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 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 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 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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A is for Apple--Stitching Together Three Sections of Paper for a Handbound Book

Are you ready for back to school? I love back to school time, all the fun supplies still make me happy, and this year I'm making an ABC Primer for my grandchildren.  The oldest is only 7 months, but he already loves to look at books, and what better way to learn your abcs than snuggled up with grandma?  ALL of the white and shades of white (cream, ivory, eggshell, etc.) paper are on sale this month at CutCardStock;  I used a nice medium weight white for the pages of this book.

This is basically a use-what-you have, step-by-step introduction to book binding.

The plan is to have a layout for each letter of the alphabet, plus extra papers on the ends for adding a cover, so I'm using 15 pieces of medium weight white paper, plus one for a template. 

Stuff I used: 
medium weight white paper
straight edge ruler (also used as a bone folder)
awl--you can use a darning needle with the eye end stuck into cork
old magazine
waxed book thread--substitute embroidery floss or cotton crochet thread & a piece of old candle
large eyed needle
Signature here means a section of papers folded in half and stacked together

You can add or subtract signatures.

Clamp the template to the top of each signature.
Using the clothespins, clamp the template to the top of one open signature, cradling the spine in an open magazine or phone book.  Use the awl to poke holes in the fold where the template indicates.   Repeat for each section.

Cut a piece of waxed linen thread, or embroidery floss, or crochet cotton, the length of each signature's spine plus one more length.  That's pretty generous, but I like to have plenty of thread to work with, and plenty of room for tying knots.

Then repeat these steps for the additional signature.

Here is the first layout--A is for Apple.  Tune in August 31 for more ABC layouts, a tiny version of a similar book, and a cover adding tutorial. 

Happy Thursday!

PS--I finished B!  You can find it HERE.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Water Colored Fruit Card Set

It's time to be thinking about back to school and I've got a sweet way to let your kids teachers know how much you appreciate them throughout the year.  Here's a set of water colored note cards that can be used any time to share your appreciation.  And they're not just for teachers!

Here's a snapshot of the products I used today:
There's a big sale going on all month long for the month of August on all white and ivory colored cardstocks.  For today's projects I'm using Cougar 80lb Natural A-2 Folded Note Cards.  These come all cut,  scored and ready to use.  What a great time saver and so handy to have on hand when you need to whip up a card in a jiffy!  
I started by cutting all the fruits out of water colored cardstock and water colored them using Gansai Tambi Water Colors.  I used Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to assemble the fruits.

I used stitched rectangle shaped dies to cut a printed paper panel and a smaller panel of Cougar 80lb Natural Cardstock.  I layered the cards using Score Tape and attached the fruit to the front of each card with Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Adhesive.  

Cougar Natural A-2 Envelopes complete this colorful set of note cards that can be used for any occasion.

I hope you enjoyed today's project and will take advantage of the sale this month on all white and ivory cardstock at Cut Cardstock.

You can find more details about other products I used today on my blog
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit