Creative Ways to Use Specialty Paper

Our Creative Design Team has another video collab for you!  This time, we are showing you creative ways to use specialty papers like vellum, holographic paper, and foil papers.  For those of you who are new to our Creative Design Team, you will want to make sure to visit some of our past project videos. Each month, we add videos to our YouTube channels and blogs for you to enjoy. 

This month’s theme was Specialty Papers.  I had such a hard time deciding which paper to use and focus on, so, instead, I chose to focus on a Cricut tool that I have been wanting to try.  A few months back, I purchased the Cricut Debossing Tool for my new Maker and I was so excited to use it for the first time for our video collab on our specialty papers. 

This tool is part of the Maker’s Quick Swap Housing line of tools.  It works like an embossing folder creating debossed lines and images in your papers. You can choose to create small images, decorative lines, or emboss portions of your project. You can even turn images you already own into debossed images. 

In my video below, I show you how I used cards from various CTMH Cricut collections and changed the design to create debossed card fronts using vellum, holographic paper, and foil paper.  The video shows you how to make your own in Design Space and how to assemble each of the four cards.  

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I know that quite a few of you like to see the details on each of my projects and many like to “Pin” them to your boards for inspiration, so I am going to show you a few up-close photos and tell you a little more about each of the cards I made today. 

The first card is one that is not part of my usual creative style, but I thought that I would give these colors a try.  I used a card design from our Complete Creativity Collection and used the debossing tool on vellum. 

The debossing is very subtle and faint on vellum. I tried a few other settings on the Maker to increase the debossing pressure, but each one tore the vellum, so I may be experimenting a little more with this one. 

This next card reminds me of a breezy beach scene.  The etched blue Oasis Holographic paper pairs so well with the vellum flower, the fern leaves, and the seashell sequins. This card design comes from our Everyday Moments collection. 

This card originally had a stained glass look with all off those shapes filled with color. I chose to deboss those shapes onto some Holographic paper and add some vellum accents.  After putting the card together, I decided to snag a few seashell sequins from my stash and add the to the layers. 

This third card has such a classic art deco feel with its embossed Silver Foil and mosaic pattern.  This design was also taken from our Everyday Moments collection and altered to become an embossed pattern. 

After debossing the Silver Foil paper, I added some silver embellishing thread, the intricate sentiment, a black & white bow and an acrylic heart. I kept the embellishments on this card simple so that you could see all those intricately embossed elements. 

The fourth and final card was so simple to make and looks just darling in person. The card design comes from the Artfully Sent collection and was originally designed as a card front with cut-outs.  In the video I show you how to use the slice tool and line-type to change it to a debossed design. 

The butterflies were debossed onto White Daisy cardstock then topped with Holographic butterflies.  The sentiment was stamped onto vellum using the A Million Little Things stamp set, then heat embossed. 

I hope today’s projects inspired you to try the Cricut debossing tool with our specialty papers. Make sure to stop by each one of the Creative Design Teams channels and check out all of their amazing creations. 

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Welcome to the Happiest Place Blog Hop

Our group has been busy creating some wonderful creations featuring our bright and playful Happiest Place collection. 104167887_10157579620147686_4980024288227723498_n This theme park themed ensemble is full of delightful papers, foil cardstock, stickers, an album kit, stamps, and dies all rolled up in a monthly special.  If you have come here from Jen Rubio’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished taking a look at my Best Day Balloon Card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

I just receive all of my Happiest Place goodies last week, and I have spent the last five days playing with every component in the collection.  Today, I decided to pull out the balloon thin cut die from the Happiest Place bundle and use it to create a great big card for a Disney loving friend. 

This card just screams happiness, doesn’t it? I love all the bright colors, foil designs, and whimsical shapes. I also enjoyed how quickly it came together using the balloon die from the Happiest Place Stamp + Thin cut set

To create the front of the card, I placed the thin cut randomly onto some White Daisy cardstock and ran it through my die cut machine.  I used the same thin cut to cut some balloon shapes from pieces of Happiest Place papers & foil cardstockHow cute are those patterns??!!! 

To create that bottom layer, I cut a second piece of White Daisy cardstock the same size as the first, and adhered each of the patterned balloons onto it, using the top layer as a guide.  I also used that top layer to line up each one of the stamped string images on the balloons. 

After all the balloons were assembled and stamped, I used some Intense Black Ink to stamp the sentiment onto the card and added a little acrylic bow above the sentiment.  These acrylic shapes are so fun to use and add some wonderful dimension to your projects. 

To finish the card, I added some Black & White checked ribbon and a couple of Black Dots.  The completed piece was mounted onto some Black Foil cardstock and is ready to be sent off to my Disney loving friend. 

I hope that you were inspired to try something new today using the Happiest Place Collection.  This collection is available while supplies last, and can be purchased at a 20% discount during the months of July & August along with a few digital collections. 

Now ‘Hop” on over to the talented Katy Taylor’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 using products from the Happiest Place Collection. 

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