Friday, December 29, 2017

Frosty Envelope Art with Metallic Card Stock Embellishments

Hello and welcome, today I’ll be focusing on some envelope art that will match the card we did for our last project. We used Stardream Metallic card stock in the color Rose Quartz as a card base, and Neenah Classic Crest in the color Pewter for the dimensional die cuts. 

To try to match the wintery theme as well as the colors, I’ll be adding lots of stamping and embellishments to this envelope. The envelope is made from the same paper we used on the card, Neenah Classic Crest in Pewter, so it will match the die cut letters. 

For a full video tutorial check out:

First I decide I’d like to mask off a circle for where the name and address will go. I use a We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circles Die Set and choose a size that makes sense. Then, I trim a piece of contact paper from a roll. Contact paper is a great low-cost material for making repositionable masks. I set up the plates on my machine to cut the circle from the contact paper and send it through. Once cut, I can place it where I need on my envelope. 

I use Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad and a make-up sponge to blend a halo of white around the outside of this circle. I am going for a kind of frosty moon vibe. I carved little stamps out of stamping rubber - one is a trio of dots and the other is a little sparkle shape. I’ll be adding the sparkles as stars and the dots as falling snow. 

As I stamp with the unicorn white ink, I also like to stamp off and do second or third generation impressions, so there is a variation in the shades of white I am stamping with. 

Once I like how it looks, I want to add even smaller stars and definition, so I take some water and Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleedproof White, 1.0 oz on a toothbrush dedicated for splatter techniques. 

Once everything is good and dry, we can remove the mask and start lettering. I sketched out the address first with pencil. The address is fake, I used an online generator, so no worries there. 

For the ink, I mixed up a custom pale pink to match the pink in the metallic paper. Using bleed proof white and a little gouache in red and blue, I thinned it with some water and mixed in a tiny bit of gum arabic to help with binding. Using a very tiny detail brush, I proceed to letter with my pale pink ink. 

I recommend waiting until everything is 100% dry before even thinking about erasing pencil lines. You don’t want to mess up all that hard work. 

I wanted to add some sparkle detail but didn’t think it belonged on the front. So I die cut some snowflakes from Stardream Metallic Rose Quartz and added them as an embellishment on the back. I used a Quickie glue pen to adhere each one. 

And that completes the project for today! I really love how the circle provides a nice home for the lettering. I saw Kristina Werner do a technique like this recently and just had to try it. 

I hope this gave you some fun ideas on how to match envelope art to your greeting card designs with lots of hand lettering goodness. See you next time!

- Haley
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Winter Birthday

Winter is coming....well...Winter is here, but I couldn't help myself with the Game of Thrones reference-lol!!! It's time for a winter birthday card using's Stardream Metallic card stock...perfect for it's glittery sheen-LOVE! Sturdy enough for a card base and cuts like butter with a die. What's not to like? It also embosses like nobodies business! I chose silver and sapphire for the wintery look it lends to my pretty! Lucky for you-Stardream Metallic Card stock is on sale this month at! Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann :)

**pan down to check out all the products that I used and to see the tutorial
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 -first choose your card stock-I cut a 5.5"x8.5" piece of sapphire and scored it at 4.25" to make an A2 size portrait style card base

 -then choose your dies-mine are from Jaded Blossom-I cut the snowflake from  Stardream Metallic sapphire and a Stitched Rectangle 3 3/4x5" using my Vagabond die cutting machine

-I then got ready to heat emboss my birthday sentiment-I treated my strip with EK Success powder tool-stamped my sentiment on the paper with my Misti stamping tool, applied my Ranger detail white embossing powder and melted it with my MARVY EMBOSSING HEAT TOOL

-I assembled my card by centering my silver rectangle on my card base and popping it up with foam tape for dimension, added my snowflake in the center with atg tape just horizontal through the center...then added a silver strip of card stock(3/4" wide) over top to hide my adhesive...added my sentiment strip(9/16" wide) over that after angle cutting the ends with my scissors...I then sprinkled some sequins and added Nuvo Glitter drops for some embellishment

  1. Metallic-105lb Sapphire(HERE) and Silver(HERE)
  2. Jaded Blossom-So Many Birthdays 2, Stitched Rectangle dies 3 3/4"x5", Large Snowflake die
  3. Ranger Detail white embossing powder
  4. Versamark
  5. Nuvo Glitter Drops-Dazzling blue and White Blizzard
  6. Cartwright's Moonshine sequins
  7. Misti stamping tool
  8. EK Success powder tool
  9. Marvy Heat gun
  10. Vagabond die cutting machine
  11. Tonic Scissors 
  12. Tonic Paper Trimmer
  13. Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board
  14. Teflon bone folder

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Thanks Floral Envelope

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) with a super fun envelope project!

I started with some BEAUTIFUL Stardream Metallic Cardstocks. I absolutely LOVE the shine to this cardstock, and decided to take a chance with the stamp ink and Copic Marker !!

I started with some Crystal Stardream Metallic Cardstock and my trusty envelope punch board . I knew I wanted to make a standard A2 envelope, so found the measurements on my board...

And cut down the Crystal Stardream Metallic Cardstock to size.

After punching and scoring my envelopes (I made two just in case I messed up!)...

I stuck down some scratch paper with some washi tape so that I could stamp on the front of the envelope without it going over the edges onto the flaps.

And then I stamped away using one of my favorite all-time floral stamps! 

See how the washi and scratch paper masked off that corner so nicely!! I also added the sentiment stamp after the fact... I thought it was a nice finish for the bottom of the envelope, and the recipient definitely knows what kind of card to expect!!

Then I heat set the stamped images... This black ink is the one I usually use for Copic coloring but since this paper is more slick, I wasn't sure how the ink would take. After I heat set the ink, I made sure to blot the stamped image a little bit to make sure it wouldn't smudge too much!!

Adhere the flaps together and then you have an envelope ready to go!!

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

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A Wintry Envelope Idea

I hope you had a fabulous holiday season with a lot of food, folks, and of course, new crafty toys! I got a Lettermate Companionin my stocking, and I was itching to try it out. So today I have for you a wintry envelope art idea that you can quickly whip up for thank you notes, birthdays, or just a snowy greeting card.

I always like to make my own envelopes when I want to decorate them. That way, I know what to expect from the paper when I add ink or other embellishments.

To make this envelope, I used Stardream Metallics cardstock in Silver and an Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers. The best thing I’ve found for making envelopes is Score-Tape. It can hold thick cardstock together really well.

To get started, I picked out a white pigment ink to “frost” the edges of my envelope. You don’t need a specific kind, use whatever White Pigment Ink that’s in your stash. Blend the ink inward from the edges with a blending tool.

Use a light hand, though - it’s easy to accidentally make lines in your work on a coated paper such as this. If blending isn’t working out for you, the ink can be swept in from the edges instead.

Next, doodle a snowflake design around the outer part of the envelope where the ink is. I used a white Uniball Signo Pen to do my drawing.

Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it's not supposed to be! The messiness adds a little whimsy, and that’s what you’re going for. Don’t forget to do the back flap, too.

This is where the Lettermate comes in handy. It’s fantastic for keeping everything in line. I used a silver paint marker (a silver Uniball Signo will work well here) to write the address, and also to add a few extra dots in between my snowflakes to match.

The metallic ink and the chalky blend around the edges really set off the sparkle in this silver cardstock. All it needs now is a stamp and a handwritten note!

Thanks for coming by after this busy past weekend! My next post is in January, so I will see you soon. Happy New Year!

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

Monday, December 25, 2017

Beautiful Snowflake Candle Mats

Good morning and Merry Christmas to you and your family!  We're blessed with a white Christmas here in Maine so today's project can be used during the cold wintery months ahead to add  a warm glow to your home.

These Snowflake Candle Mats are so easy, you'll be whipping them out by the dozen!  
Here's a snapshot of the products I used:

I cut several large snowflakes and scalloped circles out of the Stardream Metallic Silver Cardstock

and glued the snowflakes onto the scalloped circles using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Glue.

I added some Pretty Colored Gems to the snowflakes and lifted the fractals of the snowflakes to add depth.

The Battery Operated Tea Lights fit perfectly in the center of the candle mats.

These particular candles change color and I just happened to get lucky enough to have them all at different colors when I snapped the picture.  

You'll find all the Stardream Metallic Cardstock on sale this month at Cut Cardstock.  While you're there, be sure to sign up for their newsletter so you'll be the first to know about their amazing sales and deals!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit