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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A Christmas Tag with Fall Leaves

Today, I am using up a few of my fall crafting supplies to create a Christmas Tag for the TGIF Project Challenge. The theme this week is “Tag You”re It” and I couldn’t resist adding my little project to the challenge.  It may seem odd to use “fall” papers and dies for the holidays, but this little tag wouldn’t be what is is without them. MissCarriesCreations-GoldLeafChristmasTag.jpg

This is a super simple project for you to make. Below, you will find some step-by-step instructions accompanied by a process video showing you how to create some Gold Leaf Christmas Tags of your own.

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You will begin by cutting out a Charcoal paper Tag Shape, a Gold Foil Leaf, and a Candy Apple Circle.  (If you were lucky enough to get some of the Fancy Tag Thin Cuts last year, you can use the large 4″ stitched tag, like I did. If you don’t have this die, you can use another one you might own or cut a tag in Design Space™.)   After cutting all of your pieces, you will need to heat emboss the “December 25th” sentiment.

Stamp the image using White Daisy Pigment Ink, sprinkle the image with White Embossing Powder, and heat with a heat tool.

I used my fingers to fold up each one of the leaves slightly, then attached the gold foil leaves to the tag with Liquid Glass.

Layer the Candy Apple circle with the sentiment onto the corner of the tag using a foam dot for dimension. I love how that Candy Apple pops off the Charcoal paper.  Add some Gold Gems and a Bow for embellishment and the tag is complete.misscarriescreations-goldleafchristmastagdetail.jpg

Like I said, this was a very simple project to make and can be altered using any paper or cardstock of your choice. If you would like to watch me create this tag, you can view the process video below.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you were inspired by today’s creation and learned something new. Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Here is the list of supplies I used on my card

Whimsical Holiday (CC101911)
Whimsical Holiday Stamp Set

Z3523
Layered Leaves Thin Cuts

X9007
Mix Ins Paper Packet

X6038
12 x 12 Candy Apple Cardstock

Z3365
12 x 12 Gold Foil Paper

Z2863
White Daisy Pigment Ink Pad

Z2045
All Purpose Mat

Z2068
White Embossing Powder

Z4220
Anti Static Pouch

Z4252
Heat Tool

Z3550
Striped Ribbon Bows

Z3312
Gold Glitter Gems

B073W19WGX
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

Z4189
Intense Black Ink Pad

Basic Tool Set, Gray
Basic Tool Set (Tweezers)

Gold Cardmaking Confidence

A COLOR MY HEART COLOR DARE CHALLENGE

Gold is not a color on my wheel – I don’t even  wear gold jewelry – but today, I decided to explore the possibilities for the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.  This week, we are inviting you to join us for a Silver or Gold Challenge AND I have a free gift for those of you who join this challenge.  You are to choose Gold or Silver with two accent colors. Are you ready? (Don’t forget to read all the way through to learn about your free gift.)

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Like I said, Gold is not something I use very often. Maybe the occasional Christmas card or anniversary gift, but not on my everyday color grid. I am more of a brassy, pewter girl. Today, I decided that it was high-time I explored some of our Gold products and this is what I came up with – a Simple Sand Dollar card.

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Honestly, it turned out so much better than I had hoped. For my accent colors, I chose to use Almond and Peacock to reflect the Sea and Sand.♥  The Sand Dollar image was stamped using VersaMark™ Ink, then heat embossed with our Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. (I have become fond of the texture that the Tinsel Embossing Powder brings to a project.) 

After stamping the image, I used a Waterbrush with Almond Ink to shade the Sand Dollar. As I explored my Gold options, I realized that I could add a little Gold Shimmer to the center of the Sand Dollar.  Shimmer Brushes are one of my “must-have” tools.

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Once the stamped image was complete, I cut out a Stencil and some Seaweed-like images from our Cricut Collections using my Air 2 machine™.  I used the Stencil to add some Texture Paste to my inked background, then layered the random plants, which were cut from Vellum and Gold Foil paper, onto the card.

FREEBIE ALERT:
The Design Space File™  I created includes the stencil and leaf images. It is free to anyone who links their project to this challenge & comments below with a link to their creation. 

A few final touches of White & Gold Twine, Gold Glitter Gems, and some splashes of Gold Shimmer and it was ready to be layered onto the card base. I even took the time to finish off the inside of the card using the You Are My Sunshine stamp set. (The purchase of this stamp set helps to provide a SMILE through Operation Smile.)

I adore the textures, contrast of color, and the overall simplicity of this card.  I hope that it inspires you to join the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge this month.  All you have to do is upload your creation to our Facebook Page and we will link it to the blog. How easy is that?? AND you get a FREE Design Space™ file from me just for participating. (Don’t forget to comment below with a link to your creation.)

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Beach Treasures
Beach Treasures Stamp Set

Almond Cardstock
12 x 12 Almond Cardstock

Gold Foil Paper
12 x 12 Gold Foil Paper

Vellum Paper
12 x 12 Vellum

You Are My Sunshine
You Are My Sunshine Stamp Set

VersaMark™ Ink Pad
VersaMark Ink Pad

Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder
Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder

All-Purpose MatAll Purpose Mat

Anti-static PouchAnti-Static Pouch

Heat Tool
Heat Tool

Waterbrush—Small Round
Small Round Waterbrush

Almond Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Almond Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

White Daisy Cardstock
12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Peacock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Gold Shimmer Brush
Gold Shimmer Brush

Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection
Flower Market Collection

Palette Knives
Palette Knives

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Air Two™ Machine

Opaque Matte Texture Paste
Opaque Texture Paste

Stencil Sheets
Stencil Sheets

White & Gold Twine
White & Gold Twine

Gold Glitter Gems
Gold Glitter Gems

Mini Ink Blending Tool-1 Round (Mini Ink Blending Tool With Replacement Foams)
Mini-Ink Blending Tool

White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
White Card & Envelope Value Pack

3-D Foam Tape
3D Foam Tape