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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Making a Glittery Multi-Purpose Card

Does glitter paper scare you? It scares me - it’s usually messy with pieces flaking off and glitter getting everywhere. And you know once you have the glitter, there’s no getting rid of it. :)

Usually, I stick to Pow! Glitter Paper even though it's more of a glittery foil instead of actual glitter. It's not as sparkly, but it gets the job done.

BUT - I have to tell you about the particular glitter paper I used for this card. I really thought it was going to be the flaky kind. It’s not. And it is super glittery to boot, just like if you made it with loose glitter and adhesive. It’s my new go-to for when I want to create glitter embellishments!

Today’s card is super easy to make, so I don’t have a lot of photos for you. The beauty of this card is you can change out the papers and sentiment and use it for several different occasions: Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduation, even the holidays.

You will need:
Make an A2-size (4 1/4 x 5-inch) card base out of the aqua paper, then cut a 4 x 5 1/4-inch rectangle out of the scraps. Emboss the rectangle with the embossing folder and set these aside.

Next, cut a 4 1/8 x 5 3/8-inch rectangle from the silver glitter paper. Die-cut your bow as well. I was ecstatic that this paper didn’t even flake after running it through my Big Shot. It’s a keeper, I tell ya. Stock up! Also, please excuse my craft mat. It's well-loved :)

From the glitter paper scraps, cut a 1/2-inch strip and a frame-style tag. Then, die-cut a small stitched tag from the white cardstock. Stamp your sentiment on the white tag and overlay the glitter frame tag with some liquid glue.

Now, to put the whole thing together! Layer your embossed rectangle over the glitter rectangle and adhere with glue tape. Wrap your 1/2-inch strip around the panel and use more glue tape to secure the ends on the back. Adhere your bow in the center and add the sentiment tag. All done! Easy-peasy, right?

Thanks for coming by the blog today! As always, follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on all the beautiful projects being shared by the Design Team, as well as super specials from the CutCardstock Store!

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Poppy Shadowbox

What goes better than black and red?! Other than shiny red foil and sparkly black glitter paper of course.
 Black makes a good frame for a shadowbox. So I had to use the glitter black cardstock
 To make this little shadowbox, I started with a file I had in my library.
The glitter paper cut simply well and did not snag or tear. 
 I always keep a little bowl of clips around to clip the corners on things until they dry so I can move forward with my project while the glue dries.
 I decided that the pedals of the poppy would look best in red. But not any red, I needed a shimmer red so I turned to my Rinea Foil paper.
 Just to bring some flex to the pedals, I maneuvered them around a tooth pick. There was really no art to this step, just playing around until I got the look I wanted!
Assembling the flowers was a fun part. Like a puzzle. 
 Just taking the extra time to play with the pedals gave them more of a pop.
 Next I measured the back of the shadowbox and cut the background paper to size.
 I like the red polka dots of this paper. Ties it all together.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Business Spotlight: A Work of Heart by Cari

This month's Business Spotlight feature is sharing a bit about Cari Redondo from A Work of Heart by Cari!

We sent some questions to Cari to get to know a little bit about her and her business.  She offers graphic design, specializing in custom handmade wedding invitations and accessories.

CutCardStock: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Cari I enjoy making people happy, being creative, photography, hiking and walking. I work from home, which allows me flexibility to be a stay at home mom and wife. If I had to choose a theme song for my life, it would be "Add to the Beauty" by Sara Groves.

CutCardStock:  How has your business evolved?
Cari:  My business originated as a craft-oriented business; I crocheted items and made soap. It swung to graphic design when I gave a customer a business card that I had made with the afghan she purchased from me. She asked me to make business cards for her; not long after, I was referred to two different people as someone who might be able to make wedding invitations. At present, graphic design/web/social media work for small businesses and organizations take almost as much time as weddings.

CutCardStock:  What is your favorite part of business?
Cari:  Whenever a client tells me that they've received compliments on my work! I also love when a bride sees her finished invitations and "it becomes so real."

CutCardStock:  What is your favorite CutCardStock product?
Cari:  Any cardstock with fun textures, like glitter, wood-grain finish, etc.

CutCardStock:  What bit of advice could you offer to someone starting their own business?
Cari:  Don't try to expand too quickly. Build as you are able, focusing on providing high-quality products to your customers. 

Speed round fun questions....
Mountains or Beach?  Mountains.
Coffee or Tea?  Tea
Pie or Cake?  Cake
Phone call or text?  Text. 
Email or Snail mail?  I love the convenience of email, but nothing beats getting snail mail :)

Thanks for playing along with us Cari!  

Here are some pictures from A Work of Heart by Cari.  Be sure to check out A Work of Heart by Cari on the web!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Friends Weather the Storms Together

Sometimes we all need a little help from our friends. Friends help protect us when the storms of life just like an umbrella, just like these friends know.  

To get started I used Stardream Metallic Azalea A2 Folded Invitation Card, a piece of Silk Glitter Cardstock in Opulent Opal cut to 4" x 5",  Cougar White Super Smooth Cardstock cut to 3.5" x 4.5", 4" x 2.5", and .75" x 2.25", a piece of Azalea Stardream Cardstock cut to 2.5" x 1", and a small piece of Pow Silver Glitter Paper

I chose to stamp the images on the Cougar Super Smooth Cardstock because the smooth finish makes it perfect for using colored pencils. I cut out an extra umbrella for layer.

From the Pow Glitter Paper (it is a paper not cardstock), I cut very tiny raindrops. I stuck them to the sticky part of a post-it note until I was ready to use them.

I attached the layers with Score-Tape. I used Foam Squares for the umbrella and sentiment. The rain drops were attached with tiny drops of Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.

Stroll on over to CutCardStock to find these gorgeous papers and more. Also check out our Facebook page CutCardStock for more inspiration.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Die Cut Brush Calligraphy Canvas Art

I am currently obsessed with two things: brush calligraphy and my digital die cutting machine. Brush calligraphy has been a long-standing obsession and since I got the Silhouette Portrait around Christmas I've been really putting it through its paces. I decided to incorporate both things when setting out to design a piece of encouraging/inspirational wall art.

With paper and a pen, I started writing the phrase "you are worthy" over and over. I use a Pentel water brush (small) filled with black sumi ink, which acts as a makeshift real-brush pen similar to the Pentel pocket brush.

To see me writing in-action (along with a full step-by-step tutorial of this wall art craft) be sure to check out the video I have uploaded to my Youtube channel!

I often prefer using brushes with actual fibers to tools like the Tombow dual brush pens which have felt-tip nibs and come in lots of water-based colors. All brush pens have their advantages and disadvantages; some make it easier to achieve certain styles or techniques. All I know is that I tend to return to my real-brush options most often.

Once I got to an iteration of the phrase that I found most visually pleasing, I tweaked the layout as much as I could by hand before scanning it.

I've been using Photoshop for about 16 years (I honestly can't believe I can say that) but what I did was quite simple and I think can be done at a beginner level. 

Once the image is scanned in at a high resolution, open it up. Crop in so that all that's on your canvas is the quote. Make the image Grayscale or turn down the Saturation until it is black and white. Adjust Levels (Image > Adjustments > Levels) so that your ink/lettering is true black and your paper is true white without blowing out the contrast too much. Clean up around the letters with the brush tool, take away or add more details if needed.

I chose to keep the brush-like quality of the letters but did a bit of clean up and rearranging. Here is the scanned-in version compared to the cleaned-up version - you can see I added an arrow as a graphic element as well.

Now the artwork is ready for Silhouette Studio, to be traced and made into a cut file. Just save as a .jpg (keep as high resolution as possible in order to preserve detail) and import the artwork into your Silhouette Library.

Once you have it sized and placed on the cut area properly (I have it sized to fit my canvas and to cut from a sheet of Gold Glitter Card Stock) continue to the Trace Window > Select Trace Area > Trace. You may have to do some fiddling with the cut lines to make sure everything will work properly. I have found the website to be super helpful as I am learning to navigate this new world of digital die cutting - there are so many tutorials out there for anything you might need!

Before hitting "send" and feeding the glitter card stock through to cut, I tested the settings to make sure everything would cut clean. I'd never used this card stock before and just a little test in a corner can save a whole lot of hassle down the road.

The settings for "Glitter Card Stock" suggested to set the blade at 6, but I know from using my machine that I often have to set it a couple notches higher, and 8 did the trick very well.

The 8x10 inch canvas I planned to add my lettering to needed some love, so I put down a layer of gesso and went to town with some Faber Castell Gelatos in bright pink and purple colors. I wanted it to be so bright, cheerful, and feminine that it could basically knock you over the head with how sweet it looked.

I used a baby wipe to smear the pigment around, fingers to smudge. More white gesso as needed for highlights. Color around the sides of the canvas as well.

Once the letters were glued on with Aleene's Tacky Glue, I realized I had a butterfly from the dollar store that would be a perfect embellishment. So I grunged it up with some black ink, splattered it with Winsor and Newton gold gouache, and fixed it on with E-6000.

This glitter card stock was a dream to work with and it was especially nice not to get glitter all over the place while still getting such a shiny result.

If you like what you see, be sure to follow CutCardStock on Instagram and Facebook!

And don't forget that I'm doing video of all these tutorials on my Youtube as well!

- Haley
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Glittering Tussy Mussy Basket

Have you tried any of the CutCardStock Glitter papers??? My tussy mussy basket today is from the cardstock, which was a perfect weight for this project.
What do you think when you see this sparkling basket?  Easter?  May Day?  Flower girl basket?  Here, lying on its side, it's a perfect centerpiece to fill overflowing (cornucopia style) with flowers, candies, or both.

Here's what happened:
I cut a five inch slice off an 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of silver glitter cardstock.

On the opposite side, I glued a layer of hymnal music.  Please note this is completely optional, the white insides would work fine, as well.  And yes, pun intended.

I curved one short end around to the other, to form a cone, leaving two other corners sticking up on either side of the cone.  I tried to get everything as even as possible, and no big hole at the tip, either.  Added two staples at the top edge of the cone--these will be covered later by . . .
. . . pieces of this hymnal music, which I tore against the edge of a ruler, in approximately the same size widths.  These strips, along with plenty of glue stick, were used to ruffle around the top edge of the tussy.  If you've never tried this before, let me tell you, it's easier to do if you 1.  Use plenty of glue stick around the edge of whatever applying the ruffle to (in this case, the tussy), and 2.  ALSO apply glue to the same side of the strip you're sticking to the tussy.  That way, the paper sticks to itself, as well as the cone, making the paper easier to ruffle.
Ruffled up!  You can see I also used a hole punch at the top of each corner, and then, really more for fun than strength, added mica circles to the outside and inside of each hole.

A length of lace and tulle threaded through the handle, with a few pearls just for the pretty of it, and there it is, a glittering tussy mussy basket, ready for anything.

To the bottom tip of the tussy, I attached some lace and buttons, threaded on wire and stuck up through the tiny little hole.  I like added the detail, and it goes nicely with the lace and tulle and pearls used for the tussy handle, not to mention the glitter of the silver cardstock.

There are many more sparkly colors from which to choose--can you imagine one of the glitter papers used in wedding invitations, and then repeated in cardstock tussy decorations like this?  I can.  You'll have to trust me, it's a pretty sight . . .