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Saturday, April 10, 2021

National Scrapbook Day 2021 15 comments

Come join us for National Scrapbook Day here at A Cherry On Top Crafts! We will be celebrating NSD all weekend long (April 30th - May 2nd) with an online crop, challenges, games, giveaways, and more! You'll find all the action on our Message Board

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

DIY Yupo Paper 2 comments  

Alcohol Inks on Paper


In this blog post, I am going to show you how to prep 12x12 paper to be able to use alcohol inks. You can not use alcohol inks on regular paper because it quickly absorbs and you can't play with it long enough to give it the cool and distinct look that alcohol ink gives. When using alcohol ink you must apply it to a non-porous surface. This could be yupo (paper made of plastic), glass, or tile. I wanted to work on yupo but saw that it does not come in sizes large enough to make a 12"x12" layout. So, I got to work experimenting with the best way to duplicate this effect. 


Acetate Sheet

Although there is not any yupo paper that is 12x12, you can get acetate sheets in that size, which works great with alcohol inks. There are even acetate sheets that have designs on them. For one of my designs, I used the specialty sheet from Jen Hadfield's "Reaching Out" collection.


When working on an acetate sheet with designs, make sure you are working on the side where the design was not printed. You can easily feel to see if the side is raised or not and that will tell you which side to paint on. Paint on the flat side. Because I wanted to be able to see my designs clearly, I glued my acetate sheet onto a white piece of cardstock. I wanted the side I was adding the alcohol on to be protected, so I glued it face down. Because you can see any tape or glue through your acetate sheet, I found it was best to randomly place blobs of glue on your page. When you squish down the glue, it looks like it is part of the design.



Mixed Media/ Watercolor Paper


I started with Vicki Boutin's Mixed Media paper because it is a very sturdy paper. I would recommend mixed media or watercolor paper. Next, I needed to coat it in something to make it non-porous. I found a few different products to make this work. First I used Glossy Accents by squirting it on my page and spreading it with a paintbrush. Glossy Accents is typically used as a light adhesive or as drops to add accents to a page. But when applied to an entire page, it acts as a barrier. This is how the other products I tested works as well.


Next, I used Glossy Mod Podge. This worked the same as the Glossy Accents, but it was a little easier to apply because I did not have to squeeze it all out of a bottle. I was able to dip my paintbrush into the jar before spreading it on my page.

Finally, I tested Clear Finish Aerosol Spray with a gloss finish. This took many coats to work. You know you have enough on when your paper looks glossy!

Cricut Acetate Sheet:


Glossy Accents:


Glossy Mod Podge Background:

Which worked best?

The acetate sheets work great with alcohol inks, but you can not use a heat tool or the plastic will bend and warp.

The glossy accents and mod podge leave more of a matte finish, which I prefer when using it as paper. But, there is the texture of brushstrokes left behind. In thinner areas, the ink did bleed through the paper, but this could have been helped by applying a second coat.

The spray took many applications (4-5) to achieve the level of finish I was looking for but had no brushstrokes.

The results: I recommend using one coat of glossy accents then cover it with one coat of aerosol spray. It is still a bit shiny, but not as much as the acetate sheets, which will give you a glare. It also holds the color nicely and is very easy to make a vibrant painting. The quick coat of aerosol spray is a sealer and will help in you missed any spots, and give you the same shine all over the page.


Here is my finished piece using my self-made yupo paper. I used a rainbow of alcohol inks to create the background and Vicki Boutin's "Color Study" collection to embellish it.


Check out this video if you want to see some alcohol ink techniques!

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Freebie Friday - Vinyl Tools 5 comments  


Happy Freebie Friday! Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win the Vinyl Tools Bundle from We R Memory Keepers. Get picture-perfect vinyl projects every time with Value Vinyl Tools by We R Memory Keepers. Kits come with everything you need to weed and apply vinyl properly, and without mistakes or tears. Each kit comes with precise scissors, a spatula, a set of tweezers, a weeding tool, and a scraping tool. Pair your tools with quality vinyl too! Vinyl works with any electronic cutting machine and is perfect for any project, large or small.  One winner will be announced next week, and be notified by email. They have 30 days to claim their prize.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

May Guest Designer  

Introducing, Inessa Persekian


Describe your crafting style: This is a tough one for me as I feel like my style has evolved in the last year. I would say it's modern with plenty of color and texture.

Your favorite must-have crafty tool(s): Glue dots (but with the dispenser), foam dots, scissors, Fiskars paper cutter, embellishments, cutfiles.

Something new you have learned recently? How to do mixed media with stamping, mainly from watching Vicki's FNL and Missy Whiden.

Something you are scared of trying? Grunge mixed media (Tim Holtz style).

What inspires you to create?  Seeing all kinds of art in real life and on social media. Art/creating has always been a part of my life. I've also more recently found an appreciation for journaling and really telling my story.

BIO: I've loved painting, coloring, and all art since I was little. My love for scrapbooking started in high school when I was first introduced to it by my now husband. We're high school sweethearts and have 3 amazing kids and our dog Snuggs. I love to document our everyday life but also trips and events and have been experimenting with mini albums, project life, TNs, memory dex, and more in the last few years beyond 12x12 layouts. I'm currently on design teams for Peartree Cutfiles, EricaRose Creates, and ScrappinHappyStudio and love it!


Here are some of Inessa's fun projects!




You can see more inspiration from Aliaksandra on her Instagram, Facebook, and A Cherry on Top Project Gallery!

Stay tuned all month to see what she will create!


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Saturday, May 1, 2021

May YouTube Hop 7 comments

~~Winner: Meghan Kennihan~~

Welcome to our May YouTube hop! This month our design team members are sharing their NSD challenges. Here at ACOT, we will be celebrating NSD all weekend long (April 30th - May 2nd) with...

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Big Shot Giveaway! 39 comments

Sponsored by Sizzix

Happy NSD weekend! Today we are giving away a Sizzix Big Shot Machine! With this Big Shot, you can design your own cards and invitations, home decor, fashion, quilts, altered art, and scrapbook pages! The Big Shot machine premiers its stylish appeal with the qual...

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Album + Inserts - Freebie Friday


Happy Freebie Friday! Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win Heidi Swapp's Desert 8x10 Album and Mount Insert Book Set. This album is the perfect place for storing pictures, memories, and more. This be...

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Freebie Friday - School Life 4 comments

A Giveaway from A Cherry on Top


Happy Freebie Friday! Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win Simple Stories "School Life" collection. This prize includes the School Life collection kit, chipboard stickers, chipboard frames, page pieces,

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Freebie Friday - Wonders 3 comments

Happy Freebie Friday! Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win Paige Evans' new "Wonders" collection. This prize includes 12 cardstock 12"x 12" papers, Phrase Thickers, Washi Tape, Floral Ephemera, and Paper Flowers. One winner will be announc...

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Freebie Friday - Garden Party 5 comments

Happy Freebie Friday! Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win Maggie Holmes' new "Garden Party" collection. This prize includes 23 cardstock 12"x 12" papers, Phrase and Icon Thickers, Puffy Stickers, Sticker Book, and Resin Hearts. One winner will be ...

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

April YouTube Hop 7 comments

Happy April! This month our design team members are doing a YouTube hop with layouts using their go-to designs. We are also talking about different tips and tricks that we find helpful when suck in a creative rut. Let's get inspired and create along...

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

April Virtual Classes

We are hosting Facebook Live classes every Friday! We recently remodeled our in-store classroom but due to more shutdowns from Covid, we haven't been able to use it very much. So we wanted to start an online classroom! We will give you a list of all the m...

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Freebie Friday - Buenos Dias Card Kit


Happy Freebie Friday! Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win Obed Marshall's "Buenos Dias" collection. This prize includes the 6"x8" Paper Pad, Alpha Thickers, Accent and Phrase Cardstock...

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 217

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

Show us what you can do with this week's sketch!

Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 217 Project Gallery. One random winner will be ...

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Mixed Media Backgrounds 1 comments

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today sharing some of the fun backgrounds I was able to create using the fun mixed media products in the March Cherry Box. 

I enjoyed the challenge of limiting myself to just those products and I found that there was quite...

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