Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Simple Card With Basis Cardstock

So… you have to make a card for a guy, but you don’t have any boyish stamps sets. Sound familiar?

As the proud owner of a stamp collection that is about 80% floral designs, I feel you. What if I told you cards for men don’t need to be all about tools, grills, and cars?

As long as you don’t go crazy with some super scripty greetings and keep it a little more on the geometric side, you can pull off a card with a neutral design that will appeal to guys and girls alike!

For today’s card, I chose to use a stamp set from Papertrey Ink called Winter Woods. This is one of my go-to stamps for masculine or neutral cards. Partly because I like the straight lines of the branch, but mostly because my husband likes birds. :)

You’ll need:
To start off, create an A2 (5.5 x 4.25-inch) card base from the Basis 110# cardstock. Also, cut a 5.25 x 4-inch piece of the Curious Metallic cardstock. 

Set those aside and grab a 5.5 x 4.25-inch piece of the 80# Basis in White. We are going to work on this panel and trim it afterward (in case the die shifts in the machine, that way you can cut it to look straight after the fact).

Center the double stitched die as best you can on the 80# cardstock piece, and secure in place with a small amount of the masking tape. Use a pencil to lightly trace on the inside of the die. This is where we will create the stamp design.

Next, use the stamp masking paper to mask off all around the lines, so only the inner rectangle is exposed (see photo below). I used Post-It® Tape for this since that was all I had, but masking paper works better because you can cover all of the outer edges of the panel and not have to worry about transferring ink to places you don’t want it to be.

Tuck your paper into the corner of a MISTI (or other stamp positioning tool) and line up how you’d like your design to appear. As you can tell, the branch from this set is well loved! There’s no actual ink on it yet, but it sure helps with visibility when I’m taking photos :)

Once you have the placement just right, go ahead and close the lid to pick up the stamps. I inked my branch with Soft Brown and the sentiment with Charcoal. I stamped the sentiment twice to make it a little darker, then I lined up the leaves image over my branch and stamped them with Field Greens. I planned to add a bird to my card, too, so I did a quick stamp where I wanted the bird to be.

After that's all done, peel off the tape and reposition the double stitched die using the pencil line, and secure it in place with a few scraps of the tape. Run it through your die cut machine with the Impressions Plate and Silicone Mat. This will emboss the paper instead of cutting it. And boy, do those Basis cardstocks emboss like a champ!

To finish off this panel, erase any pencil lines you can still see and trim it down to a 5 x 3.75-inch rectangle. **Don’t forget to correct any alignment issues while trimming by adjusting your cuts to run parallel to the embossed lines.

Next up, we need to add in the bird. Ever have trouble stamping a perfect die cut image? Here’s a little trick I use, and I’ll tell you how it works with my little chickadee stamp. I use my MISTI for this technique.

  1. Stamp your bird image on scratch paper inside your MISTI and leave the stamp in place on the lid. 
  2. Die cut your bird from a piece of 80# cardstock and then trim around the negative. Use the negative to align where you’d like to stamp the die cut.
  3. Tap the die cut back into place and ink up your stamp (which is still stuck to the lid).
  4. Swing the lid shut and enjoy the perfect placement of your stamped image.

You can follow these steps to add other ink layers as well. For the chickadee, I stamped the detail in Onyx Black ink and the rest of its body in Charcoal Gray.

Now, to put it all together, grab the card base and center the Metallic cardstock. Adhere that to the front with glue tape, then add the front panel with the embossing and stamp work. Use glue tape to secure it to the card. Finally, attach the chickadee over the shadow we stamped with a few squares of foam adhesive. Draw in some cute feets with your Zig pen.

There you go! Make sets of these to keep on hand since they are perfect for all the people in your life, including that grumpy neighbor you've been trying to soften up since he moved in a few months ago. ;)

Don't forget to pin this project to your Pinterest for later, and thanks for stopping by the blog today! Have a great one!

❤️  Niki • (on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Father's Day--or any day--origami pocket book with inserts

So.  I have a confession to make.  I am, in fact, a loser.

You may remember the "All Aboard" book I was going to fill with tags and suchwhat.

Well, I can't find it.

So, I made another:
Those are cancelled stamps featuring lighthouses on the cover
This one is the same in construction, with a CutCardStock Basis Cardstock cover, text weight origami guts, and a vellum liner.  However, this guy got the chance to be finished off with plenty of various assorted cardstock inserts.

The Basis cardstock comes in tons of colors, and is the perfect weight for making some sturdy inserts, like this one for journaling.  The insert pocket pages are all covered with gel prints pulled on deli wrap paper.

The center section has a folder for photos, a travel themed tag, and a little bound book with pages for adding photos or writing.  This book is simply bound, in the same way as the larger book that holds it, only with folded papers instead of the vellum/pocket combo.  You can see how HERE.

The last pocket holds a little file folder, cut to fit inside the pocket, with rounded corners.  This would be perfect for a little photo or two.

You may be aware that mail art is nothing new--this is a photo of a mail art envelope created during WWII:
I feel like I'm doing well to get a rubber stamped image or two on an envelope, but an entire narrative  illustration?  That's at least a little wow, right?

I hope your Memorial Day was memorable.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Only Fish In The Sea

Living on the east coast, we have our fair share of ocean side visits.  I'm inspired by all the little creatures and plant life that I see when looking into tide pools when the tide is out.
Today's project features many colors from the Basis Cardstock line that are currently on sale for the month of May.  There are colors that meet your every creative need and they cut like butter using steel dies.  

Here's a snapshot of products I used in today's post.
Basis Cardstock in the following colors: Aqua, Grey, Coral, White and Red and  Core' Dinations Cardstock.

I started by cutting a wavy patterned die out of the Aqua colored Basis Cardstock and adhered it to a piece of patterned paper using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.
I cut many of the sea weed shapes out of white Basis Cardstock and added color using Distress Inks.

Once they were colored I added some shimmer using  Heidi Swapp shimmer sprays. 

The crab was created using red Basis Cardstock for the top die and  red Vintage Collection Core'Dinations for the bottom layer.  I just love the texture on the Core'Dinations cardstock!

I played around with design layouts and settled on this one.  I cut one of the wavy lines out of the die cut panel to allow room for a sentiment.  I then stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it using silver embossing powder.  

Once the front panel was complete, I adhered it onto an A2 sized, top folding card made white Basis Cardstock.

Don't forget to include a fun colored coordinating Basis Envelope.  They come in all the same great colors and you can mix and match them to create your own assortment of envelopes!
I hope you enjoyed today's project.  You can find further details when you visit my blog.  
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Friday, May 26, 2017

Flying by with a....

Father's Day wish!

It's coming, and quickly. For this post, I decided to go with a Lori Whitlock file (found in the Silhouette Store) for a Father's Day card.

 From the Basis pack, I grabbed yellow, light blue, white, gray, black, and red.
 With my Sizzix Big Shot and Darice folders, I was able to emboss clouds for a little bit of texture.

 I felt the white clouds were to plain so I decided to emboss them with swirls.
 Next I started to assemble the pieces together
I needed some accent pieces and found a great match in the Craft Market stack I have on hand.
 Finished card:

All cardstock and glue can be found at CutCardStock

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!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Make sure to stay up to date with the latest news and sales on the CutCardstock Facebook Page!!

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.