See how easy these Brilliant & gorgeous cards come together.
See how easy these Brilliant & gorgeous cards come together.
Have you had a chance to play with the Jack the Close To My Heart Paper Pack?
Well let me tell you it is a fab fun & a little bit manly.
You will love the Jack the Close To My Heart Paper Pack to scrapbook your camping trips & if you have a little wild child this paper pack if perfect.
Into Pocket Scrapbooking
If Traditional Scrapbooking is not your thing – Jack as with all Close To My Heart Paper Packs includes some cut apart Pocket Scrapbooking pages that you can cut up & create your pocket scrapbook layout in a flash.
Into Card Making
I can Bearly Stand this cute Bear Stamp from the Jack Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts Bundle & you can use this cutie for any occasion.
And I could not resist making a Popup Box card with the Bear.
Of course there is also the always fab Father’s Day Cardmaking Kit which allows you to create 12 Brilliant cards
Whatever Your Into
Whatever form of crafting Jack has something for everyone.
Make sure you get your pack today before it is all gone by the end of this month.
Thanks for checking out what I had to say about Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper Pack
Till Next Time Maz
Well I have another fab idea & technique to share with you so that when you go & get your 25% saving on the Close To My Heart Thin Cuts you will have lots of ideas on how to use them and this technique shows you how to create hidden inlay die cuts which are almost invisible – until you take a closer look.
Die cut inlay is where you die cut shapes and glue the pieces back together like a puzzle for a smooth look.
1. Stamp your image & colour in with your choice of colour. I used the In Bloom stamp set and Watercolours
2. Cut your Close To My Heart Thin cut as you normally would & save the little negative cut out left over pieces.
3. Re-cut the same die out of another colour of cardstock – this is optional & if you want to build your word up into a 3D look. I started to do this look but changed it right at the end for a more flush look.
4. Attach your card to a base and stick in in the left over negative cut out pieces into place.
5. Stick the word into place
6. Optional: To make sure that the word is flush you can run your card through your embossing machine – just protect your card from the marks that could be on your plate – I got some lovely marks that had to be hidden!
What I love
How the word looks just fab by itself with the stamped, coloured background – I could use it like that if I really wanted too! In fact I am very tempted to make another to do just that!
I hope you try this technique and have fun with it and thanks so much for taking the time to find out more about the Hidden Inlay Die Cutting technique…see you soon.
This month you can Save 25% on all Close To My Heart Thin Cuts, so I thought I would share some great tutorials, tips & ideas on how you can use the Thin Cuts.
Today I am showing you how to do partial die cutting with the Close To My Heart Thin Cuts which allows you to extend a portion of a die cut shape past the fold for a unique card or place marker or in one case of my cards incorporate the rest of the background into the die.
1. Mark with a pencil the halfway mark that you are going to fold your card, if you want your image to extend past a folded card line.
2. Place a shaped die so that one part of the die is above the centre pencil line and the rest is below.
3. Line up die cutting plates along the pencil line so that only the protruding portion is cut when run through the die cutting machine. I used washi tape to guide me exactly where I wanted the plate to line up
I hope you try this technique and have fun with it and thanks so much for taking the time to find out more about the Partial Die Cutting technique…see you soon.
Close To My Heart now offer some Coordinating Thin Cuts with some of their stamps. When you get the matching Thin Cut normally you would use it to cut out your image, so today I am showing you how you can use the Coordinating Thin Cuts as a mask to create a halo effect when you add your background to your image and why we are at it why not use the negative of one of the shapes as a stencil, like I have with this circle.
This means you can use your thin cuts for more techniques not just cutting out your stamped image.
What you need
– Your choice of Stamps with Matching Thin Cuts I used the Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle which includes both the Stamp Set and the matching Thin Cuts and the Basic Circle Thin Cuts
– Close To My Heart Cardstock
– Close To My Heart Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads
– Stamp your image in Black Memento™ Ink
– Colour the image in. I used the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers
– Cut out your matching Thin cut from a post it.
– Place the negative cut out over your image so you can be sure to align your mask, pop your mask in & remove the negative. Now you can be sure that the mask is in the correct position.
– Place the negative of the shape you want the sponged colour to be, I used the Basic Circle Thin Cuts.
– Sponge lightly with your lightest colour starting from your mask out to the background of your paper. Apply more ink if you want the colour darker. Always start lighter & re-apply to make the colour darker.
– Now put your card together.
That’s it! It is easy & very effective.
I hope you enjoyed this Friday Fun Technique and I hope you give it a try over this weekend.
Till next time Maz
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– Sanding over Dry Embossing
Today I want to share with you super fun double embossing technique which is something that I done with my old dies a long time ago, but haven’t really re-visited the technique.
It is a great way to stretch some of your Close To My Heart Thin Cuts & is sort of a stamping technique as you stamp with your Close To My Heart Thin Cuts – yes you read that correctly, you can stamp the outline with your die. It takes a bit of practice & I have not perfected it by a long shot. But hey that is half the fun of crafting, learning & sharing what works for you.
FYI: I found a blog post from Jennifer McGuire who does this soooooo much better, than me. She calls the technique something different to what I was first shown many years ago, but it is still the same idea.
Now this technique I found looks better with the word Thin Cuts & the snowflakes, but you can try it on others or any other die cut you own. Let me show you how.
For my first card I tried the Snowflake Thin Cuts with Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder. I did accidently slightly moved the die before embossing, but for the first go in a long time, I loved the result. I also added some Clear Shimmer Brush to the raised parts of the snowflake.
For my Second card I tried the technique again with one of the hello word thin cuts, I loved the combo of the White Daisy Cardstock with the Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder. I did find I needed to use a small dry paint brush to wipe off any excess embossing powder, but it worked out ok. Again I added some Clear Shimmer Brush to the raised parts of the hello word.
And for my final card I decided to try the Gift Thin Cut – now this example showed what happened when I wasn’t careful about applying the ink only to the raised areas – in this case the circles & outline. But you know what I embraced the mistake – it was an opportunity to be a bit more creative & well I didn’t place the image very straight on the card & it was too close to the edge to cut the cardstock smaller, so I cut this one out. I make these mistakes all the time & then the card goes into a totally different direction to what I had envisioned.
And while I am on the subject of Close To My Heart Thin Cuts did you know that they have released four new Thin Cuts that match existing stamps in the Annual Catalogue? The new ones are
I cannot wait to get mine & try some new ideas that I have. While these new thin cuts are not the best for this technique, you never know what you could create with them?
I hope you try this technique and have fun with it and thanks so much for taking the time to find out more about the double embossing technique…see you soon.