Friday, December 8, 2017

Altered Canning Jar Band Ornaments with Stardream Metallics

So if you've been checking the blog this month, you probably already know that Stardream Metallics are on special.  But do you know how shimmery pretty they are?  Perfect perfect PERFECT for some Christmas crafting.
While I can't seem to manage a shimmer showing photo, this one of the rose quartz from the CutCardStock website will give you an idea of how these papers seem to glow.
Trace and cut out the circle--this is Aquamarine, but the Lagoon is even better!
Canning jar bands are readily available in many stores.  If you don't already have some, I suggest asking someone you know who cans or makes jelly/jams if they have old ones they'd like to donate to your crafting cause.  Old ones have a fun patina, and if you're lucky, a bit of rust.
Fussy cut a collage image, and adhere to the circle.
I highly recommend Royal Sundance felt cardstock in Brilliant White for printing computer images.

Adhere the paper circle to the inside of the band, and add a loop for hanging.
I added some silvery tinsel trim to these, but lace and ribbon and ric-rac are pretty choices, too.  Mini Glue Dots are great for this step.

Great for any Christmas project, girlfriend needed some Wink of Stella on her wings!

Thank you for indulging me in one last Christmas post!  These altered canning jar bands are great for ornaments, gift embellishments, and even gift tags.  Happy Christmas decorating to you!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Winter Blessings

For today's project, I used 1 full sheet of Stardream Metallic Coral, 1/2 sheet of Stardream Metallic Silver, and 1/2 a sheet of Stardream Metallic Lagoon
Once I picked out my lantern pattern and cut it, I decided to adhere all layers while it was flat. 
Fold along the score lines, and boom a lantern that could also be used as a gift box.

 Turn the lights out

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Snowman Fun

Snowmen are snow much fun. Even though it hasn't snowed yet, I am having fun with some snowman cards. I wanted a few cards for the holiday season that would be great for all occasions; Christmas, a thank you, thinking of you, or even for a birthday.

I started by stamping the Frolicking Frosty from Heartfelt Creations on a Sweet Tooth Pop-Tone A7 Invitation Envelope and Cougar White Super Smooth Cardstock (I started with a piece 4.5" x 6.5", but I cut it down in a later step).

I colored the images with my Prisma Colored pencils, added Wink of Stella Clear to the snowman, and Crystal Stickles to the snow on the card front. I also added some Glossy Accents to the ornaments. 

I loved how the envelope turned out, but the card was missing something. So I went back and used my MISTI to stamp pine trees from Heartfelt Creations Snow Kissed Spruce in the background. I used a mask to protect my image. 

Snow much better now.

Here is where I cut the card front down to 4" x 6". I matted it on a 4.75" x 6.75" piece of Lapis Lazuli (Navy) Stardream Metallic Cardstock and added a silver piece of twine. Then mounted it to a Cougar White A7 Fold Card Invitation.

Here is the finished card and matching envelope.


The card turned out so cute, I am off to my studio to create additional cards in more colors. I used Amethyst Stardream Metallic Cardstock for the purple card.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Snowy Pinecone Ornament

Looking for a unique gift or d├ęcor idea for the holidays and think you don't have enough time left for a handmade item?  This simple wintry pinecone ornament is easy to make and super festive thanks to gorgeous shimmery Stardream Metallic Cardstock.

Start by cutting the pieces for your 3D pinecone from Stardream Metallic Bronze Cardstock.  I used my Silhouette machine to cut this design, but you could also use nesting flower dies with a manual die-cutting machine if needed.

Fold the "petals" of each layer downward, and then adhere to the central spool of the design with hot glue.

Once all of the layers have been adhered, your ornament will look something like this.  The shimmery flecks in this bronze cardstock really make the pinecone come alive!

Next, take your pinecone to an area with good ventilation and spray it thoroughly around the outside with spray adhesive.  Then, lightly sprinkle artificial craft snow over the entire piece (for a different look, you can also use liquid glue and glitter).

Die-cut several holly branches out of green foil cardstock (the perfect Christmas green!).

Adhere the holly branches around the top of the ornament with liquid glue.  Tie a big loopy bow around the stem with red satin edge organza ribbon and add gold twine as a hanger.

The finished ornament is a little over 6 inches tall (you can reduce the size if you'd like), making it an impressive gift for friend or colleague and the perfect size to decorate a larger pine.

I hope you enjoyed this snowy pinecone ornament project and thanks so much for stopping by today!  You can visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the supplies showcased today and remember that Stardream Metallic Cardstocks are on sale this month!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 12

Today, we wrap up this year's Holiday Countdown series. We hope you've enjoyed this display of talent and inspiration from our Design Team! You'll certainly see more inspiring projects during December, so be sure to check back often.

I love this time of year... the cooler (or cold!) weather, the excitement and the giving of gifts. I honestly believe the old saying "good things come in small packages"; and if it's homemade packaging, even better!

I chose to use the woodgrain cardstock for this project because I wanted to rustic texture, but didn't want to emboss it or stamp it myself. I love shortcuts any time of the year!

This die made things simple, with two quick cuts using my Big Shot. The lines were scored and the edges cut, so assembly was a breeze.

The strength of Score Tape was perfect for this project. I used the bone folder to crease the scored lines and also to rub over the adhesive to make sure the textured cardstock adhered well.

I wanted to created a die cut inlay tag, so I cut a snowflake from the same woodgrain cardstock, and then the outline of the snowflake in the circle to leave the negative space to inlay into. I used Pop Tones Cherry Red for the perfect shade of Christmas red! I planned to use the extra little bits and pieces from the red snowflake to fill in the cut out details. The extra white circle is the backing piece.

A piercing tool and strong adhesive made the job easy... it's a little bit like putting a puzzle together.

I adhered the circle onto the front of the assembled goodie bag, and that was it. I think this would be an easy project to produce lots of, and it's perfect for those special little gifts!

Thanks for following our Holiday Countdown Series.... Happy Creating -Amber

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 11

'Tis the season to start cracking down on the Christmas crafts! Today I have a little Christmas set for you, using CutCardStock's Red Pepper, Dark Red, Solar White, and green papers.

For detailing, I used the Craftwell eBrush and green/red Sharpie markers

 I used my quilling tool to shape the leaves and petals to the flowers.

Next I used a Zig Memory Millennium pen, size 5 in the sketch and cut feature of the Cameo 3 to make both sentiments.

The double carriage feature allows me to do both of these functions at once.

 Lastly, I added some glitter to the flowers to just bring a frosted look.

 Card and box set!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 10

Hello everyone! Today I’ll be taking you through a trifold card design that uses partial die cutting and lots of ink blending to create a holiday night skyline with Christmas trees.

As always be sure to catch the full video below if you'd like to see the step by step process:

I start by taking one pre-scored Cougar White card base and die cutting a circle using the We R Memory Keepers nesting circle die set. I also cut out a circle from some Pop Tones Sour Apple card stock that is just a little bigger. This will help create an insert to go behind the opening in the card base.

I only wanted the top part of the inner circle to cut, so I position the paper and the die so that it hangs off the edge of the cutting plates. Where it hangs off, it will not be cut. Once I run it through I stop before it gets to the very end and roll back. Once removed, I see it’s cut successfully.

Next steps are to cut out a line of Christmas trees with an exacto knife. Once placed behind the opening in the card base, it fits perfectly with the trees popping up from the bottom.

For the background that will go behind the trees, I decide to do a big ink blended panel using Distress Oxides. They are so easy to blend. I stick with Seedless Preserves and Salty Ocean as I like how they look together for a dusky sort of night sky.

Once the blending looks good to me, I remove the masking tape and then add some water spritzes for some stars. Everything is dried before moving on the assemble.

I use Scor-tape to bring both A2 cards together and use a bone folder to make sure the folds are nice and precise. Then I use Tombow mono aqua glue to adhere the tree piece to the inside of the cut out on the front panel. I prefer to use liquid in this case so I can have some wiggle room to make sure the die cut fits.

With a Molotow paint pen, I add some details to the trees to make them look decorated with baubles and garlands. I then add large and small bursts of bright stars to the night sky. I add little dots as well for teeny tiny stars.

For the sentiment, I hand letter the words “merry and bright” with a pentel water brush filled with sumi ink. I wanted to keep this very simple and modern. For a secondary message on the inside, I write out “happy holidays” with the paint pen, and then fill out the page with more stars and dots.

For a final finishing touch, because the front looked too plain and needed some more detail, I create a faux-stitch line around the outside of the circle. And that’s all for today! I kept the inside of the card completely blank, as trifold cards like this are perfect for including long messages. You can even insert a family photo.

I hope you enjoyed and Happy Holidays!

- Haley
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