Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It's Pumpkin Time


It's pumpkin time here in the midwest. I created a card in honor of all the local pumpkin patches. It can be used for birthday, thinking of you or just to welcome spring.

I cut a piece of Cougar White Super Smooth to 2.75" x 4", stamped the image and colored it with colored pencils. I love how smooth the paper is, and it is easy to color on.


Then I used PopTone papers for most of the card. I used PopTones Hot Fudge (5.5" x 8.5" for the base and 2 7/8" x 4 1/8") for the first layer. Then PopTones Tangy Orange (3" x 4.25"), PopTones JellyBean Green (3.25" x 4.5"), Stardream Metallic Fine Gold (3.5" x 4.75").








I used a corner rounder to add more detail to the corners and then layered the pieces.


I die cut leaves from the PopTones Tangy Orange and JellyBean Green. Some leaves were also die cut from Basis Gold cardstock. I crinkled the leaves up, then inked the leaves with Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Forest Moss.


Next I attached three leaves to the front of the card. Then I added a piece of twine to the leaves. A few leaves were attached inside the card.



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Monday, September 18, 2017

Tractor Party Decor


My son's second birthday was this month and tractors are his very favorite things in the world right now (we live in the country, and he loves to watch everyone in the neighborhood mow their lawn).  September is the perfect time for a farm- and tractor-themed party, and I used CutCardStock products to create everything from custom invitations to favor tags and decorations.  Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite party elements!


Banners are quick and easy to make and instantly add a personal touch to any party.  I wanted to channel the look of a very popular tractor company's logo with this piece, so I created the four-sided background shape and lettered overlays by hand in Silhouette Studio and cut them out from Curious Metallic Botanic Cardstock and Stardream Metallic Gold Cardstock using my Silhouette CAMEO.


With only two layers, I thought it was important that I add a little dimension to the banner by adhering the letter layers to the green backdrops with foam squaresFoam adhesive strips were a lifesaver for this step because they were narrow enough to hide behind the thin borders around my letters.


Once adhered, I punched two small holes in the top corners of the banner flags with a hole punch.


I strung all of the letters together with some natural jute twine (for that country feel) until I had spelled out "Happy Birthday" in two rows.


We used the banner to decorate a fun farm backdrop for our guests to sit and take a photo to remember the occasion.  A few cornstalks, hay bales, vinyl barnyard, and paper piglets completed the scene.


Tags for party favors came together just as quickly.  I started by trimming a piece of Environment Desert Storm Cardstock to 2.5" by 5" and cutting it with a tag topper punch.  Then, I stamped a cute farm sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink.


Tractor and wagon embellishments were die-cut from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock before inking them with green, yellow, brown, and black inks using sponge daubers.  I had a lot of favors to make tags for, and this was a quick way to add some soft color!


A few foam squares added some interest and dimension to otherwise simple favor tags.


Custom embossed envelopes are always my favorite way to send out invitations because they make such a huge impact!  Keeping with the color scheme, I stamped Gamma Green Astrobright A7 envelopes with barn and tractor images in Versamark ink, added yellow embossing powder, and melted it with my heat tool.


The coordinating invitations were designed by hand in a graphics program and printed on 110 lb Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.  Since this cardstock is super thick, you will likely need a straight-feed printer in order to use it, but it really makes for high quality notecard-type invitations!

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse at a few of my favorite tractor-themed party items made with gorgeous products from CutCardStock.  Gold, brown, and orange cardstocks are on sale this month, so be sure to stock up for your next farm party!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Halloween Card with a big bow!

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) Can you believe it's almost Halloween? I went to the mall with my kids the other day (something we rarely do) and there was Halloween stuff EVERYWHERE!! So I'm here to share a super different Halloween card... different for me anyway! I usually stick with the cute and fun but was so inspired by this spiderweb punch I picked up at a crafter clearance sale. 


I started with a 5" x 5" piece of cardstock in Pop Tones Black Licorice and then used this new-to-me spiderweb punch around the page.


You start with the corners and then do the middle after that.



Unfortunately for me, I miscut or something because I ended up with this one wonky corner. But luckily it was just one corner of the entire piece that looked bad, so I had the opportunity to cover it up!!


I then stamped all over a 3.75" x 3.75" piece of Pop Tones Sweet Tooth cardstock in black, grey, and pumpkin orange inks to create a subway art-ish background piece. Love how it came out!!


I then figured out where I wanted that wonky corner placed (bottom left corner) and then glued everything down, with my bottom-most layer being a 6" x 6" Pop Tones cardstock piece in Orange Fizz.


The last thing I did was to make a fluffy organza bow with this black organza ribbon. I didn't want to make it SUPER fluffy because I wanted the boy to sit relatively flat on the card.


I added some adhesive cardstock embellishments to cover up the messy center of the bow and then stuck it all down with some extra tacky glue!



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lovies, =o) kel

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thanksgiving Reverse-Pattern Fall Leaf Watercolor Card



Today we’re making a Thanksgiving themed card based around a color palette involving orange, brown, and gold card stocks.

I started out using my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi pallete to mix up some yellowish, orange, and red colors. I knew I wanted this watercolor background I was creating to have a lot of color variation and interest, like you’d see on a real fall leaf.

First I wet the entire paper to do a wet-on-wet technique. I’m using my trusty Grumbacher 12 round brush as it is just the right size for this technique. Next, I start dropping in some yellowish orange, almost brown color. I let the watercolors do their thing for the most part, dabbing where I want more concentrated color.

If you're interested in watching me make this card step by step, be sure to watch the video below:



Red comes next - I try to be more spare with it, and let it mingle in with the color that’s already on the page. Then I dry that layer with my Heat It! Craft Tool, rewet the surface, and go in with more saturation. I don’t mind when colors pool up, because I am looking for a blooming effect.



Next, to determine the cut-out pattern, I decide to make a stencil. I draw a leaf on a piece of scrap paper with pencil, then outline it with micron pen so I can see exactly where to cut. Then I fussy cut the shape using detail scissors.

Giving some thought to the placement and that this will be a reversed-out image, I start tracing the stencil onto a piece of Poptone Hot Fudge card stock in the 65 lb weight. Then I take an exacto fitted with a brand new blade to aid in the cutting process.

I then take a small bottle filled with ranger multi medium matte and dot it on the back of the finished cut-out. Once you add it to the watercolor background, you get a great negative-space effect.



To finish the focal image, just trim it down to size and erase any pencil lines with a soft eraser - be careful not to snag it on a piece of cut paper.

I cut and scored a piece of Curious Metallic Mandarin card stock to be an A2 size top-folding card. I also cut a strip of Stardream Metallic Antique Gold to use for the sentiment underneath.

For a final detail on the focal image I decided to use some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. First I blended it on around the edges before bringing it in a bit softer so I could spray some water and distress it a bit. Once it’s all done, I go ahead and attach it to the card with some tombow mono aqua glue.

For the sentiment, I decide to use some Studio G alphabet stamps that come on little wood pegs. I decided to spell out “thankful” with a period. Once I had it spelled out, I taped the set together with washi tape so I could stamp it all at once. I tried it out in two different orientations - justified to the right and centered - before deciding on the later.



I stamped the final sentiment with Staz-On jet Black on Classic Crest 80 lb solar white. I then brought in some more Distress Ink in vintage photo so I could make the paper look more weathered. Once trimmed down, the strip fits perfectly on top of the gold. It just needed a little bit more contrast, so I inked up some more Vintage Photo around the edges before gluing it all onto the card base with Tombow mono aqua.

Finally, I detailed the letters with a white gel pen and a micron 01.

This card is a little more labor-intensive than most, I know. You could totally use a die set, but I wanted to show you could do it even without dies!

Thanks for following along and see you next time.

- Haley

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Really Simple Hand Painted Cards

Do you have fall weather where you live?  I love the changing of the seasons, and fall is admittedly my favorite.  It's a time for reflection, thinking back on the year, and considering all the things I'm truly grateful for. This year, I'm making simple cards for my family and friends.

These started with some easy fall pumpkins and leaves in a wash of gouache paint (gouache is basically tempera paint in a watercolor type form), on a brown kraft cardstock.  Kraft cardstock is so versatile, you can use it for really any type of project.

I finished them off by outlining the painted figures and adding "thankful for you" in gel pen.  And CutCardStock has lots of sizes of kraft envelopes, great for a multitude of crafting projects!

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:)trisha