Tuesday, February 21, 2017



Several years ago, while attending the National Stationery Show in New York, I met a writer for Southern Living magazine and we exchanged business cards.

Four years later I received a phone message from a friend congratulating me on the photo of my business card featured in Southern Living.  I had no clue as to what she was talking about so I rushed out and purchased the newly released issue.  There it was!  My business card featured in an article about memorable business cards!!!  The SL writer held on to my card for four years!  

From that moment on, I realized how important it can be to make a lasting impression with a simple pice of paper - Or, in the case of letterpress, a lasting "DEPRESSION", since the image is depressed into the paper!

This article features dozens of memorable cards I've created over the past several years for clients wanting to make their own statement.  

I'll let the cards speak for themselves,  but will mention they were printed on Crane Lettra, 300 or 600 gsm. stock paper available from Cut Card Stock.  (There are a few other cards letterpressed on various other papers also available from Cut Card Stock.  The grey paper is Gmund).

Although I have a automatic paper cutter, I have on occasion had Cut Card Stock cut my paper down for me as this can be an invaluable service (especially if you don't have the professional equipment to do so yourself).  

I'd like to give a very special thanks to Cut Card Stock for selecting me to be a part of the 2016 Design Team.  It has been a pleasure working with you, the rest of the team, and your delightful products!  

If you'd like to see more of my work, please visit my website at:  www.dellacarta.com or FB Page at:
All the best,
Kathryn Podorsky
Della Carta Studio, LLC


Monday, February 20, 2017

Pretty Pink Bikes Accordion Album

Hello and welcome to the CutCardStock Blog! It's Gloria with you today. This is my last post as part of the 2016 Design Team! It has been a wonderful experience and I want to thank all of you for reading. I especially want to thank the CCS crew for their support and appreciation over the past 12 months!

For my post today I have created a 6 1/8" x 20 1/2" accordion fold mini album. I have decorated just one side of the album in order to turn it into a table-top decor piece. My little album contains photos of vintage bicycles...pink bicycles! I have a love for pretty pink bikes!

 (photos downloaded from Pinterest)

I printed my photos onto Natural White Classic Linen Cardstock. I was surprised at how well my printer printed these bright photos onto the linen. Plus, the photos have that soft, vintage look that I love!

After the photos were printed, I cut them each to approximately 6" x 4". I reserved one photo to use on the front of the album. 

To create the mini album, Cut two pieces of 130lb Brown Bag Kraft Cardstock to  6 1/8" x  11". Score on the 11" side at 4 1/8" and 8 1/4". Place one piece of the kraft cardstock onto the work surface and measure 1 3/8" from the second sore line. Draw a line to mark the measurement. Place scor-tape on the space to the right of the line.

Remove the liner from the scor-tape. With the short panel of the second piece of cardstock overlapping the scor-tape area of the first piece of cardstock, secure the pieces together. You will have one long piece of cardstock measuring 6 1/8" tall by 20 1/2" long.

Fold the paper in a mountain-valley pattern. Burnish all score lines. You should have five (5) panels, each 6 1/8" x 4 1/8".

Create an embellishment for the front of the mini album. Ink a chipboard bicycle with embossing ink. Sprinkle the bicycle with various shades of pink embossing powder. Heat to melt the powder.  Set the embellishment aside to cool.

Decorate the first panel of the album. Start by cutting a piece of Prima Tales of You and Me paper to 6" x 4". Attach the paper to the album panel. Cut a white paper doily in half and glue to the top, left edge of panel. Glue the chipboard bicycle to the bottom of the panel, as shown.

Glue various paper flowers to the bicycle embellishment. Use a stitched square die cut template to cut out a photo and attach it to the album, at an angle as shown. Add a tiny, pink clothes pin to the photo. Using the sticker letters from the Prima Tales of You and Me 6x6 paper pad, spell out the phrase "pretty pink bikes" on the top of the album page. Glue a few pink sequins to the page, as desired.

Cut four (4) pieces of Prima Tales of You and Me paper to 6" x 4" and attach one piece to each of the remaining panels. Attach a photo to each panel as shown.

Thanks for looking!  

~ Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life

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Friday, February 17, 2017

A Paper Box Frame for that Treasured Photo

Have you ever needed a unique way to display a treasured photo? That's exactly what I needed, so I created a paper box frame and added a few paper roses. 

I started with an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of Solar White Classic Linen Card Stock. I scored each side at 1/2", 1", 1 1/2", and 2". I find it is easiest to rotate my paper and only have one set of measurements to remember. 

On the 8 1/2" side I also scored the paper down 1" at 2 1/2" and 6" only.

Next I needed to trim out the corners to create the box sides of the frame. The black lines in the photo show where you will need to cut.

Here is the paper with the corners cut out.

Fold on all the scored lines. 

Start with the 11" sides folding the edges over to create a small box (or tube). Attach the bottom side of the tube with Score-Tape. Tuck the small flap inside the frame.

Repeat for the 8 1/2" sides. This side with create a mock mitered corner.

Inside the frame I place a photo of my daughter and her grandpa at her wedding.

Then using Heartfelt Creation's Classic Rose Cling stamps, I several sets of flower and stems. I used Solar White Classic Linen Card Stock and Emerald Royal Sundance Linen Card Stock.

I inked the flowers with Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean Distress Inks. Then I die cut them out.

I shaped and assembled the flowers.

I die cut 2 Tim Holtz Small Easel dies, glue them together, and attached it to the back of the frame. 

I arranged the flowers on the front. Added a few leaves. Now I have a great gift for my dad. (Don't worry he won't see this post as he doesn't have a computer.)

Thanks for stopping by and have fun creating.
Lisa M.

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