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13 Jewelry Ideas You Can Make With Three New Materials

USA Catalog Expands With Maple, Red Oak And Walnut Hardwoods

Bamboo, plywood and MDF have great physical properties for laser cutting, resulting in a naturally beautiful product. Perhaps that’s why wood is the second most used material among makers for laser cutter projects.

With all this popularity, however, you’ve wanted more. Requests have been coming in to add hardwoods to the USA catalog. Wish granted! Now you can make amazing creations from maple,

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Eight Jewelry Ideas To Make With Macrocarpa

Get Inspired With This Latest Addition To The NZ Catalog

Wood is the second most used material for laser cutting because of its natural beauty. And while bamboo, plywood and MDF have great physical properties for laser cutting, you’ve been asking for a solid wood to be added to the NZ materials catalog. Request granted. Introducing Macrocarpa.

Eight Jewelry Ideas You Can Make With Macrocarpa

To put this hardwood—and our design skills—to the test,

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11 Product Ideas You Can Make With Three New Materials

USA Catalog Expands With New Polyurethane Foam, Coaster Board And Amber Bamboo Options

When introducing new materials to the USA catalog each month, we typically offer one kind of material (such as cardstock paper, felt or acrylic) in multiple colors. But this month, we’re mixing it up. Literally.

Introducing new polyurethane foam, coaster board and mid-weight amber bamboo!

Design Inspiration: What You Can Make With Polyurethane Foam, Coaster Board and Amber Bamboo

To see how these three new materials stack up,

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EVA Foam Hits The NZ Catalog

Form, Function—And Fun!—Come Together With This New Material

When it comes to materials, EVA foam may not be at the top of your can’t-wait-to-make-with-this list. But it is such a useful material that we just had to add it to the NZ materials catalog.

Makers who need practical products such as gaskets and packaging are jumping for joy. But this latest addition also has something for those clever designers who are always looking to expand their repertoire of products created from non-traditional materials used in the most interesting of ways.

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Make An Artful Impression With Brown Kraft Cardstock Paper

See Why Brown Isn’t Boring With This Latest Addition To The NZ Catalog

With the vast selection in the NZ materials catalog, Brown Kraft Cardstock Paper may not seem like an “elegant” choice. But it’s time to rethink this perception.

Historically used to in consumer packaging, paper grocery bags and as a wrap for mailed parcels, this brown paper has been primarily viewed as utilitarian. But today, it’s a sought-after artistic medium for creating unexpectedly beautiful stationery products,

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Create Unique Stationery Projects—And More—With New Cardstock Papers

USA Catalog Expands Cardstock Paper Selection With Three New Designer Colors

Last month, we debuted three new cardstock paper colors (pink, grey and navy blue) in the USA catalog. We got such a great response; you guys loved them! So, we’re at it again this month with another three designer colors—aqua, azure blue and lilac—perfect for making one-of-a-kind stationery products that are professionally laser cut to precision and perfect to sell for a profit.

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Finding Empowerment Through Selling Etsy Jewelry

Maker Galactic Affair Represents People Who Want To Revolt Against Fast Fashion

Like many kids, Rachel Buske grew up playing video games and watching sci-fi movies, and she unleashed her creativity by making costumes out of staples and felt. Owning a small business certainly wasn’t on her young mind.

But after attending college and entering the workforce, something changed. She needed a new creative outlet. One that was inspired by the things she loved growing up.

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Cozy Up To New Felt Colors

USA Catalog Expands Premium Synthetic Felt Selection With Three New On-Trend Hues

Last month, we debuted three new premium synthetic felt colors (grey, red and charcoal) in the USA materials catalog. Well, we’re at it again this month with another three on-trend felt colors—army green, bone and ocean blue—that can be made into cozy products that are professionally laser cut to precision and perfect to sell for a profit.

Five Benefits Of Premium Synthetic Felt

What makes premium synthetic felt so striking?

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Eight Great Ways To Use Red Felt

NZ Catalog Expands With Red Synthetic Felt

Be still my beating heart! No, we’re not talking the Sting song (which is awesome in its own right). Right now, we’re all about the new red synthetic felt that joins the grey synthetic felt that debuted in the NZ catalog last month.

Red is enticing, engaging and even flirtatious. Fashion designer Bill Blass says that, “Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.” We couldn’t agree more.

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The 12 Immutable Laws Of Trade Show, Conference & Event Giveaways

Trade Show Giveaways For Brands & Agencies

As a graphic designer, you know great design is more than logo placement and text layout. So much more. So it comes as no surprise that this applies to trade show giveaways too.

Shapes, colors, proximity, similarity and continuity must all be considered. The arrangement of these visuals must convey a specific message while supporting any text. The tone must align with company values and image.

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