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6 June 2015

Happy Spring -- Tips and Tricks with Julie

Hello, and happy June, everyone.  This is Julie from Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers with you today, bringing you some of my favorite card-making tips. First, I'll show you my card, using Crafty Sentiments Designs rubber stamp, Rainy Days:
I like to make shaped cards.  I think that add a lot to a card, drawing the viewer's eye to the image.  I use either an electronic die cut machine, like my Silhouette Cameo, or in this case, My Cricut Explore, &/or a manual die cut machine like my Big Shot or Grand Caliber. 
I colored the rubber stamp, Rainy Days, with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.  I've used them before on flowers and animals, but this was my first attempt on skin tones, hair, and clothing. 
Another "tip" -- I like to match elements to the theme of the image. The die cut umbrella is a perfect example of this.  As with the shaped card, I think it draws the viewer's eye TO the image, instead of distracting from it.  Using papers that match the image does the same thing.  One of the designer papers has rain drops on it -- sticking with the Rainy Days theme.  
One more tip -- many of my creations have crinkle ribbon on them.  I find it incredibly easy to work with.  I can tie the perfect bow almost every time.  It's very forgiving!
Visit this blog often for lots of tutorials and beautiful work.  Did you know we're having a Guest Designer call? There's also the Crafty Sentiments Challenge blog, with chances to win charming Crafty Sentiments stamps for yourself.  Have you checked out the Crafty Sentiments Designs Facebook page?  There's even more inspiration there.  

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