Friday, April 28, 2017

Black Glitter and Watercolor Sea Salt Mother's Day Card

I wanted to keep this tutorial as simple as possible so that anyone at home could bring it all together using just a few techniques, while still making a colorful and textural impact - all in a tiny little card for Mother's Day!

The POW! Black Glitter Paper is a wonderful product to work with. I trimmed it to fit my card front which was just a bit smaller than an A2 size card, made from Esse Pearlized card stock. I wanted to be sure everything was flush to the edges and even inked the edges of the paper to be sure there was no white peeking from behind.

For more detailed step by step instructions, be sure to watch the full video from my Youtube channel below:

I then focused on the watercolor piece. I first trimmed it so that there would be a near-half inch border of glitter paper surrounding it. Then, fixing it to a cutting board with glue dots to prevent warping, I began painting. I used feminine colors like purples and pinks with touches of blue, letting the water and pigment do its thing.

When I was happy with the watercolor wash, I decided to add some quick texture by throwing a handful of sea salt onto the paper. It's my favorite way to add an organic element to whatever work of art I'm playing with, as it produces a very interesting reaction.

I then practiced my sentiment on a scrap of the black glitter paper to make sure I liked what I was doing - and to be sure the ink I was using would work well on the paper.

Once I was happy, I worked on writing "Mom" complete with flourishes inside a 2-inch circle that I die-cut using my Silhouette Portrait.

Assembly was quite easy. I used Tombow Mono Aqua Glue for the backing glitter paper, an ATG gun to adhere the watercolor paper, and more Tombow Mono to attach the circle sentiment.

I then finished it all off with a hand-drawn faux stitched border, using a Sharpie pen.

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- Haley
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Glittering Three Ingredient CAS Cards

The word "glitter" is usually NOT part of the Clean and Simple style, but CutCardStock Glitter papers made these CAS cards possible.  What would you use these notecards for?  I'm thinking Thank You notes, but an encouraging Thinking-Of-You would be just as appropriate, or even a super simple Mother's Day card. 

These cards use three basic ingredients:
1.  white cardstock, cut to the size of card you want.  ANY color cardstock would be great--if you have wedding or graduation thank you notes in mind, these could easily coordinate with your wedding or school colors. 

2.  gold hearts cut from CutCardStock's Gold Glitter text weight paper, which was perfect to shoot through my Cricut to make multiple hearts, but hand cut hearts would be just as fine.

3.  various vintage text papers, like pages from a dictionary, for the trim--you could use papers from an unwanted book or sheet music, or ribbons or patterned paper.

To facilitate making several cards at once, I like to pre-cut everything, and have it all ready to go.  Double sided tape runner makes assembling these cards even easier!
This gold paper has a fine, no-flake, no mess finish to it, almost like a fabric finish, and it's a beautiful vintage-ish color.  When I tell you "no mess," I mean it--I TRIED to get glitter on my hands, and it all stayed on the paper.  That was pretty amazing to me!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Have you ever wanted to revisit an old technique?? Since the glitter card stock is on sale this month at CutCardStock...I thought a little texture and glitz would be just the ticket. A little Nuvo Mousse, a stencil...a nest of gold thread...LOVE! I used CutCardStock's gold glitter card stock, their Classic Linen Natural white card stock A2 sized, Basis white 110lb card stock, vellum and their Glue tape runner. This card is really ready for anything...Mother's Day...a classy Thank You...a Feminine Birthday card...I LOVE a Versatile card. I have a full picture tutorial for you along with a full recipe list so that you can make this card for yourself. Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann Kubinec :)

***check out my blog Snappy Scraps HERE

-Choose your supplies...

 -Pick out your dies(mine are from Jaded Blossom) Rectangle dies, Word dies, Spring dies 2, Card mat dies

-Cut out your dies...I used a Vagabond...but any die machine will suffice...remember if you are using glitter card stock as a layer...cut images from the one will know...I cut an A2 size Stitched Rectangle of the Classic linen Natural white to cover the White Card base that I made from Basis white card stock 110lb...then a 4"x 5.25" Rectangle from Glitter paper(cutting a butterfly layer from the center) Then a 3.75x 5" Rectangle of vellum and a 3x 4.25" rectangle from Classic Linen Natural white...this last layer will be the layer that I apply the Nuvo Mousse texture to...I also cut a butterfly layer from the Natural White Basis card stock...

-Apply your texture paste using a stencil...I used Nuvo Mousse and a Stencil from Tim Holtz...

 -LOVE that pretty texture, let your paste dry...then glue your layers down...I used Glue tape for the glitter card stock then I used Foam tape for a little dimension...I still need a little more glitz and texture...

-Gold Gutermann thread it is the ticket...I laid it down like a little nest then stuck down my Butterfly dies with foam tape for more dimension...this also holds the thread in place...I glued my word die cut down with Ranger Multi Mat Medium...and added a sprinkle of Cartwright's Moonshine sequins...all done!!!


  1. CutCardStock-Gold Glitter paper, Classic Linen Natural White A2, Basis white 110lb card stock(for my card base...I LOVE the heavy weight!), Glue tape TG610BC, Vellum
  2. Jaded blossom-Word dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, Spring dies 2, Card Mat dies
  3. Gutermann gold thread
  4. Foam tape
  5. Nuvo Mousse-Mother of Pearl
  6. Tim Holtz Stencil-bubbles
  7. Ranger plastic pallet knife
  8. Cartwright's Moonshine sequins
  9. Vagabond die machine
  10. Ranger plastic palet knife
  11. Ranger Multi Mat medium

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Disney Mini-Album

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) I can't believe it's the end of the month!! Where has the time gone? I know my time has gone to the end of the semester and finals... but luckily I still manage to carve out some crafty time for myself once in a while too!!

I just found out that my niece is going to visit her sister in Florida next week!! My Florida niece is working at Disney World, and she gets to hang out in character all the time!! What fun for her!! So my project to share today are these matching mini-accordion albums perfect for holding a handful of Instax pictures!

This beautiful glitter paper and glitter cardstock were actually my inspiration for this project. I've been hoarding this Disney-inspired paper since it came out, and now that it's been reimagined and done a 3rd time, I figured it was time to do something with it!! haha!!

The first thing I did was cut down some scrap 12" x 12" paper into 5" x 12" strips, and then fold them into thirds. I also cut down some Black Glitter Paper and Gold Glitter Cardstock into 3.25" x 4.25" mats, perfect for these pocket cards.

I overlapped one panel of the white strips, and then glued them together. This made a nice mini-album of 5 panels on each side.

I cut down some 12" x 12" paper into 4" x 5" pieces and then glued them down to all the panels.

On the very back panel, I used some sticky to center my ribbon. It's okay that the sticky is bigger than the ribbon, because I knew I was going to cover it up with a pocket card, which I matted with one of the Black Glitter Paper pieces.

The last thing I did before tying up the album was to add the front pocket card (mounted on the Gold Glitter Cardstock piece) and then add some more pocket cards to every-other panel. Here's the front side of the album:

And the back side of the album:

And what it looks like all tied up! I made sure to leave the ribbon extra long because I know the album will get thicker as they glue in their pictures.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I absolutely love how the glitter paper I used just added that little extra pop to these albums!! Make sure to stay up to date with the latest news and sales on the CutCardstock Facebook Page!!

lovies, =o) kel

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mother's Day Glitter Framed Art

My mom knows flowers are a given on Mother's Day, but this year I was looking for the kind that would last a little bit longer.  With Printable Glitter Cardstock from CutCardStock, I was able to whip up a sparkly watercolor piece in no time while adding a few handmade touches.

I used my Silhouette to print this watercolor wreath design on my glitter cardstock, but an internet search will yield hundreds of free printables that would work just as well.

Printable Glitter Cardstock is super easy to use...just tear a sheet out from the pad, place it in your inkjet printer, and print a page just like you would normally!  Afterwards, you can trim the cardstock to your desired size (here I'm using a 5" x 7" panel).

To add a sweet sentiment, I die-cut several words from Gold Bright Foil Cardstock.  I could have used my Silhouette for this step, but I really love the way manual die-cutting machines emboss the edges of designs when I use this gorgeous cardstock.

However, since I'm limited by what my thin metal dies can "say" for me, I had to trim up some of my words.  Using detail scissors, I just snipped off parts of the designs I didn't need until I had spelled out "to my Mother, my Friend".

To give the sentiment a tiny bit more emphasis, I die-cut the same words out of Curious Metallic Galvanised Cardstock and adhered them underneath the gold die-cuts with liquid glue to form a shadow.  For a little fun texture, I also tied a quick bow using some white Satin Edge Organza Ribbon.

When adhering elements to glitter cardstock, you'll want to use a strong adhesive like glue dots or foam tabs.  Although this would make a great Mother's Day card as well, I framed the piece instead to make it a little more special.  Take a look at that sparkle and shine!

I hope you enjoyed this quick Mother's Day gift idea 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 glitter cardstocks are on sale this month!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Get Ready For May With A May Basket

May is just around the corner and thinking about what project I wanted to make conjured up memories of making May Baskets as a child in school.  This idea brought back many fond memories of weaving construction paper to make baskets or decorating paper cones to be filled with a fistful of little white posies I'd pick off our front lawn and then hanging the baskets on the doors of my neighbors homes.    Do children today even know what a May Basket is?

Here's a little vintage inspired gift basket I made that might just find its way to someone's door some warm May morning. 

I started by die cutting some flowers out of Silver POW Glitter Paper and coloring the flowers using a Copic marker.  This is a great way to give color to neutral glitter paper.  I then layered the flowers as seen above, using large Glue Dots.

I cut two squares of Pink Lemonade Pop Tone Cardstock and ran them through my machine with a polka dotted embossing folder.  I then glued paper doiies to the cardstock and ran them through the die cutting machine again using a scalloped heart die.

I also cut several leaves out of Gumdrop Green Pop Tones Cardstock and glued them into 4 sets as pictured above.

Next I cut a paper bag die out of Kraft Cardstock and stamped each side of the bag in black ink, using a script background stamp.

 Then came the fun part of assembling the hearts and flowers to the bag using Score Tape.  I also added a silver chenille handle and some pearl accents.
I hope you enjoyed today's project and are inspired to make a May Basket of your own to share with an elderly neighbor, perhaps.  You can find these products and many more at Cut Cardstock.  You can also visit Cut Cardstock on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit