Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Glittery Faux Mosaic Card


Do you like dots? I like dots. It’s a classic pattern on home decor, clothing, paper… you name it. I needed to make a congratulations card today for a younger friend of mine since she received a promotion at work. Pretty sweet, right? But the usual “congrats” sentiment didn’t really suit the recipient - I had to pick out something a little cooler for her.


So, I decided on a faux mosaic-style card. To make a card like this, all you need is a bunch of same-shape punches in different sizes. You can use any shape you have: hearts, stars, squares, etc. I chose to go with circles because I have a lot of sizes to pick from. The punched paper pieces will be your "tiles." I even threw a hole punch in there 😃


This technique works best if you use a thicker textured paper to work on. I’ll explain why in just a bit. So to start out, I die cut a piece of Royal Sundance 110lb Felt cardstock in Brilliant White with a dotted frame die (Double Pierced Rectangles, Avery Elle).

You’ll want to find some glittery cardstock to make the main pattern in your layout. I used Mirrisparkle Glitter cardstock in Silver for my design and punched out a few of each circle size. Next, I figured out how I wanted the glittery "tiles" to look and began sticking them down. I went from bottom left to top right.


Here’s the fun part of this - adhering the circles one by one can be super tedious, but if you have a Xyron Sticker Maker or some double sided adhesive sheets, sticking down all your pieces is a breeze!


Once you have the main "tiles" in place, fill in around them with dots punched from colored papers. I used Basis 80lb cardstock in Aqua and Teal and alternated the colors as I was filling in the white areas. Don’t forget you can cut some of them in half to fill in any pesky corners or edges.


Once you have the mosaic design done, run the whole panel through a die cutting machine with the plates only. This will press your "tiles" into the thicker white cardstock (and that's why I needed the Royal Sundance paper!). Use a 4 x 5.25-inch piece of Basis Black cardstock to mat your artwork, then mount it onto your A2-sized card base.

To finish up the card, I added my sentiment (Best Day Ever Die, Simon Says Stamp) with a little glue and coated it with some Nuvo Crystal Glaze.


Note: To make your faux mosaic pieces look even more like glass pieces, coat each of them carefully with Crystal Glaze and let dry completely before adding your sentiment.


Thanks for dropping by to check out the card for today! If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comment section below - I’d be happy to help!

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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hot Fudge to my Sundae

Who doesn't love a good sundae on a hot summer night? Me personally, add a banana, throw on some hot fudge, scoop in the classic vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream with a dollop of whip cream, a cherry to top and I am good to go!
 For this card, I dipped into two of my CutCardStock packs. The 'Curious Metallic' and the 'Basis' pack.
I chose these two sets because I wanted the metallic pop on the dish, syrups, and cherries. Then I wanted a more flat tone for the ice creams and banana.
Once all my pieces were cut out using SVG Attic's 'Ethan's Cool Treats' collection on my Silhouette Cameo 3, I used the multi glue and pop up tape to bring dimension. 
 The pop up tape is something I use in most of my projects to build more layers.
I also highlighted spots on the syrup by using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink. 
Next I grabbed the 'You Are My Everything' stamp set by Scrappy Moms for the sentiment tag
And finally a sinfully yummy card was created!
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Catch a Falling Star--DIY favor, treat, or gift bags

If you've ever made a quantity of goody bags, whether for a wedding, or shower, or whatever party, you'll surely appreciate the simplicity of these sparkly DIY favors.  Simple, but shiny--it doesn't get any better than that!


You'll only need a few supplies:
1.  glitter paper, I used silver, and optional stars either cut or punched
2.  little paper bags in the color of your choice
3.  twine or jute or yarn, again in the color of your choice
4.  a hole punch, and an optional corner punch or rounder

I fold the tops of my bags over a couple of times, at about an inch, so I cut the bag toppers a 2 inches by a little over the width of the bag itself, 4 1/2 inches.
Fold the topper in half lengthwise.
 

Optional--corner punch each corner of the bag topper.  It's a nice little detail that doesn't take too long.  Fit this over the folded top of the bag, and hole punch two holes about an inch away from the center.  Tie the jute through the two holes, and add a couple of falling stars to each of the ends with gluestick.  I like to sandwich the stars, so there's sparkle on each side.
Tiny little sparkly treat bags, perfect for wedding or shower favors, a night-at-the-movies type party, or even a space themed birthday party.  This glitter paper is a delight to work with, as it doesn't shed a bit, and ALL the silver and gold cardstock is on sale this month at CutCardStock.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Faux Tin Can Lanterns


I have always admired the tin can lanterns found at craft fairs and have wanted to make my own. I just haven't attempted it until now, or at least a paper version of them.

I used a sheet of Bright Foil Cardstock in Silver. It is a nice heavy cardstock that with stand up when formed into a cylinder.


I started by die cutting and punching out butterflies of various shapes and sizes.


I traced the butterflies onto the back of the cardstock. Then I used my xatco knife to cut out the butterflies. I did not cut the bodies, so I could fold the wings out. 


I applied a strip of Score-Tape to one edge of the cardstock and carefully rolled it to create a cylinder.


I placed the cylinders over battery operated tea lights (I don't want to create a fire hazard).

Now I can use these outside when entertaining this summer. 

They could be used for weddings, holidays, anniversaries, and so many others. The possibilities are endless.











Friday, July 21, 2017

DIY Traveler's Notebook with Silver Card Stock Embellishments


I am in love with the traveler's notebook (TN) journaling system, as it's built around this idea of individual inserts that you can use together and swap out when you're done with them. I was once more into using a TN for all my planning needs. Lately, I've regressed to using my phone calendar and it's easy note-taking system. However, I have so many ideas for art journaling - and TN's are absolutely perfect for creative purposes!

This week's project will take you through how to make a cover for your TN from a vinyl placemat. I got mine from the dollar store, but you may have one around the house that you aren't using.

For full step by step instructions, be sure to check out the video tutorial I have up at my youtube channel!



I started by tinting the vinyl with alcohol markers, moving the pigment around with a sponge that had been dampened with rubbing alcohol. I also splashed some black ink on and blew it around with a straw. Once I was happy with the look and everything had dried, I took triangles of silver glitter paper from POW! and placed them on with matte Mod Podge.



Everything in this process of decorating the cover was quite intuitive. As I was working from building on texture and color, I just sort of went with it. I also knew I'd be filling this up with intuitive mixed media art, so thought it would be nice if the outside would give a guess as to what was inside.

I added some acrylic painted geometric illustrations with a brush, in white and black. Breaking up the geometric forms with some organic illustrations helped to harmonize the design. I also added some more color with Tombow dual brush markers. I just had to be sure to seal everything with a thick final coat of Mod Podge to protect it.

The inside cover was also tinted with alcohol ink, which I applied with a paint brush. I sprayed a clear coat of varnish to protect it from the elements before I started punching the holes for the elastic.



I found some 2 mm elastic in my stash in pale pink and blue and cut it to fit the journal size, threading it through the holes as shown. I also included a piece of elastic to keep it all together.

I made three standard size inserts, each cover cut from Curious Metallic card stock in various shades of silver. The inside stock is 90 lb Neenah, which will be good to use for whatever mixed media art journal effects I might want to apply.



I rounded all the edges of my paper with a corner chomper and am quite happy with the finished effect. Can't wait to fill it up and swap out the inserts as I go.

If you'd like to see a full tutorial on how to make TN inserts, I have that available on my Youtube channel as well!

- Haley

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hand Decorated Wedding Gift Bag


Weddings are the kind of occasion where I really like to personalize a gift...all the way down to the packaging.  Decorating a plain kraft gift bag with a couple's wedding colors or flowers is the perfect way to add a unique touch to that ordinary registry item.


Start by trimming a piece of foiled patterned paper and Silver Bright Foil Cardstock to fit the front of your Brown Bag Shopping Bag.  Since I'm decorating a small gift bag, I cut my foil cardstock to 7" x 9" and my patterned paper to 6.5" x 8.5" to leave a small border around the panel when I adhered it to my bag.


Die-cut enough flower layers and leaves to form three dimensional flowers from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.


Stamp the die-cuts with the coordinating stamps in Versamark ink, add silver embossing powder, and melt it with a heat tool.


Ink the die-cuts right over the silver embossed lines with several colors of dye-based ink.  Here I used pink, purple, and blue inks for the flowers and green for the leaves, inking more heavily in some areas to give the images dimension.


Shape the petals of the flowers and leaves with your fingers or a ball-tipped stylus and adhere the layers together with Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  I added a small silver glitter enamel dot to the center of each flower with liquid glue as well.


To create the matching tag, die-cut nesting tag shapes from Silver Bright Foil Cardstock and patterned paper and the sentiment from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White.  Ink the sentiment with the same pink and purple inks used to color the flowers.


Adhere the patterned paper to the foil cardstock for both the tag and gift bag panel with tape runner.  Add tape runner to the back of the foil cardstock and press onto it the front of the gift bag firmly.


Arrange the flowers and leaves to form a scene on your bag with lots of depth.  Here I've adhered the leaves flat onto the bag with liquid glue first, added the two pink and purple flowers next with one layer of foam tabs, and popped the blue and purple flower up on the corner of the bag last with a double layer of foam tabs.  A simple butterfly die-cut was added with liquid glue for a little more visual interest.


Punch a hole in matching tag and tie it to the handle of the gift bag with silver ribbon.  Add your gift to the bag, nestling it inside with tons of white and silver tissue paper.


I hope I've inspired you with this easy hand decorated gift bag 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 gold and silver cardstocks are on sale this month!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Congratulations


Do you love heat embossing as much as me? Doubtful...I LOVE it! I just love to see those little granules melt...it's a guilty pleasure. Soooooo....I decided to go all heat embossing...LOVE the glittery result. I also learned something today...you can heat emboss on foil card stock...LOVE the result. Be sure to pan down and check out my Pictorial for this card along with the full recipe of supplies used. Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann :)

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-I chose to use American Crafts Foil 6" pad and Basis Card stock from CutCardStock


-I also chose to use dies and stamps from Jaded Blossom


-I quickly cut an 8.5x11" piece of Basis card stock in half vertically then scored that piece at 5.5" to make an A2 size portrait card...I also cut a Rectangle 3.25x4.5" using an stitched rectangle die...I then applied EK Success powder tool to the whole card front and stamped my daisies using my Misti tool and Versamark ink...and then applied my Princess Gold Ranger embossing powder and melted it with my Marvy Heat tool

-There they all-all glittery


-I then cut a piece of American Crafts foil card stock using Jaded Blossom Card mat dies at 4x5.25"


-I then cut a gold label with the Jaded Blossom label dies(yes, I cut it out of the center of my back layer-no one will know) I cut the shadow layer of the label with vellum...for a soft buffer


-I then chose to heat emboss a sentiment from Jaded Blossom on my label...first powder tool...then Versamark ink stamping using my Misti tool...then melt with marvy heat tool


-All layered up and pretty...I glued everything down with ATG gun and foam tape for a little lift...I then applied Cartwright's Moonshine sequins and Nuvo Crystal drops Simply white in the center of each one...and dots in the flower centers for some interest...LOVE!



Recipe:

  1. CutCardStock-American Crafts Christmas foil 6" pad, Basis white cover stock
  2. Jaded Blossom-Card mat dies, Daisies, Stitched Rectangle dies, Label dies and Coworkers
  3. Nuvo Crystal Drops-Simply white
  4. Ranger Princess Gold and Detail White embossing powder
  5. Versamark
  6. Carwright's Moonshine sequins
  7. Worldwin vellum
  8. Vagabond machine
  9. Marvy Heat tool
  10. Misti Stamping Tool
  11. Fiskar's paper trimmer
  12. EK Success powder tool