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More Books, Please!

Here's a card that combines a couple of my favorite cardmaking strategies: making my own customized background and stamping a sentiment for which there is no sentiment stamp! Because really, the main reason we love making our own cards is that we can tailor them to fit the interests and personalities of our friends and family, right?     Washi Tape makes awesome patterned paper, and that's what I've used here. I cut my plain white cardstock to 4 x 5.25" (the perfect panel for an A2 card) then neatly lined up strips of Book Tape, wrapping the ends around to the back...

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Stencil (& Stamp!) Sunday: Later, Gator

Did you know that all of The Ink Pad's beautiful and exclusive New-York-Centric stencils designed by Michelle Ward are also available as stamps? Only at The Ink Pad, of course! Today's card uses three different stamp sets and one of the stencils. Because when it comes to mix-and-match, the more the merrier, right?     I love that many of the stamps are available in your choice of traditional woodmount OR as the cushioned cling-mounts that work so nicely with a stamp positioner. Either way, they're made of the same thick, deeply etched, red rubber which always makes a good impression. Because they're...

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Autumn Leaf Wreath

Here in the Northeast it's really started to look and feel like Autumn with crisp cold days and LOTS of color on the trees. But if you don't live somewhere with beautiful foliage, it's easy to get the look in card form. I started by making a 4 x 5.25" collage panel with some vintage sheet music and text paper torn quite randomly and attached to plain cardstock with Coccoina gluestick, which smells deliciously like marzipan! I diecut a heart shape from the finished panel and laid out my three different styles of Eyelet Outlet Leaf Brads to get a...

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Stencil Sunday: Nostalgic NYC

One of my favorite ways to use stencils is with embossing paste, and I'm a big fan of Izink Diamond Glitter Paints by Aladine, which are coming verrrrry soon to The Ink Pad. I love the versatility of this product: If you brush it on smoothly it works like paint... but if you spread it through a stencil with a palette knife, it will stay dimensional! (You can even use it on fabric, if you heat set it.) On this card I've used Argent/Silver with The Ink Pad's exclusive Fishtail Pattern Stencil by Michelle Ward on top of Idea-ology Silver Metallic Cardstock for a fabulous diamond plate look....

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Happy Halloween!

A few of my Eyelet Outlet Monster Brad friends have stopped by to see if you have any extra candy? They also have a few tips for getting started in handlettering.   There are two crucial factors for lettering: you need the right tools and ...sorry, there's no getting past this... to achieve really steady lines, it'll help if you practice a bit. Luckily it's FUN! Tools are easy, because The Ink Pad's got your back with pens, notebooks and how-to books. The pens I've used for today's samples are some of my faves: a black Zig Fudebiyori, Clean Color Real Brush Pens in some monster-matching...

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