Creative Stenciling Techniques Unmasked

Stencils are one of the most economical and versatile products on the market today and this month, we’ve challenged our design team to get creative with them so you can make the most out of your own stencil collection! After you see how our team uses paints, sprays, mists, and inks to airbrush, sponge, mask, and emboss, you’ll look at your stencils with brand new eyes.

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Inge created a gorgeous tone on tone textural background using embossing paste with our On The Diagonal Stencil. A delicate layered butterfly from the Fancy Butterflies Die-namics floats across the card front to finish off this very happy card loaded with fantastic details.

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Are you ready for some more creative inspiration? Our design team has provided exactly that. Pull out your stencils and supplies and prepare to be amazed and energized by what they have to offer. Keep on clicking through to each of their blogs to see what they’ve created in response to our challenge!

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MFTv Be Amazing Bokeh Effect Card

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“Bokeh” in photographic terms indicates a slight blur or shift in focus. It’s an intentional look to add artistic effect – not the result of a shaky hand ;) Mimicking bokeh with stencils and ink is a simple task as long as you’re prepared with the right materials and a quick technique tutorial. In our project this week, that intentional blur adds a softness to the card that is reinforced by subtle color choices and the warmth of the gold paper and ink. Choosing a mixed media or watercolor paper as your base is the key to preventing warping.

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

So easy, right? Give it a shot and 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.

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Splitcoast Love Fest

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Happy Friday to you! We are so thrilled to be a part of the Splitcoast community and to have the opportunity to share our products and inspiration with you. We are continually amazed by the exciting new ideas and projects you fill the gallery with.You teach us new ways to use the stamps, Die-namics, and supplies that we create for you and we have no doubt that you’ll continue to blow us away with future releases.
 
Now that we’ve gushed over your talent, we would be honored to have you participate in our challenge for you today. We think you’ll love all of the opportunities for interpretation this challenge allows for and we’re confident you’ll leave us swooning.
 
Head on over HERE to get all of the details. We can’t wait to see where our challenge inspires you to go!

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Color Palette Challenge Review

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Color Palette Challenge 2 was issued two weeks ago. Time for a check in! This month, we’re featuring a Kraft, Sweet Tooth, Lemon Drop, and Blu Raspberry combo inspired by the sun and sea but equally appropriate for so many other applications. Are you interested in seeing what our design team has been inspired to create with this month’s palette? Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Embossed Houndstooth in classic Kraft is the perfect foil to pops of color in Jodi’s pretty card.

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Debbie created this fabulous set that would make such an incredible gift for the sea lover in your life.

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High contrast Blu Raspberry backed with Kraft adds interest and texture to this sweet and simple card from Jody featuring the new Simply Fabulous Sayings set.

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Amy went for glamour and elegance with this card. Classic stripes balance the filigreed Chandelier, made all the more fabulous by the bright and trendy colors.

Ready to create a color inspired project of your own? Remember  that you have until noon on March 5 to share your own Color Palette Challenge projects. As a reminder: one of the challenge participants will win a Gift Voucher to the MFT boutique valued at up to $20! We can’t wait to see what you do.

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 164

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Classic and elegant describe this simple but stately design. Perfect for any number of occasions but easy enough to make multiples of – perhaps a gift set is in order with this week’s challenge?  A voucher to the MFT boutique worth up to $20 could be in the cards just by participating, so give it a go and see where the inspiration takes you!

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You have until Tuesday, February 25 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

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Congratulations Peggy! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE.

Download the 2011 Sketches (1-52) HERE

Download the 2012 Sketches (53-104) HERE

Download the 2013 Sketches (105-156) HERE

Download the 2014 Sketches (157-164) HERE



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Always a Good Time

Color. Texture. Pattern. Laina has masterfully combined all of these design features into one vibrant layout. She’s used trendy patterns and techie elements to create a page that’s very much “in the now” but by including classic patterns, she’s imparted a timeless feel – this is a design that she’ll enjoy for years to come! It’s the little details that really make a layout special and Laina has shared some wonderful tips for pumping up your next project.

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If you want key words in your title to really POP, cut the letters twice and layer with pop dots.

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Kick tone-on-tone up a notch by using slightly different shades of the same color. Now you have created texture and contrast.

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This layout includes the perfect mix of patterns but Laina didn’t use a single piece of patterned paper. Instead, she created her own custom patterns in a number of different ways. The Berrylicious block was created by embossing card stock, highlighting the raised detail with coordinating ink. The Sour Apple and Razzle Berry blocks were done with Cover-Up Die-namics. The Steel Grey block was also done with a Cover-Up but this time, Laina left the piece intact choosing not to remove the circles. Tone on tone pattern was also created by stamping the Woodgrain Background pattern on the Instafames, a portion of the title work, and the Mod Border along the bottom of the layout.

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Finally, Laina created a journaling spot in her Smart Phone die cut negative by stamping with a lined journaling stamp.

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Ready to make a layout of your own based on Laina’s sketch? She has graciously provided one for you! This layout is such an excellent example of how putting attention and effort into the finer details can make an impact on the final product. The process doesn’t have to be time consuming, just thoughtful. So on your next project, challenge yourself to come up with one little detail that will push it from really good, to reallyreally good.

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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.

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Release Rewind Day Two

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Before getting to Day 2 of our Release Rewind, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners! Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Amy Rohl’s blog: Tina Holman

from Melody Rupple’s blog: Loulou

Congratulations to you both! Your Gift Vouchers will be emailed to you sometime later today, so keep an eye out! And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all!

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I got creative with Lisa’s Forget Me Not and Watercolor Backdrops stamp sets, along with Smart Phone and Blueprints 12 Die-namics.  I stamped the watercolor image three times in different ink colors on a mixed-media paper, and then misted it to create a true watercolor effect.  I stamped my flower on top and embossed with white detail powder.

Our February release continues to inspire our designers to pump out even more creative projects guaranteed to get you crafting. Our February Guest Designer, Gayatri Murali,  is back for one last time this month sharing a Rewind project of her own. Please join us in thanking her for all of her incredible work over the past days.

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Click on through to each of our designers’ blogs for more February Release inspiration!
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Release Rewind Day One

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Orders filled with fabulous new February products are already being carefully packaged and shipped off, but we aren’t done sharing our February release projects! Enjoy the inspiration our design team continues to provide on day 1 of our Release Rewind.

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The lovely ladies below are each sharing a Rewind project on their blog today. Click on through to see more crafty inspiration from each of them!

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Stamp and Win with This Week’s Card Sketch 163

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This week, we’ve gone horizontal. It’s always a good creative jump start to go with a different orientation, size, or shape for your cards and projects. Have fun creating a card for any occasion with this versatile design that incorporates a rounded rectangle, a banner element, and a pretty posie. As an added bonus, one of you will win a Gift Voucher to the MFT boutique worth up to $20!

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You have until Tuesday, February 18 at noon EST to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

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Congratulations Debra! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE.

Download the 2011 Sketches (1-52) HERE

Download the 2012 Sketches (53-104) HERE

Download the 2013 Sketches (105-156) HERE

Download the 2014 Sketches (157-163) HERE



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