Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Pretty White and Blue Swirl Anniversary Card

I love working with just plain white cardstock, don’t you? It’s like a blank canvas - there are so many techniques you can use to make projects uniquely your own.

One of my favorite techniques is applying ink through a stencil, which is what I did to make the background for today’s anniversary card. I wanted it to be a simple card but fancy at the same time. What better way to do that than with a lovely swirly stencil?

This can get a bit messy - so to start out, find you a piece of scratch paper or a non-stick splat mat. Cut a 5.5 x 4.25-inch piece of Basis 110lb Card Stock and tape it down to work surface. If you are using a non-stick mat, I suggest artist's tape (the kind used to tape down watercolor sheets). It actually sticks to the non-stick surface. 😃

From there, tape your stencil (I used “Swirls and Dots," Simon Says Stamp) down and blend your ink in carefully from the sides. A mini ink blending tool or big sponge dauber works well here. The blue ink I blended over my card is Broken China Distress Ink. As I got closer to the center, I lightened the application so it would not be so bright under the vellum piece (more on that later).

Since it’s Distress Ink, I decided to spritz it with Sparkle Spray (Imagine Crafts). It reacts just the same as if you sprinkled it with water. I dabbed off the excess using a tissue before peeling up the stencil to let the cardstock dry. Don’t forget to clean your stencil after use!

In the meantime, I stamped the sentiment (Fancy Pants Sentiments, Papertrey Ink) on another piece of Basis 110lb Cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink. Then, I heat embossed the wording to help it stand out.

After the embossing powder was melted, I stamped the matching outer design from the stamp set in Soft Stone (Hero Arts Shadow Ink).

It drives me crazy when I stamp something all nice, then accidentally die cut it all wonky! I don’t want you to go through that frustration, so to die cut the sentiment just right, run a Post-It Note through your cutter first and then use it to position the die perfectly.

That way you can see where the edge will be cut and you can tape everything down to send through the die cutting machine.

Time to start putting it all together! I used a medium-sized die from a Pierced Rectangle die set (Avery Elle) to cut a small rectangle from some Curious Translucent Clear Cardstock, then the largest die from the same set to trim the edges of the inked cardstock.

I adhered the vellum to the center of the inked panel with two foam squares. They’re strategically placed to be out of sight behind the sentiment 😉

Then I added two more foam squares on top and attached the sentiment.

To put together the card, make a 5.5 x 4.25-inch card base out of another piece of Basis 110lb Cardstock. Add a 5.25 x 4-inch piece of Pop-Tone Black Licorice Cardstock with some glue tape to the front, followed by the finished panel.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Feel free to ask questions in the comments, and don’t forget that white and ivory cardstocks are on sale at the CutCardstock Store for a limited time!

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

Happy Birthday to You

Happy Birthday to you.... I needed a few more birthday cards for birthdays that are approaching fast. I started with a A2 Card base of Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock.

I used the new colors of Tim Holtz's Distress Oxides to create a colorful background. I love how the shimmer shows through.

I used a file from Dreaming Tree and my eClips2 to resize and cut the file to fit on a A2 card. I used Classic Linen White cardstock for the butterflies.

I then attached the first layer with Foam Squares.  Once that was done I added the 3D pieces.

Last I added some rhinestones to finish the card for a birthday later this month. I decided I didn't want to cover the front of card with Happy Birthday, so I will add it to the inside of the card. 

Thanks for stopping by, 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Romantic French Anniversary Card

Wedding and anniversary cards can be tough to create because of their often intricate and elaborate designs...but with high-quality cardstock from CutCardStock, a simple and pretty card like this still makes a big impact!

Start by trimming a piece of Basis Black Cardstock to 5.5" x 8.5" and scoring it down the center to create a side-folding A2 card base.  Then, trim Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock (80 lb) to 4" x 5.5".

Place a stencil on top of the Neenah Classic Crest Solar White panel and use low-tack tape to secure it in place.  Then, press a Versamark ink pad all over the cardstock, smooshing the ink through the stencil until you achieve even coverage (this may take a few passes).

Remove the stencil and add clear or white embossing powder to the entire panel (I used clear powder here to allow the white cardstock to show through).  Melt the embossing powder with a heat tool and allow to cool.

Apply soft pink ink all over the panel to bring out the embossed floral design, concentrating color around the edges for a little depth.

Tie thin satin ribbon into a bow around the bottom of the embossed panel before adding enough foam strips to the back to support the card front.  Die-cut a tiny sentiment out of both Basis Black Cardstock and Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.

Die-cut the Eiffel Tower from Basis Black Cardstock and then add a coat of all-over shimmer with a clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.

Since the card base is black, you can either write your message inside with a white gel pen or die-cut a panel from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White to adhere inside with tape runner.

Remove the backing from the foam strips and press the embossed background onto the card base, leaving a quarter-inch strip of black showing on the right side.  Adhere the black sentiment layer behind the white layer to form a shadow and glue to the front with strong liquid glue.  The tower can be adhered either with foam tabs or liquid glue.

I hope you enjoyed this simple and pretty anniversary card 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 white and ivory cardstock is on sale this month!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ivory on White Anniversary Card with Crayola Watercolor Florals

Today we’re making an Anniversary card using white and ivory card stock, and a crayola watercolor resist technique that utilizes floral stamps.

I started with my DIY stamp press which is really just a modified Ikea HEMMINGSBO front opening picture frame. The stamps I’m using are from a couple different sets from discount bins that I can’t recall, I’m sorry to say - I’ve had them in my stash for a while and don’t use them very often. 

I’d arranged my stamps on the press in the configuration I wanted them to appear on the card, swung the door open, then applied Versamark - a clear, sticky ink which is good for embossing.

To see the full step by step details, don’t forget to watch the video tutorial below:

The card stock I’m using is Neenah Classic Crest Baronial Ivory 80lb cover. I align it to where I placed blue washi tape marks on my stamp press, which is especially helpful for if I wanted to do more than one card at a time. Then swing the door close and press down on each of the stamps with my fingers, making sure to get a good impression. The picture frame is made with a clear, bendy plastic held by metal pegs, so it is actually quite good for stamping like this.

Next, I sprinkled on some Ranger Clear Embossing powder and heat set with my Ranger Heat It! Craft Tool. I almost chose white, but I’m glad I chose clear, as I ended up with a more subtle, washer effect. I always make sure the tool is good and hot before bringing it to the project, that way it prevents warping and melts the powder faster.

Once embossed, we’re ready to watercolor. I just chose some colors I thought would be bright and floral, then started scribbling. Tried not to think too hard. I wanted it to look kind of “painterly” with all the colors bleeding out of the lines and into one another. And because the color is resisted by the embossing powder, in the end you see the full outline of all the floral shapes.

To really bring it home, I had to add some more color and depth. Scribbling on some acetate with a watercolor marker and adding water with a brush is probably one of my favorite/quickest ways to get some splatter on a page.

In the middle void, I used my trusty Pentel pocket brush pen to write “happy anniversary” in a curly brush script with little bits of character added for good measure. A little extra detail work was needed to complete the look.

Finally, I folded an A-2 card size of Cougar White 100lb cover card stock and trimmed the card front down to size. I wanted to keep it simple, ivory on white, soft and colorful. I also used a corner rounder, because I thought the card called for it.

I’d normally use my ATG adhesive but this time I used scor-tape, which is easy enough to use, though a little bit more time consuming. It is definitely something I would recommend for watercolor cards that you want to adhere and prevent from warping.

Anyway, that’s pretty much the card! I ended up scribbling a bit of soft brown colored pencil around the edges and smudging with my fingers - you can see how it helps the contrast between ivory and white in the photos.

Thank you for joining me!

- Haley


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Monday, August 14, 2017

Hello Teacher!

Hi everyone...Back to School is soon approaching here in Canada...I know a lot of kids in the US are already back...do you make back to school treats and cards?? I do...I have a quick card and Lollipop treat to share for back to school...easy peasy. Do you mix white and ivory? You totally should...I was surprised how nice it looks...and since white and ivory card stock is on sale at CutCardStock.com...the time to try it is NOW! Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann from Snappy Scraps

**pan down to see a step to step tutorial on how to make this set...and to see the recipe and pics galore!!!

***click HERE to check out my blog Snappy Scraps

-chose your supplies

-Cut a piece of Basis Natural card stock with a 4x5.25" rectangle die...and cut and score a piece of white Basis Coverstock into an A2 size card

-Stamp your chosen images with Simon Says Intense Black ink using a Misti stamping tool on Cougar white 80lb card stock

-Cut a Lollipop die out of Basis white cover stock

-ink blend with a Ranger Ink blending tool and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink on your 2 die cuts

-spray water droplets using a Ranger distress sprayer and let sit for a few minutes and wick it up with a paper towel

-chose your marker colours-these are Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

-colour your images with your markers and then fussy cut your images and then use a black marker to color the edges of your images

-get your stencil and then use a wipe to damp through the stencil and remove some ink...you get a cool striped effect

-Get your sentiments and stamp your sentiments using black ink

-cut a paper bow using bow dies and Basis natural card stock and apply it to the front of the Lollipop holder...then add a button and twine to the center...add and tie twine to your card front and then pop your images up using foam tape for dimension...then add Sparkling crystals and dots of Nuvo Glitter Drops (white Blizzard)


  • CutCardStock-Basis Cover Stock 110lb white-HERE, Cougar white 80lb card stock-HERE, Basis Natural 80lb card stock A7-HERE
  • Jaded Blossom-Lollipop dies, Card mat dies, Bow dies, Hello hello, School Panels
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink
  • WRMK black and white twine
  • Stampin Up yellow buttons
  • Nuvo Glitter Drops-White Blizzard
  • Studio Katia-Sparkling Crystal mix
  • Simon Says Diagonal Stripes Stencil
  • Spectrum Noir-GB4, GB6, CR1, CR10, IG2, IG5, IG8, IG9
  • Memento Tuxedo Black marker
  • Simon Says Intense Black
  • Glossy Accents
  • Signo White gel pen
  • Ranger Distress Oxide Ink-Abandoned Coral
  • Misti
  • Vagabond die cutting machine
  • Fiskars Paper Trimmer
  • Ranger Distress Sprayer
  • Baby Wipes
  • Ranger Distress Circle blending tool
  • Signo white gel pen
  • ATG tape gun
  • Ranger Multi Mat Medium

Friday, August 11, 2017

A+ in my Book!

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) How has the weather been in your neck of the woods or your corner of the city?? It's been hot and humid here in Hawaii, but I think that means it's gonna rain, which hope fully will make the end of the summer much more tolerable!! My kiddos have actually gone back to school this week, so I wanted to make a card for my middle child's (I call him Little A) librarian because I just adore her!!

I made a CAS (clean and simple) card today using one of my favorite dies and some fun colored enamel dots on top of this card made from this amazingly bright and nice Classic Crest Cardstock in Solar White (80#).

First I cut my Classic Crest Cardstock in Solar White (80#) in half because otherwise it wouldn't fit in my Big Shot lol!

I then used one of my favorite big dies by Paper Smooches to cut out this frame with these wonky stitched borders. It comes out to the perfect size to mat on a full card!

I centered the stamp on my Misti and then stamped away! I had to do it more than a few times to make sure I got the black in her eyes completely colored in.

And then I colored!! There's no sound in this short video, just to let you know so you don't turn up your speakers looking for it!

After I got her colored up nice and pretty, I stamped on the sentiment (from another Stamp Anniething set). But look how beautifully she colored up. There was no bleeding, and she colored so smoothly, I just love it!!

I used some pop-up dots to stick her onto the card base, which was just the remaining half of that Classic Crest Cardstock in Solar White (80#) piece that I cut in the beginning. 

The last thing I did was add some fun enamel dots to the card. I used two different sets, one was a fall themed one and the other a Christmas one. But together they worked out perfectly!!

Here's a closeup of her colored... so smooth. It was so nice to color on this Classic Crest Cardstock without having to worry too much about bleeding!!

I hope Little A's librarian likes the card... I know I'm so happy with how cute she came out!! 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