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14 Handmade Valentine's Day Cards and Love Cards for All Year Long

Hey card makers... it's that time of year when we all are looking for handmade Valentine card ideas. You'll find lots of stamped Valentines projects here. Plus we're sharing projects to celebrate your loved-ones during the other 364 days of the year too!

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We hope these projects will inspire you to make birthday and thank you cards for the people you love, wedding and anniversary cards for friends and family members, thinking of you cards for your sweetheart, and projects for love-themed occasions all year long. And we hope you enjoy seeing all these projects featuring stamps and dies from our 2020 Love Collection!

For the next 4 days the stamps and dies used to make these projects are 20% off. The coupon code is included below!

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How to Make Scrapbook Embellishments

Calling all scrapbookers and memory keepers. Would you like to make your photos and memories be the highlight of your scrapbooks, have more fun while you are crafting and SAVE MONEY? Then this blog post is for you!

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We invited some amazing designers to make scrapbook layouts, pocket pages, December Daily projects and Traveler's Notebook layouts using the stamps and dies from our Scrapbooking Collection. Each of their projects show how you can use stamps and dies to make titles, embellishments and journaling spots using colors that complement your photos and reflect your own style.

So grab your favorite Sunday morning beverage and take a few minutes to see how you can use stamps, dies and cardstock plus a little ink to be more creative and save money!

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A Scrapbook Layout That Will Make You Smile

Heya, Julie here with another colorful scrapbook layout from Nathalie. I really like how she combined the small, stamped phrases with the script-y "smile" and "laugh" die-cut words to make a title for this layout. The black stamped elements and die-cut phrases look fabulous with the bright, patterned paper she used! 

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Hi there! Nathalie with you today with a layout that uses the fun Laugh and Smile Stamp Set, along with the Layered Smile Crafting Dies, and the Layered Laugh Crafting Dies. These new sets are sure to be a staple in my documenting, as they are versatile and lots of fun. Let me show you what I have created.

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11 Cute Stamped Chameleon Cards and Project Ideas

Can you believe it's already September and that the trees will be changing colors soon? To go along with the idea of changing colors, we thought it would be fun to introduce a cute chameleon this month. I hope you enjoy seeing all these projects from the Technique Tuesday team featuring this month's new Chameleon Friends stamp set and matching dies.

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Watercolor Stamped Rose Tutorial with Dana Kirby

Hey there, it's Julie! Today I'm happy to welcome Dana Kirby back to our blog. In this blog post, Dana shares her stamped rose watercolor tutorial. Dana used her watercolors and the Sending Roses stamps and the matching Sending Roses dies to create such a sweet card! (These stamps and dies are the May additions to the Greenhouse Society Collection.)

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Hi Friends! It is Dana here today sharing a card using the gorgeous Sending Roses Stamp Set from the May release.

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I started my card by stamping my rose image in black ink and water coloring it with a pale blue and green watercolor. I used a lot of water, and just kept adding color until I got my desired look. Next, I used the Sending Roses dies to die cut my rose image. I set this aside and began working on my card design.

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I started by die cutting the large Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Die from light gray cardstock for my center label. Next, I die cut Sending (included with the Sending Roses die set) from medium gray cardstock. I attached this to my label and stamped the rest of my sentiment (lots of love from the Sending Roses stamp set) underneath. I also added my rose image to my label at this time.

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To finish my card, I used an aqua piece of patterned paper to create my card panel. I attached this to a medium gray mat before attaching it to my A2 card base. Lastly, I attached my label to my card front with foam adhesive.

Don't you just love this Sending Roses stamp set and dies? The image is gorgeous and the sentiments are definitely some of my favorites!

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Dana's card is so beautiful, right? And her rose stamp tutorial using watercolors makes it so easy to replicate this card. If you aren't into watercolors, you might like my tutorial about how to color and add highlights to these stamped roses using alcohol markers. Or use the Sending Roses stamps and dies with any or all of your favorite coloring mediums. I hope Dana's card and these tutorials inspire you to make some beautiful stamped roses of your own!

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P.S. If you're a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, you should already have received the Sending Roses products. Not a member? You can order these stamps and dies individually now. Or, if you'd like to save 25% off the Sending Roses, sign up to become a Greenhouse Society auto-ship member before the end of May!

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Cute Crocodile Card Ideas by Norine Borys

Good morning all! Julie here, bringing you a couple of unbelievably cute crocodile cards by Norine Borys. She used the newest stamps and matching dies from the Animal House collection. Take it away Norine!

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Hi friends, it’s Norine back with you today, sharing a couple of cards made using the May Animal House stamp and die sets, called Alligators and Crocodiles. First up is a cute birthday card!

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To emphasize the numerical aspect of a birthday, I also used the By the Numbers crafting die. I began by stamping the Croco/Gator image onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock with Versafine Onyx black ink - an ink that is watercolor friendly, and then coloring the images with Arteza Real Brush watercolor markers, and blending the colors with a water brush. I used the coordinating Alligator & Crocodile dies to cut the crocodile and bird shapes and set them aside.

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Next, I die cut a panel of white cardstock with the By The Numbers die and adhered it to the front of a white cardstock card base. I love to use over-all die cuts like this to support the theme of my card as well as to provide some interest without being distracting, so that the images and sentiment can have the attention. I used Versamark ink to stamp a sentiment onto black cardstock, heat embossed with white embossing powder and cut out the sentiment block, then backed it with foam tape to pop it up on the card front.

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Finally, I adhered the die-cut crocodile accent, with his big toothy grin, to the card front, adding one of the die-cut flamingos to his back, safely away from those teeth! I’m kidding, these two are the best of friends! The addition of a few coordinating enamel dots (I never get tired of those!) completes the card!

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My second card is a fun “hey, how’ve you been?” card. I started by ink blending onto an A2 sized white cardstock card panel with a wave stencil and some blue Tim Holtz Distress ink.

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Following the lines at the top, I hand cut the stenciled portion about 1/4th of the way down. I used a piece of green patterned paper for the background and adhered it to a card base.

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Next, I stamped an alliga-dile (sorry, I don’t actually know the difference well enough to know which I made) onto Bristol Smooth card stock with Versafine ink, and colored again with water-based real brush markers before die cutting with the coordinating dies. Before adhering the water portion of the card panel to the card base, I tucked the alliga-dile under the edge to appear like he’s menacingly peeking out, although the little bird sitting on his back totally gives him away!

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I stamped the sentiment directly onto the stenciled cardstock with black ink. I found some blue glitter enamel dots in my stash that made me think of water bubbles so I used them and some yellow dots (to tie in with the yellow bird) to complete this card.

Thanks for visiting the blog and enjoy the rest of your day!

Norine

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I love these crocodile card ideas!

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PS: Are you an Animal House auto-ship member? We shipped these alliga-diles (or croco-gators?) to you earlier this month. Not a member? Learn how you can save 25% of these cute alligator stamps and matching dies!

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Alligator Card Ideas by Allison Arbour

Hello, Julie here! Today I'm happy to bring you a new blog post from Allison Arbour. She's showing us how she made this super cute card using the Alligators & Crocodiles Stamp Set, the matching Alligators & Crocodiles dies, and the Stars on the Border dies.

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Here's Allison's Alligator Card Tutorial!

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First, start by blending distress oxide inks in colours Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron on 2 separate pieces of white cardstock.


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Use the Stars on the Border Die to cut through from each sheet. You will be using the negative cut from this die to create the bite marks but be sure to save the positive image and all the stars for another card or project.


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Trim the negative sheets (the bite marks) to the size you want to fit your card base.


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I positioned for placement then stamped my sentiment in black ink and heat embossed in clear.


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Using foam tape on the back of the bite mark sheets, I adhered them to the card base.


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I coloured the alligator in copics using colours YG23 and YG21. I then used the matching die to die cut out the alligator.The birds were coloured in copics and die cut as well, using the colours R22,R20,RV63,RV55,YR30,YR31,Y19


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Foam tape was used on the back of the alligator and birds and adhered to the card base.

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And voila! Here is Allison's finished card! I love that she used the negative space from the Stars on the Border die for this card. If you missed this month's blog hop, you probably also missed Allison's other card where she used the positive space (the star border). Here's a link to that alligator card on her blog. Finding new ways to make the "scraps" into something beautiful on their own is a great challenge that can bring out your creative side! What kinds of "scrap" projects have you made?

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Take a Blog Hoppin' Tour of the May Release!

Yay... it's finally time to talk about the May release! We've been so busy celebrating National Scrapbook Day that we haven't had time to say much about the new stamps and dies we released on May 1st. But that all changes today!

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Today, Bev is sharing a quick video showing you all the beautiful butterflies, the lovely roses, and the snappy alligators and crocodiles. Watch her video to learn a little bit about each of the new products. Then make sure you visit each stop on the blog hop to see tons of project ideas!

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Technique Tuesday - that's us, you're here!

Allison Arbour

Sheree Forcier

Yasmin Diaz

Ana Anderson

Jung AhSang

Natasha Kara

Dana Kirby

Amy Kolling

Latisha Yoast

Emily Leiphart

Kymona Tracey

Norine Borys

Nathalie DeSousa 

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Thanks so much for visiting and joining in on the blog hop!

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Tips and Project Ideas for the Build a Birdhouse Crafting Dies

Hi everyone. This is Bev. I have been having a lot of fun playing with the Build a Birdhouse crafting dies and I have so many tips I want to share with you for using them. You can watch the video, or keep reading to make sure you see all the project ideas and see all the tips too!


Tip 1: Don't Cut Apart Your Dies!

Now my first tip may seem a little odd. I recommend that you leave these dies connected. In other words, don’t nip apart the connectors between each of these dies. Here is why. First, some of these dies are small and easy to lose. Second, these birdhouse pieces are designed to be mixed and matched in a bunch of different colors. Since none of these dies are nested just leave the dies connected and make lots of die cut roofs, perches, and birdhouses. And don't forget that in addition to cardstock and patterned paper, these dies will cut out felt, thin chipboard, cork, thin wood paper, fabric, and more. Those unusual materials make great birdhouse parts!

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Tip 2: Keep All the Extra Die-Cut Birdhouse Pieces!

My next tip is don’t throw away the extra birdhouse pieces. Instead keep them together for future projects. Here at the Technique Tuesday offices, we keep the dies in a plain envelope and we keep all those pieces in that same envelope with the dies. Having all these extra birdhouse pieces in one place makes it easy to create a quick card, gift tag or scrapbook layout later.

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Tip 3: Use a Glue Pen or Fine Tip Adhesive Applicator!

Once you’ve picked out the pieces you are going to use for a specific project, you need to adhere them together. If you are working with paper, I recommend using a glue pen to adhere small, die-cut pieces together. I prefer this Quickie Glue Pen. A high-quality glue pen lets you add a small amount of glue right where you need it and dries clear too.

If you are working with more porous materials, like felt or chipboard, you’ll need a stronger adhesive and more of it. For these porous materials, I prefer this On Point Glue. Now the first thing I like about the On Point Glue is that it has a very fine tip that lets me get the glue where I want it to be. It also has a little pieces of metal, really a pin, inside the lid that slides down into the tip to keep it from clogging. And the adhesive is pretty strong so it will keep these heavier materials together better.

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Tip 4: Make the Entrances Look Dark and Shadowy!

Once you have those pieces adhered, you need to decide what to do about the hole in the front of the birdhouse. Now, one option is to leave the hole open. But I wanted it to look dark and shadowed, so here’s how I do that. I cut out a piece of black or dark shadow colored cardstock. Then I adhere it to the back of the birdhouse. Not only does this provide the shadow color, the dark piece is actually behind the birdhouse so it adds just a bit of dimensional interest too.

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Tip 5: Cut Down Your Birdhouses!

Another tip is that these die-cut birdhouses are designed to be cut down. We made them this way so that you could adjust the size to fit better on your specific project. Plus being able to make different sized birdhouses lets you make more visually interesting projects. To make different-sized birdhouses, just trim off the bottom of the one-hole or three-hole birdhouse die cuts. Then add roofs or perches!

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Tip 6: Cut Out Some White Pieces and Add Patterns!

My final tip is to also consider die-cutting out some birdhouse pieces from white cardstock or watercolor paper. You can use a fine tip pen to add a wood grain pattern or some other pattern to your birdhouses. Or use your favorite coloring medium to add shadows and highlights. For example, Tam used Copic markers to make it look like there are red shingles or corrugated steel on the roof of this die-cut birdhouse accent.

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I hope you enjoyed these tips and projects featuring the Build a Birdhouse dies. And I hope you are inspired to go make some cards, gift tags, or accents for your scrapbook pages using some of your own die-cut birdhouses.

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PS: The Build a Birdhouse dies are part of our Fresh Cut Studio Collection of Crafting Dies which are all less than $10. And if you become a member of the Fresh Cut Studio auto-ship program, you'll pay even less!

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Animal House Sneak Peek + a Giveaway!

Wow... can you believe January is almost over? It's time to start the new release countdown! From now through January 31st we will be sharing sneak peeks each day. Then on February 1st and 2nd, we'll be revealing all the new products and we'll be having a blog hop featuring lots of projects we hope will inspire you. So let's get started with today's sneak peeks!

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Get ready to meet some new, cute critters. These fur-balls will be joining the Animal House Collection of stamps and dies on February 1st. Like all the Animal House stamps and dies, these cuties are designed to help you make cards that are fun to color. So far we've made these critters be pink, purple, orange, gray, and also very SPARKLY!

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What kind of animal do you think they are? What color would you make them? Or what sentiments would you put with these animals? Tell us what you think for a chance to win!

Leave a Comment for a Chance to Win One of Three $20 Gift Certificates!

From now through February 2nd, there are a bunch of ways you can enter for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Technique Tuesday store. You can enter once, several times or all of these ways!

  • Between now and midnight on February 2nd, leave a comment here on our blog on each of our sneak peek and blog hop posts. Tell us what you liked about that day's post. (If you do this every day, you'll have 5 chances to win.)

  • Like and follow our Facebook page. Then come back here and leave a comment telling us that you've joined our Facebook community. (Since you can only follow us once on Facebook, you only need to to this once for another chance to win. And if you already follow us on Facebook, just leave us a comment here telling us that you are already part of our Facebook community!) 

  • Follow us on Instagram. Then come back here and tell us that we'll be seeing you on Instagram too. (That's another entry for this giveaway!)

We will announce the three winners right here on our blog on February 5th. Good luck everyone!

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