Irresistible Pattern Papers and Stickers, and How to Use Them!

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One of our favorite new additions to our crafting arsenal are the Irresistibles cardstock and alphabet stickers! These are white heavyweight papers and stickers with clear embossed patterns that dramatically reveal when you color over them!

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(We’re showing you grey digital renditions of these products because the patterns are hard to see in a photo, since they are clear on white! 🙂)

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The white patterns shown in these images are embossed on 12″ x 12″ cardstock and sticker sheets, making them slightly raised and slick. When you apply color on them, the embossed designs resist the color and the paper parts that are not embossed absorb the color, as it normally would.As you can imagine, the possibilities for coloring these Irresistibles and make their patterns pop are endless! With the help of our Creative Arts Manager, Karen Pedersen, let’s explore a few practical and fun ways to make these resist pattern cardstocks and stickers work for our cardmaking and scrapbooking projects! (Note that the embossed designs are also reflective, which means they catch light as you move them. This effect is difficult to catch in a photo, so watch for it as Karen shares her tips!)

Here’s a closer look at the card and scrapbook page Karen shows us in the video, labeled with how the Irresistibles were colored:

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In this example, the ink from a shimmer brush or stamp pad is brushed on, over the whole paper. You don’t have to pick out the non-embossed areas. Because the pattern resists media, the water-based inks don’t get absorbed in the embossed areas. Instead, the ink will bead, sitting on top of them. When you’re done applying the ink, wipe off the excess that didn’t absorb, to reveal the clean white pattern on the freshly colored paper. Your stamp shammy, or even a tissue, should do the trick!

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Some color media work differently than the water-based inks. TriBlend™ markers, for example, are alcohol-based ink markers. Because alcohol ink is made to stick to glossy surfaces, the ink will not wipe off clean, like our shimmer brushes, Exclusive Inks™, or Distress Oxide™ inks do. The resist pattern does absorb the alcohol ink more than the water-based inks, but there is still contrast with the paper around it.

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Also, the cardstock and stickers that these patterns are embossed on are very absorbent. If you want to use alcohol markers, be aware that a lot of ink goes into coloring just a small square. And, because it is so absorbent, as soon as you place the marker’s nib on the paper, the ink will start going in, making it very difficult to avoid streaks like you see here.

Another medium that creates a different effect than what you see with water-based colors, are oil-based paints. Our metallic paint markers are oil-based, and they produce a very unique effect on these Irresistible products!

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(Like we said above, light reflections are difficult to capture in a photo because it requires movement. Karen briefly shows a swatch like this in the video, so make sure to revisit it there for the full effect.)

We colored this checkered square sample with the chisel tip Quicksilver Metallic Paint marker. What’s interesting to note here is that the darker squares are the embossed areas of the resist pattern. Also, because those parts of the pattern are slick and reflective, they create a more metallic look than the parts that are not. If you’re using oil-based inks, remember that you need to allow them time to dry. If you want those dark, metallic looking designs you need to give the paint time to set. (If you look carefully, you may be able to spot a couple of fingerprints in this sample, where we learned that we needed to wait!)

In her demonstration, Karen showed us how to apply inks with a blending brush. With this tool, the ink goes on so smoothly and evenly! If you’re looking for a slightly less even look, consider using a dauber or a round sponge. (We like cutting out a wedge from the round sponge and then using the rounded edge to apply the ink.) Below we have samples of Irresistibles cardstock sponged with Exclusive Inks™ and gloss spray inks.

As Karen demonstrates in the video, we recommend applying the gloss spray first to a piece of sponge and then use the sponge to apply the color to your Irresistibles cardstock or stickers.

Be sure to watch the video to the end to see some other neat techniques using watercolor paints and watercolor pencils together with these fun Irresistibles items.

The Irresistibles cardstock are a really fun and creative way to make your own patterned papers, and, just like any patterned paper, you can cut them to any shape you like! Take a look at these beautiful butterflies die cut out of Irresistibles cardstock with our Butterfly Layers Thin Cuts and colored with our shimmer brushes!

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There truly are so many different ways to color and use these new Irresistibles cardstock and alphabet stickers! How are you using them in your artwork? Share with all of us, in the comments below!


Recipes:

4¼” x 5½” Hi Card (Vertical)
X6063 Papaya Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, X6059 Shortbread Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4675 Irresistibles Cardstock, X7283D Backyard Bliss Picture My Life™ Cards, X7282D Beach Party Picture My Life Cards, Z6525 Desert Rose Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3661 Peach Shimmer Brush, Z4293 Shortbread Shimmer Brush, Z4674 Irresistibles Alphabet Stickers, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z697 Round Sponge

12″ x 12″ Happy Day Page
X6067 Periwinkle Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4675 Irresistibles Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6536 Honey Butter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6537 Periwinkle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6514 Wisteria Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3825 Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3814 Flamingo Shimmer Brush, Z3820 Lime Gloss Spray, Z4674 Irresistibles Alphabet Stickers, Z4629 Blue Dots, Z4632 Orange & Yellow Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z697 Round Sponge

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Creating Interactive Pull Tab Cards the Easy Way!

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There are so many new and exciting things happening around these parts! For starters, we launched our new Core Products Catalog just a couple of weeks ago, in which you will find SIX new paper collections, including the festive Celebrating You!

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As soon as this collection was available, we knew we had to “party” with it, and that means getting crafty and creating scrapbook pages and cards! We designed both a scrapbooking workshop and a cardmaking workshop featuring these beautiful paper designs paired with a variety of coordinating products from the new Core Products Catalog, including unique, stand-alone stamp sets and Thin Cuts dies.

With the Celebrating You cardmaking workshop, you can create 12 interactive cards, four each of three designs, using the You Deserve It All Stamp + Thin Cuts paired with the Pull Tab Thin Cuts.

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Download the step-by-step guide, here! (Here for AU/NZ)

The pull tab element adds to the already fun experience of receiving a card and, thanks to the Pull Tab Thin Cuts, they are easier to put together than you might think!

Follow along with the video below as Jill Broadbent from the Home Office demonstrates how to build a pull tab card using the Pull Tab Thin Cuts!

The instructional image below is also included with every Pull Tab Thin Cuts set and as part of the Celebrating You cardmaking workshop guide for a quick and easy reference.

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(Once you build the mechanism yourself the first time, chances are you won’t need this guide for the next one—it really is that intuitive!)

As if that Cardmaking workshop wasn’t fun enough, the party keeps going with the Celebrating You scrapbooking workshop. With this workshop, you can create three coordinating 12″ x 12″ two-page layouts and one single-page layout using the new Background Elements stamp set and Square Patterns Thin Cuts, which are used to add a wide variety of geometric patterns and effects to these layouts.

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Download the guide, here! (Here if you’re in AU/NZ🙂)

Workshop kits to support these projects are available through September 30 through our  Workshop Wow—Celebrating You special, offering a great opportunity to try out this pull-tab technique as well as the Square Patterns Thin Cuts in some truly remarkable artwork.  

Don’t delay, join the party today and Celebrate You!!

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A Paper Piecing Technique with a License to Grill, and So Much More!

A Paper Piecing Technique with a License to Grill, and So Much More! #bbqboss #bbq #papercraft #cardmaking #cards #paperpiecing #summer #grilling #picnic #tailgate #stamping

We love exploring the techniques and tricks on display in the “flippin’ awesome” artwork from our different publications. A couple of especially eye-catching pieces that we’ve been getting questions about recently are the two cards that were created using the BBQ Boss Stamp + Thin Cuts, in the July–September catalog.

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(The outlined shapes in this image represent the shapes that can be cut with the Thin Cuts metal dies.)

Several techniques went into creating these two cards, a few simpler than others. We will go through each of them, step-by-step, so you can feel confident in replicating our cards or applying these techniques to other projects.

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The first thing to notice on this Thank You card is its layers. We didn’t stamp those “hot stuff” sausage links directly onto the card base, but rather on a smaller piece of White Daisy cardstock that we then attached on top of two other cardstock pieces. Covering the base with two colored cardstock pieces, one smaller than the other, creates a frame to contain all of the excitement of what is happening in the center of the card. It also helps create visual balance.

One way to tell if something is visually balanced or not is to simply look at it. In this case, the color Sapphire included in the frame, the sentiment base, and as the Exclusive Inks™ color used to stamp the sentiment, lends to this sense of balance. Had we only used Sapphire on the sentiment, the card wouldn’t look quite complete. Adding those minor additions of Sapphire, through the frame, the sentiment banner, and even the enamel star, makes it feel more complete—and since art is subjective, feelings definitely count!

A rule of thumb we have shared before is to count your elements and stick to the numbers 3 and 5. Odd numbers are just more visually satisfying when considering accents and embellishments, which is why we used Sapphire in three places: the frame, the sentiment, and the star.

Next, let’s talk about how we created our own patterned paper on that top White Daisy cardstock layer by “random” stamping the sausage image throughout. When random stamping, you don’t have to only stamp the image upright! Turn the stamp upside down, sideways, and on random angles to create an interesting and playful pattern. Stamp some of the images off the edge, even, to make the pattern look like it continues into a space you cannot see.

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This “random” stamping technique, however, isn’t as random as the name implies. While you may be creating a pattern that isn’t perfectly uniform, there is still some uniformity that keeps the “random” from being just plain chaos!

For starters, at least in this case, the images are stamped with approximately the same distance between them and in the same ink color and opacity. Be consistent with your “randomness,” in order to preserve a sense of pattern. That means that if you’re stamping with different colors or in different opacities (generational stamping) or your images are overlapping, or whatever it is that you’re bringing to the table, then continue to replicate those ideas through the piece.

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We’ll wrap up talking about this super cute card by focusing on all of the goodness happening around the sentiment.

As you create a card, we suggest making your different elements separately and then playing with placement to see if you really like where your creation is going before attaching anything. You may notice that something may be missing or that you have too much of another thing. It is much easier to remove or add pieces when none of the things are attached yet.

While taking this approach with this card, we noticed that it needed something more to bring the focus to the sentiment. As a result, we added two strips of cardstock (Lemonade and Nectarine) behind our sentiment banner. The cross section of these cardstock strips marks the spot of where your eyes will naturally look because of the additional visual noise they create. Your eyes will then rest on the white space surrounding the sentiment.

Next, we added a little “smokiness” to the “HOLY SMOKES” sentiment by adding a layer of  Glisten Stickles™ glitter glue over the stamped image. The fire coming from the grill was colored similarly, using the Glisten and Steel glitter glues.

With your sharp eyes, you likely noticed that our fire was stamped in more than one color, too. To learn this neat stamping technique and the promised paper piecing technique, follow along with Close To My Heart’s Creative Arts Manager, Karen Pedersen, in the video below, where she recreates the gorgeous Licensed to Grill card.


Recipes:

4¼” x 5½” Holy Smokes Card (Vertical)
Z8023 BBQ Boss Stamp + Thin Cuts, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X6035 Lemonade Cardstock, X6043 Nectarine Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3558 Glisten Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z3786 Steel Stickles™ Glitter Glue, X7284E Crisp Air Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Licensed to Grill Card (Horizontal)
Z8023 BBQ Boss Stamp + Thin Cuts, X9042 Mix-in Paper Packet, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4223 Red Shimmer Brush, Z3558 Glisten Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z3787 Platinum Stickles™ Glitter Glue, X7284E Crisp Air Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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Scrapbooking with Fresh Paint Made Easy!

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Ever notice that trends tend to repeat themselves, every 20–30 years? Like a blast from the past, the Fresh Paint collection, one of our newest paper collections found in our current catalog, delivers nostalgic 90’s themes that have reclaimed a place in today’s world. As memory keepers, we know all about revisiting the past, so it makes perfect sense to embrace these trends when it comes to designing and creating a place to preserve our memories–old and new!

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Let’s take a fresh look at these new “old” designs from the Fresh Paint collection, and look at a few different ways to use them to make timeless scrapbook pages!

As a jumping off point for scrapbook pages, we offer a scrapbooking workshop kit as part of each of our collections. These use the same patterned papers, and often embellishments from the suite, along with additional coordinating exclusive products to create three two-page 12″ x 12″ layouts.

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What’s great about these kits, including the Fresh Paint scrapbooking workshop kit, is that they come with everything you need to replicate artwork that was already designed with the themes and patterns of the collection in mind. The included instructions are easy to follow, but loose enough to leave room for your own ideas, too. You can follow them exactly or mix it up by going off-script, re-arranging pieces, and embellishing with stickers and die-cuts as you please. And, if you have more photos than fit in the layout, there are simple solutions for adding them!

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The above layout is one of the three layouts from the Fresh Paint scrapbooking workshop. Our Creative Arts Manager, Karen Pedersen, used it to scrapbook one of her recent family gatherings. Karen loves to take photos of her family, so naturally she had more than what was allotted on the pages of the layout. To include all of her photos in her scrapbook and within this layout, Karen added a couple of different sized Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™. These extra pockets, combined with a few ready-to-go Picture My Life™ pocket cards (just another coordinating piece of the Fresh Paint collection, of course!), made including the additional photos a cinch!

Going beyond the workshop, you’ll find another Fresh Paint scrapbook layout idea right on the opening page for the collection in our catalog (it’s so full of ideas!). for each collection, this opening page usually features a single 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page. Take inspiration from this page (or copy it entirely) to start another two-page layout. A 12″ x 12″ pocket page put together with the coordinating pocket cards is an easy way to add a second page that fits with a single page design. In addition to coming ready with coordinating designs, Picture My Life™ cards are also ideal for journaling that slips right into a pocket!

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Another easy way to create a two-page layout with this collection is with the ready-made designed elements from the Fresh Paint Digital Art Collection. This is a collection of SVG files that can be used in a digital design application, like Cricut Design Space™, where the images can be manipulated to get just the look you want. You can use the design as-is, or you can resize pieces, remove layers, add new elements, etc. If 12″ x 12″ is not your vibe, then SVGs are a great tool because you can even resize the images to fit a different size format.  You can then cut the pieces using your personal cutting machine and your choice of papers. The layout below is one that we cut exactly as it was included in the Digital Art collection, making it a perfect home for memories from a fun friends trip to New York City!

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If you’re more open to designing your own scrapbook pages, make use of the Fresh Paint—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts! The sentiments and icons on this set of stamps and dies work seamlessly with the Fresh Paint papers, stickers, acrylic shapes, and pocket cards!

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The images outlined in grey represent the coordinating Thin Cuts dies.
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However you decide to use the Fresh Paint collection, there is so much potential to document your favorite memories using these nostalgic themes! What stories will you tell with this collection? We love hearing from you, so leave us a comment below and let us know!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Everyday Awesome Layout with Pocket Plus™
G1253 Fresh Paint Scrapbooking Workshop Kit, X7280D Fresh Paint Picture My Life™ Cards, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z3245 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 4, Z3244 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 3

12″ x 12″ Here and Now Layout with Pocket Scrapbooking
Z4449 Fresh Paint—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7280S Fresh Paint Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7280D Fresh Paint Picture My Life™ Cards, X7280C Fresh Paint Coordinating Cardstock, Z6528 Capri Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z5010 White Gloss Spray, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z1513 White Gel Pens, X7280E Fresh Paint Acrylic Shapes, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, 12″ x 12″ Memory Protectors™ Design 2, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

12″ x 12″ Love Layout
X7280F Fresh Paint Digital Art Collection, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6038 Candy Apple Cardstock, X6057 Capri Cardstock, X6035 Lemonade Cardstock, X6043 Nectarine Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock

12″ x 12″ Everyday Awesome Layout
Z4449 Fresh Paint—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7280S Fresh Paint Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6508 Bluebird Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6528 Capri Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6507 Clover Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6520 Flamingo Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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Birthday Memory Keeping with Pocket Scrapbooking

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Whenever you’re celebrating something special, there are always a multitude of stories and memories to capture. Today, we’ll be showing off a quick and easy approach to birthday memory keeping that shows a unique way to include more memories into just a couple of pages using pocket scrapbooking!

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If you’re not familiar with pocket scrapbooking, it’s a memory keeping technique that focuses on bringing a variety of small elements together into a cohesive collage. With a traditional scrapbooking page, it can be difficult to find a way to include all the photos and journaling sections that belong to the story you’re telling without the page becoming busy or overcrowded. With pocket scrapbooking, however, this problem can be eliminated as the collage effect allows for a large quantity of photos, journaling, and artistic elements.

One of our favorite things to include in pocket scrapbooking layouts are Picture My Life Cards. These 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ cards are created along with the exclusive paper collections available in our catalogs. (Check out our current paper collections in the March–April catalog here!) Because the cards are designed in conjunction with these collections using colors from our exclusive color palette, it’s a breeze to mix them with other products from the collection to create coordinated and polished artwork.

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When crafting with Picture My Life Cards, you can save time, paper, and fuss, all while creating something truly unique to you. To demonstrate how easy it can be to create a pocket scrapbooking layout of your own, we’ve put together an instructional video featuring one of our Home Office employees and veteran crafter, Kristina Livingstone. In this video, you can learn and craft along with Kristina as she creates a fun 2-page pocket scrapbooking layout! Enjoy!

As memory keepers, we adore any chance we get to explore new techniques and methods to preserve our best-loved stories, and the pocket scrapbooking technique is one of our favorites! What stories would you tell using this method? Let us know in the comments below!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Birthday Memories Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
X7278S Cake Day Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7278C Cake Day Coordinating Cardstock, X7278D Cake Day Picture My LifeCards, X7278E Cake Day Dots, Z1951 12″ x 12″ Memory Protectors™ Design 4, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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Join Us for a Myriad of Coloring Techniques Using Ink Pads!

Join Us for a Myriad of Coloring Techniques Using Ink Pads #albumretreat #scrapbooking #ctmh #closetomyheart #technique #scrapbooking #crafting #memorykeeping #album #community

We’re at it again! In just a few weeks we’ll be hosting our next virtual Album Retreat!

At Album Retreat, members of our Home Office team go through the step-by-step process of creating the layouts for an entire scrapbook album! That’s 11 two-page 12″ x 12″ layouts, a total of 22 pages, over the course of three days!

We pride ourselves in making all of our Album Retreats chock-full of artistic techniques for our participants, and April’s artwork is no exception! Every layout of our upcoming Album Retreat showcases at least one technique using our Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads!

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To give you a small preview of what you can expect, we’ve asked our Creative Arts Manager, Karen Pedersen, to share one of the retreat’s techniques and show us how to create the colorful background of this layouts that we will be making.

As you can see, we’re painting with ink, and so much more!

To participate in this event, simply purchase the April 2022 Album Retreat Bundle—there is no separate registration fee! As we get closer to the event, we will email everyone who purchased the bundle with an invitation to join a private Facebook group where the event will be hosted. We anticipate the event will run from 2:00 pm–8:30 pm (MDT), all three days (April 20–22). The last day to order the retreat bundle is April 2; we will begin shipping ordered bundles shortly after that date.

Get a closer look at April’s Album Retreat artwork by clicking on the individual thumbnails below. Treat yourself and join us for a few days of creativity you surely won’t want to miss! We look forward to creating with you!

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Add Dazzle with Embossing Techniques

One of the most dazzling embellishment techniques you can incorporate into your creations is heat embossing! This technique only takes a few minutes to achieve, but the end result is breathtaking. Today, we’re going to show you a few ways to use heat embossing in your artwork, and then take it a step farther by adding color to the interior of your embossed images!

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  • Easy Embossing Techniques #embossing #heatembossing #ctmh #CloseToMyHeart #instructional #craftingtechniques #crafting #cards #diy #floral #sweetashoney

If you’re not familiar with heat embossing, this technique starts with stamping an image with sticky or viscous ink, like a VersaMark™ ink pad. You then sprinkle the stamped area with embossing powder, tap off the excess powder, and then pass a special heat tool over the image, allowing the embossing powder to melt into the ink. This leaves you with a metallic, acrylic, or UV-coated finish over your stamped image, depending on what type of embossing powder you use.

For today’s techniques, we’ll not only be showing off some gorgeous, embossed artwork, but we’ll For today’s techniques, we’ll not only be showing off some gorgeous, embossed artwork, but we’ll also be teaching you how to add color to these embossed sections using Distress Oxide™ Ink Pads and our very own Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads!

We’ve put together an instructional video to show you each step of these eye-catching techniques. Follow along with Art Studio director, Karen Pedersen, as she teaches you how to achieve gorgeous colored embossing, using some of the beautiful papers and stamps from our Sweet as Honey collection. Enjoy!

We’ve put together an instructional video to show you each step of these eye-catching techniques. Follow along with Art Studio director, Karen Pedersen, as she teaches you how to achieve gorgeous colored embossing, using some of the beautiful papers and stamps from our Sweet as Honey collection. Enjoy!

4¼” x 5½” Thinking of You Card (Horizontal)
Z4403 Sweet As Honey—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7276B Sweet as Honey Paper Packet, X6051 Sundance Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3830 Mustard Seed Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3831 Peeled Paint Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3829 Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7276E Sweet as Honey Cork Shapes, Z2066 Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z3886 Mini Ink-blending Tool, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Thinking of You Card (Vertical)
Z4403 Sweet As Honey—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7276B Sweet as Honey Paper Packet, X5947 Mink Cardstock, X6059 Shortbread Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3830 Mustard Seed Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3831 Peeled Paint Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3829 Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z891VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7276E Sweet as Honey Cork Shapes, Z2066 Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z3224 Small Round Waterbrush, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Wishing You Sunshine & Happiness Card (Vertical)
C1924 My Acrylix® Sweet as Honey—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X6047 Black Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3830 Mustard Seed Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3829 Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z891VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7276E Sweet as Honey Cork Shapes, Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z3886 Mini Ink-blending Tool

3½” x 8½” Wishing You Sunshine & Happiness Card (Vertical)
Z4403 Sweet as Honey—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7276B Sweet as Honey Paper Packet, X6047 Black Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3830 Mustard Seed Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3831 Peeled Paint Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3829 Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z891VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7276E Sweet as Honey Cork Shapes, Z2066 Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2088 Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z3886 Mini Ink-blending Tool, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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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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