Thursday, January 19, 2017

Easy Envelope Goody Bags


Hello!  It is Lisa L. here with you today and I have some super simple goody bags that you can re-create for any occasion.  I have created mine for Valentine's Day, and can't wait to fill them with goodies for my kiddos.  And of course I have some step by step photos so you can create some for yourself!



Step 1: Seal your envelopes.  I chose to use adhesive tape to do this rather than just licking the seal, simply for a stronger hold.  Once I did this, I trimmed off 1/4" of the top of each envelope for to opening to my goody bag.  ( I used the Basis A7 Envelopes in Aqua and Coral )


Step 2: I then added white doilies to each envelope by folding one part of the doily over the back and adhering the rest to the front.


Step 3: Next I went ahead and die cutting some hearts out of Pop Tones cardstock in Blue Raspberry and Spearmint.  I also stamped my sentiments at this time and used foam adhesive to pop them up.  The silver ribbon really pops off the colors too!


Step 4:  I stamped these fun images onto Savoy 100% Cotton 4 x 6 panel, 118#.  I love this cardstock for watercoloring, it holds the color so well!  I have chosen to work with the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors and the Zig Pearlescent Watercolor Paint Pallete.  Both have a fantastic shimmer to them. (Tip: when watercoloring with these paints and your stamped lines get covered use clean water to remove the paint.)


Step 5: I then added these to my hearts with more foam adhesive and viola!



Super easy!  You could have wedding favors, party treats, or goody bags for any occasion that match your color schemes and won't take forever to create!

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
Lisa

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Springtime Envelope Art


Have you ever had an extra special card or letter to send, and a plain white envelope just won't cut it?  Today I wanted to share my take on the "mail art" trend with these pretty springtime designs created on Cryogen White and Raw Finish A7 envelopes.


The type of envelope you choose will depend on your coloring medium.  I wanted to color using alcohol-based markers, so I decided to try Cryogen White A7 envelopes because many stampers love the corresponding cardstock for their Copic coloring.

Begin by stamping your images onto the front of the envelope in an alcohol-friendly ink.  I used a stamp positioning tool for this step to ensure that the seams on the back of the envelope did not interfere with my stamping.  Space your images so that you leave room for the address and return address.


Insert a piece of scrap cardstock into the envelope to prevent ink from seeping through to the back and color the images with alcohol-based markers.  The Cryogen White envelopes allowed me to blend colors perfectly and with no feathering, but because they are thinner than a typical sheet of cardstock, you will have to be careful about how much ink you apply.


To give the scene atmosphere while still leaving a clear space for the address, apply blue and purple ink to the edges of the envelope with an ink blending tool.  Using more than one color gives it tons of depth!


Address your envelope by hand, stamp, or printer (mine were added digitally here to protect my recipient's privacy) and don't forget to buy coordinating postage.  If you love the look of hand-lettering, try out some of the fun calligraphy tools that CutCardStock has in stock!


For a different look, I stamped my images onto an Environment Raw A7 envelope and colored them with colored pencils before inking the edges with brown ink.  The raw finish is perfect for blending pencil because the surface has plenty of tooth to catch the color.


I hope I've inspired you to try out some mail art of your own.  With the right envelope to match your coloring medium, you can surprise your recipient with something truly beautiful.  Be sure to visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the supplies showcased today.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

True Love Notes Envelope Pockets

Hello all!
My post for today is about making Love Notes for Valentine's Day. I am using the Brown Bag envelopes and the Cricut Design Space Print and Cut feature (PNC) for my project, among a few other supplies. I do not know about you but I normally forget about this awesome feature.

I started by choosing some images from the Cricut Access Library, I sized them according to my needs and also tweaked the colors a bit. Then, I click on each image layer to change the "cut" icon to the "print" icon. Please, if there is an easier way of doing this, let me know in the comments. I would love to learn a better way. Another "good to know" is you can also customize the colors and add or subtract layers. I bet you already know that, right? :)

To make sure my images will fit in the allowable printed area for Chrome (the browser I am using at the moment), I added a rectangle measuring 5.5" x 8", which is Chrome's printable area for Design Space, and positioned all images within this "printable area" to make sure all images would fit prior to print. I then hid the rectangle, selected all images and attached them, prior to click "go".

This is how I assembled the envelopes to make the pockets.
First, I used two envelopes for the big pockets where I planned to put in the Love Notes. I folded the flap inside envelope #1 using liquid glue to secure it- see pic on the top left.  For envelope #2 the glue was added to the back of the flap, before inserting it inside envelope #1 and seen on top right pic. Make sure you do not bother the score line for proper closure. 
The bottom two pics show how they look on the inside and on the outside (back of envelopes).
It is a really easy process. I have seen crafters adding many more envelopes for albums and other projects.

I used some patterned paper I had available to cover the envelopes and I had decided to distress them a bit for a rugged look (thinking these love notes were read over and over again, :)). I also embellished the front with some of the die cuts I printed out, a piece of embossed vellum and a few sequins. The second pic shows the pockets that the two envelopes made.

These are the Love Notes and each one has its own pocket which was also made using the same envelopes. This time I just glued the flaps and cut envelope in half. After covering them with patterned paper, I used a circle punch to make a small half moon to make it easier to take the Love Notes out. All of them were embellished with the images made with the Print and Cut feature.

-Below are some more pics of the finished Love Notes and Envelope Pockets-


Hope you enjoyed today's project and have fun making some Love Notes Pockets for your loved one or for your kids to take to school.
And...Do not forget Cut Cardstock is having a Design Team Call. You can check the details here. I believe January 31st is the deadline to submit your application. 
Great company, Great cardstock! 

Have a great day!


Cut Cardstock Supplies Used:
Brown Bag Kraft A7 Bag flap envelopesValentine 6x6 card stock paperMono Multi-Purpose Liquid GlueClear Translucent Vellum Inkjet Card Stock


Friday, January 13, 2017

Inky Splattered Love Card


Valentine's Day is coming, but any day is a great day to send a message of love! Today I'm sharing a card I made using Distress inks to create an ink splattered background.


There are tons of techniques to create backgrounds and I wanted to try some random splatters created with acetate (simple plastic from product packaging) and some water.  I smeared on a bit of ink onto the acetate sheet, sprayed water and then tapped it in random spots on my cardstock.  I did each color individually and used the heat gun to dry the ink and water between layers.

I cut out the finished background using a stitched rectangle and then placed it on the front of a top folding card base made from Basis black cardstock.


I then used the "love" die to cut the word out of the Basis black cardstock three times, and also white heat embossed the rest of the sentiment and cut it out with a banner die.


I assembled the whole card and now I can share a little love!

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Design Team Call: Searching for the 2017 CutCardStock Creative Team!


The CutCardStock Design Team is looking for creative individuals to join our team! If you are a card maker, hand letterer, scrapbooker, digital designer, or mixed media artist, we would love to hear from you. Applications are being accepted until January 31, 2017. Contact amber@cutcardstock.com if you have any questions. If you would like to be considered for the team, here are the details: 

Expectations: 

  • Selected Design Team members will be a part of the team from March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018 
  • Create 2 projects per month based on provided theme/product requirements (a total of 24 projects for the entire term) 
  •  Simple tutorial created to accompany projects, including great photos (you will need access to photo editing software) and clearly written instructions for the reader 
  • Upload photos and written steps to CutCardStock blog, proof and schedule post to publish on assigned day 
  • Sharing and promoting on social media platforms 
Benefits: 

  • Design Team members will receive: CutCardStock Designer’s Packages loaded with lots of products to use for your required posts 
  • Quarterly product shipments and/or gift certificates for choosing product from CutCardStock.com 
  • An exclusive team discount for any purchases you make during your term 
  • Access to a private Facebook group to meet and connect with the other designers 
  • Your name, picture and link to blog/social media showcased on the CutCardStock blog Design Team page CutCardStock.com 
  • Design Team badge to add to your blog 
  • Bonus gift certificate for CutCardStock.com at the successful completion of the Design Team term 
How to Apply: 

  • Email Amber at amber@cutcardstock.com with the subject line: 2017 CutCardStock Design Team Call 
  • Attach pictures of 3 projects showing your work. Your projects should reflect your style and the types of projects you would like to create for CutCardStock. 
  • You don’t have to use CutCardStock products in your submission projects. 
  • Include links to your blog and any online galleries where you share your projects. 
  • Introduce yourself and tell us about your crafting style and why you think you would be a great addition to the CutCardStock Design Team! 
  • If you have a crafter/artist resume, we would love to see that as well. 
The CutCardStock Design Team call is open to everyone; submissions for consideration will be accepted from December 20, 2016 to January 31st, 2017. New Design Team members will be notified via email no later than February 6, 2017.