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Note From the Editor

As we head into the summer card-making season, we have many occasions to celebrate. It's also the perfect time to explore on-the-go techniques that allow you to enjoy this art form while you're vacationing or perhaps, like me, between heats at my youngest daughter's swim meets.

Kimber McGray kicks off the fun with a look at ways to inorporate colored pages into your card designs. She utilizes portions of colored pages a pop-up, die-cut shapes and prety backgrounds in her Tips & Trends article. From a Simple Hello to a tag filled with love, this approach to card making is sure to be a summertime hit!

Deborah Nolan digs deep to share helpful information on coloring with colored pencils. If you've ever wondered how to choose a good-quality pencil, what type of paper to use, or how much pressure to apply when coloring with pencils, Deborah provides the answers to these questions and more in her informative article, Colored Pencil Pleasures.

Colleen Schaan rounds out our trio of articles with an exercise in Gelatos Tenchniques. Colleen masterfully demonstrates ways to add Gelato color to mandala designs with painted background, watercoloring and on-paper blending techniques. Her colorful sample cards are perfect summer thank you notes.

Wherever this summer takes you, I invite you to take a few minutes to enjoy this new issue of CardMaker and explore the fun summertime designs we've provided. Then be sure to drop me a note at Editor@CardMakerMagazine.com or on our Facebook page to share photos of your summer card-making adventures!

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Tanya Fox, editor

Tanya Fox has served as editor of CardMaker magazine and various craft publications since 2006.

She said, "I have enjoyed crafts of all kinds for all of my life. My earliest crafting memory is of sewing doll clothes with my mom and grandmother. I learned embroidery and cross-stitch from my great grandmother and really got into paper crafts when I started scrapbooking after the birth of my first daughter. One thing I enjoy about my job is the opportunity to share card ideas and information about new products and techniques with other card makers. There's always something new to learn, and part of what makes crafting so enjoyable is sharing what we know and learning from others."

Tanya is a native of Indiana, and she and her husband, Jim, have six children.

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