Ingenious Inking: Watercolor Wash

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Watercolor is a forgiving technique that produces a wonderfully ethereal look on cards and projects. The beauty of MFT ink pads and refills is their versatility and ability to be used to create such a look. We can’t wait to share the inky projects our team has created this month featuring subtle washes and bold swathes of color. Pull out your brushes and make something beautiful with us!

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Francine has beautifully recreated the look of a classic rainbow tie-dye with her clean and simple card. The curved slice element from Blueprints 25 is perfect for revealing that incredible pattern without overwhelming the look.

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Torico’s stunning sky is an incredible backdrop to simple white silhouettes. The blues and purples blend beautifully to create a dreamy look that perfectly balances the embossed sentiment.

Keep on clicking to see how others on our Design Team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Die-namics Design: On the Border

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Every new card presents a brand-new canvas for embellishment and creative play. Most cards feature four distinct edges just waiting to be enhanced by some type of decorative border element. With close to thirty different border Die-namics in the shop, you’re sure to find the perfect accent – no matter the occasion or sentiment. With this challenge, our team will expand your view of border elements with a variety of eye-opening new ways that will push the boundaries of your border Die-namics collection.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring border Die-namics and The Whole Herd from Birdie Brown.

Kay combined borders to assemble this pastoral scene. Campy Tree Lines and Rolling Hills add so much depth and provide lots of opportunity for adding color and texture. Our metal only edges allow you to create panels of any height so layering is easy!

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Stitched Scallop Edges Die-namics.

Layered border strips in a rainbow of colors make this card from Barbara quick and easy to assemble. The finished result is so eye-catching though! Notice that she cut the card base a bit short so that the bottom edge is scalloped for added interest.

Are you ready to create some beautiful borders and backgrounds of your own? Save 20% on all in-stock Die-namics in our Backgrounds & Borders category today only! Happy shopping :)

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Creative Challenge: In the Background

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Background designs often fall to the wayside in favor of the layers of beautiful accents we love to add to our projects. Don’t neglect that clean, fresh canvas though – the background can be the star of the show! Our team has accepted the challenge to explore all of the wild and wonderful ways MFT products can be used to craft eye-catching backgrounds that demand attention and enhance your cards in the most wonderful way.

Handmade congratulations card from Karolyn London featuring the Garden Flourish Background.

Handmade greeting card from Donna Mikasa featuring the Simply Circles Background.

Inspired to create some standout backgrounds? Today only, you can save on all of our in-stock rubber background stamps!

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Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs for a bonanza of brilliant backgrounds.

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Creative Construction: Flowers

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints. This month, infuse your cards with flora and fauna with this collection of Blueprints. From delicate to bold, graphic to detailed – we’ve got a style for every occasion. Featured Blueprints include 3, 5, 12, 14, & 19.

Handmade thank you card from Kimberly Crawford.

Kimberly’s layered flower features a polka dot splash of pattern on its pretty petals. A mix of classic patterns, including dots, stripes, and subtle text, provide neutral interest that is the perfect complement to those pops of Persimmon.

Handmade card from Inge Groot.

Inge layered flowers she die cut with Blueprints 5. The emboss lines and added shaping make the resulting flower come alive with dimension. Our Teflon Flower Petal Shaper is a great tool for easily adding depth and realism to your die-cut flower shapes.

Keep on clicking to see how the rest of our team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Ingenious Inking: Color-on-Color

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Layer upon layer of gorgeous, rich color – that’s the look we’ve challenged our team to achieve this month. We told them to take advantage of the possibilities MFT Inks provide by layering them with any technique at their disposal – and the results are stunning. It’s only paper and every “mistake” is simply an opportunity to try something new so grab your inks, click through our team’s creations to get inspired, and layer some color of your own!

I'm Here for You handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Winged Beauties Die-namics. butterflies, rainbow gradient

Besides being a simply beautiful example of ink blending, I’m kind of astounded by how well Kimberly’s project mirrors the look of our Ingenious Inking logo 😉 When you create a panel so colorfully stunning, a handful of simple die-cut vellum accents are really the perfect finishing touch.

Happy Birthday handmade card from Keisha Campbell.

Keisha’s card radiates softly blended color providing an ideal focal point for adding a script sentiment and delicate floral accents.

Keep on clicking to see how others on our Design Team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Die-namics Design: ABC 123

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Apologies in advance if you’re humming a certain song the rest of the day…it really is as easy as 1-2-3 with our alphabet and number Die-namics though! We’ve challenged our team to showcase the versatility of those elemental wonders with cards and projects that feature our abundance of diverse alphabet and number themed Die-namics.

Handmade Love card from Keisha Campbell featuring the Layered Rose Die-namics.

Keisha took this challenge as an opportunity to showcase the Layered Rose Die-namics by replacing the “O” in her “LOVE” sentiment – what a statement it makes!

You're a Class Act handmade teacher card from Barbara Anders.

Chances are, many of you are approaching the end of the school year and maybe have teacher cards and gifts on your mind. This month’s theme lends itself perfectly to creating something special and unique for all the teachers in your life. Adding a die-cut apple created with the Red Delicious Die-namics is the perfect finishing touch.

Keep on clicking to see how our Design Team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Creative Challenge: Fantastic Florals

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Congratulations to the winners from our Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) week! If you’re one of the lucky ones listed, please email Susan with your name, mailing address, and date you won so we can get those packages shipped out as soon as possible – we can’t wait to get these goodies into your hands! Ready?

Prize Winner Monday, April 13

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Prize Winner Tuesday, April 14

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Prize Winner Wednesday, April 15

Jessica H. (commented April 18 7:48 pm)

Prize Winner Thursday, April 16

Larissa Heskett (commented April 17 5:06 pm)

Prize Winner Friday, April 17

Jean Bullock (commented April 17 7:24 pm)

Congratulations to ALL the winners! We had so much fun shaking things up and hope you’re ready to add some shimmy to your projects now as well. We have lots more planned for the months ahead – stay with us for so much more excitement.

Now, onto the challenge!

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They say April showers bring May flowers so in anticipation of that floral bounty we’re about to be the beneficiaries of, we’re embracing those delicate beauties with stamped, die-cut, and stenciled designs you’ll swoon over. With designs so fresh you’ll swear you can detect a slight fragrance in the air, our team is bound to inspire your next botanical beauty of a project.

Handmade wedding or anniversary card from Torico featuring Rolled Blooming Rose Die-namics.

You Make Me Happy handmade card from Teri Anderson featuring Fresh Cut Flowers Die-namcis.

Our talented team has even more inspiration for you so click on through to each of their blogs for an abundance of flowery inspiration.

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Creative Construction: Sweet Scallops

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints. Dainty rows of scallops add such a soft, feminine touch to your cards. Whether you use them to create a decorative border, or layered among other panels and elements, that delicate bit of gently curved shaping will add beautiful interest to your projects. This month’s challenge focuses on Blueprints 4, Blueprints 6Blueprints 8, Blueprints 9, Blueprints 14, and Blueprints 22 – all collections that feature scalloped elements.

Friend handmade card from Torico featuring Pure Innocence Heart Bouquet stamp set and Die-namics.

Don't know what I'd do without you handmade card from Teri Anderson.

If you’re inspired to explore Blueprints more, NOW is the time to take the leap. Today only, save 15% on all Blueprints with code BP15 – stock up!

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Ingenious Inking: Mixed Media Madness

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Mixed media can be a little intimidating – once you begin piling up different textures, patterns, and colors though, you quickly realize how forgiving, and exciting, it can be. Mixed media projects are the perfect opportunity to experiment with the capabilities of your supplies and explore your creativity so this month, we’re using Hybrid Inks – the perfect choice for mixed media applications with it’s quick-dry, no-smudge formulation.

Mixed Media canvas from Kimberly Crawford.

This 4″ x 4″ wonder will bring some cheeriness to the dreariest of days. A mix of Lemon Drop Hybrid Ink, Sheer Sparkle Glitter Glaze, and Embossing Paste creates an ideal combination for lighting the way to mixed media perfection while a wash of Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink creates a delightful sky backdrop. There’s so much more inspiration to discover though:

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Do you like what you see? Hybrid Inks are such a valuable resource! Whether you want to stock up or try them for the first time, now’s the time! Save 15% on all Hybrid Ink Pads and Refills between now and March 26 with code HYBRID.

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Die-namics Design: Cover-Up Craze

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We put a lot of thought into our products and our line of Cover-Ups reflects our attention to detail when it comes to what works for you. Designed to layer beautifully on a standard A2 size, Cover-Ups add dimension and texture. These designs are equally as beautiful tone-on-tone as they are with bright, contrasting pops of color. You’ll be amazed at the creative ways our team has featured Cover-Ups in their projects this month.

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Cindy started her design by stamping her panel with the Woodgrain Background. The patterned panel was then die cut with the Stitched Rectangle Frames and used to frame the die-cut Modern Morocco Die-namics. The mix of patterns brought in by the stamping and die cutting helps to subdue the Limelight Card Stock.

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Are you inspired to create something beautiful with Cover-Ups? Today only, save 20% on all Cover-Ups with code COVERUP at checkout!

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