Friday, March 30, 2018

Watercolor on Metallic Cardstock

Happy Good Friday! It's Lia here again on the blog. Have you ever wondered how would watercolor look like on metallic cardstock? Here is my experiment.

The smoothness of the Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock inspired me to try distress oxide ink blending on it. I used two green colors and they were very easy to blend together because of the super smooth surface of this cardstock. If you zoom into the picture, you may see little sparkles embedded in the cardstock that add extra shine to this background.

Then I cut the piece with a frame die and heat embossed the sentiment on the bottom. 

With the same Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock, I die-cut three roses.

Watercolored the roses with two colors shown below. Although this cardstock is not very absorbent like watercolor papers, it is thick enough to hold its shape when water was applied. The two colors flew and blended together pretty well.

Assemble all the pieces together, here is a rose card for the spring. I love how soft the background turned out and the way the watercolors blend on this cardstock. The metallic nature of the cardstock makes the card shine and sparkle in a non-overwhelming way.

Thank you for stopping by! Please let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below. Be sure to follow CutCardStock on Facebook to get updates on sales and inspirations. Happy crafting~


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Rejoice He Is Risen

Hi! Friends thanks so much for stopping by today. I love this time of the year! It’s Spring and Easter is right around the corner.

For my design, I stamped my image unto Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock with soft stone ink.  I love how easy it is to color with my Copic markers on Curious Metallic Cardstock.

The stamped panel and mat were die-cut with a stitched rectangle, and scalloped frame dies.
I blended Abandoned Coral; Candied Apple Distress Oxide inks onto Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock, it blended smoothly. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder and die cut with a matching die.

For a finishing touch, I adhered the design and mat unto an A2 top fold Basis Cardstock White base.
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Ink & Paper Hugs,
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Happy Wednesday everyone! I'm on vacation this week in Arizona, enjoying the vibrant colors in bloom at this time of year. Since I'm away from all of my tools, I thought this would be a great opportunity to share one of my favorite CutCardStock products, Pop-Tone envelopes by French Paper Co. Talk about vibrant color! The Pop-Tone line is bursting with fun shades that will make you smile.

A little story about my love for French Paper... When I was a wee junior designer in downtown Chicago, I used to attend paper shows, and was always in awe of the French Paper brand. Their products stood out from the rest - quirky designs with a vintage vibe. They had the most unique and fun papers around, and I loved that they were a family-owned "boutique" mill out of Michigan. Unfortunately in my corporate-oriented positions, I never had the opportunity to use their papers.

Fast forward almost 20 years, as I'm planning to open a stationery business, one of my first thoughts was "Pop-Tone". FINALLY, the opportunity to use a French Paper line presented itself! So, as I designed the notecards for Peony Hill Press, I made sure that they coordinated with one of the Pop Tone envelopes I wanted to supply (Bubble Gum, Spearmint, and Lemon Drop).

I have purchased many of the other colors as well, for use on holiday cards, event invitations, announcements, even wedding invitations! I think that a color envelope completes the concept for my designs, plus it stands out from the rest of the mail. Your day will certainly be brightened when one of these arrives in your mailbox!

I hope you are enjoying some spring colors and sunshine wherever you are! Enjoy the rest of your week and have a very happy Easter! XOXO, Erin 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Paper Treat Basket

Easter is coming up this weekend. Do you do anything special on Easter? when I was a kid we would dress in our dresses, white gloves, and bonnets and head to church. The rest of the day would be eating and being with family. 
My kids have to go to school on Friday to make up for a snow day a few months ago so I thought they might like a little treat in their lunch boxes so I made these little paper Easter baskets for them. 

I think anything that is little is just more fun and extra cute. 

Supplies used:
Basket pattern

The first thing I did was run my cardstock through my die cutting machine with a wood grain embossing folder. 

Before I actually made my basket I found a pattern and made it with some scrap paper to see if I was happy with the size and see how I would assemble the basket. Once I was happy I traced the pattern on to my cardstock then cut it out. 

I punched holes using my pattern as a guide. After all of my holes where punched I scored along the long way on both side like in the picture below.

Now all of the hard work is done I did not use any tape or adhesive for them I just used my brads. I knew I had been keeping them for so long for a reason. Take the brad and put it through the circle then the triangle then just alternate sides starting closest to the triangle flap. Lastly through one end of the handle. Then just repeat the same process on the other side of the basket. 

I could have been done after that but I always need to add one more thing so I punched a circle out and punched a hole. I wrote Happy Easter and attached with some thread to the handle. 

I look forward to seeing my kids faces when the come home from school on Friday! 
Don't forget Curious Metallic cardstock in only on sale for a few more days.

Happy Easter 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Using Texture Paste

Sympathy cards are some of the most difficult cards to create and send. When creating them, I usually go for soft, muted colors. Keeping them simple seems best. This week I created several sympathy cards to have on hand. The Curious Metallic Card Stock in either Gold Ice or Silver Ice worked great with the texture paste and glitter used on these cards. It created an elegant, subtle background.

To start, I created a top-folding 4.25"x 5.5" card base from Curious Metallic Ice Gold Card Stock.
Curious Metallic Ice Gold Card Stock

I taped a stencil to the front of the card base using Yellow Frog Tape. Even though this is a low adhesive tape, I like to make sure it doesn't stick to my projects by first putting it on whatever I'm wearing. Today it was blue jeans. Doing this helps prevent paper tears when removing the tape from my project.

I added texture pastein a transparent gloss finish. I planned to add glitter to it, so it didn't really matter what type of texture paste I put down. This one goes on smooth and is really thin. 

Adding Transparent Gloss Texture Paste

After carefully removing the stencil, I sprinkled Elizabeth Crafts Cool Diamond Glitter over the texture paste. I took the spatula and stencil to the bathroom sink to wash it. You have some time for clean-up but you want to get that stuff off. Otherwise it makes the stencil and tools unusable. After the clean-up, I tapped off the excess glitter onto a sheet of paper so I could funnel the leftovers back into the jar.

Here's a close-up of the stenciled flourish with glitter. I left this to dry overnight. 

To finish the card, I added a sentiment by die-cutting the word "Prayers" from Curious Metallic in Lime. I also cut two more "Prayers" out of the Curious Metallic Ice Gold. I layered those behind the lime one. I offset them slightly so just a little bit of the Ice Gold peaks out.  I stamped the rest of the sentiment "You're in my" on a narrow piece of Curious Metallic Ice Gold Card Stock and heat embossed with gold powder. The gold embossing powder picks up the subtle gold shimmer of the card base. 

In the finished card below, you can see I only used a portion of the stencil. I created a square on the card with the frog tape.  I love the shimmery background of the Ice Gold card stock along with the glitter. 

Below is another card I created with texture paste and a different stencil. For this card, I stamped and die-cut flowers and leaves to accompany the sentiment. 

Thanks for visiting. Let me know if you have any question or like what you saw by leaving a comment below. Don't forget all Curious Metallic Card Stock is on sale until the end of the month. Wishing everyone a Blessed Easter!

Inky Hugs,

Marcia Kaye

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Lots of Love

I think it is safe to say we are all ready for spring weather. Unfortunately, mother nature has other plans. Here in the east coast, we have gotten another snow storm! At least, we can craft and make some beautiful floral cards, right? I have three cards to share with you today featuring Curious Metallic Cardstock.

For my first card, I started by die-cutting a sheet of Curious Metallic Ice Gold Cardstock using a stitched cover plate die and then a scalloped border die. I glued the piece to a folded A2 white base. I stamped the Magnolia flower, watercolored it and then die-cut it using the coordinating die. For the sentiment, I stamped with VersaMark ink on black cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I used the coordinating die to cut the word "love" and trimmed the remaining. I added the Magnolia and sentiments over the stitched base with foam tape for dimension. I love the "ice gold" look with the flower and dark sentiment.

For the next card, I used the same Curious Metallic Ice Gold Cardstock, die-cut with the scalloped border die. For the center, I used a circle stitched die so I could create a spring wreath. I actually used a washi tape, which I taped onto white cardstock and then fussy cut all the images out. I arranged them around the circle and mounted them with foam tape. For the sentiment, I stamped it on white cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed in clear embossing powder. Then I used Distress Oxide Fired Brick to blend over it for a resist technique so it would match the flowers. This is a fun way to match sentiments when you don't have matching color cardstock. 

For my last card, I did a similar look as the last card but used Curious Metallic Ionised Cardstock (another favorite of mine!) I love gray with pink so I did the same thing with the sentiment as well. I wanted to keep it simple so added a small flower image in the center (stamped and colored with Copic markers).

The metallic look of the cardstock gives these cards an extra pop, especially the Ionised one. I hope you'll be inspired to use metallic cardstock in your projects, too. If you have any questions about my work, I'd love for you to leave a comment below! Be sure to follow CutCardstock on Facebook because they always have sales and lots of inspiration from the new Design Team. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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