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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Using May's Sketch 1 comments  
      

 

I was incredibly inspired by the May sketch shared in the Cherry Crafter’s Facebook group last week! I couldn’t wait to dive into my favorite collection from spring, Pink Paislee’s Bloom Street, to scrap this photo from my wedding!

Bloom Street Pink Paislee

 

I loved the area for plenty of journaling on this sketch because I usually have a LOT to say, especially about my darling matron of honor! I am a huge fan of pre-made journaling spots and this floral one was just made for a soft, wedding layout!

 

 

I created three clusters of florals around my layout which is using a design principle called the “visual triangle.” By creating three points on the layout of interest, it guides your eye to the center of that triangle and straight to my photo!

 

 

The small details are truly my favorite though, the Gold Crystal Nuvo drops create jewel-toned accents around the clusters as well as little flying trails behind my bees and butterfly! Love that sweet little detail on my layouts and use it quite often.

 

 

I hope this layout inspires you to try out the May sketch as well! Be sure to join the Cherry Crafters Facebook group to find inspiration every single week!

Check out the process video for this layout below:

 

Laura Alberts, Design Team Member

 


 


Posted by Rachel Kent


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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Making a Pocket Card with Tags  
      

Using Sweet Story Ephemera from your June Cherry Box

Making a Pocket Card with Tags

Using Sweet Story Ephemera Found in the June Cherry Box

 

The June Cherry Box features some of Maggie Holmes' Sweet Story butterfly stickers and ephemera. I was inspired by all of the tags in the ephemera pack to create this card. It is such a fun card because you can take out the tags and each has something different to say. You can also write your own messages on the back side of the tags!

What you'll need

Sweet Story Ephemera, Sweet Story Butterfly Stickers, 2 pieces of 12"x12" Paper (one for the card, one for the envelope), Paper TrimmerFoam Adhesive, Glue, Twine or Ribbon

Start by cutting one of your pieces of cardstock to 8.5" x 11".

Fold it in half horizontally then vertically.

     

Next, have the corner with the four original corners of the paper in the top right. Fold over the first page so the side of the fold lines up with the left side of the card. 

Fold the next page over, but not as far over as the one before. You want the vertical and horizontal lines to stay parallel to the sides of the card.

Fold over the third paper, and again do not fold it as far over as the first or second fold.

Now fold over all of your tabs to the back so they are hidden. You could also cut them off if you would prefer. 

Now it is time to glue down your edges. Only glue on the bottom and along the sides.

Now it is time to decorate! I started by adding some Metallique Wax. The color I chose was Indian Pink.

    

Next add twine or ribbon onto your tags. These tags are so fun and I like to write a message on the back of each of them. I think that makes this card so fun to receive! There are plenty of tags in this ephemera pack to choose from.

Finally, add some of the ephemera pieces to the card to decorate it. I used some foam adhesive, which is also found in your June Cherry Box, to give some of the pieces some dimension. You could also add some of the smaller ephemera to decorate your tags!

I also made an envelope using the All in One Tool and added some Metallique Wax to it also.

   

This is such a fun card to make and I think it would be equally fun to receive! I would love to see how you would make this card! Tag us on social media using the hashtag #thecherrybox.


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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Mixed Media Mix Up - Volume 5 1 comments  
      

 

Hey Cherries!

Natalie here with Volume 5 of Mixed Media Mix Up!

In Volume 1 we learned about stripes and splatters for background techniques. We'll take our background techniques one step further in today's Mix Up by doing a Color Wash across the background. We will learn 5 techniques.

(Be sure to check out the previous posts in this series:  Vol 1Vol 2Vol 3, and Vol 4)

 

Supplies:

- Paper (preferably white)
- Gesso
- Color medium
- Paintbrush (optional)
- Water spray bottle (optional) 

 

This technique applies much liquid to create a background, so it is a necessity to gesso your page. I prefer a clear gesso. The level of smoothness in your application will affect the way the color wash appears on the background.

You can use stamping ink, watercolors, sprays, watered down acrylic, pretty much any thin liquid. You can apply your stamping ink to a plastic or glass surface and add water to create a liquid. Here's a process video of all techniques and a practical application to a layout. I will detail the techniques down below as well.

 

 


 

1) The first technique is typically referred to as the packaging technique. The idea is to use some of the plastic packaging from your scrapbook supplies to apply color to a background and move it.

 

You simply apply your color to a piece of plastic packaging, smoosh it onto your paper, and you can manipulate the placement through the clear packaging. You can add more color to the same area, or easily add a second color to another area of the paper. Typically I tend to get some drips or splatters upon removal of my packaging. I tend to add more to go along with it once I've completed my packaging technique.

 


 

2) We will call the second technique the reverse packaging technique. 

 

 

In my example, I used the large plastic cover to my Cricut cutting mat. I applied my spray atop the plastic, then laid my paper atop the color application. I then flipped the paper and plastic to see the color distribution on the paper, and I could manipulate it around the page by moving the bubbles under the plastic.

 

Typically, the removal of the plastic will cause some pooling at the last spot of contact, but I think this turned out beautifully!

 


 

3) The third technique is using the Gel Press.

 

 

I applied my color straight to the gel plate, knowing they would pool together once pressure was applied with the paper. I did not use a brayer as I typically would with acrylic paint, since the color is so liquid. As with the reverse packaging technique, the color will pool at the last point of contact. This is what gives the beautiful bubbles of layered color, so keep that in mind when pulling off your paper. I achieved two pulls out of this one color application.

 


 

4) The fourth technique is the Stamping Block technique.

 

You can apply your color directly on to your stamping block, or dip your block into color. You then smoosh the block onto your gessoed paper and wriggle it until you have achieved the layers of colors you want. This is a great technique for much control. If you're timid about creating a color washed background, this may be the best way to begin! The smaller the block, the better control you will have.

 


 

5) The last technique is the swirl technique. 

 

 

For this process, just apply the color directly on to your page, spritz with water (or drop water from your paintbrush) and move your paper around to swirl the color across the background. If you identify a shape on the background with plain water before applying the color, this gives the color a direction in which to swirl. You can do beautiful color blending with this technique. But if you want two swatches of unblended color, be sure to allow the first to dry before applying the second. Because this technique blends so beautifully, it's perfect for your powdered pigment inks!

 

For all of the techniques, I tend to use my paintbrush and additional water to adjust the shapes of the color washes or guide color in a specific direction. Just as with all mixed media techniques, practice makes perfect! The more you create with mixed media, the more comfortable you will become. You will learn your favorite applications and the looks they achieve.

 


 

Here's the layout I created using today's Color Wash technique.

 

I chose to use the Stamping Block technique because I wanted to use two colors which I did not want to blend, and this technique gives me much control. I used the gorgeous new 5th & Monaco collection from Pink Paislee to back a vacation cut file and inspire my color choices for the background.

 

 

My favorite way to apply a color wash is to use sprays! I applied the sprays to my Tim Holtz glass mat and then dipped my stamping block into the color. 

 

 

After I applied my color on to the background, I used the splatter technique from Volume 1 of Mixed Media Mix Up. I also added black splatters to compliment the black accents around the page. I love to tie in embellishments with my color wash backgrounds.

 

 

Although I work hard to make the background beautiful, it is a compliment to my page, not the star. Some of your backgrounds will end up being covered by your photo and the rest of the layout, and this is okay! It's good to check along the way of the process to ensure that some of the background will be peeking out around the main focus of your page.

 

 

To carry the black accent through the page, I cut some palm fronds with my Sizzix Big Shot. Some simple embellishments were all the page needed for completion because the floral backing of the cut file is so busy!

 

 

I hope you've been inspired to create a color wash background! If you have any questions, feel free to send me a direct message on the message boards, on Instagram, or on my YouTube video. I will bump up the message board thread bout Mixed Media Mix Up and I cannot wait to see what you all create!

xo, Natalie

 


 


Posted by Rachel Kent


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Friday, May 22, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #173

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

 

Show us what you can do with this sketch!

Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #173 Project Gallery. One random winner will be...

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Summer Crochet Projects 1 comments

Check out these 20 summer crochet projects! We have rounded up these favorite tutorials from Pinterest, and all of them have FREE patterns. You'll find plant hangers, popsicle holders, coasters, sunglass pouches, and more! They are the perfect lit...

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #172 1 comments

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

 

Show us what you can do with this sketch!

Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #172 Project Gallery. One random winner will be ...

[Read More]  1 comments


Friday, May 8, 2020

White On White Techniques

 

Hello Cherries! Sara with you today sharing a few layouts featuring a white on white technique and the new Carta Bella Family Night collection and some fun stamps from Catherine Pooler. 

Let's talk about this Carta Bella collection for just a mi...

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #171

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

 

 

Show us what you can do with this sketch!

Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #171 Project Gallery. One random winner will be awa...

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Meet our May Guest Designer! 3 comments

Questionnaire:

How long have you been a 'Cherry':  A very long time!

Describe your crafting style:  Clean and cute

Your favorite must have crafty tool(s):  A cutting board, punches, floral dies, a score board, a ruler, dies, and m...

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #170 1 comments

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

 

 

Show us what you can do with this sketch!

Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #170 Project Gallery. One random winner...

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Using Circles in a 6" x 8" Layout 1 comments

From Our April Guest Designer, Nicole Martel

Hi all. I'm back with another layout I created using Vicki Boutin's "Let's Wander" collection. This is such a fun collection and I totally love the vintage look with the bright colors. Nicely done.

 

To begin, I used a palette knife to smear

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Personalizing your Travelers Notebook: Make your own Inserts!

How to Make Inserts using Sewing Technique

Personalizing your Travelers Notebook:

How to Make Inserts using Sewing Technique

Everyone who received a May Cherry Box got an Echo Park Travelers Notebook inside of it. So exci...

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Mixed Media Mix Up - Volume 4 2 comments

 

 

Hi Cherries! Natalie here once again with Mixed Media Mix Up! Volume 4 is a treat focusing on a gel mat using acrylic paint.

(Check out the previous posts: Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3)

 

Gel plates are a super fun and easy way to...

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Planting Trees For Kristin 8 comments

 

Today, April 24th, marks two years since Kristin, my mom and the founder of ACOT, lost her battle with cancer. She was the heart and soul of this company, starting it all out of a little shoebox of stickers in the basement. We miss her every...

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #169 1 comments

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

 

Show us what you can do with this sketch!

Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #169 Project Gallery. One random winner will be awarded 

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