Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Zig Pearlescent Watercolor Paint

Hello! And welcome to today's CutCardStock.com post. It's Kristie Larsen here to share with you a special something using a new product to CutCardStock. Let me introduce you to whats bound to be your your new crafty item: Zig Pearlescent Watercolor paints!


I made a few cards using these amazing watercolors. I really LOVED using them. They are so shimmery and can be a soft pastel or strong jewel tones depending on how much you use. I had a hard time not painting everything on my desk! Let me show you what I did.

I started with some white Teton Deckled edge card stock. I trimmed it to an A2 size card front and scored it to fold, but waited to crease it. I heat embossed my lace image twice with a light yellow embossing powder. I did it once in the lower left hand corner and then once in the top so that half of the image would be stamped on the back of the card when it is finally folded. I thought it would be a fun little detail for the overall look of the card. Using a water brush (also found in the store) and my new Zig Pearlescent Watercolor paint pallete I started placing color in-between the embossed sections. This is a fun way to bring some vibrance to your intricate stamp images. You can see here how I added color to both images until it was the way I wanted it.

 

Here is a close up of the shimmer you get with these paints. They go on so smoothly and they are really lovely to look at. They also blend well. I opted to add two different colours for the green sections and some purple, red and pink colours for the flower.

Then it was just a matter of adding a sentiment. I stamped my HELLO onto some translucent paper and fussy cut it out. I adhered it with some runners tape.

 This card goes together so fast that all the fun is in the painting!

I decided it was too pretty not to do a dark one as well. You can see the same design and layout, just different with the black card base. I used the Esse Black Textured card stock for my card base. It's nice and thick and doesn't warp with the water.


I also chose to add the design to the outside of an envelope as well. This is the A7 black envelope. It helps make it a fun card to open! I used a lot more paint on these and you can see how vibrant it can get. I like that you can get different looks out of one paint pallet and I LOVE the shimmer. It's definitely a fun item to have in your craft arsenal! Check it out in the store HERE.

And, just so you know, there will be a fun giveaway where you can win your own Zig Pearlescent Watercolor pallete! Stay tuned for the info from Amber!

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you have a great start for this new month. Be sure to check out the store for new sales for April!
See you next week.
xoxo
k














Monday, March 30, 2015

Color Inspiration and Vintage Mason Jar Wedding Invitation RSVP and Save The Date Free Download


 So my super sweet friend Sarah is getting married & the theme she is going with is a "Vintage Mason Jar" theme. I am SUPER excited and I couldn't help but be inspired by her the lovely theme she chose!

So as I got to creating this month I realized that I have never talked about my creating process.

I realize that this process is so different for many people, even with myself , each time I create it is different.

But more than not I start with an image where the colors inspire me.
So I started with the image below and I pulled color swatches. Usually within
the process of finishing it doesn't even look like the colors in the image but I
use it as a catalyst for my project.
By the time I was done I had muted the colors down quite a bit more  to give it a Vintage appeal.

So I wanted to challenge you to go ahead and grab the Color Inspiration above and use it as a catalyst to jump start your card, your scrapbook page or project. Remember your project does not have to end up being a perfect carbon copy of your inspiration but rather use it as a source to kick start your creative flow!

 Here is my finished project.

 In this invitation close up you can see the initials in the Mason Jar. It can be customized with your own initials. I have also included for you in the download the list of Fonts that were used.

I used our 89lb Curious Metallic Cryogen White A7 Flat Card to print on but you can also use our 89lb Curious Metallic Cryogen White 8.5x11 and print two at a time on each sheet. If you have never used this cardstock before...be prepared to find your new favorite to go cardstock. The print comes out beautiful each and every time & I adore the soft yet subtle shimmer/sparkle this cardstock has!

Don't forget to purchase matching envelopes. Here are my recommendation to match the softness of the print: Curious Metallic Cryogen White A7 Envelopes or Curious Metallic Nude A7 Envelope.


 I used a corner rounder for the Invite, R.S.V.P & the Save The Date but keep in mind we also do custom cuts. You can order the flat cards and we can round out those corners for you.

You can print the R.S.V.P on our A1 89 lb Curious Metallic Cryogen White flat card or choose to print

Recommended envelopes for the A1 R.S.V.P are: Our A1 Curious Metallic Cryogen White Envelope &  our A1 Curious Metallic Nude Envelope.

 You can also print the Save The Date card our 89lb Curious Metallic Cryogen White A7 Flat Card 

 Mason Jar Wedding Invite and R.S.V.P : Download Link

 Mason Jar Wedding Save The Date: Download Link





Friday, March 27, 2015

Folded Frame Card


Hello again, friends!  It's Mynn again here with another tutorial using some beautiful papers from the CutCardStock online store!  Today I'm sharing how to create a fun focal image that includes a folded frame.  To start, you'll need a 4.25" square piece of Basis Aqua Cardstock.


Take the piece of card and place it, corner up, at 3".  You will score the SIDE of the cardstock piece at 1" and 1.5".  Turn the card to the next corner and repeat.  Do this for all four corners.



After you've scored all four corners, it's time to fold them.  You will fold the longest line towards the center, then the shorter line outwards again.  I used 3D Double Sided Foam Tab Adhesive pieces to create more dimension as I folded the frame.





Once all four corners are folded and adhered, you can decorate the frame before adding it to your card base.  Here is used a punched piece of Muscletone Kraft Cardstock and some premade die cuts for my frame.


The finished frame was added to a card base made of Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and more Muscletone Kraft Cardstock that had been dry embossed for added texture and interest.


I really love the way this card turned out!  These papers are the perfect colors and quality for a beautiful handmade card, don't you think?  Thanks for stopping by, all!  I'll be back next month with more tutorials on using more beautiful products from the CutCardStock online store.  Until then, HUGS and happy paper crafting!

CutCardStock products used:

 Muscletone KRAFT 140lb cover wt - 25 pack
Muscletone Kraft Cardstock
Aqua Card Stock
Basis Aqua Cardstock
Neenah classic Crest Solar White
Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock

3D Foam Adhesive Tabs
3D Double Sided Foam Tab Adhesive

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Happy Easter Card

Hello friends!! Giovana here today with a super cute and simple Easter card. For this project I used Curious Metallic Botanic, Cryogen White, Lime and Super Gold. The colors are so vibrant and the touch of shimmer is great!


Let's get started!
Die-cut a background piece using a piece of Curious Metallic Botanic Cardstock.


Then, create a circle window on your background piece. Die-cut a circle border from Curious Lime Metallic Cardstock and circle dies.

Die-cut leaves from Curious Metallic Super Gold and Cryogen White cardstock.

Adhere background piece to a A2 card base from Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock, then adhere the circle window .

Stamp sentiment in Brown Ink and add leave piece, decorate as desired. I added ribbon, twin and paper flower and some clear rhinestones around the circle and on the background panel.

And here is the final product!!
Hope you like it and give it a try!
Have a fantastic day!

Giovana

Products used for this project: