CTMH Stamp of the Month: Flock Together (S1704) Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative, Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Flock Together -April Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auToday’s Blog Hop is full of inspiration for this month’s Flock Together  which is for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75 or more on Close to My Heart Product.

This is little Partridge Family (no not the TV show featuring Shirley Jones and David Cassidy) has some very cute sayings that would be perfect for a Scrapbook layout but I decided to create a card. I really do like the scallop edge & thought it was perfect for a card.

Flock Together www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

If you liked to play with the stamp set, all you need to do is add it to your cart at full retail price of $27 OR, with your qualifying order of $75, add it at checkout for the promotional price of $7.50. You only have until Apr 30th, to own it.

And I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Nell Ward to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it and thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s Stamp of the Month.

See you soon.
Maz

Fun Friday Technique: Wet Paper Stamping

Mothers Day Card: Using the Wet Paper Stamping Technique. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

So today’s Fun Friday Technique got postponed till today – Sat due to power loss & minor flooding. All is well here no damage – but it is rather hard to create by candlelight.

So today I am showing you how you can use yours stamps to create a wet paper watercoloring background. This is easy but it can get a little messy, but looks pretty effective.

What you need
– You choice of colour Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad stick to two to three so you do not get muddy mixing of colours.
Watercolour Paper
Spray Pen filled with Water. These are great check out my Product Review on these fab pens
– Stamps of choice – I find ones that have a shadow & outline work great. I used the stamp set out of the Workshops Your Way® Here for You Cardmaking Kit which is only available till end of Apr 2017

Technique Process
– Spray liberal amounts of water onto your Watercolour Paper

Wet Paper Stamping - Wet paper first with a Spray Pen www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
– Randomly stamp your image with chosen colour & allow for it to bleed and run.

Wet Paper Stamping - stamp with inks over the wet paper & allow to bleed www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
– If you need to spray with more water.
– Dry the background with a heat tool – tip turn the piece of card over & dry from both sides to make sure your card dries flat.
– Stamp the outline of the image in black over the coloured areas.

Wet Paper Stamping - stamp black outlines www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Bonus Tip
– Grab your Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen to add any other details as I did for the small rose.

I hope you enjoyed this Friday Fun Technique and I hope you give it a try over this weekend.

Till next time Maz

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts

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.

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Thanks You are Too Kind Card

Material:
Close To My Heart Thin Cuts I used the the Thanks out of the Hello & Thanks Thin Cut Set
– Die Cutting Machine of your Choice
– And  multiple colours of Cardstock

How To
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.
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting setting the cutting up
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.
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting putting the puzzle together
5. Stick the word into place
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Pieced back together
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!

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Thanks Cut Out
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.

Maz

Congrats: Freshly Made Sketches #277

I had a play with my little Congrats stamp that fits perfectly inside on of my Basic Circle Thin cuts & thought that it would be perfect for this week’s Freshly Made Sketch #278 but I had to add the leaves – I really felt it needed so it my not quite fall into the clean style but this is where the inspiration for this card came from.

Freshly Made Sketches #278 - A Sketch by Jen M.

What I made

Congrats - Freshly Made Sketches 278 CTMH Dreamin' Big Paper and Wood Slats Embossing folder. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I used the Close To My Heart Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet, Wood Slats Embossing Folder, Thin Cuts—Basic Circles and the Leafy Congrats stamp which has been coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers. I sponged a mix of colours over the white daisy to give more colour & added leaves cut from a leaf that I found in the Cricut® Flower Market Collection.

I hope you all enjoyed what I created using this sketch.

Till Next time & keep creating!
Maz

Fun Friday Technique: Creating a background with My Acrylix® Blocks

Create a watercoloured background is by inking or even painting directly onto a My Acrylix® Block, spritzing it with water, then stamping with it directly on the paper.

What is great about this technique is that you get a different look each time you try it so no card will look the same.

What you need
– You choice of colour Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
– Or try Watercolor Paints
My Acrylix® Block
Watercolor Paper

Technique Process
– If using the Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad smear the ink pad directly onto the My Acrylix® Block

Creating a background with Stamping Ink with My Acrylix® Blocks
– Spritz with a little water to help spread the ink
– Or paint the Watercolor Paints onto the My Acrylix® Block

Creating a background with Stamping Watercolour with My Acrylix® Blocks

– Smoosh the My Acrylix® Block onto the Watercolor Paper, you can move the block if you want to mix and blend the colours.

Creating a background with Stamping Watercolour with My Acrylix® Blocks
– Lift block to reveal the background to use on your next creation.

I hope you enjoyed this Friday Fun Technique and I hope you give it a try over this weekend.

Till next time Maz

Partial Die Cutting with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts

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.

Material:

Close To My Heart Thin Cuts I used the Hello Lovely Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle and the Thin Cuts – Happy Birthday for the two card designs.
– Die Cutting Machine of your Choice
– And Cardstock

How To
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


4. Score along the pencil line, outside the die cut area. Erase pencil markings.
5. With the Happy Birthday card cut away any excess cardstock so the only the letter appear above the cut area.
6. Decorate the card as desired.

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.

Maz