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.  

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Here is a List of the Supplies Used on My Project

Blue Skies NSM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Blue Skies Blog Hop where each of our talented creators will be sharing a project using our May Special – the Blue Skies Collection. 94351095_10157392412787686_1564409960320729088_nIf you have come here from the sweet Katy Taylor’s blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading about my summer banner project, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.   If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participants on Melinda’s Blog


Before I tell you about my project, let me just say – I LOVE THIS COLLECTION!  The papers, the pattern cardstock, the stickers, and THAT PIN WHEEL! I just cannot get enough of it, my friends, and after you go through this hop, you are going to want to get some for yourself.  I have been having so much fun creating with this collection, and enjoy the look of it so much, that I decided to create a Summer Banner for my craft space. 

How fun is that?!♥ Doesn’t it just scream summertime? The whole banner was created in Cricut Design Space, then cut from the Blue Skies Papers & Patterned Cardstock.  I wish you could see all those raised images on the coated cardstock. It adds to much to this design. 

Not only are the cardstocks divine, but the patterns on these papers are simply charming.  As I was thumbing through each of the papers for today’s project, I couldn’t choose just one, so I used them all.  While creating this project in Design Space, I added cut-lines to each kite image so that I could create a patchwork to show off those patterns. 

Of course, I couldn’t stop there – I still had Stickers and a Pinwheel Thin Cut to use.  If you have seen any photos of my craft space, you know that there is a bicycle theme, which meant that I had to use that lovely bike on my banner.  Each end of the banner is layered with stickers and a simple Pinwheel created with that Thin Cut. 

To finish it off, I added some wooden buttons, some red dots, and a few bits of ribbon. I can’t wait to hang this on my window in my craft space. 


I hope that you enjoyed today’s Blue Skies project and were inspired to make a banner of your own.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’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. 

Remember, the Blue Skies collection is only available, while supplies last, until May 31st.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to learn how you can save 30% on the entire collection! 

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.

A Watercolor Card for the Heat it Up Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Heat it Up Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of heat embossing techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 85046186_10157103154262934_7513137689042878464_o If you have come here from Michelle Johns’ 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.

This week, I decided to pull out the watercolor pencils, white embossing powder, and floral stamps to create a very simple heat-embossed card.  It’s been a while since I have painted an image, and, to be honest, I forgot how much I enjoyed it.

Since this is a “Technique” blog hop”, I will be showing you a few tips to create your own Watercolor Roses card and provide you with a simple video showing you how to use embossing powders.  


I began creating my card by stamping a piece of watercolor paper with White Pigment ink using images from the Love These People stamp set.  These images were randomly stamped along the left side of the paper.  I chose White Pigment instead of VersaMark so that I could see the images after I had stamped them. 

Once the images had been stamped, I sprinkled on White Embossing Powder and used a heat tool to set the powder.  I did notice that a few of my leaf images didn’t touch the other images like I wanted them to. Instead of trying to re-stamp the leaves, I used an Embossing Ink Pen and drew an extension of the stems. 

As I shaded the images, I used the raised embossing powder as a sort of “dam” for my colors. On this card, I shaded the images with Watercolor Pencils using the “pencil palette method”, but you could use watercolor paints instead.  

After the paint was dry, I splattered the image with Gold Shimmer, added some Liquid Glass Dots, then framed it in a Kraft Stitched Rectangle.  The only embellishments are a simple burlap strand bow and some gold gems. 

If you would like to learn more Embossing Powder Techniques,  you will enjoy this Fab Friday Find tutorial I created last year for my VIP Group. 


I hope that you were inspired by today’s project and that you learn something new about Heat Embossing.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Tamara Sandwisch’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 our heat embossing products.  

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.