Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Autumn No-Line Coloring with Copic Markers

Happy Halloween, y’all! Since there are lots of posts filled with pumpkins and ghoulies going around this month, I thought I’d share an autumn floral card with you today. I have a great tip for you! When you can’t figure out how to color a bouquet, look up examples of flower arrangements on Google. That’s what I did when choosing the colors for the stamped image today. I found a lovely bunch of fall flowers and copied the color scheme using Copic markers.

Instead of using the traditional black ink, I stamped the flowers with Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Soft Vanilla (because I’m coloring with warm colors) onto a piece of Royal Sundance 80lb Felt Cardstock. Since the texture of this cardstock is similar to watercolor paper, stamping creates a light dotted outline.

I used a MISTI just in case I needed to double stamp the image, but it wasn’t necessary. What was necessary, though, was a super bright light! If you have trouble with seeing your stamped image as well, pick yourself up a cheap Ottlite. Those things are magic if you have vision troubles.

I like to color with Copics on this paper because it's pretty porous, so the ink sinks in quickly and it’s easy to make something look like watercolor if you want it to. You can even fake “blooms” of paint. I used two colors for each type of flower and leaf (it creates a little dimension in the design).

Because I knew I was going to die cut my sentiment out of Basis Cardstock in Black, I lined the stems and leaves with my super skinny ZIG Millennium .05 pen. I also added a little outlining in gray to help the design stand out.

Once I had the coloring completed, I trimmed the edges with a stitched rectangle die. I’m hooked on finishing panels with stitched dies. It just looks like a more “finished” edge, don’t you think?

To stick the sentiment on, I gave it a quick shot of Aleene’s Adhesive Spray. It works excellent on skinny die cuts! Then, I adhered my finished card front to an A2 base, made from Royal Sundance Felt cardstock too, but in 110lb weight.

I hope you enjoyed my post! Our Royal Sundance cardstock is on sale for just one more day, so head to the store and grab some before the sale ends.

Have fun tonight & don’t forget that all candy hauls are subject to a 10% Reese's Pieces parent tax! 😉

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

Monday, October 30, 2017

December Daily Foundation Page

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) Todayʻs project is another Christmas one, but one for my December Daily album. Do you do any memory keeping? Scrapbooking? Every year I do this project to document not only our December but the traditions and routines we go through during the Christmas season. Itʻs so much fun to see how things change and how many things stay the same!

This background paper is from the Royal Sundance collection. The beautiful Christmas green color is from their linen textured collection, 80# Emerald Cardstock. I usually make my December Daily albums 6x8, so went with that for my title page.

Then I got out my big grid acrylic block, a clear stamp with a beautiful script "Christmas" word, and some gold embossing powder

I stamped all over my piece of 80# Emerald Cardstock using my versamark, and then embossed away! I tried my best to keep it straight (yay for grid lines!) and embossed about half the card at a time because Iʻm always afraid of the ink losing its stickiness before I can get to it!!

Hereʻs the completed panel with embossed words. so pretty! I might make another one and just leave it as a full page instead of covering it up next time!!

Finally, I added some cute Christmas tree covered kraft paper, a 3x4 journaling card, and some chipboard stickers. 

All that was left to do was do a little bit of journaling, and ta-dah! Iʻm already set to start my December album!!! haha!!

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

Friday, October 27, 2017

Hidden Messages ~ Thanks!

We're nearing the end of October but there's still time to take advantage of the awesome sale on all Royal Sundance products.  Birgit here with you today with a project featuring hidden die cut messages using these wonderfully textured cardstocks.

 Here's a snapshot of the products I used today:
I started by creating two A2 size, top folding card bases using 80# Royal Sundance Linen cardstock in both Natural and Bright White.
I also cut two A2 size panels using the same linen cardstocks  and stamped this beautiful Painted Rose image from Altenew onto each panel using a Misti to line them up exactly.

Using the Bold Alphabet Dies, cut the words Thank You through each of the stamped panels using tape to hold the dies together.  Cut the letters four more times using 80# Neenah Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock.

Adhere the Linen panels to the cardbases using Score Tape, then glue the blank letters into the negative spaces using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  The added layers will give dimension to the finished cards.
For the final step, glue the stamped Bright White letters onto the Natural cardstock and the stamped Natural letters onto the Bright White cardstock.  This gives you a cohesive image on the card fronts but mixing up the colors of the Linen Cardstocks.

I added some Clear Droplets to the finished cards.  Look how pretty!

I hope you're inspired by today's project.  You can find all the latest updates and inspiration on the Cut Cardstock Facebook Page and be sure to sign up for the CCS Newsletter so you'll be among the first to be notified about upcoming sales and discounts.  There's always great deals to be found at Cut Cardstock!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Thursday, October 26, 2017

So shines a good deed in a weary world.--Faux Stained Glass

It's the time of year for thank you gifts--these faux stained glass mason jar shades are a project suitable for all ages, and easily personalized by using the intended recipient's favorite colors.  These could also be used in holiday centerpieces.

What you will need:
Royal Sundance Felt Cardstock in Brilliant White--the 80# cover weight is perfect, and has a nice texture, as well.  This paper is on sale not only this month, but next month, too!
peeled crayons--I like to use bright colors, but you may prefer more subdued colors
electric warming tray, or electric griddle
foil to cover the surface of the warming tray or griddle
a jelly jar sized mason jar, or a votive holder deep enough the flame of the candle is fully inside
glue dots
a votive or tea light candle, the battery operated type if you'd prefer to avoid any fire hazard.  (Not gonna lie, we use real candles!)

Cover the surface of the warmer or griddle with aluminum foil.  If using a griddle, be sure to have it set low--warm enough to melt crayons, but not so high as to burn yourself!!

Cut or tear a piece of paper in a rectangle tall enough and wide enough to fit loosely over a mason jar.  For fire safety, do not make the paper much higher than the top of the mason jar.
Set the paper on top of the warm tray or griddle, and draw slowly on the paper, allowing the crayon to melt over it.  Continue in this manner until the paper is covered as you like it with the melted crayon.  For this project, it's better not to make the wax layers too deep, or it will crack when the shade is formed.

Form a cylinder with the cooled crayon paper, using glue dots to secure the edges.  Press firmly--wax generally doesn't like adhesives, but I find glue dots work pretty well.

These are pretty shining in the sun, but when the candle inside the mason jar or votive holder is lit, it GLOWS, giving the appearance of stained glass.
Here are suggestions for a light themed "thank you" to accompany one of these lanterns or shades:

Thank you for being a light in my life
You light up my life
Thank you for being a light in the life of a (or my) child
Thank you for shining your light into our lives
"So shines a good deed in a weary world." --Shakespeare

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Thank you for your kindness

It's always nice to give someone a handmade thank you card when they go out of their way to do something kind. 
 After choosing my colors and cutting the base, I decided to use some Close to My Heart stamps for the sentiment
Since I was using the Ivory Royal Sundance Linen cardstock, I decided to throw some embossing on there using the Sizzix Bigshot and a Darice folder.
 Final product:

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Thank You Card with Distress Oxides and Halftone Stencil Technique

Hello and welcome - today we're making another thank you card while playing with new Distress Oxide inks.

I thought it’d be great to use Royal Sundance Linen card stock while blending these inks together for the first time. I wanted to see how the ink would work with the texture of the linen paper.

I cut an 8.5x11 piece of the linen card stock into four pieces to use however I might need them for my card. I also chose Distress Oxides in Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, and Seedless Preserves. As these inks are a hybrid of both pigment and dye, they can be used in such a wide variety of ways.

For full details, watch the step by step video tutorial from the Pigmentology Youtube page:

I decided to blend Peacock Feathers across the entire background of a linen card stock panel. I wasn’t worried about blending evenly as I knew I wanted to use stencils and distress the paper with water. Just getting pigment down was my goal.

I then brought out a stencil I made from acetate on my Silhouette Portrait that has a ton of little circles on it in various sizes. I started pouncing “Seedless Preserves” into the stencil with my mini blender, careful not to let the stencil shift. I put a larger concentration of color towards the middle and blended out gradually from there. Then I started layering the pink and purple on top of one another with smaller detailed parts of the stencil.

After I eventually got a sort of “halftone” texture, I decided to spritz with water. I could have let it dry like that, but I decided to soak up the water with a towel to remove some of the pigment. I spritzed and blotted once more before I was happy.

The end result is really interesting .. I’m really having a good time figuring out these inks.

I found a linen-textured pink and purple card base from a recollections card kit and decided to use the purple, while cutting up the pink to create a sentiment panel. The pink panel needed some subtle interest, so I applied Picked Raspberry direct to paper, made sure it was good and covered, then sprayed with water a few times. The different shades of splotchy pink were made more interesting by the “oxidization” of these inks, which create a slightly chalky finish.

The layout needed more contrast, so I trimmed some more Royal Sundance linen to fit behind everything while leaving a white line at the top and bottom. It still needed more, so I made a “mat” for the pink panel as well. And I was starting to feel it was more complete.

Ready to stamp the sentiment, I decided to use Hero Arts Unicorn White as it is a very pigmented white ink that I could also emboss with. Once stamped with the white ink, I used paper source white embossing powder to cover it.

When the powder is melted, we’re ready to embellish. I watered down a little of white ink on a corner of my acrylic block before using my brush to flick onto the pink panel. It helps to contain the mess and directs the splatter where I want to put it. For more contrast, I brought in a crayola broad line marker in “tropical violet” to add some shadow to the sentiment. I watered down the marker and splattered the purple ink on as well.

To adhere everything, I decided to use Scor-Tape. I prefer my Scotch ATG as it’s so easy and quick, but I’m running out of adhesive and need to buy more. So, time for Scor-tape. It’s good and strong and perfect for this application, I just find it tedious to apply and peel the backing off all the tape pieces.

I use an X-ACTO to cut out a long scalloped piece from more linen card stock and apply scor-tape pieces to the back. Once I get that adhered, I’m much happier with the overall effect. Just need to trim off the sides that are a little uneven. And…we’re done!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

- Haley


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Monday, October 23, 2017


I have so many things to be grateful for, I wanted a pocket or purse size journal to record them in during November. I created a small (4.25" x 5.5") Gratitude Journal for recording what I am grateful for each day. It could be a simple saying or thought, a photograph with a short caption of why I took it or why I included it or a note about someone I am grateful for and why they are important to me.

I started with Natural Royal Sundance Fiber Cardstock cut down to create cover that are 4.25" x 5.5". Then I used White Royal Sundance Paper for the daily pages cut down  to 4.25" 5.5".  I did not want the bulk of using cardstock for all the pages.

I scored them at .5" on one long side. This is to make it easier to open the book flat.


I stamped the date on each page and the year on the cover. It's best to do this before binding just in case you make a mistake. Don't ask me how I know this.

I created a template to punch the holes for the  binding. I spaced them out .25" in from the edges and .5" apart. I held a few pages together with binder clips to punch the holes in the pages. 

To bind the pages together, I started with the twine coming up through the center holes (or as close as you can.) I laced the twine down and up in holes and then back up to the center. I tied the twine in a knot and then a bow. I added a dot of glue on the bow to make sure it didn't come untied.

I used my favorite colors of 65# Pop Tones Tangy Orange, Jellybean Green, and Hot Fudge and 80# Basis Gold paper to create leaves to decorate the cover of the Journal. 

I used the small leaves to create a paper wreath and attached them with Micro Glue Dots. I will add more leaves to the inside pages as I begin to write. I also added a twine bow to the wreath. I might even create one for December.