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New "How to make a Coroplast cutout" video

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I've just completed a new "how to" video that gives step by step instructions on how to create a Coroplast cutout character.  You can find it on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irjjSE4sv6M  There is also a companion video that goes into a little more detail.  This  accompanying video gives a few more tips and tricks... details that I didn't include in the main "how to" video in order to keep it a bit shorter.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOFBpmGyJ3M

I would appreciate the support of my fellow Planet Christmas users in viewing my video.  If you find it useful, please click the like button and even subscribe to my newly created Youtube channel.  I hope to be making more videos in the future.  Not all of them will be about Christmas yard displays... I hope to be showing how to make a variety of fun things.  Thank you for your support in advance... the Planet Christmas community is GREAT!


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