Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hello, Sweet Friend

Hey there! How’s your day going? Inspired and creative, I hope! It’s been cold and rainy here in Texas for much longer than usual this year. Even as I’m writing this, I’m huddled up in a blanket with a hot coffee! I think that’s why I love floral crafts. Lately, it reminds me that spring is coming soon.

Today’s card is a lovely addition to a “thinking of you” card collection. It features some shiny, smooth embossing on one of my favorite cardstocks, Classic Crest Solar White.

The stamp set I’m using is from Altenew. They have some super nice floral stamp sets available, both outline style for coloring and solid images like the ones on today’s card. You need a really smooth cardstock like Classic Crest to get a clean impression with these stamps. Otherwise, your images will look grungy or distressed.

I started with the largest flower in the corner so I could build a pattern around it with smaller images. To make sure I got it in the right place, I used a MISTI and stamped it down with Nuvo Clear Mark Embossing Ink. If you don’t have any of that, Versamark is your best bet for a great image.

As I continued my pattern, I heat embossed along the way to avoid any powdery messes.

From there, I used the smaller flower and leaf images to fill in any blank spots. For balance, I created a triangle-shaped design along two sides of the card (from the top left to the bottom right).

Once all the heat embossing was finished, I used a stitched rectangle die to trim the edges and attached the panel to a piece of Classic Crest Pewter Grey that was cut to 5 3/8 x 4 1/8-inches.

Note: I find it’s best to heat emboss first and mat second, just in case you accidentally warp your cardstock with the heat gun. That way, the flat cardstock on back will help counteract the waviness of the front :)

To add a little extra something, I dabbed several silver pearls in and around the flowers with Nuvo Crystal drops in Silver Lining. To make them nice and round, keep the bottle straight and vertical as you lift up.

After they were dry, I added the sentiment. It’s heat embossed too, but this time I used a silver embossing powder instead of the navy blue for the flowers. Gosh, I love how good the powders melt on Classic Crest cardstock! Just look at those metallics!

And here is the finished card.

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Have a great one!

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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

With Sympathy

 The ultimate "Thinking of you" card is a sympathy card. I hate to make one when I need one...I prefer to make a bunch of them assembly style...and keep them on hand for when one is needed. I used's FABULOUS Classic Crest Natural White Linen card stock-precut by the store in 4.25x5.5" handy and on sale this month. The card bases were constructed with Environmental Desert storm 80lb card stock. I used the exact same stamping and die cuts for every card...I just used different ink combinations. There are 6 different cards to check out... Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann Kubinec :)

**my blog is Snappy Scraps-HERE

***pan down to check out my pictorial and the recipe


 -Choose your card stock-Classic Crest Natural White Linen 80lb cover card stock, Environmental Desert Storm 80lb card stock(make an A2 size vertical card base...)

-Choose your dies, a 4x5.25" stitched rectangle and a label die(mine are both from Jaded Blossom)...use both and cut your classic crest natural white card stock...add a full sheet of it to the front of the Environmental card base that you've it looks like a cream card.(I use a Vagabond die cutting machine for my diecutting)

-Choose your stamps-2 flowers and a sentiment from Jaded Blossom. Stamp the sentiment onto the label with an acrylic black and Versafine onyx black ink

 -Choose your inks-I chose Altenew ink cube sets and stamped light to dark in a pleasing arrangement.

 -Add your stamped panel to the card front with ATG tape...or your chosen adhesive...add your sentiment label to front of the card with foam tape for dimension...I then added Nuvo Crystal drops to the centers of the flowers as an embellishment.

here are some other colour combos...

  1. Crest Natural White Linen 80lb cover stock-in 4.25x5.5" pieces(HERE), Environmental Desert Storm 80lb cover stock
  2. Jaded Blossom-Stitched Rectangle dies(4x5.25"), Label dies, Simple Sayings, Jaded Blossom Addict
  3. Altenew inks-purple card-(soft lilac, lavender fields, deep iris, midnight violet), light green card-(bamboo, parrot, olive, forest glades), darker green card(frayed leaf, moss, evergreen, jet black), orange card(buttercream, warm sunshine, caramel toffee, paper bag), brown card (sand dunes, rocky shore, mocha, espresso), grey card-(limestone, silver stone, industrial diamond, pure graphite)
  4. Nuvo Crystal Drops-ebony black, dark walnut, oyster grey
  5. Nuvo Glitter Drops-honey gold
  6. Nuvo Jewel Drops-pale periwinkle
  7. Versafine Onyx black ink

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Making Those Large Paper Roses Grow Even Larger, and How to Hang Them (Part 2)

Remember these roses?  It turns out that if you want to make a panel full of them it takes about a million of these pretties.  Soooooo I made them larger.  Here's how to make them grow, and then how to create a hanging with them.
The Classic Crest Cardstocks (on sale this month) are perfect for these roses.

Start with a base flower.  If you don't remember how to begin, check out the post, Practical Tips For Making Large Paper Roses With Tutorial, Part 1.  
1.  For the base flowers, the curls were optional, but if used, they faced towards the center of the flower.  To make the roses grow, the curls are no longer optional--I used a glue stick to curl mine--and they will face toward the outside of the flower.

2.  Curl four petals, and attach them using hot glue to the base of the flower.  Before attaching the petals, try to judge how far out on the base to glue them.  If you end up gluing them too closely to the center, just rip them off and adjust as necessary.

3.  Grip the petal with your index finger in the center, thumb and middle finger on the outside, so you can gently bend them toward the flower.

4.  See where the petal will touch the flower?  That's where to apply the hot glue.  Umm, be careful not to burn yourself . . . have that cup of ice water handy!

 These roses got so big, I ended up using full pages for the petals.

 Attaching the petals looser and looser, making the flower more open and larger.

There are many ways to display the roses.  I used the panel method, which proved fairly easy to construct, display, and hang.
I used a piece of this scrap foam insulation panel, which was a bonus, as it was a pretty big piece, and it was for the reduced price of free.  Originally, I thought I'd make one huge panel, but, ahem, it didn't fit in the back of my car . . . sooooooo it was cut into two panels, each about 26 by 60 inches.  This type of foam is found at home improvement stores in 4 by 8 foot pieces, in various thicknesses--mine was an inch thick.  It's super easy to cut with a razor blade, and as the edges will be covered by the flowers extending around it, there's no need to worry about exactly straight edges.

One side of the panel is all pink, so you may be happy with that--I wanted any panel showing through to be be white, so I used an old sheet and hot glue to wrap the panel.

These panels were destined to be hung in the corners of a room with a drop ceiling, so I used hot glue to attach large paperclips in various places at the top of the panel, just to make sure there would be at least a couple of them that would work for suspending the panel.

Arrange the flowers on the panel before hot gluing them in place.

That piece of paper you see by the clip is cut into a heart--I added it so you couldn't see the clip.
Here you can see I used binding clips to clip onto the drop ceiling, with a simple paper clip chain that hooked to the panel.  Sounds goofy, but it worked great.  The clips make for no damage to the ceiling or walls, and the panel is so lightweight, it was no problem keeping it suspended.

I used a tension rod and curtains, also hung with clips, behind each panel.
Here is one of the panels in action--there was another in the adjacent corner of the room.  These were also surprisingly easy to transport, as they stacked easily.  Using a nice weight of cardstock made the flowers super sturdy, so no worries about smashing.
Not a great picture, but it gives you an idea of how big some of these roses grew.  These panel gardens were well received at the Valentine dinner, and their presence has already been requested at a bridal shower.  I love it when my projects get used more than once!


Monday, February 19, 2018

What's Kraken??

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) with a super fun watercolor card.

I started with some beautiful Classic Crest cardstock in Solar White. The thickness of the Classic Crest cardstock made it really nice for watercolors... Like with a lot of non-watercolor specific paper, it warped when it got wet but only minimally. I've had other papers warp so much worse!!

The first thing I did was cut down the Classic Crest cardstock to 4"x5.25" and then cut down 2 more pieces as my card bases. 

Then I got out some of my Distress Oxide inks in sea-ish colors. I used one of my bigger acrylic blocks and smudged a little bit of ink on it directly from the ink pad. Then I took a larger round brush and a little bit of water and went to work!!

I added a brush-full of water onto each of the ink spots and then painted it onto my card. 

I then used ths super cute stamp on some scrap  Classic Crest cardstock and colored it up with my Copics before fussy-cutting it with some scissors. 

I stamped some bubbles all over the card base, stamped out my sentiment, and then put it all together!

I also used some 3D squares to pop this cutie up and give my card a little bit of dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I'm so grateful for my time on this wonderful team and look forward to what the new DT members create!! Make sure to stay up to date with the latest news and sales on the CutCardstock Facebook Page!!

lovies, =o) kel

Saturday, February 17, 2018

National Random Acts of Kindness Day!

Saturday is Random Acts of Kindness Day and we want to share a little kindness with our customers. 

All online orders placed on 2/17 are eligible to be covered by CutCardStock. We'll be randomly selecting a few orders to fully refund. We hope we can brighten your day and that you can in turn brighten someone else's!