Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Close to My Heart Cricut Artbooking - How to make Easy Multi-Colored Overlay Backgrounds!

I have been getting loads of questions about how to create multi-colored backgrounds to the overlays found in the Close to My Heart Artbooking cartridge.

There are two ways:

1) Cut out the overlay multiple times in all the colors you want to have on your overlay and behind your overlay.  SAVE all the negative bits and pieces for each color as you will be using those to piece into the overlay itself using tweezers, a glue pen and lots of patience.
2) Use the Cricut Craft Room and the "hide select contour" feature to quickly create different colored backgrounds that will show through the overlay.  It takes very little time to make it this way - no piecing teeny bits. 

Below I have a video showing you how to use the Cricut Craft Room to make the different colored sections.  

And I also have download links for the file used to make this card.
I used the Close to My Heart Artbooking cartridge (see below):
Here is the video showing you how this card was made in the Cricut Craft Room.   (Click HERE if you can't see the video):

Here are links for the files to make this card:

Click HERE for Cricut Craft Room File.
Click HERE for Gypsy File.

Don't know how to download and then use the files above?  Click HERE to watch a video showing you how to do it.

Here is the new Stamp of the Month for June - it coordinates with the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and is so cute for the upcoming Fourth of July!

It's just $5 when you spend $50+ at my Close to My Heart shopping page.

Here's a quick link to the online catalog - CLICK HERE if you want a peek. 

New Cricut Giveaway - Small Talk and Frames Cartridge
How can you win?

1) Leave a comment below - Have you used "hide selected contour" before?
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Winner will be announced on June 22, 2014 and has two weeks to claim prize.  U.S. Residents only, please, over 18.  Void where prohibited.

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  1. Pretty card. Thanks for the tutorial. I have used the hide feature on my Gypsy but I have not ventured into the Cricut Craft Room yet. Since I'm thinking of getting the Explore, I may have to start playing with CCR.


  2. Nice card, I haven't ever used the hide select contour feature before, but it is definitely something I should try out. Do you have to be using the Cricut Craft Room to do it? I have a Circut Expressions 2 and I was wondering if I can also access that option from the digital screen that I traditionally use with my Cricut cartridges

  3. What an awesome card love the layover and neat idea using multiple colors. I have used the hide select contour feature on the Explore. Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas and techniques. YOU ROCK!!

  4. Great card! I use "hide contours" all the time. In fact, I don't know what I'd do without it. It is such a useful feature.

  5. That is a pretty card. I love the colors. And yes, I have used the hide features in the Craft Room. I love using the craft room to manipulate my images to make it exactly how I want.

  6. I love the "hide selected contour" feature! Thanks for all you do to keep us inspired!

  7. I have used the hide option on the Gypsy and not sure if that is the same as the hide select contour in the craft room.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  8. I love that lattice work. Thanks for sharing

  9. Very nice card and video and thanks for the chance to win!!!

  10. I loved the card. No, I have never used the contour but you have peeked my curiosity. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  11. Yay! Thanks Joy for the overlay tutorial...

  12. I like the multi colored background and no I haven't used the hide selected contour before.

  13. love the card! Artbooking is still on my wishlist : D.

  14. This is the first time I have heard hide selected contour before. Will have to try it.

  15. I have used the hide contour to remove eyes on an animal that I wanted to replace with goggle eyes. Jill P., Manteca, CA

  16. Would love to win your
    Carla from Utah

  17. I have not used the hide contour as my craft room is in the basement and my computer is upstairs. So, I do everything the hard way. Thanks for sharing your time, talents, and ideas with us.

  18. Lovely Card. thanks for the tutorial.

  19. I've never used the hide selected contour feature before- thanks for the info and for sharing this cool card!

  20. I really like your card and the different colors in the background. I have a Gypsy and use the hide feature on that, but I haven't gone into the Cricut Craft Room yet -- I don't want to be tied down to a computer to craft. I may have to cave if my Gypsy ever breaks down -- keeping my fingers crossed that she doesn't.

  21. I have used this feature many times. Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. Hi, Joy. Yes, I have use the hide contour button on the Gypsy machine and I also agree with you about how easy it is to make a mistake with using the hide button. Thank you for making a video on how to do it in the craft room.
    Have a great day. :-)
    Delama :-)

  23. Love your card!! I have use the hide feature on my gypsy but not in the CCR

  24. I haven't used the Craft room yet but I do use my Gypsy. I will have to try this technique. Love your card :)

  25. I have not used the "hide selected contour" feature because I have not used the Cricut Craft Room yet. Thanks for the opportunity to win a cartridge. Teresa D Dunkirk, NY

  26. I love using hide contour b/c it gives flexibility to a cart image!

  27. thanks for a great video! i use the hide feature on my gypsy, never have i ventured into the cricut craft room. thanks for the chance to win a fantastic cart!!


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