Thursday, April 20, 2023

Sneak Peek: Introducing A Cut Above Stamps & 2 Notebook Dies

Hello and welcome to day 4 of our Sneak Peek Week!  Each morning this week I have been showcasing projects using our newest Summer collection which will be available to purchase on April 21st.

Card No. 1 & 2: Today I am showcasing our new A Cut Above Stamps & Dies, along with two new Notebook dies which this first set of two cards fully utilizes. The layering stamps come with all the pieces you need to create a pair of scissors, colored pencils, and thumbtacks, as well as both the option to add a repeated grid or lined background for both new notebooks dies.

Sunny Studio Blog: You're A Cut Above The Rest Rainbow Teacher & Student Appreciation School Themed Scissors, Pencils, Thumb Tacks & Spiral Notebook Paper Card Set

Card No. 1: The new A Cut Above Stamps have been designed to complement our previously released Color My World Stamps so I was able to include both types of pencils for my card here today. The pencil image that comes with the Color My World set has quite a few components, however, for the colored pencil image that comes with A Cut Above set there is no eraser involved which allowed me to streamline the layers which really speeds up the stamping process and makes it a breeze to line up for assembly line style stamping.

For this card, I turned to our new Notebook Photo Corners Dies which features a 3x4 Notebook Paper with a spiral tear along the top. The set also includes pennant strips in two different widths, perfect for stamping greetings, and four fun photo corners. For both the cards in this set, I used the 4" x 1" grid print stamp with my Misti, moving the die incrementally up one inch at a time until the entire background was covered. I then mounted it onto a piece of black cardstock so that it would stand out against my colorful polka-dot background from our Rainbow Bright Paper pack.
Sunny Studio Blog: You're A Cut Above The Rest Rainbow Teacher & Student Appreciation School Themed Scissors, Pencils, Thumb Tacks & Spiral Notebook Paper Card
Card No. 2: For my second card featuring the A Cut Above Stamps, I used our new Notebook Tabs Dies which feature another 3x4 Notebook die, this time with the spiral down the long edge. This die set also comes with four unique tab dies perfect for adding a sentiment to your cards or for use with scrapbooks and planners. For this card, I utilized a colorful striped patterned paper for my background from that same Rainbow Bright Paper pack, along with the yellow dot from our Polka-Dot Parade Paper for the pennant-shaped sentiment strip that comes with the Notebook Photo Corners Dies.
Sunny Studio Blog: You're A Cut Above The Rest Rainbow Teacher & Student Appreciation School Themed Scissors, Pencils, Thumb Tacks & Spiral Notebook Paper Card

Card No. 3: Up next is a card focusing just on the cute pair of scissors from A Cut Above which I stamped in a rainbow of colors, alternating their direction and positioning them on the diagonal across my horizontal card. To make them stand out, I adhered them to a piece of black cardstock which I trimmed down using the stitched edge die from our Ribbon & Lace Border Dies. For my background, I added a simple yellow striped print from our Striped Silly Paper pack and stamped the punny sentiment from the stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black Ink to match the diagonal angle of my scissors.
Sunny Studio Punny Rainbow Scissors School Themed Teacher or Student Card (using A Cut Above Stamps, Ribbon & Lace Border Dies, Striped Silly Paper)

Card No. 4:  For this rainbow-inspired card I stamped a variety of colored pencils using the new A Cut Above Stamps and then fanned them out in a circle for a fun radial design. I made sure to leave a little space in the center for my "hi" greeting from our Hawaiian Hibiscus Stamps. I then kept the rest of my card very simple, trimming down my panel to be square and mounting it onto a black scalloped square from our Fancy Frames Square Dies. To make lining up things easier, I created a free printable template for some similar cards I created using our Color My World Stamps which you can download HERE (You can also see those card examples and read about them HERE).
Sunny Studio Radiating Rainbow Colored Pencils Saying Hi Card (using A Cut Above & Hawaiian Hibiscus Stamps and Fancy Frames Square Dies)

Card No. 5: Next up in a teacher card combining the colored pencils, thumbtack, and lined background from the A Cut Above Stamps with the Notebook Tabs Dies. After stamping the lines onto my spiral-bound paper, I added the sentiment from our Teacher Appreciation Stamps with Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I chose to stamp the "thank you" portion of my phrase onto a tab die from the set to help break up the longer sentiment and add a little extra visual interest, cutting the tab from a yellow polka-dot print from our Polka-dot Parade Paper pack.
Sunny Studio Stamps Thank you Teacher Rainbow Colored Pencils School Card (using A Cut Above & Teacher Appreciation Stamps, Notebook Tabs Dies & Polka-dot Parade Paper)

Card No. 6: For this card, I thought it would be fun to use the pushpin image from the A Cut Above Stamps to recreate the look of a framed corkboard. I had some thin sheets of cork made for crafting in my stash (I think this one came from one of those specialty pads by DCWAV) which I adhered to a piece of kraft cardstock for extra stability. Since the pins would be pushed into the cork, I omitted the tack portion and used the alternate die from the set. I cut some Memory Box woodgrain cardstock into thin 1/4" strips and added them to the edges of my corkboard to give the look of a frame by mitering the corners.

To arrange my tacks in a perfect circle, I die-cut a circle using our Stitched Circle Large Dies in the cork material and then left the circle in place and covered the cut with the pins. You could also achieve a similar result by tracing a circle with a pen onto the cork material, but I thought the cut would be more invisible. For my note, I stamped the grid print from the A Cut Above Stamps and used our Notebook Photo Corners Dies to give the spiral notebook edge, trimming it down to fit within the confines of my circle. I used printer paper to give it a more realistic look and tore it along the bottom edge for some extra interest. For my sentiment, I added the phrase "Just a note" from our Balloon Rides Stamps and the phrase "to say" from our Floating By Stamps using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. Lastly, I layered two shades of blue cardstock cut using our Hello Word Die.
Sunny Studio Just A Note To Say Hello Rainbow Pushpin Corkboard Square Card (using A Cut Above Stamps, Notebook Dies, & Hello Word Die)

Card No. 7: For my last card of the day, I created a vibrant, colorful background by repeatedly cutting out one of the stitched photo corners dies from the new Notebook Photo Corners Die set using different rainbow shades of patterned paper from our Gingham Jewel Tones Paper pack. I then drew some light pencil line grids on the front of my card base to help me keep things somewhat straight, added rows of adhesive with my tape gun and then set to work adhering the stacked photo corners down the center of my card front, alternating them the opposite direction on either side to create a fun chevron print! It took me a bit of time to cut the tabs out from various paper scraps, but I really enjoy paper-piecing backgrounds like this--It's the perfect mindless activity to do while watching TV and I found it really relaxing to create.

To complete my card, I cut an oval mat using our Stitched Oval 2 Dies to frame my greeting. The Cut Above Stamps includes the punny "I'm sorry I was snippy" sentiment to compliment the layered scissors images, but the words were feeling a bit too small for the space I had to fill so I substituted the word "snippy" with my own version cut using our Hayley Lowercase Alphabet Dies. I then tucked the handle of my scissors in under the loop of my letter "s" to give the appearance they are hanging there.
Sunny Studio Sorry I Was Snippy Punny Scissors Rainbow Chevron Card (using A Cut Above Stamps, Hayley Alphabet, Stitched Ovals 2, Notebook Photo Corners Dies & Gingham Jewel Tone Paper)

Scrapbook Layout: I have been working on completing my daughter's school portrait album before she graduates from high school next year and I knew that our new A Cut Above StampsNotebook Photo Corners Dies, and Notebook Tabs Dies would be perfect for a page in her scrapbook! 

I started by die-cutting the stitched strips to add along the top of my page using the pennant strip from our Stitched Rectangle Dies, cutting them for our Gingham Jewel Tones Paper. I then layered the bottom edge with the ricrac trim cut from white cardstock using our Slimline Basic Border Dies and the stitched strip from our Ribbon & Lace Border Dies cut from black cardstock. To add interest to my 5x7 photo, I mounted it onto a decorative mat with 4 of the two different notebook dies which had been mounted onto black cardstock to help them stand out against the kraft background and make them feel like a cohesive block. I added the year to a photo tab using our Kinsley Alphabet Stamps and added it to the top right corner of my photo. 

For my title block, I started by die-cutting the curved tag from our Build-a-Tag 1 Dies using a darker shade of kraft cardstock. I die-cut a black circle using our Stitched Circle Large Dies and layered it over a circle cut from white cardstock using the die from the same Build-a-Tag 1 Dies. I then used the number 8 from our Chloe Number Dies, the 'th" from our Kinsley Alphabet Stamps, and paired it with the word "grade" cut using our Hayley Lowercase Alphabet Dies

For my journaling I used the spiral paper from our Notebook Tabs Dies, adding the notebook lines that come with our A Cut Above Stamps. I then calculated the size of my journaling block by measuring the space I had to work with, adjusting my margins in Microsoft Word, and then printing it out onto printer paper. I believe in my case based on my font size, I needed to adjust my line spacing to 1.2 rather than the standard 1 or 1.5 spacing, but I was able to play with it before adhering my cardstock to my printer paper with photo splits and running it through my printer using the manual feed tray. I then just pull it off and adhered it to my page. Lastly, I embellished my page with the colored pencils and scissors from our new A Cut Above Stamps and Color My World Stamps.

Sunny Studio School Portrait Themed 12x12 Scrapbook Page Layout (using A Cut Above Stamps, Hayley Alphabet, Ribbon & Lace Borders, Notebook Photo Corners & Tabs, Build-A-Tag Dies, Gingham Jewel Tones Paper)

*Please note: my daughter's photo has been substituted with a stock photo as she requested I not share photos of her publicly.

I frequently am asked which ink colors I used for my layered images. While I think there are so many great options out there, these are the colors I used today for my stamped images from light to dark:

Berry Pencil & Scissors
PinkFresh Studio Raspberry Bliss

Hero Arts Raspberry Jam
Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry

Red Pencil & Scissors
PinkFresh Studio Coral Reef
Gina K. Red Hot
Concord & 9th Cranberry

Orange Pencil & Scissors
Hero Arts Butter Bar
Pinkfresh Studio Apricot
Pinkfresh Studio Clementine


Yellow Pencil & Scissors

To help you line up our layered stamps I've created a special layering guide (you can click on the photo below to view it larger).  The guide shows the stamps starting with the lightest ink color, working towards the darkest, but sometimes I find it easier to start backward when setting up my layers. They both work depending on what your preference is.  The black outline indicates where that layer touches the previously stamped layer. 
Sunny Studio A Cut Above Scissors, Colored Pencils and Thumbtack School Themed 4x6 Clear Layered Stamps Layering Guide Alignment Chart

That wraps up today's sneak peeks. I'm so happy you spent part of your day with me today. I read all your comments and they mean so much!  I'd love to give a $50 gift code to one lucky winner using the Rafflecopter below. 

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Here's a closer look at our new A Cut Above Stamps & Dies, Notebook Photo Corners Dies, and Notebook Tabs Dies used today (which will be available to purchase starting on April 21st):

Sunny Studio Blog: Introducing A Cut Above School and Arts & Crafts Themed Scissors, Thumb Tack & Colored Pencils 4x6 Clear Layered Layering StampsSunny Studio Blog: Introducing A Cut Above Metal Cutting Dies

Sunny Studio Stamps Blog: Introducing Notebook Photo Corners Spiral Bound Project Life & Scrapbooking 3x4 Metal Cutting Dies Sunny Studio Stamps Blog: Introducing Notebook Tabs Spiral Bound Planner & Project Life 3x4 Metal Cutting Dies

Other Supplies Used:
Teacher Appreciation Stamps
Teacher Appreciation Stamps
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Stitched Rectangle Dies
Stitched Rectangle Dies
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Chloe Number Dies
Chloe Number Dies
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Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
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Classic Gingham 6x6 Paper
Classic Gingham 6x6 Paper
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Striped Silly 6x6 Paper
Striped Silly 6x6 Paper
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Polka-dot Parade 6x6 Paper
Polka-dot Parade 6x6 Paper
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Rainbow Bright 6x6 Paper
Rainbow Bright 6x6 Paper
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Gingham Jewel Tones 6x6 Paper
Gingham Jewel Tones 6x6 Paper
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Build-A-Tag #1 Dies
Build-A-Tag #1 Dies
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Hawaiian Hibiscus Stamps
Hawaiian Hibiscus Stamps
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Kinsley Alphabet Stamps
Kinsley Alphabet Stamps
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Slimline Basic Borders
Slimline Basic Borders
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Stitched Circle Large Dies
Stitched Circle Large Dies
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Stitched Oval 2 Dies
Stitched Oval 2 Dies
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Hayley Lowercase Alphabet Dies
Hayley Lowercase Alphabet Dies
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Color My World Stamps
Color My World Stamps
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Color My World Dies
Color My World Dies
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Fancy Frames-Square Dies
Fancy Frames-Square Dies
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Ribbon & Lace Dies
Ribbon & Lace Dies
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Hello Word Die
Hello Word Die
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Floating By Stamps
Floating By Stamps
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Balloon Rides Stamps
Balloon Rides Stamps
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VersaMark Watermark Ink
VersaMark Watermark Ink
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Hero Arts White Detail
Hero Arts White Detail
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53 comments:

  1. I like to watercolor or use copic markers. I also like to add details with colored pencils.

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  2. I love Copic markers or my colored pencils. The Cut Above set is awesome!!

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  3. What fun sets. Love the pencil and scissors. The thumb tack circle on the cork is awesome.

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  4. I LOVE your scrappy layouts every single time Mendi πŸ’ I literally have saved so so many of them over the years to copy them with love!! But You know that!! πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜‡ Thank You so much for your beautiful creativity and sharing so much love and kindness with us!! That layout is what I pinned to Pinterest today!! Wishing you worlds of Blessings and endless Success Always crafty Friend πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸŒž
    https://pin.it/6VAhTE0

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  5. Fun sets! The scissors are so fun. Yes, use a stock photo and let your daughter keep her privacy - totally agree. My favorite coloring medium is alcohol markers. I have all sorts of other mediums but they usually are my first pick.

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  6. I am not a big fan of coloring, but alcohol markers are my first choice. I'd rather stencil than stamp.

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  7. My favorite form of coloring is Copic coloring (although I only do basic coloring). Cute, fun cards today with a perfect layout for a school photo.

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  8. My sister is a second grade teacher so I LOVE todays sneak peeks!!!! I love to color with copics for cute images and stencils and ink for flowers :)

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  9. As a former teacher and, of course, a crafter, I love x love today's collection! I need to make teacher cards for my niece and nephew's teachers, and what you've designed here are perfect! My favourite colouring medium is ink and, on occasion, copics. Watercolour is a no for me! LOL!
    ~carol

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  10. My favorite medium is definitely Copic markers.

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  11. My favorite coloring medium at the moment is watercolor markers. But I do other coloring mediums too. Love the chevron card. Wouldn't think that it is a corner die that created that. Looks like a lot of work lining the patterns but all the hard work is truly worth it.

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  12. My favorite form of coloring is Ohulu markers. I am a beginner in coloring so I am comfortable with them.

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  13. My favorite medium for coloring images is Copic markers. I love all the inspiration! So many great products!

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  14. So many good things in this release. I especially love the little notebook papers dies so fun.

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    1. I guess I didn’t sign in was too excited to comment LOL. I’m Deneen and my email is Deneen03@aol.com

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  15. Love the designs!
    I use my Zig markers the most!

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  16. Great products and inspiration today! My go-to coloring mediums right now are colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and my Zig markers.

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  17. Alcohol markers are my usual way

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  18. Love these stamps! I'm starting to get into alcohol markers, but I also love colored pencils when coloring.

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  19. I love using copics and colour pencils but am starting to love using watercolour (inks or paints)

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  20. love these layering images - fav medium is copic markers - love them!!

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  21. I've become more comfortable using alcohol markers for my stamped images. I do really enjoy colored pencils too.

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  22. So bright and colorful!

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  23. I love the sorry I’ve been snippy!!!

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  24. So colorful! All the cards and page are amazing! My favorite is card 7, I love the zig zag background. Really nice!

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  25. I love the realistic look of these stamps! A great set for teachers and crafters.

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  26. Lovely cards as always, I always enjoy the palettes used on your designs. I really enjoy using alcohol markers and I try valiantly with watercolours!

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  27. Fun cards...husband hiding credit card...but that won't stop me !!

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  28. alcohol markers are my first pick, next watercolor pencils

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  29. Alcohol markers are my go to colouring medium but I've been using coloured pencils more lately and loving them too!

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  30. I love markers and though I don't have a lot, I use Copies fro blending.

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  31. I love coloring my images with Copic markers!

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  32. I like coloring with Copic markers.

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  33. What fun cards. I like using ink pads to color.

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  34. These would be so great for teachers. I love copics and am learning how to use olos.

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  35. I prefer to color with colored pencils. Fun projects today!

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  36. Love the scissors and the pins on the cork are too adorable. Love sending Just a Note cards!

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  37. As a retired elementary teacher, I still love all the kiddo supplies stamps/dies. This new batch will go hand & hand with all my other 'Teacher Appreciation' style of craft items. These new stamps would be excellent for 'welcome-back-to-school', notes to students when you catch them being extra good/kind, thanks to parents/volunteers or your kid's classroom teachers, end-of-year to all, gift certificate holders, teacher to teacher birthdays, etc.
    I've colored my cards using ink pads, colored pencils, watercolor paints, copic markers, and even the basic Crayola crayons for certain kid/fellow teacher subject cards. The medium depends on the mood of the card/scrapbook page/gift.

    I love your stuff. But, as with many craft companies, the prices to get the stamps + dies + embellishments+++ can add up very quickly. (Heck, even just the stamps!) I'm sure it takes more $$$ to make sure it's made in the USA (that's a very good thing) but I had to stop buying anything for awhile to balance out my retired teacher income vs my cancer bills cash flow. (Plus, lots of other jobs, no job...) I've really missed it. Looking forward to getting at least a few goodies as always. THANKS for your creativity and joy you bring to so many folks.

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  38. I probably like using alcohol markers the best for coloring my stamped images. I have several different brands of markers and use them all, depending on what I am coloring. :D

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  39. As a former teacher, I love these school supply layering stamps and dies!

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  40. I love to use Copic markers to color images

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  41. Great notepad set and dies. I like to add details over various mediums with colored pencils.

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  42. Using alcohol markers and blending them is my favorite

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  43. I use my pencils a lot and love using dyes and distress inks!

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  44. I use copic markers and color pencils the most.

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  45. This is an adorable release! I use alcohol markers and colored pencils mostly.

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  46. Great release, I have so many ideas from watching the video recap. I like to use zig markers and pencils and your designs are so easy to color and always look great!

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  47. These colors in the cards really pop - love them!
    Sherry Storjohann

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  48. Simple coloring with watercolor pens.

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  49. I just love the Cut Above Stamps and Dies! So cute, and you have so many awesome card examples!

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  50. What a great and useful set. I like to color with colored pencils.

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