Welcome to the Stencil It! Technique Blog Hop

Today we will be showing you a variety of stenciling techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 93489974_10157352565497934_5733319884578750464_n If you have come here from Maz Wood’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished learning how I created my stenciled brick  background, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


When the new May/June catalog arrived, I feel in love with the Make a Splash stamp set.  I couldn’t wait to create something with those adorable polka-dot boots, so I decided to create a card where those boots were the focal point in front of a brick wall background. 

The background of the card was created using our Texture Paste mixed with a Toffee Shimmer Brush. I cut out a brick stencil design, using my Cricut, and applied the paste directly to the card. 


Here are a Few Tips for Using Texture Paste

  • A little goes a long way. You don’t need much for a project.
  • If you want a smoother finish, be sure to use a steady hand as you apply the paste.
  • Apply the paste with patting or even gentle slapping motions for an impasto effect.
  • Always close the lid right away with Opaque Paste. It can dry out quickly.
  • If you’re wanting a light, pastel hue, try mixing some watercolor paint into the paste
  • For a deeper, richer color, add a few drops of re-inker to the texture paste.
  • Add sparkle, like I did, with a little bit of Shimmer Brush ink.

After my Texture Paste had cured, I stamped the sentiment onto the card using Candy Apple Pigment Ink, then heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. The sentiment I used also comes from our Make a Splash stamp set.  Isn’t it the cutest set ever??

After stamping the boot image, I shaded them using our SpectrumNoir TriBlend Markers.  In my video tutorial below, I not only show you how to apply Texture Paste, but I also show you how I used the markers to create the shaded images you see here. 

Once I was done with my coloring,  I added some whimsical polka-dots with White Embossing Powder, then layered them atop some flowers. 


For those of you who would like to know more about how to use Texture Paste with Stencils and how to use our SpectrumNoir Tri Blend Markers, I have created a short video tutorial for you.  


I hope today’s project inspired you use some of your Stencils and give Texture Paste a try.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using Stencils on your projects.  

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Four Cards from One Cricut File

This month, I was honored to be asked by Jill Broadbent at Close to My Heart to re-imagine one of the designs in our new Everyday Moments Cricut collection.  The design assigned to me was the Heart of Gold card which is a very simple, easy to create card found in this Cricut collection.  Instead of creating just one single, redesigned card, I chose to create four for you today, and I have a simple, video tutorial for you to follow so that you can create a few of your own. 

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Like I said, the Heart of Gold card in the Everyday Moments collection is a very simple one to create. When you look at the design in Cricut Design Space, you will see that each of those layers is a separate layer and the design includes a card base and envelope. 

As I was re-imagining this design, I choose to keep it simple so that you could easily recreate each card.  Each one has a very subtle change and has been cut from a variety of materials. As you watch the video tutorial, you will be able to see the changes I made to the design in Cricut Design Space and how to assemble each one of the cards. 

Let’s take a look at each re-imagined card I created compared to the original design.


The first card I created looks very similar to the original design, but it was created using watercolor paints on watercolor paper. 

After each painted piece was dry,  I added some stitching using matching thread. I love the texture the stitching added to this card and how it looks just like a little girl’s spring dress with all the ruffles. 
 
TIP: If you don’t have thread to match the color, you can use re-inkers to dye white thread. 


The second card also kept the design intact, but was cut from French Vanilla cardstock and backed in Gold Foil paper.  (All the supplies for these cards can be found at the bottom of this post.) 

Again, I added some stitching and embellished this card with Gold Embellishing Thread and Gold Glitter Gems.  I like the elegance of this card and how well it pairs the the vellum envelope. 


The final card was flipped on it’s side – literally.  In my Design Space tutorial, I show you how to use the Contour Feature to remove the words and how to add some faux stitching lines with your Maker. 

After cutting the pieces from the These Are My People papers, I adhered them to the card base and added a whimsical White Ribbon bow and a few Acrylic Hearts as charms. The  sentiment was stamped in Intense Black ink using our Love these People stamp set.  I adore the simplicity of this one and how easy it came together. 


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you were inspired to re-imagine the Heart of Gold card in our new Everyday Moments collection.  This Cricut collection is only available through my website and cannot be purchased in Access or on the Cricut website.  If you would like to purchase this collection, you can visit my website or click on the link in the supply list below. 

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Color Your World Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Color Your World Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of ways to COLOR what you love as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 79834512_10156957929042934_4413576352637124608_oIf you have come here from Valerie Kapsha’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

I never saw myself as a person who would enjoy “coloring”, but it is something I have become fond of especially when using our TriBlend Markers and Watercolors. For this month’s Technique Blog Hop, I chose to feature these two wonderful items on my Shaded Seashell card that I created for my husband.

I knew that I wanted to keep this card simple and easy to re-create, so I began designing a blue background on a piece of watercolor paper.  I swished paint onto the paper using a Flat Waterbrush, quickly dried it with my heat tool, then stamped some random “sand” along the base with Almond Ink.  I used that same “sand” image to create white sea foam.

After stamping the sentiment with Intense Black Ink, I adhered the watercolor paper to a card base, then framed it with a Stitched Glacier Rectangle. Now the fun can begin! After stamping the seashell images with Intense Black, I pulled out a my TriBlend Markers and a few Shimmer Brushes. I was delighted by the fact that each marker had ALL THREE shades I needed to create shadows and dimension – no extra thought needed

Once the sea shell images were shaded, I used a Wisteria Shimmer Brush to add a little color, applied a touch of Gold Shimmer to the Sand Dollar, and drew a few little highlights with a White Gel Pen.  The shells were attached to the card with Foam Tape and a few Rose Gold Sequins added. How simple is that? 

Those TriBlends are some of my favorites to shade images with.  Each one comes with all three colors needed to shade and highlight your design.  Members of my VIP Group were able to watch a video showing how these NEW Markers work as they watched me use them to shade my Warm Wishes Card. To me, these are one of the better alcohol markers for crafters, like you and me, who wish create beautifully shaded images without breaking the bank.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Maz Wood’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for Coloring Your World.

Some of the links in this blog are affiliate links and help to support my small business. Simply click on the links and a small portion of the sales come back to me at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Here is a list of some of the items I used on my project