Friday, March 24, 2017

Our thoughts are with you

Hello everyone. Design Team member Sonja here with a sympathy card. 
 I normally do not like doing all white cards, so I had to throw in some awesome silver from the Curious Metallic line of cardstock.
 On my last project, I tested the print and cut feature of my machine to see if this cardstock accepted ink well without smudging.
 I decided to test this cardstock's ability to accept pen ink as well as alcohol markers. I am pleasantly pleased with the outcome!

 To start with, I picked a design and added my Zig Millennium pen (one of my favorite detail pens to work with) to sketch the design out.
 Then I grabbed some of my Spectrum Noir markers
 Bare with me, it's been a long time since I've used my alcohol markers!
 I found that this cardstock did not bleed or smudge when using any pens!
 I used three sheets of cardstock to make this card
 With a card like this, even though it is simple, I still wanted to make it pop.
 And by pop I mean I used pop up tape on the back of both tears to this card.
 Next I grabbed my Tombow Mono multi liquid glue (should be called liquid gold) to adhere the base front and back together to form a card base.
 When laid down flat, it has a little bit of pop which is what I wanted for more depth.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Peeky Easter Egg with Smoosh Roses

It's finally spring, and we're deep into Easter here at the CutCardStock blog.  One of my favorite Easter projects is making Peeky Eggs--like the hollow sugar or chocolate eggs, only fewer calories.  This one I've embellished with lots of Smoosh Roses, and since they were made with Curious Metallic Cardstock, they all have a pretty shimmer to them:

Here's how to make your own Super Simple Smooshes:  Get a small bowl of warm water, some Tacky Glue or Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue, cardstock for a base (I usually use the same color as the rose paper, but for demonstration purposes, this time it's blue), and strips of Curious Metallic Cardstock cut into various sizes.  Mine are all different lengths, and no bigger than 1/2 in wide.  You can make these roses any size you want. 

Squirt some puddles of glue onto the base cardstock--your roses will end up in these puddles.  Don't worry, the glue won't have time to dry out, and you won't want to pause your rosing to squirt more.

Moisten a strip of cardstock in the bowl of warm water.  Generally just passing the strip through the water once or twice is plenty, no need to soak it.  Squeegy off the excess water by pulling the paper strip between your fingers.

 Fold the strip in half lengthwise.

Fold over one corner of the strip as pictured above, and then from that fold, start rolling up a rose shape.  The paper will be pliable from the water, and when you've finished rolling, smoosh the base of the flower into a puddle of waiting glue.
All the puddles of glue filled with flowers!
This goes really quickly, and you'll have those puddles of glue filled with flowers in no time.  Keep an eye on them while you work;  occasionally one will begin to uncurl, and you'll need to smoosh it back into shape before it dries.

I couldn't resist spritzing these with ink.  After they dry, use scissors to cut around your roses, and they're ready to go.  Not quite happy with the shape of one or two of them?  You guessed it--smoosh them some more!
Smoosh Roses and pearls--perfect for this little Easter girl

The Curious Metallics Cardstock comes in lots of luscious colors, and (this part makes me really happy) there are metallic ENVELOPES, too!  


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Easter Bonnet Gift

In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade. Or in this case your gift will be the grandest. A gift with a surprise.

I created this Easter bonnet using as SVG file from Dreaming Tree. I sized the file to fit on the 8.5" x 11" Ice Gold Curious Metallic Cardstock. I cut the file using my Sizzix eClips2. The paper cut and scored easily.

I assembled the base of the hat following the directions found on the Dreaming Tree website.

For the embellishments,  I chose Curious Metallic in Botanic, Lime, Violette, Mandarin, Cognac and Ice Gold.

I inked the Ice Gold cardstock with Distress Inks.  I love how the shimmer shines through the ink.

Then I assembled the flowers and attached them to the hat. I also added a ribbon bow, some pearls, bead strands, and tip of cotton swabs for the pussy willows.

Add a few small gifts inside the hat and you are ready to go.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Business Spotlight: Valerie Harb Graphic Design Services

This month's Business Spotlight feature is sharing a bit about Valerie Harb Graphic Design Services!

We sent some questions to Valerie to get to know a little bit about her and her business.  She offers custom, handmade invitations, stationery and materials for events -- such as seating cards, small signage and other creative decor.

CutCardStock: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Valerie:  I am a mom of three boys who has found her happy place in working with people who are celebrating. I enjoy the freedom to be creative and collaborating with my clients to bring their visions to life. I love that every event I do takes me on another journey of learning and experimenting with color, texture and design.

CutCardStock:  How has your business evolved?
Valerie:  After starting out doing primarily corporate and small business marketing materials, I took a chance on creating invitations for a party given by a friend. I was hooked. My whole focus changed to concentrating on celebrations and events. It was love at first sight.

CutCardStock:  What is your favorite part of business?
Valerie:  The people I get to meet. I get to work with families celebrating mitzvahs, weddings, graduations, births.... I get to share in their joy and excitement and be a small part of it.

CutCardStock:  What is your favorite CutCardStock product?
Valerie:  Metallic stock & envelopes. Love them.

CutCardStock:  What bit of advice could you offer to someone starting their own business?
Valerie:  Trust your instincts and in your own skills. Never underestimate the importance of quality customer service.

Speed round fun questions....
Mountains or Beach?  Beach. No Contest.
Coffee or Tea?  Coffee
Pie or Cake?  I'd take a salty snack over either!
Phone call or text?  Text. I'm all about efficiency.
Email or Snail mail?  I need both to stay in business!

Thanks for playing along with us Valerie!  

Here are some pictures of Valerie Harb Graphic Design Services work.  Give a thumbs up and follow Valerie Harb Graphic Design Services on Facebook!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Easter Egg Candy Dish

Every once in a while (when time permits), I really enjoy building complex three-dimensional pieces out of just paper and glue, like this Easter egg decor that doubles as a candy dish.  The key to constructing beautiful papercrafts is choosing high-quality and sturdy cardstock as your foundation, like the Curious Metallic Cardstocks from CutCardStock.

I started by assembling my egg shape base out of Curious Metallic Chocolate Cardstock (because all Easter eggs should be chocolate 😊) using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  While I used my Silhouette to cut the materials that form the foundation of this piece (an SVG file I purchased from Dreaming Tree), you can also find resources for cutting and assembling similar pieces by hand by doing an internet search for "3D egg template".

I wanted the inside of my egg to be smooth and golden, so I cut liners from Curious Translucent Iridescent Gold Cardstock.  Although this vellum is quite thick, you'll still want to use a special vellum adhesive if you don't want glue marks to show through.

Next, decorate the exterior of the egg shape with assorted pattern paper in springtime hues.  Liquid glue is always a good choice when adhering paper to a coated cardstock like Curious Metallic Cardstock.

The final assembled egg shape is an impressive 12 inches tall, but I think what really makes the piece pop are the shimmery flowers cascading from top to bottom.  I used thin metal dies to cut and emboss several 1" and 2" flowers from Curious Metallic Virtual Pearl Cardstock and foliage from Curious Metallic Lime Cardstock.  Then, I applied pink and blue ink to the centers and edges of the flowers and dark green ink to the underside of the leaves with sponge tools to give the die-cuts shading and dimension.

To make the flowers a little more lifelike, I curled the petals under with my thumb and forefinger and layered some of the smaller flowers on top of the larger ones with a dot of liquid glue.  A gold glitter enamel dot sits in the center of each to finish them off.

You can adhere the flowers to the egg base with more liquid glue if desired, but I chose to use hot glue because it works quickly and allows you to apply objects with a little dimension.  For example, the large pink flower is able to sit up higher and be tilted precariously on the very tip of the egg.

Add lots of wispy foliage behind the flowers to give the piece tons of movement...and if your egg is open like mine, don't forget to fill the bottom with crinkle fill and goodies!

I hope I've inspired you to try out Curious Metallic Cardstocks in your next big springtime papercrafting project and thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the supplies showcased today and remember that Curious Metallic Cardstocks are on sale this month!