Daniela’s U Inspire Me

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Hi Daniela here today to share a card inspired by this photo.

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When I saw this photo it remained me of similar stamps I have in my stash. I really liked the colors and wanted to keep those in my project, as well. Here is what I made.

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I started by stamping the background stripes first. Then I stamped the small circles with black ink and heat-embossed the larger circles with embossing powder. At the end I added sequins and enamel dots. The sentiment is stamped and die cut.

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Thanks for visiting!

Daniela

Supplies used: Stamps and die (DIE372-D) from Impression Obsession; black ink pad from Ranger Industries Inc.; gray and cream ink pads from Clearsnap;embossing powder from American Crafts; sequins from Fancy Pants Designs; Nuvo Crystal drops from Tonic Studios; adhesive from Therm O Web. 

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Juliana’s Celebrate & Decorate: Halloween Style

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Hello friends! It’s Juliana and today I’m going to be sharing how to celebrate and decorate Halloween style by using paper-crafting supplies from my stash. I love to decorate for Halloween, so I knew I wanted to create some sort of home decor piece to share with you.

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Begin by gathering Halloween-themed products from your stash. For me, this included patterned paper and chipboard, along with an old photo frame that had seen better days. If you don’t have a frame to work with, you can purchase a simple unfinished wood or MDF frame from your local craft store.

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Cover the frame with patterned paper using your choice of adhesive. I prefer to use adhesive tape over a liquid, so I can more easily redecorate and reuse the frame in the future. Use a craft knife to trim off the excess paper and to remove the paper covering the frame opening.

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Sand the edges of the paper with a sanding block to give it a distressed look if desired.

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Cut a piece of patterned paper to fill the inside of the frame. Select chipboard embellishments from your stash to decorate the frame. I prefer to remove the adhesive liner from my chipboard so that I can play around with where to place it before I adhere it in it’s final place.

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And there you have it, a quick and easy way to decorate for Halloween using some simple paper-crafting supplies!

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Along with the decorations, I love to create treat bags for my guests. I filled these with candy corn … one of my favorites, but you can certainly fill these with anything from cookies to candy!

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Again, begin by gathering Halloween-themed supplies from your stash, including paper bags, patterned paper, chipboard, stickers, washi tape, ribbon and mini clothespins.

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Use an embossing machine, such as a Cuttlebug, and a variety of embossing folders to add interest to the paper bags.

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Take mini clothespins and add a piece of washi tape to give them a more Halloween feel. Cut tags from patterned paper and embellish with chipboard, stickers and ribbon. If you don’t have pre-printed tags, cut your own tag shapes from paper using scissors.

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Fill the bags with your choice of Halloween treats and fold over the top to close the bags. Attach the tags to the paper bags with clothespins.

Your Halloween treat bags are now ready to give out to your trick or treaters and party guests! The best thing about both of these projects is that I used supplies from my stash. It’s a great way to use up scraps and leftover supplies.

Happy Halloween!

Juliana

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Daniela’s Technique of the Week: Using Texture Paste With a Stencil

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Hi! Daniela here with one of my favorite techniques—using texture paste with a stencil. A wide variety of stencils are available these days from various manufacturers. They are used on scrapbook layouts, cards, art journals, mixed media art and home decor projects. With different electronic die-cutting machines, like the Silhouette Cameo, you can even make your own.

Texture paste or modeling paste is an acrylic medium that is filled with solid material. The result is a thick paste-like white substance that can create a controlled textural surface. My favorite to use is Whipped Spackle from Faber-Castell because it’s very light and it dries fast.

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I like to prep my piece of patterned paper with a little bit of white gesso, but only if I am adding a wet medium to my project. Today I am using watercolor. Gesso gives the paper another layer and a little more structure so that the paper doesn’t absorb the water. Plus, if your background is busy or bright, adding white gesso will tone it down.

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To begin, spread a little bit of gesso with a spatula or an old plastic card. Let it dry.

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Place your stencil on your paper. I like to tape down the stencil with washi tape so that it doesn’t move. Spread texture paste using a spatula creating a nice thin layer. Let dry.

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Now you can add some watercolor to the top part of the paper. As you can see in the photo, some of the color is more watered down and some is more concentrated. I did focus on painting between the raised/textured layers. I even added some splatters at the end. Let it dry or use a heat tool to speed up the process.

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Now it’s time to add your embellishments and finish the card. I used washi tape, strips of patterned paper, paper doily, button and a flower. I stamped a little sentiment with black ink.

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I like this technique because it is versatile. Instead of watercolor you can add spray mists, acrylic paint, markers or even colored pencils. If you don’t feel like adding color at all, use only the stencil with the texture paste and leave it white. You can even change the color of texture paste by adding different color mediums to it.

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Play, experiment and have fun!

Thanks for visiting!

Daniela

Supplies used: Pink and blue striped paper from My Mind’s Eye; green polka-dot paper and turquoise tags from Elle’s Studio; pink with gold paper from Crate Paper; Look Out World stamp set from Technique Tuesday; black ink pad from Ranger Industries Inc.; paper doily from Doodlebug Design Inc.; pink washi tape from American Crafts; plus washi tape from Hobby Lobby; button from Fancy Pants Designs; flower from Petaloo; enamel heart from Bella Blvd; chevron stencil from Prima Marketing Inc.; watercolor from Michaels Stores; Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle from Faber-Castell; gesso from Liquitex; adhesive from Therm O Web.

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Card Challenge Corner: Fall Watercolors

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Ecstasy Crafts
We love the soft autumn colors created with watercolors on this card by Marilynne Oskamp for Ecstasy Crafts. Featured in our autumn issue, this card is stunning! Try out this technique and create your own autumn-inspired work of art. Remember to share a photo of your card on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #CardChallengeCorner!

Click here to pick up a copy of the autumn issue!

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Facebook Live with Carisa Zglobicki

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Facebook Live
We’re excited today that designer Carisa Zglobicki (of Inky Fairy Designs) will be joining us on the CardMaker Facebook page for a live demo on ink blending! Join us today at 3:00pm CST by clicking here!

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Jeanne’s Technique of the Week

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Hi! Jeanne here today with a masking technique! I have a big box of 2 x 4-inch address labels. The adhesive on them is not listed as repositionable but I have found that they work great for die-cutting masks. As long as you are a little careful lifting the edges of the stickers, it shouldn’t tear your cardstock.

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To begin making masks, I laid out my dies on my labels and die-cut them.

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I then arranged the die-cut flowers on my card and removed the backings so they would stick to the card.

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I used sponges to apply orange and dark pink ink to the cardstock.

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Then I carefully lifted off the flower masks to reveal the design.

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I then stamped “Happy Birthday” in red ink using my Mini Misti tool which is perfect for big bold sentiments because if it doesn’t stamp completely the first time you can reink and stamp again as many times as you need and your stamp will be in the exact same spot every time.

Hope you enjoyed my project! Have a great day!
Jeanne

Supplies used: Whisper white cardstock, rose red and peekaboo peach ink pads and sponges from Stampin’ Up!; labels from Avery; Extra Grand Sentiments stamp set from JustRite Papercraft; Mini Misti from My Sweet Petunia; Wildflowers (#661190) dies from Sizzix.

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CardMaker Presents Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays
Don’t forget that CardMaker‘s annual Happy Holidays issue goes on sale TODAY! There are 100+ projects in this issue that will inspire you to start on your Christmas crafting. From cards and tags to ornaments and holiday décor, you’re sure to find a project or two (or more) that will get you in a festive spirit. The issue is only available on newsstands and at Annie’s Craft Storeclick here to order.

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Annie’s Christmas 2016 Special Issue

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Annie's Christmas 2016
Annie’s, CardMaker‘s parent company, has just released their brand-new special Christmas issue! This issue contains 70 projects in all of your favorite crafts including quilt, sewing, knit, crochet, cross-stitch, paper and general crafts. Here’s a peek inside!

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Click here to order your copy!

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Card Challenge Corner: Sparkle Touch

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atyouSpica Glitter Pens
Everything’s better with a little sparkle and atyouSpica glitter pens make it easy to add just the right amount to your cards! In our autumn issue, Copic® expert Colleen Schaan teaches us how to use these glitter pens to their full potential. For this week’s challenge, create a card that uses glitter applied with a glitter pen.

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Want to Go to Italy?!?

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Watercolor
Have you ever wanted to visit Italy? We’re going and we’d love for you to come with us!

The Creating Under the Tuscan Sun Cardmaking Tour will take place October 6-14, 2017. Besides getting to experience the beautiful sights of Tuscany, you’ll also get to enjoy workshops with card-making and Copic® markers expert Colleen Schaan!

You won’t want to miss this! Click here to reserve your spot!

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