Thursday, April 24, 2014

Envelope Gift Bag with Jamie

Hi guys!  Jamie back with you today sharing a fun tutorial 
for turning your envelopes in to gift bags!

For this project I am using the 111# Curious Metallic Red Lacquer Card Stock along with a BROWN BAG Kraft Square flap A7 Envelope and my digital die cutting machine! 

Here is the tutorial:
2.  Use a letter opener or table knife to open the adhered ends. It is okay if they are a little rough looking, we will be putting them back together.
3.  Cut off one side of your envelope as shown.
4.  Open your software and import in your cut that you want on the front of your gift bag.  I am using the rose from the 3D Floral Gable Box.
5.  Place your envelope on your cutting mat so that the large area will receive the cut and then cut the image out.
6.  Your pieces should look like this now.
7.  Ink the rose circle.
8.  Cut a strip of the 111# Curious Metallic Red Lacquer Card Stock to cover the inside opening and adhere it in place.  This will be the background for the cut.
9.  Place adhesive on the back of your cut piece.
10. Adhere your circle back in place.
11. Place adhesive on the bottom tab of the envelope.  Adhere one side down.
12. Lick the sealer end (or place adhesive on it) and adhere it in place.
13. Your envelope is now a bag.
14. Tie a piece of white satin ribbon around the bag to embellish.
15. Cut a 1" strip of coordinating pattern paper and punch with a decorative border.  Trim to the width of your bag.
16. Adhere the border in place on the front lip of the bag.
17. Fill your bag with goodies!  I am gifting nine Distress Markers in mine! Supplies:

The A7 Envelopes are on sale!  
Just click the image below to get yours...

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It's Natural!

Hello Everyone!

Lee Ann here, sharing a card that is all things nature, including using cardstock that's earth friendly!  I tend to be a bit of a nature freak, so any time I can include nature images and products on my cards, I do. 

I started out with some gorgeous CutCardStock and stamps and dies~

1.  I stamped my background tree image on Savoy 100% cotton cardstock from a bit of texture- earth friendly too!  The trees were die cut out and then backed with a gorgeous shade of blue. Berrylicious- from the Poptones Sample Pack.
2.  The birds were stamped on Neenah Cryogen White Cardstock for a bit of a sparkle and then colored with Prismacolor Pencils. 
3.  The tree branch was stamped twice on Brown Bag Kraft Cardsock (again, earth friendly!) and then colored with Prismacolor Pencils.  To get a true green color on the leaves, they were first colored with a white pencil.

4.  Now for my favorite part- I used my Spellbinders Square Dies to make a window to frame my images with. To do this I used this amazing CutCardStock product, Nature Gmund Savanna cardstock, with a gorgeous woodgrain embossed finish.  It is truly stunning!

Here is a close up of the fabulous texture~

5.   I also used this for my background mat.  Adhere the window frame square over the background trees, assemble and adhere the die cut trees and bird pieces to the background trees/frame and then adhere this to the Nature Gmund Savanna cardstock mat.

6.   Cut one more rectangular piece of the Nature Gmund Savanna cardstock to place on the white mat beneath the window scene.

7.  Tie a seam binding bow around this portion of the card.
8.  I chose a stunning piece of cardstock from the Curious Metallics collection, called Shadow, to use as my card base.

 9.  Die cut circle out of Vellum, stamp sentiment in Versamark and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.  To prevent adhesive from showing through the vellum, I used my Tombow Mono Multi Purpose Liquid Glue and sparingly applied it to the backside of the vellum, tracing the embossed words.

Your card is complete;  I hope I have inspired you to create! 
CutCardStock Design Team Member

CutCardStock Supplies Used for this project~

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Home is Where the Heart is!

In honor of Earth Day, all month we are showing ways to use the CutCardStock "Earth Friendly" products, as well as ways we get crafty in repurposing items around the house.  We've seen keepsake and coupon albums made from envelopes, jewelry made from cardstock scraps and gift card holders made from regular envelopes.  Today I wanted to share another "upcycle" project with you.

I was inspired by seeing this darling project on Facebook, and couldn't wait to try it myself.  Considering we are a military family, my husband and I have moved many times in throughout our marriage, so there are lots of places we've called home!

I started with a wood frame I picked up at the local thrift shop for 50 cents, and grabbed my trusty can of spray paint.

While the paint was drying, I was able to get my hands on an old 2002 road atlas and grabbed my heart shaped thin die.  I rough cut the six locations I wanted to highlight on my finished art, then kept the die in place with a little washi tape as I ran it through the Big Shot.

For my background, I could help but use Brown Bag kraft... it's my go-to for many projects.  I spaced out my heart locations and secured them down while giving a little lift using the Tombow foam tabs.

The project cost me less than a buck, so I'm not worried that there's no glass over the map hearts.  I like to change out the art on my desk every so often, so this will be my focus piece for a little while.  Something like this would make a fantastic anniversary gift for someone special, and that's when I would splurge on a deep frame so that it can be a keepsake!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Upcycled Enveloped Into Gift Card Holders by Pinky

Hey there CutCarStock friends, 
It's Pinky today with a fun up cycling idea. 
Everyone has envelopes and we just toss them, so why not cover them 
up and make them pretty turning them into something useful!
I took some Stardream Metallics Envelopes and made them into 
gift card holders. Here let me share how I created them. 
 Stitch up the sides with sewing machine.
 Trim off threads. 
 Stamp front of gift card holder. 
Wrap using ribbons, adhere embellishments. 
Decorate any way you like!
You could cover them with paper if they were written on- or use that 
for a vintage style background. Just spritz with some color and start creating.

I hope you enjoyed my ideas today. I had so much fun making them. 
Until next time- keep on creating!!
Products Used:
Stardream Metallics Envelope A7, Avocado Arts A Mother's Love Stamps, Ribbons,
vintage buttons, sewing machine. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fun Addressing Ideas for A7 Envelopes

Envelopes are such a BIG part of my life as a calligrapher and stationer, oh where do I begin? I wanted to put together some options for perhaps the D.I.Y. bride who would like to tackle addressing and/or preparing her own invites since we are officially inside that season within a season... Invitation season.

The months of January to roughly April/May are the most popular months for calligraphy inquiries and invitation printing... After that, things start leaning towards "day of" elements like place cards and programs. This is an exciting time for brides all over the country since nothing says that you are officially about to walk down the aisle more than a physical announcement being mailed out to friends and family.

First some random tips to keep in mind:
  • Even if you don't have calligraphy talent, as long as what you write is NEAT, your envelope will be effective.
  • Do a little bit each day... If you end up having to address 150 envelopes, if you wait until the last minute, you will be overwhelmed, frustrated and upset. Aim for 10-15 a day.
  • Use a template and try to stay in the middle of the envelope... The Post Office utilizes the bottom 5/8" of the envelope for the bar coding. You don't want any wording or a design element marred with postal markings.
  • Metallic envelopes will typically dull your darker pen colors... The mica or shimmer coating creates a sort of layer that will not allow for a super dark marking... This is true with envelope printing too.

Layout Ideas

1. This is the more traditional addressing that you will see.

Centered layout, zip code to the right... 3-4 lines. This is the most traditional that you will come across. Also left justified layouts. (Epic Black A7 Envelopes)

2. Try to have your zip code stretched out across the bottom of the envelope.

The zip code added at the bottom of the address has become more and more popular over the years...
 (Epic Black A7 Envelopes)

3. Try a slanted layout. These are so much fun!

I had a bride once who's parents paid for everything and made ALL of the decisions for her wedding... She told me that this slanted layout on her envelopes was her only way to rebel!
(Brown Bag Kraft A7 Envelopes)

4. Make your guest's name larger than their address.

The alternating text size are not only becoming popular for envelopes, but also invitation wording so this kind of envelope layout will be right on trend...
(Stardream Crystal Metallic A7 Envelopes)

5. Alternate between block writing and cursive.

One of my favorites... Alternating between script and normal text always adds a bit more interest to the layout...
(Stardream Crystal Metallic A7 Envelopes)

Here is a template that you can use for the darker envelopes. If you cut on the dotted line you will have a nice template that you can tape down on top of your envelope. I used Cryogen White (nice and sturdy, don't use a text weight stock) to print and trim:

This one you can trim at the crop marks and slip inside of white or ivory envelopes:

CutCardStock products used in this project:


Christy Toney
Design Team Member - Winter/Spring 2014 Term