We're open and shipping - click here for common shipping questions.
FREE shipping with your $49 order! Use code FREESHIP49

Monday, April 19, 2021

Glitter vs Embossing Powder 2 comments  


The May Cherry Box is a fun box to get you into the summer mood. Included in this box are both glitter and embossing powder along with different pens to apply each! In this post, we are talking about the differences between the two, when to use one over the other, and some tips to get the best results out of them!



Most people have heard about glitter and have an opinion on if they love it or hate it. Glitter is small sparkly bits that shine in the light. They can add an extra pop to a project. Typically, glitter is made of a mix of aluminum and plastic and applied to your project using wet glue. In this Cherry Box, we've included a set of 8 WOW glitters and a Heidi Swapp glue pen! This glue pen allows you to make precise marks on your page so the glitter ends up exactly where you plan it to be. To get this pen flowing you need to hold down the felt tip for about 1 minute. When I tried to use mine for the first time I thought the glue was dry because it was not coming out. I just needed to hold it down longer and be patient. Another thing you can do to get it flowing is to get the felt tip a little wet. This will allow the glue to start traveling through.


Embossing Powder

Embossing is a technique meaning to make something stand out in relief. It leaves a raised surface on what you add it to. Embossing Powder is also made from fine plastic and you melt it to your surface using a heat gun. Embossing powders start out looking much duller than what they will be after they are heated. They can be glossy, shiny, or even clear! This Cherry Box has a jar of Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze along with 2 Distress Embossing Pens


Some Differences:

Application: The biggest difference between glitter and embossing powder is the application process. Glitter is applied by adding glue to your surface, sprinkling the glitter over it liberally, then shaking off the excess back into your glitter tube, and letting it dry. Glue for glitter can come in a pen, bottle, ink pad, or as glue with glitter already mixed in (glitter glue).

For embossing powder, there is an added step. Do all of the same steps as you would with the glitter, but after you have the excess off your page you need to set it into place by heating it up, typically by using a heat tool. (A hair drier also works). Instead of using regular wet glue, embossing ink is used. This can come in a pen, ink pad, or dauber. 

Texture: Both glitter and embossing powder can have a similar look, but the texture is often very different. After heating embossing powder it is often smooth to the touch and after it has cooled down it does not shed. I find glitter to be brighter and more textured because it is not melted into one. If you run your finger across applied glitter, it is likely that you will have picked up some. It is somewhat less permanent than embossing powder. 


Some ways to use your glue and embossing pens:


Trace over one of your Heidi Swapp stencils with the pen and cover it in glitter or embossing glaze. If you used embossing make sure to apply heat!


Practice your hand lettering. One of the embossing pens has a brush tip, which is perfect for hand lettering.


Trace around an image on your patterned paper! This will help on area stand out and is a fun added pop of color.



We are so happy to be offering both of these essential craft products in this Cherry Box! Let us know in the comments if you prefer glitter or embossing powder!

(I'm team glitter) wink -Jess

You have until April 25 to subscribe to receive the May Cherry Box, which includes glitter, embossing powder, and much more!

Have you subscribed yet? Get paper-crafting goodies sent to you every month with the Cherry Box!

Posted by Jessica.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Impasto Paint  

What is impasto paint? How do you use it? How is it different from regular acrylic paint?

Today we will be looking into impasto paint! It is one of the items featured in the April Cherry Boxes from the Art Alchemy line. The color of the paint that will be in the box is the beautiful purple heather.

Impasto is a technique in painting where the paint is applied very thickly so you can see the brush or knife strokes. You can use this technique with either oil or acrylic paints. It does not work as well with watercolor or gouache paints because of their inherent thinness. You can use any type of acrylic paint to achieve this look, but it is helpful to add Heavy Body Gel to your paints. Today we will be using acrylic impasto paint, which is already thick and does not need the added gel. Impasto painting can add a lot of emotion and movement into a piece. It also becomes a one-of-a-kind piece that no photo or print will ever do justice to the original. I find that you can build up the most texture using a palette knife rather than a paintbrush, but you can use either and see which gives you the desired look. If you do decide to use a paintbrush to paint I recommend one with sturdy bristles. Most brushes make for oil painting would work well because oil paint is a thicker medium so the brushes are made to withstand thick paint. 

I LOVE to use my heat gun because I don't have the patience to watch paint dry, but I hold back from using it on my impasto paintings. This is because when the paint is so thick, you have to be careful of the surface paint drying much faster than what is underneath and cracking. I have never had a problem with it cracking while letting it air dry.

When I started painting with the impasto style and told my mom about what it is called, she would always say, "ooh, I like the pasta", or "that needs more pasta!" And saying this isn't actually too far off because the word impasto comes from the Italian meaning "dough."

Why use impasto? Because of its ability to turn a flat surface into a more sculptural one! The way the paint can catch light and cast shadows can add magic to a piece. You can use a little to make one area of your painting pop out, or cover the entire canvas with it!


For today's painting, I am using the Heather Impasto Paint and mixing in some regular black and white acrylic paint so I can get a gradient. I am using a palette knife and mixed media paper to work on. To create the texture I am grabbing a good-sized glob of paint with my knife and tapping it on the canvas. I repeated this technique the whole way down, getting darker in the center, and lightening it back up at the end. Watch the video below for a better look at how this background was created.


I used this painting as a background for this layout. I used other items from the April Cherry Box including the Watercolor Floral paper pad, ephemera, puffy stickers, and leaf mechanicals. I also used some micro beads around the photos and ephemera and some purple glitter on the high spots on the background.


Here is another example of how to use impasto paint. You can also water it down to be used as regular acrylic paint, or water it down, even more, to use it as splatters or as a wash.


You have until March 25 to subscribe to receive the April Cherry Box, which includes the Watercolor Floral collection, Impasto Paint, and much more!

Have you subscribed yet? Get paper-crafting goodies sent to you every month with the Cherry Box!

Posted by Jessica.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Mixed Media Layout 1 comments  

March Cherry Box



The March Cherry Box is filled with Vicki Boutin Mixed Media goodness and in this layout, I wanted to try using as many types that I could of it. I ended up using the CreativeFX Glaze, art crayons, and texture paste that I used with a stencil. I backed the photos with the Ready-to-Use mixed media paper for an added mixed media look. I then embellished the layout with the ephemera and mini envelopes that are also in the Cherry Box. The only thing I used that wasn't in this month's Cherry Box was my 12"x 12" Mixed Media paper for the background.

This is actually my second attempt to make a mixed media background for this layout. My first one didn't turn out well, but that's okay. I just grabbed another sheet of paper and tried again. The second attempt turned out much better! Don't get discouraged if it doesn't turn out how you imagined on the first try!








Check out the video below for the process video!


Here are some close-up shots of this layout. I hope you enjoyed watching and have a ton of fun with this Cherry Box. I know I did!



You have until February 25 to subscribe to receive the March Cherry Box, which includes texture paste, mixed media paper, stencils, and much more!

Have you subscribed yet? Get paper-crafting goodies sent to you every month with the Cherry Box!

Posted by Jessica.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Art Crayon Techniques

Another item found in the March Cherry Box is Vicki Boutin water-soluble art crayons! These are so much fun to work with as there are so many possibilities and different ways to use them. So grab some scrap pieces of watercolor paper and follow along with...

[Read More]  0 comments

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Texture Paste Techniques

March Cherry Box

Every March Cherry Box will include a jar of Vicki Boutin Texture Paste and one of her stencil sets from the Storyteller collection. You can use texture paste to add 3-dimensional elements to mixed media projects. It is such a fun and easy medi...

[Read More]  0 comments

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Jar of Flowers Layout and Card

The February Cherry Box

For the February Cherry Box, we have teamed up with Sizzix to bring you a great selection of products for your February crafting. Some of the items that are in this box that we used for this project are the Jar of Flowers Die, Jar Shaker Dome...

[Read More]  0 comments

Monday, December 21, 2020

Flip Through my Flipbook

From the January Cherry Box

I have had a lot of fun with the January Cherry Box over the last couple of weeks. I just kept adding and adding to it until it has gotten to where it is now. I was challenging myself to see how many different elements I could add to it. This included every item that...

[Read More]  0 comments

Friday, December 18, 2020

3 Pocket Folder Page for Sn@p Flipbook

January Cherry Box

The possibilities for what you can add to a flipbook are endless when you start to think outside the box. You do not only have to add in pocket pages when filling up your book, you can also add full paper sheets to make a layout or a folder. This post shows how...

[Read More]  0 comments

Monday, December 14, 2020

Sn@p Flipbook Cover

Inside the January Cherry Box

Hello Cherries! Today I am showing my process of making this Sn@p Flipbook cover. Every January Cherry Box will have one of these flipbooks in a great shade of blue. I love these colors for a winter's flipbook! I think designing the cover is both the scaries...

[Read More]  0 comments

Friday, November 20, 2020

A Look into my Traveler's Notebook

From the December Cherry Box

Hello, Jessica here. I have been having so much fun working on and filling up this Echo Park traveler's notebook that every December Cherry Box will receive. The Cherry Box also comes with additional inserts, Stickles glitter glue, some of Crate P...

[Read More]  0 comments

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Holiday Travelers Notebook

Hey everyone! Rachel here, and I'm so excited about the December Cherry Box! It's so festive, and I'm all about the Christmas cheer right now. I created two double page spreads that I want to share with you - and most of the items I used were incl...

[Read More]  0 comments

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

DIY Tassels

For the Traveler's Notebook in the December Cherry Box

I am very excited about the upcoming December Cherry Box!!! It has so many great products in it including a traveler's notebook and Hey Santa charms. I knew right away I wanted to make tassels to embellish the sides of the notebooks. Check out the video below to s...

[Read More]  0 comments

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Autumn Layout using November Cherry Box

I made this layout using items from the November Cherry Box. This box is filled with bright fall colors which were fun to use with these pictures.

Products Used:

Sizzix Distresser Blade, Distress Oxide Reinkers, Cream-colored Bazzil Ca...

[Read More]  0 comments

Friday, October 23, 2020

8 Background Techniques using Mini Ink Pads

There will be a set of 4 one inch ink pads in every November Cherry Box! These adorable cube ink pads from Pinkfresh Studio are so versatile and this post will show you 8 techniques using them. I like using these techniques as backgrounds, but they work great for a ...

[Read More]  0 comments

Monday, October 5, 2020

October Cherry Box Projects

An Echo Park Box!

The first thing I wanted to make using this Echo Park Cherry Box is a mini album. I love using mini albums to document a single event, trip, or time of year. They are so fun and quick to make. This is a 5” x 4” album which is smaller than my usual m...

[Read More]  0 comments

Next Page
Page 1 of 2