Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Floral Paper Wreath

As we are on the cusp of April and the seasons are changing I thought it would be fun to make something that could easily bring the brightness and cheer of the outdoors into your home - even if (like me) you don't have much of a green thumb.



I have a ton of spare cardboard laying around, so I traced a circle out of it using a plate, and then traced another circle out of it, and cut it out with an exacto knife - leaving me with a cardboard ring to start a base for my floral wreath. I wanted to keep it a smaller, more manageable size, but you could definitely scale up or down depending on where you are intending to put it.

I picked out some colors of Curious Metallic card stock in green shades (there is a darker green called Botanic as well as a pale green called Lime) as well as Nude (a very shiny tannish color) for a bit of contrast. I went to town cutting out leaf shapes by hand, while my Silhouette Portrait digitally cut out some petal/flower shapes using the Violette and Shadow card stocks.



As each leaf shape was cut out, I used a bone folder to score a line down the center and the veins for each side of the leaf. For the leaves that had multiples that split off into sections, I bent them up or scored the paper to help me bend them, so the leaves appeared a bit more life-like.



While I was not trying for realism, it was nice to have that effect. Especially as the paper is metallic, so scoring/bending it is even more effective than if it were matte - it helps to catch the light.

The flowers were simple geometric shapes that I designed on the computer and cut out using my Silhouette Portrait. I then used the body of a pencil to shape the leaves so they curled up and stacked/glued them together.



Before I arranged all the flowers and leaves on the wreath, I knew some of the cardboard would show through, and I wanted to embrace the texture - so I grabbed some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and swiped it across the whole ring, using a foam dabber when necessary to blend. I then distressed the look by throwing water on top and blotting, which created a stained effect.



I used Aleene's Tacky Glue to attach each piece, using an awareness of visual balance to help me determine where to add more color or foliage. While it may have taken a while to do all the work up front, it took a matter of minutes to bring it all together.

For finishing touches, I used a white paint pen by Molotow to add highlights in the middle of each flower and to signify some folds in the flower petals.



You could easily punch a hole in the top to thread some twine for hanging. I decided to put mine on a narrow hallway closet and used some strong tape to adhere it.



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- Haley
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Happy Easter box card with Cut Card Stock!


Do you ever feel the need to impress your friends with the cards you make? I do-I feel the need to one up my last card-this insanity must end-LOL!! Lee-Ann here and this is why I chose to share a box card today-they never fail to wow the non crafters out there. I also find that they are super easy to make with a bunch of dies and FABULOUS card stock from Cut Card Stock. Using this particular die to make a box card was an idea that my friend Cindy Beland came up with. Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann

**Click HERE to check out my blog Snappy Scraps and be sure to pan down and check out my box card tutorial and the recipe so you can make this card for yourself


TUTORIAL


**Choose your supplies-Cardstock and adhesive


**choose your die and cut out the white card stock base 2 times using Basis white 110 lb cover stock card stock-this is actually the Jaded Blossom Scallop Caddy Die which actually creates a box...so as a result I cut the bottom of the box off following the score lines...fold on the score lines using one back scalloped side unfolded and adhere the side tabs to each piece


**then cut a piece of white basis card stock into a strip 1x4",  score 1/4" in from each small end using a Martha Stewart score board and fold the ends in opposite directions and adhere to the center of your box as shown in the picture...this allows the box card to fold flat



**Now get ready to decorate the heck out of this box card, I grabbed all my dies and started diecutting...first I die cut the layer to the box card 2x using the aquamarine Stardream Metallic card stock and adhered one as the background of my card and cut the other one in half and applied  the square bottom piece to the base of the front of my box card and the Scallop piece to the folded front flap. I then cut the Coral Stardream Metallic card stock using the bow dies and a border die piece. I applied the border die piece to the top of the flap to cover the edge and then applied the bow to give the edge a finished look. 



**I then wanted some elements to appear like they are floating...so I grabbed my Ric Rac Topper die and cut it out with acetate and sandwiched this over the strip that  I centered in my box card-this leaves a clear arch to apply my pieces to...I also cut a 1/2" by 4" long strip and applied it to the arch so that my elements would have some height


**I then cut a rabbit out of Basis brown card stock(chocolate bunny!!)


**I also cut some eggs using Stardream Metallic card stock in coral, rose quartz and kunzite using my Jaded Blossom egg die


**Then some grass out of Basis white card stock...I trimmed the grass to fit inside my box card


**I colored the white card stock with a CG1 Spectrum Noir marker


**oops-can't forget my butterflies-this one was in rose quartz Stardream Metallic card stock
***I quickly adhered my eggs onto the sky portion of the box card, the adhered my grass just behind the bow on the inside front of the box card, then next I added the bunny behind the grass so that it looks like he's sitting in the grass...added a jaunty blue bow cut out of the aquamarine Stardream Metallic card stock...I then glued my butterflies  to the acetate arch and strip...so they appear to be floating-YAY! They were cute from rose quartz and coral Stardream Card stock.


**I chose to heat emboss my sentiment with my Marvy heat gun after using my EK Success powder tool to prevent sticking then stamping my sentiment with Versamark and using white embossing powder


**I added a white daisy to the bow front that I cut from Basis white cover card stock...Construction is finished!  I jazzed things up with Nuvo Crystal drops. This card even folds flat for mailing-YAY!




Recipe:
  1. Cut Card Stock products-Basis  white 110lb cover card stock HERE, Stardream Metallic card stock-aquamarine, rose quartz HERE, kunzite HERE, coral HERE, Basis card stock brown HERE, Glue tape plus
  2. Jaded Blossom-Scallop Caddy dies, Bow dies, Border dies, Flower dies, Spring dies 1(version 2), Spring dies 2, Easter Treat Circles
  3. Spectrum Noir Marker CG1
  4. Nuvo Crystal drops ivory seashell
  5. Stampendous Detail white embossing powder
  6. Versamark ink
  7. Marvy Heat tool
  8. Martha Stewart score board
  9. EK Success powder tool
  10. Acetate
  11. Vagabond die cutting machine
  12. Tweezerbee tweezers
  13. Fiskars paper cutter




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Happy Easter Card

Happy March friends!!  Can you believe it's already the end of the month?? Where did the time go??kel here to share a super cute card here at the CutCardStock blog!!!

Today I'm sharing a super fun Easter card featuring this super beautiful 111# Mandarin orange shimmery paper from the Curious Metallic line!!


I used a super fun stitched tag die to cut into a sheet of 111# Mandarin.  Look at that shine!



Next I used some super fun color inks and a little Easter egg stamp to stamp all over a scrap of white 80# Cougar White Cardstock... 


...and then WHOOPS realized that the scrap I used was too short for the tag lol!!  So what I did was just cut out the full length of the tag in two pieces...


...and then using the 111# Mandarin tag as a guide, glued the two pieces together.  


I stamped the sentiment on more scrap 80# Cougar White Cardstock, and then used a scrap strip of 111# Mandarin and fishtailed both ends to make banners to cover up the seam where I had to stick the tag together lol!!  I laid out the card and then realized I needed something a little more on the tag, so I went back to digging through the stamps!


I found this adorable bunny and fussy cut him out before coloring him up with my Copics... quick and cute!!


Then I laid everything back out to make sure I liked the look of the card and then glued everything down!!


Here's the final card after adding a super fun and super big brad and some bright pink ribbon.


And a closeup of the little bunny popped up on 3D dots!


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lovies, =o) kel

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Sympathy Card for Pet Parents

Do you have trouble making sympathy cards? Me too. I always want to color with bright colors and happy sentiments, but sometimes a sympathy card will end up being what's needed, so it's always good to have a few on hand.

It's likely that you will know someone who lost their pet recently. For some people, their furry companions are just as important as a family member (My dog is, for sure!), and it's always nice to let them know you're there for them when times get tough.


I think all sympathy cards need a touch of elegance. That's why I chose to use a sheet of Curious Metallic cardstock for my background on this project. This card is pretty quick and easy to make, and you can adjust the pattern to suit your needs by just switching out the stamp set you use.

For this card, you'll need:


To start, cut an A2 (5.5" x 4.25") card base from the White cardstock. Then, cut two 5.5" x 4.25" pieces of Ionized cardstock. Trim 1/8" from the top and left side of one piece, then trim 3/8" from the top and left side of the other piece (or use a die, I used a Stitched Rectangle by Simon Says Stamp).

Next, cut a 5.25" x 4" piece of Black cardstock, save the scraps and cut a 1/8" strip from them that's long enough to go across your card (about 4.5").



Set all those pieces aside and break out your ink.

To create the background, grab the smaller (or die cut) piece of Ionized cardstock and choose a small image from your stamp set. For my card, I used a paw print. Stamp the small image all over your panel, making sure they look evenly spaced. Ta daa! Custom patterned paper :)


On a piece of the White cardstock, align and stamp your sentiment. For my sentiment, I used a MISTI tool to make sure all the words and big paw print were spaced correctly since it was a three part stamping process.


Finally, die cut your sentiment out with an oval die. I used a 3" wide Stitched Oval from Simon Says Stamp.

To put it all together, layer the Black cardstock panel over the bigger of the two Ionized cardstock panels and secure with Glue Tape. Then, layer your patterned panel on top of the Black. Wrap the 1/8" strip of Black over your stack, positioning about 1.5" up from the bottom edge, and fold the ends behind and stick them down. Use some Foam Adhesive to attach your sentiment over the strip. Finally, adhere the whole thing to your card base.


All done!


Thanks for stopping by the blog today and catching up with me! Do you struggle to make sympathy cards? Leave a comment below and tell me your tips and techniques - I'd love to read them!

<3 Niki • Cardstoq.com

Monday, March 27, 2017

Easter Treats

Hello and Happy Easter Season!  I just love sending treats to all my great little's on special holidays as they're all in different states and it's fun for them to get some "happy mail" from their great auntie Birgit.

Today's project uses the wonderful Curious Metallics Cardstock.  I do love the sheen on this beautiful cardstock and it cuts like butter using any dies.


Let's get started:
I purchased this cute mini egg carton in the dollar section at Target.  I just knew it would be fun to decorate up for Easter.  I cut a scalloped rectangle out of White Gold Curious Metallic Cardstock and adhered it to the top of the egg carton using Score-Tape Premium Double Sided Adhesive.  I tied a strip of ribbon around the box, leaving the bow to the right side of the box.

I cut this wonderful bunny out of Chocolate Curious Metallic Cardstock and backed the negative spaces using scraps of cardstock from my stash.

I cut this detailed Easter Egg using Cryogen White Curious Metallic Cardstock for the background and Lime Curious Metallic Cardstock for the detailed part of the egg and layered them.  I wish you could see this in real life as it's truly stunning!

The egg is adhered to the scalloped rectangle using Glue Dots and the bunny is adhered using Double Sided Foam Adhesive Squares to add dimension.


I finished it off by adhereing some lovely dimensional flowers using Glue Dots.  

I hope you enjoyed today's project.  Curious Metallic Cardstock is on sale for the rest of this month so ~~~hop~~~ on over to the Cut Cardstock Store take advantage of this awesome deal!    You can also find us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings ~ Birgit

Friday, March 24, 2017

Our thoughts are with you

Hello everyone. Design Team member Sonja here with a sympathy card. 
 I normally do not like doing all white cards, so I had to throw in some awesome silver from the Curious Metallic line of cardstock.
 On my last project, I tested the print and cut feature of my machine to see if this cardstock accepted ink well without smudging.
 I decided to test this cardstock's ability to accept pen ink as well as alcohol markers. I am pleasantly pleased with the outcome!

 To start with, I picked a design and added my Zig Millennium pen (one of my favorite detail pens to work with) to sketch the design out.
 Then I grabbed some of my Spectrum Noir markers
 Bare with me, it's been a long time since I've used my alcohol markers!
 I found that this cardstock did not bleed or smudge when using any pens!
 I used three sheets of cardstock to make this card
 With a card like this, even though it is simple, I still wanted to make it pop.
 And by pop I mean I used pop up tape on the back of both tears to this card.
 Next I grabbed my Tombow Mono multi liquid glue (should be called liquid gold) to adhere the base front and back together to form a card base.
 When laid down flat, it has a little bit of pop which is what I wanted for more depth.
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