Stunning Photo Mats from Designer Susan Cobb

Hello everyone!!! I’m glad you’re here. If the Paper Wishes Blog ever gets a little bit quiet, you can be sure we are working on our next catalog filled with all kinds of amazing new craft products, card ideas and scrapbook layouts! It’s coming in less than a month (the beginning of September), but I’ll be bringing you an early look at some of my new crafting favorites that are inside!

We are well overdue for some great papercrafting inspiration, so I thought I’d bring you the best of the best, and falling squarely in this realm are Susan Cobb’s incredible matted photos! These layouts are from past Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes monthly kits.

If you haven’t heard of our monthly scrapbooking kits, they are incredible! Each month we send you 24 gorgeous sheets of 12″x12″ scrapbooking papers (before anyone else sees them!), tons of embellishments AND new crafting supplies (stamps, embossing folders, etc.). So here’s a layout that Susan did using some papers designed exclusively for our monthly scrapbookers:




Here’s the first page, close up:




At first glance, you might almost think Susan inked her photo mat edges black, but no! She has matted her photos on black cardstock with 1/16″ borders to provide some great contrast against the soft-colored papers. She then double-matted her photos on coordinating papers, and finished them off with a final 1/16″ black cardstock mat. I just love how clean and defined everything looks!




By consistently matting her black-matted photos on yellow, and then onto her different coordinating papers, it ties all of her photos together for a unified look that I love! She used Pink Jewel Dazzles™ to add the perfect amount of sparkle, and the pink hearts paper matting her upper photos? It’s been embossed with the hearts, and then lightly sanded—what a great way to add in texture! (And yes, the embossing folder was included in the kit!)

Here’s another one of Susan’s layouts, also from our monthly Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes kits. You might recognize the Artful Watercolor papers that she used. Monthly scrapbooking members get our newest papers before they are even released—another benefit to joining. In fact, most of us who work here at Paper Wishes are scrapbooking club members mainly for the papers! Yes, they are that good.




So here’s her first page:




Here Susan used the same black matting technique throughout to unify her look. On her photos, she used strips cut from Artful Watercolor striped paper to accent the bottom and side edges of her photos. This technique can also be used to fill the more “empty” spaces of a photo—try this next time instead of cropping!

She has also created her own artfully splattered paper to mat two of her images. You can try this out too! Just place a piece of watercolor paper and lightly brush one side with water. Then, use a toothbrush to pick up your colorant of choice (Susan used watercolor pencils) and run your thumb over the bristles to spatter your paper! You can do this with more than one color, and the colors will run together a bit more on the wet side of your paper. This technique goes great with the Artful Watercolor papers!




Adding the eyelash fibers and paper blossoms to her photos adds even more interest, and the watercolor spattering is continued on the Gold Color Me™ tag embellishment. And all these embellishments (plus lots more!) come with every Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes kit. I love pages like this, and I have to thank Susan for creating them. I hope you all feel a bit more inspired, and take a little time out to create. Don’t be afraid to take these techniques to your cardmaking as well! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by.


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog


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Video Tutorial: Cardmaking Using Wildflowers Cutting Die With Sara Naumann


Hi everyone! It’s Friday and today’s my birthday!!! So to celebrate? I’m proofing the first pages of our upcoming Paper Wishes catalog! I know, I know… going a little wild here!

However, I just had to take a quick moment to share this video from Sara Naumann’s YouTube channel. Yesterday, Sara showed how to create a beautiful, mixed-media card using Hot Off The Press’ Wildflowers cutting die, along with Izinks and one of my favorite new products, Stick It adhesive sheets. Take a minute to watch—I just love how Sara doesn’t hesitate to dive right in and experiment with inks and paints and pigments of all sorts… so fun & inspiring!



You can check out Sara’s blog for Studio SN, here:




I hope that watching this now has you racing for your craft table! Have a great weekend everyone, and I hope you all get the chance to do a little creating of your own! In parting, I’d like to share this quote that reminds me of myself today! 😀





Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog



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Hey California! We’re Coming To You!

Hot Off The Press is hitting the road to join the Paper Crafting & Stamping Expo in Santa Clara, CA on August 7th & 8th! We’ll also be at the Ontario, CA show on October 23rd & 24th.  Come say hello to Paulette’s son, Adam (the one with the long beard)! You’ll see some incredible HOTP products in person plus there will be brilliant new project ideas as always!

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Pre-registration is now open to reserve your spot at Santa Clara show—click here for all the details!


Pre-register for the Ontario show starting August 31st! More information is available here.


Even more exciting? I’ve got tickets to both events that I’ll be giving away! Sign up here to be notified of new blog posts because soon I’ll be announcing how you can win free admission for you and a friend! So stay tuned—don’t miss out on this chance to renew your inspiration, learn new and wonderful techniques, and connect with other papercrafters who share our passion!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Mixed Media Cardmaking Projects from Sara Naumann Using Megaflakes

Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I’ve shown a project, so to make up for it, here’s two! Both of these cards were designed by Sara Naumann, who joined us in the Paper Wishes studio on Tuesday for Paper Wishes LIVE. I wanted to give you this up close look, along with her instructions. We are working furiously to make all of the Paper Wishes LIVE projects available, so over the next few days, you are going to see a whole new crop of new card making and scrapbooking project ideas showing up!

But enough business—on to the projects!!! Both projects feature detailed botanical images from Hot Off The Press’ Unforgettable stamp set which is one of my favorites (yes, I have a lot of favorites around here). On this first card, Sara shows us how to create a gorgeous gilded background on vellum, and it’s EASY! She also demonstrated this technique on Paper Wishes LIVE, so you can watch it again if you’d like to see exactly what she does. Here’s her card:


And inside:


I snuck into Paulette’s office early this morning, and snagged this card so I could show you the details up close. I love not just the Megaflakes background, but also the shine of the Dazzles™ lace border!


Sara’s tip: Create gorgeous gilded backgrounds with a simple swipe of FlitterGlu on a cosmetic wedge! The more glue, the more area will be covered with metallic flake—here, I’ve left plenty of the teal vellum showing to emphasize the contrast. The vellum will curl up when the glue dries, so I recommend placing it in a plastic sheet protector and between two books to flatten.



  1. Cut a 3 3/4”-wide piece of teal vellum. Apply FlitterGlu to a cosmetic wedge and swipe horizontally across the piece. Sprinkle Winter Dawn MegaFlake over the vellum and use fingertips to burnish flakes into the adhesive. Gently polish with the Scoochy Foam. Mat the top and bottom edges with black cardstock.
  1. Place the card fold at the top. Cover with green patterned paper. Glue the vellum piece in the center. Place the lace border Dazzles™ on a 1 1/8”-wide strip of green patterned paper; this won’t be long enough to go all the way across the card front, so cut it in half width-wise and glue one piece even with the right side of the card and the other even with the left side.
  1. Stamp the butterfly on white cardstock with black ink. Mat on black cardstock and wrap the top and bottom corners with teal ribbon. Color the butterfly with BT2, BT4 and BT1 Spectrum Noir pens. Foam-tape to the card front.
  1. Add a knotted piece of green ribbon at the left side of the matted piece, and the Dazzles™ accent at the bottom of the card front.
  1. For the card inside: Use the chisel tip of BT4 to ink the long edges of a 3”-wide piece of green patterned paper. Glue to the inside of the card. Stamp the small butterfly and sentiment on white cardstock with black. Ink the edges with BT4, then add it to the inside of the card, along with a Dazzles™ swirl and a leftover strip of gilded vellum.


Sara’s next card also uses Megaflakes, but this time she stamped her image with FlitterGlu to create a gilded, stamped focal. I really love the clean look of this card! The carefully placed elements highlight the detail of the gilded flowers without being overwhelming.


And the inside:



Sara’s tip: When you’re done stamping with the FlitterGlu, be sure to clean your stamp immediately—soap and water will do the trick. If you can’t get to a sink quickly, keep a container of water nearby and simply drop in the stamp to soak until it can be cleaned properly. With detail stamps like these, it’s a good idea to give a scrub with an old toothbrush to remove glue from tiny areas.



  1. Place the three stamps on one block. Stamp on white cardstock using FlitterGlu. Sprinkle Winter Dawn MegaFlake over the stamped images and use fingertips to burnish flakes into the adhesive.
  1. Gently polish with the Scoochy Foam to reveal the stamped design. Stamp “you make life special” with brown ink and color in the flower and “life” with Spectrum Noir BT4 pen.
  1. Cut the stamped piece to 5 1/2” x 3 3/4” and mat on brown cardstock. Add Jewel Dazzles™ at each corner, then wrap with sheer ribbon and brown twine. Hold two pieces of brown twine together, then tie in a bow. Glue to the gilded focal as shown.
  1. Place the card fold on the side. Cover with brown patterned paper. Glue a 4 1/2”-wide piece of herringbone vellum onto a piece of white cardstock the same size. Glue to the center of the card, trimming the ends even with the top and bottom of the card. Note: A light application of glue stick will not show through the patterned vellum, but you still want to apply it sparingly.
  1. Glue the gilded card focal in the card center.
  1. For the card inside: Glue a 4 1/2” x 4” piece of herringbone vellum on top of a piece of white cardstock the same size. Glue to the inside of the card.
  1.  Stamp the butterfly and sentiment on white cardstock with brown ink. Color with BT2, BT4 and BT1. Use the chisel tip of BT4 to edge the white cardstock. Mat again on white and glue inside the card. Tie a bow in brown twine and glue as shown.

Thank you Sara for creating such beautiful cards! And with my (current) favorite paper pack. The white cardstock she chose contrasts well with the Trail Blazer scrapbooking papers and patterned vellum to create these fresh, delightful cards! I also have to thank Sara for coining my new favorite term of endearment—because we really do love our “Paper Wishers!” You can also check out Sara’s blog here.

Have a great weekend! 🙂


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog


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Artful Watercolor Card Making Project Using Triple Label Easel Template

Hello everyone! After all of the National Scrapbooking Day excitement, I feel that a great card making project is definitely in order! Our last Week of Webisodes was full of Ann Barba’s stunning projects, and here’s one of my favorites! This card was featured on Day 1: New HOTP Templates. Ann used a couple of brand new products from Hot Off The Press including the new Label Triple Easel Card template, along with our so, so pretty Artful Watercolor scrapbooking papers – take a look!

Happy Birthday To You Label Triple Easel Card by Ann Barba

Happy Birthday To You Label Triple Easel Card by Ann Barba (Flat Card Showing Large Label)


Side View


Front View of Medium Label

Front View of Small Label

Front View of Small Label

Designer’s Tip: On easel cards, it’s fun to have things going above the easels (or labels in this case) so that you can easily see them once the card is fully set up. And the little bird on the smallest label is actually part of the background paper!


  • Label Triple Easel Card Template (link)
  • Made By Me Stamps (link)
  • Artful Watercolor Paper Pack (link)
  • Artful Watercolor Ribbons (link)
  • 8″x8″ Cardstock (link)
  • Ivory 3mm adhesive pearls (link)
  • Zing! Lavender Opaque Embossing Powder (link)
  • VersaMark™ ink pad (link)
  • Jet Black StazOn® ink pad (link)
  • acrylic block (link)
  • heat gun (link)
  • Perfect Printing Pouch (link)
  • white cardstock (link)
  • Zots™ adhesive dots (link)
  • glue stick (link)
  • foam tape (link)
  • scissors (link)
  • craft knife (link)
  • metal-edged ruler (link)
  • cutting mat (link)
  • fine-tip black pen (link)


  1. Cut all 3 bases out of white cardstock. Score and fold along the fold lines.
  2. Large base: Fold the base closed; place with the fold on the top. Cover the top section (above the middle score line) with dark purple textured paper.
    Medium base: Cover the top section with dark purple watercolor paper.
    Small base: Cover the top section with blue watercolor paper.
  3. Large label: Cut the label from purple floral paper and mat on pink cardstock, leaving a 1/16″ border. Cut a medium label from pink/purple watercolor paper. Swipe the Perfect Printing Pouch over it. Stamp a swirl in the upper right and lower left with VersaMark™ ink. Stamp the greeting in the center. Emboss with lavender embossing powder. Mat onto teal cardstock with a 1/16″ border. Foam tape to the center of the large label. Cut around one of the white flowers on the purple floral paper. Mount it on purple cardstock and trim close around the edges (leave no border). Foam tape the flower to the upper left of the large label, overlapping the medium label (you’ll need 2 layers of foam tape toward the outer edges). Apply 3mm adhesive pearls around the center of the white flower and 1 on each swirl as shown. Tie a bow with the tan and fuchsia twine and Zot™ to the bottom right of the medium label.
  4. Medium label: Cut the medium label from watercolor ephemera paper with a half of a butterfly wing showing on the left side. Mat onto teal cardstock with a 1/16″ border. Stamp “Count your life by smiles, not tears” on blue watercolor paper, and cut out in a rectangle. Mat on purple watercolor paper with a 1/16″ border and foam tape to the right side of the label. Add a small row of adhesive pearls to the top right and bottom left of the sentiment.
  5. Small label: Place the small label shape of the template over the watercolor ephemera paper with the green bird going off the top left of the label. Trace the label with a pencil. Remove the template and cut around the label and around the bird. Erase any pencil lines. Mat the piece on pink cardstock, leaving a 1/16″ border around the label shape but no border around the bird. Stamp “Count your age by friends, not years” on purple watercolor paper, and cut out in a rectangle. Mat on teal cardstock with a 1/16″ border and foam tape to the right side of the label as shown. Add a small row of adhesive pearls above and below the sentiment.
  6. Assembly: Assemble all the pieces (except the stopper) of the Triple Label Easel card according to the template instructions.
  7. Covering the bases: Cut 4″x4 5/8″ horizontal stripe paper. Slice 1 3/8″ off the top and glue it to the space between the large and medium easels, sliding it slightly underneath the fold of the medium easel base. Slice off another 1 1/8″ and glue in between the medium and small easels, sliding it slightly underneath the fold of the small easel base so that no white is showing. Try to match it up perfectly with the previous piece. With the remaining 2 1/8″ of stripe paper, cover the front section under the small easel, aligning it with the previous strip so that no white is showing. Trim any excess.
  8. Stopper: Stamp the “Homemade with love” label on blue watercolor paper, and cut around. Mat on purple watercolor, leaving a rectangle mat. Mount on white cardstock (for sturdiness), leaving no border. Foam tape centered to the card, 1/4″ from the bottom edge. Sign the label before delivering.

I love this card for a lot of reasons, but I really appreciate how many elements actually came from the paper itself. Our art director, Kyla, shared with me that these papers actually feature hundreds of individual layers of artwork, and that’s one of the reasons these papers can truly stand alone. Any embellishing just takes them to the next level, making these papers an awesome choice for easy, gorgeous card making!

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and I would like to wish all our moms out there a beautiful day! Moms (and Grandmas too!) are so busy these days. Being a mother of three girls under three years old, I get it! So relax and let everything go for just one day and who knows? Maybe you will get to make a big, crafty mess with the perfect excuse to leave those supplies out!

Happy Mother’s Day! And to my own mom who just had to be in Hawaii for Mother’s Day, “Aloha!”


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog


PS – Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Paper Wishes Live on May 26th!


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PROJECT: Heart Triple Easel Card from Teresa Welch

Today I’m sharing with you an incredible card from designer Teresa Welch (and I’m pretty certain that incredible is the only kind of card that woman makes!) It was featured on our webisode back in January – take a look!



  • Emma’s Garden Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers (link)
  • Dark brown cardstock (link)
  • Emma’s Flower Garden Dazzles™ Stickers (link)
  • Heart Triple Easel Die-Cut Cards (link)
  • 5 mm ivory pearl stickers (link)
  • 3 mm ivory pearl stickers (link)
  • Foam tape (link)
  • Adhesive (link)


  1. For the card: Place your large base with the fold at the top. Glue 4 3/8″x2 5/8″ Emma’s Garden tan diamonds paper centered on 4½”x2¾” dark brown cardstock. Glue to the large base along the upper fold. Place 4 3/8″ Dazzles™ border across the tan diamonds paper ¼” from the top. Cover the inside with Emma’s Garden brown diamonds paper.
  2. Place your medium base with the fold at the top and cover the inside with brown diamonds paper. Place your small base with the fold at the top and cover the inside with brown diamonds paper. Glue the bottom edge of the medium base centered along the bottom edge inside the large base. Glue the small base centered along the bottom edge inside the medium base.
  3. Place a corner flower Dazzles™ on the Emma’s Garden papers shown. Cut along the Dazzles™ edges as shown and glue to the lower right corner. Back the single flower Dazzles™ as shown and place on the lower left. Foam tape a 5/8″ Dazzles™ flower centered near the bottom edge as shown.
  4. For the large heart: Cover the large heart die-cut with dark brown cardstock. Trace the large heart pattern onto Emma’s Garden teal floral paper. Cut out and glue to the center. Back the flower Dazzles™ shown with Emma’s Garden papers and glue as shown. Place “hello friend” Dazzles™ across the center. Place the pearls on the flower centers as shown, and set aside.
  5. For the medium heart: Cover the medium heart die-cut with dark brown cardstock. Trace the medium heart pattern onto Emma’s Garden tan diamonds paper. Cut out and glue to the center. Back the Dazzles™ rose with Emma’s Garden papers and glue as shown. Place two small Dazzles™ flowers and pearls as shown, and set aside.
  6. For the small heart: Cover the small heart die-cut with dark brown cardstock. Trace the small heart pattern onto Emma’s Garden pink floral paper. Cut out and glue to the center. Back the 1¾”x7/8″ Dazzles™ flower with Emma’s Garden papers and glue at the lower right. Place Dazzles™ “thinking of you,” small flowers, and the pearls as shown.
  7. Assembly: Glue the bottom of the small heart aligned with the matching point on the front of the small card base front. Close the medium base and glue the bottom of the medium heart aligned with the front medium card base, making sure the small heart is covered when the card is closed. Repeat to glue the large heart in place, making sure it covers the other hearts. Fold each base to display the card as shown.

Honestly, I am really impressed with this card as it is so lovely, but the supply list is still so short! Sometimes, gorgeous paper and some coordinating Dazzles™ are all it takes! Teresa herself designed these adorable Triple Heart Easel Cards and now you’ll have two different ways to make them! The card above was created using the Heart Triple Easel die-cut card package below. These come in a pack of three, and are SO MUCH FUN because you dive right in and start decorating. It’s instant gratification – who doesn’t love that?!

But! Sometimes we dream of making a black card. Or a pink card. Or any color besides white! So in one week, our Summer 2015 Paper Wishes catalog will feature several new templates including Hot Off The Press’ new Heart Triple Easel Card Template, making it simple to create these magnificent cards in any color!

As I said before, this template will be available when our new catalog comes out next Friday. But do you know what I really don’t like? When somebody shows me something that I can’t buy yet. So frustrating! But don’t worry friends, I’ve got you covered!  Today I found a sneaky way for you to get this template before it’s released, and two more, below!


Click to view product page

This bundle of items is already available on the Paper Wishes website! Mysterious circumstances perhaps, but it’s there for you to take a look! The Star Triple Easel Card Template you see above is equally amazing, and the Center Step Card Template is a best-seller that’s already available. I hope you find this cardmaking project as awesome as I do! May it inspire you to create one of your own! Have a wonderful weekend!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog


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Coloring Technique: How to Use NEW Spectrum AQUA™ Watercolor Markers

Notice anything different? YES! Paper Wishes’ blog has a beautiful, clean new look and I just love it! What a wonderful place for showing you all the beautiful projects and all the behind-the-scenes fun that happens here at Paper Wishes!

As you probably know, Paper Wishes’ 2015 Spring Mini Catalog is out! I was looking through mine today, and one of my favorite projects is Susan Cobb’s Hogs & Kisses Card – take a look!

Hogs & Kisses Card by Susan Cobb

Click here for project instructions

This card just blows me away! I’m a huge fan of the Emma’s Garden papers, I love the new Hogs & Kisses small stamp and I always love Susan’s attention to detail. The most exciting part, however, is the coloring that was done with the new Spectrum AQUA™ markers! These water-based markers are designed to give you a watercolor look (in a convenient marker format) and they come in four different color sets:

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I was anxious to find out what our Design Team thought of them, so I went back and pestered Gail into doing a quick demonstration of just how these pens work. The pens have both a brush tip, and a very fine tip that’s perfect for outlining and detail work!

Fine Tip

Fine Tip

Brush Tip

Brush Tip

Gail tested these on watercolor paper since the markers are meant to be combined with water. On the left, Gail first shows how the pens write and blend without using any water. The right side, however, shows the real magic of these watercolor markers!

Direct to (Dry) Watercolor Paper

Direct to (Dry) Watercolor Paper

To get this look, Gail has scribbled her pens onto an acrylic stamping block, and added a small amount of water to create a paint. This paint can then be picked up with a paintbrush or water brush (another cool tool) and used to color your projects.

Creating paint with Spectrum AQUA™ markers

Creating paint with Spectrum AQUA™ markers

This is the same technique Susan used to color her stamped focal. Click here for Susan’s complete instructions, helpful tips, and the supplies she used to create her adorable Hogs & Kisses card!

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Remember, ALL of the projects you see in Paper Wishes catalogs can be found on our website, along with complete instructions!

We’re here to show you what’s new and keep you inspired! Be sure to stay in the creative loop by signing up for our email updates (on the upper right), so you’ll never have to miss a new project or technique! Feel free to comment on what you think of this week’s project or on what you’d like to see more of in the future! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you all have a lovely weekend!


Michelle Gustafson
Paper Wishes Blog

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Project Ideas Using Happy Days Scrapbooking Papers and Paper Dolls Stamp Set

It’s always exciting to see what others are creating with Hot Off The Press products! Today I came across the February/March 2015 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts, and was thrilled to see a great article featuring mixed-media collage artist Sara Naumann showing how she uses the Perfect Airbrush spritzer for backgrounds, stenciling and more! For those of you don’t know, Sara was also our previous marketing manager and webisode presenter!


In the article, Sara shares ideas using Hot Off The Press’ Happy Days Scrapbooking Papers and Paper Dolls stamp set, as well as tips for using the Perfect Airbrush (aka the Distress Marker Spritzer Tool) and her techniques for achieving different looks with it. Here are just a couple of the projects that were featured:


Choose to Shine by Sara Naumann



Collect Moments by Sara Naumann

Below, you will find links for the stamps, scrapbooking papers, and the Perfect Airbrush if you’d like to take a closer look!


Paper Dolls Stamp Set from Hot Off The Press


Happy Days Scrapbooking Papers from Hot Off The Press


Perfect Airbrush Color Spritzer


I just love Sara’s cards – so light and cheerful! Nicely done!

If you’d like to see more of Sara’s projects, be sure to check out her Mixed Media Made Easy DVD featuring 100 projects, each with a unique mixed media technique! Click the image below for more info and a sneak peek at some of the amazing projects!


I hope you’re all feeling as inspired as I am! Come back and visit our blog this Friday for a big surprise! I’ll see you then!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog




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Technique: Inking Metal Sheet Die-Cuts

In last week’s webisode we talked about all kinds of ways to use Spellbinders’ Metal Sheets in your scrapbooking and card making projects!

Metal Sheets are exactly that – thin sheets of metal. They basically feel like very thick foil, yet are thin enough for easy die cutting.  They come in Precious Metals or Jewel Tones.

Precious Metals (12 Pack)

Precious Metals (12 Pack)

Jewel Tones (12 Pack)

Jewel Tones (12 Pack)

Inking your gorgeous metal die-cuts adds depth and richness, or can give an aged or patina-ed look. Two products you can use to ink metal sheets are Spectrum Noir™ alcohol pens and StazOn® ink pads since both work well on slick, non-porous surfaces.

This incredible scrapbook page from Susan uses Metal Sheets for the die-cut frames and flourish, and also to back her Dazzles™.

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Click the image for project instructions

Susan then inked her flourish, frames and Dazzles™ with brown Spectrum Noir™ pens to get multiple tones of copper. Look how gorgeous her results are!



You can also use StazOn® to ink your Metal Sheets, and that’s just what LeNae has done with the metal die-cut label on her card, below.


Click the image for project instructions

This is such a stunning card! I love it! She inked the edges of the metal die-cut label with Jet Black StazOn® and it really makes this element stand out. It can be helpful to use a cotton swab to apply ink on some of the more detailed areas. Also, notice how she chose not to ink the “Love” greeting, making it stand out nice and bright against her background.


Metal Sheets are a fantastic way to create super luxurious accents and embellishments, and inking will help to enhance that effect. So pick up some Metal Sheets here, and give this technique a try. I think you’ll really love the results!

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • New Spring 2015 Mini Catalog! Our latest online catalog will be available starting Monday – today for VIPs!
  • Week of Webisodes! This coming week it’s Ann’s First Look at Paper Wishes Spring 2015! Come back for a new webisode every day this week featuring TONS of project ideas!!!


  • St. Patty’s Day Sale! 20% off your highest priced item with coupon code: PAT2015 (Valid through Tuesday, March 17th)


Have a wonderful weekend, and a very green St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you find a little time to create something you love!

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Editor/Proofer

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Not Your Normal Cards!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed World Card Making Day! We had some fun contests and challenges, and the fun hasn’t ended! Right now you can still join our October Card Making Contest that takes place on the Paper Wishes Message Board and this month the challenge is to design a card that is uniquely shaped or folded! So I went in search of a little inspiration for you all! Don’t forget to click on each image for supplies and instructions!

This first card was designed by Teresa Welch, who always has a new folded card up her sleeve. This one is simple to create and uses Hot Off The Press’ new Winter Wishes Artful Card Kit (ACK). The easel portion simply gets propped up behind the adorable die-cut embellishments on the inside of the card.

Easel Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Easel Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Here is another card Teresa designed using the same ACK, combined with Silver Ripple holographic paper and Silver Jewel Dazzles™ stickers. The front focal flap lifts upward, and the lower circle-covered section unfolds, revealing a pocket inside the card! So cool! The pocket is perfect for a gift card or family photo!

Front Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Front Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Inside of card

Inside of card

This Oval Swing Card was created using the Oval Swing Card template and the Gingerbread ACK. The thing I love about these templates is that you can easily create an unlimited number of moveable cards IN ANY COLOR. No more plain white cards! Although as Teresa shows us below, sometimes white is still the perfect choice.

Oval Swing Card designed by Teresa Welch

Oval Swing Card designed by Teresa Welch

This spooky, sparkly Halloween card was designed by Debbie Samples, and features a blank Center Step Card as its base. The blank Center Step cards have been pre-cut and even pre-folded for your convenience! Just dive right in and start decorating (my favorite part)! Debbie used Hot Off The Press’ Halloween Papers along with the Twisted Tree Cling Rubber Stamp and Spoonful of Midnight Embossing Powder & Elements from Stampendous to create this haunting look!

Center Step Card designed by Debbie Samples

Center Step Card designed by Debbie Samples

This card is not quite as seasonal as the others, but it’s a beautiful example of a Cascading Card and why not show a little love year-round?! The front pulls out accordion-style for display, and the folding panels give you lots of options for embellishing. This card was created with Hot Off The Press’ Red Velvet Paper Pack and Sweetie Pie Dazzles™, as well as the Paper Artist Love and 5 Hearts cutting die set.

Cascading Card designed by Teresa Welch

Cascading Card designed by Teresa Welch

And a final example of of a very cool Double-Fold Pop-Out Card! I love this card – the Butterfly Garden ACK papers are beautiful, and I love the symmetry of the pop-out section. Lots of visual impact here!

Double-Fold Pop-Out Card designed by Teresa Welch

Double-Fold Pop-Out Card designed by Teresa Welch

So – are you ready to learn the real reason behind my sudden folded-card fixation? Here at Paper Wishes, we have been working hard on a brand new DVD! Teresa’s Uniquely Folded Cards DVD has been scheduled for release in January! And trust me, it is packed with tons of projects that you are going to want to create, so mark your calendars and dust off your rulers!!!

Paper Wishes Highlights

  • Monday begins National Breast Cancer Week – a week near and dear to many of us. In fact, Paulette Jarvey, our founder and President is a breast cancer survivor. “I hope every woman will have an annual mammogram—it saved my life and might save yours,” she shares. To honor and support those who have had their lives affected by breast cancer, we have created a special promotion. Starting Monday, Paper Wishes will be offering a 20% discount on everything pink! This special offer will run through Sunday and what a great time to let those affected by breast cancer know that your thoughts are with them!
  • Our webisode this Tuesday will be featuring WOW! Ultra High Embossing Powders, and I am really excited for this one! WOW! Ultra High Embossing Powders do exactly what the name implies, creating an extra-thick layer of embossing that adds fantastic texture to your images. Embossing powders are just one of those things I get really excited about, so if you haven’t seen or used WOW! Ultra High powders yet, don’t miss this webisode!!
  • The Fall 2014 Paper Wishes Special Edition is out! Hopefully you received your copy and have had a chance to flip through, but you can also take a look at all the new products in our Virtual Catalog! Don’t miss out on all the fun Halloween projects featured in this catalog update!

Well, the fall rain has arrived here in Oregon, which is Nature’s way of telling me to grab a snack, watch a webisode and get inspired to create that next project! I hope you all have a great weekend, and make a little time to create something you love!


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