National Stamping Month Giveaway!

The party is not over yet, friends! There are still a few days left of National Stamping Month, and what better way to celebrate this creative outlet than with a giveaway that is sure to get you stamping your art out! ❤

First, and foremost, you can’t get your stamping started without a stamp—so we’re going to give you one! Five lucky winners will receive a set of our My Acrylix® Holiday Borders, free!!

Whatever the occasion, mix and match these versatile, holiday-inspired borders with patterned papers, Complements, embellishments, or even each other, to create delightful borders, backgrounds, and textures.

To go along with this stamp set, those same five winners will also receive the recommended 1″ x 6½” My Acrylix® block on which to mount their new borders! (Lucky stampers! 🙂 )

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Now lets, see…we’ve got a stamp set, a block to mount the stamps on….what else is there?

How about a Stamping Starter Kit that includes a Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad, one My Acrylix® spritz cleaner and stamp scrubber, and the popular 2″ x 2″ My Acrylix® block?Holiday Borders #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #nsm #stamping #papercrafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #borders #holidayborders #MyAcrylix®HolidayBorders #giveaway #contest #free #Halloween #Christmas #Thanksgiving #fall #autumn

Only one of the five winners, the luckiest of the lucky, will also receive this kit along with the stamp set and acrylic block.

To enter the giveaway, make sure you’re subscribed to this blog and then tell us in the comments below what you’re looking forward to creating this upcoming holiday season, even if it’s not with paper. Our five winners will be selected tomorrow, September 26, at 3:00 p.m. MDT, and notified via e-mail (they will not get posted here).

But, wait—there’s more! Make sure to also follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see how else we’re celebrating National Stamping Month!

May the stamps be ever in your favor!

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8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping

8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #ctmhnationalstampingmonth #stamping #color #colour #stampcoloring #stampcolouring #watercolor #watercolour #pigment #exclusiveinks #shimmerbrush #embossing

September is National Stamping Month and, as you know, we live and breathe stamps here at Close To My Heart. They are where we got our start many years ago, and to this day just simply can’t get enough of them! And from what we can gather, we are not alone in this obsession hobby! 😉

With care, you place your stamp on your block, prudently ink it with a color that you carefully selected just minutes (if not days) before, then press it to your paper and upon removing the block your image looks as perfectly crisp as you planned for. The next step in the creation process of this new image is to breathe life into it with some color.

We’ve taken one of our many (many) favorite stamp sets, My Acrylix® Bunches of Love, from the Holiday Expressions catalog to illustrate some stamp coloring options. Each is unique in it’s own way and, depending on what you’re looking to achieve, has a place in your coloring spectrum. For comparison purposes, we’ve kept the mediums separate, but by all means do combine them in your artwork to make your images look exactly how you envision them!

First up, the original.

Some of our stamp sets already come with the parts to fill in the white space of a larger image, and the My Acrylix® Bunches of Love set does just that.

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To keep things quick and easy, use the corresponding filler pieces to complete the image.

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In cases where the stamp set is not designed this way or you’re wanting to showcase a stamp differently so it’s not the exact same every time, continue scrolling through our list.

A Watercolor Look:

watercolor paint8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #ctmhnationalstampingmonth #stamping #color #colour #stampcoloring #stampcolouring #watercolor #watercolour #pigment #exclusiveinks #shimmerbrush #embossing

watercolor pencils8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #ctmhnationalstampingmonth #stamping #color #colour #stampcoloring #stampcolouring #watercolor #watercolour #pigment #exclusiveinks #shimmerbrush #embossing

For a soft look, watercolors are the way to go!

If you’re still working on mastering the art of using watercolor paints, try watercolor pencils. By applying color with pencils, shading and color blending is easier to control than with paint. Once you’ve penciled the color in, gently brush water over it with a damp fine tip paintbrush or waterbrush to spread the pigment. For best results, follow the pencil lines using smooth strokes. Keep in mind as you decide which watercolor medium is right for your project, that the direction of your pencil lines will still show through, unlike with paint.

Exclusive Inks™8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #ctmhnationalstampingmonth #stamping #color #colour #stampcoloring #stampcolouring #watercolor #watercolour #pigment #exclusiveinks #shimmerbrush #embossing

For a more vivid “watercolor” look that doesn’t require layers of watercolor paint to achieve, give “painting” with our Exclusive Inks™ a try!

Squeeze your stamp pad in the middle to get some of the ink to rub onto the lid. Remove the inked lid, and from there decide how strong or light you want your color to appear. If you want the saturation to match the ink color exactly, use the ink as is. For a lighter variation of this same color, mix some water in with it (straight on the lid). The more water you add to the ink, the lighter the color will be. Pick the color up with a brush and ink-paint your stamped image.

Our Exclusive Inks™ are available in every one of our 41 exclusive colors (plus White Daisy and several black options). Enjoy effortless color coordination with our patterned papers, cardstock, and embellishments by using this method for coloring in your stamped images.

Pens:

ShinHan™ Touch Twin markers8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #ctmhnationalstampingmonth #stamping #color #colour #stampcoloring #stampcolouring #watercolor #watercolour #pigment #exclusiveinks #shimmerbrush #embossing

When going for a saturated, 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 and adding intricate details.

shimmer brushes8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #ctmhnationalstampingmonth #stamping #color #colour #stampcoloring #stampcolouring #watercolor #watercolour #pigment #exclusiveinks #shimmerbrush #embossing

Until recently, the shimmer brush was considered mostly an accenting tool because it only came in clear and gold. Well, those days are over friends! Now also available in Sugarplum, red, black, and Mint, these new hues carry enough weight to be used on their own to add a little bit more than shimmer. When you use these, prep your brush before you do. You will want to squeeze your brush over scrap paper until the shimmery liquid comes out. Brush it on your scrap paper until you get the consistency you want on your brush before coloring in those details.

Heat Embossing:

Give your stamps a little lift and texture with the right inks and embossing powders. (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.)

VersaMark™ ink and embossing powder8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #ctmhnationalstampingmonth #stamping #color #colour #stampcoloring #stampcolouring #watercolor #watercolour #pigment #exclusiveinks #shimmerbrush #embossing

Sometimes a flat image just isn’t the way to go. That’s when heat embossing comes to the rescue. To start, stamp your image with 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. Use a heat tool to dry and seal your design. The heat tool blows extremely hot air with a low air current, which keeps the powder from blowing right off—hair dryers are not a good substitute! We have several new embossing powders in our new Holiday Expressions catalog to choose from (for a complete list click here).

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Okay, so we’ve shared this last idea on here before, but with our new large stamp pad-sized pigment inks added to our coloring repertoire, we just have to share again.

Did you know that you can pair any of our Exclusive Inks™ pigment pads with clear embossing powder to emboss in that exact color? Yes, really! Stamp an image with your choice pigment ink, cover it with clear embossing powder, and then set it with your heat tool! It’s that easy! Match our exclusive colors perfectly using this last technique!

Whether you use these stamp coloring ideas alone or mix and match them, we hope you enjoy a full spectrum of color in all of your stamping projects!

Happy stamping! 🙂

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Stamping with Memories in the Making

Want to know what we love about September?? It’s National Stamping Month! To get in the mood to celebrate all things stamping, we have two new exclusive stamp sets as part of our National Stamping month special, Memories in the Making.

Memories in the Making—Days:

Stamping with Memories in the Making #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #CTMHMemoriesintheMaking #MemoriesintheMaking #NationalStampingMonth #CutAbove® #calendar #scrapbooking

Memories in the Making—Months:

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The Memories in the Making special, and National Stamping Month for that matter, is all about highlighting the ways you can use stamping in your papercrafting and memory keeping. This year is no exception! 🙂

Stamping with Memories in the Making #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #CTMHMemoriesInTheMaking #MemoriesInTheMaking #NationalStampingMonth #CutAbove® #calendar #scrapbooking

As you can see, these stamp sets can be a fun addition to a variety of projects. Memories in the Making—Months comes with all twelve months of the year in a lovely, scripted font, making it easy to add a large title to any layout. Memories in the Making—Days gives you a variety of smaller images to stamp numbers, lists, words, and other icons on your projects. Can you spot all of the ways we’ve used this stamp set on this birthday scrapbook page, anniversary card, and frame?

If you aren’t already sold on how you can use these exclusive stamp sets, we’re sure you can guess the other way we are using them this month—in a handmade calendar!!

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As part of National Stamping month, we’ve created a Cut Above® layout kit that coordinates with these Memories in the Making stamp sets! The Memories in the Making Cut Above® layout kit comes with pre-printed base pages, pre-cut paper, die-cuts, stickers, and instructions to create 13 single-page layouts. Combine this kit with a My Creations™ calendar, your Memories in the Making—Days and Memories in the Making—Months stamp sets, and a few other basic supplies to turn these single pages into a beautiful personalized calendar for the upcoming year.

Stamping with Memories in the Making #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #CTMHMemoriesInTheMaking #MemoriesInTheMaking #NationalStampingMonth #CutAbove® #calendar #scrapbooking

With the Memories in the Making—Days stamp set, you can note important dates, make short to-do lists, and add other fun icons and shapes to your pages. For this December page, we used the Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad to stamp the numbers and added other images with the Glacier Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad for a little extra color.

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Once the year is over, trim the pages off the calendar and slip them into Memory Protectors™ to preserve. The great thing about this Cut Above® kit, is that you can choose to just skip the calendar all together and make the individual pages straight for your scrapbook album! (To see all 13 completed pages, click here.)

These exclusive stamp sets, the layout kit, and several discounted bundle options, are only available during September, while supplies last. Make sure you get yours soon and join us as we celebrate National Stamping Month all month long with Memories in the Making!


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ August Birthday Page
CC9183 My Acrylix® Memories in the Making—Months Stamp Set, CC9182 Memories in the Making—Days Stamp Set, X9000 Seasons Mix-in Paper Packet, X7236B Hello Pumpkin Paper Packet, X5989 Sugarplum Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z8006 Sugarplum Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems, Z4304 Silver Sequins—Loose

4¼” x 5½” Anniversary Card (Vertical)
CC9183 My Acrylix® Memories in the Making—Months Stamp Set, CC9182 Memories in the Making—Days Stamp Set, X9000 Seasons Mix-in Paper Packet, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z8006 Sugarplum Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems

Don’t Forget Frame
CC9182 Memories in the Making—Days Stamp Set, X9000 Seasons Mix-in Paper Packet, X5989 Sugarplum Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z8006 Sugarplum Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems

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Base & Shade: Stamping in Layers

This is it—our last post for National Stamping Month! To cap off this year’s celebration, we wanted to give you the rundown on some of our favorite stamp sets, the base and shades!

My Acrylix® Thoughtful Bird Stamp Set

Base and shade stamp sets provide exactly that—different stamps that work together, the first being the base and the rest the shade, to create a final 3-dimensional-looking image. These layered stamps allow for so much more intricate detail that would otherwise be impossible to achieve with one single stamp (even if you are a masking Kung-Fu expert).

My Acrylix® For You Darling Stamp Set                        My Acrylix® Beautiful You Stamp Set 

So, here’s how it works. First, decide on a color combination. If you’re feeling a little sassy, try using a second-generation image for one of your layers. Embossing the top layer is also a fun and popular option. Once you’ve got your colors and inks figured out, stamp the base, usually a solid image, in the lightest color.

Base & Shade Stamping #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #nationalstampingmonth #baseandshade #layeredstamping #dream #scrapbooking

My Acrylix® From the Heart Stamp Set (only available through the end of the month!)

With your base down, start building the image up from lightest to darkest color with the coordinating shade images. Our clear blocks are the perfect tool for this kind of stamping, allowing you to seamlessly match up your layers without any guesswork.

My Acrylix® Sweet Baby Stamp Set

Remember, this kind of stamping can take some practice so if you don’t get it right from the start it’s okay, just don’t give up! If you keep at it, you’ll be creating beautiful, detailed stamped images in no time!

Have you tried any of the stamp sets highlighted in this post? Let us know which is your favorite in the comments below!


Recipes

 4¼” x 5½” Thank You Card
Z3377 Thoughtful Bird Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3352 Enchantment Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5960 Fern Cardstock, Z2827 Almond Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut Shape:
Flower Market
3½” Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, M369879)

4¼” x 5½” Congrats Card
Z3375 For You Darling Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5951 Espresso Cardstock, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3343 Rose Embossing Folder, Embossing & Die-cutting Machine

4¼” x 5½” Thinking of You Card
Z3384 Beautiful You Stamp + Thin Cuts, D1739 My Acrylix® Thoughtful Bird Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Die-cutting Machine, Sewing Machine

12″ x 12″ Dream Page
CC1228 My Acrylix® From the Heart Stamp Set, Z3352 Enchantment Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5960 Fern Cardstock, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2842 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3354 Inspire Complements, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Sewing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Sweet Card
Z3376 Sweet Baby Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5984 Pixie Cardstock, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2719 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3346 Alphabet Embossing Folder, Embossing & Die-cutting Machine

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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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