Friday, January 19, 2018

I Whale-y love you

The astrobright series of cardstock brings an extra pop of color effortlessly to this card set. To create this card, I started with the Pop Up Box Card Whale file from Lori Whitlock, found in the silhouette store. 
After cutting all the pieces out with my Silhouette Cameo 3 it was time to play. With the added assistance of highlights with the Craftwell eBrush, the paper tends to really pop.
One thing I like to do with bubbles is float in different colors because well, why not!

 The sloppier the work with the ink, I find it to be better
Since I used three different blues/teal from the Astrobright collection, I decided to add some other pops of color on the card to kind of break it up a bit. Adding seaweed and other small sea creatures accomplished this.

To bring a bit of shimmer and shine to the tops of the waves on the card and treat bag, I added some silver Ranger Ink embossing powder and ink pen.


 Final product



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Thursday, January 18, 2018

There's Still TIme to Apply! CutCardStock Design Team Call




The CutCardStock Design Team is looking for creative individuals to join our team! If you are a card maker, DIYer, hand-letterer, scrapbooker, digital designer or mixed media artist, we would love to hear from you. Applications are being accepted until January 31, 2018. Contact amber@cutcardstock.com if you have any questions. If you would like to be considered for the team, here are the details: 

Expectations: 

  • Selected Design Team members will be a part of the team from March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019 
  • Create 2 projects per month based on provided theme/product requirements (a total of 24 projects for the entire term) 
  •  Simple tutorial created to accompany projects, including great photos (you will need access to photo editing software) and clearly written instructions for the reader 
  • Upload photos and written steps to CutCardStock blog, proof and schedule post to publish on assigned day 
  • Sharing and promoting on social media platforms 

Benefits: 

  • Design Team members will receive: CutCardStock Designer’s Packages loaded with lots of products to use for your required posts 
  • Quarterly product shipments and/or gift certificates for choosing product from CutCardStock.com 
  • An exclusive team discount for any purchases you make during your term 
  • Access to a private Facebook group to meet and connect with the other designers 
  • Your name, picture and link to blog/social media showcased on the CutCardStock blog Design Team page CutCardStock.com 
  • Design Team badge to add to your blog 
  • Bonus gift certificate for CutCardStock.com at the successful completion of the Design Team term 

How to Apply: 

  • Complete the Design Team Application Form
    • The application form will ask for some information so we can get to know you a little bit.
    • The projects that you share in the application process should reflect your style and represent the types of projects you would like to create for CutCardStock. 
    • You don’t have to use CutCardStock products in your submission projects. 
    • You will be asked to share links to your blog and other social media platforms. 
    • Previous design team experience is not required.
The CutCardStock Design Team call is open to everyone; submissions for consideration will be accepted from December 15, 2017 to January 31st, 2018. New Design Team members will be notified via email no later than February 5, 2018.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Twist and Shout It's Almost Valentine's Day


Don't judge a card by its front cover. This card looks like a simple Valentine's Day card, but just wait until you see the inside.


I started with 2 pieces of Astrobright Cardstock. One piece of Pulsar Pink cut 5" x 11" and one piece of Re-Entry Red cut to 4.5" x 10.25".


Then using the Karen Burniston's Twist Panel Pop-Up (and following her directions) I die cut the Re-Entry Red base. I also scored and folded the Pulsar Pink in half.


Next using the dies, I cut the all the needed pieces and parts. I also cut additional layers for the front (stripped 4.5" x 5) and inside (2 XO's 4" x 4.125") using paper from my stash.

Now the fun begins. 

I began to assemble the card. I started with the inside layer and the action pieces.


I added the pink layer to hide the action pieces from the outside. 


Now I added the decorative pieces.


I can't decide who is going to get this extra special card for Valentine's Day. I may need to make a few more to give to the special people in my life.

Thanks for stopping by. 

If you enjoy the projects we share, have you thought about joining the CutCardStock Design Team. You still have a few more day. For more information check out the CutCardStock Design Team Call.


Monday, January 15, 2018

Marbled Valentine's Day Gift Box


For me, nothing says Valentine's Day like a handful of those classic conversation hearts...so when I was searching for a unique gift box to make, I immediately fell in love with this heart box cutting file.  Super simple to cut and assemble, you can make a ton of the basic design for a classroom of kiddos or enlarge and embellish just one special box using gorgeous cardstock from the CutCardStock store.


Start by cutting your main gift box shape from Bazzill Marble Wax Lips Cardstock with your Silhouette machine (similar dies can be found for manual die-cutting machines if needed).  This cardstock is the perfect weight for 3D projects and its subtle marble pattern makes any papercraft look just a little more elegant.  Then, cut the window embellishment pieces from Stardust White and Plasma Pink Astrobright Cardstock.


Assemble the box using a strong liquid glue like Tombow Mono Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I die-cut a "love" sentiment out of Mirrisparkle Gold Glitter Cardstock and added this and the heart window shapes with liquid glue as well.


To embellish the box even more, I die-cut several strips of different flower quilling shapes out of Stardust White, Plasma Pink, and Gamma Green Astrobright Cardstock.  For a little added dimension, I inked all of the die-cuts around the edges with red ink and a sponge dauber.


Add liquid glue to the bottom of each paper strip and roll the flower tightly with your fingers, a quilling tool, or even a bamboo skewer to create the quilled flower.  Curl the petals downward using a pencil or your fingertips.


Arrange the flowers and leaves on the bottom corner of the box and adhere them with liquid glue or glue dots.  I enlarged the box as much as I could when still cutting it from one piece of 12x12 cardstock, so the final piece is about four inches wide by six inches tall.  Fill the box with a small gift, a ton of conversation hearts, or any other sweet treats!

I hope you enjoyed this Valentine's Day gift box idea 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 Astrobright Cardstocks are on sale this month!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Neon Masked Heart Watercolor Card for Valentine’s Day



Hello and welcome to another tutorial! Today we are focusing on something super simple that anyone with basic supplies should be able to replicate to create a special hand-made card for a loved one on Valentine’s Day.

Starting with Astrobright card stock in Plasma Pink trimmed to A2 size, I use some pebeo masking fluid to illustrate a heart with a nice thick brush. Once the masking fluid is dry, I apply various inks to my work surface with water and pounce the card into the pools of ink to create random watercolor effects.

Be sure to check out the video tutorial here:



First, I use Distress Oxides in Seedless Preserves. Making sure to dry the paper between applications. Next, I use two Tombow Dual Brushes in red and blue to make purple. The darker dye ink helps to bright definition to the design, as the Oxides are creamier/chalkier in finish.

Once dried, I can remove the masking with my finger or a rubber cement eraser for extra help. It helps to remove any excess ink that may have dried on top of the masking fluid, to avoid smearing it when you remove.



For the sentiment I mix some Dr PH Martin’s Bleed Proof White with water and use a number 3 round brush to write “love you” in bold brush calligraphy.

To make the lettering pop off the page a bit more, I use a light gray Tombow Dual Brush marker to create a shadowing effect on the letters. You want to imagine a light source coming from the top left, for example .. to remember that the shadowing should only belong on the right and bottom of the letter forms.



Once I’m happy, I trim the card front down a tiny bit so that it will fit on a Cougar White card stock base. I also use a Corner Rounder, as it brings a cute finishing aspect to the design. I used a Bazzill Marathon adhesive runner to stick everything down.

And that completes the project! I hope this inspires you to make something to give a loved one this season. See you next time!

- Haley

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Valentine with Astrobright card stock



Christmas is over for another year...for us card makers...Valentine's day is next and coming quickly! If you are like me...you need to get those Valentine's made before the end of January so that you have time for mailing. I have a quick Valentine's day card that I made with Astrobright's card stock...it's on sale this month...so jump on over and buy some of this awesome card stock. I used the beautiful Gravity Grape along with my favorite card base card stock-Basis white 110lb. Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann :)
**pan down to check out my tutorial and to see the products that I used

TUTORIAL:
 -choose your card stock-Basis white, Astrobright gravity grape

 -choose your stamps and dies

-cut a 4x5.25" stitched rectangle out of the grape card stock and Basis white card stock, also cut a 4.25x11" rectangle of white card stock and score at 5.5" with a bone folder to make a Vertical A2 card base

-cut the purple card stock with the Balloon border...then cut the white rectangle with cloud dies...you need 3  pieces to layer...and because you first cut a stitched rectangle...you get that cool stitching detail around your layers

 -stamp your sentiment with Versafine onyx black ink and a Misti stamping tool on your top cloud layer, bottom left

-stamp the hanging heart stamp on the balloon with Versafine ink-then continue to stamp the string on the cloud layers using an acrylic block


-assemble the card layers using ATG tape and foam tape for some dimension

-stamp the heart onto a piece of grape card stock and trim with scissors and color the edge of the heart with black marker...then glue the heart in place with Ranger Multi medium mat
-lastly add your embellishments



Recipe:
  1. CutCardStock.com-Astrobright gravity grape 65 lb card stock-HERE, Basis white card stock 110lb-HERE
  2. Jaded Blossom-Valentine panels stamp set, Cupid Airlines stamp set, Border dies 2(balloon and cloud dies), Card mat dies
  3. Versafine onyx black ink
  4. Queen and Co-toppings-II sequins(purple)
  5. Pretty Pink Posh-Sparkling Clear Confetti mix
  6. Spectrum Noir clear sparkle marker
  7. Nuvo Crystal Glaze
  8. Nuvo Glitter drops- white blizzard
  9. Nuvo Crystal drops-Crushed Grape
  10. Misti
  11. Vagabond machine
  12. Tonic paper trimmer
  13. ATG gun
  14. Foam tape
  15. Teflon bone folder
  16. Ranger Multi mat medium
  17. EK Success tweezers
  18. EK Success Scissors