Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Glittery Faux Mosaic Card

Do you like dots? I like dots. It’s a classic pattern on home decor, clothing, paper… you name it. I needed to make a congratulations card today for a younger friend of mine since she received a promotion at work. Pretty sweet, right? But the usual “congrats” sentiment didn’t really suit the recipient - I had to pick out something a little cooler for her.

So, I decided on a faux mosaic-style card. To make a card like this, all you need is a bunch of same-shape punches in different sizes. You can use any shape you have: hearts, stars, squares, etc. I chose to go with circles because I have a lot of sizes to pick from. The punched paper pieces will be your "tiles." I even threw a hole punch in there 😃

This technique works best if you use a thicker textured paper to work on. I’ll explain why in just a bit. So to start out, I die cut a piece of Royal Sundance 110lb Felt cardstock in Brilliant White with a dotted frame die (Double Pierced Rectangles, Avery Elle).

You’ll want to find some glittery cardstock to make the main pattern in your layout. I used Mirrisparkle Glitter cardstock in Silver for my design and punched out a few of each circle size. Next, I figured out how I wanted the glittery "tiles" to look and began sticking them down. I went from bottom left to top right.

Here’s the fun part of this - adhering the circles one by one can be super tedious, but if you have a Xyron Sticker Maker or some double sided adhesive sheets, sticking down all your pieces is a breeze!

Once you have the main "tiles" in place, fill in around them with dots punched from colored papers. I used Basis 80lb cardstock in Aqua and Teal and alternated the colors as I was filling in the white areas. Don’t forget you can cut some of them in half to fill in any pesky corners or edges.

Once you have the mosaic design done, run the whole panel through a die cutting machine with the plates only. This will press your "tiles" into the thicker white cardstock (and that's why I needed the Royal Sundance paper!). Use a 4 x 5.25-inch piece of Basis Black cardstock to mat your artwork, then mount it onto your A2-sized card base.

To finish up the card, I added my sentiment (Best Day Ever Die, Simon Says Stamp) with a little glue and coated it with some Nuvo Crystal Glaze.

Note: To make your faux mosaic pieces look even more like glass pieces, coat each of them carefully with Crystal Glaze and let dry completely before adding your sentiment.

Thanks for dropping by to check out the card for today! If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comment section below - I’d be happy to help!

❤️  Niki • (on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hot Fudge to my Sundae

Who doesn't love a good sundae on a hot summer night? Me personally, add a banana, throw on some hot fudge, scoop in the classic vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream with a dollop of whip cream, a cherry to top and I am good to go!
 For this card, I dipped into two of my CutCardStock packs. The 'Curious Metallic' and the 'Basis' pack.
I chose these two sets because I wanted the metallic pop on the dish, syrups, and cherries. Then I wanted a more flat tone for the ice creams and banana.
Once all my pieces were cut out using SVG Attic's 'Ethan's Cool Treats' collection on my Silhouette Cameo 3, I used the multi glue and pop up tape to bring dimension. 
 The pop up tape is something I use in most of my projects to build more layers.
I also highlighted spots on the syrup by using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink. 
Next I grabbed the 'You Are My Everything' stamp set by Scrappy Moms for the sentiment tag
And finally a sinfully yummy card was created!
For more paper options, please visit the CutCardStock shop page.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Catch a Falling Star--DIY favor, treat, or gift bags

If you've ever made a quantity of goody bags, whether for a wedding, or shower, or whatever party, you'll surely appreciate the simplicity of these sparkly DIY favors.  Simple, but shiny--it doesn't get any better than that!

You'll only need a few supplies:
1.  glitter paper, I used silver, and optional stars either cut or punched
2.  little paper bags in the color of your choice
3.  twine or jute or yarn, again in the color of your choice
4.  a hole punch, and an optional corner punch or rounder

I fold the tops of my bags over a couple of times, at about an inch, so I cut the bag toppers a 2 inches by a little over the width of the bag itself, 4 1/2 inches.
Fold the topper in half lengthwise.

Optional--corner punch each corner of the bag topper.  It's a nice little detail that doesn't take too long.  Fit this over the folded top of the bag, and hole punch two holes about an inch away from the center.  Tie the jute through the two holes, and add a couple of falling stars to each of the ends with gluestick.  I like to sandwich the stars, so there's sparkle on each side.
Tiny little sparkly treat bags, perfect for wedding or shower favors, a night-at-the-movies type party, or even a space themed birthday party.  This glitter paper is a delight to work with, as it doesn't shed a bit, and ALL the silver and gold cardstock is on sale this month at CutCardStock.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Faux Tin Can Lanterns

I have always admired the tin can lanterns found at craft fairs and have wanted to make my own. I just haven't attempted it until now, or at least a paper version of them.

I used a sheet of Bright Foil Cardstock in Silver. It is a nice heavy cardstock that with stand up when formed into a cylinder.

I started by die cutting and punching out butterflies of various shapes and sizes.

I traced the butterflies onto the back of the cardstock. Then I used my xatco knife to cut out the butterflies. I did not cut the bodies, so I could fold the wings out. 

I applied a strip of Score-Tape to one edge of the cardstock and carefully rolled it to create a cylinder.

I placed the cylinders over battery operated tea lights (I don't want to create a fire hazard).

Now I can use these outside when entertaining this summer. 

They could be used for weddings, holidays, anniversaries, and so many others. The possibilities are endless.

Friday, July 21, 2017

DIY Traveler's Notebook with Silver Card Stock Embellishments

I am in love with the traveler's notebook (TN) journaling system, as it's built around this idea of individual inserts that you can use together and swap out when you're done with them. I was once more into using a TN for all my planning needs. Lately, I've regressed to using my phone calendar and it's easy note-taking system. However, I have so many ideas for art journaling - and TN's are absolutely perfect for creative purposes!

This week's project will take you through how to make a cover for your TN from a vinyl placemat. I got mine from the dollar store, but you may have one around the house that you aren't using.

For full step by step instructions, be sure to check out the video tutorial I have up at my youtube channel!

I started by tinting the vinyl with alcohol markers, moving the pigment around with a sponge that had been dampened with rubbing alcohol. I also splashed some black ink on and blew it around with a straw. Once I was happy with the look and everything had dried, I took triangles of silver glitter paper from POW! and placed them on with matte Mod Podge.

Everything in this process of decorating the cover was quite intuitive. As I was working from building on texture and color, I just sort of went with it. I also knew I'd be filling this up with intuitive mixed media art, so thought it would be nice if the outside would give a guess as to what was inside.

I added some acrylic painted geometric illustrations with a brush, in white and black. Breaking up the geometric forms with some organic illustrations helped to harmonize the design. I also added some more color with Tombow dual brush markers. I just had to be sure to seal everything with a thick final coat of Mod Podge to protect it.

The inside cover was also tinted with alcohol ink, which I applied with a paint brush. I sprayed a clear coat of varnish to protect it from the elements before I started punching the holes for the elastic.

I found some 2 mm elastic in my stash in pale pink and blue and cut it to fit the journal size, threading it through the holes as shown. I also included a piece of elastic to keep it all together.

I made three standard size inserts, each cover cut from Curious Metallic card stock in various shades of silver. The inside stock is 90 lb Neenah, which will be good to use for whatever mixed media art journal effects I might want to apply.

I rounded all the edges of my paper with a corner chomper and am quite happy with the finished effect. Can't wait to fill it up and swap out the inserts as I go.

If you'd like to see a full tutorial on how to make TN inserts, I have that available on my Youtube channel as well!

- Haley

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