Wednesday, February 21, 2018

With Sympathy


 The ultimate "Thinking of you" card is a sympathy card. I hate to make one when I need one...I prefer to make a bunch of them assembly style...and keep them on hand for when one is needed. I used CutCardStock.com's FABULOUS Classic Crest Natural White Linen card stock-precut by the store in 4.25x5.5" pieces...so handy and on sale this month. The card bases were constructed with Environmental Desert storm 80lb card stock. I used the exact same stamping and die cuts for every card...I just used different ink combinations. There are 6 different cards to check out... Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann Kubinec :)

**my blog is Snappy Scraps-HERE

***pan down to check out my pictorial and the recipe

Pictorial:

 -Choose your card stock-Classic Crest Natural White Linen 80lb cover card stock, Environmental Desert Storm 80lb card stock(make an A2 size vertical card base...)

-Choose your dies, a 4x5.25" stitched rectangle and a label die(mine are both from Jaded Blossom)...use both and cut your classic crest natural white card stock...add a full sheet of it to the front of the Environmental card base that you've made...so it looks like a cream card.(I use a Vagabond die cutting machine for my diecutting)

-Choose your stamps-2 flowers and a sentiment from Jaded Blossom. Stamp the sentiment onto the label with an acrylic black and Versafine onyx black ink

 -Choose your inks-I chose Altenew ink cube sets and stamped light to dark in a pleasing arrangement.

 -Add your stamped panel to the card front with ATG tape...or your chosen adhesive...add your sentiment label to front of the card with foam tape for dimension...I then added Nuvo Crystal drops to the centers of the flowers as an embellishment.

here are some other colour combos...











Recipe:
  1. CutCardStock.com-Classic Crest Natural White Linen 80lb cover stock-in 4.25x5.5" pieces(HERE), Environmental Desert Storm 80lb cover stock
  2. Jaded Blossom-Stitched Rectangle dies(4x5.25"), Label dies, Simple Sayings, Jaded Blossom Addict
  3. Altenew inks-purple card-(soft lilac, lavender fields, deep iris, midnight violet), light green card-(bamboo, parrot, olive, forest glades), darker green card(frayed leaf, moss, evergreen, jet black), orange card(buttercream, warm sunshine, caramel toffee, paper bag), brown card (sand dunes, rocky shore, mocha, espresso), grey card-(limestone, silver stone, industrial diamond, pure graphite)
  4. Nuvo Crystal Drops-ebony black, dark walnut, oyster grey
  5. Nuvo Glitter Drops-honey gold
  6. Nuvo Jewel Drops-pale periwinkle
  7. Versafine Onyx black ink



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Making Those Large Paper Roses Grow Even Larger, and How to Hang Them (Part 2)

Remember these roses?  It turns out that if you want to make a panel full of them it takes about a million of these pretties.  Soooooo I made them larger.  Here's how to make them grow, and then how to create a hanging with them.
The Classic Crest Cardstocks (on sale this month) are perfect for these roses.

Start with a base flower.  If you don't remember how to begin, check out the post, Practical Tips For Making Large Paper Roses With Tutorial, Part 1.  
1.  For the base flowers, the curls were optional, but if used, they faced towards the center of the flower.  To make the roses grow, the curls are no longer optional--I used a glue stick to curl mine--and they will face toward the outside of the flower.

2.  Curl four petals, and attach them using hot glue to the base of the flower.  Before attaching the petals, try to judge how far out on the base to glue them.  If you end up gluing them too closely to the center, just rip them off and adjust as necessary.

3.  Grip the petal with your index finger in the center, thumb and middle finger on the outside, so you can gently bend them toward the flower.

4.  See where the petal will touch the flower?  That's where to apply the hot glue.  Umm, be careful not to burn yourself . . . have that cup of ice water handy!

 These roses got so big, I ended up using full pages for the petals.


 Attaching the petals looser and looser, making the flower more open and larger.

There are many ways to display the roses.  I used the panel method, which proved fairly easy to construct, display, and hang.
I used a piece of this scrap foam insulation panel, which was a bonus, as it was a pretty big piece, and it was for the reduced price of free.  Originally, I thought I'd make one huge panel, but, ahem, it didn't fit in the back of my car . . . sooooooo it was cut into two panels, each about 26 by 60 inches.  This type of foam is found at home improvement stores in 4 by 8 foot pieces, in various thicknesses--mine was an inch thick.  It's super easy to cut with a razor blade, and as the edges will be covered by the flowers extending around it, there's no need to worry about exactly straight edges.

One side of the panel is all pink, so you may be happy with that--I wanted any panel showing through to be be white, so I used an old sheet and hot glue to wrap the panel.


These panels were destined to be hung in the corners of a room with a drop ceiling, so I used hot glue to attach large paperclips in various places at the top of the panel, just to make sure there would be at least a couple of them that would work for suspending the panel.

Arrange the flowers on the panel before hot gluing them in place.

That piece of paper you see by the clip is cut into a heart--I added it so you couldn't see the clip.
Here you can see I used binding clips to clip onto the drop ceiling, with a simple paper clip chain that hooked to the panel.  Sounds goofy, but it worked great.  The clips make for no damage to the ceiling or walls, and the panel is so lightweight, it was no problem keeping it suspended.

I used a tension rod and curtains, also hung with clips, behind each panel.
Here is one of the panels in action--there was another in the adjacent corner of the room.  These were also surprisingly easy to transport, as they stacked easily.  Using a nice weight of cardstock made the flowers super sturdy, so no worries about smashing.
Not a great picture, but it gives you an idea of how big some of these roses grew.  These panel gardens were well received at the Valentine dinner, and their presence has already been requested at a bridal shower.  I love it when my projects get used more than once!

:)trisha

Monday, February 19, 2018

What's Kraken??

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) with a super fun watercolor card.


I started with some beautiful Classic Crest cardstock in Solar White. The thickness of the Classic Crest cardstock made it really nice for watercolors... Like with a lot of non-watercolor specific paper, it warped when it got wet but only minimally. I've had other papers warp so much worse!!


The first thing I did was cut down the Classic Crest cardstock to 4"x5.25" and then cut down 2 more pieces as my card bases. 

Then I got out some of my Distress Oxide inks in sea-ish colors. I used one of my bigger acrylic blocks and smudged a little bit of ink on it directly from the ink pad. Then I took a larger round brush and a little bit of water and went to work!!


I added a brush-full of water onto each of the ink spots and then painted it onto my card. 


I then used ths super cute stamp on some scrap  Classic Crest cardstock and colored it up with my Copics before fussy-cutting it with some scissors. 


I stamped some bubbles all over the card base, stamped out my sentiment, and then put it all together!



I also used some 3D squares to pop this cutie up and give my card a little bit of dimension.


Thanks so much for stopping by!! I'm so grateful for my time on this wonderful team and look forward to what the new DT members create!! Make sure to stay up to date with the latest news and sales on the CutCardstock Facebook Page!!

lovies, =o) kel

Saturday, February 17, 2018

National Random Acts of Kindness Day!


Saturday is Random Acts of Kindness Day and we want to share a little kindness with our customers. 

All online orders placed on 2/17 are eligible to be covered by CutCardStock. We'll be randomly selecting a few orders to fully refund. We hope we can brighten your day and that you can in turn brighten someone else's!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Dimensional Congratulations Card


Looking for an easy way to add the "wow" factor to the coloring on your cards?  3D decoupage is the process of layering a series of flat images to create one super-dimensional focal point for your project.  This relatively clean and simple congratulations card comes alive with multiple layers of stamped floral images that I colored on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.


Start by trimming several pieces of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock to 5.5" x 8.5".  Stamp your card front with floral images and a sentiment in alcohol marker-friendly ink, then stamp the images two to three more times on additional pieces of cardstock.  I used a stamp press to accomplish this more quickly.


Color the images with alcohol markers.  For the full card front, you'll need to color all of the stamped image, but for each additional layer, only color the portion of the image that you'll be cutting out and layering as shown. 

Note: Since you'll be layering the images, you really don't need to fully color those that will remain at the back of the layered stack...I just enjoy coloring and find that as I do the same image over and over again, my coloring improves and my top layer ends up looking much nicer!


Fussy-cut the images from the top two layers as shown.  To give the cut layers a more finished look, "paint" the edges with a water-based black marker (brush-tipped markers like this one can get into the tiny crevices easily!).


Add a simple border to the card front panel about a half-inch from the edge with a ruler and a fine-point marker.


Blend light yellow ink around the edges of the panel with a foam blending tool to really make the blue flowers pop off the page.


Trim a piece of Jellybean Green Pop Tone Cardstock to 8.625" x 5.625", a piece of Basis Blue Cardstock to 8.875" x 5.875", and two pieces of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock to 9.15" x 6.125" and 9.125" x 6.625".  Score the larger white cardstock panel at 0.5" on the shorter side.


Tie a bow of yellow twine around the bottom corner of the card front panel, add foam adhesive to the back, and press it onto the green mat layer.  Then adhere this to the blue mat layer with tape runner.  Using Score-Tape, adhere the extra-large cardbase together at the half-inch scored tab.


After adhering the card front to the base with tape runner, add the layered images to the card with foam tabs, curling the edges of each layer upward a bit for even more dimension.

I hope you enjoyed this 3D decoupage 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 Classic Crest and Linen Cardstocks are on sale this month!