Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Classic Gold Wedding Suite

I got a request from a CutCardStock customer, Vicki, for a custom wedding suite design. She needed a wedding invite, response post card and thank you post card, and she needed them quick!  Her wedding is planned for September 1st, so we needed to get a designed nailed down and get them printed over just a few days. Luckily CutCardStock not only does an excellent job, but they seem to do it in record speed. 

In addition to needing them done quickly, Vicki wanted a timeless design with gold accents, a monogram, and a gold border around the edge. Since CutCardStock's gold and silver paper was on sale this month, I recommended doing the invite on ivory/off white paper and then mounting it on either gold foil paper or gold glitter paper. 

Here's what was used for these pieces: 

All the pieces were printed and cut by CutCardStock as a custom print order.

After looking at the printed proofs we received from CutCardStock we opted to go with the Glitter Paper for the border. Since the RSVP and Thank You are postcards, we didn't do a boarder on those. We finalized the custom order and got them printed in no time.  

To request a custom design order to be printed by CutCardStock you can message my shop on Etsy or contact me on Instagram

Monday, July 30, 2018

Better Place in Rose Gold - Part Two

Here's part two of an earlier post Silver Congrats Card. It's part two because I used the same layering dies, Birch Press Kaleidoscope, as I did in the part one post. This time I used different parts of the die-cut and of course different paper.

I love playing with metallic papers and the Rose Gold Foil is no exception. It's stunning. These dies worked perfectly with the Rose Gold card stock. To keep the focus on the Rose Gold, I used Curious Metallic in Poison Ivory for the two layers underneath. The Poison Ivory is a nice shimmery ivory color to pair with the Rose Gold. 

I loved the Rose Gold Foil so much that I saved all the little pieces that were removed from the layering die. I decided to add a few to the card front with sequins. The rest I saved in a bowl to use later.

For the card base, I used Curious Metallic in Ice Gold. It's a nice sturdy card stock that has a little shimmer. I created a top-folding card and adhered all the pieces with Tombow Liquid Glue.  I stamped the Gina K sentiment in the center and heat embossed it with Rose Gold embossing powder. Once again, I left the inside blank. Now I can use this card for a birthday, thinking of you, or perhaps a thank you card. 

Only a few days left until the end of the month. Be sure to check out the CutCardStock shop to see all the gold and silver card stock that's on sale until the end of this month.

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

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Good Vibes

I cannot resist "retro style" typography.  When it's a shadowed die cut--even better!  Today's card features all that and a layer of stenciled embossing-- another favorite :).  The star of the show however is the gorgeous silver and gold card stock from the CutCardstock shopPow Silver Glitter paper and Currency Cover Gold card stock.

I glued my word die cuts together using some strong Tombow glue.  I made two versions of the die cut and settled on the gold on top of the glitter.  I'll save the other for another project.

Next, I took a 4.25" x 5.5" panel of Pop Tone card stock in Berrylicious and a stencil with some retro circles and ran VersaMark ink over the top of the stencil.  I then heat embossed opaque white embossing powder over the top.

I trimmed down the panel and adhered it to the front of a note card using foam tape.   I made the white card using Cougar White Super Smooth card stock in 100#.  The stencil was a little difficult to heat emboss perfectly because it did not have a border, but the die cut will cover that up.  

I added some clear gems to mimic the bubbles in the stencil.  This card makes me smile.  The gold and silver card stock pieces give just enough shimmer and shine without overpowering the card.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Congratulations to You!

Hello! Back on Independence day, I posted a fireworks card on my blog (linked at the bottom of this post). I really liked the stencil, so I challenged myself to create a brighter colored version using the same type of layout. This is what I came up with.

For the fireworks, I masked off an area on a piece of Classic Crest White with the Fireworks stencil from Whimsy Stamps and some painter’s tape and did a little blending with some Distress Inks.

To finish the inking, I spritzed the design with Shimmer Spray in Sparkle to add a bit of glitter to the fireworks. While that was drying, I die-cut the frame and the sentiment out of Mirrisparkle in Silver.

I wanted to create a flat card this time, so I die-cut the sentiment out of the inked design (saving all the inside pieces of the letters!) to create an inlay area for the Mirrisparkle sentiment. The easiest way to stick all the pieces back in place is to put a piece of scratch paper covered in glue tape or double-sided adhesive behind the opening. Then, all you have to do it tap everything into place.

After the sentiment was done, I layered on the frame with narrow glue tape and added a scattering of flat sequins.

Here’s the link to the original card I used for inspiration.

Have you ever used one of your own cards as inspiration? Leave a comment below and tell me how it went! Happy crafting!

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

Monday, July 23, 2018

Silver Congrats Card - Part One

Do you ever make cards and not finish them? I'm notorious for doing that. Many times I leave them unfinished intentionally.  I like having lots of cards available to finish later so I can personalize them for the recipient and the occasion.  Later I'll go back, add an insert inside of the card, as well as a sentiment and any other decorations to personalize it.

To make this card, I used several intricate dies from Birch Press Designs. I found that using the Sizzix Precision Base Plate helps get a clean cut. Especially with more expensive card stock that is thicker or has a plastic coating to it. The glitter paper I used for this card has a plastic backing. It's a great feature because the paper holds up really well. But, I've had problems getting a clean cut with dies like these. What I mean is a cut that goes all the way through on every detail. Using the Precision Base Plate has helped with that issue. 

For this card, I used Curious Metallic Ice Silver for the card base and the background die. For the inner circle, I used POW Silver Glitter Paper . For the sentiment, I used Stardream Metallic Silver for the background and Stardream Metallic Ruby for the word Congrats. 

I love all the shimmer and shine of this card. The Curious Metallic Ice Silver is a great solid card stock for the base. The weight of the card stock ensures that the card stands up well. I also gravitate toward this card stock because it adds a subtle touch of elegance. A little something extra beyond the traditional white card stock I typically use. 

Gold and silver card stock is on special until the end of the month. So you have a few days to stock up on these if you need them. This is part one of a two part post. In part two, I'll explain the card below on the right. Come back on July 30 to see that card up-close and personal. 

Be sure to head over to the CutCardStock shop to see all the gold and silver card stock that's on sale this month.

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

Friday, July 20, 2018

Thank You Card Set

Happy Friday my dear crafty friends~ Since all gold and silver cardstocks are on sale this month at CutCardStock, I'd like to show you another card that uses my favorite gold cardstock of all, the Stardream Metallic Fine Gold cardstock. These thank you cards are very easy to make, and they come in pairs.

Prepare the gold and white (Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock) cardstocks in A2 sizes. Use the washi tape to cover the front of the white cardstock.

With the "THANKS" die, cut the center of both cards out.

Swap the letters between the two cardstocks to pop them out of the card. Glue the card front and letters to the card base to complete the cards. They are so simple to make, so I made a set of 8 saved for future uses.

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 all gold and silver cardstocks are on sale this month. Happy crafting~


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Birthday Party Favor Tags

Last week we celebrated my baby's 8th birthday (tears!). He is a HUGE basketball fan, so we planned a basketball-themed party with his buddies at our local gym. He and I were surfing Pinterest for party favor ideas and he loved an idea that featured all orange items and had an "Orange you glad you played basketball today" tag, so I went with it! I actually really enjoy putting together party favors. In fact, they might be my favorite part of hosting parties! (My friends think I'm nuts).

So, funny story, my son's name is Weston, partially because I love the letter W. Yes, total typographic nerd here. I wanted to include a W in the tag design, so I thought, "how about a pop of glitter!". Boys deserve a little glitter too, you know. ;)

I printed out and trimmed a W from my home printer. Then I sketched out the Ws on the back side of a sheet of POW Silver Glitter paper. I aligned the edges of the Ws so I could reduce the number of cuts I needed to make.

Next, I designed the tag in Adobe Illustrator with the caption on the front, and simple stripes on the back. I printed the tags on my FAVORITE cardstock to use on my home printer - Cougar White Cardstock

I glued the glitter Ws on the back side of the tag. They looked so fun!!!!

For the bag contents, we went all orange, of course!

All packed up and ready to go. Did the 8 year-old boys notice the fun details? Probably not... LOL! But maybe their mom's did!!! 

XOXO, Erin @eringermandesign

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Paper Pieced Congratulations Card

Hi! How is everyone doing? Summer is so crazy here can't even believe my kiddos have less then a month of summer left before they go back to school. 

Summer is full of weddings so it's really nice to have wedding cards on hand during this busy time. 

I started this card with a 5 1/2" X 4 1/4" top folding card base. 

I started by die cutting flowers into Gold cardstock. I first thought I would back the flowers and leaves with colored cardstock. Well that seemed to hard with the die I had chosen so I thought paper piecing seemed like the better option. 

To do my paper piecing I like to use double sided stick it adhesive. For the most part when it is die cut the paper stays is so you don't have to go looking for the pieces. 
I paper pieced with three different colors of  Pop-Tone cardstock in Lemon DropRazzleberrySour Apple.

After all of the paper piecing was done I stamped with VersaMark ink onto  Basis Cardstock in Grey and heat embosssed with white embossing powder. I cut the sentiment out and cut a V into the ends to form a banner. 

 Then with VersaMark ink I stamped a butterfly onto Curious Metallic cardstock in Gold Leaf then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I fussy cut the butterfly out. 

I added a few sequins as a finishing touch but you don't need to add to many details to a card if you do paper piecing the details in that can stand alone.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Golden Pineapple

The Golden Pineapple.... doesn't that sound like a trophy you'd win for a Hawaiian surfing competition, or something? In this case, it's me jumping on this huge trend of pineapples and adding some fantastic gold foil cardstock.

I started with a blank card, which is something CutCardStock does so well! I chose a smaller size card, A1 (also known as 4 bar). It's nice to have a stock of these cut and scored so that when I'm ready I can just grab the card base, matching envelope and go....

I knew I wanted to compliment the gold foil cardstock I was going to use on this card, so I chose to emboss the pineapple and sentiment in gold embossing powder. Versamark ink and the Misti are must-haves for me!

After I embossed the stamped images, I added in some color detail with my Primacolor pencils. I'm not sure how realistic I colored the body of the pineapple, but I had fun with it!

Here's a close up after I added the stamped front panel onto the pre-made card, and added some gold foil cardstock strips down both sides for accent. I love the bling and the simplicity of this card. I say you can never go wrong with a little added gold, and now is the time to stock up because all gold and silver cardstocks are on sale this month!

And one last look for you. I hope you enjoyed this card and all the projects you are seeing from our talented design team! Be sure to check us out on Facebook and follow us on Instagram so you don't miss any inspiration or sales updates.