Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Making an Impression with Letterpress

There's nothing like the feel of quality, 100% cotton cardstock!  Add the texture and dimension of letterpress printing and it's even better!
Letterpress cards on Savoy 100% Cotton cardstock
Savoy cardstock works beautifully with Letterpress

Our Savoy 100% cotton cardstock comes in a variety of weights, so just choose what's right for your project.  The richness of the cardstock makes it a great choice for anything from business cards to wedding invitations.
We carry various weights of cardstock and folded cards

Don't forget the matching envelopes!
Lots of envelopes to coordinate with your projects!

Looking for a letterpress artist?  The modern revival of the art of letterpress has inspired many artists.... just take a look at the many talented sellers over on Etsy, including Della Carta Studio who created our cards.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Wedding Invitation from CutCardStock Headquarters

In May of 2012, our daughter Jensen, accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Jake. Since we have a card stock business, we set out to do her wedding invitations ourselves.  Her future mother-in-law helped us out by doing the layouts in Microsoft Word.  

Customized wedding invitations

We printed the invitations on Savoy 100% cotton Bright white 92# Card Stock.  They printed smoothly on our Canon inkjet printer.
Gatefold wedding invitations out of Curious Metallic cardstock

We made some No. 10 Gatefold Invitations out of Curious Metallic 92# cover weight ionised and layered the invitation inside the gate fold using double sided tape
RSVP inserts as well

Tied them all together with a ribbon.
Elegant wedding invitations tied with a lovely ribbon

The future bride and groom admiring their invitations!
Bride and Groom love their custom invitations

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Summer Camp Picture Frame

For my family, summer fun usually includes a lot of camping.  This year was the first year for us to send our boys off to summer camp.  The memories they made there are priceless and I wanted to create a little special something for each of them to have as a reminder.
Shadow box frame to capture summer fun memories

9 x 9 shadow box frame (from Ikea)
12 x 12 scrapbooking paper, camping themed
Stardream metallic Lagoon cardstock
Pop Tone Orange Fizz cardstock
Brown Bag kraft cardstock
paper trimmer and scissors
regular and dimensional adhesive
corduroy button
square punch and photo corner punch
Favorite picture from camping
Simple supplies needed to create a fantastic scrapbooking projects

First I created the background that will fit in my frame.  I cut the camping themed paper to 9 x 9.

Then I created my photo mat by cutting two nested sizes of cardstock from the Orange Fizz and Kraft cardstock.

To add a little detail and pop of color, I added a punched photo corner to one corner of my photo mat and then added a little banner strip to another corner from the Lagoon metallic cardstock.

Tip:  An easy way to create the banner strip is to cut a long rectangle from cardstock, then use your square punch to create a perfect "tail" cutout.
Use your square punch to snip a perfect flag tail!

I added my title on the banner and finished it off with the button
Layer cardstock and other embelishments to create your photo matte
Assemble cardstock photo matte made in simple Ikea frame for a great decor item!

Sometimes with scrapbooking, it can feel overwhelming to take on an entire album.  This project is to show you that it's quick and easy, and not overwhelming at all, to create memory preserving projects.... not just big albums.  I was able to use wonderful paper and cardstock, play with some of the tools I own and my son has a great frame to keep on his dresser and remind him of Summer camp.
If you've got a stack of scrapbooking paper you've collected, I encourage you to pull it out and start making little scrapbooks, like photo cards, picture frames, etc.  A great accessory is an assortment pack of cardstock such as the PopTones Sample pack , Flavors Gourmet or a Metallic Sampler.  These assortments offer a great variety of colors to compliment patterned paper to make your projects come to life!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Summer Circus Party

Who doesn't love the circus?  Why not bring it home with a circus-themed party to celebrate the end of summer?

I love the images that spring to mind when thinking of the iconic, golden days of the circus: lion tamers, tight rope walkers, elephants, popcorn and of course, bright yellow, red and white. What a fun combination. Add a little blue and it's over the (big) top!
Here is the mall ensemble:
End of Summer Circus Party

Begin by designing an invitation on your computer. You can use the idea I have here with the basic info in a cone shape. Print it onto Basis White card stock.
Custom invitations printed on Basis white cardstock
After, trim each one with a flat side on the bottom, sides that slant in and a tipped top. You see it in the top photo. Mount each onto 8-1/2x11" Cherry Red Pop Tone that is cut into 3 pieces. (approximately 3-5/8x8-1/2"). I embellished the empty space with a star edged in Silver Stickles.

Party Favor Box
Cover an open box that has flared sides like a Chinese left-over box or dollar bin gift box that I chose. Trace the sides onto Lemon Yellow Pop Tone. The bonus here was that I could easily fit all sides onto one 8-1/2x11" sheet.

Trace shapes on Lemon Yellow Pop tones cardstock
Cut the pieces and adhere them to the box, leaving about an inch on the top edge that is not adhered.

Cut red patterned paper into 4x12" strip. Cut the wedge shapes on a trimmer and add them to the sides of the box.
Die cut Large and small scallop from Wild Cherry Red Pop Tone and Small scallop from blue patterned paper.
Spellbinders dies work wonderful with Pop Tones carstock
Add them to the box as shown here. The red goes to the inside of the box and the blue will slip in between the box and the yellow card stock.
With leftover pieces, I decorated a pencil to look like a flag. It's a perfect item to add to the party favor box. Since this is a final summer fling, you might also want to add some other fun school supplies: more pencils, pens, erasers, small pencil sharpener, a few chocolates, you know!

Papers Pop Tones Lemon Drop, Wild Cherry and Basis White (CutCardStock.com), Patterned papers (Recollections)
Tools Grand Calibur die cutting system, S4-239 Classic Scalloped Borderabilities Petite, S4-241 Jumbo Scalloped Borderabilities Petite die templates (Spellbinders Paper Arts); Cricut Doodletype Cartridge (Provo Craft)
Other Box (Target), Silver Stickles (Ranger); Gem Tac Adhesive (Beacon Adhesives)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Summer Love Note

We are so pleased to be joined again today by Michelle, the winner of your most recent blog challenge.  She's here to show us that you don't have to wait until Valentine's Day to send a love note.

I Love You XOXO Card
I'm so honored to be a guest blogger for CutCardStock.com today. I was given so many goodies to play with that I wanted to create something that really showcased the beautiful cardstock I received. I opted not to use any patterned papers or major embellishments on my card, so the cardstock can be the star.
XOXO kraft cardstock card and envelope
I loved the shimmer in the Curious Metallic Sample Pack so I used the Red Laquer and Ice Gold cardstock. I cut eighteen .75 x .75" squares from the Ice Gold. I punched out 9 X's and 9 O's from the Red Laquer using my Martha Stewart hand punch. I ended up using only an inch strip from each piece of cardstock. I adhered the X's and O's onto the squares and adhered two squares back to back with a piece of baker's twine in the middle.
Martha Stewart craft punch and Metallic cardstock
For my card base, I used the Brown Bag Invitation A-7 which I cut into a square. I have to say the Brown Bag papers and matching envelopes were my absolute favorite items! I've never seen anything like them in stores. The weight and feel is very different from regular cardstock. I cut a square window out from the center of the card and strung the baker's twine across the window. 
Because the squares are double-sided, the inside of the card also has the tic-tac-toe design. I covered up the ends of the baker's twine by adhering some Ice Gold strips to the inside frame of the card. 
Tic Tac Toe Love Card from CutCardStock.com guest designer Michelle
The little squares can twist and turn and make different combinations, so it is interactive in person, kind of like a Toss Across game. To finish it off, I used some mini Kraft alphabet letters to spell out my matching sentiment. I used Kraft letters on brown bag paper which blended together, so the shimmer in the middle of the card can further stand out. 


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Aloha! Card

I had so much fun creating a summer-themed card!  This fun Aloha card would also make a very cute invitation or bon voyage card! 

Pop Tones Cardstock in: Sweet Tooth, Red Hot, Orange Fizz, Grape Jelly, Lemon Drop, Blue Raspberry, and Hot Fudge.

Caribbean Twine by the Twinery, Lagoon Ink, Bamboo Ink, A Typeset stamp set, clear sparkles, and Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge by CTMH  .

First, I cut an 8 ½ x 11 piece of Sweet Tooth cardstock in half widthwise, to create a top-fold A2 card.  Then, I folded the card and cut out the hourglass shape using a 3 ½  " circle template, cutting a little over 1" from each side and about 1" from the top and 1 ½ " from the bottom.

Next, I sponged Bamboo Ink all over the card front, to give the impression of lightly tanned skin.  

I added a 1½" X 4 ¼ strip of Blue Raspberry cardstock to the bottom of the card (for modesty's sake- ha ha! )  

I  cut four 2" strips of Kraft cardstock, and using my fringe scissors, created my hula skirt.  I rolled the edges around a pen to give the strands some curl.  Starting at the top of the Blue Raspberry strip, I glued the first row of skirt and trimmed the edges.  I added a row underneath and two rows above, the highest one at "waist" level" 

I cut two circles using a 7/8" circle punch from Hot Fudge Cardstock. 

 I adhered bakers twine to the back of one circle using foam tape, then wrapped the twine around the inside of the card to come around the other side of the front.  I attached the other end  of the twine to the foam tape on the back of the first circle, and then adhered to the card front for the bikini top (aka the coconut bra).  Then, I adhered the other circle to the card front.

For my lovely lei, I used my Cricut Art Philosophy cartidge to cut ½" flowers in Pop Tones Red Hot, Orange Fizz, Grape Jelly, Lemon Drop, Blue Raspberry cardstocks. 

 Then, using a needle and clear thread, I threaded each one (about sixty!) onto the string.  I punched a hole at the top of the card with my needle, and threaded one end into each hole.  I tied the strings in a knot inside the fold of the card, and since it's clear, you can't tell! :)

Finally, I added a clear sparkle for the navel, and stamped "Aloha" in Lagoon Ink around it.  

Kinda makes you want to dance, huh? 

Happy Stamping!


Monday, July 16, 2012

Red, White and Blue Blossoms

Hydrangeas in Cape Cod
These lovely hydrangeas, growing in nearly every garden on Cape Cod, are my inspiration for today's project.

Keeping with the red, white and blue theme this month, I chose to use the softer, more feminine, side of these colors.  This project is the perfect little gift to bring a hostess, or slip a gift card inside for a birthday or token of thanks.

There are lots of tutorials out there for making tea bag holders (that title just seems so mundane for such a pretty project) so I'm sharing my rendition of several I've seen online.

I used Neenah Classic Crest in Solar White, my all-time favorite for coloring with Copic markers, for the actual folded card and the two white panels with stamped images (interior and exterior; see below).  The folded card is 3.75" x 7"; scored at 1.5" and 4.25".

You'll need to cut two each of the following:
Bottom Layer = 2.5" x 3.5" (red patterned paper)
Middle Layer = 2.25" x 3.25" (Basis 80# Cover, Light Blue)
Top Layer = 2" x 3" (Neenah Classic Crest, Solar White)

Stamp the image of your choice onto the top layer (white) and color in with Copic markers.  This hydrangea stamp is by Hero Arts.  There's also a small strip of light blue card stock that I used on the inside and it's 1.375" x 3.5".  The scalloped border in red patterned paper is 3.75" x 1" and then punched with a Martha Stewart scalloped border punch.  (Note: I didn't end up using the Happy Birthday sentiment stamp).  I used Memento ink in Tuxedo Black and Distress Ink in Antique Linen, along with a sponge dauber, to give the edges a stained look.
Here are the colors of Copic markers I used:
And here's what the backside of one of the Neenah Classic Crest panels looks like after it's colored with Copics:
It looks "bad" or "wrong" to have pens bleed through, but that's actually absolutely right in the case of Copic markers and good paper!

After I finished coloring, I mounted the bottom, middle and top layers with a tape runner (ATG) and then adhered the front over an 18" length of authentic baker's twine.
I mounted the three layers for the inside the same way, and added the light blue card stock strip and scalloped border to the pocket that's formed when you staple the small flap down using a Tiny Attacher (really small stapler by Tim Holtz).
This card/holder can easily fit a lovely tea bag or gift card into its pocket.  I added a really tiny punched butterfly with two tiny half pearls as an embellishment to the pocket.  You can also see that I used Antique Linen Distress Ink and a sponge dauber to "antique" the project.  I liked the vintage feel it gave and I thought it went well with the "old fashioned" hydrangea.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Guest Designer: Michelle's Vacation Mini Album

Today we are pleased to share a wonderful creation from our "Viewer's Choice" Winner of the recent CutCardStock Challenge: Michelle McClure.  Her tie card wowed all of us and you can find lots of other creative works from her at her blog A Page Out of My Book.  Her guest post today shows how she created a fantastic mini album to celebrate and keep the memories from a special summer vacation!

Vacation Mini-Album
My very favorite item that I worked with were the Brown Bag A7 Envelopes. I just love that semi-circle cut out on the flap. I was working with them at a crop, and another cropper took the label right off the packaging so she could order the same item later at home. 
I wanted to create a project that would showcase the envelopes and matching invitation cards. I decided to make a mini-album in which the envelopes would be the album pages. I bought an empty 3-ring album that measured 9 x 5.5" for $2 from Big Lots which I decorated with some Echo Park papers.
The A7 envelopes and invitations are the perfect size to fit inside the album. I just hole punched the envelopes, slid the matching card inside and decorated all the surfaces. 

Each envelope highlighted one attraction from my vacation. An envelope and card set has six panels, so there is a lot of room for photos, souvenirs, journaling cards, postcards and brochure cut outs. This is just the front of the envelope and card. 

Here is the complete view, which includes the inside and back panels.

Here are two more pages featuring two different attractions:
This shows the inside cover which has the trip itinerary and first page of the album. I found this to be a more sturdy take on the traditional paper bag album. 
I ended up using every piece of memorabilia I brought back from my vacation. When I make 12 x 12" pages, I hardly use anything I brought back as the postcards and literature detract from the aesthetics of the layout. The brown bag album has a much more casual air so I didn't have to worry too much about layout design. The purpose was more about documenting the trip. There was also so much room that every single photo and every piece of literature and every souvenir fit somewhere in the album. This was a really fun project to work on.

Thanks so much for this opportunity to be a guest designer,