Thursday, August 30, 2018

A2 Sized Wreath Builder Cards

Did you know you pay extra postage for a square sized card? Well that's if you use a square envelope. You could always put a square card in a rectangle envelope.  I love square-shaped cards but don't like paying extra for postage. So I decided to turn my square card into a standard A2 size which is 4.25"x 5.5".

I used Gina K's Wreath Builder stamp set to create a card. The wreath builder stencil and stamp set only creates square cards. That's why I had to change things up. To start, I put the wreath builder stencil inside the MISTI and cut a piece of Royal Sundance Felt Card Stock in Brilliant White to a 3.75" x 3.75" square. To make sure the card stock stays put while stamping, I applied temporary adhesive to the back. When I'm finished, I remove the temporary adhesive with the adhesive remover shown below.

I stamped this wreath slightly different. I began by stamping several images the traditional way in the 8 different corners of the stencil. I did that for the light green branch and the two aqua flowers. For the other images, I stamped only 4 times instead of 8. I only have 4 of the pink images - the hearts and pink floral. For those, I only used the square orientation in the wreath builder stencil.  It's a quick way to get a different look using the same items.

For this card, I wanted a traditional A2 sized card (4.25"x 5.5"). To do that I stretched the wreath image. By cutting it in half and adding a strip of paper, you can stretch the card to an A2 sized card. The scary part is cutting the wreath image in half. 

To create the strip of paper to go across the middle, I used one of the same ink colors I stamped on the wreath. Using Cougar White Super Smooth card stock, I rubbed the ink cube across it until it was completely covered. The Cougar Super Smooth card stock works great for this kind of technique. It's smooth texture helps the ink glide easily across it. It absorbed the color evenly too. I also have a coordinating piece of card stock.

I love the texture of the Royal Sundance Felt Card Stock in Brilliant White. Here's a close-up of the stamping on the Royal Sundance Felt Card Stock in Brilliant White. . . . . . .

And here's the finished card.

I created a couple other cards while I had the stamp set out. The other two are the square sized cards created with the same stencil. The one on the left, stamped in red and greens, I explained in an earlier post you can view here. For the card on the right, I used mostly green inks and just a touch of yellow. For the green and yellow card, you'll noticed I positioned the images so they are branching out of the circle instead of creating a traditional wreath in a circle. It's just a matter of placing the images in a different position. 

If you need to stock up on the Cougar Super Smooth Card Stock or Felt Card Stock , you have until the end of the month. It's on sale over here

Thanks for visiting today!


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Another Look: School Days - Magnetic Book Mark

Hello card stock fans!!!  Lisa Lahiff here today and I have a fun little tutorial showing how I made these cute and simple magnetic bookmarks.  I don't know about you, but I LOVE bookmarks, and plus I'm always needing one, and my son is the same way.  So I thought with the start of school happening across the country now would be a perfect time to create some of my own bookmarks.  

1. I started with a panel of Esse card stock in white... I love this card stock for several reasons: it has a nice texture to it, the 100 lb weight is great for using various mediums, and you can color on it with Copic Markers!  I used gullets in red and yellow on the front of my panel and went over it with a wet baby wipe to blend the colors in.

2.  Next I stamped my images and colored them in with Copic Markers.

3.  I used a small pair of scissors to trim each of my images out.

4. I then die cut 2 tags out of my panel to act as the front and back of the bookmarks.

5.  I layered the two tags together, added a hole to the top, tied in the twine, and stamped a few images on the background.

6.  I added magnetic strips on each of the tags on their insides.  These magnetic strips already had adhesive on the back of them, so it made it easy for this project.

7.  I then glued my images onto the front tag.  And that's it!  Your bookmark is ready, enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by and feel free to share what you are making with some of the card stock available in the store on our social media!
Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Ivory and White Die Cut Wedding Invitation

I've been wanting to create a die cut wedding invite for a while now,  and knew with all of that intricate detail I needed to balance it out with subtle colors.  With CutCardStock having a sale on all of their white and ivory card stock this month, I decided to go for it. 

I'm usually a fan of heavy contrast so when I was picking out colors for this project I wasn't sure that my go to white card stock (Classic Crest Recycled 100 Bright White Card Stock) would have enough variance with the natural and ivory card stock I had in my cart. So like any good crafter, I bought a variety of colors :). 

Once my order arrived, there was no question that the Star Dream Metallic Opal card stock was going to be the perfect combination with the white. 

Not only was the color perfect, but I knew the weight (105LB) would support the intricate detail of the die cut. 

I created the die cut pattern in Adobe Illustrator, saved it as a PNG file, and then uploaded to the Cricut Design Space. When I'm creating something with a lot of detail like this, I try to use a brand new blade in my Cricut.

• Brand new premium fine point blade 
• Light grip mat 
• Smart Set Dial set to Cardstock+ 
** I've increased the cutting pressure for 
Cardstock+ to 330in the custom materials settings. 

After I got the folder cut out I used my We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board to create the fold lines to fold in the corners.

I had the invites printed by CutCardStock on Classic Crest 100 Recycled Card Stock.

To assemble these I used double sided tape to attach the invite to the folder and then created a belly band on CTI Glama Natural Translucent paper to hold it all together. 

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Clean and Simple Wedding Wishes

Wedding season is still going strong and you can never have too many cards in your stash for these monumental events.  All you need is a couple of great "go-to" stamps and a simple design to create a special keepsake for the happy couple.

I started off with a notecard I made using Cougar White Smooth 100# cardstock.  I wanted to create a couple of light layers on the front of my card, so I first spread some glass bead paste (kind of like texture paste) over a heart stencil for the first layer.

When it dries, it gives this sheer, raised, iridescent look that's so pretty for a wedding card.

For my second layer, I die cut some hearts in Cougar White and blended some light blue ink over the tops.  This gives a little bit of a contrast, but still keeps everything light and airy.  

I adhered the hearts over the top of the stenciled hearts and added a "Mr. & Mrs." die cut I cut from Currency Cover Silver cardstock over the top.

To decorate the inside, I stamped this pretty wooden stamp from Penny Black using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

I left the bride and groom without color, but added a little color to the flowers using my gelatos and some water.  I added a sentiment above in blue ink.  

This clean and simple card would be perfect with a foil-lined envelope for an extra special touch.  

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wonderful Birthday Wishes

Hello! Niki here and today I have another birthday card idea for you. You can never have enough birthday cards tucked away, am I right? This one is for someone a little extra special since it takes a bit of time to color. 😉

To start, cut an A2 sized piece of Classic Crest Solar White and blend in some ink from the lower right corner. This is where we’re going to stamp the image; the ink helps give the flowers somewhere to “sit.”

I chose Green Hills (Hero Arts) to blend into the background because it’s a beautiful light color and won’t interfere with the colors for the columbine image (Whimsy Stamps). I stamped the flowers in Onyx Black (Memento) so I could color them with Copic markers.

For the flowers, I used a blend of BV01, BV02, BV04, and a touch of G14 with Y13 for the yellow centers. The leaves are colored with a mix of G14 and G17.

To give the flowers a little extra sparkle, I painted over the darkest petals with a Wink of Stella Brush Pen in Violet.

To frame those lovely columbines, I trimmed 1/8” from the edges of the Classic Crest, then I used an A2 sized piece of Basis cardstock in Dark Purple to mat the card front.

To make the sentiment, I stamped the word “Wonderful” (You’re My Favorite, Whimsy Stamps) with embossing ink on a piece of Basis cardstock in Black, and heat embossed with fine white embossing powder (Ranger Industries).

It was too big a sentiment to leave as a strip, so I fussy-cut it out, adhered it to the card front with foam squares, and added “birthday wishes” on a skinny piece of cardstock just below it.

To finish up, I popped a few light green adhesive gems around the flowers, then attached the card front to an A2 card base with Scor-Tape.

If you'd like to try your hand at coloring, the smooth-surfaced, marker-friendly Classic Crest is on sale until the end of the month. Grab a package to test out your favorite coloring mediums!

Thanks so much for reading today! 

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

Monday, August 20, 2018

Birthday Card with Watercolor Background

Happy new week, my crafty friends! Hope you are enjoying the last weeks of summer. I'd like to share with you the birthday card I made for my son, who turned six last week.

First I made the watercolor background with the Strathmore Watercolor paper. I tried two color series, each with three similar colors.

Die cut the card front (Classic Crest Solar White 80lb) and lay it over the watercolor background. I picked the green one as it goes better with the leaves pattern.

Here is the close-up look of the watercolor background.

Stamped the sentiment and assemble the pieces together. My son loves bubble gums recently. He actually got a bubble gum as a reward of getting his yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do test. So this bubble gum machine sticker is a perfect fit for his birthday card.

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 white and ivory cardstocks are on sale this month. Happy crafting~


Friday, August 17, 2018

Yacht please!

It's back to school time for many of you, but for me, I've still got two full weeks of summer with my kiddos, as construction at our schools pushed us back. So my brain is still in full summer mode, which means pretty much non-functioning - LOL!

I do look forward to this project that I get to work on each summer - an invitation to an event hosted by a local company in my community. It's held at a lovely venue, so I was excited to see that this year they chose to celebrate on a yacht! Wow!

With the yacht in mind, I decided it would be appropriate to go with a watercolor theme this year. So I opened up my Gansai Tambi palette and got to painting!

The Gansai Tampi palette has this gorgeous navy blue color that I absolutely love - I've used it on several projects. I find it to be the perfect shade of navy - with no mixing!

Here are the four concepts that I presented to the client. They chose the stripes concept with no revisions. Woo hoo!

As usual, I had these printed on my fav paper, the Classic Crest cover stock.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you enjoy these last few weeks as summer! And don't forget to stock up on crafting supplies for back-to-school. It's time for us all to get back to our creative schedules. :)
XOXO, Erin @eringermandesign