Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter Picture Card

It’s important to share the holiday memories with loved ones! Here’s a quick and easy way to spruce up a card that holds several snapshots from the big day!


Winter Picture Card by Amber Lawrence

Supplies Needed:
· Cryogen White, 12 x 12
· Coordinating 12 x 12 patterned paper
· Paper trimmer
· Scoring tool
· Favorite adhesive
· Strong adhesive, like 1/4" red line sticky tape



Steps:

  • Cut Cryogen White to 12 x 6 ¼”. Score on the long side at 3 ½” and 7 ¾”.


  • Fold on score lines. On smallest end, cut an angle in your paper by lining up the score mark and the corner of the paper.


  • Cut 12 x 6 1/8” strip from patterned paper. From the strip, cut one 4 1/8” x 6 1/8” piece. Cut remaining piece at an angle that matches the angle you cut from Cryogen white.


  • Adhere down the patterned paper. Create a pocket by adhering down the angle cut piece using sticky tape. This is a pocket that will fit standard 4 x 6 photos.


  • Cut a slit on the score fold by using your paper trimmer. This creates a little slot for the ribbon to go through. Measure a piece of ribbon long enough to reach through the slot and around the card. Tie a knot in the ribbon.


  • Add pictures and a personal message… Share the holiday memories!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Snowflake Coasters

"I get really excited when I create a great project just using cardstock and a few other things," says designer Eli Harlan from Frillions blog, a regular contributor here. Of course, we at Cut Card Stock, couldn't agree more.

We are excited to share her Snowflake Coasters project that features three colors from our Basis 80# cardstock collection: Olive, Teal and Dark Purple along with a base of Classic Natural White. Check out how this "all cardstock" project POPS!!


To read a tutorial of how to create these coasters, go to the Fillions by eli blog. Then check out our main site, CutCardStock.com, to peruse the other fabulous papers we carry. Don't forget, we still have a sale going on for our Curious Metallics, perfect for the entire holiday season. (Curious Metallics discount valid through 12/31/10)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ho! Ho! Ho! Gift Bag

During all the holiday hustle and bustle, here is a quick and easy way to transform gift packaging from everyday drab to Holiday Fab!




Ho!Ho!Ho! Gift Bag from Amber Lawrence


Supplies Needed:
· Plain gift bag (I used one that measures 7 ¾ x 10 ¼)
· Basis Red, cut to 7 ¾ x 10 ¼
· Basis Black, 1 ½ x 7 ¾
· Stardream Metallic Crystal (white), 3 x 10 ¼
· Curious Metallic Gold Leaf, large scrap
· Square punch, 1 3/8”
· Favorite adhesive
· Paper trimmer or scissors
· Optional- sponge and gray ink




Steps:

  • Cut Basis red cardstock to the size of your bag. Tear each long side of the Crystal white cardstock to create a soft look. Tear toward you on both sides to give the edge an even, worn look.



  • For added dimension, lightly sponge gray ink on to torn edges.




  • Glue the Crystal white strip down the center of the red cardstock base. Adhere down the black belt strap; place it about 2/3 of the way down.



  • Using the large gold leaf scrap, punch a square in the center of it. Then with your paper trimmer or a steady hand, create an even border around the punched square. This makes a shiny buckle for Santa’s belt. My buckle measures about 2 ¾ x 2 ¾ .


  • Glue the buckle down and see Santa come to life! Add a special gift and some matching tissue, and share a little Christmas magic!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gift Card holder, tutorial

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OK, we know hand-made gifts are, of course, the best, but sometimes the right gift is a gift card. So why not show one off in a lovely, hand-made card keeper. Here is one Eli of Frillions created using our Stardream Metallics Card Stock in Mars, Coral and Emerald. We wish you could see the sparkle along with the deep, rich color...it's brilliant.

It's easy to open this gift. Just untie the ribbon and Voila...a frothed-to-perfection Latte, or a pair glittering of earrings and bracelet to match or maybe a cozy dinner for two...

To read the tutorial of how to measure, cut, fold and decorate this cutie, go to Eli's blog: Frillions. Then, definitely take a minute to check out CutCardStock.com...we've got a month-long sale going on for our Curious Metallics...ooh, la, la!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Holiday Photo Gift Folder

Looking for a CREATIVE WAY To share some Photos at Christmas time or Anytime; Here is Another Great Idea & Tutorial from Amber Lawrence.

This idea was inspired by a need to find a creative way to give out pictures of my boys at Christmas. In our family, Grandparents love to get 5 x 7 copies of school pictures as part of their Christmas gift. Most of the time, they insert the current picture right over last year's, so there is no need to give them another frame. So how then, can you wrap up a picture and make it a fun gift to open up at Christmas? Here's my solution....


Supplies Needed:

  • 8 1/2 x 11" piece of Brown Bag Kraft
  • 2 1/4 x 11" strip of Basis Red cardstock
  • 2 x 11" strip of coordinating patterned paper
  • scoring tool
  • scissors
  • adhesive (I used both Mono multi and Tombo Mono tape runner)
  • Corner rounder punch
  • Coordinating ribbon
  • Optional supplies - 1/2 " circle punch, tiny hole punch, 2 brads and a piece of twine or string

Steps:

  • Score Kraft cardstock on the long side at 3" and 8"

  • Turn cardstock to short side and score 1" from one end and 1/2 " from other end (These scores will create a 5 x 7" pocket for your pictures. If you have different size pictures, adjust your score marks to change the size of the finished folder. You could also use a piece of chipboard cut to the size of your photos and fold the Kraft cardstock over to create the folder without measuring and scoring.)

  • Fold on the score marks and cut away the extra flaps on the four corners leaving top, bottom and side flaps.
  • Round the corners of the flaps to create a finished look.

  • Adhere the middle flaps together and then do the same to the shorter bottom flap. This will create the folder and leave the top open.

  • Create a "Belly Band" for your photo folder by wrapping the Basis Red cardstock around it, adhering it together in the back.

  • Add a second layer to your "Belly Band" by doing the same with the patterned paper.

  • Finish it off with a piece of matching ribbon, tied in a bow or knot on the front of the folder.
  • Insert photos of your favorite 8 year old with lots of missing teeth! (Or whichever photos you are sharing this season!)

  • Close your folder by adhering the top flap closed, or create an added touch by following these last simple steps...

  • Punch out two 1/2" circles from scrap Basis Red cardstock.
  • Punch holes in the center of each circle and insert brads.
  • Punch one hole on the top flap of your photo folder and another hole lower on the folder, lining them up with each other.
  • Add the brads and wrap piece of twine in a figure 8 style to hold the folder closed like an old fashioned office folder.


These are easy to duplicate and mass produce. I think it's a festive way to give a very meaningful gift at Christmas. Enjoy and feel free to stop by my blog or Etsy shop for a visit...