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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Cards from YOUR Heart

Cardmaking is a craft from the heart. You do it because you want to send the message to the recipient that they are worth the extra sentiment that comes from something handmade by you.

By now, we’re sure you’ve seen several examples of the elegant cards you can make using our From the Heart card kit. As we continue celebrating stamping this month, we want to show you just how versatile this kit, and the gorgeous stamp set it comes with, really is.

Layered Stamping #CTHM #fromtheheart #cardmaking #goldfoil #gold #thinkingofyou #thankyou #specialthoughts #sendingwishes #happyforyou #stamping #flowers #layeredstamping #layeredstamps
When you are working with stamps, you have so much flexibility to design something that is truly your own. Allow your creative juices to flow and experiment with different color combinations, as well as image (and sentiment) placement.

Monochromatic Layered Stamping #CTHM #fromtheheart #monochromatic #cardmaking #goldfoil #gold #thinkingofyou #thankyou #specialthoughts #sendingwishes #happyforyou #stamping #flowers #layeredstamping #layeredstamps
With the entire Close To My Heart exclusive color palette at your disposal, you can attempt a variety of monochromatic schemes, like you see here. Stay within one color family, or try using all warm or cool colors. Don’t be afraid to switch up your colors based on the sentiment you’re using, the recipient of the card, or even the time of year.

Amped up Layered Stamping #CTHM #fromtheheart #cardmaking #goldfoil #gold #thinkingofyou #thankyou #specialthoughts #sendingwishes #happyforyou #stamping #flowers #layeredstamping #layeredstamps
Challenge yourself to take your artwork up another notch! This kit is intentionally made to create a more chic and sophisticated card. Emboss your sentiments (like we did in the cards above) or try your hand at embossing other stamped elements. Add embellishments, like pearls, sparkles, and gems. Switch up the floral arrangements, or incorporate a different stamp set altogether!

There are no rules here, so unleash your creativity! Every creative decision you make customizes your card even more and gives it your unique flair. Remember, you are the artist.

Since cards are a beautiful way of expressing the deepest sentiments from the heart, it’s only fitting that you make them exactly how you feel.

May all of your handmade cards be from your heart.


Recipes

Image 2 (4 Cards)
CC1229 From the Heart Card Kit, Z2804 Pansy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ2817 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2830 Nutmeg Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 SapphireExclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2854 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2864 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2892 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

Image 3 (4 Cards)
CC1229 From the Heart Card Kit, Z2506 Adventure Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad Set, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2806 Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2807 Willow Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2809 Tangerine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2826 Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2852 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2853 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2864 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2892 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2088 Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3369 Bashful Pearls, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z555 Craft Heater

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Stamping Technique—String & Block

It’s here—the last day of September! We’ve loved every second of National Stamping Month, and we’re excited to share one last stamping technique with you to commemorate September and usher in October. Using our Nevermore paper packet, our artist created an adorable scrapbook page to complement this precious little puppy dog:

Boo page CTMH

Just look at that face! Isn’t he sweet? Halloween is such a fun time for children, but it’s also fun for adults to dress up their kiddos—or puppies!—in cute costumes. Their personalities really come to life! Scrapbook pages like this remind us to celebrate childhood and enjoy time together with loved ones.

Now, did you spot today’s stamping technique? You can find it by taking a closer look at the Cricut®-cut haunted house. We’re going to tell you how to create that textured look you see on the shape. It’s really simple!

String & Block technique

Start with some twine. Wrap it around a My Acrylix® block a few times but not too many: You don’t want the block to look like a mummy! 🙂 Tie a knot at the top of the block to secure the twine, and there you have it! You’ve created your own unique texture stamp! Now ink the twine with our Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad, and stamp it down onto the haunted house shape. Feel free to alternate horizontal and vertical lines to add even more visual interest.

There is so much you can accomplish using this simple technique! As seen here, it is perfect for giving a rough texture to Cricut® shapes like houses and animals, but it can also be used to invent your own patterned paper. Try spacing out the twine when you wrap it around your block for different looks, and then get to work experimenting! There are SO many places you could take this technique! The sky’s the limit! (but you could probably create some fun sky effects, too!)

Thanks for joining us this month as we’ve shared some stamping ideas to spice up your crafting routine. For more Nevermore inspiration, be sure to search #ctmhnevermore on social media. Once you create your own masterpiece, share it with the world by using the same hashtag. We love seeing what you create!

Recipe
 
12″ x 12″ Boo Page
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 17
D1669 My Acrylix® Tasty Terrors, B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, X5930 Slate Cardstock, X5771 Flaxen Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, X7199C Sangria Complements, X7198C Nevermore Complements, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine (for wrapping), Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
1 ½” Shift+Title <U> (p. 54)
5″ Shift+Border <V> (p. 71)
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Three Stamp Sets Are Better Than One!

Over the past few weeks, you’ve seen some pretty fantastic artwork showing what each of the three My Acrylix® Hello, Life! stamp sets can do on its own. We’ve raved about how wonderfully these stamp sets coordinate with one another, but the time has come to really show you what we mean. After all, we’re the company that shows you how!

So we asked our artists to whip up some masterpieces that demonstrate the magic you can create by combining these stamp sets. Up first is this dazzling card:

Hello, Life! Combo Hey Card

This card’s got pizzazz! The “oh, hey” sentiment comes from the Hello, Life! cardmaking stamp set, while the flowers and leaves come from the Hello, Life! scrapbooking stamp set. These stamp sets work hand in hand to fashion a card with a whole lotta charisma: the Grecian-looking wreaths, the spunky “oh, hey” sentiment, the addition of gold glitter paper—this card thinks it’s royalty, and rightfully so!

Up next is a chipper card filled with color and good wishes:

Hello, Life! Combo Happy Card

Isn’t it darling? The “happy” sentiment is from the Hello, Life! scrapbooking stamp set and the cute chevron heart and colorful brushstrokes are from the Hello, Life! pocket scrapbooking stamp set. Paired with the gold “be” letters from the Fundamental stickers Basics pack and a circle punched from a gold Picture My Lifeoverlay, this card delivers a sweet sentiment that will wipe a frown off anyone’s face.

For the final act, we have a scrapbooking page that uses not one, not two, but all three Hello, Life! stamp sets!

Hello, Life! Combo Page

We’re swooning over the rainbow of pastel colors on this page because we think it captures the meaning behind the Hello, Life! stamp sets. They’re all about being optimistic and creating and preserving memories, from grand adventures to the extraordinary of the everyday. Because each set accomplishes this in its own unique way, the three stamp sets work together harmoniously on each piece of artwork above.

Remember, these stamp sets will only be available through the end of September, which is sneaking right up on us! Hurry and grab them while they’re still here!

Recipes
 
5 ½” x 4 ¼” Oh, Hey Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 25
CC1041 My Acrylix® Hello, Life—Cardmaking, CC1040 My Acrylix® Hello, Life—Scrapbooking, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2066 RangerPrincess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2457 ShinHan Touch Twin Marigold Marker, Z2456 ShinHan Touch TwinMahogany Marker, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shape:
Art Philosophy
2 ¾” <Circle1> (P. 21)

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Be Happy Card
CC1040 My Acrylix® Hello, Life—Scrapbooking, CC11042 My Acrylix® Hello, Life—Pocket Scrapbooking, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad, Z3144 Picture My Life Overlay Gold & Silver, Z3105 Fundamentals Assortment Gold, Z3166 Fundamental Stickers Basics Pack, Z2066 Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
1″ Icon-1 <k> (p. 28)

12″ x 12″ Love Today Page
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 10
CC1040 My Acrylix® Hello, Life—Scrapbooking, CC1041 My Acrylix® Hello, Life—Hello, Life—Cardmaking, CC1042 My Acrylix® Hello, Life—Pocket Scrapbooking, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive InksStamp Pad, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive InksStamp Pad, Z3066 Boardwalk Washi Pack, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
¼”, ½”, ¾” <NewYears> (p. 50)
3″ Shift+Layer <.> (p. 5)
½” Banner <6> (p. 6)
1″ Icon-1<k> (p. 28)
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Stamping Technique: Watercolor Paints

We’ve loved the enthusiasm you’ve shown for the stamping techniques we’ve shared this month, which is why we’re especially excited to share with you another technique today. This one we know you’ll want to try out soon!

Ready to learn how to color stamps with watercolors? 🙂

We’ve already raved about how our watercolor paints are a must-have crafting supply. Now we’re going to explain a really simple watercolor technique you can use to give your stamps a whole bunch of spunk. Here’s a page that shows this trendy technique:

The Story of Today CTMH

The real story of today is the “2015” stamp on this page. We’re going to walk you through how to create this coloring effect where the yellow paint blends into orange and then pink across the stamp. Here we go!

Step 1: Using black StazOn™ ink, stamp “2015” onto watercolor paper.

Step 2: Dry the ink with a craft heater or allow to air dry until you are certain the ink is no longer wet.

Step 3: Using yellow watercolor paint, paint over 2, 0, and 1 in that order. The paint should be a bit darker on the 2. We recommend starting out with a more watered down paint. You can always add more paint to make the color darker after the first coat.

Yellow watercoloring

Step 4: With the yellow paint still very wet, paint over 5, 1, and 0 in that order with pink watercolor paint. Fade the pink paint into the yellow paint over the 1 and 0 until you get your desired look. The paint should be a bit darker on the 5.

Pink watercoloring

And there you go! This technique can be used on a wide variety of stamps, including shading flowers, like the one underneath the number 5 on this page. See how the petals fade from yellow to pink? Our artist used exact same technique and colors!

Warning: painting with watercolors can become highly addictive, especially as you try experimenting with different colors! The center blossom on this card uses this technique but with red and pink watercolor paints.

You're an original CTMH

Shading stamps with watercolor paints adds so much more dimension and life to the artwork. And what’s neat is that no two blossoms are alike! The red and yellow flower on the left side of this card shows another variation of this technique. Instead of blending the colors linearly, start with the first color in the center of a blossom. Then paint the outside of the blossom a different color and blend them into each other in the middle of the flower.

Just like this card says, you’re an original! Embrace your inner artist, and play around with creating original works of art with watercolors and stamps. We know you’ll love expressing your creativity with a paintbrush in hand!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ The Story of Today Page
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 14
D1665 My Acrylix® Blossoming Expressions, E1027 My Acrylix® Framework Alphabet, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
11″ Background <p> (p. 20)
1″ <Font> “The Story of Today”

5 ½” x 4 ¼” You’re an Original Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 22
D1665 My Acrylix® Blossoming Expressions, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Thread

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Picture This: Hello, Life! Pocket Scrapbooking

It’s a simple fact of life—we’re BUSY! Regardless of what stage of life you may be in, there will always be bathrooms to clean, dinners to cook, outings to plan, people to visit, and just plain ol’ work to do. That’s why many busy bees love our Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs for quick, trendy scrapbooking. And what’s the perfect stamp set to pair with all your pocket scrapbooking pages? The My Acrylix® Hello, Life!—Pocket Scrapbooking stamp set, of course!

Hello, Life! Pocket Scrapbooking CTMH

This stamp set, which is one of three stamp sets we’ve created to celebrate National Stamping Month, is perfect for Picture My Life because it pairs perfectly with every design and every season of life. The sentiments can be mixed and matched to create a whole slew of sayings, and you can easily customize your pocket cards or even create your own with the brushstroke, heart, or plus sign stamps. Take a look at what we mean on this precious page:

Hello, Life Pocket Scrapbooking Layout CTMH

Look at how these stamps really bring this page to life! A quick look at the recipe for this page will reveal that there is not one Picture My Life card used on this layout—only some White Daisy cardstock, a smidgeon of Paper Fundamentals, a few Picture My Life clear overlays, and the extraordinary stamp images from this set! Isn’t it amazing how a little stamping can add such texture and personality to a piece of simple White Daisy cardstock?

To create the “TODAY” card, our artist used White Daisy cardstock and the “TODAY” sentiment from this stamp set to create a unique look that coordinates with the girls’ clothing. And take a look at the plus sign card! A snippet of the Paper Fundamentals Whimsy pack and the “SO IN LOVE WITH TODAY” sentiment from this stamp set make the card almost as cute as the picture sitting next to it. Even the “LOVE THIS LIFE” card was made using a combination of stamp images and a clear Picture My Life overlay.

This page gives you a good idea of the possibilities you can achieve with this set, but just think of the ways it could contribute to ALL your crafting projects! Then think about combining this stamp set with the other Hello, Life! stamp sets! We’ve intentionally designed them to be compatible, so really, there’s nothing you can’t do with these little beauties. 🙂

This stamp set, as well as the other two Hello, Life! stamp sets, are only available until the end of the month, so grab them while you can! Also remember to share your Hello, Life! artwork by using the hashtag #ctmhhellolife and #ctmhnsm for National Stamping Month. You can also find more artwork inspiration by searching for these hashtags on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Love This Life Page
CC104 My Acrylix® Hello, Life—Pocket Scrapbooking, Z3144 Picture My Life™ Overlay Gold & Silver, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3127 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2196 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

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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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Hello, Cardmaking!

Cardmakers, rejoice! There’s a new stamp set in town that will bring a whole lot of sassiness to your cards: the My Acrylix® Hello, Life!—Cardmaking stamp set. We’ve designed this beauty as part of our National Stamping Month trio of stamp sets, and its specialty is creating cards of all kinds.

Hello, Life Cardmaking

Don’t you just love receiving handmade cards in the mail? Think about it—the thrill you get seeing your name written on an envelope that’s obviously not a bill or a summons to jury duty. You love that feeling, and if you’re a cardmaker, you love giving that feeling to other people, too. A heartfelt card brings sunshine to everyone’s day!

Hello, Life Cardmaking 2

This sunny stamp set features big, bold greetings like “Hello” and “Oh, hey,” that are sure to get the recipient’s attention, paired with a variety of other sentiments and phrases you can use. Though the card above features gorgeous blue hues, it would be hard for anyone to feel blue after opening it up.

Hello, Life Cardmaking 3

The stylized sentiments work in perfect contrast with each other to fit a variety of moods. The card above is a playful and casual “thank you,” but you can easily see how the “Thanks” sentiment alone could be dressed up for a slightly more formal look. Oh, and speaking of formal…

Hello, Life Cardmaking 1

…what could be more formal than a black tie? Even when dressed to the nines in herringbone patterns and an irresistible black bow tie from our black Fundamental assortment, this card still carries such genuine thoughtfulness.

The My Acrylix Hello, Life!—Cardmaking stamp set is only available as part of our National Stamping Month celebrations, which end September 30, so get it before it’s gone! And remember, it’s one of three sets that we’ve designed to work together in perfect harmony for a wide variety of crafting projects. Check out the hashtag #ctmhhellolife on Faceboook, Instagram, and Pinterest to see even more artwork being made with this trio of exclusive stamp sets. Happy stamping!

Recipes
5 ½” x 4 ¼” Hello, Sunshine Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 26
CC1041 My Acrylix® Hello, Life!—Cardmaking, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Thread

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Oh, Hey Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 11
CC1041 My Acrylix® Hello, Life!—Cardmaking, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment Gold, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Hello, Friend Card
Originals: Center Accent™ (with alterations)
CC1041 My Acrylix® Hello, Life!—Cardmaking, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment Gold

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