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Dimensional Inking | How To’sday

Today, ultra-creative paper crafter Charity Becker is back with an awesome tutorial on dimensional inking. If you haven’t had a chance to get a little inked up recently, today is the perfect day to dust off those inkpads and put today’s tutorial to use.

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Here is a super simple technique that adds dimension to a project for literally pennies! If you like to spend lots of $$$ on each project don’t read any further. However, if you’d rather get the most out of each sheet of scrapbooking paper you own, try this technique.

Choose a die cut that is no larger than 11×11. If your die cut is too large, trim a half inch all along the outside edge. Lay your diecut in the center of a 12×12 piece of cardstock. Trace the die cut and then cut out the center of your newly traced design. Because the basis of this project is the negative of the die cut you have chosen, you will need to pay close attention to corners and curves. A craft knife will cut your shape most accurately.

Lay your handmade cardstock stencil onto a sheet of patterned paper, lining up the edges so that the two 12×12 sheets match exactly. Dab a sponge onto an ink pad and rub the ink on the inside edge of the frame. Re-ink the sponge often so that the outline appears very dark.

Ink all around the edge of the frame. Take care to hold the frame onto the patterned paper very firmly so that it doesn’t slip.

Remove the cardstock frame from the patterned paper and the result should be an inked frame with a distinct edge on the “outside” that fades towards the center. This technique will allow your patterned paper to look as if several of the same sheet have been cut, inked, and stacked.

I used this idea to mimic the bracket shape Kristy Lee is so fond of adding to her sketches. This project was my take on Amethyst # 7 using Authentique Splendid and Imaginisce flowers.

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Charity, as always, you rock. Thank you so much for your continued support of How To’sday and your amazing ideas!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on How To’sday, don’t be shy! Send your photos and directions to and I will happily add you to the line up!

Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow for some Mid Week Mojo.

Doodlebug Designs Crushed Velvet Flock

Being a child of the 70’s, I have vivid memories of gorgeous colorful flocked trees that decked the halls of the holiday season. I always wanted a colorful flocked tree but, alas, it was always evergreen for us. With today’s steal, the Doodlebug Designs Crushed Velvet Flock, I can appease my mournful childhood memory of never-ending green by adding a little colorful fluff to my paper crafting projects. And after seeing what Design Team member Regina Mangum did with today’s steal, I can’t wait to get colorful!

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If you’re like me, you may not have even heard of flock! What is it? I like to think of it as soft, happy fuzz. I got to play with Doodlebug’s Crushed Velvet Flock and I’m excited to share some projects I made with you today.

I was a little intimidated by these darling little jars of crushed velvet flock at first, but then I realized that it would be a great way to add some fun texture to a project. I decided to create three cards with just a small sampling of the amazing colors that come in the package of 12.

First up is one for all you owl fans! After die-cutting out my tree, grass, and owls, I applied some of the flock to the shapes. To get a smooth, even texture, apply adhesive with either an adhesive sheet before you die-cut your shapes or with an adhesive applicator (like a Xyron Create a Sticker) after you have cut your shapes. Then, sprinkle liberally, press down, and shake off excess.

Next, I thought it would be fun to create a shaped card. What could be more warm and fuzzy than a happy brown bear? I die-cut the bear shape using my electronic die-cutter and applied the flock to just the top overlay. I love the touchable texture of the “fur” and added a sweet banner and fun googly eyes.

For my third card, I thought I would make a girlie thank you card for my aunt, who is a poodle lover. The trimmed fur of a poodle was just perfect to use with flock!

I love how the flock looks on the tail and legs of the poodle.

I hope you enjoyed my “fun with flock” cards today. Once I got over my initial intimidation, I had such a terrific time adding texture to my projects. Thanks so much to ScrapbookSteals for bringing a little flock into my life!

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Ack! Regina, you are crazy talented, woman! I love your cards and think I may just have to flock up some decorations for a Christmas tree. Can you imagine how cute it would be to cut out some fun shapes on my Silhouette then flock the negative space onto clear ornaments?  Yeah. I’m excited.

Have a super weekend everyone! I know I will, aka: last weekend before school starts!

Silhouette | How To’sday

If you haven’t been lucky enough to add the Silhouette Cameo to your collection, let me sit you down right now and tell you to do everything in your power to make it happen. Whether that be adopting the “ask for forgiveness rather than permission” philosophy, stealing from your grocery budget (kids can live on ramen noodles, right?), or taking a temporary loan from someone’s piggy bank, you will not be sorry to have the magical abilities of today’s steal at your disposal.

I had a lot of fun using my Cameo to create backgrounds for these layouts.

I love the wide format the Cameo offers so I can create the perfect size embellishments for my page.

If you’re new to the world of the Silhouette, don’t despair! Here are a bunch of blog posts that can walk you through some step-by-step instructions on heat transfer, fabric interfacing, fabric paint, sketch pens and vinyl.

Here’s wishing you luck that you will be able to welcome a Cameo into your home! Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo and a sketch provided to us by Design Team member Regina Mangum.

Perfect Fork Bow | How To’sday

I have to let you in on a secret… Even after 17 years of scrapbooking, I still don’t know how to make a good bow. Occasionally I’ll get a compliment on how nice my bow looks (which is a total crap shoot), so I graciously smile and say thank you as if it’s something that I can do in my sleep, and then quickly change the subject before anyone can ask how I do it.

Thankfully today Jennifer Blomquist will teach us all how to make a perfect bow using a fork. I’ll be busy mastering this technique so the next time someone asks I can whip out a fork (since I’ll be carrying one at all times now) and I can show them just how easy it is. :)

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I don’t know about you, but I love the look of bows on cards. However, I know it can be challenging sometimes to get a cute little bow to look just right; which is why I love this technique for creating a perfect bow everytime! It is super easy to do and is especially great for tying those little tiny bows. All you need is some ribbon and a fork! (The bigger the fork, the bigger the bow.)

Start with a piece of ribbon and wrap it around the outside of the tines of a fork so that both ends of the ribbon are on the same side and the front of the ribbon is “above” the ribbon in the back.

Next, take the ribbon that is going across the front of the fork and wrap it around to the back. Bring the ribbon across the ribbon piece in the back and pull the end between the middle tines of the fork so that your ribbon end is back in the front of the fork again.

This is what it looks like when you turn your fork over and look at it from the back.

Take your ribbon end that you pulled through to the front of the fork and pull it over the ribbon stretched across the fork. Bring it through the middle tines to the backside of the fork again.

If you flip over your fork, it should look like this.

Now, both ribbon ends should be on the back side of the fork.  So, just tie your ends together in a knot and pull the ends out to the sides.

Here is what it looks like from the front.

Slide your bow off the fork, trim your ends, and you are done!

Then you can use a glue dot or your favorite adhesive to adhere your bow to your finished project like this card here.

I’ve done this with different sizes of ribbon and forks, so experiment with what you have and I’m sure you’ll find a style you love!

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Jennifer, your tutorial is positively fantastic! Don’t mind me, I’m off to master this technique right now! But before I go I’m so happy to announce the winner of the $20.00 gift code from the August Blog Hop. Megan Smith, you are our lucky winner! I have already given your email address to our marketing department so they will be emailing you soon with your code to use in the store. Have fun shopping.

I’ll see you all tomorrow for a little Mid Week Mojo! :)

Wonder World of Washi | How To’sday

When I hear the mere whispering of the word washi, my eyes glaze over just a little bit, my salivary gland kicks into gear, and my crafty brain starts revving full speed. I’ve had a lot of washi pass through my hands, and I can honestly say I don’t think any have made me as excited as today’s steal, the My Mind’s Eye—The Sweetest Thing Decorative Tapes.

I know there are a lot of washi collectors out there so I asked a few ladies to share their favorite washi projects to get that creative engine going. I think after seeing these projects today that you’ll agree there is always room for more washi!

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If this isn’t the most innovative use of washi tape, I’m not sure what is! Love the play binoculars created by Heather Conklin.

Look at how Cristine Redmond uses the washi to create a fun background for this darling card.

I love how Liz Martinez created these fun embellishments with strips of washi applied to paper and then punched out with a shape punch.

And lastly our amazing Design Team Alumni Cyndee Kawa shares several different fun uses to create backgrounds for cards. I especially love the grass!

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Thank you for sharing your ideas with us today ladies! I can’t wait to add today’s washi collections to my ever-growing stash and use some of these ideas.

If you have an idea you’d like to see featured as a How To’sday tutorial, don’t be shy! We want to see! Send text and photos to and I will get you added to the lineup.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo!