Thursday, May 31, 2018

Paper Flower Backdrop - Part 1

I saw a really great Pinterest post for a photo backdrop using faux boxwood plants and silk flowers and thought it would be perfect for my best friends bridal shower and wedding, but decided to go with paper flowers instead of silk. 

I have seen so many posts on Instagram about paper flowers and templates and decided on a template from @thecraftysagitarius that had a variety of sizes. The template also came with how to videos that were great to have for my first time making paper flowers.

For the paper I wanted to go with plain white because it aligned with my friends wedding colors and didn't clash with the green boxwood. I choose 80lb Basis Card Stock - not only because it's on sale this month, but because it has a nice texture to it and the weight was just right.  I researched lots of tutorials and some used lighter weight paper, but because I want this to last from the bridal shower in a few weeks until the wedding at the end of July, I wanted paper that would hold up.  

Here is where you can get the template I used - it's available as an svg, so it's perfect for cutting on Cricut and Silhouette, or since I'm traveling I opted just to print the template out and cut the pieces by hand --- just make sure when you're printing you're not set on 'fit to screen' for the settings. Choose 100% especially for the large and extra large flowers. 

To start I cut out all the pieces - here is the small size flower template pieces all cut out. This included 1 of the larger clovers, 2 of the smaller clovers and 12 of the petals. 

I highly recommend watching the video that comes with the templates because they are so helpful, especially if, like me,  you've never made paper flowers before. 

To get started on the bud you fold in the two opposite sides of the clover shape, wrap one around the other and secure with hot glue.  ***learn from my mistakes,  less is more in the glue department. 

As you wrap each petal around, you start to get a rosebud shape for the center of the flower. Attach the bud to the middle of the second small clover and continue wrapping each petal around. 

One of the things I am struggling with (and will hopefully improve as I make more flowers) is adjusting the tightness of each petal to control the size of the flower overall. 

For the next layer, the larger clover shape, I used a pencil to roll the corners of the petals back - this adds so much dimension to the flower and helps hide any imperfections. 

Speaking of imperfections... I found myself getting caught up in trying to make the petals perfectly symmetrical and it slowed me down. I have to keep reminding myself that the flowers will look more natural if they aren't perfect.   

After the clover shapes, I curled the edges of the petals and started attaching them around the outside of the flower four at a time, alternating where they attached to avoid the flower looking too square.  Here's what the bottom of the completed flower looked like. (The template I followed had a base piece to add to the flowers but since I will be attaching these to a backdrop I opted to keep the back open for now). 

Overall this went pretty smoothly for my first time dabbling in paper flowers.  Stay tuned for my next post where I complete more flowers, create the back drop, and attach the flowers to it. Fingers crossed it goes just as smooth! 

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Teacher Inspiration

As the school year comes to an end, it's nice to send some good cheer to our hard-working teachers.  My project today, features a card with a coordinating envelope that is perfect to pair with those end of the year mugs and gift cards.  

I started off with a 5x7" notecard created with Basis Cardstock in black and placed it on my stamp platform.  I had some school-themed Tim Holtz Blueprint stamps and decided to make a background with them using white pigment ink.  

This gives kind of a chalkboard look that's great for the teacher theme.  

I adhered a simple band with foam tape using Cougar White Super Smooth cardstock stamped with an inspirational sentiment.

For the envelope, I used a Basis A-7 envelope in white and stamped a tree and an additional quote on the back.  I stamped the leaves of the tree in teal ink to coordinate with the card sentiment.  

Adding that extra stamped detail to an envelope is one more way to get more mileage from your stamps and make that special teacher feel even more appreciated.  Thanks so much for joining me today!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Flashback: Father's Day Envelope Art

Every once in a while we have a project that's too good to only share just once! Today we are revisiting some envelope art created by the super talented Annie...

If your dad is anything like mine, he's happy with a card made of printer paper and a handwritten sentiment...but that doesn't mean you can't deliver it in an extra fancy envelope.  This rustic, masculine envelope is easy to create with a few simple tools and Basis Cardstock.

Start by trimming a piece of Basis Natural Cardstock to 8⅛" x 8⅛".  Score and punch the cardstock using the measurements found on the Envelope Punch Board to form an envelope for an A2 card.  Alternatively, you can use Basis A2 Envelopes, but I didn't have any in this beautiful neutral color to use at the time.

Stamp your images onto the envelope, leaving room for an address in the center.  I used Versafine ink and stamp positioning tool for mine to ensure a crisp and even impression.

To give me a guide to follow to keep the address area free of color on the envelope, I traced a small rounded rectangle die in the center lightly with pencil.

Next, I lightly colored in the images with watercolor pencils (avoiding the rectangular area in the center) and blended the colors with a waterbrush tip that was only slightly damp.  Basis Cardstock is not watercolor paper and will pill if you add too much water or overwork it, but works fine for this application.

Above, you can see the difference in intensity when just a tiny bit of water is added to the pencils.  The two boats on the left have been blended, but the rest of the images are only lightly colored in pencil at this point.  I chose to keep the colors in my scene a little "faded" to add to the rustic feel of the envelope.

Adhere the bottom flaps of the envelope closed with strong tape runner and ink the edges with brown ink.  I love how the inked edges give the scene instant depth and rarely decorate an envelope without this finishing touch.

Add your card and seal this beauty shut!  If you're not comfortable addressing a fancy envelope with your regular handwriting, you can either stamp it or print out a label (these clear ones work great!) in a scripty font.

I hope I've inspired you to take dad's envelope to the next level and thanks so much for stopping by today.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Dad, you're the best!

Happy Friday my crafty friends! Father's Day is around the corner. Let's make some cards to celebrate the important fathers in our lives.

I start off by choosing a few masculine colors from my Basis cardstock collection. By the way, this cardstock is on sale this month at Cutcardstock.

Prepare the cardstock into A2-sized note cards. Then die-cut a heart from each of them.

Also cut the red cardstock in A2 size for the middle layer underneath the heart. The card base used is Basis 110LB White Cardstock. This is my favorite weight for card bases.

Die-cut the "Dad" sentiment using Stardream metallic fine gold 105lb cardstock. Cut out the "YOU'RE THE BEST" tags as well.

Assemble everything together. Dad, you're the best in my heart!

Thank you for stopping by. Please check CutCardStock on Facebook to get updates on sales and inspirations from the design team. And don't forget that the Basis Cardstocks are on sale this month. Happy crafting~


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Grad Season

Happy Wednesday friends! We are getting down to the nitty-gritty last days of school. It's always a chaotic and emotional time of year for me. The realization that my boys are getting older hits me like a ton of bricks EVERY year! And trying to stay on top of all the end-of-year activities nearly sends me into orbit. 

Last weekend we had our babysitter over, and she told me that she was graduating high school this year. I about keeled over. I mean, I knew she was in high school, of course, but I could not believe that she was graduating ALREADY. This sweet gal brought us cookies and and a flyer to promote her just passing babysitting certification at the age of THIRTEEN. Now she's graduating high school? Tears.

I ran out and bought a card to include with a gift for her. Just like Mother's Day, I wanted to coordinate my envelope artwork with the darling card I found at Paper Source. Below you will see my sketch and color explorations. 

Once again, I utilized the Classic Crest Solar White envelopes - the smooth surface is perfect for brush lettering. 

I also used the Tombow Dual Brush Pens again, but this time I also wanted some gold accents, so I used the Uniball Roller Pen in Gold.
Here's a little detail. I've come to the conclusion that I simply cannot complete an illustration without adding dots somewhere - LOL!

And a detail of the floral illustration. I'm trying to add depth to my illustrations by using multiple colors. I wish I could draw florals all day long! Graduation caps? Not so much. ;)

Have a great rest of your week!! XOXO, Erin @eringermandesign

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

As simple as 2-4-6-8!

Maybe you've heard of the most simple formula to create a little container out of one sheet of cardstock? If you haven't ever used the 2-4-6-8 method, I'd like to share it with you today. It's quick and easy, simple to mass produce and fun to make all your own with stamping and embellishments!

To start, cut a piece of cardstock to 6" x 8 1/2". Save the section you trim off because you can use that for your tag or other additions. I used Basis Natural for this entire project. It's on sale this month and there are so many colors to choose from.

I actually dry embossed my cardstock to add some texture. You can do this before or after you score your lines. I used a wood texture embossing folder; lining it up on one of the score lines so I could run it through twice to cover the entire surface.

Once your cardstock is trimmed to size, score along the long side at 2", 4", 6" and 8". Then on the short side, score at 2".  Here's a simple diagram that may help.

The dotted lines represent score lines, the solid lines represent cuts. You'll then need to cut the short ends of each score, along with cutting out the little rectangle that's excess. Keep the skinny scored area so you can assemble the box.

Take a look at the scored and cut cardstock, and take a look at where I placed the Scor Tape so I can put it all together.

It's easy to then create a rectangular "tube", using the flap with adhesive to hold it all together. I fold all the bottom flaps on top of each other to create a sturdy bottom. And bingo... it's as easy as that.

I gently guided the sides in and hole punched the top to give me a way to keep it closed with some rustic twine.

Using the leftover cardstock, I die cut a couple of shapes and then ink blended on some color to achieve the masculine look I was going for. The Basis cardstock took the blended Distress inks really nicely!

I thought a little message on the bottom of the tag would finish this off nicely. So I used my trusty MISTI to ensure my stamping was straight... I'm not really skilled at doing that on my own :)

And that's all there is to it. I learned this technique many years ago when I first started stamping, and it seems to be one I return to often. When I want to dress up a little gift or something special to stuff a little cash in, this seems to be my "go-to". It's easy to mass produce, so I think it would be great for wedding, shower or party favors!

Thanks for stopping by, and take some time to get crafty today..... Amber

Monday, May 21, 2018

Gone Camping

Are you an inside hotel camper or a tent camper? I'm a hotel camper. But I could not help making a cute little scene card with these little bears sitting by the camp fire. 

I wanted to have two little bears by the campfire with their cute little lanterns so I gave mirror image stamping a try. I stamped all of my images on to Cougar White cardstock. To get the mirror image of the bear I used my stamp platform and stamped on a piece of the stamp packaging then carefully turned it over to transfer to my white cardstock.  The image was not as clear and crisp as I would have liked so I took a black pen and drew over the lines to crisp them up. It was so much fun I'm thinking I will be doing it again very soon.

Color the stamped images in using a Spectrum Noir alcohol-based marker. Then cut them out as close to the black line as possible. 

Start with a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece of Basis cardstock in Grey Rub over the grey cardstock with a anti-static tool then stamp stars randomly all over the top of the cardstock with Versamark Ink. Heat emboss with gold embossing powder.

  Cut some stripes of Pop Tone cardstock in Jelly Bean Green and cut some waves to look like different hills. Add some ink to the edge of the cardstock.

Attach the cardstock with the embossed stars to the top of the card base. Using Adhesive foam dots attach the green hills on the bottom of the cardstock base.

Now is the fun part attaching the cut out images at different spots on the hills.

I thought the card needed a matching envelop so I took a Basis envelop in Burgundy. On the flap I stamped in Versa Mark a few clusters of stars and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. 

On the front I stamped a sign and added Gone Camping with Versafine ink in Onyx black and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

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