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 Simple Striped Graduation Card for the H2H Challenge

How many of you have friends and family who are missing out on an “official” graduation this year? I want to encourage you to send them a card to show how proud you are of them for all their hard work.  Before I show you a simple card you can make, I want to encourage you to join another Heart2Heart challenge.  

For this challenge, we are asking you to create something with stripes.  I chose to use our Build A Plaid stamp set to create a striped background for this simple shaker card.  If you would like to create a card, like this, to send to the graduates in your life, you can use the supply list and follow a simple video tutorial at the end of this post. 

Like I said, this card is super simple to make and can be altered to match the colors of your graduate’s school.  You could even add some gold embellishments for those who are graduating from college. I chose to use Carolina, Bluebird, Sapphire, & Silver to match our school colors. (I have a few graduates on my list.) 

I even added a little stamped image to decorate the front of my envelope using our For the Graduate stamp set.  How cute are those books?!! I just love that image!!


Many of you enjoy video tutorials, so I have created a simple one for you to follow.  I hope that you are inspired to make a few of these cards and send them in the coming weeks. 

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Here are a few things you will want to remember. 

  • The Heart2Heart challenge ends on April 30th.  Make sure to link your project to the challenge blog before then. 
  • You will also want to make sure to grab the For the Graduate stamp set before April 30th.  It will be retiring at the end of the month.  

I hope that you were inspired to try something new this week, and I hope you join us at Heart2Heart for another April challenge. 

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today