Friday, September 29, 2017

Fall Themed Coffee Thank You Cards


My favorite part about fall is that I feel like drinking hot lattes again. So I thought some coffee-themed cards would be great to showcase for this time of year.

I used a book of patterned paper from cutcardstock.com that has a lot of great graphic options and patterns. I also chose Basis cardstock in dark brown and dark orange to accompany my other options.

The gold wood grain scrapbook paper is also available at cutcardstock and is so detailed and beautifully reflective in real life.

Don't forget to watch the full video tutorial below:




First, I planned out my cards. I knew I wanted to make 4 and to include a coffee cup in each design so I figured out which sentiments were going on which cards and the general layout. I had little sketches or wireframes to work from so I wouldn't forget.

I started by trimming the gold wood grain to fit on each design. Some require just a strip, some are going to be mostly wood grain backgrounds.

I then cut out some custom coffee cup designs I created in photoshop and made into a Silhouette cut file. I took apart the cut pieces and started to arrange and layer the elements so I could figure out what looked best.

I wanted the “coffee” in the cup to be a different color paper, so I traced the shape out onto dark orange cardstock.

I also wanted to create some depth to the layout, so I decided to use Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad VINTAGE PHOTO to blend some dark brown coming in front the top. 

I added some water splatters for a coffee-stained look.




Once that panel was trimmed, I used an ATG gun to glue it to the scrap on scrap paper I wanted to use as a background for this piece.

I trimmed down the whole card front, leaving behind a thin white border once mounted to the card.

I then added some ink blending to coffee piece, for more added dimension. 

I did the sentiment on the coffee cup and pre-sketched the layout before going over it with PH martin’s bleed proof ink. 

I added a shadowing effect as well, with a pentel touch pen.

I wanted to add a bit of gold to the cup, so I prepped the paper with an anti-static tool I made and stamped a little heart from a recollections stamp set with versamark ink.


Whenever I heat small pieces like this, I like to use tweezers to keep from burning my fingers. I used my ranger heat it craft tool to melt the powder.

I adhered this piece to the card panel with Ranger Multi Medium, Matte , and added the coffee to complete the design, laying it all aside to dry with something on top of it.




Starting on the next card, I added some dimension again with distress ink in vintage photo. I also added water splatter texture. Then, I attached it to the patterned panel with an ATG.

After trimming everything to size, I arranged the coffee cup die cuts and started gluing them down. For some reason I switched to using Tombow mono aqua glue. I set everything aside to dry and worked on it later.




Starting on the third design, I traced a circle onto the brown card stock and made a notch for a representation of the handle. This would be the coffee cup in aerial view.

I traced a smaller circle onto the orange card stock and cut that out, to represent the coffee. I wanted to use coffee beans in the design somehow but wasn’t totally sure yet.

I inked up the edges of the coffee circle with distress ink and pieced the paper together.

For the background panel, I grunged up the gold wood grain with some watered down distress ink. I used a variety of methods for creating splashes, including blowing with a straw, and letting the dyed water fall from the acrylic block I was mixing on.

I trimmed the panel and started getting to work on lettering the sentiment, which I also sketched before starting. I used a white sakura gel roll for the thinner letters and the PH martins bleed proof white and a very small brush for the brush lettering.

I decided to glue the bean on as part of the message using Judikins Diamond Glaze.

Going back to the second design, I trimmed the excess paper off with large scissors before starting on the sentiment panel.

I cut a ribbon end into a piece of dark orange card stock that would serve as a background for the lettering.

I practiced the lettering on scrap paper first, before doing it all on the ribbon panel with the same brush and white bleed proof ink. I also added shadowing to this one with the pentel touch pen.

For those unaware, I am a barista and this particular card would be going to my new manager as we open a new store. “Candellila” is a kind of coffee, and I knew he’d get the reference.

Once finished, I glued the ribbon panel on with tombow mono aqua glue.




For the final design I distressed the wood grain again and I cut out the coffee shape I needed from the piece of dark orange. Then I figured out placement, glued, and trimmed.

For this one I lettered with a pentel pocket brush pen. Because the ink didn’t cover the gold bits, I went back in with a Molotow Paint Pen to make the lettering more opaque.

I also added white highlights with a white molotow pen.

Once finished and all the card fronts were glued onto folded cards .. we’re done! I ended up going in and adding a lot more details and tweaks. I think my managers at work will love them!

- Haley

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tiny Two Inch Treat or Favor Boxes

Years ago, a friend taught me how to make these--it's one of those projects that seems difficult, until you make one all the way through, and then you realize how simple it really is!  These are especially easy to make in quantity, as the assembly line process works well with them.  Mine are embellished, but how pretty would these be simply made with a shiny metallic paper?

These are tiny little boxes, only 2 inches square, but you can make them larger (or even smaller).  Each box will need a 6 inch square for the box, and a 3 inch square for the lid.  I'd recommend nothing heavier than a cover weight a paper.

Fold each 6 inch square in thirds (2 inches in) from each side, making a 9 grid of folds.

Line up each of the 4 corners at the 2 inch fold and slice them off.

On each 3 inch square, fold in 1/2 inch at each side, and then use scissors to clip in 1/2 inch on the ends, as in the picture.

Using your favorite adhesive--THESE from CutCardStock all work great for this--glue the 1/2 inch tabs to the inside of the little lids, as shown in the photo.  (Okay okay okay, it's fair to interject here and say that if you'd like to stamp or emboss or even collage on the little boxes or lids, you should do that prior to assembling the lids and boxes!

For the boxes, simply fold in each snipped off corner, bringing the pre-creased edge to the adjacent pre-creased edge.  There's no glue involved, and you don't need to add ribbon or twine to keep it shut--the lid will keep the box closed.  

Add whatever fun bits and bobs you like--or leave them clean and simple.  I used rubber stamps, washi tape, ric rac, seam binding, jute, die cuts . . . and for a little extra personalization, coordinating tags with collage images, attached with oiled brass safety pins.

These are fun to make, and it's easy to construct LOTS of them at once.  Mixing and matching the lids adds a little extra touch, too.  As you probably already know, ALL the orange, brown (including kraft brown), and gold cardstock is on sale this month at CutCardStock.    
What you may not know is this CUTE Halloween ribbon is also on sale--25 YARDS for $1.99!!!!

And PS, the answer to the question posed in the first paragraph:  VERY pretty, very elegant.




Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Harvest Blessings


Fall is here and it's time for all fun things fall...including pretty fall cards. This month everything gold, brown and orange is on sale at CutCardStock.com-YAY! Exactly what I needed for this quick card. I actually pulled out Perfect Pearls to create a background..quick and I think it really packs a punch...LOVE! Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann :)

**pan down for a detailed pictorial on how to make this card for yourself...and there is also a recipe list of all the products that I used
***click HERE to check out my blog Snappy Scraps and HERE to shop at the CutCardStock.com store

-Choose your paper products...these were all from CutCardStock.com...pan down to the recipe to see the list...and they'll be linked to the store too


-Choose your dies(mine are all from Jaded Blossom) and card base...I cut a piece of 8.5x11" Basis white coverstock in half to 4.25x11" and scored it at 5.5" to make an A2 size card base...Cut a Stitched Rectangle out of Basis orange card stock using a 4.25x5.5" die...a gold linen American Crafts stitched rectangle using a 4x5.25" die and a brown Basis Stitched rectangle at 3.75x5".


-Choose your focal points...I chose a 2 leaf dies and cut 1 smal one and 2 medium ones using Orange Basis Card stock...and using layered label dies cut a gold frame(American Crafts linen gold card stock) and Basis Brown card stock


I chose a maple leaf stamp

-Stamped that image onto my card layer with Gold Delicata ink


-then chose the leaf in an outline image and stamped that on my card base


-Dusted the ink with Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls-it will cling to the ink...then wipe your panel down using a Swiffer sheet-perfectly clean


-Isn't it sparkly???


-I then chose my sentiment and stamped it on the center of my brown label with Versamark ink then added Ranger Princess gold embossing powder heat embossed using my Marvy Heat tool


-I rubbed the edges of my leaves on my Versamark ink pad then added the same embossing powder and heat set those just like I did above...


-I glued all my layers together using my ATG gun...then added my leaves with Multi Mat Medium glue...I then added my Nuvo Crystal drops for embellishment...



Recipe:

  1. CutCardStock.com-Basis white coverstock 110lb get it HERE, Basis card stock 80lb-orange(get it HERE) and brown(get it HERE), American Crafts-Linen foil 6x6" pad(gold)-get it HERE
  2. Jaded Blossom-Stitched Rectangle dies, Card mat dies, Fall dies, Label dies, Happy Fall stamp set
  3. Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz Metallic Pigment Inkpad, Full
  4. Ranger Princess gold embossing powder
  5. Perfect Pearls-perfect gold
  6. Nuvo Crystal drops-Nuvo Crystal Drops 1.1oz - Metallic Bright Gold and carved pumpkin
  7. Versamark
  8. ATG tape gun
  9. Ranger Multi Medium Mat glue
  10. Fiskars 12 Inch SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer (152490-1004)
  11. Vagabond die cutting machine
  12. Marvy Embossing Heat Tool Uchida 2500 Embossing Heat Tool 360 Watt AC 120V
  13. Swiffer cloth
  14. EK Success powder tool and tweezers


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pumpkin Placecards


Are you planning a Halloween party or family get-together for Thanksgiving? We try to do a little something each year, either a Halloween party or a fancy Thanksgiving, or both!

There are three households close to one another here in San Antonio & Buda. We like to designate a house, and all the families will gather and have a big ol’ shindig. When it’s my turn to host (which doesn’t happen very often, our place is the smallest!), I like to do a little bit of DIY decorating.

Today, I’m going to show you how to put together these cute place cards.

These will be for Thanksgiving, but you can easily spruce them up for Halloween with purple ribbon and some jack-o-lantern faces!

The first thing to do is cut the card bases, and I chose Hot Fudge from Pop Tones as the color. They are 3.75 x 5-inches, scored at the 2.5” mark. Round the corners now, if you like, but it’s important to score them since we will be using it as a guideline for the next part.


Next, line up your pumpkin die (Stitched Pumpkins, Simon Says Stamp) as shown in the photo below. Position the cardstock so when you make your die-cutting sandwich, the top part of the pumpkin in inside the plates and the bottom is hanging off the end.

The scoreline should be aligned right along the edge of where the plate starts to curve. Tape it in place, so it doesn’t move as you’re running it through your machine.


What will happen is your machine will only cut the top portion of the pumpkin, so when you fold over your card again, it pops up. Make as many cards as you need, then get you some Curious Metallic Cardstock in Mandarin and cut out your pumpkins.

For mine, I snipped off the stem on the larger one so the brown stem underneath will show through.


Then, grab a white gel pen and doodle some stitching around the edges.


All we have left to do now is a bit of layering and stamping!

I attached the pumpkins with thin foam squares before I stamped the names (Invisible Alpha, Altenew) so I could use them for alignment and spacing, but you can stamp first if you prefer. I heat embossed the letters with Nuvo Clear Mark Embossing Pad and Ranger Embossing Powder White Super Fine Detail .60 oz, 3 Pack.


Then, I added a tiny bow to each of the large pumpkin stems. You can tie 'em in place, or use a glue dot to stick on premade bows :)


That’s all there is to it! I hope you add these to your fall festivities this year!


Don’t forget the brown, gold, and orange cardstock is on sale now in the store until the end of the month. Click here to shop!

Thanks for stopping in!

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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Bright Birthday

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) Taking a break from the fall-filled posts with a bright birthday card! I'm here to share a card with you today that ended up so different from what I intended!!


I started out with some beautifully bright (but not too bright!) colors from the Pop Tones collection. The colors I ended up using are Sweet Tooth, Blue Raspberry, Lemon Drop, Bubble Gum, Sour Apple, Grape Jelly, and Black Licorice (not pictured).


I ran a piece of Sweet Tooth cardstock through my Big Shot . . .

in a beautiful embossing floral folder, and I know some of you notice this is not the embossed panel in my finished card. But bear with me, I promise I'll explain why!


And since I had it out, ran a piece of Black Licorice through with a thinlit that said "happy" in this gorgeous script.


Here's what they look like together... I almost just stopped there for my card lol!


I cut all the colorful papers into 1/2" strips. If you remember a few months back, I made a Best Friends card using 1/2" strips. Same idea here but this time not creating my entire background from strips!


I covered every bit of a scrap piece of cardstock with adhesive from the Honeycomb Dot Adhesive Roller and then stuck down my strips, making sure to cover the whole piece from end to end. 



After trimming off the ends, I was able to use the trimmed-off strips to cover the rest of my piece, so ended up really only using one strip of each for this project. WHOOPS I cut too many haha!!


After looking at the colors together, I decided that floral REALLY didn't match. So this is where my card ended up completely different! To me, it looked like this strip piece needed to be matched with some unicorns and rainbows!! So I dug through my embossing folders and realized I don't have a embossing folder with clouds on it (which makes me really sad!) but found this trellis one that is kinda close and definitely works until I find a good cloud embossing folder!


I ran my super skinny "happy" diecut through my trusty (dusty!) Sticker Maker. I did try to dust it off before use, so please pretend you can't see how dusty it is haha!!


Then I stamped out some matching images. The unicorn I had in mind was WAAAAY too big for the card, but the rainbow and sun worked just fine!!


I had tacked down my strip piece with 3d dots, so needed to be able to tuck the rainbow and sun under the corners... so I just eyeballed it and snipped away!!


See how nicely they tuck in now? 




And here's the finished card, so fun and bright and definitely not floral!!







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lovies, =o) kel