Friday, December 15, 2017

Simple Frosty Metallic Hand Lettered Die Cut Card



Hello everyone! Today I’ll be taking you through a hand made wintery card design using metallic card stock, calligraphy, digital die cutting, and manual die cutting techniques. 

This design is pretty simple and mostly focuses on creating your own typography, so I’ll be taking you through my process of nailing down how I want the sentiment to look first. 





Using a Pentel water brush filled with black sumi ink, I cover an entire page with different variations on the phrase “warm wishes.” I keep the letters straight up and down for the most part, applying more pressure on down strokes and lighter pressure on up strokes. 


Interested in seeing the step my step process? Don't forget to watch the video tutorial:




Once I am happy with the variety of type designs on my page and I think I see something I like enough to turn into a digital die cut, I scan everything and bring the black and white image into Adobe Illustrator. You can also use a free vector program such as Inkscape.


Using the Pen tool, I trace each letter to create a vector design. At each step I am making sure the distance between letters is correct, that the width and thickness of downstrokes/upstrokes make sense, etc. 



Vector lettering on top of the original brush lettering scan.

Once I’m happy with the final design, I save it as a JPG and import it to the Silhouette Studio library. Trace the image, make it into a cut file, fit it so that I can cut three copies from some Neenah classic crest card stock in the color Pewter, and cut. 

I cut it out three times so I could stack for dimension. Seemed like a good excuse to try my new Quickie glue pens. The glue flows out really well and it’s super convenient for intricate die cuts as it applies blue but dries clear, so you can see exactly where you put it. I was able to glue all the layers together in no time, letting them dry under a heavy acrylic block as I went.





I manually die cut some snowflakes from Neenah classic crest solar white card stock to add to the card front, which is a pre-cut and scored Stardream Metallic Rose Quartz folded card. I wanted the dark gray letters to have a subtle texture to stand off from, and the white snowflakes were the perfect added touch. 


I attached the stacked die cut letters with Ranger multi medium matte. I also used my negative-stencil method from die cut scraps to help align and place the letters. Just add a piece of tape to the top and be sure to hold down the letters you glue as you lift the stencil. 





That completes the process for this card project. Perfect for a winter birthday or even just a note. 


We plan to create some envelope art to go along with this card design, using the Stardream metallic card stock as a unifying element. So stay tuned!


- Haley


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Warm Winter Wishes


Welcome back! Over the past couple of weeks we have been focusing on more winter-themed projects, but I have one more Christmas card up my sleeve! I hope you don’t mind if I share it with you today. It’s the perfect project if you have 30 minutes and a cup of your favorite hot beverage, and it uses only a few materials.

I wanted something glittery, yet elegant when I started this card. I chose Stardream Metallic Cardstock in Lapis Lazuli to work on, and Mirrisparkle Glitter Cardstock in Silver for the snowflakes.

The first this I did was use a punch (Aspen Flurry, Martha Stewart) to cut out a bunch of snowflakes, then die cut a 4.25 x 5.5-inch stitched rectangle (Large Stitched Rectangles, Lawn Fawn) out of the blue cardstock.


You can sort of see the iridescence in the Stardream cardstock there, but it’s so much more impressive in person!

To figure out where I wanted the tree shape, I used a centering ruler to mark the top of the tree about 1 inch from the top edge, and the lower corners 1.5 inches from the bottom edge. I spaced those corners 3 inches apart and adhered tiny snowflakes where the tips were. To make sure I ended up with a somewhat treelike shape, I very lightly penciled a line connecting the corners.


This next part is the fun stuff! All you need to do is fill in the triangle with snowflakes. Use glue like Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Glue, so you have a little bit of play to position them just right before the pieces stick.


It can be a bit of a puzzle in some places, but the trick is to not space them too closely together. That way, if you have some gaps that are a little too large, you can dab a silver dot or two with a Silver Uniball Signo Gel Pen.

To finish up the card, I heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder (Ranger Industries) and adhered the panel to an A2 card base.




There you have it! I’ll be back later this month with a wintery project to show you. If you liked this post, please share the love by pinning to Pinterest!

❤️  Niki • cardstoq.com@cardstoq (on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Winter Birthday


Do you have any winter birthdays to craft for? I do...and luckily for me-Stardream Metallic card stock is on sale this month at CutCardStock.com. This glittery card stock is perfect for winter cards...I chose to use Sapphire and Crystal...GORGEOUS! Did you know that you can heat emboss on this card stock? Another reason why this stuff is the bomb! Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann :)

**pan down to check out all the products that I used and to see the tutorial on how to make this card for yourself
***click HERE to check out my blog Snappy Scraps


Card Tutorial:


-choose your products-I chose Stardream metallic Crystal card stock and Sapphire card stock from CutCardStock.com, I then cut an A2 vertical card base from Basis white coverstock...cut with a tonic paper trimmer and scored at 5.5" with a Martha Stewart score board and a teflon bone folder


-Choose your stamps and dies...mine are all from Jaded Blossom-I cut a 4x5.25" stitched rectangle die from Sapphire card stock and a 3.25x4.5" stitched rectangle die from Crystal card stock


-I then prepped my layer with my EKSuccess powder tool to stamp my snowflakes on my Crystal layer using Distress oxide ink in Faded Jeans...added Simon Says clear embossing powder and then melted that powder with my Marvy Heat tool


-here is the layer stamped and embossed...I didn't realize the pic was blurry...but I included it anyway...you get the just...


-collected all of my products to get my sentiment ready...cut my die shape(using my Vagabond die cutting machine) for the the sentiment with a candy wrap die from Jaded Blossom-used an EKSuccess powder tool on it, then stamped my sentiment using versamark ink...added my Ranger white embossing powder...and melted it with my Marvy Heat tool...I then added my blue layer with an ATG gun, popped up my white layer with 1 layer of foam tape, added my sentiment off to the right with foam tape, I cut off the excess with scissors...I then added my confetti and added Nuvo Glitter drops over the confetti and sprinkled over the card for some glitter



Recipe:

  1. CutCardStock.com-Stardream Metallic-Sapphire(HERE) and Crystal(HERE) 105lb card stock, Basis white cover stock 110lb(HERE)
  2. Jaded Blossom-Snowflakes stamp set, Card mat dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, So Many Birthdays 3 stamp set, Candy Wrap dies
  3. Nuvo Glitter drops-white blizzard
  4. Pretty Pink Posh-Sparkling Confetti mix
  5. Distress Oxide ink-faded jeans
  6. Simon Says Stamp-Detail Clear Embossing powder
  7. Versamark ink
  8. Ranger Fine Detail white embossing powder
  9. EK Success Powder tool
  10. Tonic paper trimmer
  11. Marvy Heat Tool
  12. Vagabond die cutting machine
  13. Martha Stewart Score board
  14. Teflon bone folder

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Last Minute Gift Card Holders

I'm always running a day late and a dollar short and when it's crunch time for Christmas gift shopping, I turn to gift cards.  They fit all sizes and tastes, especially when you're gifting them to teenagers.



Today's project is quick and easy to whip up for last minute Gift Card Holders.  Here's a snapshot of the products I used today:


I started by cutting three gift gift card holders from 65 LB Limeade Pop Tones Cardstock. The gift card holder die is the perfect size for getting three holders out of one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock.


I assembled the gift card holders using Score-Tape Premium Double Sided Adhesive.  Next I cut three stitched rectangles out of 80lb Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and did some layered stamping.


I cut several snowflakes out of 65lb Sno Cone Pop Tones cardstock.  I adhered the stamped rectangles to the front of the assembled gift card holders and glued the snowflakes on using Tombow MonoMulti-Purpose Liquid Glue.


I did a little more stamping on the back side flap and body of the gift card holder.



Here they are filled and ready to give!


For a final touch I added some pretty blue gems to the centers of the snowflakes.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Friday, December 8, 2017

Altered Canning Jar Band Ornaments with Stardream Metallics

So if you've been checking the blog this month, you probably already know that Stardream Metallics are on special.  But do you know how shimmery pretty they are?  Perfect perfect PERFECT for some Christmas crafting.
While I can't seem to manage a shimmer showing photo, this one of the rose quartz from the CutCardStock website will give you an idea of how these papers seem to glow.
Trace and cut out the circle--this is Aquamarine, but the Lagoon is even better!
Canning jar bands are readily available in many stores.  If you don't already have some, I suggest asking someone you know who cans or makes jelly/jams if they have old ones they'd like to donate to your crafting cause.  Old ones have a fun patina, and if you're lucky, a bit of rust.
Fussy cut a collage image, and adhere to the circle.
I highly recommend Royal Sundance felt cardstock in Brilliant White for printing computer images.

Adhere the paper circle to the inside of the band, and add a loop for hanging.
I added some silvery tinsel trim to these, but lace and ribbon and ric-rac are pretty choices, too.  Mini Glue Dots are great for this step.

Great for any Christmas project, girlfriend needed some Wink of Stella on her wings!


Thank you for indulging me in one last Christmas post!  These altered canning jar bands are great for ornaments, gift embellishments, and even gift tags.  Happy Christmas decorating to you!

:)trisha

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Winter Blessings

For today's project, I used 1 full sheet of Stardream Metallic Coral, 1/2 sheet of Stardream Metallic Silver, and 1/2 a sheet of Stardream Metallic Lagoon
Once I picked out my lantern pattern and cut it, I decided to adhere all layers while it was flat. 
Fold along the score lines, and boom a lantern that could also be used as a gift box.

 Turn the lights out

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Snowman Fun






Snowmen are snow much fun. Even though it hasn't snowed yet, I am having fun with some snowman cards. I wanted a few cards for the holiday season that would be great for all occasions; Christmas, a thank you, thinking of you, or even for a birthday.

I started by stamping the Frolicking Frosty from Heartfelt Creations on a Sweet Tooth Pop-Tone A7 Invitation Envelope and Cougar White Super Smooth Cardstock (I started with a piece 4.5" x 6.5", but I cut it down in a later step).


I colored the images with my Prisma Colored pencils, added Wink of Stella Clear to the snowman, and Crystal Stickles to the snow on the card front. I also added some Glossy Accents to the ornaments. 

I loved how the envelope turned out, but the card was missing something. So I went back and used my MISTI to stamp pine trees from Heartfelt Creations Snow Kissed Spruce in the background. I used a mask to protect my image. 


Snow much better now.

Here is where I cut the card front down to 4" x 6". I matted it on a 4.75" x 6.75" piece of Lapis Lazuli (Navy) Stardream Metallic Cardstock and added a silver piece of twine. Then mounted it to a Cougar White A7 Fold Card Invitation.


Here is the finished card and matching envelope.

 

The card turned out so cute, I am off to my studio to create additional cards in more colors. I used Amethyst Stardream Metallic Cardstock for the purple card.


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