Thursday, May 25, 2017

You're Spec-tacular!

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) Having 3 boys means I'm always in need of boy cards for them to give out for one reason or another! 

For this super fun card I used a few colors from the Basis Cardstock collection.  I took a card front in Basis 80# Gold, and then two pieces in Basis 80# Aqua and Basis 80# Natural to make this card.  Super fun and super easy to put together!

First, I lined up the pairs of glasses to make sure I centered them nicely on the Basis 80# Natural piece.

After stamping it a few times to make sure the images were nice and dark (yay Misti!)...

... I stacked the pieces together and glued them down.

Then I added the sentiment, which came in two pieces for versatility in the set!  

The last thing I did was add some super fun aqua colored pearls.

The final card came out really cute... err... mannnnnnnly.  haha!  I don't think my kids would appreciate me giving them "cute" cards!!!

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lovies, =o) kel

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Man Cards

I don't know about you, but I never have enough cards for the men in my life. I decided I would make a set of cards that I can send to my favorite guys.

I started with a Basis A-2 White Folded Invitation, Basis Brown Cardstock (4.25" x 5.5"), Basis Light Brown Cardstock (3.75" x 5"), Basis Green Cardstock (3 1/8" x 4 1/8"), Savoy 100% Cotton Cardstock and a Brown Bag Kraft A2 Envelope. (I ended up making four cards.)

I embossed the Basis Light Brown cardstock with a woodgrain embossing folder and inked it with VersaMark Ink to create a tone on tone effect to bring out the woodgrain.


I used Ground Espresso Distress Ink to in the edges of the woodgrain paper.

I stamped the Crazy Bird and sentiment on the Savoy 100 % Cotton Cardstock and watercolored it with my Gansai Tambi watercolors.

I tied a piece of twine around the bottom of the wood grained cardstock.

I layered the pieces adding brads and foam squares.  I love how they turned out. I actually made a set of 4 cards. I should be ready for the next set of birthdays.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy Father's Day Brush Calligraphy Envelope Art

Most envelope art has to work within the parameters of including address and postage, but as I'm pretty sure I will be hand-delivering it, I may as well have fun with the envelope as well as the card. (You can see the tutorial for that here.)

I started with a plain white envelope that would fit my A2 size card. I then cut down a piece of Basis light brown 80 lb cover stock so that there was a slim white border when applied to the front of the envelope.

To see my entire process, be sure to watch the Youtube video below:

I have this wood grain texture stamp in my stash that I bought online a long time ago from Ali Express and used that with some Versamark to create a watermark effect on the paper.

I then took out my blending tool and some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo so I could blend a darker color brown around the outside, leaving a halo of lighter brown in the middle. The wood grain texture remains. I also activated the ink and affected the watermark with some water droplets.

Once the panel was good and dry, I went in with a Pentel Pocket Brush and wrote "Happy Father's Day" in brush script caps. I also added some illustration and white highlights with a Sakura gel pen for character.

I liked the panel just how it was, accompanied with the card, and stuck it onto the white envelope with my ATG gun to be sure it wouldn't peel away.

And there you have a super quick and easy way to spruce up a basic white envelope for a handmade, hand-delivered card for Father's Day.

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- Haley
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Friday, May 19, 2017

I'd Rather be at the Tiki Bar...

Hi you find guy cards hard to make? I glitter or pink-oh no!!!!! I find that if you stick to non busy designs-and even if you just use card stock for your design, that it lends to a more masculine look...adding inking for definition and layers for texture are your best bet...I used all Basis card stock for this design(it's on SALE right now at the CutCardStock store)...with the exception of a little Neenah Desert Storm for the beach. Love how it turned out...Thanks for stopping by... Lee-Ann Kubinec :)
***pan down to check out my card tutorial and to see the full list of supplies that I used on this card
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 -First choose your dies...mine are all from Jaded Blossom...I LOVE to lay them all out with the sentiment to choose my card layout

-Next choose your paper...mine is all Basis card stock from the exception of the Neenah Desert Storm that I used for the beach(also from

Next I scored my basis white card stock into a Vertical fold A2 card base and cut all my coloured Basis card stock pieces with my Jaded Blossom dies and my Vagabond die cutting machine. I then layed out all my pieces and checked my ink swatch sheets to choose my inking colors and the colour that I will colour my glasses with...

-Inks and marker choosen I now ink the edges of my die cuts to add definition...and colour my glasses with my Spectrum Noir marker and then ink my glass edges...

-All pieces are inked...I like to ink on top of a craft sheet to save the mess...then I glued down my sky, waves, beach and sun to my card base...

-I then use my MISTI to stamp my sentiment...I don't want to mess that up after all my die cutting an inking...

-Sentiment stamped all nice and straight...

-I then add the rest of my die cuts and add glossy accents to my glasses to add a little sparkle and dimension...I'm all done...


  1. Card Stock(brown, light brown, aqua, white, golden green, golden), Neenah Desert Storm card stock
  2. Jaded Blossom-Tropical dies 1 and 2, Card mat dies, Stitched Circle dies and the Tiki Time stamp set
  3. Distress ink-Crushed olive, Gathered twigs, Fossilized amber, Broken china
  4. Glossy Accents
  5. Spectrum Noir Marker-GT1
  6. Versafine Onyx black ink
  7. Misti stamping tool
  8. Vagabond machine
  9. Ranger Multi Mat medium

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

9 card tutorial

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) We just celebrated Mother's Day here in the States, so I wanted to share this super fun floral card set with you because the colors and patterns made me think of mom-ish cards!!  Note that I didn't actually make "mom" cards because we're past the holiday lol!!

I used the Shimelle True Stories 6x6 paper pad and wanted to make sure to try to use up all that I can from it!!  I'm totally inspired by Kristie's 6x6 pad mentality, where she tries to use up the ENTIRE pad in an extended crafting session... I am not quite to using the entire pad yet but I think I did pretty well with these 4 sheets, ending up with 9 super fun cards!!  I also used (5) 8.5"x11" sheets to make these cards but did have a whole bunch of scrap leftover.

The tutorial is at the end of the post... it's my first ever Youtube video/video tutorial, so be kind! I'd appreciate any suggestions to improve!!  And I really had fun making it so please give me your suggestions so I get better from now on!

The first three I made were congratulations cards using these squares:

I also made two cards with my leftover scraps! Those skinny strips were definitely worth saving!!

The last 4 cards are sitting blank on my desk because I haven't decided what sentiment I want to go on them yet!  But I am so happy with how this set came out and think I might definitely want to have a go at this again!!!

Here's the video, I hope you enjoy it!! (and help me come up with a better title next time lol!)

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lovies, =o) kel

Monday, May 15, 2017

Father's Day Envelope Art

If your dad is anything like mine, he's happy with a card made of printer paper and a handwritten sentiment...but that doesn't mean you can't deliver it in an extra fancy envelope.  This rustic, masculine envelope is easy to create with a few simple tools and Basis Cardstock.

Start by trimming a piece of Basis Natural Cardstock to 8⅛" x 8⅛".  Score and punch the cardstock using the measurements found on the Envelope Punch Board to form an envelope for an A2 card.  Alternatively, you can use Basis A2 Envelopes, but I didn't have any in this beautiful neutral color to use at the time.

Stamp your images onto the envelope, leaving room for an address in the center.  I used Versafine ink and stamp positioning tool for mine to ensure a crisp and even impression.

To give me a guide to follow to keep the address area free of color on the envelope, I traced a small rounded rectangle die in the center lightly with pencil.

Next, I lightly colored in the images with watercolor pencils (avoiding the rectangular area in the center) and blended the colors with a waterbrush tip that was only slightly damp.  Basis Cardstock is not watercolor paper and will pill if you add too much water or overwork it, but works fine for this application.

Above, you can see the difference in intensity when just a tiny bit of water is added to the pencils.  The two boats on the left have been blended, but the rest of the images are only lightly colored in pencil at this point.  I chose to keep the colors in my scene a little "faded" to add to the rustic feel of the envelope.

Adhere the bottom flaps of the envelope closed with strong tape runner and ink the edges with brown ink.  I love how the inked edges give the scene instant depth and rarely decorate an envelope without this finishing touch.

Add your card and seal this beauty shut!  If you're not comfortable addressing a fancy envelope with your regular handwriting, you can either stamp it or print out a label (these clear ones work great!) in a scripty font.

I hope I've inspired you to take dad's envelope to the next level and thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the supplies showcased today and remember that Basis Cardstock is on sale this month!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Father's Day Suit Card

It's nearing Father's Day so here's some inspiration to help inspire you to create cards for that special occasion or even celebrate a birthday for that special man in your life.

For the month of May, you'll find all of the Basis Cardstock on sale so now's the time to stock up and save!!

Let's get started with today's project.
Start by cutting a 6"x8 1/2" card base out of Navy Blue Basis Cardstock and score according to the template shown above.

Create the white shirt by cutting a 6"x4" White Basis Cardstock, a 6"x1" button panel and a 2 1/2"x1 3/4" rectangle that's been cut from corner to corner.  Layout your shirt design and adhere using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.

Trim off the excess collar pieces and cut several buttons.  Adhere the buttons to the button panel using Mini Glue Dots.

Adhere the shirt panel to the inside of the left suit portion of the card front.

Cut a large and small button out of Navy Blue Basis Cardstock.  Layer them and adhere to the front of the suit.  This is what it will look like when closed.

Cut the inside panel measuring 3 1/2"x 5 1/2" out of White Basis Cardstock and stamp or handwrite your sentiment.

Create a bow tie using an envelope punch board to complete the card and a belly band that slips over the card to keep the card closed. 

Present your card in a coordinating Navy colored Basis Envelope.

   CutCardStock has all the supplies you'll need to create your own cards to celebrate any occasion.
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