Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tepee for Christmas?

I know the tepee cards seem to have been around for a long time and while making some
 -just to practice- because I had never made one before, the idea came to mind.
Tepees for Christmas. Yes! Why not, right? I said to myself.

 I started gathering what I needed: cardstock, embossing folder, ink, scoring board and adhesive.

I grabbed some green, red and white cardstock from the Pop Tones collection and cut 3 square pieces at 4 x 4" that I embossed and inked to achieve a distressed look that coordinates a bit with my distressed Christmas Cards.
After I inked them I needed to score them down the middle as shown above. Try your best to align the points but if you don't and when you fold is not even, you can always make adjustments with your scissors.

After scoring, it was time to adhere the three pieces together. I started with the white piece making sure I positioned the green piece just next to the scored line as shown in the left pic. At this point, I also double check if any adjustments were needed and where I was supposed to apply the score-tape. After that, I added the score-tape to the back of the green cardstock and adhered it to the white cardstock. I did the same process for the red piece that was going to be on the left side. In the pics above you can also see how it needs to look before you close it to make the tepee.
(Note how I adhered the score tape. If you add adhesive to the entire edge, you will have exposed adhesive where you do not want it. Make sure you make a pencil mark where you need to add the adhesive). 

This is how you close it: tape the green over the white or vice-versa. It does not matter unless you would like to match the colors or patterned paper if you decide you want to add the later.

I am showing here the 3 different sides after taped them close with more score tape. you do not need score-tape for any of it, you can use liquid glue too but you have to make sure you have a good bond.

I had mentioned I started with 3 pieces of 4 x 4" cardstock. That is the biggest size I cut and the base of the tepee trees. I also cut 3 pieces at 3 x 3" and 3 pieces at 2 x 2" and followed the same steps.
Now, I had three different sizes I could mount on top of each other and give the trees more dimension. 

To the left, you see how it looks after being stacked from the biggest to the smaller and on the second pic you see the tree sizes (4, 3, and 2) and some snow tops I made from 1 square white cardstock. I thought it would great with some imaginary snow. The third pic shows one of the folds.

At the end, I decided to add some bling and I added some tiny ornaments I made using the gold glitter cardstock and a paper punch.

I apologize for the many pics but I thought they were my best bet to show the process. Remember, this was my first time making these tepee cards and I know there are tons of tutorial videos on the web but if you have any questions, feel free to do so in the comments area.
Hope you enjoyed your visit today.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to check out my tepees.
As many paper projects, they have infinite uses and sometimes just changing colors will do.

Have a great week!

Cut Cardstock Supplies Used:

Pop-Tone Discount Card StockScor-Tape for paper crafting

Friday, November 25, 2016

Destination WEDDING!

Destination WEDDING

Hola!  Welcome to my Destination Wedding Blog Post!  I have been honored to create wedding invitation suites for clients all over the US and abroad for brides from foreign countries to those traveling to foreign countries for their nuptials.  I currently have the pleasure of creating an invitation suite for a client getting married in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  After meeting with my bride, Noelle and her mother, Gilda, we decided to incorporate the beautiful Universidad del Sagrado Corazon chapel into the invitation.

An image of the building was scanned into my computer and painstakingly re-drawn (with the help of my talented graphic designer niece) using various tools in Adobe Illustrator.  Once the black and white image was returned to me, I made additional adjustments to the image, adding some detailed linework and adjusting the shadows, highlights and scale of the image for the plate reproduction for letterpress.  I also selected a pretty cartouche for the top of the invitation to mimic the circular design in the pediment of the chapel.  Once the plate was created, I letterpressed the image on a very thick cotton paper stock which is available at Cut Card Stock.  in a very pale blue-green color.  The color was selected to match the subtle color painted on the chapel and the metallic paper we chose for the envelope linings.  The lining paper was Cut Card Stock Stardream Aquamarine.

We then worked on the other design elements which included a cypher combination of the bride and groom's first initials for the top of the invitation and of course the type-set of the text.  We chose a combination of calligraphy and block print for the letting to give a nice balance to the stately elements of the Greek Revival columns and pediment and the fine detailing found on the window mullions and frieze work.  The second layer of the invitation was printed in warm grey letterpress ink.

The envelope liners were cut using a custom made cutting die to fit into the inner envelopes.  This cutting die is fitted for the letterpress machine but is created with cutting blades.  The rollers must be removed from the machine while cutting the liners or they will be destroyed by the blades!
After the liners were cut, they were inserted into the inner envelopes and secured into place.  I used
Cut Card Stock Double Sided Adhesive to secure the liners in for this job.

The remaining pieces were letterpressed and the edges of the paper pained with metallic gold to complete the invitation suite.  It is my hope this invitation will not only reflect the beauty and exquisite taste of the bride, but will also serve as a little piece of hand-created art for each guest invited to the wedding.  

Muchas Gracias!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Easy Christmas Card

Hello and welcome to the CutCardStock Blog! It's Gloria with you today and I am still making Christmas cards! Our November theme is the colors of Christmas: red, white, and green! All cardstock in our theme color is on SALE!

I used another colored image for the card. Since coloring is something you can do while watching TV or listening to music, or even something to do while waiting in doctors' offices or at game practices, it is easy to have enough colored images by the time Christmas rolls around each year!

CutCardStock has plenty of coloring supplies for you to chose from! Check the Artistic Supplies or the Writing Tools sections to see all the pens and paints available!

I kept my directions simple, just like my previous card (see HERE) to make it a SNAP to make a batch of cards for your holiday celebrations!


1. Cut Pop Tones Red Hot Cardstock to 11" x 4 1/4". Score on the long side at  5 1/2" to make a top-fold card 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".

2. Trim Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock to approximately 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and attach to the card front.

3. Use a stitched rectangle die template (Elizabeth Craft Designs) to trim a piece of Basis Green Cardstock (5 1/4" x 4") and attach the panel to the card front.

4. Trim green printed paper (Graphic 45 St. Nicholas) to 5" x 3 3/4" and attach to the card front.

5. Stamp an image (Power Poppy) onto Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock with black ink. Color the image with Copic markers. Add glitter to the image with a clear sparkle pen. (You may also choose to stamp the image onto watercolor paper and color with watercolor markers or paints, also available from CutCardStock.)

6. Use a stitched circle die cut template (My Favorite Things) to cut out the image. Mat the image with a piece of Pop Tones Red Hot CardstockUse foam squares to attach the image to the card front.

7. Tie a bow from red and green plaid ribbon and glue to the upper right corner of the card. Tie a second bow from glitter twine and glue to the top of the plaid bow. Glue three metal bells to the card as shown.

8. Cut two pieces of Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and line the inside panels of the card. Use black ink to stamp a sentiment onto the bottom panel. Use gray ink to stamp an image onto the lower left corner of the panel.

Thanks for looking!

~ Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Dear Santa,

This is Lisa M. here today with step card just in time for Christmas.  Is there someone on your list that tries hard to be good, but just may not make it? Here is a card just for them.

I started with an A2 cardbase from Curious Metallic in Ice Gold.  I scored it at 1", 2", 3 1/8", and 6 3/8", stopping 2" from the edge. At 4 1/4" score all away across the card base. With a sharp knife cut a line from the 1" score line across to the 6 3/8" score line. (orange  line).

Fold on the score lines. 

I cut and embossed a piece of Stardream Metallic Paper Mars to cover the front of the card. I die cut and embossed a Christmas tree from Stardream Metallic Emerald. I stamped an image from Riley and Co. and used colored pencils for coloring.

I added color to the lights with Stickles in various colors. I also went back and added gold Stickles to the belt buckle. I also added Clear Wink of Stella to the fur and the snow around his feet.

I layered the sentiment on the left side. Then added a bow using the Satin Edge Organza Ribbon in white.

Thanks for stopping by. Check out the supplies I used from CutCardStock.com.  All red, green and gold papers are on sale this month. 

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Gift Presentation with Die-Cuts

Need some quick gift presentation tips? Today I'm going to show you how easy it is to decorate your gift box using die-cuts. Along with the gift box punch board from We R Memory Keeper making gift box is so much easier and faster! I'll demonstrate how it's done but first lets take a look at the different sizes of gift box I created! 

Cardstocks by CutCardStock is perfect for making these adorable gift boxes, especially the cover cardstocks they are great for sturdy boxes. 


Step 1: Prepare a cardstock by referring to the measurement details as shown on the Memory Keeper Gift Box Punch board. In this tutorial, a 8 x 8 cardstock will be used to make a 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 1 3/4" box. Score and punch according to the instruction explained on the board. Fold along lines to form a box. 

Step 2: Take a decorative die and place it in the middle of the scored cardstock in Step 1. Run the cardstock and die through a die-cut machine. Prepare a clear acetate (any plastic packaging can be used for this step) and adhere to the inside of the box (behind the circle) with double-sided tapes, as shown in pictures above.

 Step 3: Die-cut a paper bow using any bow dies you have.

 Step 4: Make a band for the box where the bow sits on. Using the same punch board, punch notches on both sides of the band as shown in picture above. Place the bow on top of the punched notches and done.
Die-cut other holidays decorative dies and use as gift box embellishments. It's that simple! I love the cardstock quality from CutCardStock, it makes quality gift boxes! And CutCardStock also offers so many different colors cardstock for different occasions, how convenient!! And don't forget to stock up the Red, Green and White cardstocks now while they are on sale!