Three Beautiful Cards, No Stamping Required!

DIY Cards, No Stamping Required #ctmh #closetomyheart #nostampingrequired #stamping #cardmaking #diycards #ctmhheyhandsome #cardmakingtechniques

Sometimes creativity strikes, but our creative juices don’t want to flow in the direction of stamping. It’s an inexplicable phenomenon that happens to the best of us from time-to-time 😉. While we love the beauty and versatility that comes from creating with stamps, we also know that great results can be achieved without them. In fact, we are taking an in-depth look at the three cards from the cover of our April–June catalog today. You’ll see just how much artistic technique went into creating these cards using the Hey Handsome collection, no stamping required!

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This first card is chock full of techniques. The most prominent is the white texture paste pattern that was stenciled on. Pairing texture paste with stencils is a simple and effective way to add a layer of flair. In this case, the line design of the stenciled paste complements the vertical, less noticeable pattern of the paper it rests on, causing your eye to regard it just enough without taking away from other elements of the card design.

A more subtle, possibly obscure, part of this “Awesome” card is the circle and its coloring. First, we need to point out that this circle is cut out of the grey striped pattern paper, using the 2½” Circle Thin Cuts die, it’s not a paper circle that sits on top. We attached a piece of colored White Daisy cardstock to the back of the opening to create the effect, completing the rectangle for the front of the card.

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We used quite a few inks to create the colorful pattern in the circle, starting off with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide™ ink. Distress Oxide inks are water reactive. When they are sprayed or splattered with water, the ink repels from the droplets, resulting in an “oxidized” appearance. Take a closer look and see if you can spot the effects of the water on our card.

After the Distress Oxide ink, with the White Daisy cardstock still unattached to the card, we sponged on some Seabrook, Mist, and Charcoal ink. First, we gently rubbed the Seabrook and Mist inks onto the sponge and then onto the paper in a circular motion. This circular motion causes the ink to spread softly and without many breaks, if any. The Charcoal ink was then sponged on top. This time, rather than in a circular motion, we just pressed the inked sponge onto the cardstock. This approach allows us to see the texture of the sponge.

The final color we added to this background piece was Harbour. Using ink from a Harbour shimmer brush, we splattered the inked cardstock. To do this, just squeeze enough ink into the bristles of the brush and then tap the barrel of the brush on your index finger, above where you’d like splatters to land.

As we allowed our colorful cardstock to dry from the splattered water and shimmer ink, we distressed the edges of the grey striped pattern paper by rubbing a fine grit sandpaper along its edges.

We carried this distressed look over to our next card, where we applied the same sandpaper technique on the resulting circle cutout from our first card.

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We’ve said this many times before—and will continue to forever and always—keep your scraps! All three of these cards we are showing you today made use of small strips of paper and scraps. Two of them, that is all that they are made up of.

Our patterned papers and cardstock are intentionally grouped into collections, where the colors, themes, and designs of each paper included in the collection is intended to work seamlessly together. Today’s cards were made using the new Hey Handsome suite. As you scrapbook or make cards, keep your scraps together by collection. This way, when you’re feeling the urge to get creative, or maybe you’re experiencing a creative rut, you can have the option of these scraps to easily create accents or backgrounds.

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One final technique that we’ll touch on, as you contemplate making cards that don’t require stamping, is to use stickers for those card front sentiments. Sticker sheets are a resourceful part of our paper collections. They are 12″ x 12″ and full, from top to bottom, of beautiful, heavy-weight paper stickers that coordinate beautifully with their corresponding patterned papers. Like for all our collections, the Hey Handsome sticker sheet has a large variety of images, icons, and sentiments, making them easy to use in place of stamping, without compromising appearance.

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Whatever your reasoning may be to create artwork that doesn’t require stamping, we hope you feel encouraged by the cards we shared with you today. Beautiful cards and scrapbook pages come in all shapes and sizes and don’t require stamping (regardless of how much we do love it!) to be pieces of art.


4¼” x 5½” Awesome Card (Vertical)
X7292S Hey Handsome Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X9048 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6069 Mist Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X254 White Cards & Envelope Value Pack, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6539 Mist Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6538 Seabrook Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ8014 Speckled Egg Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush, Z4294 Harbour Shimmer Brush, Z2474 Ice Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z4245 Opaque Matte Texture Paste, Z4631 Green Dots, Z4633 Grey Dots, Z6046 Black Die-cut Stars, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z6094 Card Front Stencil Pack 2, Z3943 Circles Thin Cuts, Z4520 Palette Knives, Z697 Round Sponge, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” The Man the Myth The Legend Card (Vertical)
X7292S Hey Handsome Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X9048 Mix-in Paper Packet, X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack, Z4294 Harbour Shimmer Brush, Z2474 Ice Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z4629 Blue Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” You’re a Classic Card (Horizontal)
X7292S Hey Handsome Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X9048 Mix-in Paper Packet, X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack, Z6540 Pine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2474 Ice Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z4631 Green Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3943 Circles Thin Cuts, Z697 Round Sponge, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine, Fine Grit Sandpaper

Scrapbooking with Actual Scraps

Have you ever finished up a project and wondered what to do with those tiny bits of leftover paper? Do you throw it out? Do you let it sit on your desk for months waiting for a purpose? Don’t forget, though, that scrapbooking has “scrap” in it for a very good reason! Today, we’re going to show you how to use those extra little scraps in a big way!

Using your leftover paper remnants not only allows you to create some truly unique projects, but it also helps clean up your crafting area. (Let’s be honest, with all the great holiday products in the November–December Catalog, it couldn’t hurt to make some extra room!) 😉

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To create the striking background elements in these layouts, we used some leftover paper pieces from the Every Little Thing, Hawthorn, and Spooktacular paper packets. As we get ready to say goodbye to these great collections, we couldn’t resist using them one last time, and we love how they turned out!

In this first layout, we’ve taken scrap pieces of various sizes and dovetailed the ends to create a background element for the main photos and title. It’s a fairly simple layout other than the bright colors in these dovetailed pieces, so a few scraps can certainly go a long way!

Tip: If you only have small scrap pieces, you can still dovetail these and position them so they peek out on either side of your photo. That way, you still get the effect, even if you don’t have a ton of paper.

 This effect can be achieved with many different sizes of scrap paper, and you can use them on much more than just a large main photo or title. Use this trick with smaller photos and to dress up your journaling boxes. There really is so much you can do with just a few small scraps!

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In this second layout, we’ve taken a slightly different approach; while we kept a few of the dovetailed pieces we showed you in the previous example, we also trimmed some other remnant pieces into small diamond shapes for an entirely new look.

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As we mentioned in the previous tip, you don’t ALWAYS have to have a large scrap piece to make it play a big role in the construction of your layout. If you don’t have a piece big enough to use as a background for a photo, you can use smaller strips to form a frame, while leaving the middle open. Once it’s covered by the photo, no one will be the wiser!

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No matter how you use them, scrap pieces are a great way to add some truly unique flair to your layouts, cards, or papercrafts. We hope you’ve been able to take some inspiration from today’s post, and we can’t wait to see how you incorporate your leftover scraps into your own projects. Leave us a comment below and let us know how you’re using scraps in your own artwork.


12″ x 12″ Fall Is in the Air Layout
X7248S Every Little Thing Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7249B Hawthorn Paper Packet, CC10192 Spooktacular Paper Packet, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3543 Hawthorn Wood Shapes, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Small Round Waterbrush, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots

12″ x 12″ The Good Life Layout
D1873 My Acrylix® Hawthorn—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7248S Every Little Thing Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7249B Hawthorn Paper Packet, CC10192 Spooktacular Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7248C Every Little Thing Complements, Z3552 Wooden Arrows, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Small Round Waterbrush, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots

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Paper Patchwork: Making Your Scraps Work for You

It hurts our hearts a little to see the remnants of a beautiful cardstock page littered with cuts and holes that seem to render it unusable. It’s a crying shame. There’s so much paper leftover, and yet none at all! “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” (Thank you, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.) Potential appears to be squandered. Dreams run dry. Yet we still find ourselves clinging to these scraps, hoping someday we’ll find their purpose.

But there comes a point where a crafter can simply no longer endure anguish of this magnitude—something must be done about the scraps! So, in the spirit of this month’s theme of organization, we set out to find a purpose for these bothersome scraps that are so tantalizingly lovely in their brokenness. We were determined to use them, rather than stuff them away into that easily forgotten dungeon we call “the scrap box.”

And so we did! Want to see what we came up with?

#1) THE LAYOUTThis authentic and eye-catching layout is made with scraps from ELEVEN different papers! (Check the recipe at the end of this post to see which ones.) The best part about it is that, thanks to the Cricut® overlay, we only needed small scraps of the papers to weave into the layout. The different patterns and colors working as one make for a brilliant display that proves these paper scraps are better together than they ever were apart.

Other noteworthy things we love about this layout:

  • The White Daisy ink splatters against the kraft cardstock. We love the way this adds texture and life to the spread, encompassing the repurposed and artful utilitarian nature of this layout.
  • The way the journaling is seamlessly integrated into the flow of the layout. We’re just tickled over how the journaling blends so seamlessly with the layout that it’s become another artistic feature! It also adds a dose of personality and life to the layout.
  • The creative use of the Sparkle chevron shapes. Did you notice that the lines of sparkles stemming from the photo are actually cut from Sparkle chevron shapes? Cool, right? Just one more example of how to use bits and pieces to create something beautiful.

The scraps that are too small for layouts can be used on card designs. Cards are the ideal location for little bits of paper that can be pieced together in original designs.

Check these all-stars out!

Thanks to Close To My Heart’s exclusive color palette, you can match papers and patterns across paper packets because the colors are consistent. The intricate weaving on the Hello Sunshine card was done with yellow- and white-based scraps from SEVEN different papers. If it’s possible to make this many patterns look good together, then it will surely be possible to make something visually appealing from blending your own scraps.

Other noteworthy things we love about these cards:

  • Embellishments that add that finishing touch. Whether it’s the Flaxen extra thick twine, the teal Shimmer Trim, or the bling gems gold assortment, we love how those little glittery pieces of this and that provide the final bit of glam for these hodgepodge cards.
  • Steady patterns that lend structure to the patchwork design. One way to balance out the discord from using scraps is to corral them into a simple and repetitive design, like those seen on these cards. It’s all about that yin and yang!

Now it’s your turn to make something useful of those piles of scraps you have lying around. Once you start, we think you’ll come to realize that your usable paper stash just got a whole lot bigger!


12″ x 12″ BEyouTIFUL Layout
E1029 My Acrylix® Marquee Uppercase, E1030 My Acrylix® Handwritten Print, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, X7185B Scaredy Cat Paper Packet, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z1991 Teal Glitter Paper, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2192 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2263 White Daisy Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2062 My Crush™ Holiday Happenings Assortment, Z1909 Sparkle Chevron Shapes, Z3009 Chalk It Up Assortment

Cricut® Shapes:
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5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ Hello Sunshine Card
Wishes: Celebration Card Workshop—Card 4™
D1634 My Acrylix® Rain or Shine, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, X7191B Wanderful Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2023 Bling Gems Gold Assortment, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim

5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ Hey There Card
Wishes: Three in a Row™
D1469 My Acrylix® Polka Dot Alphabet, X7191B Wanderful Paper Packet, X7184B Chalk It Up Paper Packet, X7188B Snowhaven Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3036 Flaxen Extra Thick Twine

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Meaningful Mixed Media

We recently held our annual Team Builders event, an exciting two-day leadership training held in Salt Lake City for anyone with the title of Director or above. After an inspiring speech by our Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton, along with other superb presentations given throughout the weekend, everyone in attendance was feeling a renewed sense of purpose and direction with their Close To My Heart businesses.

During the final session of the event, we all participated in an exceptionally unique Create & Take taught by our Creative Communications Manager, Jill Broadbent. Jill has been with Close To My Heart for nearly 11 years and has been playing a part in creative training at events from the start. Since this particular project was too much fun to keep to ourselves, we asked Jill to share a few pointers on how it’s done. Take it away, Jill.

Hello! Happy to be dishing on our recent creative project today. Typically, when I plan a project to teach Consultants, especially our genius leaders, I focus on planning something that will help their business. I look to teach a new technique, something that can be turned into a workshop or other creative opportunity. However, I had a unique vision for this project that would take us outside of our typical Create & Take realm. But it was beautiful to watch it unfold with this group of ladies.

Each attendee was given a 6″ x 6″ canvas display, a print out of various typed words, and a few basic pointers, but no pattern or strict instructions. Their mission? To create a representation of themselves through the usage of mixed media. With a stockpile of paper scraps, a few stamp sets, and some Mod Podge®, everyone set off in their own direction to create a unique piece of art. This pushed many outside of their comfort zones, yet they still embraced the challenge and the outcome was beautiful!


It was a wonderful way to end an extraordinary weekend together, and now I want to spread that joy. Here are the basics so you, too, can create your own mixed-media masterpiece. I’ll illustrate the techniques using the same artwork examples we shared at the event.

The beauty of this project is that as long as it represents your strengths, you’re doing it right. The key to making it eye-catching is to use varied textures and layers. I like to add a good number of papers, even Cricut®-cut shapes, and then incorporate background stamps and other images to add interest. This is a fantastic and creative way to use your leftover scraps and stray embellishments!

(Click on the photos below to get a closer look!)

To start, create a scene or an abstract background.

Next, add your “person.” I like to freehand a simple body and add layers for hair and clothes. You can do a full body or a simple close-up. Our B&T Duos™ papers make the best clothing! You can even run cardstock through one of our embossing folders to add texture to hair or detail to clothing.

The final and most important detail is to add your sentiment, or mantra, if you will. Take time to reflect and think of one sentence you can use to describe yourself. Make it personal and meaningful to you.

Finally, let me share a few pointers on making the most of your artistic tools. The ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers are the perfect way to add shading and detail to make your “person” pop off the canvas. Use whatever colors you like to highlight basic skin tones, and then use the colorless blender marker to add dimension to the chin, legs, arms, etc. Use rosy shades to highlight cheeks and coordinating shades to contour the clothing. I also like to use the Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ journaling pen to add detail and outlines. I prefer to keep my lines loose and whimsical, but draw yours however you wish.

At this point in your project, use Mod Podge® Matte to adhere your artwork to the 6″ x 6″ canvas display, and then add a complete coat to the entire project to seal everything in place. While the Mod Podge® is wet, you can add fun details using other Close To My Heart embellishments. Add some Shimmer Trim, Sparkles, twine, ribbon, or even Base & Bling charms for dimension.

But these are only suggestions! The best part about mixed media projects is the PLAY. So just start and see where your creativity leads you. Look for meaningful symbols you can add to your art that represent those things that are special to you—it’s an adventure of self-discovery. You deserve to take time to create something that celebrates the person you are, because who you are is a work of art all its own.

Thanks, Jill! Aren’t these projects beautiful? We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Feel free to use this Sentiments PDF from Team Builders. Once you finish your project, post a photo of your creation to the Close To My Heart Facebook page so we can all be inspired!

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