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Shimmery Holiday Card featuring Alcohol Inks

November 21st, 2014

Alcohol Ink Shimmery Holiday Card by Tammy Tutterow |

We have been sharing with you recently some ideas for using Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  Today we want to share a simple idea for creating amazing die cut embellishments for your papercrafting projects. Continue reading

Be Thankful Card

October 28th, 2014

Liquid Pearls Be Thankful Card

We have an awesome tutorial by Michelle McCosh to share with you today.  You will learn how to make this Be Thankful Card that features Liquid Pearls! This card is perfect to send to friends for a lovely fall or Thanksgiving greeting.  You could even use the ideas and look to create stunning Thanksgiving place settings!

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World Card Making Day | With Love

October 4th, 2014

Happy Heart Card by Tammy Tutteorw  |

Happy World Card making day to you!  We are celebrating this fun event today by joining the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Blog Hop!

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Liquid Pearls Be Thankful Card by Michelle McCosh

November 8th, 2013

Liquid Pearls Be Thankful Card

Happy Friday everyone! Today we have an awesome tutorial by Michelle McCosh where you’ll learn how to make this Be Thankful Card that features Liquid Pearls! To get started you will need:



1. Select a rust color of Kraft Core and emboss using the Burlap Texture Fades embossing folder. Next, sand the cardstock lightly to reveal the Kraft Color using the Tim Holtz Sanding Grip. Attach to card base using adhesive.


2. Place a few drops of Liquid Pearls on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, spritz with water and mix slightly with craft stick to separate the paint.


3. Take manila tag and press down into the mixture in various places. Take care not to cover the whole tag. You do need some “un-inked” areas. Dry with Heat it Tool.


4. Then, using an Ink Blending Tool with Foam, rub the two colors of Distress Ink over the tag, covering all bare areas. Wipe the surface of the tag with a rag or paper towel. The ink only sticks to the unpainted areas and creates a very cool contrast with the shimmery Liquid Pearls. Spritz with water droplets and let sit for a few seconds before drying. This gives a nice mottled effect on the Distress Ink. Repeat Steps 2-4 on three additional tags.


5. Use the Sizzix Leaf Blue print stamp set and stamp four leaves using Jet Black Archival Ink. Cut out the leaves using the coordinating dies and your Sizzix Big Shot.


6. Dab Distress Stains onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and spritz with water. Take the watercolor cardstock and swipe through the ink mixture. Dry with Heat Tool and repeat until desired color is achieved. Glue a piece of tissue wrap to the card using Multi-Medium. Again, spritz some water droplets onto the paper and let sit for a few seconds before drying.


7. Using Wendy Vecchi’s Archival Ink Potting Soil, stamp “Be Thankful” from the Acorn Blueprint Stamp Set at the top of the card. Ink the edges of the card using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

8. Next, scrape embossing paste through the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil. Let dry.


9. Use Fiber and Plaquette to embellish the card. (I used Mushroom Alcohol Ink to color the plaquette). Glue the leaves onto background using Glossy Accents. I used two sets of leaves on top of each other to add dimension. Adhere card to Kraft Core base using Pop it Shapes.

Distressed Father’s Day Card

June 15th, 2013

There is still a day left to make that perfect Father’s Day card. Today we have this awesome Distressed Father’s Day Card by Annette Green. The techniques used in this card can also be used to make a birthday card for Dad.

For this project you will need:


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1. Cut Kraft Glassine in half to measure 4 x 5 inches. Emboss with Blueprint Texture Fade. Distress the outer edges by curling and bending with your fingernail. Lightly rub Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint over raised edges with your finger. Let dry.

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2. Cut a piece of Brown Kraft Core cardstock 4-3/4” x 6 3/4” and sand the outer edges lightly to reveal kraft core. Cut a blue piece of Kraft Core Cardstock 1 1/2 x 4”, sand to reveal kraft core. Stamp Artful Tools image with Archival Black ink onto blue cardstock. Add 8” piece of tissue tape along left edge of card front, wrapping excess around to the back side. Rub Walnut Stain Ink with a Blending Tool and Foam over the surface of the tissue tape.

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3. Adhere blue piece to brown piece. Ink edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

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4. Using the tiny attacher, adhere the embossed kraft glassine to the card front, above the blue piece, then distress the top by rubbing Black Soot Distress Ink over the raised areas.

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5. From Grungeboard, cut the mini alarm clock, two gears, and a key. Paint the clock with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, the larger gear with Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint, and the smaller gear and the key with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. Let dry.

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6. Distress the tops of each grungeboard piece with Black Soot Distress ink.

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7. To assemble clock, layer the larger grungeboard gear behind the grungeboard clock and insert a large brad (from the buckle Idea-ology pack) through both to secure. Glue a sprocket gear on top and let dry.

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8. Ink the edges of a journaling ticket with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.

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9. Adhere ticket to card. Insert ribbon into buckle and slide into place near the right edge. Adhere the buckle and ribbon to the card with Wonder Tape, folding over excess to the back side. Adhere clock and key to card as desired. Add Alpha Parts letters above buckle.

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10. Using a 1/2 inch circle punch, punch out a small clock face from the 2 x 2 page in the Lost & Found paper pack. Adhere to a type charm using Glossy Accents. Affix a clear bubble over the top. Tie a piece of black waxed twine into the type charm and tied into a bow. Adhere type charm to small grungeboard gear and adhere to card. Layer two mini gears and insert brad through card front.

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11. Make the card base by cutting black cardstock to 10” x 7” and fold it in half to 5” x 7”. Adhere the card front to the black card base using Pop-it Shapes to pop it up.

Watermark Resist/Distress Stain “Daddy and Me” Card

June 13th, 2013

Watermark Resist/Distress Stain "Daddy and Me" Card

As promised we have another great Father’s Day Card for you. Today, Linda Ledbetter shows you how to use Watermark Resist Ink and Distress Stains to create this Daddy and Me Card!

For this project you will need:



Foreground Panel:


Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, stamp letters from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Worn Text set onto Specialty Stamping Paper using Watermark Resist Ink. Allow the ink to air dry or heat-set it with a Heat Tool.


Apply Iced Spruce, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn and Wild Honey Distress Stain in both vertical and horizontal stripes across the paper, including the areas you’ve stamped with Watermark Resist. Mist the inks lightly with water from a Mister Bottle. Use a soft rag or damp paper towel to gently blot the ink off the stamped areas. Watch those letters pop!


Stamp the concentric circles from the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bitty Grunge set randomly over the paper using Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Again, gently blot away the ink that covers the stamped letters.


For more impact, trace the letters with a Crushed Olive Distress Marker, then use the fine-tipped Tim Holtz Water Brush around the letters to smear the ink a bit.


Use a Tonic Paper Distresser to rough up the edges, then color them with Mowed Lawn Distress Stain. Once this dries, add a thin line of Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint along the outer edges.

Background Card:


Fold a large #12 Manila Tag so that the bottom edge just meets the bottom of the reinforcer. The tag should open like a book, with the longer edge in back and the reinforcer to the right. Stamp what’s now the front of the card with the same concentric circles stamp using Iced Spruce Distress Ink. Place a sheet of scrap paper inside the folded card so the stamping doesn’t touch to the back edge of the card.


Darken the edges of the card using Walnut Stain Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool.


Open the card, and use a piece of masking tape to create a straight edge right where the front edge of the card lines up. Use Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint on the un-masked edge. Let the paint dry, then remove to masking tape to reveal a nice, even line.


Photocopy (or scan and print) a photo onto Sticky-Back Canvas. Run it through your ink jet printer as you would any thick cardstock– it takes ink beautifully!
Trim the Sticky-Back photo to size, peel off the backing and attach it to the foreground panel. Then, use Pop-It Squares to attach the foreground to the background card.


Mist a piece of Trimming ribbon with water and color it with Distress Stain in Mowed Lawn and Iced Spruce. Once it dries, thread it through the reinforcer on the back of the tag/card.

Double Embossed Father’s Day Card

June 12th, 2013

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16th. To help inspire you to make the perfect card for Dad, we’ll be posting a masculine project or technique everyday until then. In our first project by Linda Cain, you’ll learn how to add extra dimension to your projects by using this double embossing technique!



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Operation Write Home Spring Training Blog Hop

April 6th, 2013

Operation Write Home Spring Training Blog Hop

 We are super excited to be a part of Operation Write Home’s Spring Training Bloghop! Operation Write Home is committed to supporting our armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on.

For our submission, Patti Behan created this “World’s Greatest Dad” card, which is perfect for Father’s Day! To see how to make this thoughtful card, head on over to the project page for a complete list of materials, instructions, and step out photos.

Alcohol Ink World’s Best Dad Card

Next, head on over to the next blog in the bloghop – Club Scrap or head back to Operation Write Home to see all of the participants!

New Projects, Videos, and More

October 24th, 2012

Video Collage HEader

One of the great things about our website is that we are constantly adding new things for you to check out, no matter what your favorite type of crafting is. We just wanted to take a second to point out a few of the new items that we’ve added over the past week or so.

If you’re Dylusional for Dyan Reaveley, we have three new videos for you. First up, we have a video of Dyan introducing her new “My Creative Journal Journey” book. If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out these videos of Dyan sharing some creative inspiration for her Dylusions Seasonal Stamps and Dylusions Seasonal Stencils!

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Claudine Hellmuth Studio Halloween Cards

October 19th, 2012

Claudine Hellmuth Studio Halloween Cards

Halloween is almost here, but it’s not too late to make some super cute Halloween cards. Claudine Hellmuth came up with these great, quick and easy cards that you can make in about 20 minutes! Check out the project page here to see everything you need along with step-by-step instructions.

Claudine also showcased these fun cards at this year’s CHA Summer show. Check out the video below from Scrap Time to watch Claudine go over every step to create this wonderful card!

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