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Beautiful Cards Made with Ink Blending

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See some cards made with ink blending and how truly easy it can be! Yes, our designers are professional grade and are able to achieve beautiful effects often with more ease than us civilians. But with our Color Fuse Ink and the right tools, cards made with ink blending effects is totally within reach of even the most novice stamper. Here’s the card that got us on this kick: You all LOVED this card when it came out earlier this […]

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Ways To Use Die Cut Frames

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See some fun ways to use die cut frames on your cards! Inspired by a card that got a ton of love, we thought it would be fun to share cards that give you ideas for fun way to use die cut frames. Whether you use just one to spotlight an element, a set of nested frames to build some drama or layered frame die cuts to create gorgeous depth, these often unsung heroes of card making deserve some attention! […]

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Paper Scrap Storage Ideas – Free Tip Friday!

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Get your space more organized with our paper scrap storage ideas. If you are like many people, a new year feels like a fresh start in some ways. What better way to get that feeling than with a tidied up crafting space? And with these paper scrap storage ideas, we can tackle the number one thing paper crafters say is their biggest challenge – all those little pieces we can’t bear to throw away! First, you have to decide what […]

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Ideas For Cards For Friends

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Check out four different ideas for cards for friends that will wow them! If you are like us, we love sending cards to people who make our days better, easier and more fun. Today, inspired by one of our most popular friend cards, we thought we would share some ideas for cards for friends that can spark your creativity, no matter your style. This card, with its fun faux Polaroid style frame, is not only a widely shared project by […]

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Monochromatic Card Inspiration

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Get lots of monochromatic card inspiration with these projects! Monochromatic color schemes – where you use just one color in variations of intensity and depth – can be gorgeous. One of our all time most clicked posts featured a – shockingly! – black and white design so we thought we would share this and other projects to give you a kick start with some monochromatic card inspiration. First up is that card: Did you ever think different elements of black […]

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Handmade Teddy Bear Cards For Winter

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This might just be the cutest idea for handmade teddy bear cards for winter occasions! Cute and cuddly, despite the snow, these handmade teddy bear cards for winter are just so adorable and we really don’t think they are just for kids! Who wouldn’t love to imagine getting a little snuggle from this fuzzy little friend? And when it comes with a hug from you – well, that’s a bonus! Let’s see how Julie made this so we can send […]

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A Very Creative Handmade Thank You Card Idea!

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How beautiful is this super creative handmade thank you card idea? This month we are seeing one creative handmade thank you card idea after another. This one really caught our attention with all of the captivating depth and dimension, both tactile and aesthetic. There are physical with dimensional adhesive but the way in which Allison added the visual layering just makes this card POP. Let’s learn from her, shall we? To start, Allie stamped our News Paper Background with Fern […]

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Silhouette Stamping Over Ink Blending – Stunning!

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Come see how to make this simple yet gorgeous card with silhouette stamping over ink blending. Melinda says “I love checking out older trends in card making. I was super inspired recently by some cards using silhouette stamps”. That inspired her to create this beautiful, moody, mystical card using silhouette stamping over ink blending. It’s so simple and we think an undersung technique, which you can appreciate when you see a card like this! Let’s see how Melinda made this […]

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Use Die Cut Shadow Layers To Add Instant POP!

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Come see how using simple die cut shadow layers can really create a lot of depth on your cards. Adding depth and dimension to your handmade cards can really amp them up and there are lots of ways to create that look. One of the quickest and easiest is to add die cut shadow layers behind elements for some instant pop. Today Jamie has used a simple black shadow to “lift” her beautifully designed leaf element and the effect is […]

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A Pretty Floral Thank You Card!

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Get the inside scoop on how to make this delightful floral thank you card. This pretty floral thank you card is loaded with dimension and texture and gorgeous color. Thanks to some easy to use dies, it comes together super fast and is enhanced by that lovely pattern from one of the sheets from our Harvest Time Paper Pad. Let’s get all of Allison’s tips and tricks and make one, too, shall we? First, Allie used the medium sized die […]

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One Way to Alter a Die Cut – So Clever!

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See one way to alter a die cut to make a cool spot for a sentiment! Today we are sharing just one way to alter a die cut and it creates such a perfect spot for a sentiment! Julie used our Mini Slimline Cover #4 on her project and we can’t help but think how fabulous this would look with our new Striped Cover Die, either horizontally or vertically! Julie took her white card stock and lined up her die, […]

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Beautiful Handmade Farmhouse Style Christmas Card Idea!

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One of our new Paper Pads makes this handmade farmhouse style Christmas card idea a snap! The beautiful trend is still going strong and today’s handmade farmhouse style Christmas card idea has it all! Rustic yet gorgeous design, a little antiqued sparkle and a beautiful 3D paper poinsettia to boot – AND it’s not hard to make! What more can you ask for? Carol has done such a great job spelling it all out for us we are going to […]

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Two Easy Watercolor Effects for Cards

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See two easy watercolor effects for cards in one project! There are lots of techniques out there to add color and interest to projects and today’s two easy watercolor effects for cards from Melinda is a perfect combination. Melinda used a leftover piece from this project and an incredibly fast way to add so much textural depth and we can’t wait for you to see it so you can try it out! About that leftover piece, Melinda says “The background […]

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A Single Layer Card With Masking – AMAZING!

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When you see how this single layer card with masking adds the most incredible POP of dimension you will want to make a stack of them! Making a single layer card with masking isn’t a new thing. Recently we shared this beautiful fall card and this gorgeous hot pink and gray card, both made using masking to create the illusion of layers. Today’s card, from Carol, takes the dimensional look to a whole new level, using super easy techniques with […]

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FOUR Holiday Cards From One Card Sketch!

Learn how you can make FOUR holiday cards from ONE card sketch using some easy adaptations! The other day on her blog, our Exclusive Associate Designer Kittie Caracciolo shared a fabulous post on how to make four holiday cards from one card sketch – all different, all adorable and all easy! She shares lots of extra details in her original post so be sure to pop on over and check out all the goodness. First she shared a quick sketch […]

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Just Beautiful One Layer Card Masking

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This project is an excellent example of just beautiful one layer card masking – easy, quick and totally versatile! Today Colleen is sharing a project she created for us using a simple but beautiful one layer card masking technique that you can use over and over, with all kinds of themes and designs. You will love how easy this is! Let’s dive in……. Colleen started by stamping the flowers, stem and leaves from our Happy Mother’s Day set using Color […]

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Combine Gloss and Sparkle on Handmade Cards!

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Today we get to see a fun and easy way to combine gloss and sparkle on handmade cards for lots of gorgeous detail! There are so many ways to add a little bling-bling to your projects and today Jamie is sharing a simple and quick way to combine gloss and sparkle on handmade cards. This easy one-two combo gives you tons of light reflection and with the pretty coloring under and over these finishes, you get tons of impact. Let’s […]

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A Twist On A Ripped Paper Technique!

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Who knew that you could create such a beautiful background with a simple ripped paper technique? Card makers have been tearing up their papers for as long as they’ve been making cards. Today Allison is sharing her take on a simple ripped paper technique to create a background that is so stunning and adds so much visual interest, letting her little embellished die cut flowers really pop. Let’s get her details so we can make one of our own! Allie […]

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Stenciling Over Different Papers – AWESOME!

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See two cards that use stenciling over different papers to create the coolest looks! Today Lisa is sharing her take on stenciling over different papers and we have to say the results are so gorgeous that we immediately started picturing ALL our stencils with ALL our new patterns in our new Rubbernecker Paper Pads! Let’s get Lisa’s tips on stenciling over patterned papers AND gel prints and see how she made these two cards. For both cards, after choosing her […]

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How To Use Stamping Foam With Stencils

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Learn how to use stamping foam with stencils in just a few easy steps! If you’ve been wondering how to use stamping foam with stencils to make custom stamps, you are in the exact right place! Today Melinda is taking one of her favorite stencils from our collection and using it to make a custom stamp for her oh-so-pretty Fall themed Thank You note. She shared with us that she is “going to spend the month of October making thank […]

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One Layer Card Masking – Quick and Easy!

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Come see how you can create gorgeous looks using one layer card masking – quick and easy and FABULOUS! Today’s technique is so simple that it’s almost not a “technique”. One layer card masking – quick and easy and with just a few supplies – is an oldie but boy, is it a goodie! And today Colleen is showing it all off with a beautiful, colorful, perfectly all occasion card that we can all make in mere minutes. Let’s dive […]

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