Thursday, August 31, 2017

E is for . . . and a Flower Fairy Alphabetica Bonus

Did you see the ABC Primer in my last post?  I've added a cover, and today I'll show you how.  Plus, if you've noticed that tiny little book, it's made the exact same way, only, well, tiny!  More pics of that later . . .

Supplies for the bigger book's cover:
mat board
PVA glue (but you can use whatever you have
a paintbrush to apply the glue
a piece of unbleached muslin, or cotton, or you could even use a print you like
a book press--bigger books to smash your smaller book work great
waxed paper

Last time, I stitched together the sections/signatures of the book, and glued a piece of unbleached muslin around it, slightly smaller than the book itself.  Here, I'm cutting two pieces of archival mat board, each slightly larger than the two outside pages.  Thicker pieces of chipboard would work just fine.  If you're experimenting with book making, I suggest not worrying about getting all the fancy schmancy supplies--use what you have, dive in, and try it.  Thus, the mat board, and not book board.

After using PVA glue to adhere the mat board to the first paper in the book, I sandwiched in some waxed paper, and let it sit overnight in my book press.  (Translation:  under the giant dictionary)

More unbleached muslin, this time cut about an inch wider and longer than the open book.  Using the PVA glue again, and adhering the fabric to the outside of the mat board cover, wrapping it around, clipping the corners, and gluing it also to the inside edge of the cover--be sure to burnish it down, using a bone folder or back of a spoon to eliminate any air bubbles.

Applying glue to the entire first page, to burnish it down over the fabric/mat board/paper cover.

Like this.

The plan is to eventually paint the cover, and possible add the grandbaby's handprints.  The tiny Flower Fairy ABC book also has a painted cover.  Paint AND glitter!

The Flower Fairy has stamping as well as paint, while the ABC Primer has painted backgrounds.

The lower case b's are from the same stamp in both books!

We'll finish it off with "E is for . . ."

Today is your last chance for some E is for Extra savings on ALL the white and various shades of white cardstock at CutCardStock.  And really, you know you're going to use it up anyway, so why not?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Happy Anniversary!

Hi everyone...have you ever used a stencil to heat emboss? I tried it and it was so easy and gave an excellent result-LOVE! I used Natural and white card stock together from't forget the sale that's going on right now! Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann from Snappy Scraps

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-I first grabbed my Basis Natural A7 card stock and applied EK Success powder tool ...then applied Versamark ink through the stencil using a Ranger Ink Blending tool...add your white embossing powder and heat set it using a heat tool

-Then rotate stencil and apply Versamark with blending tool and then apply gold embossing powder and heat set it

-Lastly rotate the stencil and apply Distress Oxide ink in Antique Linen through the stencil using a Ranger Blending tool
-Get a piece of Basis white card stock and create a vertical A2 card base

-Cut your embossed panel with a 3.25x4.5" rectangle die using a die cutting machine...cut a 4x5.25" rectangle using a rectangle die out of Basis Natural Card stock as a layer

-Cut the Happy Die using Basis coverstock and apply Versamark ink to it then heat emboss with Gold embossing powder and a heat tool

-cut a flag out of Basis Natural card stock using a die

-Stamp the greeting on the flag using Versamark ink and then apply gold embossing powder and heat emboss using a heat tool

-Pop the first layer up with foam tape then apply the embossed layer and the flag using ATG tape gun...add the Happy Word die using Multi Medium mat...then add dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Bright Gold


  1. CutCardStock-Basis Natural 80lb card stock A7(HERE), Basis Coverstock 110lb white card stock(HERE)
  2. Jaded Blossom-Stitched Rectangle dies, Card Mat dies, Word dies, Card Layer dies 1(#5)
  3. Altenew-Cube Builder stencil
  4. Ranger Super fine detail white, princess gold embossing powder
  5. Versamark
  6. Nuvo Crystal Drops-Bright Gold
  7. Distress Oxide ink-Antique Linen
  8. Ranger blending tool
  9. Vagabond die cutting tool
  10. Fiskars paper trimming tool
  11. Marvy Heat Gun
  12. Multi Mat Medium
  13. ATG tape
  14. EK Success powder tool
  15. Foam tape

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey - Flooding Relief for Texas

Houston Flooding and Impacts from Hurricane Harvey

Houston is facing unprecedented flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and the entire Texas Gulf Coast continues to be severely impacted. This catastrophic disaster hits close to home for one of our CutCardStock team members, Drew Conklin, who is based in Houston, TX.

She recently shared some images that not only show the wide spread destruction caused but also the tremendous compassion and selfless heroism.

There have been desperate posts on social media from people trapped in houses with rising water and to see the immediate response from people opening up their homes, calling emergency services for them, and even getting in rafts and boats to go save people is really inspiring.

Some of these photos are from the Harris County Sheriff’s office and posts from friends and news outlets. The scope of the flooding is indescribable. 

CutCardStock would love to help out, so between now and September 30, when you purchase select items, we will donate 100% of the purchases to Samaritans Purse Flood Relief.
Here are the items that are eligible for this relief event:

Friday, August 25, 2017

Back To School Bookmarks

I remember being so excited for the first day of school.  Butterflies in my stomach and all!  I like to send "happy mail" to all my great little nieces and nephews on special occasions and going back to school is one of them, so I made them these sturdy bookmarks to help celebrate the occasion.

Here's a snapshot of the products I used for today's project:

I cut four strips of Cougar White Heavy 160lb. Cardstock measuring 5 1/2" x 2" and punched holes in the center of the top of each one.  This 160lb cardstock is wonderful for this type of project and because it's thick and sturdy, it will stand up to lots of handling from little hands.  

I then cut 4 hearts using Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Hearts out of Red Basis Cardstock.

I used an alphabet stamp set to create a sentiment on the top half of the bookmarks, leaving space for the die cut heart.
I stamped colorful layers of books using a rainbow of color on to the bottom half of each bookmark.  

Once all the stamping was done, I adhered the stitched hearts to the bookmarks using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue and added fun colored ribbons through the punched holes.

This was such a fun and easy project to set the first days of school off to a good start!

There's a sale going on for the whole month of August on all White and Cream colored cardstocks so be sure to check out Cut Cardstock for a whole list of great deals!

Thanks so much for checking out today's project.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

It's not old, it's called vintage

Recently we had a surprise birthday/retirement party for my dad. Can you guess the theme?! 
 Using three sheets of the metallic paper and one sheet of white, I got started. I had some gold paper lying around as well so I threw that in the mix.
 The white paper makes for a really good print and cut.
 After all my pieces were cut, I assembled the card.
 Different angles reflect the light differently off the metallic and gold paper.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Pretty White and Blue Swirl Anniversary Card

I love working with just plain white cardstock, don’t you? It’s like a blank canvas - there are so many techniques you can use to make projects uniquely your own.

One of my favorite techniques is applying ink through a stencil, which is what I did to make the background for today’s anniversary card. I wanted it to be a simple card but fancy at the same time. What better way to do that than with a lovely swirly stencil?

This can get a bit messy - so to start out, find you a piece of scratch paper or a non-stick splat mat. Cut a 5.5 x 4.25-inch piece of Basis 110lb Card Stock and tape it down to work surface. If you are using a non-stick mat, I suggest artist's tape (the kind used to tape down watercolor sheets). It actually sticks to the non-stick surface. 😃

From there, tape your stencil (I used “Swirls and Dots," Simon Says Stamp) down and blend your ink in carefully from the sides. A mini ink blending tool or big sponge dauber works well here. The blue ink I blended over my card is Broken China Distress Ink. As I got closer to the center, I lightened the application so it would not be so bright under the vellum piece (more on that later).

Since it’s Distress Ink, I decided to spritz it with Sparkle Spray (Imagine Crafts). It reacts just the same as if you sprinkled it with water. I dabbed off the excess using a tissue before peeling up the stencil to let the cardstock dry. Don’t forget to clean your stencil after use!

In the meantime, I stamped the sentiment (Fancy Pants Sentiments, Papertrey Ink) on another piece of Basis 110lb Cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink. Then, I heat embossed the wording to help it stand out.

After the embossing powder was melted, I stamped the matching outer design from the stamp set in Soft Stone (Hero Arts Shadow Ink).

It drives me crazy when I stamp something all nice, then accidentally die cut it all wonky! I don’t want you to go through that frustration, so to die cut the sentiment just right, run a Post-It Note through your cutter first and then use it to position the die perfectly.

That way you can see where the edge will be cut and you can tape everything down to send through the die cutting machine.

Time to start putting it all together! I used a medium-sized die from a Pierced Rectangle die set (Avery Elle) to cut a small rectangle from some Curious Translucent Clear Cardstock, then the largest die from the same set to trim the edges of the inked cardstock.

I adhered the vellum to the center of the inked panel with two foam squares. They’re strategically placed to be out of sight behind the sentiment 😉

Then I added two more foam squares on top and attached the sentiment.

To put together the card, make a 5.5 x 4.25-inch card base out of another piece of Basis 110lb Cardstock. Add a 5.25 x 4-inch piece of Pop-Tone Black Licorice Cardstock with some glue tape to the front, followed by the finished panel.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Feel free to ask questions in the comments, and don’t forget that white and ivory cardstocks are on sale at the CutCardstock Store for a limited time!

❤️  Niki • (on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Happy Birthday to You

Happy Birthday to you.... I needed a few more birthday cards for birthdays that are approaching fast. I started with a A2 Card base of Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock.

I used the new colors of Tim Holtz's Distress Oxides to create a colorful background. I love how the shimmer shows through.

I used a file from Dreaming Tree and my eClips2 to resize and cut the file to fit on a A2 card. I used Classic Linen White cardstock for the butterflies.

I then attached the first layer with Foam Squares.  Once that was done I added the 3D pieces.

Last I added some rhinestones to finish the card for a birthday later this month. I decided I didn't want to cover the front of card with Happy Birthday, so I will add it to the inside of the card. 

Thanks for stopping by,