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Friday, January 6, 2023

Happy New Year

Hi, who is looking forward to the new Year? Are you planning on making any crafty resolutions? Mine is to send more cards 'just because!'

I'm starting that off with new year cards, my latest design is bright and cheerful yet classy looking.

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I love hot pink and black together so Cut Cardstock Pop Tone cardstock in Razzleberry and Black Licorice are perfect.

My card begins with an A2 sized piece of Razzleberry which I place inside a 3D studded leather embossing folder.

The Pop-Tone cardstock embosses really well. Even with a 3D folder there is no cracking or creasing it just gives an amazing finish.

The other thing the cardstock is perfect for is foiling. One of my favorite techniques for a classy look is foil. I do this in a number of different ways but today I used my Spellbinder Glimmer machine. The hot foil plate is a very ornate sentiment and looks great in silver against the Razzleberry.

Now my elements are ready I am building my card. Trimming 1/4in off both length and width of my embossed piece gives room on and A2 base for a mat. As I said black and hot pink go so well together so my mats are in the Black Licorice.

These are cut 1/8th inch smaller than my cardbase which gives me a thin mat. I much prefer just the hint of a mat to a wider one.

The Classic Crest Recycled 100 Bright White Card Bases are heavy enough to take the weight of the Pop-Tone cardstock without buckling.

Once my mat is in place I can add the embossed panel. This is heavily embossed so I used wet glue, this gives more grab than double sided tape.

My sentiment is my focal point. It has a mat of black cardstock before I adhere it to the center of my card. I did contemplate making this a portrait card but think the sentiment looks better on a landscape orientation.

Foam tape holds the sentiment in place. This not only gives me more dimension it takes makes the embossing look deeper by casting shadows.

Finally to accentuate the cushioning of the embossing I added black pearls in each 'button' area.

These pearls are on an adhesive strip. I don't want any of the adhesive to show and they are so tiny it was difficult to cut around them. They are removed from the adhesive and using a fine tip bottle, glue is added to the card to fix the pearls in place.

I hope everyone has an amazing new year and you get lots of inspiration for you crafting here on the Cut Cardstock Blog.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Holiday Candy Treats

Hello! The holidays are almost upon us. Who is ready for Christmas? We are just about there - presents to wrap and some food to buy!

Who love's to receive candy at the holidays? There is always lots of it around in our home and what better way to give it as a gift when decorated with hand crafted wrappers. My family love to see what I have come up with.

This year I have chosen some little critters to hold a small treat for everyone.

Using a cutting file, each layer is cut from Pop Tone Cardstock or Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb. The snowflake comes first, It has 3 layers and I used Neenah, Sno Cone and Black Licorice.

They are very simple to line up and by using wet glue I can have some wiggle room to make sure the layers all line up correctly.

The little snowman is next. He has 3 layers Black Licorice for his eyes and coal buttons, Tangy Orange for his nose and of course Neenah Classic Crest Solar White for his all over color. 

Even though his nose is only a tiny section, each color a full piece so that the end result is flat with no uneven surface.

Next comes the penguin, he is my favorite. Orange FizzBlack Licorice and Neenah Classic Crest Solar White make him come to life.

The piece of white cardstock in each of these is only there so the black section shows against my mat. Mr penguin has orange feet and beak and of course his black and white body.

We can't do Christmas crafts without a reindeer. There are only 2 colors for him: Black Licorice and Hot Fudge.

Once I adhered the layers together I realized that his eyes were very vacant. I had saved the waste from the penguin's face and the eye piece fit so well in the reindeers eye sockets.

A little black marker and white gel pen makes him more friendly.

Now to make them in to candy holders. Each shape has 2 score lines so they bend in to shape.

The popular truffles fit well well in the holes of each shape, you can also use round lollypops. Once the candy is in position I can glue the top of each shape. Again I use wet glue and hold them together with a paper clip until dry.

Rudolf now has his red nose. I intend on adding one of these to each of our stockings as a little extra surprise.

Oh I have made a little extra one since I did my tutorial photos, since gnomes are popular I had to add one to my little candy family. 

He actually looks like he has fairy wings with the wrapper of the truffle.

I hope I have given you some inspiration especially if you need last minute crafty holiday ideas.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

For We All Like Figgy Pudding

Hello! It's December which means Christmas is almost here. How are you doing with your shopping?

Coming from the UK we always have something called Christmas (figgy) pudding for dessert following Christmas dinner. It's a steamed dark pudding rich in fruit that is usually round in shape - Just like on my card.

I need all my die cuts to start the design so using Gina Marie Designs Figgy Pudding dies I cut the main pudding from Pop Tones in Hot Fudge. The cream is using Neenah Solar White 80lb. The holly is Pop Tone Jelly Bean Green and the berries are using Pop Tone Wild Cherry.

These colors are perfect for both for a Christmas design and for the pudding!

As the pudding is full of fruit I added marks with a black Copic Marker. This doesn't achieve the look I was wanting so I changed it up as you will see lower down.

The card needs a sentiment so using Wild Cherry and Simon Says Stamp Holiday Words On A Line I die cut Joyful Wishes. I am now ready to build mat design, this is a landscape card. A Classic Crest ReCycled 100 Bright White A-2 Folded Card is perfect.

I like to have mats on my cards I think they give the card stability. So I cut a mat of Wild Cherry and another from some design paper I have in my stash.

Wet glue is the best adhesive to add mats to the base, this gives me a little wiggle room to get them straight.

My sentiment is just less than an inch from the bottom of the card. Trimming the excess line so it doesn't overlap the pattern paper.

This gives me plenty of room to add my 'pudding' which I placed on the sentiment line.

Decorating the pudding is easy. The 'cream' drips down the top of it and the holly with the berries goes on the top. Shaping the holly leaves so they add a little dimension.

This is where I change to the pudding texture. Crystal Glaze makes the copic marks shine it also gives my berries a bit of dimension.

The right of the card looks a little bare until I add some red berries (pearls) above the sentiment. As the pudding is the main image using pearls draw the eye to the sentiment.

Thank you for taking time to read my post. I hope it gives you some inspiration it so please tag me on your designs!

Saturday, November 26, 2022

I made the Naughty List

 Hello, the weather is a lot better this weekend - we had a ton of snow fall last weekend so never left the house!

Are you on Santa's naughty list?  Little Chibi Xmas Decorations is the reason there is a list. She is opening presents before the big Day!

I was gifted a laser jet printer for my birthday so since then I have been playing with toner foiling. I added the included sentiment to my image, resized them both and printed using my laser jet.

I placed blue toner foil over most of the sentiment and red over the word Santa. This was then fed through my laminator giving my a foiled sentiment!'

I them colored my image with Copic Markers - She looks like she's been caught red handed opening the gift. 

I didn't go for the traditional red Santa hat and I wanted the lights to stand out against it so I made it part of her Pyjamas.

Once colored I matted an A7 card base with red mirror cardstock and added my image. I did then add a little gold gel pen to the lights - where they meet the cable.

I don't think anyone could stay mad at that little face and I think Santa would forgive her.

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Saturday, November 12, 2022

Cosy Hot Chocolate With Happy Marshmallows

Hello! Happy weekend. we have snow forecast so looking forward to staying in the warm with a cosy blanket and just maybe a hot chocolate.

Have you seen the Stamper's Delights Kawaii Xmas  Coco Digital Stamp - It is so cute! 

I couldn't resist using it for one of my holiday cards. 

I printed it twice do that I could use parts to layer it. The first image I colored it completely with my Copic markers. The second image I colored the bow on the candy cane, the top 4 marshmallows and the holly with the berries. I then fussy cut these from the image.

Using foam squares I layered the different parts onto my fully colored image to give it some dimension. 
I matted a white A2 card base with green mirror cardstock and added my topper. Using sentiment dies I cut Happy Holidays from some red mirror card and added these to my card. 

Finally I chose some 'peppermint' Christmas clay piece and adhered these around my cup.

You can find the Kawaii Xmas Coco image on Stamper's Delights webpage and he comes with or without a face - The choice is yours! 

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