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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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 9



It's that time of year again...time to get ready for the holidays...and if you are a crafter...you are super busy! Sometimes fast and simple is your friend for those quick Christmas ideas. I decided to make a quick lollipop holder-this could hold a cake pop, a chocolate on a stick....anything with a stick. Super cute to add to a gift bag, throw into or on a wrapped gift...tie on a wine bottle...you could even number them and use them like an advent calendar. I LOVED how quick and easy this was to make. Everything  White, Green and Red is on sale right now at CutCardStock.com...so hurry up and get shopping!!!! I especially love the Limba white card stock-it has a FAB wood grain-LOVE! Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann :)

**pan down to check out all the products that I used and see a quick tutorial on how to make this 


*first chose your card stocks....mine are all from CutCardStock.com


*chose your dies and stamps-mine are all from Jaded Blossom, cut the white card stock with the Lollipop die-Love the wood grain, cut the snowflake die using dark red card stock...and cut an oval die with green card stock


*stamp the Believe sentiment on the green oval with an acrylic block and Versamark ink-first use the anti-static powder tool to avoid a mess...then add Ranger white embossing powder and melt with a heat gun


*add the snowflake to the front center of the lollipop holder, then add the sentiment on top with foam tape for dimension, I then cut a zig zag border out of Green card stock and attached it across the bottom as a ground(for the eye)


*add Nuvo Crystal Drops and Nuvo Glitter drops in an odd number as an accent, I also added a bow to the lollipop stick as an accent(I used a Bow Easy to tie the bow)



Recipe:

  1. CutCardStock.com-Limba-white Gmund Savanna 111 lb cover stock-HERE, Basis 80 lb card stock Green-HERE and Dark Red-HERE
  2. Jaded Blossom-Lollipop die, Stitched Oval dies, Border dies, Winter dies, Yeti to Party Stamp set
  3. Nuvo Crystal Drops-Woodland Green
  4. Nuvo Glitter Drops-Ruby Slippers
  5. Versamark
  6. Ranger Fine Detail Embossing powder
  7. Acrylic block
  8. EK Success Powder tool
  9. AC red grosgrain ribbon
  10. Bow Easy
  11. Marvy Heat Tool
  12. Fiskar's Paper trimmer
  13. Martha Stewart score board
  14. Teflon Bone Folder
  15. Vagabond die cutting machine

Monday, November 27, 2017

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 8


Hi Friends!! kel here today :) Welcome to day EIGHT in this year's holiday countdown series! I can't believe Thanksgiving is over (for us in the USA) and I'm definitely in full-on Christmas mode!!


Today's project is a super easy Christmas Tree card made with some of my much loved, and very much hoarded washi tape stash!! haha!! I started with some 80# Cougar White Cardstock. I absolutely LOVE  this cardstock and can't wait to stamp on it or get it inky somehow to see how it holds up!! The texture is so smooth, it's so wonderful to simply hold in your hands!!



I started by creating some A2 cards with some mats a little smaller than the card. In this case, my mats are 4" x 5.25".


After running them through my die-cut machine with a big 'ol Christmas Tree die, I made sure to keep those tree cut-outs for something for later! I think I'll play with some ink and color them up!!


Then I grabbed all the washi I could find in Christmas themes and colors, sticking with a bright red and green color scheme, and laid them out over the opening of my card. I wanted to make sure I covered all of the opening, but didn't want to waste too much and just cover the entire thing... if that makes any sense. 


I carefully placed the washi in the middle, and tried to leave the edges un-stuck so that I could easily lift off the card front and stick the washi down securely on the card.


After getting my washi down, I added some pop-dots to the back of the cut-out card front...


... and ta-dah!!! A super fun and bright Christmas Tree card ready to go!!!


It was really fun to play with all the different combinations of washi, and they were definitely easy and quick to put together too!!





Thanks so much for stopping by!! Make sure to stay up to date with the latest news and sales on the CutCardstock Facebook Page!!

lovies, =o) kel

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 7


In the spirit of the season, handmade thank you cards are a wonderful way to express gratitude. And in the hustle and bustle of the season, I took some shortcuts that made the process of making thank you cards a little easier!

I started with precut and pre-scored 4-bar (A1 size) cards. I've recently discovered the beauty of 4-bar sized cards... still a great size to add my handcrafted touch, but a bit smaller than an A2 size card, so it feels like less work.  For bulk production cards, or just having a bunch of card bases in my stash, this is my new go-to! With the blank cards already scored, I get the perfect fold every time. (Cards ship flat, then I just fold on the score line when I'm ready to make a card.)


I stamped this awesome plaid background in some festive colors onto Neenah Solar White cardstock, and even added some gold embossing to jazz it up a little bit.  Then, I trimmed down the stamped backgrounds to fit just the way I wanted them to on the fronts of the 4-bar cards.


I wanted to add a sentiment, but didn't have what I wanted in a die. So, I made my own using the Silhouette software and my favorite font. Since I was already cutting three, I just cut a whole sheet of the words so I could have more ready to go. The Silhouette cut beautifully on the Basis Black cardstock.


I thought the card could use a little more sparkle, it is the holidays after all! So I simply brushed over the cut sentiment with a clear, glitter pen. Hey, a girl has to have her sparkle, right?



Luckily, I got the matching envelopes with these perfectly sized blank cards, so now I'm all set to hand out or mail some holiday appreciation!


Thanks for stopping by... be sure to keep checking back as our Holiday Countdown Series continues!
-Amber



Saturday, November 25, 2017

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 6


Are you ready for another Holiday Countdown project?  I like to keep most of my Christmas projects fairly simple, especially those that are destined for a short life--but simple doesn't mean it can't be delightful, right?  So it is with this easy Envelope Advent Calendar.  You can make it as elaborate or as easy as you like, and it's a family, kid-friendly Christmas craft.
For this calendar, I used CutCardStock text weight red envelopes, but now I'm thinking sparkly metallic envelopes would have been even better.  Because, you know, shiny is nice, especially at Christmas!  Fortunately, CutCardStock has plenty of shiny envelopes, which you can find HERE.
Vary the layouts of each envelope, or use the same one--whatever you like!
These A6 envies have plenty of room for candies and little gifties, and are easily displayed nestled in the branches of your Christmas tree, clothespinned to a ribbon tied across your mantel, or placed in a pretty basket.

Stuff I used (more details on my blog):
text weight envelopes
collage images
adhesive;  Scor-Tape is perfect for this!
Wink of Stella glitter pen in gold (to color in the numbers and add sparkle)
vintage number rubber stamps
black ink
glitter paper, text weight
patterned papers
circle punches

Other stuff that would be fun and make for a family project friendly:
Christmas stickers, number stickers
rubber stamps
ribbon, sticky gems, glitter--any festive trims from your stash

Friday, November 24, 2017

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 5


Good morning friends!  Christmas season is upon us and I've got a project that will add some quick and easy cards to your Christmas card stash. 

 

Here's a snapshot of the products I used today:

Here's what I did:
I started by cutting the Hero Arts Layered Holly leaves out of 65# Limeade Pop Tones cardstock. This is the perfect weight for die cutting and layering as it doesn't add too much bulk so your Christmas cards can be easily mailed, without the cost of extra postage.  I stamped each of the images using coordinating inks.

I used a stitched edge die to cut a piece of 80# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and a piece of 65# Wild Cherry Pop Tones and adhered the two using Score-Tape.

I found this fabulous basket weave design paper from Authentique "Cheerful" and it made me think of a pretty lined basket filled with fresh holly.

I assembled the cards using Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue and added some Glossy Accents and True Red Silk Microfine Glitter to the berries for added texture and interest.

The sentiments are from the Hero Arts Layered Holly Leaves set.

Limeade and Wild Cherry is such a refreshing color combination for Christmas.  Why don't you give it a try!  You'll find all of the Red, Green and White cardstocks on sale all month long at CutCardStock.

Be sure to visit the Cut Card Stock Blog each day for lots of holiday inspiration!
~ Birgit