Tuesday Tutorial: Paper Pom-Poms

Last week I posted a simple St. Patrick’s Day Banner featuring some Cricut™ Flower Market images and these adorable paper Pom-Poms. Today, I am going to show you how I created them using the Fancy Border Fringe Thin Cut. 

I began by cutting piece of Clover cardstock at 6″ x 2¼” then placed it onto my Sizzix with the Fringe Thin Cut die laying vertically on the left side of the cardstock and the cut side facing outward.  These dies work best if they go through your machine vertically and held in place with a temporary adhesive. I personally prefer Post-It Labeling Tape because it comes off without ruining my paper.

After cutting the left side, you are going to create the same cut on the right, placing the Fringe Thin Cut as close to the other cut as possible without cutting through the center completely. You will want a very small vertical space between the two cuts.

At this point you can use whatever tool works best for you, but I chose to use a wooden skewer to roll-up the Fringe cut and adhere in place. 

Once the glue is completely dry, you will start to bend and shape the Pom-Pom. Try to keep the “spikes” as straight as possible without curling them. Remove the Pom-Pom from the wooden skewer, then take two of the Fringe pieces and fold them into the center to “hide” the hole.

Your paper Pom-Pom is complete and ready for your paper crafting project. I threaded the Jute Twine through the center of each of mine to attach them to the banner.


I hope you take them time to give these a try and post what you have created on my VIP Facebook Group. I always enjoy seeing what others have made through these tutorials. 

 I can’t wait to see what you create!


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Tuesday Tutorial ~ Layering Flowers in Design Space™

Close to My Heart has an amazing Cricut™ Collection called Flower Market and, often, I get asked how to make sure that each of the flowers in this collection are properly layered and sized when creating a bouquet or wreath in Design Space™.  Today, I am going to show you a quick and easy way to manipulate these three-dimensional flowers and insure that each image is properly sized when creating your projects.


You will want make sure that you own the Flower Market Cricut™ Collection. This is a beautiful collection of over 700 images (not just flowers) that you can use on your cards, scrapbook pages, and home decor projects. You can view the full shape index here.

Let’s begin with the Daisy image. As you can see, when you insert the image into your Canvas, it appears as a grouped image with all the layers shown. As you resize the group, it will resize each layer proportionately. This is a great feature when you want to use all the layers and you are creating a single flower. What if I decide I want to add another flower image on my project and I need to make sure each flower image is sized proportional to the other?


Let me show you you a simple way to layer your flowers for a project. You will want to begin by Ungrouping your Daisy image. Once they are ungrouped, you will see them listed as individual images in the Layers panel.


Now you will want to Select All and Align Center. (You may need to bring some images to the front to view them all.) Group all of the images again. By grouping the images, you can see the image as a single image on your Canvas and resize all layers proportionately.

Let’s add another flower to our project. I chose to add a Hibiscus. Once again, after inserting the image, I will Ungroup the images. With the Hibiscus, you will see that you cannot ungroup the two stamens, but you can copy the image, use Contour, and create two images to see each stamen as an individual layer. (I will be showing how to do this in my upcoming Cricut™ classes.)


Again you will Select All and Align Center and Group the images.  (You may need to bring some images to the front to view them all.) Now you have two separate flower images that you can manipulate and layer to see how they would look together on a project.

Let me show how I used these techniques to create a wreath in Design Space.™ As you can see in the photo below, I was able to take images from our Flower Market collection and manipulate the flowers to fit the wreath I was creating. By layering those flowers as one image, I could resize them and see how they would fit onto my wreath.


So simple, yet so effective when creating with our Flower Market flowers.   If you don’t own the Flower Market Cricut™ Collection, you can purchase it on my website. You will receive three stamp sets (valued at $56.85) along with your Digital Code for adding the collection to Design Space™.  That means you get the Collection of over 700 images for about $12.00. What a steal! I hope that you take a few minutes this week to try this technique and I can’t wait to see what you create!






Tuesday Tutorial: Using Watercolor Pencils

When I browse through an art display, I am usually drawn towards those that have the soft, cloudy look of watercolors.  If you are like me, then you will enjoy using our new Watercolor Pencil collection.  I am sure that you have thought “not for me” or “I could never do that”,  but today I want to give you a few tips for using Watercolor Pencils, in hopes that you give them a go in the near future. In February, I will have a both a Local and Online Class showing each of these in greater detail.


Watercolor pencils can be used just like any other colored pencil, but in order to create the soft gauzy look you must “activate” or add water to the pigment. There are several ways to do this depending on the look you are trying to achieve. For today’s Tuesday Tutorial, I am going to give you a quick overview of each.

The Colored Pencil Technique:

You can use these pencils just like a colored pencil and simply shade in your images. As you can see below, I shaded the rose image using three shades of yellow. The fact that our new Watercolor Pencils have three yellows, is one of the reason I bought them. Having multiple shades to choose from, really adds dimension to your artwork.


The Dry Surface Technique:

After shading in your images, you can use a Waterbrush or soft nylon brush to
activate the color on your image.  By shading the image first, then adding color, you mute the pigment and end up with a softer version of the color you started out with. If you compare these two photos, you can see the softer look given to the rose once water was added.

The Wet Surface Technique:

With this technique, you wet the paper first, then add your color using the watercolor pencil. This is best done on Watercolor Paper, but can be used on our patterned paper if you don’t overdo it. The overall look is a deep color with multiple contrasts in shades.


The Pencil Palette Technique:

This final technique leaves you with a look that is not too muted, nor too dark, but gives you a sweet, soft look on your images.  With this technique, you will swipe the Waterbrush or wet nylon brush across the tip of the pencil and then shade your image using the color on the brush.  I like to keep some paper towel nearby to blot my brush when I use this technique.


Personally, I like using a combination of all of these techniques to achieve the look I want.  It helps to  leave a little bit of white background when shading your images to add some contrast, highlights, and additional softness to the image. For the Love At First Site card kit, I used the a combination of the Dry Surface techniques on the roses, the Pencil Palette technique on the leaves, and the Wet Surface technique on the Banner.

If you would like to learn a little more about using Watercolor Pencils, please make sure to sign-up for my classes in February.  I will be showing you each of these techniques in greater detail, and walking you through how I created this card. I can’t wait to see what you create!