Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Birthday Banner Tutorial

You may remember a Christmas banner I created using some of CutCardStock.com's elegant white and cream card stocks. It's here. A friend of mine saw it and said, "How about a birthday banner? I have a plastic one that the kids make me put up every birthday. I'd rather have something like this." So, that's what I did this week.

I began by choosing coordinating Basis 80# card stocks that would be good for girl or boy birthdays. They included: Light Yellow, Olive, Golden Green, Aqua and Teal.

Here's how you do it. Cut enough flags and tags for Happy Birthday.
Using Cricut, cut letters and their outlines from contrasting papers.
Also cut the scalloped ovals for the latter mats. I used double-sided cardstock, folded the paper in half  and cut through 2 layers. This way I could mix up the patterned ovals as seen below.
Layer the flags with silk flowers, rhinestones and glitter glue. I used dimensional adhesive to give the letters some pop.  You'll need drying time for the glitter on the flags and flowers.
 Tie the corners together with ribbon.
String it all together and add longer ribbons on the ends. Hang it up any time your family has a birthday.
Supplies
Papers Basis 80# card stocks in 8-1/2x11" Light Yellow, Olive, Golden Green, Aqua and Teal. (CutCardStock.com); patterned paper
Tools Grand Calibur, S5-209 Nested Lacey Pennants, S4-301 Labels 16, S4-115 Petite Scalloped Circles LG (Spellbinders)
Adhesives PVA glue, dimensional adhesive, Gem-Tac (Beacon)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Bundle of Joy

Welcome Baby Ariana!
I was recently asked to create a baby shower card that incorporated the colors and theme of the new baby's nursery...pink, light green, and ladybugs!  The stamp set is by Hero Arts and called Adorable Baby Girl and I found the perfect card stock for the base -- a luxurious Flavours Gourmet in Lemon Grass!  So pretty!


I began the project by choosing several Spellbinders dies -- a large Circle, Lacey Circle and Labels 18.  These created a nice focal point for the baby carriage, which I paper pieced using Papertrey Ink patterned paper.  The large circle and banner, which is stamped with Lawn Fawn's Bannerific and Harold's ABCs, are made of a shimmery Curious Metallic card stock called Cryogen White.  I love this card stock for its heavy, rich feel and wonderful stampability!  That "airbrushed" antiqued look was achieved by leaving the white card stock inside the die after cutting and then using a sponge dauber and Distress Ink in Antique Linen, lightly dabbing the ink inside the circle's edge.
Labels 18, Lacey Circle, Standard Circle dies from Spellbinders
Curious Metallic card stock in Cryogen White...so shimmery!
The Lacey Circle focal point was adhered using foam tape to give it dimension on top of the patterned Labels 18 piece.  Before I  adhered the entire centerpiece to the pink card stock I marked its placement with pencil, then stamped a plethora of cute little ladybugs onto the card stock, and also onto some pink polka dotted paper.  I cut out the polka dotted bodies and adhered them to the ladybugs on the card stock.  I allowed some ladybugs to hang off the card stock and then trimmed them with scissors, giving the little ladies motion.
All the layers were put together and the card front was assembled!  The interior of the card has a 4" x 5.25" piece of that shimmery Curious Metallic card stock stamped with the sentiment "Cute as a Bug"!  Needless to say, the card was a hit with the auntie of the new baby who will present it to her sister at the baby shower next week.  This was a fun card to make using all the fun stamps and gorgeous card stock from CutCardstock.com.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A new use for your corner rounder

With just a corner rounder, you can create your own scalloped borders on any project. 

First, remove the guard from the corner rounder.  (I’m using EK Succeess’ corner rounder).  It may seem like you’re breaking the punch, but not to worry, the plastic guard is designed to be removable.

Then, turning the punch upside down, line up the edge of the corner rounder to the edge of your paper.  The key is to have just a tiny bit of empty space showing in the upper left corner of the punch.

After punching your first scallop, line up the punch with the first cut, again making sure there is a tiny bit of empty space in the upper left corner of the punch.  If you don’t leave any space, your scallop will look crooked.  If you don space, you’ll have a piece of cardstock hanging between scallops.  It takes some practice to get it right, so use a scrap paper until you get the hang of it.
Voila!  A scalloped border!

I used this technique to create a scalloped border on the card above (created using Flavours Gourmet Tangelo cardstock).  Depending on the project, you may wish to place a small strip of coordinating cardstock or paper on the inside of the card to accent the scallops, but in this case, I sponged CTMH’s cocoa ink around the front sides of the card, to help accentuate the scalloped edge.

The sentiment and lamp were stamped on Neenah’shttp://www.cutcardstock.com/search.aspx?find=neenah&log=false&category=66 classic crest cardstock and then layered onto Flavours Gourmet Morroccan Chocolate cardstock.  The patterned papers and stamp set are from the Stella collection by CTMH.
 
Happy Stamping!

Katherine

Monday, February 20, 2012

Wedding Card with Copic Markers and Airbrushing

We are approaching Spring and the time of year with plenty of weddings. I thought I'd share a wedding card. It includes coloring and airbrushing with Copic markers. I hope you enjoy!!!

Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp the wedding couple.
Follow the photos to color the stamped image as seen below:
  • E41 for skin
  • W10 for tie, cuff and shoes
  • R35 for cummerbund and flowers
  • E71 and W10 for hair
  • C7 for tuxedo
  • G0000 to outline the left edge of the dress and veil
  • Colorless Blender 0 to feather the pale green into the veil and dress



After coloring, cut the image using Spellbinders S4-190 Labels Four.
Using Flavours Gourmet in Chili Arbole cut S7-014 Classic Lace Borderabilities (retired).
Using an airbrush system adapter, add R35 to the "gun". Layer Spellbinders magnetic spacer (retired) or one of those funny magnets you get on the front of the phone book with Malmero Perle white 81# text and Flourish Impressabilites template. The magnetic piece keeps the template "stuck" down to the paper to help prevent under spray. Airbrush using long, fluid motions and working from the outside in for a gradient look.

Trim airbrushed piece to fit onto card.
Add lace trim onto top and bottom of mat, extending the lace over the top and bottom edges of the card base.
Use dimensional adhesive to add wedding couple to card.
Stamp Congratulations on the inside of the card.
 
Sign, seal and deliver!

Have a great week and don't forget to check out Cut Card Stock's sale for February on Flavours Gourmet products.

Supplies
Paper Malmero Perle white 81# text, Chili Arbole Flavours Gourmet (CutCardStock.com)
Stamp/Accessories Wedding Couple (Stampendous), Stampabilities Congratulations Stamp (Crafts Etc.); Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink (Tsukineko); Sketch Markers C7 Cool Gray 7, W10 Warm Gray 10, E41 Pure White, E71 Champagne, G0000 Crystal Opal, R35 Coral (Copic Marker)
Tools S4-190 Labels Four die template, I2-1009 Flourish Impressabilities template, Grand Calibur die cut machine (Spellbinders), Airbrush System (Copic)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Keep Your Place With Style

Today I want to share a fun but quick little project.  I am always in need of bookmarks, it seems, so what better opportunity to make a little something crafty!  Here's my simple but useful project using Flavours Gourmet cardstock!
What you'll need:Flavours Gourmet cardstock in Chili Arbol
Two designs of coordinating patterned paper
a paper trimmer
adhesive
a 1/2" punch and a hole punch
twill tape ribbon
matching red DMC floss
sewing machine (optional)
Steps:
First, cut out your cardstock and paper to these sizes:
  • cardstock - 6" x 2"
  • accent patterned paper - 5" x 2"
  • focal patterned paper - 4" x 2
 * I have been using my clear acrylic ruler and rotary cutter lately and I **LOVE** it.  I am a quilter, so I have lots of these tools but until recently, I never used them on paper.  Now, it's my preference because I feel like I have such better control on the cuts.  I just keep the blade dedicated to paper and use a different one for fabric.
Layer these pieces, leaving the lower layers showing anyway that you'd like to.  Adhere them down and then add some machine stitching if you'd like to.  Don't be afraid to sew on your papercrafting projects; you may need to change out your needle more often, but it's a lot of fun.  I used both a straight stitch and a zig zag.
Smooth out the look of the bookmark by rounding the corners.
Add a little detail on the top end of your bookmark.  Create a 1/2" circle cutout from your accent cardstock and adhere it to your bookmark.  Then punch a hole in the center of the circle.
Feed the twill tape ribbon through the hole and secure it with a knotted strand of DMC floss.  You could just tie your twill in a knot, but I thought it was one last opportunity to give a little extra pop of color.
Now, find some quiet time and a good book.... Enjoy!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Be Strong

Inspiration (MFT's Sketch #58 & Julie Dinn)
Today my card uses the themes often associated with breast cancer awareness (pink and living strong), along with an anonymous quote that I think hits home with those fighting and surviving breast cancer.


The patterned paper is by My Mind's Eye and I love the colors and images because they're both sophisticated and whimsical, and the pinks vary widely.  I thought it was perfect for my project.


To help accentuate the pinks I set them onto "Smoked Sea Salt" Flavours Gourmet card stock, which is a rich, heavy paper that supports the layers used in this card.  I have the sample pack, which allows me to "taste" all the Flavours!


I want to show you how I created the patterned ribbon to coordinate with the first layer on the card and its damask printed paper.  Using a cling stamp set and gray ink from Stampin' Up!, and some white crinkle ribbon from May Arts, I placed these onto a thick phone book to ensure I got a surface that would "give" a little and provide a fully stamped image on the ribbon.

The white ribbon is light enough to take the ink without it bleeding, but you are able to see the stamped pattern on the opposite side as well, which is helpful later when tying the bow.  It doesn't take long for the ink to dry either.

To get a nice, fluffy bow I leave a little ribbon for a "tail" and then loosely wrap it around my fingers as shown.
 I then use the ends to tie a knot around the center of the loops creating a bow.  Fluff out the loops and then, for a little bling, I used a Glue Dot and adhered a small pink button to the knot.  Each patterned paper rectangle was mounted onto the light gray Flavours Gourment card stock.  Try out some of these tasty card stock flavors, you like 'em!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Creating Your Own Patterned Paper

A great way to create a custom look for your projects is to create your own patterned paper using stamps and ink.   In this way, you can customize projects using your own colors, themes and patterns!

First, start at one corner stamping your image.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Smoked Sea Salt cardstock by Flavours Gourmet (which happens to be on sale this month!).  You can use the same image all over the paper, or you may wish to mix several images together.  I like to stamp in a triangle pattern throughout the paper, always keeping the images about the same distance apart.  Depending on the look you like, you may want to rotate the stamp each time you stamp it, to give the paper a more random look.   

I also like to stamp off the edges of the paper, to give it the true look of a larger pre-printed paper.  After stamping, you may wish to add color or embellishments to your image.  In this example, I chose not to to add any color to the background paper, to allow my stamped and colored image to “pop.”  

I used Flavours Gourmet cardstock in Squid Ink (dark grey) and Chili Arbol (red).  I cut the Squid Ink square at 2 ½”x 2 ½”, the Chili Arbol at 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” and Curious Metallic’s Cryogen White  cardstock for the 2x2 square.  I used CTMH’s Card Word Puzzle for the images and sentiment.  Copic Colors Used: R24, R27, R29, R85, G99, G94 and YG 85.    I finished off the flower with a Bitty Opaque Pearl by CTMH. 


The ribbon is leftover Halloween ribbon, believe it or not!  I like to use cheater bows whenever I can - in this example I used Tombow adhesive to adhere the ribbon across the front of the card.  Then, I tied two ribbon knots and adhered with glue dots.  Viola!  Looks nice and lays flatter for mailing!

Creating your own patterened paper can help you customize your project toward a couple’s wedding colors, a graduate’s school colors, or anything else you can imagine!

Happy Stamping!

Katherine

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Winners!

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

VALENTINES GIVEAWAY!

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hybrid Valentine's Card with FREE Download

Where did January go?  Time goes by so quickly and now we are just days away from Valentine's Day.  In a last minute effort to make sure you don't get stuck without a card for those sweethearts in your life, CutCardStock and I are offering a digital download FREE to the first 15 people to go pick it up at the CutCardStock store.  If you're not one of the first to get it for free, it will still be available for just a buck, and you can make as many cards as you need!

For this card, I wanted to bring a little traditional card making in with the digital world, so it's a hybrid Valentine!

Here is what you need:
The image file
a blank, white A2 size card from CutCardStock
Some matching ribbon
a cute little button
a punch or die cut heart, mine is a QuicKutz outline of a heart
some red DMC floss
glue dots

Steps:
Download the file.  You'll need Adobe Reader to see the .pdf file; if you don't have it you can download it for free here.

Once you save it to your computer, just double click on it to open it up.  Then, go to File / Print

 **(These steps may vary slightly from printer to printer, so I am just showing these as a general guide.)


Select your printer at the top of the print options window and then click on "Properties"

From the Properties window, I selected "Printer Paper Size" and then clicked on "Custom"   Then I changed the Width to 5.5 in and the Height to 8.5 in, then "OK"

I already had my card loaded into my paper feed tray of my printer, so when I clicked "OK" a few times and got back to the final "Print" window, I was ready to go.

After my card printed, I jazzed it up with some of my supplies.  I tied a piece of ribbon around the center, into a little knot.

Then, I die cut my heart and cut a little slit into it so I could slip it onto the ribbon.  (Sure, I could have put it on before I tied the ribbon, but that would have made it too easy!)

I held everything down flat with a couple of glue dots and then added my little black button tied with red DMC floss, just for a little extra something.

So, hopefully this will help any of you that haven't quite gotten ahead of the Valentine's curve yet.... Enjoy!