No more white edges on print and cut images.

Print and cut images are a great time saver and fun option for paper crafters. They work great as embellishments or as the focal point of handmade cards, scrapbook pages and party decor.
 
 
We're all passionate about making our cards and projects look just perfect. Here's a little trick to help hide all those white cut marks along the edge and create a polished look. This is especially helpful when you plan to add your print and cut image to a dark background.
 
This is also a  really useful technique for those times your cutting machine leaves a bit of a white outline. It will save a lot of ink and paper not having to recut.

 
The image above is a print and cut with a brown outline. You can see the white edges that look prominent against a dark background.  And on the tip of the cone you can also see where I left a bit of a white outline. Below shows the same image after applying the quick fix. 

All the white cut marks disappear. Even the tip of the cone where there was white left along my cutting outline is now gone quick as a wink.
 
And here's the easy fix.....
 
Use a copic marker or any colored marker with a bullet point to do this. Pick a color that matches closely to the image's outline. The Kawaii images I'm using here have brown outlines so I chose a brown copic marker.  Run the edge of marker around the edge of the image.

Using the wide edge of the marker lets you quickly run along, coloring the edges. The fine tip of the bullet point is great for getting in the corners and small spaces. I always work from the back of the print and cut so I have more control. This also helps prevent getting accidental marks on the front.

 
Use this easy fix anytime you want to add a beautiful finished look to your print and cut images.
 
Cutting files used here are from MyScrapChick's  Kawaii Treatkins™


Enjoy!

Paper Bouquets

A big splashy bouquet full of well wishes is always a welcome gift. And this colorful PAPER bouquet will never wilt or drop it's petals.
 
 
We used our 3D stars, Easy Rosettes and Snowflake Rosettes to make these cheerful bouquets. Adding glitter to the snowflakes and rosettes added a touch of glitz!

 
We also added printed quotes mounted on cardstock and tucked those into the mason jars. You would be amazed at how simple and quick it was to put this all together. If you're wondering how to attach these pretties to a paper straw along with a few other tips check this tutorial on the previous post.

Tips for Creating Paper Bouquets

See how to easily use paper party straws like "florist picks" plus create extra tall "picks" and arrange it all in a mason jar.
 
 
Attaching straws to 3D Puffy Star....
 
 
 
Add height to your arrangement by creating taller picks using 2 paper straws together....
 
 
 
Using craft foam and mason jars to make your arrangement stay put....
 
 
Now that you have your straw picks all done up and the mason jar is ready, begin arranging your paper items into a bouquet by inserting the straws into the foam. Trim the ends of the straws as needed just as you would when arranging flowers. The craft foam will hold your arrangement in place. Top the jar off with a little more paper shred to cover the craft foam.