Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sending Smiles

Creating a scene on the front of a card is fun and easy to do when you have die cuts to help you out.  For today's project, I thought there would be no better way to showcase the Pop Tone card stock than with this method.

For my scene, I used these sun ray and hillside dies along with Lemon Drop and Gumdrop Green Pop Tone card stock.  Everything was adhered with foam tape onto a note card I created using Banana Split card stock--I love those names!

For the animals, I stamped them all together with my stamp platform on to some Cougar White Super Smooth card stock.  I colored them with Copics, then cut them out using their coordinating dies.

I wanted to frame two of the animals with a heart, so I created a frame using two nesting heart dies along with some Orange Fizz Pop Tone card stock.

Lots of bright color and texture make this card a cheerful greeting to send to a friend.  

Thanks for joining me today and be sure to head over to the CutCardstock shop to see the huge variety of colors in the Pop Tone collection--on sale this month!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

You Are So Loved: Ink Blending on Pop-Tones

Happy hump day to you! How do you find inspiration for your projects? I’ve been looking at clothing trends lately to find inspiration for my cards.

Today’s design came from a dress I spotted on Amazon. It was a half black, half white sheath dress with an aqua design separating the colors. I didn’t want to copy exactly, so I made my own interpretation… with extra sequins, of course!

To make the card front, I stamped my design with Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Ink in Tide Pool on a piece of Pop-Tones cardstock in Sweet Tooth. Then, stamped over it again with Versamark Ink. I used a clear detail embossing powder the emboss the design since I was going to do a resist technique to make the aqua color pop.

Next, I blended in some Versafine CLAIR Ink in Nocturne from the embossed side, creating a rounded area for the sentiment; I also dabbed ink around the edges.

Once I had the blend as black as I wanted, I used an old rag to wipe off the excess from the embossed design. Then, I stamped the sentiment (Beautiful Flowers, Simon Says Stamp) and colored in the word “loved” with a Copic BG11 Sketch Marker. It matched the Tide Pool Ink almost perfectly!

And last but certainly not least, I added a little sparkle with glitter spritz from Tsukineko and a few flat sequins, and attached it to a card base.

Don’t forget that the Pop-Tones cardstock is on special until the end of the month, so you have a few more days to stock up on some cardstock that is fabulous for ink blending! Have a great day!

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

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Paper Flower Backdrop - Part 2

You know when you take on a Pinterest inspired project and you think to yourself, this can go one of two ways - it's either going to be amazing or you're going to go down in the #pinterestfail hall of fame. I'm happy to say that the Paper Flower Backdrop I started in my last post turned out to be success!

In my first post I shared how I was starting to create the paper flowers using the template from @thecraftysagitarius.  I continued by making a bunch more flowers in varying sizes.... so... many... flowers. 

I used Basis 80lb White Card Stock as well as Curious Metallic 89lb Cryogen White Card Stock. The Cryogen White looks a little ivory compared to the Basis White, but the contrast made the layout look more natural. 

I planned on using this for my best friends' bridal shower and wedding, but we've only had the shower so far so I'll share how I set it up for the indoor venue (as well as my plans for the outdoor reception.)

I got these really great faux boxwood panels off of amazon - they were great because they have a grid on the back that made it really easy to attach the flowers and hang the panels.  Each panel was 40"x40" and I got 4 of them to make an 80"x80" backdrop. 

The template that I used for the flowers included a backing that I opted not to use so that I could use the open pieces of the back of the flower to tie them to the boxwood.  I used clear mono cord that I found in the jewelry making section to attach the flowers.


Here's a shot of the back of the completed flowers  - I looped a strand of mono cord around two petals on opposite sides, tied a knot, then used the excess strands to tie the flowers to the boxwood grid. 

Here's a quick drawing that shows how I tied the mono cord on - it was hard to photograph with the clear cord on the white paper. 

I made sure not to tie the mono cord too tight or it would bite into the paper.  When I attached the cord to the boxwood I placed the tethers far apart and tied them tight so the flowers didn't bounce around or droop.

For the indoor venue I decided to just hang the boxwood panels up on the wall using command hooks. For the outdoor wedding reception I plan to use a staple gun to attach the boxwood to two 40"x80" plywood panels and create some braces to stand them up straight.

Overall the backdrop turned out great for it's debut at the bridal shower - the panels weren't perfectly even but I'm hoping to fix that when I mount them to plywood. We took lots of photos in front of it and they all turned out really great.

I'll have photo's from the back drop at the wedding up on my instagram account - @eastmaindesigns so be sure to follow me to see how it turned out!



Monday, June 25, 2018

Elegant Metallics

It's that time of year when I tend to have more weddings and anniversaries to celebrate. So, I decided to build up my stash of these types of cards. Nothing says wedding or anniversary like beautiful metallic papers. Something about the extra shimmer and shine makes a clean and simple layout extra special. That was my focus for the bases and backgrounds to use the different metallic papers that CutCardStock has to offer.

For the card on the left, I used Curious Metallic in Ice Gold for the base and the background. The middle card uses Classic Pearl Linen for the base and background. The one on the left is Stardream Metallic in Silver.  The card stocks are so elegant and downright yummy to look at. Well, at least that's what I think. I just wish the pictures could capture all of that shimmery goodness.

On to the cards. . . for two of the cards, I used a die-cut from Birch Press Designs to create the trellis type background. I adhered the background to the card base with Tombow Liquid Glue. I like using liquid glue for die-cuts like this because it gives you a chance to move the pieces around until they are lined up perfectly. I have used spray adhesive but found it more difficult to get the right alignment.

To create the focal image, I used Concord & 9th's Turnabout Wreath and stamped the images on Classic Pearl Linen.  The images were stamped with Versamark ink so I could add different metallic embossing powders for additional shimmer. After stamping and embossing, I die-cut the wreath into circles.

For the die-cut sentiments, I used the POW Glitter paper in Gold on one card. For the other, I used Stardream Metallic in Silver.

For the anniversary card, I used an additional heart die from Cheapo Dies. I popped up the outside of the heart with adhesive backed foam.

For more inspiration from the design team keep scrolling down to check out the other crafty creations.

Thanks so much for visiting. 
Until next time. . . . inky hugs!!
Marcia K

Friday, June 22, 2018

Simple Birthday and Thank You Cards with Pop-Tones Cardstock

Hi there! Happy Friday! YAY~~
What kinds of cards do you make the most? For me, they're birthday cards and thank you cards. Today I'm going to show you some simple to make cards with Pop-Tones cardstock.

Here are the colors of cardstock I picked: Cotton Candy, Banana Split, Bubble Gum and Grape Jelly.

First, cut out some intricate frames using the Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.

Then glue the frames to the Pop-Tones cardstock. The color of the cardstock can be seen through the die-cut holes to give the frame a lace-like look.

Pick a few large stamps as the sentiment. You may also use any die-cut sentiments that fit in the frame.

Add some embellishment flowers to make the card a little more interesting. I used the leftover cardstock in Banana Split to pop them in front of the purple background.

Assemble everything together, here comes the finished card. You may add other embellishment like sequins, crystals or ribbons as you wish. The large selection of color of Pop-Tones cardstock makes this simple card also versatile.

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 Pop-Tones cardstock is on sale this month. Happy crafting~


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Moving Announcement

Hooray! A new box of supplies from CutCardStock arrived this week and I was SO EXCITED!

Especially for the Gansai Tambi Watercolor Paint Set and the Zig Water Brushes. I didn't end up using the Micron Pens for this post, but they are one of my FAVORITE pens to sketch with, so I kept them in the photo. They will be featured in another post!

I've been trying to do some more painting, so when I was asked to design a moving announcement, I took advantage of the opportunity to try incorporating it into my concepts.

I love the watercolor brushes for lettering. The bristles on the tips are shorter and less likely to flair out, making them easier to control. These brushes also have a well that can filled with water. This provides increased control over the amount of water you are using, and also makes watercolor painting more portable!

For this project, I used the Medium Tip water brush for the lettering, as I tend to write large. For the florals and leaves, I used both the Medium and Detailer tips. I also enjoyed getting to know the Gansai paints. The colors were quite vibrant. I especially love the navy blue... It was the most marvelous hue! I didn't even have to mix it with anything - perfect as is!

After I painted the individual elements, I scanned them into my computer and created a composition in Photoshop. 

Here are the final four concepts I presented to her. The top left I created in Adobe Illustrator, the top right was illustrated with Micron Pens, scanned and created in Adobe Illustrator. Which one do you think she'll chose?? Follow my Instagram account and I'll post her selection in a few weeks!
Thanks for reading! XOXO, Erin @eringermandesign

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

You Are The Best

Hi Crafters! 

I love the bright colors of the Pop Tones cardstock so I wanted them to be the focus of my card. 

I started by stamping multiple flowers on to the Pop Tones cardstock in Razzleberry and Red Hot. Then I stamped some leaves onto three different colors of the Pop Tones cardstock- LimeadeSour Apple GreenJelly Bean Green. I stamped all of my images with Memento Tuxedo black ink. 

I was not sure how many flowers or leaves I would need for my card so I stamped a few more then I thought I would use. Then I fussy cut them out if you have stamps with matching dies you could just die cut them out. I like to fussy cut I enjoy it it is really relaxing to me. 

I took a White cardstock and trimmed it down to 11" X 4 1/4 and scored it down the middle to form my finished card base. I loved the black and white pattern paper from the WeR Memory Keepers 6X6 paper pad so I trimmed it down to 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

 Then with two different circle die cuts I cut a circle out of my base and pattern paper.  I used a little bit smaller die for the card base and a little larger die for the pattern paper so their would be a little border around the edge.

I placed my card in to my stamp platform with the bottom and side lined up with the bottom and left side of the stamp platform. I shut my card and placed my stamp in the center of the circle to get the right placement then opened my card to stamp the sentiment.

I attached the pattern paper to the front of the card base.

Then using Foam Adhesive Circles on some of the flower and double sided tape on others I attached the flowers and leaves around the circle opening.

Thanks for stopping by today you are the best!