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My Advice to a Virgin Paper Crafter

Posted by Aimee Sheik on

I've been making cards for about 15 years now. During that time, my skills and style have evolved and with each new technique I learn, they morph a little more. I remember showing someone my online shop a few years ago and they commented "Wow, you have such a variety of styles" At first I wondered if that was a bad thing, then I decided that if I'm going to continue to learn, it's going to continue to shine through in my creativity. As well, having an online store, and actually trying to sell some of my makes, lends itself...

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Kindred Stamps Guest Designer - Featuring 'Strong Maiden'

Posted by Aimee Chovan on

I'm honored to be guest designing for Kindred Stamps December release featuring the Strong Maiden stamp set. This set is near and dear to my heart and I really wanted to evoke strong emotion with my makes this month.  The first card features a fiery background made with reflective Yupo paper and alcohol inks in red, orange, and yellow. If you haven't played with alcohol inks yet, watch out! They're addictive! "Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum" is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and I added a corner adornment from Close To My Heart Baroque Boarders set.  I spritzed my stamp...

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Faux Foiling with Duct Tape

Posted by Aimee Chovan on

Today I wanted to share a very simple technique that can pack a big punch. The examples I'm sharing are simple, but will clearly illustrate the result of this quick and easy way to dress up your projects.  All you need is a standard die cutting machine, your favorite embossing folder, some scrap paper, and duct tape! For this technique, I used some very basic duct tape. I've heard that HVAC tape can provide an even more glamourous results so give it a try and let me know how it looks! I started by adhering a strip of duct tape...

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Magical Fairies - September Release from Kindred Stamps

Posted by Aimee Chovan on

I'm up on the blog with another feature from the Kindred Stamps September Release! Today's set features Magical Fairies and is incredibly adorable. In my experience, there are two types of fairy stamps: elegant/realistic and cutsie/cartoonish. This set beautifully meets in the middle and is perfect for creating cards for all ages! I'm also head over heals for the script used in the sentiments! Check out my card and you'll see what I mean! I started by painting my 3.75 x 5 inch white cardstock card front with Wilted Violet and Broken China Distress Oxide Ink, using a Clarity Brush....

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You Spin Me Right 'Round Baby

Posted by Aimee Chovan on

I am so excited to be featuring a card from the upcoming release by Kindred Stamps Showcasing a super popular Fidget Spinner, the Spin Master set comes with three different sentiments: Keep Spinning, Master Spinner (this is actually 2 different words but they pair so well together), and You Spin Me Right Round Baby.  Of course I had to make a spinner card! Spinner cards are quick and easy! Here are a few simple steps to make your own spinner card! I first cut a 3.75 x 5 inch white piece of card stock to use as my card front. I...

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