One Design – Two Ways

Using one design two different ways for card making.

When best-laid plans don’t go according to plan – you adjust! I am using one design in two different ways. One as a stencil, and the other as an overlay cut out. My stencil got partially ruined so I saved what I could and moved forward adjusting my idea and making two cards.

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stencil design

I created this free SVG file to share with you as a part of the CutCardStock design team. I am using it as a stencil and an overlay for two different cards. The link to the design is at the bottom of this post.

cricut Maker

I cut the design on my Cricut Maker. Once out of overhead projection film for the stencil, and then cardstock for the overlay piece.

The card base is from the Basis line and is weighted at 80# cover. Basis comes in a variety of different colors and different sizes: 4″ x 6″, A2, A1, A6, 5″ x 7″, and table tent.

materials

Using Distress Oxide to ink blend through a stencil and as a background. It actually ends up looking very similar even though the process is different.

stamping

Each card gets the same sentiment but again in two different applications. The large card will get a lifted-up piece and the small card will be stamped on directly.

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The two finished cards are side by side. They do look very similar even though the techniques were different. Do you prefer one to the other? Let me know in the comments below.

Please visit the store to download the free SVG file [Swirl Stencil]

Making a Card from Leftovers

It’s time to make a card from your leftover elements.

finished card

When you craft and save all your little bits and leftovers, there comes a time when you need to use them. This card is made from a collection of leftover pieces. I chose to coordinate the elements with similar colors for this card.

materials

Using The Works Board, I have gathered my collection of leftover elements. All I need to do is glue them all into place.

The butterfly came from a tutorial on How to Foil Your Stamping.
The leaves were leftover from another card tutorial: Making a Fall Blessing Card
The background piece is from a tutorial on Embossing with Color

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Make a Wreath Card

Make a wreath card in a variety of different ways with this one free SVG file.

with CutCardStock

wreath card

Cutcardstock’s featured theme this month is white and ivory. This month I created an SVG file that is more of a kit than one item. The file has a variety of different flora pieces that can be put together in a variety of different ways. You can use the card without any of the additional elements added. I chose to color the flower and leaves for the card I made.

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basic white
Basic White card stock

The soft white color, matte vellum finish, and medium weight of this Basic White card stock cuts really well in electronic cutting machines.

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I used a Cricut Maker with a 100lb card stock setting and a pressure setting of more. I wanted to make sure the small detailed pieces were cut thoroughly.

There are multiple pieces in the file. The card has a cut-away circle with a woven center. The flora pieces can be added in a variety of different arrangements, or not at all, making this file very flexible for crafting.

Here are the pieces I chose to work with from the file. Using Distress Oxide ink, I blended the ink onto the cut pieces with a brush.

This close-up shows the detail and the dimension of the card.
You also get a nice look at the yellow gem in the flower’s center.

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card standing

I really like how the light is showing through the woven circle. It would also look nice with a colored inset inside.

Please visit the store for the free SVG file: [Wreath Card]

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How to Make Embossing Powder Film

How to make film from embossing powder.

cards

After seeing a tutorial on YouTube, I gave this technique a try. I made a film out of embossing powder to craft with. You can use the film in different ways while crafting, I used them to make two different cards.

materials

To make the film you will need a few different colors of embossing powder. I chose to use all the same brand of powders so the heating time was the same. Parchment paper is used to sandwich the powder. Once heated with a heat gun, a metal palette knife will assist in removing the film from the paper.

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films

Once made, the film will appear dull on one side. If you want a glossy look, you need to heat it again without the parchment paper. Be warned that holes will begin to happen so you will want to use low heat or a large distance between the film and the heat source.

film closeup

This is a close-up image of one of the cards. You can see the detail in the embossing powder film, the glossy surface, as well as holes that are created when heating the surface. To adhere them to the card, any kind of adhesive will work.

Here are the close-ups of the two cards made with the embossing film. The film is delicate, handle it with care. I suggest making it as you need it rather than making some and trying to store it.

White on White Rose Card

How to make a layered white on white rose card.

with CutCardStock

final card

I have a very pretty white-on-white card that could be used for a wedding, an anniversary, or just a special greeting. You can add your own sentiment or leave it as is.

I suggest this cut file for intermediate or above users.

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basis card stock

The paper I used was Basis White Card Stock for the card. Basis White is so versatile. I love it for the foundation of most of my card making. It cuts and scores beautifully. At 80#, I choose to set my Cricut Maker at a card stock setting of 100# which works well even for small detailed cuts.

Cricut maker

I cut the file on a Cricut Maker. As a reminder, set the red lines to score and load your scoring tool before setting the file to cut.

card parts

There are three rose cuts for this card. You could choose to use only one or you could enlarge them if desired. I urge you to watch the video tutorial below for tips and techniques on how to weed these delicate cuts.

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Please visit the shop at Try it – Like it – Create it to download the SVG file for the card. Rose Card SVG

close-up

This view shows the detail of the 3-D effect of the layering of the roses. on the front of the card. You can also see some of the added mist that was sprayed on the top of the roses. To make your own DIY spray, see the tutorial here: [DIY Shimmer Spray]

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Inked Wrinkle Technique

Don’t throw away your waste paper before trying this inked wrinkle technique.

final card

The other day I was working on a sublimation project and I was discarding my protective paper. I hated the idea of throwing away paper and came up with this idea for its use. Using the scrap paper, I Inked it to make an interesting texture. I happened to use Protective Paper from Artesprix. It has a vellum or parchment paper look to it.

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The idea here is to use waste paper. The protective paper I had couldn’t be used again for sublimation because it had some ghosting of the sublimation ink on it which might transfer if used again. I started with a black ink pad and then continued with different colors of ink.

This is the inked wrinkles after I added a few different colors of ink. After finding this successful, I did it again with sublimation ink pads and I will have a tutorial on that outcome posted soon.

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close-up of card

I ended up making a card with the wrinkled paper. I think it could be used in a variety of different ways. No more wasted paper for me. I will be keeping a stash of these wrinkled ink papers for crafting. Did you find this useful? Let me know in the comments.

How to Make a Textured Card

How to make a layered and textured card with DIY texture paste.

final enjoy card

The other day I shared about making your own texture paste. What I didn’t share was what to do next, so here is one example of its use. The background leaves are all made with my homemade texture paste.

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card parts

This card has a few layers and textures. The card base is layered with a beautiful metallic Kunzite cardstock from CutCardStock. The next layer is the leaves made with DIY texture paste. Because of the slight depth from the texture paste, I thought the sentiment would need to be elevated from the front of the card.

layering word

The word enjoy was cut from white cardstock three times and once from Rinea foiled paper. I then layered them all together to give the word additional height. If you are interested in Rinea foiled paper use my discount code of “TRYIT” for 10% off your order.

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closeup

Finally, a close-up of the card front so you can see the layers and depth of all the parts used. If you look closely, you can see I used a gem to dot the j instead of the layered cardstock, adding one additional texture to the card.

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Making a Window Card

Make a window card with this free SVG file. It’s versatile for many card giving opportunities.

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final card

I have another pretty card that could be used for a wedding, an anniversary, or just a special greeting. You can add your own sentiment or leave it as is. There are options for adding 3 dimensions to this card by lifting up some of the cutting. I have also added gems to finish the card off.

basic white

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The paper I used was Basis White Card Stock for the card. Basis White is so versatile. I love it for the foundation of most of my card making. It cuts and scores beautifully.

cricut maker

At 80#, I choose to set my Cricut Maker at a card stock setting of 100# which works well even for small detailed cuts. Don’t forget to set the red line to score before sending the file to cut.

The addition of the gems to the centers isn’t necessary but a nice option. If you don’t want to use your personal cutter for the smaller square piece, I cut mine on a paper trimmer to 3″ x 3″. The finished card is 4″ x 6″.

Please visit the store to download the free SVG file for the card. Window Card SVG

close-up of lifting

This view shows the detail of the 3-D effect of the lifting on the front of the card. I like the dimension gained as well as the see-through element of the cut-away pieces.

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close-up of final card

And here is a close-up view of the finished card with the lifting finished and the gems in place. I am wondering what coloring option and details you will use, please comment below.

Watercolor Card

How to paint with watercolor pencils.

with Yasutomo

final card

My favorite gold watercolor is Reddish Gold Japanese Watercolor from Yasutomo. So I was excited to see Yasutomo at the Namta/Creativation trade show. I was given a set of watercolor pencils, they aren’t even released yet. So I tried them out and made a thank you note to send to them.

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watercolor pencils

When I got home a tried the pencils and painted a flower. The pencils are really nice and creamy.

flower painting

I really like how the pencils; when water is added, have a result that looks like watercolor paints. But the pencils are so versatile with the ability to add details. You can see the watercolor blending in the flower petals and the detail in the center of the flower.

I chose to use the flower image on a card and of course, I had to use my favorite gold watercolor. The base of the card has a napkin applied with Nori paste, when dry, I used the gold watercolor to bring out the texture. The textured cardstock also has the gold watercolor applied. The belly band made of vellum has a sentiment in gold embossing powder to connect it all together.

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How to Foil Chipboard

Learn how to apply foil to chipboard for a colorful result.

final card front

What a fun way to upscale chipboard using foil. This chipboard was purchased at the Dollar Tree but any chipboard pieces will work. There are different ways to get texture with the foil based on how you apply the transfer gel. After foiling, I used the chipboard on the front of a card and added additional color and texture with cardstock pieces.

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Materials:

Applying Transfer Gel on chipboard can be done in a variety of ways. Using my finger to apply it gave a very nice texture to the surface when the foil was applied. You can see the entire transfer process and card making in the video tutorial below.

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close-up of texture

The close-up image shows the texture detail from the foil on the chipboard. This version is the one with less foil applied as seen in the video tutorial. The brushstroke-like effect is very nice in person, while the overall color shimmers with movement.

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