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Documenting the First Day

The first day of school…pretty monumental, right? Laina was able to capture her handsome boys in all of their back-to-school glory in this bright, clean-lined layout with plenty of fun little details. The Border It – Numbers Die-namics is repeated across the top of the layout to reflect the progression of grades while the fun new Lunchbox Die-namics provides the perfect placement for a title. I love seeing how the scale of our stamps and Die-namics translate to scrapbook pages!

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Do you have a milestone moment you’ve been meaning to document? Even those small, seemingly ordinary moments can take on great significance when you take a moment to reflect on the deeper meaning. Take some time to capture a fleeting moment – Laina’s provided a sketch to get you going so all you need to do is choose the photos and put pen to paper. What are you waiting for? Make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media uploads so we can see how MFT products have inspired your creativity – we’ll be on the lookout!

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Ghostly Greetings

Halloween approaches – now is the time to build your stash of seasonal cards for friends, family, and impending gatherings. We have a plethora of theme-appropriate stamp sets and Die-namics that can be mix and matched to your heart’s content. Make something spookily cute like Barbara has below!

PrintHow about creating a cool peek-a-boo scene by layering a panel with a die-cut window over a tableau created with the Spooky Scene Die-namics? The Spooky Sentiment stamp set includes a huge variety of phrases perfect for adding the finishing touch to any ghostly projects you have on the agenda.

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Let’s see what you come up with for celebrating the looming October festivities. Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we always love seeing what you’re up to :)

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Awesome Takes Practice

Barbara is joining us today to share a card that perfectly mingles classic + trendy to awesome effect.

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Kraft, Primitive White, and Tangy Orange is a pretty classic color combo but when a little glittery silver is tossed in the mix, things get extra-special. The Sun, Moon, & Stars Die-namics includes a variety of different star sizes to make things even more interesting. The Notebook Edge Die-namics is a fantastic addition to  your supplies as it creates a ripped-from-the-notebook edge on a panel of any width.

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We’d love to see how you mix classic designs with trendy die cuts, stamps, and colors. Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we’re always on the lookout to see what you’re up to!

And before I go today, I’d like to take a minute to say goodbye to our dear friend and Creative Team member Inge. She’s been an invaluable part of our team for such a long time and we will miss her exquisite sense of color and impeccably constructed cards. She has big things in her future that will keep her very busy and we’re confident you’ll be seeing a lot of her. Best wishes, Inge!

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Watercolor Birthday

Our ink refills are a fantastic way to keep your ink pads fresh and juicy but they are versatile enough to be used in other ways as well. Let Barbara walk you through how she used refills to create a beautiful watercolor effect on her birthday card design.

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Begin by stamping water color paper with the Happy Birthday Background using Black Licorice ink.

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Dampen the water color paper with a water brush or a paint brush dipped in water.

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Lay a drop or two of ink on a craft sheet or other non-porous surface.

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Pick up some color with the brush and swipe across your paper.

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Keeping your paper damp to allow the ink to flow, add additional colors as desired and blend the edges together.

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Allow the color to pool, run, and drip as desired.

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Once the panel is dry, spray and splatter with glimmer spray.

watercolorHB_gDie cut “Happy” and attach with foam adhesive. Stamp a sentiment from Delicious Birthday with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on a strip of Sweet Tooth Card Stock and attach with foam.

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Give it a try! Stamping is obviously a favorite activity but there are so many more ways to play with your inks. Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we always love seeing what you’re up to :)

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Happy Looks Good on You

Our line of TRANSFORM-ables is endlessly versatile. Barbara trimmed “smile” from the framed image to layer on top of the die-cut frame for a high contrast sentiment that demands attention (in the best possible way.)

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Think about your supplies in new ways. Here, the Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX have been transformed into layering elements simply by trimming them to shorter lengths. A subtle tone-on-tone background, created with the On the Diagonal Background, adds pattern and interest that doesn’t overwhelm the other stamped and die-cut elements.

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Has Barbara’s project inspired you to create something smile-inducing? Be sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can see what you’re up to!

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Ombre Happy Birthday

Layering pattern and color is one of Laina‘s specialties. Her birthday layout exquisitely combines photos and words into a cohesive design that you can’t stop looking at. Our line of generously-sized background stamps is a beautiful collection of patterns that are ideal for creating decorative panels and elements that stand out without overwhelming. We know repetition is an important design element and this layout is a prime example why – that title, created with the Happy Die-namics, is sensational.

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Using background stamps, Versamark ink, and clear embossing powder, create resist patterns on white card stock. Using an ink blending tool, lightly blend ink over the top of the embossing to add color to the backgrounds and reveal the embossed patterns.

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Using an ink blending tool, lightly create the ombre ink pattern by blending dye ink colors together. After the ink is dry, die cut your title words from the pre-blended inked paper.

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ItsYourDay_Detail2To create the glass plate, apply Berrylicious dye ink to plain vellum with an ink blending tool. After the ink is dry, die cut the plate first from vellum and then a second layer from clear acetate. Layer the acetate over the vellum for a pretty glass look.

ItsYourDeayDetail4To construct the cake, die cut the cake and accents from white card stock. Add color to the layers of cake and candles with an ink blending tool and dye inks.

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Tip: To add ink to tiny pieces, keep the die cuts in their original card stock backing by adding washi tape to the reverse, holding them in place. Add color to the elements by using a blending tool.

Birthday_Detail3Now it’s your turn – take Laina’s sketch and make it your own. Take her 12 x 12″ design and create your own scrapbook layout or card. Make sure you tag #mftstamps on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook when you share your creations - we love to see what you’re up to!

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Your Hard Work Doesn’t Go Unnoticed

Don’t let the names of the At the Office stamp set and Office Supplies Die-namics trick you into thinking they’re only appropriate for work-themed projects! As Laina’s layout so deftly illustrates, academic layouts are a perfect application of this charming duo of products. The addition of texture in the form of a stitched title adds interest and another pop of color. The Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics makes stitching a breeze by creating a pre-punched stitching guide.

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Once again, Laina has managed to combine layers of color and pattern into an incredibly cohesive look – now it’s your turn! Did you notice that Laina created a 12×12 sketch but adapted it to an 8.5 x 11″ layout? Sketches are endlessly adaptable! The sketch provided would work wonderfully for a card as well. If you’re inspired to create something wonderful with this starting point, make sure to tag us if you share – we always love seeing what you’ve been up to with MFT products :)

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Getting Inky with Our New Hybrid Formula Pt. 3

Yesterday, we’d shared an example of a card that could be completed in no time at all. Today, Sharon Harnist is with us to share a Copic tutorial that is perfect when you have the time and desire to get deep into a coloring project.

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Hello, MFT friends!  I’m thrilled to be on the MFT blog today to share a Copic coloring tutorial and demonstrate how well your Copics will work with MFT’s new Hybrid Ink Pads…so let’s get started!

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To color this sweet Pure Innocence Sassitude image, first I stamped her with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto X-Press It Blending Card. The hybrid ink dries quickly and you can start coloring right away, with no need to heat set or allow for lengthy dry time! The pleats in her dress are already drawn for you, so the coloring is pretty simple. (I’ll have another example at the end of this post that shows how to create pleats when there are none included).

1. Base color the skirt with lightest RV52.

2. Using darker RV55, color from the round end of the pleat, which would be the deepest “valley,” upward, creating an upside down V.

3. Go back with the lighter RV52 and blend the two colors together.

4. Using the 0-Colorless Blender marker, push away some of the color from the very tops or “peaks” of the pleats, creating the same upside down V pattern going upward towards the waistline. These strokes become more visible in the next step photo as the blender solution dries.

You’ll notice, even with using the 0-Colorless Blender marker to push away Copic color, the hybrid ink stamp lines remain crisp!

5. Color the lower row of ruffles the same as the steps above.

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6. To color the bodice of her dress, start with a base coat of T0.

7. Using mid-tone of T1, create a shadow on the right side of her body and on her shoulder.

8. Using darkest T2, deepen the shadow on the far right edges of her body.

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9. To color hair, base coat with Y23, then add mid-tones of E33.

10. Add darkest E35.

11. Go back with lightest Y23 and blend colors together.

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12. To color skin, base coat with lightest E00; add shading with darker E11. Go back with lightest E00 and blend.

13. To color shoes, base coat with lightest T2 and add shadows with darker T4.

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Here are all the Copic colors I used:

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To make Miss Sassitude even more sassy, I gave her some shimmer by placing MIX-ables Sheer Shimmer Mist into a water reservoir brush and painting it onto the bodice of her dress and hair bow. Even with painting over the hybrid ink stamped lines with the shimmer mist, the lines remain crisp, with no bleeding!  The mist was also lightly sprayed onto the Razzle Berry 6-inch calendar base.

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Hopefully you can see all that pretty shimmer in this close-up. (I also accidentally got some shimmer mist sprayed onto her face when I was spraying the Razzle Berry layer – oops! Just adds to her sparkling personality, I guess - LOL!):

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To make the calendar part of my page, I stamped the Journal It-Calendar Basics grid with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto Smooth White Card Stock.  The numbers were stamped with Razzle Berry Hybrid Ink onto the calendar grid. I’ve found this process goes quickly by stamping all of one number at a time. Here, I’ve stamped all the 1’s and 2’s:

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The June month name was die cut from Razzle Berry Card Stock with Accent It-Months of the Year Die-namics. To finish my calendar page, I embossed the Wildcat Stencil onto the Steel Grey layer, by using the thin mat from the Embossing Pad Combo and running it through my Big Shot.

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A Fishtail Flag was cut from Pink Lemonade Card Stock and topped with a Cotton Candy stitched strip from Blueprints 1.  A Loopy Bloom cut from Cotton Candy felt finishes my 6-inch June calendar page.

To create pleats in clothing where they are not already drawn, just color the same upside down V pattern where you think they would look most natural. In this Birdie Brown Sunflower Sweetheart image, I used the curves in the bottom of the dress as a guide for coloring the pleats:

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Thanks so much for joining me today – I hope this tutorial is helpful to you when coloring your MFT images!

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Quite a Pair

Your cards and projects don’t need to be time and labor-intensive unless that’s what you want them to be. Attractive projects that your recipient will love are mere minutes away – Creative Team member Amy’s sweet card is proof positive.

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Talk about thinking outside the box – Amy repurposed the Lightbulb Die-namics into a pair of pears. The result is simple and sweet, cool and graphic, and begging to have the card interior filled with words of love.

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The stem and leaves can be cut twice from different shades of card stock, or, simply choose a coordinating ink color to darken the stem – what a time saver!

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We’d love to see your “made in minutes” projects. Make sure to tag MFT in your social media uploads so we can see what you’re up to!

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May Your Day Be Filled with Sunshine

Using supplies in new and unexpected ways is one way to extend their usefulness and get a lot more bang for your buck.

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Kimberly’s happy card demonstrates this technique with the Trendy Triangle stamp set and Triangles Die-namics. The card base, embossed with the Cloudy Day Stencil, provides a serene backdrop to the shiny, smile-inducing sun.

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Mounting the circle sentiment and sun rays with foam adhesive adds dimension. Kimberly also created a slight shadow effect by stamping her sentiment twice, shifting the image ever-so-slightly before creating the second impression. Card making doesn’t have to be time-consuming or require a laundry list of supplies – with just a handful of versatile supplies and a single ink pad, she’s managed to create card anyone would be so pleased to receive.

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Hey! Have you heard? We’re having a HUGE Retirement Sale! 40 – 50% off more than 180 Stamps and Die-namics. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good though so if there’s something on your wish list that you have to have, now’s the time to grab it! See all of the sale items HERE and HERE. Enjoy!

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