Thursday, July 19, 2018

MFT Birthday Project Challenge–Throw Confetti Like It’s Your Birthday

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Sure, it’s messy and you might be running across remnants long past the big day but you can’t deny the fact that confetti is FUN. Add it to a shaker, precisely place it on your card front, or tuck some into a pocket or envelope - there are so many ways to incorporate this birthday essential into your card making. Let’s see how you sprinkle it into your next birthday card design!


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It IS messy but it sure IS fun! I created a shaker card to contain the confetti a bit but I was still finding it on my desk for days afterwards, LOL! I decided to do a full front shaker element using Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames Die-namics for my shaker frame. To add a little more fun, I stenciled Mini Cloud Edges on the background and filled it with Peacock Feathers Nuvo Pure Sheen Confetti and Golden Years Nuvo Pure Sheen Confetti, from which I drew my color palette.

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I placed Celebrate Die-namics across the bottom, cut from Gold Sparkle card stock, Celebratory Banner Die-namics cut from Razzle Berry, Pure Plum, Lush Lagoon, and Green Room card stocks, attached to gold cord, and a two layer Flutter of Butterflies – Lace Die-namics for an accent. Love all the color movement when this bad boy gets shaken up!

And there you have it for the July Birthday Project Challenge! Be sure to stop by the
MFT Challenge Blog and check it out--we’d love to have you play along for a chance to win the prize of $50 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT Boutique. Winner are chosen at random so everyone has a chance!

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!


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All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Die-namics: Celebrate, Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frame, Celebratory Banner, Flutter of Butterflies – Lace
Stencils: Mini Cloud Edges
Dye Ink: Blue Breeze
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Razzle Berry, Pure Plum, Lush Lagoon, Green Room
Specialty Papers: Gold Sparkle
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, Multi Medium Matte Glue, Peacock Feathers Nuvo Pure Sheen Confetti, Golden Years Nuvo Pure Sheen Confetti
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, craft tweezers, plastic eraser
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Thinking of You–MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #394

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Hi, everyone, I’m back with this week’s MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge! Are you ready? Here’s this week’s sketch. All of the details about the sketch challenge are available on the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog as well as in the weekly newsletter. The MFT Design Team will be on hand to provide plenty of inspiration to get you started.


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As promised, I have another card using alcohol inks. This time I went with orange and purple—no reason, I just thought the two ink colors would play nicely together and they did. Again, I just started playing and working the ink and alcohol, with a small art brush and air brush system until I was done. So. Much, Fun! For the card itself I stamped a sentiment from Brushstroke Expressions Stamp Set with Versamark and heat embossed with gold detail embossing powder on some Sweet Tooth card stock. I matted that with Gold Shine card stock and popped it up on foam on a card base covered with Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Patterned Paper.

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I cut my inked panel with Mod Square STAX Die-namics, which I popped up on foam on the card front. To finish off, I added some Sprinkles to match.

To add some shimmer to this card, I used gold deco foil and burnished with a bone folder. Hopefully you can see it a little better in this view.

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And there you have it—my second alcohol ink project. I am jazzed!!! Remember, you can get all the details by visiting the MFT Challenge Blog. You have the chance to win a $50 in MFT voucher. One winner is chosen at random each week!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!


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All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Brushstroke Expressions
Die-namics: Mod Square STAX, A2 Rectangle STAX Set 1, A2 Rectangle STAX Set 2
Specialty Inks: Versamark, Purple Twilight, Peach Bellini, and Sunset View alcohol inks
Patterned Paper: Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth
Specialty Papers: Yupo paper, Gold Shine
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, gold detail embossing powder, Multi Medium Matte Glue, Sprinkles: Lilac, Tangerine, Gold Deco Foil
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, Embossing Magic, craft tweezers, plastic eraser, Alcohol Ink Tool Set, Alcohol Ink Palette
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, 91% alcohol, heat tool, air brush system


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You So Rock the Crown–Color Throwdown Challenge #502

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Hello all, it’s time for a brand new Color Throwdown Challenge. I’m the hostess this week so I hope to see lots of you in the gallery. The Greek Isles are on my bucket list but this gorgeous inspiration piece will have to suffice for now ;-)


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I’m using the recently-release Queen for the Day Stamp Set and Crown Die-namics (again) for my card today. I knew I was going to add some silver to my background so it just fit. The sentiment was heat embossed with silver detail embossing powder and the crown cut from Silver Sparkle card stock and popped up on foam tape.

Now to my background. First, I LOVE IT!! It’s my first attempt with alcohol inks and everyone is right, it was so much fun!! I had some inks and had never gotten around to playing with them and while I was at the
MFT Retreat I picked up the rest. Fun times are a-coming! I can’t tell you how I did it. I just jumped in with both feet. I used Sailboat Blue ink from the Lakeshore collection and Aqua ink from the Dockside Picnic collection and just dropped some on my Yupo paper. I used my Copic airbrush system with no marker, 91% alcohol in a Mini Mister and a dropper bottle and a small art brush and just PLAYED! I added color here and alcohol there, then switched it up, LOL! I love the pieces I’ve seen with the smaller detail so that was what I was going for—it looks like marble. It takes more time to work it out than just dropping ink but I LOVE the look of texture you get. You will be seeing MUCH more of this from me, I promise—in fact later today so be on the lookout. I’ll try to do a video to show you my process—you’ll have to play to get your own designs, no two will every be alike. And I’ve found that when you work it out a lot like I’ve done some colors end up being completely different than what you started with. I’ll show you what I mean another time.

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Once I was happy I poured on some Nuvo silver gilding flakes and rubbed them on the still slightly damp places. Those flakes are an unholy MESS, but I love the organic look you get with them. Then I splattered some Liquitex black acrylic ink, matted it with Black Licorice card stock and popped it up on a Stone Gray card stock base. I added the crown and the sentiment and it was done!

And that’s it from me! Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play the Color Throwdown challenge. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the
Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use the link service to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD502 so we can see your beauty all in one place, and use #ctd502 and #colorthrowdown on social media. Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week, along with our super talented Guest Designer, Kathy Schweinfurth!

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Amy Rysavy
Barbara Anders
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Broni Holcombe
Jodi Collins
Lisa Henke
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put
Vickie Zimmer
Wanda Cullen
Kathy Schweinfurth – July Guest Designer

Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you soon!


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All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Queen for the Day
Die-namics: Crown, Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips, A2 Rectangle STAX Set 1, A2 Rectangle STAX Set 2
Specialty Inks: Versamark, Sailboat Blue and Aqua alcohol inks
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Black Licorice, Stone Gray
Specialty Papers: Yupo paper, Silver Sparkle card stock
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, silver detail embossing powder, Multi Medium Matte Glue, Alcohol Ink Tool Set, Silver Bullion Nuvo Gilding Flakes
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, Embossing Magic, craft tweezers, plastic eraser, Alcohol Ink Palette
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, heat tool, airbrush system, Liquitex black acrylic ink, 91% alcohol

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Bunch of Love from a Bunch of Us–July MFT & Friends

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Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you!


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I love this feature as it gives me a chance to use products I didn’t get around to during release. Today I’m using I Heart Celebrating Stamp Set and Heart Balloons Die-namics for a sweet watercolored card. I did a watercolor wash for the background then splattered with some clean water and set it aside to dry, then popped it up on foam tape on the Sweet Tooth card stock base. Then I cut a bunch of Heart Balloons Die-namics from more watercolor paper and colored them with Peerless watercolors in rainbow colors. When they were dry I splattered them with Liquitex black acrylic ink.

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I adhered the hearts on foam tape, as well and hand drew the strings with a Copic black Multiliner. The sentiment was stamped on translucent vellum with Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger black embossing powder then popped up on clear foam tape for the finish. I am really loving the new Heavyweight vellum but I used the regular for this since I wanted the hearts to really show through.

And that’s it for this month’s
MFT and Friends. Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for more inspiration.Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!


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Stamps: I Heart Celebrating
Die-namics: Heart Balloons, Slanted Sentiment Strips
Specialty Inks: Versamark
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth
Specialty Papers: Ranger Watercolor Paper, translucent vellum
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, Peerless Watercolors, Ranger black embossing powder, Multi Medium Matte Glue, clear foam tape
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, Embossing Magic, Mini Mister, water brush, craft tweezers, plastic eraser
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, Liquitex Black acrylic ink, Copic black Multiliner


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Friday, July 13, 2018

MFT July Techniques & Tutorials–Light Up the Candles!



Hello and welcome to the July 2018 edition of MFT Techniques & Tutorials. Do you want to light up someone’s world with a very special birthday card? Then you’re in luck because I’m going to show you how to make this card with light up candles. I’m going to take you through it step by step so it’s a long post but when you’re done you’ll be able to make it—AND apply the circuitry to other projects. So, since I have a lot to share, let’s get going. All supplies are listed below with links to the MFT store if you want to purchase them.

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To quickly summarize how Chibi lights work, you need a power source, which is usually a coin cell battery, some conductive tape, and light(s). The tape connects the lights to the battery and conducts the power to light them up. There are several kinds of switches to turn your lights off and on; if you don’t have a switch they will burn constantly and your battery won’t last long ;-) There are push button switches and slider switches and we’re going to use a slider switch for this card.

I used the just-released Happy Birthday Candles Die-namics to cut the candles from Sweet Tooth card stock. My card stock was first cut 4 1/4” x 5 1/4” then die cut.
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Next I traced the flames with a pencil on another piece of card stock cut the exact same size and punched holes with the smaller punch on my Crop-A-Dile. I used the Big Bite Crop-A-Dial to reach the innermost flames.
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Then I traced the circles on a third piece of card stock, also cut the exact same size. I’ll refer to these layers as top, middle, and bottom—here you see middle on top of bottom for reference. The previous photo shows top on top of middle.
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You’ll notice that I have a pull-up slider switch element at the top of the card. It will act as a switch to turn the lights on and off and it’s magic! To create it, I cut a piece of card stock to 3 3/4” wide, cut the top with File Folder Edges Die-namics, and then trimmed the TOTAL length to 2”.
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To determine where to place the battery, I placed my middle layer on top of the A2 card base with bottom edges even, then placed the slider element in place with about 1/8” extending above the top of the base and made a small mark along the bottom of the slider element on the left side. See photo below.
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I cut the hole for the battery in the middle layer using the smallest size Circle STAX Set 2 Die-namics, then traced the battery hole onto the bottom layer (the battery is inside the traced circle).
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To keep the slider switch from going into the card too far, I’ll be adding a foam tape “stop” on the bottom layer. It needs to be below the battery, so I drew a line across the bottom of the slider element on the bottom layer below the battery circle to help with placement.
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To recap, at this point you should have: 1) A2 card base, top fold, 2) bottom layer with traced battery circle and traced light circles, 3) middle layer with cut battery circle and punched light circles, 4) top layer with Happy Birthday Candles Die-namics die cut, and 5) slider switch element.
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Here’s a quick view of how the switch will work. It will slide under the battery to break the circuit that we’re going to build. When it’s pulled up, the circuit resumes and the lights come on. Don’t worry if it’s a little confusing right now, all will be revealed :) I just wanted you to get a basic idea of how the switch works here.


Now it’s time for the fun stuff—applying the circuitry. The circuit I used on this project is called a parallel circuit and can be use for as many lights as you want—from 1 to whatever! Chibi copper tape is self-adhesive, comes on a roll, and it’s about 1/4” wide. Chibi recommends cutting it in half so you have strips about 1/8” wide—this makes it easier to work with and much easier to turn corners.

Our battery has a positive and negative side—the positive is the top and is clearly marked. In order to complete the circuit and make our lights come alive, we have to have positive and negative tape lines going to the battery. When the lights are in place they complete the circuit and the magic happens. Each Chibi light is also marked with a positive pole and a negative pole, both of which have to be applied to the proper copper tape line to work. The negative line goes to the bottom of the battery and the positive goes to the top.

Here I have my copper tape lines in place—the negative line is stuck down and will be in contact with the negative side (bottom) of the battery when it’s in place inside the circle. The positive line will be stuck to the top (or positive pole) of the battery. Applying the tape takes a little patience—it wants to roll up and stick to itself so take your time. When you have a corner to turn or a circle to go around, you just fold it over on itself and continue. Once it’s in place, burnish it with a bone folder to make sure it’s stuck to the card stock well.
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Here I have my battery and slider switch stop in place.
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And here you see the slider switch sliding under the battery, which will break the circuit, thus cutting the lights off. When it’s pulled out the circuit closes and the lights will come on.


I’m also going to want to create “stops” to keep my slider switch from coming completely out of the card. You don’t want your recipient to pull it out and then think, “How do I get this back in?” so the stops will take care of that. To do this, I clipped the sides of the switch 1/4” in from the side edge and 1/4” up from the bottom and cut down from the top. I’ve also stamped the word “PULL” from Interactive Labels Stamp Set with black ink.
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Here you see the “stops” for the switch as well as all the lights in place. I think you can see the negative sign on the pointed end of the lights and how I have them applied to the proper copper tape lines. The flat side is the positive pole and both areas of copper on the lights must connect with the copper tape line well. The lights have adhesive backs but you must burnish the contacts HARD (I use a bone folder) to make sure they stick and have good contact with the tape. If you have a light fail to work, the first thing to check is if your contact is good. I added one light at a time, starting at the far right, and made sure each light was working well before moving on to the next.

The switch is now operational. It is between the battery and the negative copper tape line (stuck down inside the traced circle) so the circuit is broken. When I pull the switch up, the circuit is complete and the lights come on! This is why careful placement of the battery relative to the switch is important. I’ve also added the foam tape I’ll need to adhere the middle layer.
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I also trialed my middle and top layers in place before burnishing down each light to make sure it was lined up properly with the holes/flames. They all show so I’ll move on.
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Here’s a closer view of the slider switch “stops”. When the middle layer is secured in place and the slider is pulled up, those small pieces of foam tape will stop it from coming completely out.
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So, our lights are in, they work, and the switch is operational. Good job!! Now we get to pretty everything up. I want my candles to show color from the front so I added cardstock in a rainbow pattern to each candle. To get it right, I traced the candle cut outs from the top layer onto the middle layer so my placement would be precise.
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Then I simply adhered the strips in place using liquid glue and erased the traced flame lines. I also wanted my “flames” to be more natural in color—these lights are very white—so I used a Y38 Copic marker on some vellum and adhered pieces to the BACK of the flames on the top layer.
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Here I’ve adhered the middle layer to the bottom and added foam tape to the middle layer in readiness to adhere the top layer. After I took this photo, I decided to add strips of foam tape between each candle, as well. If your battery is not tightly sandwiched between the layers you will not get good contact when the switch is pulled out, so I added two layers of card stock, adhered together and to the top of the battery, as a shim. This made sure I had good contact. I stamped the “Happy” sentiment from Happy Birthday to You Stamp Set above the flame die cut on the top layer and stamped the “Birthday” sentiment from Happy Birthday Candles on vellum with black ink.
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I changed my mind about the vellum element and decided to heat emboss the sentiment with white detail embossing powder, instead.
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I think it shows up better, especially when the lights are on. I used small dots of Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue to adhere the vellum. Once this was dry I adhered the whole thing to my card base and declared it done!
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Here’s the sandwich from the side. I got this idea from my very talented MFT team mate, Jody Morrow. She taught a Chibi lights card at this year’s MFT Retreat and used the card stock layer technique. I’d always stacked foam tape to contain and clear the battery but this is so much neater and works better! I’ll be doing this from now on!
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Here’s the finished card again.


And there you have it! I hope everything is clear and I haven’t overwhelmed you with so much information, but instead have inspired you to create a lighted project of your own. Now, go forth and light up someone’s world!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!


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All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday Candles, Interactive Labels
Die-namics: Happy Birthday Candles, Circle STAX Set 2, File Folder Edges
Dye Ink: Black Licorice
Specialty Inks: Versamark
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Wild Cherry, Orange Zest, Daffodil, Sour Apple, Gumdrop Green, Berrylicious, Blue Yonder, Wild Wisteria
Specialty Papers: Translucent Vellum
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, white detail embossing powder, Multi Medium Matte Glue, Chibi Lights Starter Kit, Chibi Copper Tape, White LED Chibi Circuit Stickers Mega Pack, Coin Cell Battery
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Small Teflon Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, Embossing Magic, Copic Marker, craft tweezers, plastic eraser
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, heat tool, pencil, ruler

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

MFT July Release Tips & Tricks

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Hello and welcome to Tips & Tricks for July! With today’s card I’m going to show you how to cut wagon wheels accurately every time. I found this particular stamp and die can be a little tricky to match up—so I figured out a way to get around that. I’m going to share it with you and I made this card to showcase my perfectly cut wagon wheels.


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So, let’s get right to it. In the photo below, you’ll see my first attempt on the right. Yikes, right? Subsequent attempts to get it right the “normal” way were not much better so I started thinking about how to do it better. The result is the one on the left. MUCH better, wouldn’t you say?

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Maybe nobody else is having the problems I did and I say, “Good for you!”. But if you’re in my boat, here’s what I did. I’m using the second smallest die from Circle STAX Set 2, but any open circle die that’s a  little larger than the wagon wheel die would work--I figure most people have a circle die of some sort. I stamped the image and positioned the die on top of it, as well centered as I could get it by eyeballing it.

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Then I drew around it with a pencil and made some marks inside each spoke opening. The outside needs to line up but so do the spokes—these marks help with that as you’ll see in the next photo. They need to be as centered as you can get them; these were also eyeballed—I tried with a ruler but that was harder to get centered since mine is not clear. A clear ruler would probably be great for this.

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Next I placed the wagon wheel Die-namics on top of my image as evenly spaced inside my pencil circle as possible. All of the marks inside the spokes need to be lined up with those openings, too. I think you can see them in this photo.

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Then tape it down so it won’t move and run it through your die-cutting machine. Here’s my second wheel, nicely cut. Any stray pencil marks can simply be erased.

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And there you go—easy peasy and ready to color and use on a project. For this card I wanted the wheels because I wanted to tie the balloons to one as it was propped against the Farm Fence Die-namics. I sponged the sky with Berrylicious dye ink, the ground with Latte die ink, and the grass was stenciled with the new Grassy Edges Stencil and Sour Apple dye ink. Images were stamped on No-Line Coloring card stock with Extreme Black Hybrid ink and colored with Copic markers. I added some Puffy Clouds Die-namics and foam tape was used to create dimension.

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And that’s it from me today! I hope my tips & tricks will save you some frustration if you’re having problems cutting your wagon wheels. I’d love to hear from you if you use it and it helps.

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!


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All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: BB Saddle Up & Celebrate
Die-namics: BB Saddle Up & Celebrate, Farm Fence, Puffy Clouds, Circle STAX Set 2
Stencils: Grassy Edges
Dye Ink: Sour Apple, Latte, Berrylicious
Hybrid Ink: Extreme Black
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Kraft, No Line Coloring
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, Multi Medium Matte Glue
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, Copics, Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,  craft tweezers, plastic eraser, Mini Ink Blending Tool, sponge daubers
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter

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