Monday, March 19, 2018

Easter Nest Card

Since I tend to send Easter cards only to my younger nieces and nephews, I like to make them kinda different and fun.  This card project is easy to pull together thanks to lots of die-cutting, a few simple techniques, and the gorgeous metallic cardstocks available in the CutCardStock store.

Start by trimming a piece of Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock (100 lb) to 7" x 10" and scoring it in the center along the longest edge.  Then trim a piece of Curious Metallic Ice Silver Cardstock to 4.875" x 6.875".

Trim a piece of Stardream Metallic Lagoon Cardstock to 4.75" x 5.75".  Using an oval die, first die-cut the shape out of the top center of the panel.  Then emboss a fun woodgrain texture into the panel using a 5" x 7" or larger embossing folder.

Assemble the card base as shown.  First, fold the scored kraft panel in half and mount the Ice Silver panel directly on top with tape runner.  Then, tie a bow of natural twine around the aqua window panel and adhere it on top using foam tabs.

Die-cut a bird's nest out of Curious Metallic Cognac Cardstock.  To give the nest dimension, ink around the edges and the "inside" with a slightly darker brown ink using a sponge dauber.

For the brightly-dyed Easter eggs, I just took a few practice alcohol ink backgrounds that I had made previously (and wasn't very happy with!) and die-cut a small egg shape from some of the areas that were more speckled or contained interesting color blends.  This is a great way to use your scraps that were headed for the recycling bin!  (Note: If you don't have any alcohol inks, you could easily substitute a watercolored or ink-blended background in this step.)

Die-cut a couple of branches from Ice Silver Cardstock and color them with alcohol-based markers.  You really only need two shades of brown and green here to get some quick and easy dimension on these die-cuts (since the cardstock is coated, blending is actually pretty easy too).

Lastly, die-cut your sentiment from the same Ice Silver Cardstock.  To bring in a little more pink to the card, I added light pink ink to the bottom of the letters with a sponge dauber.

Assemble the rest of the card as desired.  I started by adding the eggs to the nest with a little liquid glue.  After adding a few foam tabs on the back of the nest, I wrapped the branches around the nest and then adhered the entire piece to the cardbase with additional foam tabs.  The sentiment was then placed at the top using liquid glue.

I hope you enjoyed this easy and fun Easter 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 Curious Metallic Cardstocks are on sale this month!

Friday, March 16, 2018

With Deepest Sympathy

Happy Friday, friends! I'm glad you've stopped by today! I'm super excited to be sharing my first post as part of the CutCardStock Design Team. I typically don't make many Sympathy Cards.  I have a friend who recently lost her mother. I wanted to create a unique card for her.

For my design this week  I used Curious Metallic Cardstock in  Curious Metallic Cryogen White
and Violette. I stamped the Penny Black Flower Cascade stamp with a Copic friendly ink onto the Curious Metallic Cryogen White card, colored with various Copic Markers. 

Copic coloring on the Curious Metallic card is like magic it makes the blending process so smooth and to top it off the cardstock has shimmer.

To finish my card, I stamped the sentiment unto the flower panel and added a few watercolor splatters to accent the design.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Just a reminder the Curious Metallic Cardstock is on sale this
month.  Don't forget to check out our Facebook page for weekly specials.

Have a great weekend!
Ink & Paper Hugs

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Home Sweet Home Shadow Box

Hi, everyone! I'm excited to be sharing my first post as part of the CutCardStock Design team. For this post I was looking to make something for a good friend who just bought her first house. I came up with this idea for a shadow box floral wreath with a 'home sweet home' note in the center. 

This project was a little out of my comfort zone as I am very much a digital designer. So I started with what I know and went from there. I began this project on my iPad Pro using the Procreate App. I knew I was going to be sending files to my Cricut so I was really diligent about making every piece its own layer for easy exporting. I also exaggerated the colors so I could keep everything straight while I was designing.

Once I finalized my design, I started isolating layers of the same color and saving them as .png files with transparent backgrounds. I uploaded all of the files into the Cricut design space and started cutting out my pieces. 

For the flowers I did four layers of same color, stacked them and added a white center. 

I assembled each of the flowers and cut out the vines and leaves for the wreath. I then cut out a base for the wreath out of Basis 110lb Card Stock in White measured to the size of the shadow box frame I had. 

Once I had the base cut out, I started assembling the wreath. It helped having the digital file as a reference so I could use the order of the layers as a guide. I did have to make some adjustments from the original design to make everything fit properly. 

Once I had the wreath finished I started on the background where the 'home sweet home' text would go. The shadow box I had came with a burlap textured background that clashed with the color I had in mind for the text. So I chose to use another sheet of Basis White Card Stock and secured it to the shadow box with some push pins. 

I printed the text on Curious Metallic Gold Leaf and attached it to the card stock using Double Sided Foam Adhesive Strips. This added another layer of depth to really get the most out of the shadow box format. 

The last thing I did was make some spacers out of scrap card stock to place between the text layer and the wreath layer. I simply cut some scraps to the same height, folded them into triangles, and then placed them in between the two layers and secured with glue. 

 Here's the final product: 

Here are the colors I choose for each of the flowers: 
Small pink flowers: Basis Soft Pink Card Stock 

Be sure to check out all of the Curious Metallic Card Stock on sale at  It's one of my favorite products from CutCardStock - it's shimmery and adds texture without being over the top.

I'm excited to share more of my projects with you as part of the design team this year!

Drew - DB Designs

Monday, March 12, 2018

Easter Placecards

Hello creative friends! My name is Erin German and I'm so excited to share my first blog post as part of the CutCardStock Design team! I'm a graphic designer by trade, so you'll be seeing some of my printed projects that incorporate CutCardStock products, but I'll also be sharing some projects that feature calligraphy and hand-lettering, a passion I've pursued over the past couple of years. 

For this first post, I'm sharing a technique called "faux calligraphy". Faux calligraphy is a great way to introduce yourself to the art of calligraphy without purchasing any special tools! It's an excellent way to study and grow to understand the thick and thin strokes of each letterform.

Easter is fast approaching - April 1st this year! As the host of my family's brunch, I love to set a pretty table (pay no mind to my lack of cooking skills!). A few years ago I bought this fun table runner that has a marbled pattern, so I was thrilled when I discovered the Bazzill Marble Cardstock.


The "Sugar Wafer" gray coordinated beautifully with my runner, so I decided to use it for the placecards for the boys in the family. For the ladies, I chose to go with the Curious Metallic Ice Gold card stock, which also happens to be on sale this month! I love how the metallic paper coordinated with the metallic threads in the table runner. Plus the gold reflection of the paper is so unexpected and beautiful! You get a hint of it in the top photo of this post with my name. So yummy!

For the faux calligraphy, I chose to use the UniBall Gold Gel Pen to continue the metallic theme, but any pen can be used for this technique. Here are the steps for creating faux calligraphy:
1. Write out your text in a script style. Pay attention to the downstrokes (pen moving down on the paper) as these will end up being your thicker lines.
2. Give the ink a few seconds to dry. Go back and draw a second line that widens the downstrokes (this actually looks pretty cool without being filled in - another option!).
3. Fill in the gap between the lines with ink. VoilĂ ! Your text looks like calligraphy!

For the ladies, I added a little bow, because we deserve a some more pretty, don't you think? Instead of using glue, I just put a tiny strip of Score-Tape to hold the ribbon. Easy peasy!

A few more cards to do and I'll be ready to host! Now what to do about the food... ;) Have a great week everyone! XOXO - Erin

Friday, March 9, 2018

Paper Flower Wreath

I'm so excited to be sharing my first post as a new Design Team member! 

Do you have a favorite season? Mine is spring I'm so over winter I'm not really a fan of cold weather and snow. I'm just so excited for flowers to start blooming. I just checked on my tulip bulbs to see if they are peeking out of the ground yet. I was excited to see they are coming up but the rabbits have been enjoying a wonderful little treat they have eaten them all down to the ground. 

Well since my flowers are not doing so good I thought I would make a wreath to hang inside to bring spring into the house.

To make the flowers on this wreath, I chose Curious Metallic cardstock in Violette and Ice Silver and Pop Tones cardstock in Pink Lemonade For the Leaves I used Curious Metallic in Botanic.

I love the little shimmer that the Curious Metallic cardstock has its hard to see in the pictures but in really life it is gorgeous. 

I used a rose flower die to cut out my flowers because roses are my favorite. But you could use any die you like to make your paper flowers. I die cut all of the flower at once I find it relaxing to watch t.v. when making paper flowers. Then I used some tacky glue to make my flowers when I rolled them. Any glue or tape would work I just like this glue because it dries fast and I don't have lots of patience. I cut out a variety of different leafs with a  leaf die.

I purchased a inexpensive crochet hook to glue my flowers to for my wreath. I found it in the craft department near the needle point items. I played a little bit with the flower arrangement the first one I was not happy with and pulled all of my flowers off. I found it to work best to attach the flowers to the side of the hoop rather than the front. I also glued some flowers to other flowers.  I attached the flowers and leaves with a hot glue gun.

To finish off my wreath I attached some White ribbon to the top and tied a bow up on the top of the embroidery hoop. 

 Everytime I walk by my flower wreath I forget how cold it still is outside.

Don't forget Curious Metallic cardstock is on sale for March. 

Thanks for stopping by today!