Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Metallic Floral Valentine

With the temperature still below freezing and snowstorms on the horizon, I thought a bright and floral valentine would be perfect for my loved ones this holiday.  Using the bold colors of Astrobright Cardstock as my canvas, I created a subtle metallic background for this card that I thought resembled gorgeous Japanese silk fabric.

Start by trimming a piece of Terrestrial Teal Cardstock to 4.25" x 5.5", a piece of Violette Curious Metallic Cardstock to 4.5" x 5.75", and a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock (110 lb) to 6" x 9.5".  Score the Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock down the middle to form a 4.75" x 6" cardbase.

Stamp a floral image over the Terrestrial Teal panel repeatedly in Versamark ink to fill the majority of the space, add white embossing powder, and melt it with a heat tool.

Color the images in with metallic colored pencils, using two to three different shades of purple and pink for the flowers and green and gold for the leaves to achieve a shimmery background with tons of depth.  (Regular colored pencils can be used here as well, but the metallic pencils really give the images a silken feel.)

Begin to assemble the card with tape runner by first adding the purple mat to the colored background, and then adhering both to the folded white cardbase.

Die-cut a sentiment out of both Stardust White Cardstock and Violette Curious Metallic Cardstock.  (Stardust White cardstock has flecks of color in it that coordinate perfectly with the rest of the card!)

Adhere the Stardust White layer on top of the Violette layer with Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue and offset it slightly to form a shadow.

Add the sentiment to the center of the cardbase with liquid glue and brighten your beloved's Valentine's Day with this bold floral card!

I hope you enjoyed this easy Valentine's Day card project and thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to visit the CutCardStock Store to purchase any of the supplies showcased today and remember that Astrobright Cardstocks are on sale this month!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Hand-Colored Floral Valentine

Do you like to color? Me too! I felt like making a hand-colored floral valentine today, which gave me the perfect excuse to break out my new set of Polychromos colored pencils from Faber Castell.

I picked them up because I wanted to be able to color on dark paper - something my Copic markers aren't so great at. I’ve had other pencils before, but these seem to be a little softer, less waxy, and they work spectacularly on Astrobrights cardstock.

This card is made with the same background stamp I used for my last post, except I'm using a different technique to add color today.

It starts pretty much the same, though. I picked out a piece of Astrobrights Cardstock in Planetary Purple to work with, and heat embossed the background with clear embossing powder. It’s always easiest to lay the stamp face up and press your paper down. You’re more likely to get a great impression that way.

Now the fun part - coloring! Polychromos pencils blend very well, so I chose three muted pinks and two shades of green to color the image. I learned that they work very similar to Copic markers in the blending department: lay down the lightest color first, then darkest, then blend out with the mid and light shades to finish.

There’s no hard and fast rule to where you should put the darker color, it’s all about the look you’re going for. I wanted my flowers to be pale, but with a hint of blush (something to contrast against the vibrancy of the purple cardstock) to keep them from looking flat. The nooks and crannies are a great place to start.

Once all the colors are laid down, give the area a once-over with the lightest shade to finish up the blend before moving onto the next section.

The blend was even more beautiful on this flower!

After the coloring was finished, I trimmed my edges by running the panel through my die-cutting machine with a stitched rectangle die (Large Stitched Rectangles, Lawn Fawn).

 I didn’t want to use a large sentiment and cover up all that lovely handiwork. So, I chose a piece of Basis Cardstock in Coral and used it for the sentiment along with a script word die that says “Happy Valentine’s Day” (Happy Valentine's Day, Mama Elephant).

A few dabs of well placed Tombow Mono Multi Glue made the words easy to adhere.

Then, I attached the finished panel to an A2 card base made from Basis Cardstock in Coral to match. All done!

Thanks for exploring the blog today! Have a great rest of the week!

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

Monday, January 29, 2018

Washi Masked Wedding Card with Metallic Watercolor and Die Cutting

Hello everyone! This week we are making a simple wedding card using masking tape and die cutting techniques.

Don't forget to check out the video:

I started with Astrobright terrestrial teal and cut it down roughly to the size of the card base (Cougar White, A2).

Then I used thin strips of washi tape to create a geometric pattern with lots of angles.

I used the lighter end colors on the Kuretake Starry Colors metallic watercolor palette - a white gold and light gold. Using a wet brush, I painted the exposed paper and flicked splatter on as well. Then, I heat set with my heat tool.

Once the tape is removed, it reveals a lovely geometric pattern that shines in the light.

I cut "congratulations" out of Neenah solar white card stock twice, using an Avery Elle die set and my manual die cutting machine. One of the pieces, I colored black with waterproof ink so I could stack for dimension.

I used ranger multi medium matte to adhere the black layer first, then the white one on top with a bit of an offset, like a shadow.

I had to trim some little bits off the ends, and then I was all done!

Super simple, ready to use for a wedding shower or any congratulatory occasion in minutes.

- Haley
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Friday, January 26, 2018

Love and Astrobright Card stock

 It's time to share a little love with the world...Valentine's day is just around the corner...and I have another non traditional Valentine to share that I made with my new favorite color-Gravity Grape Astrobright-LOVE! The perfect purple! It's also on sale this month at I saw a card on Instagram that had paper weaving on it...and I thought to myself-Lee-Ann-you have never done that-why? I decided to give weaving a try and loved the outcome-great texture and it adds a lot of interest to your focal point...the heart. Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann :)

**pan down to check out the tutorial and to see all the products that I HERE to check out my blog-Snappy Scraps


-choose your products(

-choose your dies and stamps(mine are from Jaded Blossom)

-cut a 4.25x11" piece of Basis white cover stock and score at 5.5" to make a vertical A2 size card base-cut a 4x5.25" rectangle of black eclipse Astrobright card stock using a die, then cut a heart centered in the upper portion of card...then cut strips of card stock...or use border dies like I did here
-I use a Vagabond die cutting machine to cut all my dies 

-I then used my black card stock piece with the heart cut as a stencil and traced the heart on my card base...this gives me a spot to make sure my weaving will fill the whole heart-I just weave like you do in kindergarten...I stuck with stripes instead of a checker board-I alternated the widths for some interest

-I then snipped of the edges of the stripes and glued the edges down using Nuvo glue

-I chose a sentiment and 2 stamps that look like decorative tape and positioned them on my card front(after I dusted the entire from with my EK Success powder tool to avoid stray embossing powder) and stamped with versamark ink using my Misti...then sprinkled with Ranger embossing powder and melted the powder with my Marvy Heat tool

-I then attached my card from to the base with foam tape for some dimention

-I then cut some small heart dies with my Vagabond and Gravity Grape card stock and applied them in a visual triangle...and then added some Nuvo drops

  1. CutCardStock-Astrobright-gravity grape 65lb cover stock-HERE, Astrobright-eclipse black 80lb cover stock-HERE, Cougar white 80lb cover stock-HERE, Basis white 110lb cover stock-HERE
  2. Jaded Blossom-Valentine designer tapes, Valentine dies, Banner dies, Card mat dies, Border dies, Heart dies 1
  3. Versamark
  4. Ranger detail white embossing powder
  5. Nuvo Crystal Drops-simply white, crushed grape
  6. Nuvo Glitter Drops-white blizzard
  7. Misti stamping tool
  8. Foam tape
  9. Nuvo Glue
  10. Tim Holtz shears
  11. Vagabond die cutting tool
  12. EK Powder

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rainbow of Love!

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) with a super fun and bright card for a very special someone!

I started with some super fun Astrobrights Cardstock. When I looked at this pack tonight I thought, this is a RAINBOW of colors to choose from, and then went "duh! Let's do a rainbow card!" And apologies for being so crazy... we just got back from an almost 2 week trip to Japan and my mind is still not quite home yet!!

I pulled the following colors because I thought they were perfect rainbow colors:

And then cut each of them down to 3.75" x 5" pieces. Then I cut that piece down into thirds, ending up with 1.25" x 5" pieces.

I ran each of those pieces through my diecut machine... And to make sure they all would line up with the same curve, I used the first piece I cut as a guide (with a little bit of washi to hold it in place!)

And then took off the guide piece before I actually die-cut... I didn't want to leave any funky extra impressions on either piece!

I totally thought I had measured correctly and ended up being wrong lol! I told you my brain was not quite home yet!! But I lined up my pieces on a piece of Eclipse Black Astrobrights Cardstock cut to a regular mat size, 4" x 5.25" starting with the purple and then working backwards to the red side.

My fix was to add an extra wave of pink! I think pink can appropriately be placed in a rainbow, don't you?? haha! The last thing I did was cut the "love" sentiment out of another piece of Eclipse Black Astrobrights Cardstock and pop it up with some squares cut into really thin strips. (P.S. - these 3D strips probably would have worked just as well, I just couldn't find them in my stash lol!)

I totally have more pieces to play with and make a few more of these cards. Love them and their fun and super bright rainbow!!

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, January 23, 2018

A Book of Us--Australian Reverse Piano Hinge Book Binding Technique

Need a Valentine gifty idea?  "A Book Of Us" is the perfect gift for your sweetie, friend, mom, dad, child, grandchild--pretty much anyone, and Astrobright Cardstock is a great place to begin.

Stuff you'll need:
Astrobright Cardstock in your choice of colors.  My example will have five layouts in five different colors, plus a simple cover added.  You might prefer all the same color, or a monochromatic scheme, or all the colors of the rainbow!
an Xacto, razor blade, or box cutter
wooden coffee stirrers OR heavy cardstock cut into 5 1/2 by a little less than 1/2 inch strips
paper cutter
glue stick
plain piece of regular weight paper
one piece of cardstock cut to 3 x 9 inches

 1.  Cut the 8 1/2 by 11 inch cardstock in half, to 8 1/2 by 5 1/2.  Fold these in half.

 2.  Fold the strip of 3 x 9 inch cardstock in half.   Begin accordion folding at either side, at just a little more than 1/2 inch.

 3.  My book will have five layouts, so you'll see five points facing the table.  You can have more or less layouts in your book, just add more folds.  HOWEVER, be sure to keep a few inches of flap on either side, to allow the addition of a cover to your book later.

 4.  Cut the regular piece of paper the same size as the book pages--5 1/2 by 8 1/2.  Fold this template paper in half, then open it.  Use a ruler to measure about 1 1/4 inch from the top and bottom of the inside crease, marking with a pencil.  Use the ruler and the razor blade to cut between the two circles to create a slit just a little over 3 inches.  Using the template, lay it on top of each layout, clamping with the clothespins, again cutting between the two circles.  (NOTE:  You may find it easier to use the ruler and mark each paper and use the ruler to cut each,)

 5.  Slide each little accordion fold inside the slits of each layout.  Slide a coffee stirrer into each accordion fold inside each layout.
The wooden stirrer secures each layout to the cardstock strip.   I love how the pages can easily be removed and returned to the book, making it simple to work on each page, use the pages for a collaborative project, or rearrange the pages at will.  The hinges also allow the book to remain somewhat flat, even with the addition of semi chunky embellishments.
Here you see the leftover flap, where I attached a simple Rocket Red cover to the both the front and back, using a layout page cut in half.  You may wish to make a sturdier cover by sandwiching the flap between a folded layout paper.

Here's wishing you a bright and beautiful Valentine's Day!