Friday, December 2, 2016

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Holiday Countdown series for 2016!  I hope you're enjoying these quick and simple project ideas perfect for last-minute holiday crafting.  

Today I'm sharing this easy monogram ornament that can also double as a gift tag.  My mom gave me a similar one for Christmas a few years back, so I wanted to create my own version for her this year.  Though only made of paper, this ornament owes it elegance to the gorgeous shimmery Stardream Metallic Cardstocks and tons of dimension.

Start by die-cutting a doily shape (approximately 4") and a 2.75" circle out of Stardream Metallic Quartz Cardstock.  Then, cut the same size circle and holly berries out of Stardream Metallic Mars Cardstock and holly leaves out of Stardream Metallic Emerald Cardstock.  Score the doily shape as shown in this tutorial to add texture and dimension.

Die-cut the recipient's initial from the center of the Quartz circle, set the letter aside, and then emboss a wintry pattern into the die-cut circle.  Here I've used a snowflake embossing folder, but holly or even polka dots would work as well.

To assemble, first adhere the Quartz circle directly over top the Mars circle using foam tabs, then press them onto the scored doily using foam tabs again.  Offset the letter over its die-cut "hole" and adhere with more foam tabs.  Adhere holly embellishments with Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue and string gold cording or twine through the border of the doily backer to hang.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and simple monogram ornament project and thanks 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!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 1

We are so excited to have you here as we kick off the Holiday Countdown 2016 Series! We hope to inspire you to add a special handmade touch to your holiday season. Today, I'm here to kick things off with a quick and easy way to dress up a gift card. Here we go....

I started by die cutting Basis Black cardstock and then stamping with white pigment ink to create a chalkboard look to my project.  I wanted to insert my gift card to make it easy for the recipient to get at it and start enjoying the gift! I simply cut two rectangles of cardstock slightly larger than the gift card, yet small enough to fit into the assembled pouch. Another die cut made a perfect slot for my gift card to nestle in.

Wanting to add a little shine, I broke out the foil cardstock to make the poinsettia inlayed die cut. The foil cardstock cut like a dream and assembling it was like putting together a puzzle!

I assembled everthing and attached the poinsettia and that's all there is to it. It's such a simple project, but I think it makes the delivery of the gift card extra special!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tepee for Christmas?

I know the tepee cards seem to have been around for a long time and while making some
 -just to practice- because I had never made one before, the idea came to mind.
Tepees for Christmas. Yes! Why not, right? I said to myself.

 I started gathering what I needed: cardstock, embossing folder, ink, scoring board and adhesive.

I grabbed some green, red and white cardstock from the Pop Tones collection and cut 3 square pieces at 4 x 4" that I embossed and inked to achieve a distressed look that coordinates a bit with my distressed Christmas Cards.
After I inked them I needed to score them down the middle as shown above. Try your best to align the points but if you don't and when you fold is not even, you can always make adjustments with your scissors.

After scoring, it was time to adhere the three pieces together. I started with the white piece making sure I positioned the green piece just next to the scored line as shown in the left pic. At this point, I also double check if any adjustments were needed and where I was supposed to apply the score-tape. After that, I added the score-tape to the back of the green cardstock and adhered it to the white cardstock. I did the same process for the red piece that was going to be on the left side. In the pics above you can also see how it needs to look before you close it to make the tepee.
(Note how I adhered the score tape. If you add adhesive to the entire edge, you will have exposed adhesive where you do not want it. Make sure you make a pencil mark where you need to add the adhesive). 

This is how you close it: tape the green over the white or vice-versa. It does not matter unless you would like to match the colors or patterned paper if you decide you want to add the later.

I am showing here the 3 different sides after taped them close with more score tape. you do not need score-tape for any of it, you can use liquid glue too but you have to make sure you have a good bond.

I had mentioned I started with 3 pieces of 4 x 4" cardstock. That is the biggest size I cut and the base of the tepee trees. I also cut 3 pieces at 3 x 3" and 3 pieces at 2 x 2" and followed the same steps.
Now, I had three different sizes I could mount on top of each other and give the trees more dimension. 

To the left, you see how it looks after being stacked from the biggest to the smaller and on the second pic you see the tree sizes (4, 3, and 2) and some snow tops I made from 1 square white cardstock. I thought it would great with some imaginary snow. The third pic shows one of the folds.

At the end, I decided to add some bling and I added some tiny ornaments I made using the gold glitter cardstock and a paper punch.

I apologize for the many pics but I thought they were my best bet to show the process. Remember, this was my first time making these tepee cards and I know there are tons of tutorial videos on the web but if you have any questions, feel free to do so in the comments area.
Hope you enjoyed your visit today.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to check out my tepees.
As many paper projects, they have infinite uses and sometimes just changing colors will do.

Have a great week!

Cut Cardstock Supplies Used:

Pop-Tone Discount Card StockScor-Tape for paper crafting

Friday, November 25, 2016

Destination WEDDING!

Destination WEDDING

Hola!  Welcome to my Destination Wedding Blog Post!  I have been honored to create wedding invitation suites for clients all over the US and abroad for brides from foreign countries to those traveling to foreign countries for their nuptials.  I currently have the pleasure of creating an invitation suite for a client getting married in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  After meeting with my bride, Noelle and her mother, Gilda, we decided to incorporate the beautiful Universidad del Sagrado Corazon chapel into the invitation.

An image of the building was scanned into my computer and painstakingly re-drawn (with the help of my talented graphic designer niece) using various tools in Adobe Illustrator.  Once the black and white image was returned to me, I made additional adjustments to the image, adding some detailed linework and adjusting the shadows, highlights and scale of the image for the plate reproduction for letterpress.  I also selected a pretty cartouche for the top of the invitation to mimic the circular design in the pediment of the chapel.  Once the plate was created, I letterpressed the image on a very thick cotton paper stock which is available at Cut Card Stock.  in a very pale blue-green color.  The color was selected to match the subtle color painted on the chapel and the metallic paper we chose for the envelope linings.  The lining paper was Cut Card Stock Stardream Aquamarine.

We then worked on the other design elements which included a cypher combination of the bride and groom's first initials for the top of the invitation and of course the type-set of the text.  We chose a combination of calligraphy and block print for the letting to give a nice balance to the stately elements of the Greek Revival columns and pediment and the fine detailing found on the window mullions and frieze work.  The second layer of the invitation was printed in warm grey letterpress ink.

The envelope liners were cut using a custom made cutting die to fit into the inner envelopes.  This cutting die is fitted for the letterpress machine but is created with cutting blades.  The rollers must be removed from the machine while cutting the liners or they will be destroyed by the blades!
After the liners were cut, they were inserted into the inner envelopes and secured into place.  I used
Cut Card Stock Double Sided Adhesive to secure the liners in for this job.

The remaining pieces were letterpressed and the edges of the paper pained with metallic gold to complete the invitation suite.  It is my hope this invitation will not only reflect the beauty and exquisite taste of the bride, but will also serve as a little piece of hand-created art for each guest invited to the wedding.  

Muchas Gracias!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Easy Christmas Card

Hello and welcome to the CutCardStock Blog! It's Gloria with you today and I am still making Christmas cards! Our November theme is the colors of Christmas: red, white, and green! All cardstock in our theme color is on SALE!

I used another colored image for the card. Since coloring is something you can do while watching TV or listening to music, or even something to do while waiting in doctors' offices or at game practices, it is easy to have enough colored images by the time Christmas rolls around each year!

CutCardStock has plenty of coloring supplies for you to chose from! Check the Artistic Supplies or the Writing Tools sections to see all the pens and paints available!

I kept my directions simple, just like my previous card (see HERE) to make it a SNAP to make a batch of cards for your holiday celebrations!


1. Cut Pop Tones Red Hot Cardstock to 11" x 4 1/4". Score on the long side at  5 1/2" to make a top-fold card 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".

2. Trim Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock to approximately 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and attach to the card front.

3. Use a stitched rectangle die template (Elizabeth Craft Designs) to trim a piece of Basis Green Cardstock (5 1/4" x 4") and attach the panel to the card front.

4. Trim green printed paper (Graphic 45 St. Nicholas) to 5" x 3 3/4" and attach to the card front.

5. Stamp an image (Power Poppy) onto Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock with black ink. Color the image with Copic markers. Add glitter to the image with a clear sparkle pen. (You may also choose to stamp the image onto watercolor paper and color with watercolor markers or paints, also available from CutCardStock.)

6. Use a stitched circle die cut template (My Favorite Things) to cut out the image. Mat the image with a piece of Pop Tones Red Hot CardstockUse foam squares to attach the image to the card front.

7. Tie a bow from red and green plaid ribbon and glue to the upper right corner of the card. Tie a second bow from glitter twine and glue to the top of the plaid bow. Glue three metal bells to the card as shown.

8. Cut two pieces of Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and line the inside panels of the card. Use black ink to stamp a sentiment onto the bottom panel. Use gray ink to stamp an image onto the lower left corner of the panel.

Thanks for looking!

~ Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life

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