Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Emerald Anniversary Card


Happy Wednesday my dear crafty friends! I have been searching for a good quality emerald cardstock for the 55th anniversary to complete my anniversary card set. Here are the cardstock (Royal Sundance Linen Emerald 80 lb) and envelope (Stardream Metallic Emerald A6 Envelope) that work perfectly for my purpose.

This linen cardstock is 80 lb, which is heavy enough for most card making needs. It has micro-embossing texture. You may see it in the close-up picture below.


First cut the cardstock into sizes of A6 (6.25'' x 4.25'') and 4.25'' x 3.5''. One piece of A4 cardstock can make two of this cards.

Then die-cut the pieces into intricate patterns. The finish look of this cardstock is very clean.

Cut other pieces with the Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.

Die-cut the numbers "55" using Bright Foil Silver cardstock. Add a couple of crystals to decorate the flowers. Here is the finished card.

The matching envelope I picked is the Stardream Metallic Emerald A6 Envelope. It has a shinny finish and very rich in color.

Thank you for stopping by. Please check CutCardStock on Facebook to get updates on sales and inspirations from the design team. Happy crafting~

Cheers,
Lia



Monday, October 15, 2018

Mason Jar Cards


Hello Crafty Friends! Guest designer Angelica here, and I have a pair of mason jar cards to share today. Mason Card Jar? Yes! And they’re amazing! 

The card die-set is made by Honeybee Stamps. I combined their dies with papers chosen from CutCardStock.com to make these fabulous cards. Let me share my process:



As much as I love my inks and paints, tonight I stayed faithful to my craft room bff, The Big Shot. I used Honeybee Stamps Mason Card Jar Honey Cuts to make these cards. 



My first step was die-cutting. And there was a lot of that. I cut the card frame out using Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb card stock. I then sent pattern paper through my machine with the same dies to cut out pattern paper (from Citrus Bliss Pink Paislee 6x6 paper pad)  for the jar fronts. I then die cut out all card accessories in coordinating patterns and colors.( My Favorite Things Hello and Daisy Die; Pretty Pink Posh Bow die) I added shimmer with Wink Of Stella Clear pen, and shine with Tonic Crystal glaze to the bow and to Hello. I let them dry overnight.

Next I added shading with Distress Oxide ink and Copic Markers.





My final step was adhering everything together. My favorite adhesive to use is Scor Tape. Sometimes though I need wiggle room. I put a wet adhesive on top of the tape so I can move the paper around to get a perfect fit.

I used a white gel pen to add accents to the flowers, and Darice 3D Adhesive foam to attach them to the cards.



I am so in love with how these jar cards turned out, and am excited to start making holiday cards with these dies! Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Fall Watercolor



It's October! The best month of the year, in my opinion. The cooling temps and changing colors make me feel refreshed, revived, and creative!


It's been a while since I had an opportunity to sit down and paint. I have friends with October birthdays, so I made time to make them hand-painted cards. It felt great to get the brushes and paints out, plus I enjoy showing my love with something handmade.

Once again I took advantage of the Gansai Tambi Watercolor Paint Set. The more I use these paints, the more I love them! The colors are so rich and vibrant. I painted their names first, then built in leaves and foliage around the names.


I also used the Strathmore Watercolor Card set. It's so handy to have the cards already cut and folded.

 I can't wait to give these to my friends. Enjoy this beautiful month! XOXO, Erin @eringermandesign


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Two for one -Thank You Cards


Thank you cards are one of those cards that you need in your stash you never know when you might need one. I made two today with one embossing folder they both came together really fast. 


I used Royal Sundance Fiber in Kraft cardstock and  Royal Sundance Felt in Natural cardstock.



I started by trimming a piece of Royal Sundance Felt in Natural cardstock in half and running through my die my die cutting machine with a 5X7 embossing folder.  


With an ink tool I inked the raised part of the embossed paper. 
































I trimmed the embossed cardstock down to 5.25"X 4" and rounded the corners. Then I took a circle die and cut the middle out. I saved the middle and the scraps from trimming the cardstock down for my second card. 

I die cut two Thank yous out of Royal Sundance Felt in Natural cardstock and two shadows out of Royal Sundance Fiber in Kraft cardstock. I carefully glued the "Thank You" onto the shadow for both sentiments.   
I cut a piece of the Royal Sundance Felt in Natural cardstock in half and scored it down the middle the short distance so I ended up with two 5 1/2"X 4 1/4" top folding card bases. After adhering everything to the card bases I added a few Nuvo drops to both cards and let them dry and my cards were complete. 


Thank you for stopping by. 
Happy Crafting! 

~Crystal


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Masking Florals


I'm busy making thankful cards these days. I've said this before but I think it's worth repeating. I love surprising people with cards on Thanksgiving.  I know Christmas is right around the corner and of course I'll send lots of hand-made cards out then. But, Thanksgiving is a great time to pause . . . reflect on the previous year. . . . before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins. Take time to think about the important people in your life. Then let them know how special they are by sending them a hand-made card. 

For my card, I did some masking and water coloring. Masking is a great way to create a one-layer card that has a little more depth. For masking on this card, I used Inkadinkado's masking paper as well as a post-it note. Since I have the coordinating dies for the stamps, I then stamped all images onto masking paper and die-cut each of them. I keep the masked images to use later and store them with the coordinating stamps. 


To get started I pull out the stamps I plan to use and play around with them until I get a layout I like. 
You can see in the image below, the little bud stamps behind the other images. The masking paper is on the left and of course the pink post-it note is on the right. Now I can stamp the little bud behind the two larger images. The stem of the little bud doesn't appear or stamp or over the larger floral stamp. 


For the card panel, I used Royal Sundance Felt Card Stock to stamp the floral images. It has a beautiful texture and the 80lb. cover can handle a little bit of water. Using Zig Clean Color Markers, I colored the images.  I started in the center of each petal with a darker color and worked my way out to lighter shades. Mostly did a dry on dry technique and only added a tiny bit of water to blend out the tips of the petals. I also touched the tip of the lightest marker to the darkest one and blended out that way. The finishing touches, included adding darker shading in the nooks where it would typically be darker. 


I created a color chart of all my Zig Markers to help me pick out colors that work well together. For this card, I used Orange, Bright Yellow, and Yellow markers for the petals. For the center of each flower, I used Lemon Yellow and Beige. 



The sentiment is stamped on Astrobright Eclipse Black Card Stock. It's 80# cover and just a little heavier than the other Astrobrights. It works really well for sentiment strips like this. After treating the black paper with the anti-static powder bag, I stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold powder. It's so important to treat black paper when heat embossing. If you don't, you'll get many stray specks of the powder heat embossed around your sentiment.


Since, I had die-cut all the images from the stamp set I decided to make additional panels. I'm thinking I'll turn the rest into a gift card pack for someone. It was fun designing the different layouts. 



To finish the card, I die-cut the edge of the Sundance Felt panel with a Penny Black decorative border die. I adhered the entire panel to a Stardream Folding Card Base in Copper. Then popped up the sentiment. Here are a couple more panels I created by masking.


If you're interested in trying this out all Royal Sundance Card Stock is on sale this month at CutCardStock.com. Let me know if you have any questions. Until next time, inky hugs!

Marcia K.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Love Ya A Latte


A happy coffee cup and a punny sentiment are perfect for sending smiles.  My project today features a beautiful panel of Royal Sundance Fiber cardstock in Rose.  This is such a delicate shade of light rose I thought it would be pretty to heat emboss some hearts on top using a pewter colored embossing powder. .  


For my coffee cup, I used a stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I did some simple Copic coloring with gray, as I was keeping the cup white and trimming it out.  I stamped a little dollop of whipped cream in light gray and colored it in with a Versamark pen.  This allowed me to heat white embossing powder over the top for a shiny look like real whipped cream.  


I stamped the little scarf from the set on to some patterned paper and trimmed it out to go on the coffee cup.  



I assembled all my pieces on to the front of the rose panel along with a sentiment and placed it on to a notecard made from Classic Crest Pewter Gray 80# cardstock.  



I love the soft look of the gray and rose together.  


Be sure to head over to the CutCardstock shop to see all the Royal Sundance cardstock on sale this month.  Thanks for joining me today!

--Heidi






Friday, October 5, 2018

Autumn Fox + Watercolor Mixed Media Painting


I love foxes, do you? They are the cutest little creatures. Today I thought I’d make an autumn fox card for you with a gratitude theme using Royal Sundance Felt Cardstock.

I really like this cardstock because of the texture. It looks similar to watercolor paper, and since I won’t be using much water while coloring today, it was a perfect choice for the card front.


I stamped the fox (Foxy, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) with Staz-On in Timber Brown, then added some watercolor pencil in the shaded areas of the image. For a bit of extra sparkle, I added some Gold Gelato to my painting water, then I used a paint brush to activate the color and fill in the fox.






Once it was mostly dry, I fussy-cut both the fox and the butterfly. With a foam pad and embossing stylus, I flipped over the fox and embossed parts of it to add dimension. 


Next, I adhered it onto a die-cut scalloped frame with foam squares and attached the frame to a piece of PopTones Hot Fudge Cardstock. I embossed this beforehand with an embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts with a swirly wind pattern.


Then, all I had left to do was heat emboss my sentiment on a small strip of Hot Fudge cardstock and add it to the top righthand corner of the card. And to finish up, I popped the card front onto a card base made from Royal Sundance Felt Cardstock as well.


Thank you for reading today! Don’t forget to pin this card to your inspiration board on Pinterest, and have a wonderful weekend!

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