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We've Been HEXED!

But in a good way! Using Nathalie Kalbach's awesome pattern-making stamps for Rubbermoon: Large Hex Set and Small Hex Set. The possibilities are nearly endless with this very cool modular style of stamping, but here's what I've made my first time out: Before I started stamping, I traced around one large stamped hexagon on a piece of clear plastic packaging, and used a craft knife to carefully cut out the center. This gave me sort of homemade stencil, exactly the size of the stamped patterns. Then I chose a palette of Distress Oxides and used the stencil to lay down some solid shapes in the lightest colors, Speckled...

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MTA Tape? Yes, Please!

We're seriously crushing on these fun and stylish Manhattan Transit Authority products. They're perfect for journals and scrapbooks, of course; but they also make outstanding cards! We currently have four styles of MTA Tape and four different MTA Sticker Sets at The Ink Pad. For these cards I've paired the tapes with Michelle Ward's exclusive Manhattan Map Stamp Set and the Mini Manhole Stamp Set, both of which are incredibly flexible and work in so many different designs. I've chosen my colors to coordinate with the tapes. I started by lining up strips of tape neatly on plain white cardstock cut to fit my A2 card fronts, so that I could...

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Lemurian Garden Stencils

Did you know that The Ink Pad's longtime friend and teacher Linda Edkins Wyatt just released her first set of StencilGirl Stencils? They're called the Lemurian Garden Collection and comprise two 6x6" stencils (Tulip and Leaf) and three 4x4" minis called Pansy, Lily and Spiral. For a limited time, if you buy all five stencils from The Ink Pad, you'll get a beautiful Intention Card handmade by Linda herself! Meanwhile, I (Lauren) was super-excited to get my hands on these and have a bit of a play! I can see about a million possibilities for these beauties, but to start with a made a couple of cards. The first one features the Lily Stencil,...

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Rainbow Birthday

Rainbows and birthdays go pretty well together. And Hero Arts' Wish Big Peek-a-Boo Clear Set is a brilliant choice for combining a birthday and a rainbow into a super-festive card!  This rainbow is composed of seven shades of super-creamy Distress Oxide inks: Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet; though really any rainbow shades, or for that matter, any analogous combination of inks you like, will work. These were applied with Picket Fence Studio Blender Brushes to get a lovely smooth finish. The background is stamped in clear embossing ink and embossed with Ranger Black Embossing Powder.    The balloons were...

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Washi Wonderland!

There are so many great washi tapes, but one of our very favorite brands at The Ink Pad has got to be MT, who make high quality tape in just about any design you could possibly imagine. Tape is fantastic for accents and for actually attaching things, but have you ever used it to make your own custom patterned paper? It's easy and fun! To make tape into a beautiful background, just cut your white cardstock (because most tapes are sheer and the cardstock will show through!) to size and apply the tape neatly in strips, wrapping the ends around to the back....

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