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Simple Masking Techniques – VIDEO!

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Watch this FREE video tutorial for using simple masking techniques to create gorgeous layered scenes on your handmade cards! Did we mention that our Design Team LOVES our new Butterfly Flowers set?  We’ve seen some stunning cards using that set and today’s is right up there! Preeti has used the set in her fabulous video tutorial for us showing the first of several simple masking techniques. Masking is a very easy way to add your images in stamped “layers”. Basically […]

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Fun and Creative Handmade Cards for Friends

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These creative handmade cards for friends have a cute retro twist that they will love! Who here remembers the old style Polaroid photos? And shaking them to make them “develop faster”? Today’s example of creative handmade cards for friends features that iconic element with an adorable twist. Lisa has used one of our new stamp sets and some clever die cutting to make a card that sets our selfie squad in the Southwest scene, spilling out of a classic Polaroid […]

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The No Line Watercolor Technique – So Gorgeous!

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Use a simple no line watercolor technique to create absolutely gorgeous “hand painted” cards! Our Design Team – and now our customers – are LOVING this new Butterfly Flowers set and we are so glad! Today, Melinda has combined the main image from it with the no line watercolor technique to create a card that looks hand painted and just stunning. We’ve used this easier-than-it looks technique here on the blog before and we love that every project has its […]

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Using Stencils With Embossing Paste

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Check out why using stencils with embossing paste is the perfect way to play up imperfections! We’ve had so much positive feedback on our stencils and we are SO happy you all love them so much! One of the things we keep hearing is that you love using stencils with embossing paste to create beautifully textured backgrounds and elements. Today, Natasha has created this beautiful card for us and she is sharing why NOT making a stenciled embossing paste background […]

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How To Make Die Cut Card Belly Bands – VIDEO

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Check out this cute way to create die cut card belly bands to add some WOW to your handmade cards! Belly bands can be a fun way to add some extra detail to a card project. There’s just something about the anticipation of what is inside when someone slides these interactive details off the card. Today, Colleen is sharing her twist on this with how to make die cut card belly bands using another sneak peek item from our release […]

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How To Make a 3D Butterfly Card

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Use this easy technique for how to make a 3d butterfly card with any butterfly stamp! Allison has been on a roll and today she is going to show you how to make a 3D butterfly card using a new stamp and die set that is part of the new release coming in April, currently scheduled for April 5th. Mark your calendars because this release is LOADED with so many beautiful, fun and whimsical elements! You can, of course use […]

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How To Alter a Die Cut To Match A Layer

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Learn the easiest way for how to alter a die cut to match a layer for seamless edges! Thanks to our talented Design Team, we learn lots of cool tips and tricks and “professional grade” ways to make our handmade cards level up to little works of art. One of the things that we see them to a lot is make sure that when they use overlapping die cut elements, the edges line up just so. Today, Allison is sharing […]

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Easy Die Cut Paper Piecing For Cards!

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See how easy it is to use die cut paper piecing for cards to bring your ideas to life! Something you will see often from our fabulous Design Team is their use of die cut paper piecing for cards of all kinds. We have LOADS of dies where we’ve added amazing details for you to paper piece into your die cut elements which adds so much detail. Today’s card from Jean shows off how to use paper piecing to add […]

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Layer Die Cuts To Build a Scene

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Learn easy tips to layer die cuts to build a scene on your handmade cards. Creating a scene on a card is super easy when you layer die cuts to build it up. For instance on this card, Carol created depth in the sky with layered die cut clouds and then added a ton of perspective to her grassy knoll with some die cut strips of grass. You clearly get a sense of there being a whole scene you can […]

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How To Emboss With Metal Dies For More Looks!

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Get even MORE out of your metal dies by using them to EMBOSS! Today we are showing off a card from Kittie where she used her tips for how to emboss with metal dies to get a whole new look using our Nested Scallop with Half Holes die set. When you use your metal dies as embossing tools, you instantly double the value of your crafting stash. It’s super easy to do once you know the correct sandwich to use for […]

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How To Layer Die Cuts In Card Making-Backgrounds

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Add tons of detail to your backgrounds with this easy tip on how to layer die cuts in card making! We recently released some new cover dies to give you tremendous bang for your creative bucks when making your beautiful handmade cards. Today we are sharing a super easy tip on how to layer die cuts in card making to add beautiful shadows and details and our Organic #1 Cover Die is the perfect shape to show this off. This […]

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Two Simple Steps – Add Shading to Stamped Images

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Learn the two super simple steps to add shading to stamped images for TONS of depth and dimension! When you add shading to stamped images, you immediately add depth and dimension to your projects. There are loads of ways to do this – colored pencils, coloring directly onto your stamps, water coloring, etc.. Today Lisa is showing us a very simple two step process – well, ONE additional step – that takes literally seconds and can completely change the look […]

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What Does Mixed Media Mean With Cards?

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What does mixed media mean when you are talking card making? Answer here! Recently we shared a lovely mixed media card and free tutorial video and we did have someone ask “But what does ‘mixed media’ mean?”. Today we are going to answer that question and share another fabulous card using this easy and fun method of creating art. The term “mixed media” simply means “the use of a variety of media in an entertainment or work of art”. In […]

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How To Add Dimension to a CAS Card!

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Grab all your CAS card ideas and get ready to add LOADS of dimension with today’s tips! We all love saving ideas for cards we want to make and today’s FREE video tutorial is sharing amazing tips for how to add dimension to a CAS card with just a few easy steps. We so wish you could see this card in person and we know if you follow along with Preeti, your jaw will DROP when you see how pretty […]

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Make an Easy Mixed Media Card – FREE Video!

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Make an easy mixed media card using some basic supplies from our store! Mixed media cards are always popular and while some are made with boatloads of different types of supplies, today’s easy mixed media card uses some things you might already have on hand! And just look at how absolutely gorgeous it is! Colleen said she “was inspired to create a mixed media card because of the awesome new and creative products that have been released this month”. So […]

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How to Create Realistic Copic Colored Lilies – WOW!

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Who knew just DOTS could create such realistic Copic colored lilies? There are a few tutorials out there that show you how to make realistic Copic colored lilies using a variety of stamps but we haven’t seen any that have yielded flowers that look like you could just pick them right off the card! Carol is sharing her one simple but incredibly impactful Copic marker tip that has us having to close our mouths with our hands! Let’s dive in! […]

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Paper Piecing Cards – FREE Video Tutorial!

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Use up your patterned paper stash with these paper piecing cards! If you love paper piecing cards, you will LOVE today’s video tutorial. Preeti used some of our mini slimline card dies and some of her patterned paper stash combined them with one of our floral stamp and die sets to make some gorgeous handmade cards. She breaks everything down so you can follow along so get comfy and get inspired! Let’s watch the video and then we can take […]

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Using Lines and Curves Design on Your Cards

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Lines love curves and curves love lines – find out why! There’s an expression “angles love curves” and today we are going to take a peek at how you can never really go wrong using a lines and curves design on your cards. When our brains look at curves, our emotions are activated and offer the perception of softness, safety and comfort. Straight lines and angles offer stability, order and strength. When you combine the two, our brains are super […]

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A Cool Idea for Mixed Media Birthday Cards!

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Mix your media and supplies to make a super cool card background! Mixed media birthday cards are always fun because you never really are 100% sure how your creation will turn out so there’s an element of surprise. We love the idea of experimenting with a collection of some of our tools and different applications of art media and today Natasha has created this colorful card loaded with texture. Let’s get a closer look at the making so we can […]

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Live Rubbernecker Workshops at Scrapbook Expo!

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Come learn where you can attend one of our workshops this year! We are beyond excited to be participating in live shows again this year and we are even more excited to share with you that we have FOUR brand new live Rubbernecker workshops set up for each of these shows! Take one, take them all and walk away with gorgeous cards, tons of inspiration, a new technique or two (or four) and free goodies! You can get all the […]

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Three Ways To Color Handmade Cards – VIDEO!

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Get some great tricks and tips for adding color to your handmade cards! Today Colleen has created a fun, tip loaded video for us showing three ways to color handmade cards using alcohol markers and our own Color Fuse dye inks. Colleen says she’s really itching for spring and that inspired her to create this beautiful, colorful card. You can watch the video here and then scroll down for the step by step instructions. Doesn’t Colleen make it all look […]

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