Stencils That Flip and Rotate, and So Much More!

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Stencils are a very useful tool to keep handy for adding dimensional elements and general flair to handmade artwork. Today we are taking a closer look at our newest collection of stencils and will show you how some of them were intentionally designed to work in more than just one way!

Our 12″ x 12″ Stencils

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All of our stencils are made from reusable clear plastic stencil sheets cut in unique designs for use with a variety of media and art techniques. If you’re familiar with the Close To My Heart catalogs or website, you’ll recognize these grey image representations. Because these clear stencil sheets are hard to photograph, we will be using digital grey images to show you the stencil designs. The parts that are grey represent the plastic stencil film and the white parts are the cutout portions of the design, where your media would go through onto your project.

These nine designs you see here are each cut into 12″ x 12″ stencil sheets.

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The first three stencils (Stencil Pack 1) are designed to fit smaller spaces and create borders.

The next three stencils (Stencil Pack 2) are for creating larger patterns and designs.

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These last three (Stencil Pack 3) is what we want to look into a bit further today.

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You can certainly use all three of these stencils to create the patterns as you see them, but they are capable of so much more with just a few simple tricks.

For starters, the flare on the left has so much potential! Look at how we used it in a scrapbook layout.

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To achieve this multicolored flare, we laid the stencil on our papers and sponged color through it, as usual.

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To add the second layer of flares, we flipped the stencil over and turned it! (Make sure you clean your stencil before flipping it over!)

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You can add as many layers of different colored flares as you’d like (there’s a limit, but we haven’t done the math 🤓), just keep turning and flipping that stencil so that the lines fall in a different place every time.

Learn how to use the other two 12″ x 12″ stencils from this group, as well as a similar card front stencil, with our Creative Arts manager, Karen, in the video below!

Our Card Front Stencils

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These stencils are also made from the same clear plastic stencil sheets as our larger stencils; however, they are sized to fit the front of a standard 4¼” x 5½” card. As you can see, all of these designs can be used as they are. That bottom row of designs (Card Front Stencil Pack 3) is extra special.

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In the video, Karen shows us how to create a plaid background by flipping the horizontal stripe patterned stencil for a second set of diagonal stripes in a perpendicular direction. What you may not have known, is that the two remaining stencils can be stacked to create a combined, and more intricate, pattern!

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All of these stencil designs are so versatile and can be used for a wide variety of projects. And, what we find is extra great about stencils—they can be reused repeatedly and rapidly to create new and unique cards and layouts, time and time again!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ You Melt My Heart Page
X7274S Wonderland Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6061 Mulberry Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, X6058 Rosemary Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6532 Mulberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4304 Silver loose Sequins, Z697 Round Sponge, Z4340 Stencil Pack 3

12″ x 12″ All Bundled Up Layout
Z4389 Wonderland—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7274S Wonderland Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6514 Wisteria Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z697 Round Sponge, Z4340 Stencil Pack 3

4¼” x 5½” Sending Love Card (Vertical)
Z4337 Wonderland—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7274B Wonderland Paper Packet, X6058 Rosemary Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6529 Rosemary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4319 Snowflake Loose Sequins, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z697 Round Sponge, Z4343 Card Front Stencil Pack 3

4¼” x 5½” Warm Wishes Card (Vertical)
Z4337 Wonderland—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7274S Wonderland Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6061 Mulberry Cardstock, X6058 Rosemary Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6529 Rosemary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z697 Round Sponge, Z4343 Card Front Stencil Pack 3

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FREE Scrapbook Pattern with Blue Skies!

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As we continue to celebrate National Scrapbooking month with beautiful creations using our featured Blue Skies collection, we thought it would simply make sense to also give you a free scrapbooking pattern to go with it!

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Making its original debut in the Magic Moments workshop guide years ago, we paired this timeless 12″ x 12″  pattern with our beautiful Blue Skies papers, stamp sets, and Thin Cuts dies that are available now and through the end of May.

The instructions available as a free download below have been slightly revamped so they can be used for any occasion with the right combination of papers, accents, and a little creativity!

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As usual, we encourage you to make this, and any, pattern your own by being flexible with its parts. Take a close look at our completed layout for some examples.

Both our journaling and title on the left page are in the general area of where they aught to be, based off of the pattern. However, we allowed ourselves some creative flexibility by not making these exact rectangles and added some details to really make them stand out.

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We stamped our title using the Beautiful Day stamp set paired with our rock & roll stamping technique. To achieve this colorful effect, you have to slightly overlap and blend one ink color, or color hue, with another. First, ink your stamp in a base color. In order to add another color to the outer edges, you gently roll your already inked stamp in the second color. Only make contact with the stamp pad on the edges where you want to add the color. You have to rock and roll your block to achieve this look. (In our case, we rolled the top and bottom of our stamp in two different colors for an even more vibrant look.)

In our example layout, you can also see that we added several bright accents throughout, using the Thin Cuts from the Blue Skies collection, livening up the artwork even further.

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Another way you can make these patterns uniquely yours is by creating your own patterned paper. The pattern you see above, and that we used on both sides of our layout, we created by repeatedly stamping the border from the Blue Skies stamp set onto cardstock. It really can be that simple!

At Close To My Heart, we take pride in providing the most comprehensive patterns for scrapbook layouts. When you download this pattern, you will notice that it also comes with cutting diagrams to make it that much easier to create these pages!

Download this free scrapbooking pattern below and have a wonderful National Scrapbooking Month full of Blue Skies and memories worth preserving!

Download Pattern.

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For even more scrapbook patterns, check out our Make It from Your Heart™ pattern book series. If you love the free patterns on the blog, you’re sure to be blown away by all the patterns offered in our beautiful how-to books!

 

 

 


Recipe:

12″ x 12″ Beautiful Day Layout
CC5202 Beautiful Day Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC5201 My Acrylix® Blue Skies Stamp Set, CC5206 Blue Skies Paper Packet, CC5212 Blue Skies Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6513 Green Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3553 Acrylic Hearts, Z4196 White Ribbon, CC5204 Pinwheel Thin Cuts, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3226 Medium Flat Waterbrush, Z2496 Pale Pink TriBlend™ Marker, Z2485 Light Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2483 Light Yellow TriBlend™ Marker, Z2491 True Blue TriBlend™ Marker, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3440 Dual-tip Permanent Glue Pen, Sewing Machine

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Blue Skies National Scrapbooking Month & Giveaway!

It’s no secret that May is one of our favorite months of the year—it’s officially National Scrapbooking Month!

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At Close To My Heart we have our festivities going full force. Just this past weekend we hosted several free, live digital events demonstrating some fabulous creative projects where everyone was welcomed to follow along and create with us. If you missed out on any of these projects, and would still like to participate, all seven instructional segments are saved under videos on the Close To My Heart Facebook page. For example artwork photos and product bundles to make these projects, visit our website, here.

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We continue our National Scrapbooking Month celebrations with a new and exclusive patterned paper collection and suite of coordinating products, only available for the month of May and while supplies last. The sunny and bright Blue Skies collection may just be our best National Scrapbooking Month offering, yet!

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Start with the incredible Blue Skies paper packet, which features 12 double-sided paper sheets, two each of six double-sided designs—that’s double the number of designs and sheets than in our other paper collections!

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The beautiful coordinating stickers and cardstock feature alluring, glossy UV-coated designs. (Click on the thumbnail images for a closer look!)

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Accent your papercrafts even further with two coordinating stamp sets and a dimensional Pinwheel Thin Cuts die!

 

My Acrylix® Blue Skies Stamp Set
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My Acrylix® Beautiful Day Stamp Set
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Pinwheel Thin Cuts

 

The Blue Skies suite also includes a dynamic Cut Above® Layout Kit that provides all the pieces you would need to create two beautiful two-page scrapbook layouts, using pre-printed base pages, die-cuts, and stickers specially designed just for these projects!

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Finally, check out the Blue Skies workshop kits, which include Blue Skies products paired with a few other items to complete specific scrapbooking and cardmaking projects.

 

Blue Skies Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
Use the materials in this kit to create four coordinating 12″ x 12″ two-page layouts!

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Blue Skies 6″ x 8″ Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
Use the materials in this kit to create the pages of a 6″ x 8″ album; one opening page, 11 two-page layouts, and one closing page!

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Cardmaking Workshop Kit
Use the materials in this kit to create 18 standard-sized cards, each its own unique design!

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If you’re not quite sure where to begin, let us help you out! We are giving away TEN stamp sets; 5 Blue Skies sets and 5 Beautiful Day sets, right here, right now! For a chance to win, you must be subscribed to this blog AND leave us a comment below letting us know what you like most about this amazing Blue Skies collection! All entries must be submitted by 4 p.m. tomorrow, May 6 (MDT). The 10 lucky winners will be notified via e-mail (we use the e-mail address you are subscribed with, so make sure it is up to date to not miss out!).

We have so many exciting things lined up for this year’s National Scrapbooking Month! Keep up with all of our festivities by continuing to follow us here, as well as on Facebook and Instagram (@cmthofficial).

Happy scrapping!

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