Make It From Your Heart shared Blog Post: Stamping Like a Pro

Make It From Your Heart shared Blog Post: Stamping Like a Pro

CTMH has another informative blog post!

I love vellum & am glad to see it making a comeback. “…Keep scrolling to see some vellum-enhanced artwork and to learn something new!”

Stamping on Vellum #ctmh #closetomyheart #vellum #stamping #nsm #nationalstampingmonth #stampingtechniques #stampingtips“If you look carefully at this scrapbook page, you will see that the bottom layer of the mat behind the photo is a large piece of vellum…First, take a look at the beautiful floral arrangement that was stamped directly onto the vellum. To create this muted effect, we used our regular water-based dye inks. Because vellum is less porous than other papers, ink will take longer to dry. We helped move the process along by using our trusty craft heater. For this technique, allow your heater to heat up before you use it. Once it’s hot, blow on the ink intermittently from behind the paper (which means you would need to do this step before attaching a piece like this to your page). If you blow directly onto the ink and vellum without pulling the heater away, the ink will move and the paper will warp. Once you’re done with the craft heater, blot any excess ink with a tissue to achieve a softer color as well as a completely dry image.

Card Stamping on Vellum #ctmh #closetomyheart #vellum #stamping #nsm #nationalstampingmonth #stampingtechniques #stampingtips #cardmaking #cardNow, let’s talk about embossing. There are so many ways to play with stamping and embossing on vellum. Our first approach is pretty straightforward. We used an embossed sentiment on a piece of vellum as an overlay for a stamped card front. This is an effective way to tone down a busy background and bring the focus to the sentiment and any other elements that are laid on top. (When setting your embossing powder, remember to use your craft heater intermittently and from behind to avoid warping!)

We took the translucent property of vellum a step further with this card. Instead of using it as an attached overlay, we made the entire card base from vellum and used one of our base & shade stamp sets for the images. The “base” of the image is stamped on the inside of the card and the “shade”—or outline—is stamped and embossed on the outside. Tips: attach a piece of cardstock to the inside of the card base and stamp it first, then line up the “shade” from above on the outside. After stamping and embossing the outside of your card, if the color from the base isn’t showing through as much as you’d like, add some watercolor (a little goes a long way on vellum) to your embossed images from behind. Watercolor paint dries fairly quickly on vellum, but if you’d like to speed the process up the craft heater should do it.

Card Stamping on Vellum #ctmh #closetomyheart #vellum #stamping #nsm #nationalstampingmonth #stampingtechniques #stampingtips #cardmaking #cardDid you spot the vellum on this card? If you guessed in those colorful autumn leaves, then you are right! To recreate this effect, emboss your images using some of the tips that we’ve already discussed. The trick to these leaves is achieving their lovely fall color. This time, instead of using watercolors or ink behind our images, we used alcohol-based markers! (Alcohol-based markers are easier to blend than others, so make sure you are using the right product.)

Vellum has been around for a long time but it’s sure making a comeback! Whether you use it in papercrafting, scrapbooking, or cardmaking, vellum can easily add depth, dimension, and texture to any of your projects.”

For the original post & recipes for these projects, click here.

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Stronger Together

Stronger Together

I am pleased to let you know that CTMH has prepared a stamp set designed specifically to benefit those affected by disasters, such as the recent hurricanes and wildfires so many have been affected by. The stamp set is titled Stronger Together & features a variety of sentiments that can be used for comfort, encouragement, & more.

The C-size set can be ordered using item number C1716 on my website.  The set is non-commissionable so that all proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross, which provides relief efforts to multiple disasters, and which will allocate the funds to where they are needed most.

I’m fortunate to be with a company that believes in the good that comes when we work together as a community.

Make It From Your Heart shared Blog Post: Basic Cricut® Shapes for Backgrounds

Make It From Your Heart shared Blog Post: Basic Cricut® Shapes for Backgrounds

 

I love this CTMH blog post & wanted to share it with you.  🙂

“Looking for a way to spice up your scrapbook pages? We’ve got just the thing! All you need is a Cricut® machine and a little imagination for this technique.

Use your Cricut® machine to create unique backgrounds for you scrapbook pages! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #tutorial #howto #easy #scrapbooking #ideas

First, find a basic Cricut® shape that you like: square, heart, diamond, etc. Next, cut out the shape over and over again on a piece of solid cardstock (we recommend using Cricut Design Space™ so you can more easily control where the shapes cut). Remove the shapes from the piece of cardstock, and then back the empty spaces with different pieces of patterned paper. As you can see from the example above, we repeated paper patterns across the shapes to add a sense of continuity to the page.

If you don’t have Cricut Design Space™, you can still get this effect by cutting multiple versions of the same image, but you could also cut the shapes out of patterned paper and attach them to a piece of cardstock. There are lots of different spins on this technique!

For example…

Use your Cricut® machine to create unique backgrounds for you scrapbook pages! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #tutorial #howto #easy #scrapbooking #ideas

…try backing the shapes with photos! It’s a lot easier than trying to cut your photos on a Cricut® machine because you can slide them around behind the cardstock until they are framed just the way you like.

Use your Cricut® machine to create unique backgrounds for you scrapbook pages! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #tutorial #howto #easy #scrapbooking #ideas

Another spin on this technique is to change up the size of your shapes. Smaller shapes give you a lot more little shape windows to work with. This page also shows how much you can play around with dimension as well.

First, we backed some of the empty spaces with patterned paper and left others empty. Next, we used 3-D foam tape to attach the White Daisy cardstock piece with all of our heart shapes cut out of it. The Bashful background shows through the empty hearts and creates a bit of a shadow. To finish off the look, we took some of the hearts that were cut out and embossed them with gold powder. We then used them to “fill in” a few of the heart-shaped windows with more 3-D foam tape to make them really pop. See how many possibilities there are when you start playing around with your Cricut® shapes?”

 

For the entire Make It from Your Heart post & recipes, click here

Jeepers Creepers: Croptoberfest is Just Around the Corner!

Jeepers Creepers: Croptoberfest is Just Around the Corner!

I have a couple of reminders for you today.

 This week’s Warehouse Sale brings back some fun bundles great for Halloween such as these:

Monstrous Halloween Stamp + Thin Cuts

Jeepers Creepers Bundle  

These are just available while supplies last.  Check out the other deals available this week in the Warehouse Sale!

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AND, just around the corner….

I  am pleased to  let you know that  I am participating in the

CROPTOBERFEST

Presented by

 Zeta Lambda Chapter

 *Delta Theta Tau Sorority

  Saturday, September 30, 2017

   ST.VINCENT DE PAUL Parish Hall

 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pastries, soup/salad, fruit & veggie trays,  desserts, coffee, tea, lemonade provided.

Cost:  $30/ADVANCE

$35 AFTER 9-23-17

½ price for children under the age of 18 accompanied by adult                                                   

  • Scrapbook & other Vendors
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Awesome Raffle Prizes to win!!
  • Must be 18 years of age to purchase raffle tickets

Delta Theta Tau c/o Doris Sanders, 5490 W. State Road 252, Edinburgh, Indiana  46124.

(812) 587-5050

Mark your calendar now & make plans to come!

 

Online Warehouse Sale!

Online Warehouse Sale!

Save 50% on Timeless Crafting Supplies!

Save big on the items shown on my website, which are available for a limited time while supplies last! A fresh set of deals will be made available every Tuesday at 12:00 am (MDT). You’ll also save on shipping costs through this sale, since shipping will be based on the discounted price of sale items!

Interested in even more special offers? Check out the awesome FREE items that you could get when you sign up as a Close To My Heart Consultant or the extra rewards you can earn by hosting a Gathering this month.

 

Make It from Your Heart shared blog post: Stamping ABC’s

Make It from Your Heart shared blog post: Stamping ABC’s

Stampaganaza 2017  is here for just a couple more weeks!  Alphabet stamp sets are so nice to have on hand as they insure that you will never “run out of” any letters as can happen with sticker alphabet sets. While an obvious use for alpha stamps is for titles on a layout,  the CTMH blog shared several other great uses for them.  I’d like to share it with you today.

“… ABC’s of working with alphabet stamps. Most of us have at least one font that is our go to….(If you’re looking for a new favorite, check out our new Storybook Alphabet—July Stamp of the Month!)
Counting Sheep #closetomyheart #ctmh #layout #countingsheep #sleeping #alphabetstamp #alphabet #scrapbooking
A is for Alignment
For our first trick, we will tell you to stamp your letters one at a time instead of spelling out entire words on a stamping block. A lot of people do this (and we do too, sometimes!) but we find it easier to pull off crisper and cleaner letters when they are stamped individually. If you’re afraid that your letters won’t line up straight, use a ruler and a pencil to lightly draw a line to act as a guide for where you will be stamping. As for spacing between the letters, just eyeball it! Artists are definitely not perfectionists!
Love Card #closetomyheart #ctmh #cardmaking #lovecard #love #alphabetstamp #stampingB is for Background
Never underestimate the power of a strong backdrop! Alphabet stamps make great backgrounds and can send subtle messages through artwork. Align your letters using the tips we’ve already mentioned, but throw them in the back for a fun and easy way to personalize your crafts.
Gift Tag #closetomyheart #ctmh #tag #alphabet #alphabetstamp #stampingC is for Center (Sorry Cookie Monster, maybe next time)
Our final tip is about centering your words in your artwork without having to pull out a ruler. If you are trying to center a word on a piece of paper, like in our Hello tag above, start stamping from the middle letter of the word. We started with the first L in “HELLO” and then worked our way out from there, playfully staggering the letters slightly up and down.”

These are some nice tips & techniques to try with your alphabet stamps. To check out the entire Make It From Your Heart blog post & to see the recipes for the artwork shown above, Click here.   I especially like the way they used the adorable Storybook Alphabet set on the counting sheep LO.  Which is your favorite?

Happy Crafting! Beth

July 2017 Stamp of the Month & Current Special

July 2017 Stamp of the Month & Current Special

I had a great time at CTMH Convention, but I have been struggling to get back into the swing of things since I returned.  I had intended to update my blog with the July specials, but I’m afraid that fell through the cracks. The information was in my newsletter, but not all of you subscribe to that.

So, here is a reminder that the special for July is

STAMPAGANZA 2017!!

Let Stampaganza 2017 begin! Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! Choose from any stamp set in the current idea book, plus a collection of popular sets that we have brought back just for Stampaganza!
For New Consultants: Anyone who signs up as a New Consultant in July and submits $300 in commissionable sales by August 31, 2017 will earn the Word Puzzle Bundle FREE! The Word Puzzle Bundle is a set of 12 classic D-size stamp sets and is valued at $215.40 — a great incentive for new Consultants!
For Hostesses: Hostesses who host a gathering in July that reaches the fourth level of Hostess Rewards or higher can receive the Word Puzzle Bundle FREE! The Word Puzzle Bundle is a set of 12 classic D-size stamp sets and is valued at $215.40!

And, here is the July SOTM and some cute artwork smaples made with it.

Item Number: S1707

July 2017: Storybook Alphabet

Get this D-size Stamp of the Month set for a deal with a minimum qualifying purchase! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

Set of 26

Recommended My Acrylix® block:

2″ × 2″ (Y1003)

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.