Cricut® collection. You will also need a Cricut® machine that is Design Space compatible (any of the Explore or the new Maker machines) and allows you to draw with pens. The steps below show you how to work in Design Space from a desktop or laptop computer. If you use the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen, but the same features are available on any device.

1. Sign in to Cricut Design Space™ at design.cricut.com.

Log in with your Cricut ID and password, and then select the green New Project button in the top right corner.

2. Insert and resize a basic square shape. Then color the square.

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To make the base for the design, you will first insert a square by clicking on Shapes on the left side of your screen. Then add a square to your canvas. You can easily resize this square to 11 by adjusting the width. Make sure to leave the lock icon locked so that the height automatically resizes when you change the width.

In the Edit bar, next to Linetype, select the colored square and change the material color to white. We decided to work with white since we know we’re going to use White Daisy cardstock as the base for the design, and it makes the pattern easier to see as you build it on your canvas.

3. Insert and ungroup the triangle flag. Then delete the extra shape.

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The background uses a triangle flag shape from the You Are Here collection. Click Images to add new image to the canvas. Search for the image using #M282C66F and add it to your canvas. Then click on the flag and select UnGroup in the Layers panel on the right. Once you have separated the shape into two images, you can delete the purple flag. We’re only going to use the triangle shape.

4. Resize, duplicate, and flip the triangle.

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Resize both the width and height of the triangle to 1. Make sure to unlock the image size so that Design Space lets you modify both. Just click on the lock above the measurements. Then select the triangle and then click Duplicate in the Layers panel. To flip the shape, select the second triangle, and under Flip in the Edit bar, select Flip Vertically.

5. Arrange and group both triangles together.

Now that you have two triangles. Line them up vertically, with a small space in between. Then click the first triangle, hold down the shift key on your keyboard, and click the second triangle. Then select Group in the Layers panel.

 6. Duplicate the triangles and arrange in a row, centering horizontally.

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Duplicate the grouped triangles five times and arrange them in a row. You can center these shapes by first selecting all five set of triangles. Just like in step 6, you can do this by holding down the shift key on your keyboard. Then select Center Horizontally under Align in the Edit bar.

7. Duplicate the triangle row eight times.

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When you have one row of triangles, duplicate the row and arrange as shown above. You’ll need eight rows, with a small amount of space in between each one.

8. Even out the top and bottom rows of triangles.

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Once you have your rows arranged, you might notice that part of the design isn’t going to fit on the white square. To fix this, you’ll use the UnGroup button in the Layers panel to separate the bottom set of triangles, and move the last triangle from the bottom of the design to the top. This will give you straight edges along the top and bottom, just like you see in the screenshot above.

9. Change cut to draw and add pen color.

With your first set of triangles ready to go, you can now change the Linetype in the Edit bar from Cut to Draw. Then click on the box next to Draw. This is where you can choose the pen size and color.

We used the Cricut® Sorbet fine point pen set for this project. The pen color for the triangles in the first two rows is Cactus Pink. The third row is Adobe. The fourth row is Yellow. The fifth and sixth rows are Light Green, and the seventh and eighth are Light Turquoise. We’ve found that it’s easiest to use Cricut® pens since they are designed to work especially with their machines.

10. Group nine rows of colored triangles together and duplicate.

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To make the remaining half of the background, all you have to do now is click and drag your cursor over the rows. Then group the rows together and duplicate. Just move this new group of triangles next to the first one, keeping them evenly spaced.

11. Group all rows of colored triangles together. Then align and attach to the white square.

Make sure to group all the triangles together, and then select both the grouped triangles and the white square. Under Align, click Center. This will center the triangles on the square. Then select Attach at the bottom of the Layers panel. This ensures the shapes will draw exactly as you’ve arranged them on the square.

12. Cut AND draw your project!

When you’re ready to draw the design and cut the White Daisy cardstock, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. You’ll need to load the correct pen color in Clamp A of your machine. Design Space will tell you which pen to use first, and then as your machine draws the design, it will prompt you to switch to the next color. When you’re done, you’ll have a bright multicolor background for your page.

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Changing your Close To My Heart shapes from cut to draw will give your scrapbook pages a different look and feel then using cut shapes. You could even use this concept to draw a background or write a personalized sentiment on a card. Take some time to try this out with your favorite Close To My Heart Cricut® collections. The possibilities are endless!


Recipe:

12″ × 12″ Love Page
X7241B So Much Happy Paper Packet, X7242B I Heart Us Paper Packet, X6007 Lagoon Cardstock, X5986 Mint Cardstock, X6016 Pixie Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, X7242C I Heart Us Complements, Z4270 I Heart Us Sequins, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z3502 Cricut® You Are Here Digital Collection, Cricut® Fine Point Pen Set—Sorbet, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
1″, #M282C66F

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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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A Free Scrapbook Pattern with Christmas Blessings!

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“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” so let’s prepare to document those precious holiday moments with a free downloadable scrapbook pattern, complete with cutting diagrams and all!

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Making its original debut with the Olivia Workshops On the Go®, we paired this timeless pattern with our Christmas Blessings workshop kit that is available through the end of December. The Christmas Blessings workshop kit comes with 10 cardstock sheets (in a variety of six colors), silver foil paper, silver glitter gems, silver embellishing thread, and even 12 card bases & envelopes. This kit was originally designed for a cardmaking workshop, but we wanted to show you just how easy it is to create a beautiful Christmas Blessings scrapbook layout using the same products!

Also included in this kit, is the exclusive My Acrylix® Christmas Blessings stamp set:

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We pride ourselves in being the “let me show you how” memory-keeping company, and in providing the most comprehensive patterns. When you download this scrapbook pattern you will find that it also comes with cutting diagrams to make it even easier to create these pages from any of your favorite papers and embellishments. All of our patterns lend themselves to any memories that are special enough for you to preserve.

Download this free scrapbook pattern and let us show you how easy scrapbooking can be!

Download Pattern

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For even more timeless scrapbook patterns, check out our Make It from Your Heart™ pattern books! If you love the free scrapbook patterns we share on the blog, you’re sure to be blown away by the patterns and inspirational artwork in all of our how-to books.

 

 

 


Recipe

12″ x 12″ Christmas Blessings Layout
CC12182 Christmas Blessings Workshop Kit, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6504 Sage Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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Sneak Peek Inside Our New Cardmaking Pattern Book

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

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

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

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

Without further ado, here is that promised sneak peek!

Pattern 6

Pattern 18

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

Cardmaking just got a whole lot easier! 😉

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Sneak Peek Inside Our New Scrapbook Pattern Book

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Our new Annual Inspirations catalog goes live August 1, and we can’t wait to show you all the exciting things we’ve been working on for the past year. In fact, we’re SO excited that we’re going to give you a sneak peek at one of our favorite new products—another installment of our Make It from Your Heart™ pattern book series (and the crowd goes wild)!

Volume 3 of Make It from Your Heart is a real game changer. Why? Well for starters, it comes as a collection of loose, 3-ring hole-punched pages that fit inside any of our Everyday Life™ mini albums. You can rearrange or pull out pages anytime you want. Just think: you could pull out the page you need for an upcoming crop and insert it into your Everyday Life™ planner next to the day of the crop. How awesome is that? 🙂

Also, this pattern book features 36 two-page layout patterns that use standard photos sizes (no trimming down photos over here, folks!). The layouts are organized by how many photos they use, so if you are looking for a layout that uses four photos, you can simply turn to that section and look at all your options.

We also have not one, but TWO pieces of artwork inspiration for each pattern! This is a great way to show off the creative potential of a single pattern, as you can in these examples:

Pattern 14

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Pattern 26

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In addition to these 36 patterns, this book features artwork inspiration that demonstrates how to incorporate additional photos into your layouts using our Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™…

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Sneak Peek Inside Our New Scrapbook Pattern Book! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbook #pattern #book #scrapbooking…as well as our traditional pocket scrapbooking Memory Protectors.

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This exciting new pattern book will be available to order beginning August 1 (which is in 12 days, but who’s counting?). And there’s no need to camp out in a long line in anticipation of the launch date because you can order this great new book on your Consultant’s website or closetomyheart.com as soon as it is made available (along with more new products)!

So get ready to snap up your own copy of Make It from Your Heart Volume 3. Gotta love scrapbooking made easy. 🙂

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19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps

Think you know everything about our exclusive My Acrylix® stamps? Put your knowledge to the test by reading the list below! 🙂

1. We have French and Spanish stamp sets.

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2. If you see a stamp image outlined in red, that means it coordinates with one of the shapes from our Cricut® collections. If it’s outlined in blue, that means it coordinates with one of our Thin Cuts dies.

3. We put A LOT of thought and effort into making the best stamps for our customers. See the entire process in this infographic:

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4. After we design each paper packet, we create two coordinating stamp sets, one for scrapbooking and one for cardmaking, to be paired with that specific paper. These two stamp sets can be found in the idea book right behind the coordinating Workshops Your Way™ scrapbooking kits. 

5. Our stamps are made right here at the Home Office, in a top-secret room.

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6. It takes about one hour to make one sheet of stamps from start to finish.

7. New stamps work best when you “season” them. To do so, rub the stamp across a stamp pad, and then stamp onto scrap paper until the image is even.

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8. Our stamps can be used with all sorts of inks, including dye, pigment, solvent, and alcohol inks.

9. Rather than attaching your stamps to your blocks, try using your blocks to pick up your stamps from a flat surface. This way, the stamp will hold its natural shape.

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10. Our My Acrylix® blocks have a small white horizontal line on them to help you with stamp placement, which is especially helpful for keeping words and borders straight.

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp11. Some people cut apart their stamps in order to rearrange words in a sentiment when sticking them to their blocks.

12. Our stamps are flexible! Manipulate them so they fit inside shapes and banners, or just to get a different look!

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp13. If some of your ink doesn’t transfer when stamping, quickly breathe over the stamp to re-moisten the remaining ink and then stamp over the image again. The missing portion usually blends into the existing image if the ink isn’t too dry. This is called the Huffing or Stamp Over Technique.

14. Because our stamps and blocks are clear, you can easily stamp over the image again to get a richer, deeper image.

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15. If you’re looking to remove that stubborn pigment ink, try our Spritz Cleaner and Stamp Scrubber. It makes it easy!

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16. Our stamps don’t need to tan—they like being transparent, so keep them out of the sun!

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17. Our stamps come in handy envelopes, which fit into our My Acrylix® organizer. You can also use our large organizer and tabs to store even more stamps. We also have a mini organizer for those mini stamp envelopes.

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp18. If your stamps ever start to lose their stickiness, all you need to do is rinse them with warm water and soap, and the stickiness will come right back. You can also use StazOn™ cleaner on the smooth side of the stamp.

19. Some stamps make great friends, like our good ol’ friend, Sticky Boy!

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What things did you not know? Tell us in the comments! 🙂

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Finishing Touches for Your Layouts

You’ve picked the perfect pictures and chosen beautiful papers to pair them with. You’ve laid out your page and added your journaling, but there’s something missing . . . of course—embellishments! Putting those finishing touches on your layout is one of the best parts of the whole process, where you get to have fun playing with all kinds of different items to get just the right look.

If you’ve ever been stumped on the best way to embellish your pages, we’ve got some great ideas to share with you today, illustrated by amazing artwork—as always!Embellish to your heart's content with La Vie En Rose! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #LaVieEnRose #embellishYou’ve got to love the way the flowery Complements in the lower left corner of this page tie into the rosy paper strip, making you feel like you are standing in a fragrant flower garden. We planned it that way! What you see here is the perfect harmony between our La Vie En Rose papers, Complements, and assortments; it makes embellishing easy! Let’s take a closer look:Embellish to your heart's content with La Vie En Rose! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #LaVieEnRose #embellish

One key to getting a great embellishment cluster is variety. This cluster shows off a variety of materials and looks, between the photo-realistic badge buttons, and the printed die-cut shapes, and even a 1″ circle punched out of La Vie En Rose B&T paper. They go together like peas in a pod, but are different enough from one another to keep things interesting—such a beautiful bouquet!

Our 1″ circle punch came in handy for our next layout, too:Embellish to your heart's content with La Vie En Rose! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #LaVieEnRose #embellish

“Oh Darling” is right! You can see we put our circle punch to good use in creating the adorable polka-dot pattern on this page, but the real fun comes in our embellishment clusters. This cluster illustrates the same trick of putting embellishments of several different shapes and colors together:Embellish to your heart's content with La Vie En Rose! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #LaVieEnRose #embellish

Just like on our first page, we’re using the La Vie En Rose Complements and assortment, but we’ve also added the eye-catching Treasured Puffies and gold sequins. The touches of gold fit right in with the gold glitter paper bordering the page, and they just add that much more contrast to the cluster.

We’ve got one last layout to look at:Embellish to your heart's content with La Vie En Rose! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #LaVieEnRose #embellish

We’ve seen how well the La Vie En Rose Complements work with the coordinating paper packet, but in this example they’re teaming up with our Paper Fundamentals for a completely different effect.Embellish to your heart's content with La Vie En Rose! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #LaVieEnRose #embellish

Here, we’ve taken two similarly shaped Complements and stacked them one over the other. This time they are joined by a bow from our black Fundamental assortment, which is topped off by a precious heart sticker, which actually comes from the Penelope Complements. And we can’t forget the bitty sparkles! This layout is proof that embellishments from four different collections can coordinate amazingly well, so feel free to mix and match at will!

All this talk about embellishments has got you dying to pull out the stickers and die-cuts and get to work on your own pages, huh? 😉 Well, be our guest! Get creative with your embellishments and see what new dimensions you can add to your pages!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Sweetest Smile Page
X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, X7201C La Vie En Rose Complements, Z3078 La Vie En Rose Assortment, Z1999 1″ Circle Punch

Cricut® Shapes:
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¾” Shift <Font> “SWEETEST SMILE”

12″ x 12″ Oh Darling Layout
X7201B  La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X5780 Pomegranate Cardstock, X7201C La Vie En Rose Complements, Z3203 Treasured Puffies, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment

12″ x 12″ You Are My World Layout
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3125 Paper Fundamentals Adventure, Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment, X7207C Penelope Complements, X7201C La Vie En Rose Complements, Z3104 Fundamental Assortment—Black, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints

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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Patterns on Patterns on Patterns

Behind every successful team, there’s a playbook. The same thing goes for artists. Lucky for us, the brains behind the beauty of Close To My Heart, our CEO, Jeanette Lynton, wrote a collection of how-to books overflowing with patterns for cards and layouts that will march you toward crafting victory time and time again.

These books are what you should turn to when you’re not sure where to start; they’re like the supportive coach waiting back on the sidelines. They never fail to kick off our artistic ideas and lay the foundation for a triumphant artistic production!

So what play did we use to pull off the lovely page shown below? The answer is the Reflections: Main Frame—Back Drop™ pattern. But that’s not the end of it.

The true secret behind the sauce is that we added a little twist to this pattern. Let’s head into the locker room and we’ll fill you in on the technique.Unknown-1
Ok, listen up. This technique is simple, yet powerful: We simply chose a piece from the how-to pattern and then filled it with a repeated shape instead of a block of cardstock. We used circles on this page, but you can use any shape you want.

Repetition is one of the fundamental characteristics of excellent design and including it in your artwork is equivalent to doing your sit-ups or eating your vegetables—it’s guaranteed to bring good things.
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With the help of the 1″ circle punch and the Jackson and Blossom paper packets, we were able to add variety without overwhelming the design, making this layout a graceful pileup of B&T patterns, repeated circle patterns, and how-to patterns. That’s a lot of patterns!

When you give this technique a try, you could mix it up by using a different pattern, a different shape (we think using hearts would be game-changing), or different papers. The combination potential of these pattern players is incredible!

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But that’s enough talk, folks. Now let’s get out there and craft like it’s game day.

Looking to add a few key players to your team of crafting supplies? Here’s the all-star lineup of the how-to books available through Close To My Heart:

  • 9035 Make It from Your Heart™ Volume 1
  • 9042 Make It from Your Heart™ Volume 2
  • 9038 Cherish™ Scrapbook Program
  • 9039 Imagine™ Scrapbook Program
  • 9040 Magic™ Scrapbook Program
  • 9037 Reflections™ Scrapbook Program
  • 9041 Wishes Card Confidence Program™
  • 9036 Originals Card Confidence Program™

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