Thursday, March 22, 2018

Shimmering Embossed Eggs

There are so many different ways to decorate Easter eggs.  I think the pretttiest and most elegant is the embossed egg.  I've actually never tried this in real life, but I've admired others' handiwork.  The raised images against a colored background on that perfectly shaped egg are so beautiful.  I decided to try this on a card using various colors of  Curious Metallic Cardstock.

To start, I chose swatches of Violette, Lime, Botanic, Red Lacquer, and Mandarin and cut those out using an egg-shaped die.

To prepare my eggs for embossing, I used a powder bag over the top of each to prevent any extra embossing powder from sticking.

I used a floral stamp from Hero Arts and Versamark Ink to stamp images onto the eggs.

I worked in batches and heat embossed the eggs with Wow Opaque Bright White embossing powder.  I love how the bright white embossing "pops" against those shimmery eggs!

I assembled a couple of different cards with Easter greetings making the eggs the focal point. For this card, I used a note card made from Curious Metallic Violette Cardstock along with a panel made from Cougar White Super Smooth Cardstock.

This card has the main notecard made from Cougar White Super Smooth Cardstock along with an embossed greeting on the Curious Metallic Violette Cardstock.

Here is a closer look at the gorgeous shimmer......

Thanks so much for joining me today.  Be sure to check out the Curious Metallic Cardstock on sale for the rest of this month.  Have a great day!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hello, Spring!

Winter is officially over, and I am SO ready for warmer weather, aren't you?

I know most of the country still needs a little thawing time before the blooms and bugs appear for the year, but here in Texas the bluebonnets and firewheels are already sprinkled over the open grassy spaces. That means the chill is gone for good and spring is full steam ahead!

Today, I wanted to show you why I love Curious Metallic Cardstock. It’s gorgeous when it’s dry embossed. Here’s a photo of one folder I tried before settling on the final embossed pattern for the card. You can see the detail and the sparkle… isn’t it amazing?!

Looks just like a soft quilt, doesn’t it? I knew you’d like it. 😉

I chose a more wavy pattern for the background of my card, though, and trimmed 1/8-inch off the left and right side of the A2-sized piece of Cryogen White cardstock. Cryogen White is a little more off-white than a pure bright white. It was perfect for what I wanted to do with heat embossing today.

I matted my embossed panel with a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4-inch piece of Lime cardstock and set that aside. Then, I picked out another rectangle of Cryogen White (I precut all my cardstocks to fit A2 cards - it saves time!) to stamp my design.

For the outline, I used Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Soft Vanilla.

This stamp set is from Altenew, and it has all the pieces you need to “color” the flowers. I used an ombre green ink to stamp the stems and leaves, and my trusty MISTI for alignment.

I wanted to do bright white flowers, so I stamped about three thin layers of white pigment ink and then heat embossed them with white embossing powder.

 I couldn’t get a good photo of the heat embossing under my work lights, but you can see how the flowers came out in this one. A little less than smooth, but I liked the look with the sparkles in the cardstock.

Full disclosure: I was going to trim the flowers with a rectangle stitched die originally but changed my mind at the last minute. I chose oval because I didn’t want to cover up all that lovely wavy embossing in the background! So, with a little Post-It® Tape I held the die in place and ran it through my die cutting machine.

To finish up the oval, I stamped my sentiment in black ink.

And to finish off the card, I attached my wavy embossed panel and mat to an A2 card base, then centered and adhered the oval with foam squares.

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❤️  Niki • • @cardstoq (on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Embossed Floral Card with Distress Ink Blending

Hi there! It's my great pleasure to share with you my first project as a CutCardStock designer! It has been a cold winter with a lot of snow here in the north east. Making floral cards really cheers me up and reminds me that the spring is just around the corner. 

For this card, I used the Curious Metallic White Gold Cardstock. I love the heavy weight (92# cover) and shimmery look of this cardstock. And the surface is super smooth, which makes it great for ink blending. 

First cut the cardstock into 5.5 inch x 4.25 inch pieces (A2 size). 

Then embossed it with an embossing folder to give it a little bit of 3D look. This cardstock held up pretty well during embossing. 

Daubed and blended on the distress inks using light circular motions.  

Here is the finish look after ink blending. The shimmer of this cardstock really added shine to the flowers (pictures didn't do it justice). 

For the sentiments, I used Stardream Metallic fine gold 105lb cardstock. This is the best gold cardstock I've ever found. It also has a shimmery finish and even heavier weight. It's great for die-cut sentiments. 

Lastly, cut a scallop frame using the Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, and assemble everything together. For the card base, Cougar A2 folded Invitation card was used.  

Thank you for stopping by! Please let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below. Be sure to follow CutCardStock on Facebook to get updates on sales and inspirations. And don't forget that the Curious Metallic Cardstock is on sale this month. Happy crafting~


Monday, March 19, 2018

Easter Nest Card

Since I tend to send Easter cards only to my younger nieces and nephews, I like to make them kinda different and fun.  This card project is easy to pull together thanks to lots of die-cutting, a few simple techniques, and the gorgeous metallic cardstocks available in the CutCardStock store.

Start by trimming a piece of Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock (100 lb) to 7" x 10" and scoring it in the center along the longest edge.  Then trim a piece of Curious Metallic Ice Silver Cardstock to 4.875" x 6.875".

Trim a piece of Stardream Metallic Lagoon Cardstock to 4.75" x 5.75".  Using an oval die, first die-cut the shape out of the top center of the panel.  Then emboss a fun woodgrain texture into the panel using a 5" x 7" or larger embossing folder.

Assemble the card base as shown.  First, fold the scored kraft panel in half and mount the Ice Silver panel directly on top with tape runner.  Then, tie a bow of natural twine around the aqua window panel and adhere it on top using foam tabs.

Die-cut a bird's nest out of Curious Metallic Cognac Cardstock.  To give the nest dimension, ink around the edges and the "inside" with a slightly darker brown ink using a sponge dauber.

For the brightly-dyed Easter eggs, I just took a few practice alcohol ink backgrounds that I had made previously (and wasn't very happy with!) and die-cut a small egg shape from some of the areas that were more speckled or contained interesting color blends.  This is a great way to use your scraps that were headed for the recycling bin!  (Note: If you don't have any alcohol inks, you could easily substitute a watercolored or ink-blended background in this step.)

Die-cut a couple of branches from Ice Silver Cardstock and color them with alcohol-based markers.  You really only need two shades of brown and green here to get some quick and easy dimension on these die-cuts (since the cardstock is coated, blending is actually pretty easy too).

Lastly, die-cut your sentiment from the same Ice Silver Cardstock.  To bring in a little more pink to the card, I added light pink ink to the bottom of the letters with a sponge dauber.

Assemble the rest of the card as desired.  I started by adding the eggs to the nest with a little liquid glue.  After adding a few foam tabs on the back of the nest, I wrapped the branches around the nest and then adhered the entire piece to the cardbase with additional foam tabs.  The sentiment was then placed at the top using liquid glue.

I hope you enjoyed this easy and fun Easter card 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!

Friday, March 16, 2018

With Deepest Sympathy

Happy Friday, friends! I'm glad you've stopped by today! I'm super excited to be sharing my first post as part of the CutCardStock Design Team. I typically don't make many Sympathy Cards.  I have a friend who recently lost her mother. I wanted to create a unique card for her.

For my design this week  I used Curious Metallic Cardstock in  Curious Metallic Cryogen White
and Violette. I stamped the Penny Black Flower Cascade stamp with a Copic friendly ink onto the Curious Metallic Cryogen White card, colored with various Copic Markers. 

Copic coloring on the Curious Metallic card is like magic it makes the blending process so smooth and to top it off the cardstock has shimmer.

To finish my card, I stamped the sentiment unto the flower panel and added a few watercolor splatters to accent the design.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Just a reminder the Curious Metallic Cardstock is on sale this
month.  Don't forget to check out our Facebook page for weekly specials.

Have a great weekend!
Ink & Paper Hugs