MFTv You Keep Me Anchored

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This week, watch and learn how to create this nautical design featuring a technique that uses both the positive and negative of a die to create a unique new look. Also learn how our Embossing Pad Combo can be used in conjunction with our extensive line of stencils to emboss your card backgrounds to add gorgeous dimension and texture.

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembly start to finish or just play the embedded video.

Have you attempted a design that combines the positive and negative from a die cut image? We’d love to see your results. Tag us on Facebook and Instagram so we can see what you’re up to. We know you’re doing incredibly creative things and we’d love to be challenged and inspired by your creations.

MFTv Let’s Make Some Waves

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This week, we are setting sail on a sea of Die-namics goodness. Our new Sailboat and Making Waves Die-namics are a match made in heaven. In this video, you’ll see how quickly and easily you can assemble this maritime delight and you’ll also learn a great trick for using elements from our Blueprints series to easily create panels to use for die cutting smaller elements.

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembly start to finish or just play the embedded video.

How are you combining different sets? Do you have any great tips for using your supplies in unique ways? We hope you’ll share your work by tagging us on Facebook and Instagram. We know you’re doing incredibly creative things and we’d love to be challenged and inspired by your creations.

MFTv Love You So Much Card

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A pocket full of posies is nice but a pocket filled with hugs and kisses is even better! This week, we’re sharing the technique used in assembling this card that features a vellum pocket created with the Treat Pocket Die-namics and accented with the Sunny Day Doodles Love It stamp set. If you’ve had trouble in the past working with vellum, you’ll really appreciate the tips included for stamping and scoring this sometimes tricky material.

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembly start to finish or just play the embedded video.

Have you tried cutting unique materials with your Die-namics sets? We hope you’ll share your results by tagging us on Facebook and Instagram. We know you’re doing incredibly creative things and we’d love to be challenged and inspired by your creations.

MFTv XOXO Banner Card

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In this episode of MFTv, a number of new stamps and Die-namics are combined into one standout design. We love how the subtle color palette is such a perfect foil for the pop of red brought in by the die cut sentiment and felt hearts. The texture that the Patterned Triangles Background stamp adds, and depth provided by the Dimensional Banners Die-namics are just a couple of the touches that make this design something special.

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Not only does this video show off a number of new products, it’s also chock full of useful tips! From stamping with our large, square background stamps to tricks for adhering different materials, you’re sure to discover something new that’s worth the price of admission. See the entire video HERE or click play below.

We love that “old” and new product can be combined so effortlessly. We know our customers are adept at taking old favorites and breathing new life into them by adding fun new touches. If you’re sharing your MFT projects on Facebook and Instagram, we hope you’ll tag us so we can see what you’re up to – you’re a constant source of inspiration to us all.

MFTv TRANSFORM-ables Heart Full of Love Shimmery Valentine

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TRANSFORM-ables are a new and innovative Die-namics line that was introduced with our January, 2014 release. This first, two piece set can be used to create three unique looks. Each piece can be used to cut a hole in your card front – either a solid heart or the heart shape with the script “love.” A third look results when you cut the solid heart shape, and then center the second, smaller “love” die on your diecut. The outcome is an overlay like the one shown in our sample.

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If you’d like to see how this shimmering card came together, check out the video HERE or simply click play below.

This new product line will fast become a favorite for crafters looking to make the most of their dies. When you create a project with this Die-namics or any of our other products, we’d love to have you tag us on Facebook and Instagram so we can be inspired and share some praise. We can’t wait to see what you do!

Rainbow Connection

If you love the subtle look of gradient colors flowing from one hue into the next, you might like this project. If you are also a fan of vivid, rainbow tones, we know you’ll love this project. There may not be a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, but you’re sure to find a smile!

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Using a rainbow of MFT inks, begin to ink up the background stamp. For this project, start at the bottom with Wild Cherry. Next, add Orange Fizz, butting right up to the Wild Cherry. The inks may overlap a bit, which is fine as it helps to create the blended look. Some of the inks may bleed onto your ink pad as you layer them on the stamps but blotting the ink pad with a tissue should remove the errant ink.

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Continue the ink progression with Lemon Drop, Sour Apple, Berrylicious and Grapesicle. This photo shows how the stamp will look once it’s completely inked.

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Next, stamp the image onto a sheet of Smooth White Card Stock. Jodi worked relatively quickly to keep the inks from drying on the stamp. She also “huffed” on the ink to keep it moist as she added color. This stamp, like all of the MFT Background stamps, is 5.75″ square. These dimensions are perfect as the stamped image can be trimmed and used to completely cover an A2 card, either vertically or horizontally. Additionally, the size is perfect for a square card.

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Now that you’ve created your stamped background, you can complete your card. For this example, the new TRANSFORM-ables Heart Full of Love Die-namics was used so that the diecut window could best showcase the stamped background.

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The inside sentiment is from the Love Story stamp set. The card interior can be linked to the exterior by inking the sentiment in the same rainbow pattern.

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The rainbow effect created in this sample is lovely and versatile but, the same technique could be used for a variety of styles and occasions. Imagine how lovely a serene, water-like gradient of blues and greens might look. Or how fun and flirty a purple, pink, and red transition would be. There are so many options with this technique. We hope you’ll give it a shot and share your results with us!

MFTv Heartfelt Thanks

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Now that you’ve had the opportunity to check out all of our new January product, as well as some of the incredible samples our Design Team and Guest Designer have provided, let’s take a closer look at one of the new Die-namics. The Staggered Heart Border Die-namics is a six piece set that includes a single border strip, as well as the five individual heart shapes that comprise the border. The beauty of this product is that the border and individual hearts can be used separately for fast and simple embellishing or the pieces can be layered and combined in a way that makes for a design full of depth and interest. This card shows how a simple stamped sentiment is brought to life by the addition of the layered Staggered Heart Border. heartfelt-thanks Would you like to see just how this card came together? Check out the video HERE or simply click play below. Enjoy!

We are so excited to see what creative ways you have for using this Die-namics set! We’d love to have you tag us on Facebook and Instagram when you share projects featuring our stamps, dies, stencils and supplies so we can give you some love. Now go forth, and create!

In Perpetual Style

The year is coming to an end but you still have plenty of time to plan for 2014! Maybe one of your resolutions is to get a handle on the birthdays, anniversaries and other important events you like to recognize. Debbie Carriere has created this perpetual calendar that’s perfect for keeping track of your special events, year after year. The beauty of this project is how easy it is to customize. A basic construction ensures that it comes together quickly. Then, embellish to your heart’s content based on your aesthetic and time. DCarrierePerpetualCalendar Seal twelve A2 sized envelopes and trim each to 5 5/8″ long. DCarrierePerpetualCalendarA Apply scor-tape to the short, closed end of eleven of the trimmed envelopes. DCarrierePerpetualCalendarB Adhere the envelopes together in a stack as shown. DCarrierePerpetualCalendarC Cut two pieces of Whip Cream Card Stock measuring 4 1/2 x 11″ and 4 1/2 x 5 5/8.” Score the 11″ piece at 1 1/2″ 2″ 7 3/4″ and 8 1/4.” DCarrierePerpetualCalendarD Fold along the score lines. Apply scor-tape to the larger flap and attach the smaller piece of cut Whip Cream Card Stock. DCarrierePerpetualCalendarE Apply two pieces of scor-tape to the area between the 7 3/4″ and 8 1/4″ folds. Adhere the envelopes here to form the binding. Apply scor-tape and an adhesive magnet to the top envelope. DCarrierePerpetualCalendarF Remove the scor-tape liners and adhere the flap to the envelope. Place the second adhesive magnet on the small flap. Cut twelve pieces of Whip Cream Card Stock to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.” Stamp the notebook paper image from the LLD Journal It – Take Note in Steel Grey Ink. Re-position and stamp the image three more times to cover the entire panel. Repeat the stamping on the reverse side of each piece. Cut each panel using the 4 x 5 1/4″ Die-namics from Blueprints 6. DCarrierePerpetualCalendarG On the front and back of each card, stamp the numbers from LLD Journal It – Calendar Basics, in Razzle Berry Ink. Cut the months from the LLD Accent It – Months of the Year, from Steel Grey Card Stock. Attach each month to the appropriately dated card. Cut a tab from Razzle Berry Card Stock and adhere it to the back of each card ensuring that it doesn’t extend more than 1/4″ beyond the edge. DCarrierePerpetualCalendarI Embellish the front and back covers as desired and enclose each monthly card within an envelope. Sew a loop of Steel Grey Ribbon to a Razzle Berry Button and glue over the magnetic closure on the small flap. If desired, cut a Vertical Gift Card Pocket from card stock and attach to the inside back cover to store postage stamps.

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It’s as simple as that. You already have an incredible stash of beautiful cards; now you have a way to stay organized and put all of those cards to use! Spread your love and your talent throughout the year. (Pssst: This would make a pretty fabulous gift for the person that has everything too!)

Wine Away the Holidays

So many of us enjoy giving (and receiving) the gift of wine during the holiday season, and Amy Rohl has prepared the perfect paper pairing for this popular gift.  Follow her instructions below to recreate a beautiful wine tag that will give you something to say “cheers” about! AR augcc joy Die-cut one Let’s Toast wine bottle tag from Primitive White Card Stock. Die-cut two large Poinsettia flowers and two small poinsettia flowers from Wild Cherry Felt. Die-cut High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase letters (J, O, Y) from Gumdrop Green Felt.

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 Assemble the small and large poinsettia layers together with your preferred adhesive. TAG3 TAG4 Decorate the center of your poinsettia with sequins. TAG5 Adhere finished poinsettia to bottle tag with hot glue or your preferred adhesive. TAG6 Adhere letters to wine tag. TAG7 Once you know the basics of assembly, have fun creating themed wine tags for a wide variety of gift-giving occasions. TAG8 This year the thought of holiday gifting won’t leave you whining for ideas.  Thank you, Amy!

Mona’s Mixed Media Canvas

Our very own mixed media maven, Mona Pendleton, is sharing a beautiful project tutorial with you to help you capture the feelings of gratitude this special day represents. After carving your turkey, carve out a bit of crafty time for YOU. Gather your supplies and follow the steps below to create a home decor piece you can be thankful for. Canvas 360x525 Tear tissue paper in various sizes and adhere randomly to all sides of the canvas using Mod Podge. Allow to dry.

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Place stencil on front of the canvas, and apply an even layer of gel medium using a palette knife.

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Remove the stencil and allow the gel medium to fully dry.

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Apply an assortment of paints and glaze to the canvas.

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Add distressing by applying Black Soot Distress Ink to edges and front of the canvas.

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Die-cut the leaves, sentiment strips, clock face, and clock hands.

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Stamp the clock face, hands, and sentiment using Black Licorice ink.  Then apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to the edges.

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Stamp the leaves using VersaMark ink. Emboss one of each leaf using gold embossing powder and the others using gold embossing enamel. Apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to the edges.

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Adhere die cut pieces to the canvas.

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Team MFT would like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.