People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.


~ February 4, 2011 ~

Love Ya! Artwork & Techniques
It’s the time of year for expressing your love and affection to family and friends. And what better way to send your Valentine’s wishes than using our new My Acrylix® Love Ya! stamp set (D1460) and Sweetheart paper packet (X7134B) on cards and gifts.

On the wall hanging, we stamped directly on the three Dimensional Elements hearts using Cranberry ink. We also covered the Dimensional Elements letters, L-O-V-E, with Cranberry cardstock and then stamped a whimsical heart image with Cranberry ink on the cardstock. Love that tone-on-tone!

Ever wonder how a light color ink stamped on darker colored cardstock shows up? We stamped “Ya!” in White Daisy pigment ink on Chocolate cardstock and then punched out the sentiment using the 2" scallop circle punch to make it stand out even more!

We repeated that same technique on this “Love” card, stamping with White Daisy pigment ink directly on kraft cardstock to make the image look vintage and shabby chic. 
Kraft is such a hot trend right now, so we used it in this “I Adore You Card” card, too. For this card, we stamped the same heart image three times, cut them out and then layered them behind the top left corner of the pink paper, like they’re peeking out! We created a focal image for this cluster by stamping another heart with a swirl—the swirl is just the edge of the “So this is” sentiment. Then we popped up the focal image with 3-D foam tape.

We used hearts as accents on this layout, too. Did you notice the purple hearts on our layout? How did we get that distressed look, you ask? Easy! We skipped the ink pad and sprayed the stamp to ink it up, using a spray pen containing a mixture of water and Petal re-inker. Then we just stamped the image and cut it out.

Spray Pen Unplugged
Check out this video to learn how to use the new CTMH spray pen.

Krafty, Kool & Kolorful!
Transform the new CTMH kraft color-ready borders.

Pizza Box
Here it is, the pizza box. I want to thank my team leader and upline, the wonderful and talented Mary Gunn for teaching me this project and for letting me share.

  • Begin with the CTMH cardstock of your choice and trim it to 9 1/2" x 5 1/4".

  • Using a scoring stylus or the scoring blade on a paper trimmer, score in 1" on all four sides. (Marked in red)

  • From the top, measure down 4 1/4" and score across, then measure down 5 1/4" from the top, and score again.

  • Cut along the score marks as indicated in blue above. You will end up with 4 - 1" cuts at the corners and 2 - 1" notches along each side.

  • Fold up along all score lines.

  • Using adhesive, secure each corner by folding in each flap and adhering it to the inside of the sides.

  • You should now have the basic pizza box shape. One more step to go. On the "lid", cut out a notch on each side at an angle.

  • Now, decorate using your favorite CTMH products.

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