Monday, April 30, 2018

You Put the Sunshine in My Day

Hello friends! Isn’t it nice when you can make your own embellishments for a card? While it can be a bit time consuming, it's totally worth it when it lights up the recipient's face (or day)!

Today I’m going to show you how I put together some mini magnolias to make this pretty card for a friend of mine. She needed a little pick-me-up, and I love to send out happy hellos! This one will need a small box, of course, to keep the flowers from getting flattened.

On to the project!

To make quilling paper, all you need is some 70# text weight paper and a guillotine trimmer, like the Fiskars 9” card trimmer. For the flowers today, I cut 1/16” strips from the 8 1/2” edge of a piece of PopTone Paper in Banana Split.

Don’t be scared - I know they are skinnier than the standard 1/8” quilling paper, but they aren’t hard to roll!

Next, use a fine slotted quilling tool (the finer, the better - even the back of an embroidery needle will work) to roll these strips into peg shapes. Pegs are coils that are glued while they are still held tight. When you get to the end of the paper, use a TINY dab of glue to seal the coil.

To shape the petal, create a cup with the back of a pen or paintbrush. Then, pinch one side gently until it just starts to fold.

That’s all there is to petal making! Create a bunch and glue them into flower shapes with the pointy end in the center. I made four magnolias with four petals, one with five, and a smaller four-petal flower (using 4 1/4” long strips of paper, half the length of the larger ones). I also added some adhesive gems for the centers.

Once all the flowers were made, I made a square 5 1/2” card base from Curious Metallic Cryogen White cardstock, and die cut some leaves from POW! Cricket Green Glitter paper (one for a branch, one to use as filler).

To make the front panel, I cut a 5 1/4” square piece of the glitter paper, then layered a 5” square piece of PopTone Banana Split cardstock over it and adhered around the edges with a glue runner. This gave me a bit of space to tuck my leaves in later. I used a stitched circle die from Simon Says Stamp to create a window in the center.

The yellow cardstock seemed like it needed something extra, so I added several stamped butterfly images as a watermark design with Versamark Ink.

Then, I adhered the panel to my card base and stamped the sentiment with black pigment ink.

Finally, I added my leaves and flowers, tucking the ends under the edges of the circle frame and hiding joins where I filled in a few extra leaves. A good, thick tacky glue works best to hold these magnolia flowers down since the backs are not flat.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today! Keep scrolling to see all the other jaw-dropping projects the Design Team has made so far this year, and don’t forget to comment on your favorites!

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

Friday, April 27, 2018

Thanks for being my Mom

Hello friends! Spring is in the air - (somewhere) right!  I love this time of the year we  celebrate some special days here in America one of them is Mother's Day. For my design today I created two lovely Mother's Day cards for two amazing ladies in my life.

I cut two Classic Crest Solar White panels and adhered the patterned paper design diagonally across the top and bottoms. I used a mat from the Basis Card Stock Olive to add some dimension to one of the design panels.  I adhered both to an A2 Top and Side Fold Basis Card Stock White (110%), perfect card base super sturdy.

The Mom sentiment and strip were die cut out of  POW Glitter Paper Caramel.

One of the sentiments was stamped with black ink the other with VersaMark. I heat embossed with clear and white embossing powders. A few splatters were added to add pizzazz to my card.

I feel like a kid in a candy store can't wait to give these lovely cards to my fantastic Sister, Sister-In-Law.

Thanks for stopping by! Please make sure you check out CutCardStock on Facebook to get updates on sales. Have a great weekend!

Ink & Paper Hugs


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Floral Wedding Suite with a Touch of Glitter

Did you know CutCardStock offers printing services? For this project I wanted to share with you all this floral wedding suite I had printed and cut by CutCardStock. 

I've worked with lots of printers but CutCardStock is truly my favorite. The entire process is straight forward, customizable, and they help you every step of the way to ensure your printed pieces are perfect.  I especially love that they send a picture of a printed proof so you can ensure everything is just right. It really puts my mind at ease when I'm placing a large order. 

For this project I uploaded my files to their website and filled out the request form.  I love the way prints look on Classic Crest 100 Recycled Bright White card stock, it's so smooth and it gives the ink a subtle shine --- it's also on sale right now!

Printed and cut, these turned out great, but I wanted to add a little something extra to make this suite pop.  I opted to add a silver boarder to the invite and do a silver belly band using POW Glitter Paper in Silver.

I cut all of the glitter paper to the appropriate sizes and attached it using double sided tape. Overall I'm really happy with how this suite turned out and am so happy I discovered CutCardStock's printing services. 

Be sure to check out CutCardStock's printing services for your own designs! Thanks for checking out the blog, I look forward to sharing more projects with you soon! 

Drew - DB Designs

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

For Mom

Hello my crafty friends! Mother's Day is coming soon. Are you ready to send your handmade love to mothers / grandmothers in your life? I created this card for a mother's day card exchange event held by my crafty friends' group. I'm so grateful to be part of this group and learned so much from those lovely ladies!

First die-cut the "Mom" sentiment using the POW glitter paper in gold. I love the warm golden color of this glitter paper. It's great for all kinds of sentiments like "Happy birthday", "Congrats", "Get well soon" etc.

Then layer-stamp the roses and leaves on to the Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.  And die-cut them out.

For the background, ink blend blue and purple on the Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock to hint for the blue sky in the background. 

Stamp "Everything I am you helped me to be" on to the background using a stamping tool.

Position all pieces as you'd like and glue them to the background. I used foam tapes at the back of "Mom" and the rose to raise the height to give it a little bit of 3D feel.

Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to follow CutCardStock on Facebook to get updates on sales and inspirations. Happy crafting~


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Savoy Cotton Dreaminess

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Hope that everyone's week is off to a great start. We are FINALLY starting to feel like spring in Chicagoland, and it is so invigorating! This is a very exciting time for my business as we approach WEDDING SEASON. Now, wedding season officially starts for me in January, as this is when I get many requests for invitation and save-the-date designs. But in the spring these events start to come to life, and it's so fun!

In my last posted I hinted about my love for Savoy Cotton card stock, and now I'm going to share why I love it... It's 100% cotton, so it has a luscious texture and weight to it. One touch and you immediately know that this is no ordinary paper! Savoy is now my go-to when I want my invitation or announcement to have a touch of elegance. And for wedding invitations, of course! I even keep a stack on-hand to use on my home printer. Can you tell I love it?

This wedding invitation was obviously printed on the Savoy. The texture of it is reminiscent of watercolor paper, so it further enhanced this concept. In fact, if I were to create hand-painted placecards for this wedding, I would definitely use the Savoy Cotton. It holds up well with watercolor painting.

I also added just a touch of glam to the suite with a Stardream Metallic Belly Band in Vista

Well, I best be getting back to work! Now it's time for thank you notes, menus and day-of signage for this wedding that is coming up quick. Cheers to wedding season! XOXO, Erin @eringermandesign

Monday, April 23, 2018

You Are Amazing

Who doesn't want a card telling them they are Amazing?!? I love cards just because to brighten someone's day up.

I love the look of stamping on cardstock with a darker color so I thought it would be neat to gather all of my flower stamps up. I started with a piece of 6X6 cardstock. I started by Laying out all of my flower stamps on my cardstock in a random pattern but placing them all as close together as I could. I used my Tim Holtz stamp platform to insure that I would get a clear crisp image.

Once I had the stamps all laid out the way I was happy with (which actually took me longer than I thought it would) I shut my stamp platform to get all of the stamps so attach. Then I added ink to all of the stamps and stamped on my cardstock it took a couple tries to get the perfect images I was looking for.

Using an acrylic stamp block, I stamped some random hearts wherever I had too much open space.

To match the glitter cardstock I stamped my sentiment (You are Amazing) with silver pigment ink and clear embossed over it.  

I cut my silver glitter cardstock to 6X6 so I ended up cutting my stamped cardstock down a little bit to mat it with silver glitter cardstock. I wrapped the white satin ribbon around the stamped cardstock near the bottom and attached it with some tape on the back.

I matted my white cardstock with some more silver glitter cardstock because you can never have too much glitter.

I then assembled all of the pieces of my card together and attached it to my 6X6 notecard.

I didn't mention above I did end up cutting a little strip of the silver glitter cardstock to attach above the ribbon I just felt I needed more glitter.

And as a last little detail I added some sequins around the card! 

Supplies Used:
Silver Glitter Cardstock
Cougar White Cardstock
Momento Die Ink in "Lilac Posies"
Flower Stamps
Sentiment Stamp
Silver Pigment Ink
Clear Embossing powder 
Heat Gun

Thanks for stopping by today if you have any questions just leave me a comment below and I would love to answer it for you. 
Have an Amazing day! 


Friday, April 20, 2018

Celebrating All Mom's

Mother's Day is fast approaching and we all need cards for the mom's in our lives. Whether it's your mom, your grandmother, or a friend that needs encouragement because she's facing challenges as a mom herself. It's also great to send a card to someone who has always been like a mom to you. So, let's create some Mother's Day cards!

For this card, I did partial die-cutting. I started by stamping the image on Class Crest Card Stock 80lb. in Bright White.  This stamp set has layers so you can stamp in different colors to get some shading. When I finished stamping, I positioned the coordinating die over the stamped image and taped it at the edge of the bottom cutting plate. Then I positioned the top cutting plate to line up with the bottom one and ran the die through my machine. 

There were several areas that didn't cut, so I made manual cuts with a crafting knife.

I created a second set of stamped flowers and cut that out completely. I cut this set apart to add additional flowers above the partial die-cut. I also popped up the middle flowers with the second set to add dimension.

For additional shading and to fill in areas I didn't stamp completely, I used several Prismacolor Pencils. I added some POW Glitter Paper in Gold behind the flowers. Then adhered the entire panel to a Pre-creased A7 (5x7) Cougar Invitation in White

To complete the card, I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment. Added Nuvo Jewel Drops in Orange Marmalade to the center of each flower. Then I stamped the floral outline image on the envelop. 

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Always love hearing from you. Be sure to check out CutCardStock on Facebook to get the latest updates on sales as well as additional inspiration from the design team. 

Until next time. . . . inky hugs!!
Marcia K