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Amazing Paper Glaze

Golden Rose Paper Glaze; Dare 2B Artzy Get Well Stamp Set and Layer Die; Stencil from Newton’s Nook;

Picket Fence Studios’ Paper Glaze comes in sixteen vibrant, shimmery colors: Leaf Green, Succulent Green, Fern Green, Jade Vine, Ocean Poppy, Cornflower Blue, Agapanthus Purple, Boysenberry Violet, Peony Pink, Marigold Orange, Golden Rose, Daffodil Yellow, Brown Dahlia, Artemisia Silver, Black Pansy and Snowdrop White.

Brown Dahlia Paper Glaze; A New Leaf Stencil from Taylored Expressions; Wendy Vecchi Bravo Stamp, Die and Stencil Set

Paper Glaze is a smooth, creamy medium used to create texture and shimmer. Use on your paper projects by pushing through a stencil, dabbing onto die-cuts and/or a stamped image, or watering down to use as watercolor or wash.

Fern Green Paper Glaze; sentiment from D2BA Get Well Stamp Set; Altenew Woven Stencil; flower is an old Penny Black Stamp

Best used with 100 lb. or thicker cardstock. Fast drying medium. Drying time varies with climate and thickness of application. Paper Glaze is a permanent product. Do not use with Life Changing Blender Brushes. Be sure to clean tools, surfaces, and stencils quickly after use.

Paper Glaze colors: Daffodil Yellow for the petals; Leaf Green mixed with Marigold for the brown centers; Leaf Green leaves; Glazes spread selectively through LDRS’ Sunflower Stencil with a palette knife onto My Colors Kraft Cardstock

Techniques to try with Paper Glaze: Mixing colors to create unique shades; Adding ink before applying glaze to change hues; Dropping alcohol ink on top of dried Paper Glaze; Blending dye ink or watercolor over dried Paper Glaze; Adding to glitter cardstock.

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Holiday Card Swap Reveal

The annual Paper Anthology Christmas Card Swap is always a lot of fun, as well as an amazing source of inspiration. Still working on your own cards? Here are some awesome ideas to spur you on! Cards are in displayed in alphabetical order because there’s no way anyone could choose a “favorite”! ♥ (PS: Want to participate in next year’s swap? Subscribe to the newsletter so you’ll see the sign up –and all other special events– the minute they’re announced!)

Betty’s Card featuring Tim Holtz’s Snarky Cat Christmas

Duke’s Card
Elisabeth’s Card featuring Penny Black Artful Evergreens, Christmas Feeling and Vintage Postcard
Gail’s Card featuring Taylored Expressions’ Frosty Background Cling and Clear Combo and Winter Wishes Sentiments
June’s Card
Linda S’s Card featuring Spellbinders Cinch and Go Poinsettias
Sam’s Card
Wendy’s Card
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Customer Spotlight: Michelle DeSaro

We absolutely *LOVE* seeing what our friends are making, and during the Paper Anthology 9th Anniversary Celebration we were treated to a huge helping of incredible eye candy! (Visit the PA FaceBook Page and scroll back a bit to see for yourself!) Michelle DeSaro made some especially inspiring cards; including this amazing cross-stitched Christmas! (Because YES, she really did stamp, diecut and hand stitch that entire jaw-dropping A2-sized Taylored Expressions Buffalo Plaid background!)

This stunning autumnal card has it all: beautiful coloring, just the right amount of inking, and fabulous composition. (Just look at those Sunny Studios Pretty Pumpkins perfectly placed in the “V” of the pennant!)

How lovely is the soft hand-drawn effect attained with Art Impressions’ Watercolor Clay Pot Set? And then the card is finished with elegant details like the punched and rounded corners.

You really need to look at this lovely Christmas card to see how many elements have been cleverly layered: a two-color wreath with sentiment stamped on top; layered onto a doily, with a velvet bow; all of which perfectly match the softly patterned paper and coordinating cardstock, with inked and faux stitched edges.

The mice from Lawn Fawn’s A Creature Was Stirring set are always adorable, but Michelle has made them even cuter by coloring them perfectly and then added plenty of diecut accessories to surround the window on this super-sweet shaker card.

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NEW Class in a Kit: Homespun Holidays

This three card Class in a Kit is called Homespun Holidays and has a strong winter/seasonal theme, rather than focusing on a particular holiday. All of the stamping (the sentiments are Hero Arts’ Comfort and Joy Clear Stamps) and diecutting (including Sunny Studios’ Warm and Cozy set) has been done for you; and a detailed set of instructions, with individual photos of each card, is provided. You’ll need only basic cardmaking tools and a few adhesives to finish these three sweet and cozy cards. The hardest part might well be deciding which friends to send them to!

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Sparkle and Shimmer

This brand new Class in a Kit, Sparkle and Shimmer, is a 3 card class kit, A2 size, featuring the amazing cosmic shimmer of Aurora Flakes from Creative Expressions (also available separately in eight luscious colors!) and beautiful die cuts from Pink Fresh Studios and Birch Press Designs. As always, all of the ingredients you need are included, as well as full step by step instructions; all you need is your basic tool kit!

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Customer Spotlight: Louise Coviello

Nothing is more fun and inspiring than seeing what our friends are making, and the cards that were linked up during Paper Anthology’s 9th Anniversary festivities were full of amazing, clever ideas. We highly recommend scrolling through the challenge posts on the PA FaceBook Page, with an emphasis on the “Comments” sections, which is where the cards are posted. Louise Coviello made some especially lovely cards over the weekend, featuring ideas we definitely want to try! For example, her simple pinecone (above) is stamped crisply, using exactly the right colors; and the sentiment reminds us how impressed we were the first time we saw someone heat emboss in gold. The clear droplets are understated, but add texture and sophistication.

How cool is it that the shaker window makes up the entire front of this card? Louise stamped and embossed those pretty trees right on the acetate window, and used a unique and stunning hand painted background within.

This Christmas card is perfectly simple… and simply perfect! The Mandala/Snowflake image with ombre ink behind it stands out beautifully; a glittery sentiment and a few sequins finish it off nicely.

Another “Aha!” moment: Louise’s wreath images are embossed in WHITE and then watercolored… with a subtle greyish-blue accent that’s very eyecatching. A gold sentiment and glittery red Nuvo Drop berries… yes, please!

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

…at Paper Anthology! There are two beautiful new Class in a Kit selections available in-store and online. Plus, the uber-popular Impression Obsession Slim Scenes stamp line, which had sold out entirely, is back in stock including that gorgeous Norway Spruce and the Winter Greetings; and there are several brand new coordinating stamps– Santa with Sleigh, Night Sky with Moon, Sketched Trees— as well.

The newest Class in a Kit from Paper Anthology is the unique and lovely Christmas Cheer Waterfall Minibook featuring papers and embellishments from Photoplay’s beautiful new Christmas Cheer collection (which is also available as single sheets) and their Folio 3 Blank Book. With waterfall pages on the left, flip out pages on the right, and lots of pockets, there’s tons of room for photos and journaling.  Makes a wonderful gift or a lovely keepsake for your own family! As always, the kit contains detailed instructions and photos, as well as all of the supplies you’ll need except adhesives and your basic tool kit.

On the holiday card front, Snowflake Symphony features Hero Arts’ beautiful two part die, Snowflake Medallion, which is included in the kit. As always, you’ll receive complete written instructions for all three cards and nice big photos of each. The kit contains all of the materials you’ll need: patterned papers are pre-cut, card bases are scored, all the stamping is done. You need only provide your basic tool kit and a few adhesives. Beautiful cards have never been easier!

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Dare 2B Artzy

Amazing new dies just keep arriving at Paper Anthology, and Dare 2B Artzy has some of the coolest! One of our faves is the Mailbox Die that really opens and is perfectly sized to hold… wait for it… a giftcard! Meanwhile the super-popular Wavy Slimline Framelit Dies are back in stock and we still have some of the Slimline Gears, Slimline Curve Borders (super useful for all sorts of landscapes!) Slimline Snowflakes and lots more! Be sure to check out the Dare 2B Artzy paper collections and stamps as well! (ps: How cool is Taylored Expressions’ Twinkle Twinkle Background behind the mailbox?!)

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Driving Home for the Holidays

Leave it to Lawn Fawn: not only did they make an adorable set called Car Critters, which features bears who drive; they also configured it to work with the Reveal Wheel system courtesy of a windshield-shaped Reveal Wheel Add-On Die. And then… they made a Christmas Add-On Stamp Set with super-cute reindeer at the wheel!

Lauren used the MISTI to position and stamp all of the images on one layer of card stock. First the car, then the deer, then the antlers. Each element was given a “basecoat” of its lightest color with Tombow Dual Brush Pens, and shading added with colored pencils. There are, of course, coordinating Christmas Car Critter Dies, but in this case the image was fussycut right at the outlines.

Lauren used older dies, punches and patterned paper to make a landscape, but there are lots of options for making a scene, like Dare 2B Artzy’s Curve Slimline Border Dies which has several styles of hills, plus clouds and more; Sunny Studios’ Comic Strip Everyday Die Set, Taylored Expressions’ Grassy Hills or Hero Arts’ Winter Pines. Or pair up with other Lawn Fawn sets, such as All the Clouds, Snow Globe Scenes, Meadow Backdrop. Alternatively, you could choose the low-maintenance option of landscape-inspired pattered paper like Dare 2B Artzy’s Snow Much Fun or Ciao Bella’s Northern Lights.

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Take and Make Saturday!

What’s purple and orange and spooky-cuuuute all over? The latest Take and Make Saturday at Paper Anthology, This SATURDAY, 10.24.20! So What’s a Take and Make? Well, it’s pretty much exactly like a Make and Take… because all of the parts and pieces are ready for you to assemble into an awesome card… but instead of doing that at the store, using shared supplies, you’ll take all the bits and pieces (plus complete instructions, of course) home and finish the card at your leisure. Thus: Take… and Make! This one features Halloween stamps and dies from Impression Obsession, and is just the thing to send to your favorite Ghoul or Boy, so stop in this Saturday and get your free Take and Make!