Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thank You Notes

Growing up, I was taught that any time someone thinks enough of you to give a gift, you should show your gratefulness with a note of thanks.  I guess it's no wonder I've turned that into thank you cards. 

I took the opportunity while making some cards to compare a few more papers for their compatibility with Copic markers.  I started with my new favorite, Cougar Digital Choice Super Smooth White 100# cover.  I also chose White Exact Ice A7 folded cards and Neenah Classic Linen 80# Cover in natural white. 

Exact Ice Folded A7 card
I started out stamping the elf from Raisin Boat’s Handy Dandy Helpers on a scrap of each paper.  I used Copic markers to color in the images.  I was going for a pink/purple combo on the Exact Ice card.  It stamped beautifully, but Copic markers do not blend well and bleed through quite a bit on this cardstock.  I decided to stick with Cougar Digital Choice and Neenah Classic Linen for the rest.

I printed “Thanks” in the candy cane font I found at in red on my inkjet printer on both cardstocks.  I used the Atyou Spica pen in Lipstick to outline the red to add some shimmer, then cut the carstock to 3 ½ ” x 4 ¾”. 

Next, I cut 5 ¼” x 4” rectangles from Stardream Metallic’s Fairway (green) and Jupiter (red) 105# cover papers.  I love Stardream Metallic cardstocks – these are especially thick and have super shimmer.   I created A2 size cards using the Cougar Digital Choice and Neenah Classic Linen, then matted with the Stardream Metallic and finished with the printed rectangle.

I stamped some holiday images at the top of the printed rectangle and colored them in with the Atyou Spica pens (I love the shimmer!).  I also added some shimmer to the elf’s buttons, bell and belt buckle.

Finally, I cut out each elf and wrapped a small piece of Holiday Baker’s Twine around his neck like a scarf.  I attached each elf with 3D Foam tape. 

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Copic Colors Notebook

Many of you have been asking about Copic markers and we're dedicated to helping you use them to their fullest capacity. Amber created a great post comparing two of Cut Card Stock papers. Be sure to check it out here.

Today, I want to share with you a tutorial on how to create a Copic color notebook. I used to get frustrated when I was at my favorite craft or art store only to see that Copics were on sale but I didn't have my color list--so no markers. I finally fixed that and made a color notebook that fits in my purse. Here's how you can make one too:
  • Download color chart from here.
  • Print chart with laser printer onto 60# White Mohawk Color Copy paper. If this is not available, print with an ink jet and have it copied at a local copy shop...otherwise the ink will run when Copic colors are applied.
  • Cut pages into four equal sections and sort the stack into alphabetical order.
  • Get out your Copic markers and color in the shapes that represent your inventory. Be sure to use a piece of scrap paper under the coloring page.
  • Cut 2 mats of 105# Stardream Metallic Lapis Lazuli and one mat of 89# Curious Metallic Cryogen White, 4¼x5½" 
  • Cut patterned paper ½x4½" and ½x5½".
  • Stamp cover image onto 89# Curious Metallic Cryogen White and color it. I created two so I could choose one for this book.
  • Cut title letters from  89# Curious Metallic Cryogen White using Cricut. “copic” letters at 1½" and “colors” at 1".
  • Before removing letters from Cricut mat, use markers to add polka dots to the “colors” letters.
  • Glue title letters, image and patterned paper strip to 105# Lapis Lazuli mat.
  • Following manufacturer’s instructions (I used YourStory), laminate the following using 4½x6½" laminating sleeve:
    the finished title page
    105# Lapis Lazuli mat
    89# Curious Metallic Cryogen White mat and the patterned paper strip, ½" between
  •  Trim the extra laminate from the cover page so that there is a ⅛" border around it.
  • Adhere the back cover and the white "shield" using red line tape (⅛")
  • Overlap the two pieces and adhere. Part of the back cover will be clear.  
  • Bind the book with Zutter
    Cut holes in the pages and the laminated covers
    Place all pages, face up
    Layer front cover, face up
    Layer back cover, face down
    Insert OWires beginning with book pages
    Use  Zutter to pinch binding
    Bring the back cover around 
  • Bend the white shield and tuck it under the front cover. 
  • Your book is now complete!! 

Be sure to take the book along when you go to the craft store or are shopping online. This will prevent you from doubling up on markers.

When you get new markers home, place a sticky note onto the white shield layer, slip it under the page that the marker number is on and color it in...I love adding new colors to my book.

Bonus: At the back of the book, there are four “empties” for new colors that Copic brings to the market or for your own custom created colors.

Happy New Year to you all and may 2012 be exceedingly creative, Eli

Paper 105# Lapis Lazuli, 89# Curious Metallic Cryogen White (; patterned paper, color copy paper
Colorants Memento Paris Dusk ink (Tsukineko), Sketch markers: BV11, B23, B41, B63, R85, RV11, RV23 (Copic)
Tools Printer, paper trimmer (Tonic), Bind-It-All and OWires (Zutter), YourStory Thermal Binding/Laminating machine, Cricut Cutter, DoodleType cartridge (Provo Craft)
Adhesives Red line Tape, PVA Glue

New Year's Toast

This stamp set from My Favorite Things Stamps is a classic for New Year's, in my book.  And with the gorgeous Stardream Metallic cardstock on sale at, I couldn't resist making something sparkly!

I really wanted to use some items that would make this card stand out, give it some texture and depth, so I gathered sequins and beads and rhinestones -- things you might find on that beautiful cocktail dress you're wearing next weekend to a New Year's party.
Piece with multiple images

The pretty lady needed to be the focal point so I stamped her on Neenah Classic Crest in Solar White and then cut the paper into an oval with a Spellbinders Classic Oval die.  The champagne flute didn't quite make it (I meant to do that), so I stamped the flute again, colored it with Copic markers, cut only the cup portion, put a layer of Glossy Accents over it, and finally adhered it on top of the stamped glass on my oval.  For a little more fun, I added a few tiny white seed beads to represent bubbles!

I colored the lady's hair, skin and shoes with Copics and then added a touch more Glossy Accents to her shoes to make them look like patent leather.  Next I stamped the image onto a piece of Basic Grey patterned paper from their Lauderdale line and cut out just the dress, layering it on top of the dress already on the oval.  I then put a thin line of Tombow wet adhesive onto the hem of her dress and added some shiny black sequins!  So chic!

To put the whole sparkly vignette together onto a card (I used an Onyx Stardream Metallic base), I cut a 4" x 5.25" piece of Azalea Stardream Metallic cardstock for the card front.  Next I added pieces of a Zva Creative crystal flourish onto the upper and lower corners.  I added one tiny bling onto the lady's hand as a diamond ring!  The Neenah Solar White cardstock oval is edged with a bit of Stampin' Up! Rose Red ink and then mounted onto a die cut Lacey Oval from Spellbinders.  This piece was mounted to the card front with foam tape for dimension.  As a finishing touch to the card front I stamped "Cheers!" in the lower right corner.
Card's interior

Inside is a simple sentiment stamped on more Neenah Solar White cardstock that is edged again in Rose Red ink.  I stamped the lady's upper body and champagne glass again in the lower right as well.

I'll leave you with a simple toast for the new year:
May we live to learn well, and learn to live well
May you live as long as you want
and never want as long as you live

May 2012 bring you lots of crafty happiness!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Stardream Metallic Snowflake Ornament

Are you all ready for the holiday?  Let me guess, you've got all the shopping and wrapping done, handmade cards are finished and sent off, dinner is planned and now you've got nothing left to do....maybe that's the case or like me, you just love to take on more than you can possibly handle this time of year.  So, to add another "must do" to your list, I thought I'd share this wonderful cardstock ornament with you.  I stumbled across it here and thought I'd recreate it for you with CutCardStock Stardream Metallic in Silver.

First, I cut several 1/4" strips from the 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock.  I cut them down into these sizes and quantities: 6" = 5, 3" = 12 and 2" = 4.

Then, I wound them up into little tight rolls.  I imagine this would be a lot easier if you happen to have a quill tool, but even without one, it's not too difficult.  I used the skinny end of my stylus; it seemed to work just great.

Using one of the 6" strips, I wound up one roll and glued it closed.

Then, I created tear drop shapes from the 4 of the 3" pieces by winding them up, gluing the end down and then pinching one end to a point.

Then I made 4 marquis shapes from 3" strips; made the same as the tear drops, just pinch both ends. 

On to the heart shapes... I made 4 of them from 6" strips.  First, fold them in half.  Then roll toward the center from each end.  When you let them roll back out a little, they will look like cute little hearts.

Finally, on to the scrolls.  Made from the last 8 of the 3" strips, from one end make a couple of turns toward the center and then roll in from the other end too.  One end will be rolled more than the other and the piece should end up being just about an inch long.  Try to make them all about the same length.  Then glue two together, back to back.

So, after all that winding and gluing, your fingers are worn out and you have a great excuse to go get a manicure!  Now we're ready to put it all together.

First, attach all 4 of the scroll pairs around the center circle.

Then attach the hearts into each quarter area.  You'll glue down the bottom where the scrolls meet and then roll out the tops to attach the heart to the arms.  Add in the teardrops, pointed end up, and attach the tops of the hearts to the top of the teardrop.

Finally, add the marquis to the end of each scroll.

Even with the 105# cardstock, my rolls were pretty easy to create and the Mono Multi adhesive held everything very nicely.
When I finished, I strung some clear thread through one of the marquis and hung it on the tree.   I think this makes a precious ornament or would be great tied on to a special package!  Wishing you all the best of the Season! ~Amber

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Shimmering Party Mixer

If you are throwing a party over the holidays (or any time for that matter) and you want to mix up your guests a bit, try this fun idea! Have guests randomly pick their seats by choosing a party favor with a number that corresponds to a seat assignment.

Here are the candy canes and the place cards, ready for action.
Creating this little bit of fun is a snap when you use Cut Card Stock's Stardream Metallics. The subtle and elegant shimmer gives any project the perfect flair for the holidays. Want a bonus? Both the text and heavier weight Stardream Metallics are on sale through December 31st. (Bling!!)

So, let's do it! Gather your favorite Stardream Metallics papers that coordinate for the occasion (I chose 105# Antique Gold, 105# Citrine and Mars 81# Text).
Trim the Antique Gold 105# for place cards. Cut an 8-1/2x11 sheet into 12 pieces by trimming four 2-3/4" x 8-1/2" strips. Then cut the strips into three 2-3/4" squares. There should be a smidgen of paper left in each strip.
Score the cards in the center and fold in half.
Using text editing software, such as Microsoft Word, print the seat numbers. My text was sized so that one sheet accommodated two sets of 1-20. It was great to use only one sheet.

Punch out the numbers around the outer edge. Use the punch upside down to see exactly what you are punching.
Cut off the punched edges and then punch the next edge of numbers.

Trim one more time to finish punching the center row.

Punch 40 snowflakes from Stardream Metallics 105# Citrine. This takes some effort as the paper is nice and thick but it is worth it, I think. If you prefer, use a text weight Stardream Metallics paper.

Adhere both number sets to the snowflakes.
Use pop up adhesive or an adhesive dot
Add one set of medallions to the place cards and the rest to the lower half of the candy canes.

Put the canes in the vase and the place cards at the tables and have some fun.
Thanks to my friends Renee and Denny for showing off their candy canes. :-)

Papers Stardream Metallics 105#Antique Gold and Citrine81# Text in Mars  (
Tools Martha Stewart scoring tool, 1" scalloped circle punch, snowflake punch (EKSuccess); paper trimmer (Tonic), computer and printer
Adhesives Glue Dots (Glue Dots International), 3D Squares pop up adhesive (Adhesives
Don't forget the party favors and guests!

Quick and Easy Gift Tags with Copic Markers

I love to create handmade gift tags for my gifts.  It shows how special the person is before they even see what’s inside!  

A great thing about making gift tags is that you can use up scraps you have sitting around your scrap space.  For this project, I used three different papers to compare how Copic Markers blend on each cardstock.

Supplies Used:
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Copic Markers
Stamps by Close to My Heart
White Ribbon
½” hole punch
corner rounder or shaper
Twine by Divine Twine
3D Foam Tape
Tombow Adhesive
Eyelets and setting tool, if desired
Sparkle Fluff – Sugar by My Craft Lounge

I used this sweet elf to show the different papers using Copic Markers.  I always use an Archival quality ink when coloring with Copics.  It’s important to ink your image well to get a good stamp impression.  One of the wonderful things working with Copic is that most colors let the original stamping show through!
Curious Metallic Cryogen White
This paper is the Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock.  I love the way it sparkles!  Copic markers work really well on this paper.  The inks stamp nicely and the colors blend well. 
Brockway Deckle Edge

This paper is the Brockway Deckle Edge 65# cover - Natural.  This paper has a nice watercolor paper feel and the deckled edge adds some character to your projects.  There was a little bleeding using the Copics on this paper, but overall I'm pleased with how well the markers blend on this paper. 

Cougar Digital Choice Super Smooth
The Super Smooth cardstock by Cougar is really, really nice.  The 100# weight makes it nice and thick.  This cardstock is not flimsy!  The stamp worked great on this cardstock, and I felt that the markers blended nicely on this cardstock.

There isn't much to creating your own tags in order to showcase your beautiful artwork.
My favorite size tag is   4 ½” x 3”.  I start by cutting the tag front to that size.  Then, I cut the coordinating cardstock backing just a bit bigger, usually 4 5/8” x 3 1/8” .   For these tags, I used a variety of corner punches, from a standard corner rounder, to my scalloped Corner Chomper.  I even used a Fiskars peacock corner punch.    I also like the look of a "standard" tag sometimes, so then I just cut the corners myself. 

I have found a helpful trick to cutting tag corners.  Start by trimming one corner off your tag.  Then, using the cut off corner (red in the photo to show placement).  You may also use the same corner to cut the accent cardstock on the back to keep it even!

Next, I punched a hole in the top of my tag, centered at 1 ½”.  I like to use a large ½” hole punch to make sure I have plenty of room for my ribbon or twine on the tag.  (This tag uses the peacock corner rounder on the Curious Metallic Cardstock, with a standard corner rounder finishing the corners of the Dark Purple cardstock .

3-D Foam Tape on Teddy

Another thing I love about Copic Markers is that you can color ribbon with them.  I changed the same white ribbon to purple, red, and green just using my markers!  Due to the alcohol-based inks in the Copic markers, the ribbon dries really quickly and the color does not rub off on your project or your hands when it's dry!

Finally, finishing touches you may want to add are eyelets in the hole of the tag (which look nice and protect your tag from ripping when the ribbon is fed through), glitter glue, dimensional accents, flock - you name it! 

Hope this inspires you to pull out some scraps and create beautiful gift tags for those holiday gifts you're wrapping! 

Happy Stamping!