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Use Embossing With a Stencil For a Fresh Look!

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Check out how embossing with a stencil can give you a very cool look, especially with the same stencil inked on another element! Did you know that embossing with a stencil is so easy and that using your stencils this way instantly doubles the value of all those pretty designs you have? And then when you combine a stencil embossed element with an ink stenciled element, you get an amazing, rich, perfectly coordinated look. Today Annie is showing this off […]

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Make a Transparent Texture Paste Background!

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When you learn how to make this style of transparent texture paste background with one of our stencils, you will be positively hooked! There are plenty of ways to make a transparent texture paste background for cards and we think this one from Carol has to be possibly the most beautiful we’ve seen! Using one of our beautifully detailed stencils – here our Fall Leaf Stencil – to first apply ink and then transparent texture past builds a look that […]

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Easy Shaving Cream Background Fall Card!

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Revisit an old technique with this GORGEOUS shaving cream background Fall card! While the technique might be a blast from the past, this shaving cream background Fall card has a modern, bold black on color twist we love! Julie used a piece of shaving cream background she had left over from another project – SAVE THOSE SCRAPS! – and decided to add a beautiful, almost Art-Deco style design to make a Fall card that is perfect for any occasion. And […]

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Create A Winter Card Background – Frosty and FUN!

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Learn how to create a winter card background that you can use all season long! Today Natasha is sharing a way to create a winter card background that you will want to use over and over. It will come out a little different every time and that is one of the things that makes it so fun to use! And the card is just SO cheerful and sweet and would make a perfect non-denominational holiday card. Let’s dive into the […]

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More On Trend Christmas Card Ideas 2022 Ready!

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Our designers are on FIRE with on trend Christmas card ideas 2022 specific – like this one with the “Enchanted Ilustrations” trend. If you’ve been doing any poking around on the web, you know there’s quite a but of talk about on trend Christmas card ideas 2022 style. One of the charming looks being shared is using what is called enchanted illustrations to decorate handmade cards. These are defined as somewhat whimsical, sweet and colorable drawings of all types used […]

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Make Some Rustic Mixed Media Christmas Cards

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These rustic mixed media Christmas cards add a fabulous element of country style to classic motifs. As lovely as ornate, classic, traditionally designed holiday cards are, there is a true simple beauty to this idea for rustic mixed media Christmas cards made for us today by Natasha. We love her all natural color story and the way she’s built up her details in her layers is just gorgeous. Natasha says “Using my Color Fuse inks made creating the fun background […]

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Handmade Poinsettia Christmas Cards That Wow!

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These handmade poinsettia Christmas cards are very easy to make and the little extra details take them to a whole new level! Every year we show off beautiful handmade poinsettia Christmas cards and this first 2022 project of this type kicks us off in gorgeous style! Carol created this for us today and we just love how she combined a few very easy techniques together to make a card that has a beautiful, frosted look that is totally on trend […]

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A Cool Handmade Contemporary Poinsettia Card

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This handmade contemporary poinsettia card uses some metallic accents and touches of bright color to create a fresh and modern look. This year one of the Christmas card trends that you will see everywhere is a contemporary look using colors of stone with bright, random touches combined with brilliant metallics. This card has all of that and more. Colleen created this handmade contemporary poinsettia card for us today and we can’t wait to get the inside scoop. Start by stamping […]

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Make an Infinity Edge Shaker Card!

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See how easy it is to make an infinity edge shaker card perfect for the summer! Once you know how insanely easy it is to make an infinity edge shaker card, you will want to turn all your designs into one of these fun, interactive projects. It’s serious so simple and the edge to edge look is perfectly suited to these under the water cards that you all are loving making with our new under the sea sets! You will […]

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Finding Color Combo Inspiration For Cards

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Get some more tips on finding color combo inspiration for cards! In this post, Colleen shared how she finds color combo inspiration for cards and today she’s back with another gorgeous project inspired by the original. She added a whole new look to her card with different pops of color and we love seeing how she changed things up to make everything look fresh and different. Here’s the original inspiration photo: And here’s the photo that inspired Colleen to make […]

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How to Age a Die Cut With Ink

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Learn how to age a die cut with ink to add a cool, vintage element to your cards. This card is a stunner for sure with those bright beautiful flowers set against that fun gel-print background and we love the partial lattice on which those blossoms are resting. Before we got a chance to figure it out on our own, Natasha shared this post and includes her fun and easy tips on how to age a die cut with ink. […]

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Use Alcohol Ink on Die Cuts For Cool Effects!

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Check out what alcohol ink on die cuts can do to add some cool effects to your cards! “Oh please can we make this really awesome effect so much hard to make?” said NO card maker EVER! Today’s awesome mini-technique of using alcohol ink on die cuts to add tons of interesting texture and details is one that we know you all will want to bookmark. Just LOOK at those hills in this background! Do they not almost look like […]

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Make a Multi Media Card Background – SO FUN!

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You have to check out how easy and fun it is to make this multi media card background loaded with textural details! Many people think that making a multi media card background is super complicated and requires a boat load of supplies. While you certainly CAN do all that to make card backgrounds, today Carol is sharing some easy and downright fun-to-do tips for creating something that is just loaded with details, texture, depth and color. Let’s dive right in! […]

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Acrylic Paint on Gel Plate Stenciling – VIDEO!

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Wait until you see what acrylic paint on gel plate stenciling can do when you add foil to the mix! Lisa is back with more of her amazing backgrounds and today she’s used acrylic pain on gel plate stenciling and then adding FOIL to make these beautiful panels absolutely POP! She’s even sharing a fun little video showing just how easy these are to make. And we have to say, that even without the foil, these backgrounds are so colorful […]

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Color a Windy Background With Markers

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Did you know you can color a windy background with markers? Truly, you can! When Melinda first saw this new stamp set she said she immediately pictured the girl bringing home her flowers from the market on a windy day. So she set out to color a windy background with markers and my word – she nailed it! Can’t you just feel those soft, sweet scented gusts and breezes puffing around our flower bearing friends? Want to see how you […]

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Color Design Inspiration for Cards

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Check out a fun way to find color design inspiration for cards! Do you have a favorite method to find color design inspiration for cards? There are beautiful color combinations everywhere and today Colleen is sharing one of the ways she finds colors she wants to use on her projects. Colleen says “I was inspired to create this card using the mood board below. I enjoy combining color, composition and texture to my cards, and this mood board really inspired […]

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Use Markers Over Ink to Create a Watercolor Look

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Easy technique – use markers over ink to create a watercolor look that is irresistible! Most of us who are paper crafters are either artists or artist-wannabes and love creating projects that show off the artistic talents we do have. Many people adore the look of hand painted elements but weren’t gifted with that skill. The answer? Use markers over ink to create a watercolor look that is absolutely stunning! Julie created this card and you can see that all […]

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Make a Beautiful Oxide Ink Watercolor Background!

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Make a dreamy oxide ink watercolor background to set off your stamps with a vintage vibe. Today Melinda is sharing a new passion for her – creating a beautiful oxide ink watercolor background that perfectly sets off any stamp that can offer a vintage feel. This beautifully detailed image from our Sketch Rose set is the perfect thing to show this off. Let’s dive in and see how Melinda made this! Melinda got started by cutting a piece of watercolor […]

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A Handmade Rose Card To Take Your Breath Away!

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Get step by step instructions on how to create this gorgeous handmade rose card! This handmade rose card from Natasha is just so stunning and we have to admit, the sentiment gave us eye prickles thinking about how deeply touched someone would be to receive this in the mail. Natasha used the stamp set alone from our Someone Like You pair and we are thrilled that she showed how drop dead gorgeous these images are on their own. Natasha said […]

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How To Add Texture To Cardstock – Two Ways

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Check out two fun ways on how to add texture to cardstock for extra impact. Today Jean is showing us how to add texture to cardstock in two ways that are easy and fun and endlessly versatile. Combined with her layering her die cut pots and plants, you really feel like you are walking past a colorful wall in, say, an upscale coffee shop. Let’s get into the details so we can try these techniques out! Start by stamping the […]

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Heat Embossing With Layered Stencils

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Combine heat embossing with layered stencils for truly eye popping effects! We’ve talked a little about our new layered flower stencils giving you lots of new and fun ways to add color to your projects. Today Allie is sharing her gorgeous card that she made by combining heat embossing with layered stencils to add a fresh artistic look to her stamped flowers. She’s spelling it all out for us to give it a try so let’s go! Start by stamping […]

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