Monday, October 24, 2016

Butterfly Shaker Gift Tag

It's Alexia here today to share a gift idea with you - I created this butterfly shaker gift tag that is good for any occasions. My son was invited to his classmate's birthday party yesterday and after I had wrapped up the present I felt like something was missing so this idea came to me to create a butterfly gift tag which I think a little girl (or adult) will like. See below for the instructions to make these cute tags!


Step 1: First die-cut butterfly frames using metal dies (you can do it with electronic cutting machine if you want to). For one shaker tag, cut two red, four medium-weight chipboard and two acetate butterfly frames (for the acetate frames, make sure to only run the dies through the die-cut machine once- do not cut out the center piece). Another way to do it is to die-cut the acetate with only the larger butterfly die.

Tips: Secure the metal dies with masking tape so all the cutout frames are the same size.

Step 2: Take one chipboard frame and glue it to the back of a red frame (do this to the other red frame as well).

Step 3: Glue the acetates to each of the red frames from Step 4 then glue one chipboard frame on to each of the acetate frames.

Step 4: Apply a loop of ribbon on the top-center of the butterfly with double-sided tape (or hot glue if preferred).

Step 5: Fill the center with sequins and apply glue around the frame. Adhere the remaining chipboard frame to it and followed by the last red frame with acetate to seal.

Done! I hope you find this project fun and inspiring. Until next time! Happy Crafting. - Alexia


Friday, October 21, 2016

Simple Thank You with Big Imapact

Hello!  It is Lisa here with you today and I have a simple Thank you card that would be super easy for mass production purposes, and the wow factor to boot!  So let's get started...

To create my card I started by choosing my colors from the Flavors Gourmet Card Stock: Blue Violet, Caramelized Mustard, and Lemon Grass.  I then cut the Lemon Grass and Blue Violet into 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panels.  I love stamping and coloring, but when doing mass production cards this is not always a viable/possible option, but you can still pack a punch with your stamped images by heat embossing them in clear onto colored card stock.  This is such a simple technique, but the results are always so fun to watch happen.

Next I decided to die cut my stamped panel and adhere it to the Blue Violet panel.

Finally I die cut my sentiment from the Carmelized Mustard and popped it up onto my panel with foam adhesive.  For time saving purposes you could simply glue your sentiment onto the front of your card, but I wanted to add a touch of dimension to this one.

And there you have it!  Simple, elegant and perfect for any occasion.

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tiled Thank You Cards

Hi there!  It's Annie, and today I wanted to share a easy way to create a large set of thank you cards quickly or even use up some of the scraps of cardstock you may have laying around your craft space.

I thought it would be fun to try to build up from many layers of subtle texture to create cards with big impact, so I started by stamping a random leaf pattern all over my piece of cardstock with Versamark ink.  Here I'm using about a quarter-sheet (4.25" x 5.5") of Flavours Gourmet cardstock in Chestnut Creme, Chili Arbol, and Caramelized Mustard along with Basis Orange cardstock, but you can use larger pieces to create even more cards for your set.

Cut the stamped panels up into either 1" or 1.5" squares using a paper trimmer.  Then, ink the edges of each square with a medium brown ink to add definition and interest.

Trim a piece of Basis Natural cardstock to 4" x 5.25" for each card you plan to make.  Adhere the inked squares to these panels using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue in the pattern of your choosing.  Here, I've used a grid pattern for the 1.5" squares and an offset pattern for the 1" squares.  Once adhered, trim the excess from each panel with scissors or a paper trimmer.

Run each panel through an embossing folder to make the tiled cardstock look like patterned paper and add another layer of texture.  Small patterns like I've used here are best for this technique.

Die-cut a sentiment from Basis Natural cardstock for each card.  Create card bases from Basis Natural cardstock as well by trimming it to either 4.25" x 11" or 5.5" x 8.5" and scoring and folding at 5.5" and 4.25", respectively.

Add a mat layer of Flavours Gourmet Chili Arbol cardstock cut to 4.175" x 5.375" and adhere the panels to the card base with tape runner.  Add the die-cut sentiment to the lower corner with Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.

This version was finished in the same way, except the card base was made top-folding in the landscape orientation.  It's so easy to make a ton of these cards at once...and they would make a great gift during this time of the year!

I hope you enjoyed this tiled thank you card set and thanks so much for stopping by today.  You can visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the products highlighted today and remember that Flavours Gourmet Cardstock is on sale this month!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Watercolor Flowers using Zig Clean Color markers

Hello CutCardStock Fans! Amber here today, and I'm sharing a watercolor card I created using the Zig Clean Color markers and Strathmore watercolor cards.

I think this card makes a big impact, but believe me when I say it was pretty easy to make. I started with a stamped image using a water-safe black ink. I used a Strathmore 5x7 watercolor card (that comes in a set with envelopes!).

Using only a few markers and a water filled brush, I was able to color in these beautiful flowers!

Zig Clean Color markers used:
070 Orange
023 Scarlet Red
052 Bright Yellow
060 Brown
041 Light Green
010 Black
091 Light Gray

On the flowers, I used two shades of orange and then added additional depth and shadowing using a bit of the brown marker.

For the leaves, I used just one shade of green. I was able to add some depth to the shade of green by simply mixing in a bit of black ink. I scribbled both the green and black markers on a clear acrylic block and then mixed them with my paint brush.

To add even more depth to the image as a whole, I played with some shadowing using the Light Gray marker around one side of the image. I spread out the ink using the water brush to blend it in to the watercolor cardstock.

Finally, for my sentiment, I die cut the word "thankful" from a scrap of watercolor cardstock. I painted the bottom half of the die cut with the black marker and then used the water brush to spread the ink to the tops of the letters.

I adhered my sentiment using a strong adhesive. This step is important because the texture on the watercolor paper needs a strong adhesive to stay in place.

I love how it turned out. I will admit that I experimented with hand-lettering the sentiment. The Clean Color markers with the real brush are great for lettering, but my skills are a bit lacking, so I chickened out. I opted for a die that gave me the look I was going for! Have you jumped on the watercolor trend in your crafting? We'd love to see your creations on our Facebook page!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Red Fox Treats

Hi all, hoping you 'Enjoy' today's post and help your creative side with some gift container/package ideas for the upcoming holiday seasons. I created these cookie holders for Thanksgiving, but as we already know, they can be used for any event, from birthdays to weddings and more.

I used die cuts for all the needed parts but you can also find many templates online if you need to. My next step was to emboss the front of the container, fold the scored lines and add some strong adhesive like score tape to the sides, where I needed to form the container.

I also used some of this amazing product from Kuretake Gansai Tambi called 'Starry Colors' on the 'Enjoy' word and leaves. This product is like perfect pearls but much better. You just need a bit of water to activate and see the magic move in front of your eyes: like melting gold. You will be enchanted by how beautiful it is. The set has 6 different dreamy pigments and that will amaze you.

After I applied the red gold pigment, which dried almost immediately, I grouped my leaves in set of threes, added a bit of Tombow liquid glue to adhere and layer them to the top right side of the container.  Finally, I put my super cute red foxes together and added him to the cluster of leaves.

I had baked some peanut butter cookies to give to some very caring team of health professionals who I have been admiring lately. These handmade treat containers will add a touch of love and caring of my to my 'Thank You' treats.

All cardstock used comes from the beautiful collection "Flavors Gourmet' from Cut Cardstock, and I find it to be an excellent cardstock to work with. The colors I used are Caramelized  Mustard, Lemongrass, Moroccan Cocoa, Rubbed Sage and Tangelo.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cut Cardstock Supplies Used: for paper craftingMono Multi-Purpose Liquid GlueGansai Tambi starry colors