Stamping Techniques to Keep Up Your Crafty Sleeves!

September is National Stamping Month, and if you know just one thing about Close To My Heart, it is that we absolutely love all things stamps!

We kicked off the month with a Slimline Celebration, made up of exclusive stamps and coordinating Thin Cuts designed especially for slimline cards. Make sure to join us on September 24 for a free virtual event where we will be putting together the cards from our Slimline Celebration workshop on our Facebook page. Find all the details, here. This is an event you will not want to miss!

As we continue our stamping celebration, we compiled 10 techniques to add to your stamping arsenal and have at the ready for your next crafting session!

1.a. FIRST-GENERATION
This first one is technically not a technique, but we will put it on the list to have for comparison with the next one. You get a first-generation image when you ink your stamp and stamp it on your project. (In the video below, it is referred to as “solid stamping.”)

1.b. SECOND GENERATION
A second-generation stamped image is achieved by inking your stamp, stamping it on a scratch piece of paper, and then, without re-inking, stamping your image on your project. The result is a lighter version of a “first-generation” image, because you are using the “second-generation” of ink that’s leftover on the stamp.

2. RANDOM STAMPING
Use this technique to create patterned papers from our stamps and solid colored cardstock. You could take a “random” approach to this, but to insure a more visually balanced and pleasing pattern, take the random right out of the equation by using visual triangles.

Follow along with Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi, below, as she illustrates all three of these first techniques, including how to create the visual triangles for not-so-random stamping.

3. ROCK & ROLL
This technique is an oldie but a goodie! Ink your stamp in one color, then gently roll the edges, and only the edges, in another color to stamp a multicolored image! (You can also combine this technique with the second-generation technique if you want to use the same color, just in different opacities!)

4. OMBRÉ STAMPING
Achieving an ombré effect, where you gradually blend one color into another, is a lot easier than you might think! Simply ink the top half of the stamp in one color and the bottom half in another color, overlapping the two colors in the middle. Then, you’re all set to stamp onto your project!

5. SHADOW STAMPING
Create a shadow by stamping a second-generation version of the original image just slightly offset from the original.

6. BASE & SHADE
Base and shade stamping is used to create realistic dimensions through color. There are specific stamp sets designed for this technique, where you stamp the base in a lighter color and then add the details, or the “shade,” with a darker color.

7. BACK SIDE STAMPING
This technique sounds a little funny, but don’t let the name fool you! If you have a stamp that is symmetrical, or just close enough, mount the stamp on your block backwards, with the smooth side up. Ink the back of the stamp and use it to create a base before flipping the stamp over to the side with the details that you will stamp on top.

8. MASKING
Place a scratch piece of paper, or a sticky note, as a mask over your project to cover the area that you don’t want stamped. Stamp your image on the project and mask, and then remove the mask.

9. TONE-ON-TONE
The tone-on-tone technique is exactly what it sounds like. Use a darker tone of a color, or color family, to stamp onto your project. All of our exclusive colors can be found in Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads and our two-toned cardstock, allowing you to enjoy a full spectrum of color-coordinated products whenever creativity strikes!

10. KISSING TECHNIQUE
For this technique you will need two stamps, one to act as the base image and the other to create an effect on the base image. First, ink the base stamp. Then, with both stamps mounted on blocks, press the two stamps together. The second stamp will not have ink on it and will remove some of the ink from the first stamp in its shape. After your stamps kiss, stamp your prepared base stamp on paper. Use this method to add textures and all kids of shapes or designs to your stamping! (Another way to use this method is to ink both stamps in two different colors and then have them kiss.)

BONUS** NO-LINE STAMPING
This technique is great to use when you are coloring your stamped images with watercolor paints. You can easily achieve a “no-line” look by stamping your image in a light ink, like Linen. Then, use the soft color as a guide as you add the watercolor with your brush. The inked parts of the image will show up as a darker version of the paint color you are using. Move the paint around, and color in the other parts of the design, as well, and easily create beautiful watercolor images!

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Tips for Using and Creating Your Own Stencils

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If you have yet to dabble in the world of stencil design, this is a great place to start! Even if you are a seasoned pro, maybe we’ll share something that you haven’t thought of yet. Either way, stick with us and then share with us some of your thoughts and ideas in the comment section that follows!

A stencil is a material with a cut-out design to which you apply your choice of pigment in order to transfer the design onto a separate surface. The benefits of using a stencil range from helping those of us who struggle with drawing a straight line ( ✋🏼 we’re all welcome here!) to those of us who like to create and duplicate intricate patterns, time and time again, quickly and with ease.

Stencils can be made of all sorts of materials and created in a myriad of ways. What we share here is just a sliver of the possibilities these multifaceted tools are capable of.

MATERIAL OPTIONS

The very first step in stencil design is determining the product you want to use for your stencil. You can purchase ready-made stencils or create your own. If you are creating your own, consider the following information about these popular materials:

Stencil Sheets. Our stencil sheets are made from a medium weight stencil film. They can be machine cut, die cut, or paper punched and used with wet and dry applications. The see-through quality of stencil sheets, makes stencil placement easy—this is especially useful if you are layering images. Stencil sheets are the most durable way to go if you are hoping to reuse a stencil over and over again.

Cardstock. Stencils cut from cardstock have a limited use but are very economical. Placement can be tricky, however, since you can’t see through the stencil. Cardstock is great for edge stencils and positive shapes.

Vellum Paper. Vellum stencils work a lot like those cut from stencil sheets, but with one major drawback. These can only be used for dry applications and cannot be washed off. They are also not as durable as stencil sheets.

TIPS FOR USING MACHINE-CUT STENCILS

1. Get the most out of machine-cut stencils by choosing layered shapes. Always keep all of the negative pieces and store them together with the stencil. You never know when you may want to use one of these pieces for additional texture, color, or dimension in your art.

2. Use the contour feature (in Cricut Design Space™) to make multiple stencils from a single image. Block out different parts of the image for each of the different stencils. This will allow you to create unique designs, but also to easily separate colors in different sections of the image if you want to use the stencils together, like we did with the two flower cards you see here.

3. Use basic shapes to weld images onto and to restructure shapes for easier stenciling. To create the cloud stencils, above, we welded cloud shapes (#M418DFA) onto a rectangle base. If your shapes don’t quite cover the size “base” you need or want, remember that you can easily duplicate and resize your shapes to make them work. When you are using a stencil like this one, move it around on the page as you add the color, or flip it over and use the back, to create variety from the one stencil pattern.

TIPS FOR USING DIE-CUT STENCILS

4. Just like we suggested for machine-cut stencils, keep both the positive and negative pieces that are made when you cut a stencil from a Thin Cuts die. They may be used for different looks and effects.

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5. Create stencils from stamp coordinating Thin Cuts, too! You can use these alone or to add dimension to a stamped image.

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The butterfly above was sponged with color then stamped. Use these sorts of stencils directly on your projects or cut them out, like we did here.

6. Make letter and word stencils out of stencil sheets. You want these to be as durable as possible because these generally get used a lot.

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7. Keep the separate letters of favorite “words” together in a storage envelope for quick access. Make sure to keep the negative space pieces as well. Take a look at the letters “a,” “p,” and “o,” below. Easily attach these to your stencil with a small amount of adhesive tape to have ready to place and use when needed.

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8. Explore different media to use with your stencils.

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If you use alcohol markers, these can bleed slightly past your stencil image, as you see in the red Y. Metallic markers are another option. These work especially well on darker papers (see the Y on black cardstock). For a more textured look, consider heat embossing. Using embossing ink pens, like on the Y on the blue cardstock, you can have a more controlled inking experience, like you would with a marker. Use your stencils to create dimensional, shadow effects, too. In the case of the Y on the green cardstock above, we used the negative stencil shape to color in a black shadow with a journaling pen, then attached a die-cut paper Y on top, slightly offset.

TIPS FOR USING SPECIALTY INKS WITH STENCILS

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9. Achieve a subtle shadow, watermark-type look by using embossing ink with your stencils. You can dab the VersaMark™ ink pad straight through your stencil and onto your art, or have a more controlled inking experience using embossing ink pens.

10. Use inks from our Exclusive Inks™ re-inker bottles or ink squeezed out from our shimmer brushes with a sponge or dauber. Add the ink to an all-purpose mat and pick it up with a sponge (or dauber), then pounce the sponge on a scratch piece of paper to remove some of the excess ink before adding it to your project through the stencil.

Of course, you can use a shimmer brush directly on your artwork, too, without squeezing out the ink, for a brushed on ink effect. It will look different than the pounced-with-a-sponge look. Similarly, you can also use a waterbrush to brush on the Exclusive Inks™.

Now that we’ve given you a few tips on how to make and use stencils, let’s explore a few ideas on how to store them. In the video below, our Creative Arts Manager, Karen, shares several tips:

(Here’s the link for the Design Space file Karen mentions in the video!)

Stencils are a great way to quickly and easily add dimensional elements and general pizzazz to artwork. Do you use stencils? Let us know in the comments below how you incorporate this versatile tool in your art!

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Making Gift Boxes with and without a Cutting Machine!

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It’s no secret that we love getting crafty around these parts, and Valentine’s day gives us an excellent excuse reason to spend a little extra time and energy creating pretty things because we’re doing it for other people!

Spreading kindness, especially during a time where we feel more disconnected and distant than usual, is contagious! Throughout this season of love, we challenge you to find ways to safely lift someone else’s spirit and let them know that you care.

One simple way to make someone’s day is with a small handmade gift from the heart. Since getting together isn’t an option for everyone right now, we thought we’d show you a few small gift boxes we created that can be dropped off in a mailbox or on a doorstep.

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(Perfect Match Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet)
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(My Acrylix® Perfect Match Stamp Set)

These first examples are made by pairing a couple of our Cricut® collections with the papers, stickers, and stamp set in our Perfect Match collection.

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(Cricut® Artiste Collection)
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(Cricut® Art Philosophy and Artiste Collections)

If you don’t have access to a Cricut® machine, don’t worry! You can still participate in the challenge of putting a little love into the world, as well. We’ve asked our Creative Arts Manager, Karen Pedersen, to show us how to make a box and small pocket envelope by hand. As always, she delivered! Take a look.

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We hope you found some creative inspiration as you took a peek at these artwork examples today, and that you were able to see just how simple it is to make something beautiful with your own two hands! Let’s take care of each other this Valentine’s season and spread kindness and positivity. As you do, you’ll not only bring happiness to others, but you might just see a little added joy in your own life, too!


Recipes

3¾” x 3¼” I Love You Square Box
CC12204 My Acrylix® Perfect Match Stamp Set, CC12202 Perfect Match Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, CC12206 Perfect Match Mini Hearts, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shape:
#M46846

5½” x 3¼” XOXO Loving You Hexagon Box
CC12202 Perfect match Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, CC12203 Perfect Match Coordinating Cardstock, CC12206 Mini Hearts, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shape:
#M3B6FD

3½” x 5¼” x 2¼” We’re the Perfect Match Gift Bag
CC12204 My Acrylix® Perfect Match Stamp Set, CC12202 Perfect Match Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6520 Flamingo Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z2481 Coral TriBlend™ Marker, Z2512 Muted Brown TriBlend™ Marker, Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots, Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shape:
#M3F94E

4″ x 1½” XOXO Square Box
CC12202 Perfect Match paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, CC12206 Perfect Match Mini Hearts, Z3790 Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls™, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

4″ x 2″ Love Is in the Air Square Box
CC12204 My Acrylix® Perfect Match Stamp Set, CC12202 Perfect Match Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6520 Flamingo Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, CC12206 Perfect Match Mini Hearts, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

2½” x 3″ Crazy for You Pocket/Envelope
CC12202 Perfect Match Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, CC12206 Perfect Match Mini Hearts, Z3678 Stitched Hexagons Thin Cuts, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

2½” x 3″ Happy Day Pocket/Envelope
CC12202 Perfect match Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, Z3678 Stitched Hexagons Thin Cuts

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Distress Oxide™ Ink Techniques and Ideas!

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We’ve added Distress Oxide™ ink pads to our ink line-up not too long ago, and today we’ve got a few ideas to show you on how to use them!

Hopefully you’ve all had a chance to experiment with these fun reactive inks and, in the process, discovered a few techniques and ideas of your very own. If you haven’t, we are here to help! Regardless of where you are in your Distress Oxide journey, follow along as our Creative Arts Manager, Karen Pedersen, dives into five gorgeous techniques below!

Splattered Background
Apply Distress Oxide ink with a blending tool, splatter with water, and dab with a dry paper towel. Follow up with a splatter of watercolor.

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Reacting with a Shimmer Brush
Emboss your image and color with Distress Oxide™ inks. With a Clear Shimmer Brush, go over some of the inked areas, removing ink and adding shimmer as you go.

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Watercolor Wash
Load your watercolor paper with water, to the point where it is sitting on top of the paper and not fully absorbing. Spread the Distress Oxide™ ink colors that you wish to use for your background onto your all-purpose mat. With a waterbrush, pick up the colors, one at a time, and add it to the sitting water on the watercolor paper. The colors will blend and bleed into one another.

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An Ombré Effect with One Ink Pad
With just one Distress Oxide ink pad, create and ombré effect by applying the ink with different amounts of pressure (more for a darker tone, and less for a lighter tone). Blend these tones seamlessly with a mini ink blending tool.

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Tone-on-Tone Stenciling
Apply the background Distress Oxide™ ink colors and blend them into each other with a mini ink blending tool. Lay a stencil on top and add a second layer of color through the stencil. Apply more pressure, and more ink, for the stenciled image to appear darker and to achieve a more dramatic effect.

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What are some fun ways you are using your Distress Oxide™ inks? Let’s share ideas in the comments below!

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Cards and Layouts for a Legendary Father’s Day!

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Celebrate the men who mean the most in your life with our exclusive Legendary Father’s Day stamp sets! The Someone to Look up To and Legendary Father’s Day sets will honor these important men in a “dapper” mixed with just the appropriate amount of “cute” way.

By pairing these legendary stamp sets with a few fun stamping and coloring techniques we were able to achieve some rather handsome results.

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In the cards above, we used coloring pencils to add details to the hat on the left and the tie on the right. The filling of the shaker window is a mix made up of gold loose sequins and Sapphire cardstock confetti shapes cut using the Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts (see how we used the leftover negative of the star confetti in a separate card, below). The shoes of the card on the left were stamped in VersaMark™ ink and heat embossed using clear embossing powder to create a textured patterned background.

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Heat embossing with white embossing powder was used to achieve the raised white sentiment on this other card, above, and shading with color pencils was once again used on the shirt of the card on the left, to create a more dimensional image.

If you’d like to learn how to achieve the beautiful color pencil shading we’ve shown you in a couple of these cards, follow along with Karen, our Creative Arts Manager, in the video below. She explains how to determine where and how to add your shading based on your “light source” and so much more!

Lastly, we promised you scrapbook pages and we are delivering!

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For all of our scrappers out there, these gorgeous stamp sets are easily adaptable to pages and layouts, as well! Here you see that we’ve created a 6″ x 8″ page and a 12″ x 12″ page using both of the Father’s Day stamp sets. The large sentiment from the Someone To Look up To stamp set lends itself well as a title while the smaller icons of the Legendary Father’s Day stamp set add a touch of gallant charm to your memories.

Father’s Day is less than three weeks away! Prepare those meaningful cards and pages, today, and make Father’s Day unforgettable this year!


Recipes:

4¼” x 5½” Happy Father’s Day Shaker Card (Vertical)
CC6205 My Acrylix® Legendary Father’s Day Stamp Set, X9009 Mix-in Paper Packet, X5965 Ruby Cardstock, X6045 Sage Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2870 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z3630 Watercolor Pencils, Z4309 Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts, Z4310 Shaker Window Foam & Acetate, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” Happy Father’s Day Shoes Card (Horizontal)
CC6205 My Acrylix® Legendary Father’s Day Stamp Set, X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock, X6045 Sage Cardstock, X6034 Sangria Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6504 Sage Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z2088 Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Happy Father’s Day Shirt Card (Vertical)
CC6205 My Acrylix® Legendary Father’s Day Stamp Set, X7256B Aurora Paper Packet, X5965 Ruby Cardstock, Z6045 Sage Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2870 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3630 Watercolor Pencils, Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots

4¼” x 5½” Someone to Look Up to Card (Vertical)
CC6206 My Acrylix® Someone to Look up To Stamp Set, X7256B Aurora Paper Packet, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3552 Wooden Arrows, Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots

6″ x 8″ Someone to Look up To Page
CC6205 My Acrylix® Legendary Father’s Day Stamp Set, CC6206 My Acrylix® Someone to Look up To Stamp Set, X7256B Aurora Paper Packet, X5965 Ruby Cardstock, X6045 Sage Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2870 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X5957 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots

12″ x 12″ Someone to Look up To Page
CC6205 My Acrylix® Legendary Father’s Day Stamp Set, CC6206 My Acrylix® Someone to Look up To Stamp Set, X7256B Aurora Paper Packet, X5949 Almond Cardstock, X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock, X6045 Sage Cardstock, X6034 Sangria Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7256D Aurora Picture My Life™ Cards, X7256E Aurora Acrylic Shapes,Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z3630 Watercolor Pencils, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

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A Close To My Heart Christmas Party!

Here at Close To My Heart, we know that the Christmas season is a time for celebration! This week, we had our annual Christmas party here at the Home Office. It’s always such a pleasure to gather together as friends and coworkers, relax, and spread some Christmas cheer.Check out our Close To My Heart Christmas Party! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Christmas #partyFirst came a lunch catered by Tucanos Brazilian Grill, and boy, was it tasty! We enjoyed our meal with Christmas music in the background and icicle-style lights above our heads.

After the food, we celebrated employee birthdays and longevity milestones. We applauded people who have been with us for five, ten, fifteen, and even twenty years! The loyalty of our employees to this company always fills us with gratitude.Check out our Close To My Heart Christmas Party! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Christmas #partyBut the party wasn’t over. Next, Monica and Brian began drawing names and giving out fabulous prizes to the lucky winners! By the time they’d finished, dozens of gifts had been handed out, which certainly upped the merriment!Check out our Close To My Heart Christmas Party! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Christmas #partyDoes everyone look happy or what? We hope each of you get to enjoy your own holiday festivities and that you feel like you are a part of ours—because we know that we wouldn’t be celebrating together if it weren’t for this wonderful Close To My Heart community. Get in on the fun by checking out our holiday video, and Merry Christmas from Close To My Heart!

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From Jeanette: Life Is Worth Sharing

With the reveal of our new idea books, I’ve been feeling especially sentimental toward this company and all it stands for. My wish is that these books will become something you cherish and return to again and again throughout the coming year. As we do with all of our products, we’ve put our hearts and souls into these books, and I hope you can feel it. I know that when I flip through these crisp, colorful pages, I’m filled with a resurgence of why I work so hard to do what I do.

Why am I so passionate about what I do? I know I’ve been asked that question on more than one occasion, and I’m sure our Consultants have as well. To answer it, we released a video that explains the “why” of Close To My Heart. Please take a moment to watch this video that has become so very dear to me.

Isn’t that beautiful? I also believe life is worth sharing—the laughter and the tears that make up life’s cherished moments and become precious memories. And what better way to share these beautiful bits of life than through memory keeping?

I know that this video will resonate with many of you who share my passion for preserving memories. If it does, I invite you to join me in my mission to promote this wonderful method of memory keeping by becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant. Now is a great time to take that leap! As of August 1, all new Consultants will receive a beautiful, redesigned New Consultant Kit*, which you can see below. This kit will give you all the necessities to get your Close To My Heart business up and running. You already have the passion and the skill for making and preserving memories—now it’s time to put it to work in a new way by becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant! Becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant is more than choosing a career path. When you join our wonderful company, you join a family.

New Consultant Kit

For those of you who are already with us, thank you for making this company extraordinary. Thank you for the years of dedication you’ve already given and the years of dedication to come.

I hope that each of you who share my love for beautiful artwork and memory keeping will share this touching video. Email it to your family, tweet it to your followers, post it to Facebook, Instagram, and your blog. Let them know why you are passionate about what you do.

I can’t wait to see what this next chapter at Close To My Heart holds for all of us!

With love,

Jeanette

 

*contents may vary

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