A New Way To Connect With Paper Wishes!

 

Our Paper Wishes customers are just like family to us. And like a real family, we like to keep in touch! There are so many ways that you can connect with us here at Paper Wishes!

  • Check out our Weekly Webisodes! Every Wednesday, watch Paulette & Gail as they share new products complete with tips & technique, plus incredible project ideas that will have you absolutely inspired!
  • On the Paper Wishes Blog, you can find stunning and seasonal project ideas, the latest & greatest new crafting products, contests and giveaways, plus behind-the-scenes peeks of Paper Wishes!
  • You can also find us on Facebook & Twitter! Here, you will find more amazing project ideas, contests & giveaways, notices of our sales and even more behind-the-scenes fun!

 

Not enough for you?

That’s okay—starting April 21st, we are bringing you something new!

 

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“Explore the world through someone else’s eyes.”

 

Periscope is an app that lets us broadcast live video directly to you.

Straight from Paper Wishes.

No scripts, no editing, no second chances.

Maybe best of all, Periscope lets you interact directly with us in real time. Ask questions, make a comment or just show us some love!

 

How can you watch Paper Wishes through Periscope? Two ways.

  1. Smartphone or Tablet: Periscope is a free app available for your iOS or Android device. Download the Periscope app from the iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store, and enable notifications. Be sure to follow Paper Wishes (our “handle” is @PaperWishes)! You’ll receive an alert when we’re broadcasting live (which makes this the best option for viewing).

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  1. Desktop Computer (Mac or PC): You can also catch Paper Wishes’ LIVE Periscope broadcasts on a desktop computer using your Twitter account (sign up here for free)! Then, be sure to follow @mypaperwishes. You’ll be notified through Twitter when we go live!

 

However you choose to watch, Paper Wishes’ LIVE Periscope broadcasts will be available for 24 hours following the broadcast. It’s going to be a whole lot of fun, and probably even more laughs, so get ready to join us on Periscope! Download the Periscope app by April 21st when Paper Wishes will go LIVE at a special event. Don’t miss a moment!

If you have questions, ask them in the blog comments. It will probably help someone else, and I will do my best to answer them all!

See you soon!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Steampunk Collection + Masculine Card Ideas!!!

 

Sometimes “pretty” comes easy, while “manly” remains a little more elusive. How do you make a pretty (or rather, manly) card for a man? Paper Wishes designers to the rescue! Below are some of my favorite masculine looks our incredible design team created using Hot Off The Press’ new Steampunk Collection!

Susan created the card below using Steampunk Foiled Fancies™ which are gold-foiled, deeply embossed die-cuts just waiting for your creative touch! Ink them, sand them, or add paint, markers and more for incredible effects. Susan colored her Foiled Fancies™ hot air balloon, gears and butterfly with Spectrum Noir™ markers. She then stamped black designs from the Fancy Patterns stamp set using Black StazOn® ink. Click on the project for details.

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Click here for Susan’s instructions!

 

Here’s a gorgeous card from Teresa who has embellished a Steampunk Foil Paper Tole “winged clock” with tiny, self-adhesive copper “nailheads.” She’s also used the Steampunk stamp set and Gold StazOn® ink for her card greeting! I just love this look, especially with that brown twill ribbon!

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Click here for Teresa’s instructions!

 

On this version, Gail customized her Foiled Fancies™ by inking them with black StazOn®, and applying rubbing alcohol over the top for a pewter look. She then combined her Foiled Fancies™ with Steampunk Scrapbooking Dazzles™. She backed her Dazzles™ heart and gears with Mocha Suede specialty paper, then layered her pieces together with foam tape. Wonderful dimension!!

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Click for Gail’s instructions!

 

Steampunk is the perfect collection for creating masculine cards, with deep brown and golden tones, teal accents and “manly” motifs like gears, top hats and more. You’ll be able to make the perfect birthday card for your husband, son, father, brother or any other special guy!

 

I hope you have a love-filled Valentine’s Day! <3

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Brighten Up With Our “Colorist” Collection!

The February sun is shining down on Hot Off The Press today, and I could’ve swore I felt the tiniest twitch of spring fever. Not full-blown-can’t-focus-must-clean-my-house spring fever. Just a pinch. Enough to remind me that, eventually, winter will give way to springtime.

To shake off some of the winter grays, I’m sharing our new Colorist Collection with you! The 12″x12″ paper pack features black and white outline artwork on one side, with vibrantly colored, dotted patterns on the other! These are some of the most versatile papers for papercrafters EVER! The black and white motif, contrasted against the bold colors and simple polka dots allows these papers to really travel through the seasons.

Below, Gail’s adorable easel card was covered with Colorist papers, and her framed robin focal (cut from the Feathered Friends Colorist book) was colored in with Spectrum Noir™ markers. I love how she used a ribbon bow to prop up her card front! And the floral background paper inside is so striking when left black and white! Click on the card for Gail’s supplies and instructions.

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Susan’s card below features Colorist Scrapbooking Dazzles™ stickers, and I love the look of this card! For her greeting, she simply placed the Dazzles™ “Celebrate…” sticker onto matted Colorist papers. The flowers were made by placing Dazzles™ flower stickers onto Double-Sided Adhesive. She covered the adhesive with Crystal Micro Glitter, and backed the flowers with Colorist papers for beautiful sparkle and shine! Click her card for more details.

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Here’s a scrapbook page that LeNae created using Colorist papers, Colorist Scrapbooking Dazzles™ and Colorist ribbon. You can color these papers any way you like. Use markers, colored pencils, chalk, ink, anything… and make it your own! 🙂

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This last card easily makes my “Top 10” list—take a look! LeNae has covered a Center Step card with Colorist papers that she colored in with ArtGrip Watercolor Pencils. The focal is Florals for Colorists Paper Tole which is a quick and easy way to get a gorgeous, playful look like this! You can click on the card for supplies and instructions.

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This paper pack is a natural choice for Easter (and beyond)! Click any of the products below for more info (and more project ideas too!)

 

Thanks for stopping by! 😀

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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5 Sweet Valentine’s Day Card Ideas!

Valentine’s Day is coming up so I wanted to share some great Valentine ideas using Hot Off The Press’ Love + 5 Hearts cutting die set! It’s a versatile cutting die collection with a variety of heart sizes and designs, and “Love” in a gorgeous script font. I’m highlighting my favorite parts of each card, but click on any card for full instructions and supplies used. 🙂

 

Below, Amy’s card uses the absolutely adorable Penelope Scrapbooking Papers (and quite honestly, I’m sitting here wondering why I haven’t got a set of them yet—ha)! I love that she die cut a white heart doily frame, and then places it over a white die cut mat. The effect is very sweet, and I love the dimension it adds! The studded border was created with Flamingo Liquid Pearls™ but you could also use Stickles™ glitter glue or new Nuvo Crystal Drops. So pretty! Click on the card for Amy’s instructions.

 

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Studded Heart Card designed by Amy Hurley-Purdie

 

This next card features a match made in heaven! Gail used Hot Off The Press’ new Heart Window Flap Die-Cut Cards which are perfectly sized for Love + 5 Hearts cutting dies! The swirly heart focal was die cut from gorgeous Pearl Adhesive Sheets and combined with vibrant Honeysuckle papers to create this stunner. Click on the card to see Gail’s directions.

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Heart Flap Card designed by Gail Booth

 

 

If you enjoy stenciling, check out LeNae’s card below, created using the All Over Swirls Stencil from Hot Off The Press. I love the simplicity, plus it’s easy to make this card quickly and in any color! LeNae used a heart die-cut to mask the heart shape in the center—then she inked over it using a stylus for the soft, blended look you see. This is a great card for a guy! Click on the card for LeNae’s instructions.

 

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Stenciled Heart Card designed by LeNae Gerig

 

Susan made this awesome shaker card, below, using Emma’s Garden papers along with the Love + 5 Hearts cutting dies. Unfortunately, some of the heart embellishments are no longer available, but Susan shares her great instructions on creating a lovely shaker card, and it’s a simple matter to substitute other papers or embellishments—just click on the card!

 

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Heart Shaker Card designed by Susan Cobb

 

Finally, one more card from Amy with a different look. She made this card with Simply Susan Double-Sided Papers and I love the colors, and well as the chevron. This is another card idea that’s perfect for guys! She used the Heart to Heart stamp set which is yet another great find for Valentine’s crafting as it has tons of sentiments all about love! Click on the card for Amy’s directions.

 

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Chevron & Hearts Card designed by Amy Hurley-Purdie

 

Love + 5 Hearts cutting dies have been around for a couple years now, so chances are you might already have them! If not, you might want to add them to your wish list as hearts get used so often! I hope this post inspires you to start creating some Valentine’s Day love!

 

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Michelle Gustafson

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NEW Feathered Friends & Zen Dragonflies Colorist Books!

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Today I wanted to show you the two latest Colorist books from Hot Off The Press! These cute little coloring books feature gorgeous designs, each printed on its own cardstock page and sized perfectly for a card. Yes, we know coloring is therapeutic, but let’s put our coloring to work for us and use it to create a special focal, whether for a card, page or even a gift bag!

Last week Paulette and Gail were at the CHA MEGA Show in Southern California, and alas—it was discovered we needed samples for the new books. So Gail and our awesome buyer, Kayla, found themselves in the hotel room coloring. You’ll get to see Kayla’s card on an upcoming webisode!

 

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Our two new books are Zen Dragonflies for Colorists and Feathered Friends for Colorists, and the images are some of my favorites so far!

 

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Here’s a sample from Zen Dragonflies that LeNae colored with Spectrum Noir™ pens, and accented with Stickles™ glitter glue! This piece would look amazing on a card. Just stamp a greeting onto one of the labels or tags that come with the book, add a bow if you like, and you’re done!

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Here’s another design from Zen Dragonflies. Debbie colored her page with Spectrum Noir™ Blendable Pencils, matted it on Purple Circles Holographic paper and glued it to a gift bag—so clever! I zoomed in so you’ll be able to see the design, as well as the little gift tag hanging from the handle. Each Colorist book includes 2 sheets of matching labels and tags to use however you like (our graphic designers think of everything)!

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Feathered Friends is our other must-have Colorist book! Gail did an incredible job coloring this sample, and she used something that most of us already have—ink pads! She used Art Daubers to color the frame (you “wear” the daubers on your fingers—cool!) Then she tapped the inks onto a craft sheet or acrylic block, and actually used a paintbrush to “paint” her owl. Great ideas, Gail!

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And now for the coup-de-grace, Gail’s stunning Owl Center Step Card! The simplicity of the card highlights the awesome job she did coloring her owl. She used Spectrum Noir™ pens to color her owl, and if you haven’t tried these markers yet, put them on your wish list!! There are TONS of colors available, and they are grouped into color families for seamless blending. Love them!

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I hope these projects will inspire you to take your coloring out of the book, and onto a card! Make your coloring count! 😀

 

Have a wonderfully creative day!

 

Michelle Gustafson

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Sunshine & Raindrops Dazzles™ Stickers + Project Ideas!

Happy Tuesday, Paper Wishers!

It looks like Paulette, Gail and the others are having an amazing time at the CHA 2016 MEGA Show in Anaheim, CA. They will be back home tomorrow, and I can’t wait to see what they’ve discovered!

Today I’m going to show you my favorite new Dazzles™ stickers—Sunshine & Raindrops! They feature an adorable little girl under an umbrella, along with clouds, raindrops, sunshine and a rainbow. These super cute stickers have a trendy weather theme that works for all four seasons! I was so excited when these Dazzles™ came out that I pretty much had to take them home and make a card. Immediately. So here’s the card I made, plus a couple of really stunning cards from the true professionals—our lovely Design Team!

 

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Below, Gail’s Rainbow Card was made using Blue Circles Holographic Paper and Ultra Smooth White Cardstock. The Ultra Smooth Cardstock is perfect for achieving a smooth, blended look using Spectrum Noir™ markers. Click on the card for supplies and Gail’s tips on how you can create this same softly blended look. This card is so striking!

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Teresa’s fabulous Pop-Out Swing-Fold Rain & Sun Card, below, features a brand new folded card design that she shares on her latest DVD: Teresa’s Frenzy of Folded Cards! She colored in her Dazzles™ using Spectrum Noir™ Blendable Colored Pencils. Click on the card to see the surprising swinging pop-out center of this card, along with Teresa’s supplies and tips for coloring!

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I hope you love these new Sunshine & Raindrops Dazzles™ as much as I do! You can click below to see these Dazzles™ up close. And here’s a bonus: Hot Off The Press has also created a coordinating small stamp (which I also love, of course)! I plan on picking up the stamp, plus more Dazzles™ to create some fun cards for springtime. Thanks for stopping by—be sure to come back for new project ideas and inspiration!

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Have a wonderfully creative day! 😀

 

Michelle Gustafson

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NEW January 2016 Stamp Sets from Hot Off The Press

 

Happy 2016!

I hope you are all ready for a great year to come—it’s going to be packed with tons of awesome project ideas, creative new techniques, and inspiring craft products (like our NEW Foiled Fancies™)! I can already tell I’m going to be a busy girl! Today I’m showing you four new stamp sets from Hot Off The Press, along with some of my favorite projects from the new catalog. These stamps sets are made of a clear, high-grade silicone that gives an incredibly detailed impression and won’t yellow.

 

Check out our stunning new stamp sets below, and click on any project for tips and more!

 

Mystic Garden

The Mystic Garden stamp set contains 17 enchanting stamps with focals, accents and greetings! Part of the Mystic Garden Collection which includes Mystic Garden Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers, Mystic Garden Paper Tole and Mystic Garden Foiled Fancies™.

 

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Steampunk

This Steampunk stamp set comes with 22 focal, accent and greeting stamps! Part of the Steampunk Collection which includes Steampunk Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers, Steampunk Foil Paper Tole, Steampunk Foiled Fancies™ and Steampunk Scrapbooking Dazzles™. Die-cuts are available in the Steampunk Artful Card Kit!

 

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Floral Fantasy

This stamp set contains 13 harmonious stamps including focals, accents and a greeting! Part of the Floral Fantasy Collection which includes Floral Fantasy Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers, Floral Fantasy Foil Paper Tole, Floral Fantasy Foiled Fancies™ and Floral Fantasy Scrapbooking Dazzles™.

 

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Thank You!

This super fun Thank You! stamp set contains 28 designs (wow!) including greetings and accents! Used here with Colorists Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers and Florals for Colorists Paper Tole.

 

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I never get tired of seeing all the amazing cards our design team creates—they definitely have me feeling ready to start on a new stack of cards for 2016! What about you? Which stamp set is your favorite? Tell me in the comments below! I love to hear! 😀

 

Wishing you an amazing start to a brand new year!

 

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Michelle’s Top 5 Christmas Favorites of 2015!

 

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Christmas card season is finally here and to celebrate, I wanted to share my favorite Christmas cardmaking items of the year—with a project idea for each! I hope you’ll pick up some new ideas from this hearty dose of holiday cheer.

Click on any product image to learn more, and see additional project ideas! Click on any project to learn how it was created. And now through Sunday, use coupon code THX2015 to take 20% off the highest priced item in your order! Woohoo! I’m really not trying to be sales-y. I just want you to get your discount! 😀

 

Home for the Holidays Stamp Set
23 silicone stamps to create your very own wonderful Christmas scene! The card features Kreativ-Creme for perfect, dimensional snow drifts.

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9 Tiny Christmas Things + Shadows Cutting Dies

16 adorably festive cutting dies to create super cute card & gift tag accents!

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Hanging Ornaments Embossing Folder

LeNae recommends this folder for quickly whipping up a batch of Christmas cards!

 

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Wonderland Artful Card Kit

7 papers, 69 die-cuts, 26 cut-outs and I can use this kit into next year to create lots of beautiful, handmade winter cards! The stamped background was created using Half & Half: Snowflakes Cutting Die & Stamp Set.

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Half & Half: Stockings Cutting Die & Stamp Set

14 stamps and 2 cutting dies to mix and match for adorable holiday focals and accents!

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So there you have them—my personal Top 5 Christmas favorites! I’m hoping I’ll be able to make a few cards this coming weekend because it seems once Thanksgiving is here, the days until Christmas will fly!

Do you have a favorite? Please share in the comments below! Now, let the Christmas cardmaking commence!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Winter’s Garden Cards from Teresa and Susan!

With Halloween now behind us, it feels safe to start delving into the holidays with a little Christmas cardmaking! Hot Off The Press’ 2015 Christmas Collection is called Winter’s Garden and it’s a fun, new look for Christmas! We’ve updated the traditional “Christmas red” by adding lime green, sky blue and chocolate, and I’m more than in love with the tiny holly pattern.

Here are two gorgeous cards from two of our top designers, Teresa Welch and Susan Cobb. These ladies are always creating inspiring projects, and I just had to share! Below, Teresa’s card makes use of Winter’s Garden Foil Paper Tole—a quick and easy route to a stunning focal! For a cleaner look, she’s used Winter’s Garden Die-Cuts on the inside. Don’t be afraid to mix and match the two!

 

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Supplies:

  • Winter’s Garden Double-Sided Paper Pack (link)
  • Tan cardstock (link)
  • Winter’s Garden Die-Cuts (link)
  • Winter’s Garden Foil Paper Tole (link)
  • Home for the Holidays stamp set (link)
  • Red Jewel Dazzles™ (link)
  • Silver Pearl Flower Dazzles™ (link)
  • Winter’s Garden ribbon set (link)
  • 6¼”x9¾” oval white paper doilies (link)
  • Timber Brown StazOn® ink pad (link)
  • Acrylic stamping block (link)
  • Foam tape (link)
  • Adhesive (link)
  • 5″x6½” white card & envelope (link)
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Below, we have Susan’s card that also features Winter’s Garden Foil Paper Tole, and she has added sugared berries and a red blossom for even more impact! Both cards make use of Jewel Dazzles™, and these babies just make everything a little more special! They add bling to your projects (without the bump!) and really, you can’t have too many. 🙂

 

Merry Christmas Card by Susan Cobb

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Susan’s Tip: I pulled apart clusters of the Green Sugared Berries and added them individually at the edges of the paper tole embellishment as 3-dimensional accents. Ink the gold Dazzles™ “Joy” with metallic silver ink and let dry before adding it to the round die-cut on the inside.

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Notice that both of these ladies chose to use doilies in their card designs! This adds a really sweet, vintage touch to each of these cards, which pairs really nicely with that charming holly pattern! Click on any item below to see more detail:

 

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Inspired enough yet? I know I am! I look forward to making Christmas cards each year, and having a coordinated set makes it so much easier for me! And do you see that giant red grosgrain?! Be still, my beating heart! Anyway, I think I’ve drooled enough for the time being. Hope you enjoyed these lovely cards as much as I have. Have you started on your Christmas cardmaking yet? Let me know!

 

Take care & have a great weekend!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Swirly Christmas Tree Card With Inka-Gold

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to show you an easy-yet-awesome Christmas card, just to (gently) get those holiday wheels turning… Because eventually, Christmas WILL be here (sorry for the shocker!) I love most things kraft, but you could just as easily stencil onto different cardstock or patterned paper to get the look you want. This card was created by our wonderful LeNae, who used Hot Off The Press’ brand new Swirly Christmas Tree Stencil. Take a look!

 

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Merry Christmas Tree Card by LeNae Gerig

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Designer’s Tip: Cover card with red Family Ties paper and ink edges of 4¾”x6¼” kraft cardstock black. Secure the Swirly Christmas Tree stencil with stencil tape and apply Mowed Lawn ink using the stylus and pad (or a cosmetic wedge). Apply Gold Inka-Gold randomly over the tree. Place the star/swirl at the top of the tree and apply Inka-Gold. Outline the swirl with gold glitter glue and add dots of glitter glue to the tree. Stencil a portion of the swirl on top corners with ink and Inka-Gold.

 

Supplies:

  • Family Ties Paper Pack (link)
  • Swirly Christmas Tree Stencil (link)
  • Mowed Lawn Distress Ink Pad (link)
  • Gold Inka-Gold (link)
  • Stickles™ Gold Glitter Glue (link)
  • Kraft Cardstock (link)
  • Black Ink Pad (link)
  • Stylus Handle & Pads (link)
  • Stencil Tape (link)
  • Glue Stick (link)
  • 5”x6 1/2” blank white card (link)

 

I really, really like this stencil! It’s perfect for your Christmas cards, and stenciling is so darn easy! Just add your ink, embossing paste, Inka-Gold or anything else (I’m sure you have something!) and it’s ready for you to embellish. Or just add a greeting—whatever look you choose, the beautiful, ornate design makes a really special focal!

Watch the webisode and join Paulette and Gail as they show exactly how to create this beautiful look!

 

 

Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to check in later this week for an inside look at one of my favorite, favorite employee events—Hot Off The Press’ Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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