April Stamp of the Month

Monday, April 25, 2016

I'm loving the vintage vibe on the April Stamp of the Month, Life in Pictures! Capture your obsession with photography and scrapbooking with this stamp set, available only during April 2016.

Get this set for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more on my CTMH website. Or buy it for $17.95 with no other purchase required.

New Consultant Kit Price!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Are you looking for a fun and creative way to earn extra money, get your own personal scrapbooking and cardmaking done, and make new friends? Join my Close to My Heart team with a brand new lower priced consultant kit!

When you sign up as a new consultant, you'll receive over $200 in essential supplies for just $75, plus $50 in select product credit to spend on papers, stamps and more!

Sign up in April and submit $350 in sales (that's about the average party/gathering amount), and you'll earn a FREE Cricut collection or $100 in additional select product credit!

You'll also receive free training, support from me, and the opportunity to join thousands of other people just like you who LOVE papercrafting!

Check out this video to learn more about your opportunity to join Close to My Heart.

Have more questions? Contact me! If you're ready to join, CLICK HERE to begin. It only takes a few minutes, and your kit will arrive very quickly. You'll have access to the Close to My Heart consultant website before that, and I'll be in touch with you by phone or email to welcome you to my team!

Wonderful Watermark Techniques

Sunday, April 3, 2016

What exactly is watermark ink, and why is it so awesome? If you haven’t tried it yet, or you’re only using watermark ink for heat embossing, you’re missing out on the amazing potential of this versatile crafting medium!
Watermark ink is manufactured by several different companies, but the most commonly available one is Versamark by Tsukineko. Many people (including me!) use the names “watermark ink” and “Versmark” interchangeably. Kind of like Kleenex and facial tissues.
One of the simplest ways to use watermark ink is to create a watermark. That’s a faint image, or tone on tone design that is usually used as a background pattern. Simply stamp in Versamark, then stamp onto your cardstock.

The watermark technique will only work on cardstock that has been dyed, otherwise known as solid-core cardstock. That’s because the watermark ink can sink into the dyed cardstock and create a slightly darker image. If your cardstock has a design printed onto it, or if you can see a “white core” on the cardstock when you look at the cut edge, the watermark ink most likely won’t create any reaction. This is because the ink used to print the cardstock is not affected by the watermark ink. It will just sit on top. Bummer.

Below is an example of solid core cardstock (right), compared to white core (left). Tearing the cardstock will reveal the inside, so it's very easy to see the difference.
But here's a neat technique: If you do have printed cardstock, or white core cardstock, you can use clear embossing powder with your Versamark ink to create a faux watermark technique. The clear color of the Versamark means your cardstock color won’t be altered, and the true color will show through!
If you want to learn more about Watermark ink, including seven ways to use this versatile product, plus tips and cleaning advice, check out my video lesson on Curious!
In this in-depth video lesson, I'll show you how to use versamark ink and dye-based ink pads to create “fake” colored embossing, for those times when you don’t have the right color embossing powder. Watch as I show you how to use chalks and pigment powders with versamark, and how to create an emboss resist for beautiful backgrounds and focal points. You’ll also learn how to keep your pads as clean as possible when working around messy powders and inks.

Click here to visit my Watermark Techniques video lesson on Curious.

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