Fresh Cut Studio

Create a Handmade Card in a Few Easy Steps

Hi, friends!

I feel like my home is in a constant state of renovation and redecoration lately. I'll replace one thing in the house and then find something else to do. It results in trips to the hardware store several times a week. 

A recent trip there led me to the electrical department, where I was mesmerized by some of the light fixtures that mimicked the look of light bulbs hanging freely from the ceiling. I was so inspired that I came home and made this light bulb-inspired card! 

HangingYouLightUpMyLifeCard-Teri-TechniqueTuesdayWant to make a card like it? It's easy. Just follow these simple steps.

Start by die-cutting several small and large light bulbs from white cardstock with the Bright Lights paper crafting dies. (If you are having a hard time getting the die to cut, consider using a metal adaptor plate with your die-cutting machine. I find this helpful when working with intricate dies.)

Lightsstep1Set the light bulbs on scratch paper. Use a couple gray pens to add some color to their necks like so. 

Use a sponge dauber (or cosmetic sponge) to apply ink onto the glass portion of the smaller light bulbs. 

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Lightsstep3Repeat the last step. This time apply ink to the larger light bulbs.

Remove the center pieces from most of the light bulbs. Consider replacing the center pieces in some of the light bulbs with fresh pieces cut from white cardstock.

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Lightsstep5Adhere your light bulbs to a card. (Not a cardmaker? Use them on a scrapbook page instead!) For added visual interest, arrange them so they are next to each other but are at different highs. 

Make your light bulbs hang by drawing wires. This is easy! Take any black pen and then use either a ruler or a stamping block as a guide for drawing straight lines.

HangingYouLightUpMyLifeCardClose-Teri-TechniqueTuesdayComplete your card by adding a sentiment to the card. (The phrase I used is from the Light Bulb Moment stamp set, but you will find lots of great phrases to use instead from all the other Occasion and Sentiment stamp sets on our website! ) You'll also want to add a few strips of cardstock or patterned paper toward the bottom of the card. Give the card a hint of glitz by adding a few sequins or gems to it. 

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial! I'd love to see what you are making with Technique Tuesday's stamps and dies! Leave a link to your latest project for me so I can check it out and leave a little love. 

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September Release Day!

Hi, everyone!

Today's the day! It's Release Day at Technique Tuesday! Hooray!

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It's that time of year when kids go back to school, the weather gets a little cooler, and it's time to head back into our craft rooms. It is also a good time to replenish your stash of cards, start a gratitude journal, update your planner, make some layouts about your summer trips or the changing seasons, or even start your December Daily album. You'll find stamps and dies to help you with all those projects and more in this new release! (You can shop for all the new stamps and dies starting now on our website.)

Craving some inspiration? Please check out the blogs of our talented Design Team members. They've each made some awesome projects to share with you! 

Amy Kolling

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Kymona Tracey

Latisha Yoast

Heather Hoffman

Teri Anderson

Plus don't miss this video from Bev! She'll show you all the new products. She will also give you some quick tips for making amazing cards, scrapbook pages and DIY projects!  

(Can't see the embedded video? You'll find it here on our website!)

Thank you for joining us for New Release Day and all our September Sneak Peeks! Please come back. We've got lots of fun projects and tutorials to share with you over the coming weeks! 

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PS. Who is the lucky winner of the $20 gift certificate for Technique Tuesday? That would be Meghan Kennihan. Congrats Meghan! Please check your inbox for a message from Teri about your prize! A big thank you goes out to everyone who left comments during on our September Sneak Peek and Countdown posts. We sure appreciate them! 



Sept. New Release Countdown: Day 1

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Hi, friends!

We are so excited to have you with us today as we inch closer to the September 1st release of new stamps and dies at Technique Tuesday! 

You are going to get the first look at the full reveals of some of our amazing new products for cards, scrapbook pages and planners.  Plus we've got our Design Team with us today to share some incredible projects they've been making with the new goods. 

First, let's take a look at some of the new products!

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Mandala Sentiments Stamp Set

Like to make your patterned papers with stamps? Like more traditional, classic images? You are going to love this 4x6 stamp set. It features several images you can use on their own or pair together to make all kinds of pretty mandalas! There are also several sentiment stamps you use with your mandalas or on their own. 

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Mandala-Sentiments-Clear-Stamps-Technique-Tuesday-FBLovely Lavender Stamp Set

Like flower stamps? This 3x4 stamp set features a beautiful hand-drawn bouquet of lavender stems, plus for sentiments perfect for making all kinds of cards. Belong to the Greenhouse Society? This is your auto-ship stamp set for September. Not a member but gotta have the stamps? No worries! They will be available for purchase on the 1st with the rest of our new products. And don't forget to check out the dies! We'll have coordinating dies available for this stamp set! 

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Mandala-Sentiments-Clear-Stamps-Technique-Tuesday-FBThings Change Stamp Set

This 4x6 stamp set features a host of phrases and designs perfect for documenting everyday life and all the memories made along the way. These scrapbook stamps work on their own, but also work well with the recently released Captions and Labels dies

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Mandala-Maker-Crafting-Die-Technique-Tuesday-FBMandala Maker Crafting Die

Like to use die-cuts on your cards and scrapbook pages? You are going using the Mandala Maker die to make all kinds of fun elements for those projects and more! 

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Amazing-Arrows-Fresh-Cut-Studio-Crafting-Dies-Technique-Tuesday-FBAmazing Arrows Crafting Dies

You are going to love putting an arrow on it, so to speak, with these new dies. Use them on cards, scrapbook pages and all kinds of DIY paper crafting projects. Fresh Cut Studio member? These are your auto-ship dies for September. Not a member but want them? They'll be available for purchase on the 1st! 

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Want to see what you can do with these products?

Please stop by the blogs of our talented design team members:

Amy Kolling

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Latisha Yoast

Heather Hoffman

Teri Anderson

Be sure to stop by our blog again tomorrow to see reveals of the new products. And you'll find all the new products here on our website on September 1st. 

Also don't forget to leave a comment on this September Release Countdown post, or any of of our September Release Countdown or Sneak Peek posts that appear here on the Technique Tuesday blog from August 27th to August 31st, 2018. We're giving a $20 to one lucky person for leaving a comment. Comments must be posted on the Technique Tuesday blog by midnight PST on August 31st, 2018. The winner will be announced here on the blog on Sept. 1st.

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New Video: How to Create Accents with Alcohol Ink

Hi, friends!

Do you like beautiful butterflies and dragonflies? Then you are going our latest video!

Bev and I have been playing around with the Build a Dragonfly and Classy Butterflies dies. We figured out a fun way to use alcohol inks with glossy cardstock to make your own accents with the dies! These pretty accents are easy to make and will look amazing on your cards and scrapbook pages.

Watch Bev's video for the scoop!

(Can't see the video? Go here to watch it on our website!)

I was so inspired by our video that I made a few cards. These cards feature a slight variation on the butterflies shown in the video. 

Here I used alcohol inks to simply add color to a solid butterfly cut from glossy cardstock.

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I used it on a card, but imagine using several butterflies like mine to decorate a scrapbook page or the cover of a journal. You could even cut and color several of them and then string them together to make a garland for a party or to decorate your craft space. 

And here I used alcohol inks to add color to some intricate butterflies cut with the Classy Butterflies dies rather than solid ones.

Hello Friend Butterflies Card for Technique TuesdayDon't they look neat? Want your intricate butterflies to really stand out on your card or scrapbook page? Consider die-cutting some solid bodies from vellum or glitter paper and placing them behind the intricate butterflies. 

I hope you too are inspired to play by this fun, new video! Please share your projects with us on Instagram or Facebook. Be sure to use the #TechniqueTuesday hashtag when you share your projects! 

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PS. Do you like Tips and Technique videos for stampers? We've got lots of great ones for you on the Technique Tuesday website. Whether you want to learn about painting with Distress Inks, want some tips for coloring with pencils or need some ideas for kicking things up a notch in your planner, we've got something for you. See all the videos here.



August New Release Countdown: Day 1

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We are so excited to have you here today as we move toward the August 1st release of new stamps and dies at Technique Tuesday. 

You're going to get your first official look today at our new paper crafting products! Plus we have the design team here to share with you some fabulous projects they've created with the new goods. Get ready to be inspired!

First, let's see some of those products.


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My Trip Stamp Set

This 4x6 stamp set features a host of phrases and icons perfect for documenting all your adventures, whether they be on the road or close to home. 

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Travel Buddy Stamp Set

Documenting an adventure? This 4x6 stamp set is perfect for that! All of the phrases in this set are perfect for telling the story of your journey.

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Travel-Icons-Fresh-Cut-Studio-Crafting-Dies-Technique-Tuesday-FBCaptions and Labels Crafting Dies

This set of label dies works with the Travel Buddy and My Trip stamp sets. Some of these shapes also work well without stamps!

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Travel-Icons-Fresh-Cut-Studio-Crafting-Dies-Technique-Tuesday-FBSassy Vacation Memories Stamp Set

Our Sassy Sentiments collection of stamps is growing this month with the addition of this 3x4 stamp set. Use this stamp set to help document your travels. Planning a trip? Use it to stamp phrases and travel icons on your planner pages. 

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Travel-Icons-Fresh-Cut-Studio-Crafting-Dies-Technique-Tuesday-FBCars on the Road Border Crafting Dies

Like to die-cut? There's a new addition to the our popular collection of Border dies. Meet the Cars on the Road Border crafting dies. Cut a road and cars with this die. By the way, this die is sized to work on a standard A2 card.

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Travel-Icons-Fresh-Cut-Studio-Crafting-Dies-Technique-Tuesday-FBAdventure Awaits Stamp Set

This 4x6 stamp set features images iconic to a travel theme! Whether you are working on scrapbook pages about family history or making cards for your favorite folks, you are going to find a place to use these stamps! 

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Travel-Icons-Fresh-Cut-Studio-Crafting-Dies-Technique-Tuesday-FBTravel Icons Crafting Dies

This set of dies feature six dies with a travel theme. The signpost is approximately 1" tall. Fresh Cut Studio member? These are your auto-ship dies for August. Not a member but got to have them? We've got you covered. They will be available for individual purchase on the 1st. 

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Want to see what you can do with these products?

Please stop by the blogs of our talented design team members:

Amy Kolling

Dana Joy

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Kymona Tracey

Latisha Yoast

Heather Hoffman

Emily Leiphart

Teri Anderson

Be sure to stop by our blog again tomorrow to see reveals of the new products. And you'll find all the new products here on our website on August 1st. 

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July New Release Countdown: Day 1

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Hi, friends! 

We're so thrilled to have you here again as we get closer to the July 1st release of new stamps and dies at Technique Tuesday. 

You're going to get your first official look today at the new paper craft products. Plus we have the design team here to share with you some awesome projects they've created with the new goods. Just wait until you see what they've been making! 

First, let's see some of those products.

Classy Butterflies Crafting Dies from Technique Tuesday

Classy Butterflies Crafting Dies

Butterflies are timeless when it comes to paper crafting, and you are going to love using these dies to create all kinds of accents to decorate your cards and scrapbook pages with. These versatile dies can be used on their own or paired together to create detailed, layered butterflies. 

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Bugs and Kisses Stamp Set

This 4x6 stamp set features an assortment of hand drawn bugs that are sure to make you smile. Use them on their own or together to make all kinds of cards for your favorite love bugs! 

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Butterfly on the Border Crafting Die

Butterfly on the Border Crafting Die

This die is the latest addition to our popular collection of Border Dies! Take a card, open it up and die-cut a border along the side. This die really is that easy to use.

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Beautiful Dragonfly Stamp Set

This 4x6 stamp set features two beautiful dragonflies and a variety of sentiment stamps perfect for scrapbook pages and cards. If you have our previously released Dragonfly crafting dies, these stamps work perfect with the mat die in that set! Also, if you are a Memory Keepers Studio member, this is your auto-ship stamp set for July. Not a member but want the set? It will be available for purchase on 1st.

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Build a Dragonfly Crafting Dies from Technique Tuesday

 Build a Dragonfly Crafting Dies

These dies are perfect for all kinds of paper crafting projects. You can use them to make your own dragonflies and ladybugs! By the way, if you belong to Fresh Cut Studio, these are your auto-ship dies for July. Not a member? Never fear. They will be available for purchase with all our other new products. 

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 Want to see what you can do with these products?

Please stop by the blogs of our talented design team members:

Amy Kolling

Dana Joy

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Kymona Tracey

Latisha Yoast

Heather Hoffman

Teri Anderson

Be sure to stop by our blog again tomorrow to see reveals of the new products. And you'll find all the new products here on our website on July 1st. 

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PS. Today is the last day to comment on our Animal House stamp set giveaway post. Be sure to check out the blog post here



Step Right Up, Paper Crafters!

Are you a fan of die-cuts?

Do you like to use steel cutting dies to make decorative accents for your cards and scrapbook pages?

On a budget and looking for an affordable tool to add to your crafting arsenal?

We have something for you! Check out the Fresh Cut Studio crafting dies!

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We release a new set of Fresh Cut Studio dies every month. These universally compatible dies are designed to complement your handmade cards, party d├ęcor projects, planner pages, traditional scrapbook layouts or pocket pages and more.

These dies can be used on their own, but they also compliment our Memory Keepers Studio stamps!

These dies cost under $10. They are available for individual purchase. Auto-shipment is also available.

Swing by our website to see this month's dies and to learn about getting them delivered to you! 

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PS. There's a lucky Technique Tuesday newsletter subscriber out there! Congrats to Michelle W., who recently signed up for our newsletter! Michelle was randomly selected to earn a $50 gift certificate, which was emailed to her by Teri! Congrats, Michelle! 



May New Release Countdown: Day 1

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Hi, all!

We're excited to have you here with us again!

We are counting down to the May 1st release of stamps and dies at Technique Tuesday! You get the first look today at some of the new products that will debut that day!

Our incredible design team is here today as well to share with you some cool projects they've made with the new goods. 

First, here's a look at some of the new products.

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What a Guy Clear Stamps

Do you like to die-cut when you stamp? There's a coordinating set of mat dies available too that work with the set's images! 

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Use these dies to create a number of tools to decorate your cards and scrapbook pages with. Also, if you belong to our Fresh Cut Studio auto-ship program, these are your dies for May. Not a member but want the dies? Never fear! They will be available for purchase without joining the club! 

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Lilac Clear Stamps

Use the large flower as it is or make it bigger by adding flowers to it with the set's smaller flowers.

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These dies are the latest installment in our popular collection of border dies. Consider using these dies on cards and scrapbook pages.

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These products will be available on the 1st in the New Products category on our website.

Want to see them in action? Stop by the blogs of our talented Design Team members:

Amy Kolling

Dana Joy

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Kymona Tracey

Latisha Yoast

Emily Leiphart

Heather Hoffman

Teri Anderson

Stop by our blog again tomorrow for a look at the rest of our new products for May! 

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Tutorial: How to Add Color with Markers to Intricate Die-cuts

Hi, everyone! Teri here today with a quick tutorial showing you another way to use your markers. Instead of using your markers to color in stamped images, use them to add color to your die-cuts! Check out this card.

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Here's how I made the accents for this card.

Step 1: Start by cutting a couple flowers from white cardstock. For this project I used the Fresh Cut Flowers crafting dies.

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Step 2: These dies have some small pieces that might fall out when you cut them. To keep them together, I placed a little washi tape (or two-way tape) on the back of the die-cuts and set the small pieces over the tape. This will help keep those small pieces in place!

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Step 3: Now it's nearly time for the fun stuff... we get to color. But, first, a word about markers. There are lots of markers out there that will work for this technique. You don't have to have the latest and greatest. You just have to have some markers you are comfortable using. I personally find the brush and bullet tip style ones are my favorite for this technique simply because sometimes I want to add color in really small spots on my die-cuts.

Take your markers and slowly apply a little color to your die cut pieces. Keep going until your die-cuts are covered with color.

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Step 4: You might have some spots where you accidently got marker color onto your die-cuts where you didn't want any color. An easy way to fix that is by taking a white pen and simply applying some ink over the stray color.

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I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. Be sure to check out Technique Tuesday's Stand-Alone dies! We have lots of dies that will work wonderfully with this technique.

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PS. Want to see another project that uses this technique? Check out this set of handmade gift tags! These would look amazing on a gift for Mother's Day or for a special friend on their birthday!



April New Release Countdown: Day 1

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Hi, everyone!

We're excited to have you with us today! We are couple days from the April release of stamps and dies from Technique Tuesday, and we're counting down by showing you some of the new goods!

We've also got our incredible design team with us to share some projects they've created with the new products.

First up, here's your first official look at some of the new products.

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Iris Clear Stamps

There's a coordinating die available too! 

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Fresh Cut Flowers Crafting Dies

Use these dies to cut out four different styles of flowers to decorate your cards, scrapbook pages and paper craft projects with! And if you belong to our Fresh Cut Studio auto-ship program, these are your dies for April! Not a member but got to have them? They'll be available for purchase on the 1st, along with all our other new products.

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Just Us Girls Clear Stamps

Imagine using these stamps on cards and scrapbook pages! If you are a die-cut lover, be sure to check out the coordinating mat dies for these stamps!

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Flowers for Her Clear Stamps

If you love flowers and coloring them in, you are going to love this stamp set. This set also has a coordinating set of mat dies available for purchase!

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Iris-Greenhouse-Society-Clear-Stamps-Technique-Tuesday-FBTulip on the Border Crafting Die

We're offering another die in our series of border dies this month. Use this die to cut a border along the side of a card! 

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All of these products will be available for purchase sometime on 1st in the New Products category on our website.

Want to see them in action? Stop by the blogs of our talented Design Team members:

Amy Kolling

Dana Joy

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Kymona Tracey

Latisha Yoast

Emily Leiphart

Heather Hoffman

Teri Anderson

Stop by our blog again tomorrow for a look at the rest of our new products for April! 

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