Spring Wreath with Curled Cardstock Strips

Time to prepare for Spring and Easter with this charming wreath made of curled cardstock strips. This versatile technique works year around – and is a great way to use up leftover cardstock.

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Cardstock Letters

By Home Decor Contributor Jennifer from Brave New Home.

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Got a giant wall you’re looking to decorate quickly and on the cheap?  Enter cardstock!  I picked up a handful of sheets in various colors to create some word art for my toddler son’s room with high vaulted ceilings.

2 -various colors of cardstock


3 -free handing letters


4- arranging colored letters

I just used a pencil to outline letters.  You could use a printer but since my letters are each bigger than a standard sheet of paper, I figured free-handing them would be easier than trying to change my printer settings.

5- using a string for alignment

I taped my robe belt to the wall to create a plumb so I could get a nice straight line.  I used double sided tape to attach my letters to the wall.  I used a line from a Yo Gabba Gabba song to create my phrase.

8 -poster putty

Only problem was that the letters weren’t sticking!  So I bought some poster putty for extra grip.  It’s better than the double sided tape but I’m still having issues.  I think it’s all these heat waves….

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The silver lining of rearranging fallen letters for days and days?  I inadvertently created a secret message!  Do you see it?  It says, “hi”.

Ask the Expert: Writing on Dark Cardstock, Reycled Products & More

By Cardmaking & Scrapbook Layout Contributor, Peg from the blog Peg’s Crafting Corner.

Q. Is there a way to write on dark cardstock?

A. A good way to get your journaling to show on dark colored cardstock is by using a gel pen.  White, pastel, metallic or neon, often referred to as fluorescent, inks show up well.  They are archival safe, waterproof and permanent to prevent bleeding through the paper.  The ink smoothly flows onto the paper and dries quickly.  Some pens are made with glitter in the ink to give an added sparkle to your writing.  They can, also, be used for doodling, drawing in items such as the center of a flower or to create a pattern on your dark cardstock and don’t forget if it already has a pattern that you can use the pen to highlight it and make it pop out even more.

Q. Are there scrapbooking/card making products that are recycled?

A. There are many products that are made from recycled items and can be recycled themselves such as paper scraps.  One easy way to find out the endless choices is by searching the word, “recycled” at CreateForLess. You will be able to find anything from paper to flowers and more there that have been made through recycling.  There are even books such as “Pulp Fiction” by Mark Montano at CreateFor Less that will help inspire you to recycle items found around your home into craft projects. 

Q. My ink pad seems dry.  Is there anything I can do about it?


A. A good way to keep your ink pads from seeming dry is to store them upside down when not in use. This allows the ink to flow to the top of the pad instead of settling into the bottom.  Make sure that the caps are always on tightly and closing the ink pad up right after use will help to keep them from drying out, too.   If the ink pad is older or has been used a lot you may need to purchase a new one.  There are some, such as Distress Inks by Ranger, that allow you to purchase a bottle of ink, known as a re-inker, to give life back to your ink pad by adding a few drops to the pad.  When purchasing these be sure to match the name of the re-inker to the name on the ink pad. 

 Q. Is there any easy way to get my punch lined up? 

 An easy way to make sure your punch is lined up is by flipping it over and working from the bottom until you are used to the punch and how it is lined up.  One way that I have found handy is to put the paper in while looking at the bottom of the punch making sure the edge of the paper is even with the metal open area so that it punches right to the edge of the paper.

Next, you can either line up the pattern looking at the bottom of the punch or flip it over and line it up with the pattern on the top, making sure that the last punched edge is still inside the punch.  If it looks like the picture on the right where you see half of the punched area you need to move it into the punch so that it continues to punch all of the areas. 

Q. Is there a good way to get glitter to stick on my cards and layouts?

This is one thing that can be frustrating to many, but there are some simple ways to keep the glitter on your project.  A glue pen, such as the Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura, allows you to place a line of glue exactly where you want it and while the glue is still wet apply the glitter.  Once dry it creates a permanent bond.  Another great way to adhere glitter to a large area is by using a sheet of adhesive from your Xyron machine.  Simply run your paper through your machine with the side down that you want to apply the glitter to and adhere the adhesive.  Remove it from the machine, flip it over and cover with the glitter.  You will now have a large glittery area to create on.  You can, also, follow these steps and then use a punch to punch out glittered embellishments or letters.  For an area that is too large to use a glue pen and too small to use your Xyron, try a double sided tape.  They come in many different widths to fit your project.  All you need to do is adhere one side of the tape to your project and remove the protective coating on the top side of the tape and pour your glitter on and it will stick.  These are really easy ways to add that glittery bling to your projects!


Lace Cardstock

By Scrapbook & Paper Crafts Contributor Jennifer, from the blog “So Many Products, So Little Time”.

I love to use lace cardstock because you can use a little, or a lot.  You can use an entire piece as a background for your layout or cut a small piece and use on a card or gift bag.  There are a variety of companies that make pretty lace cardstock including Martha Stewart and K & Company.  Another way I like to cheat when making cards is to use Bo Bunny paper.  In each collection they usually have a piece of paper that has 4 different 6×6 squares…a great card size.

I used:

Bo Bunny Valentine’s Paper

Die Cut Paper

K&Company Valentine Sticker

Rub-on Alphabet

Pearl Stickers

To make this card:

  • Using one of the 6×6 squares from the Bo Bunny paper, adhere to front of 6×6 card base. If you cut a piece of 12×12 cardstock in half this works perfectly. You can then use a Scoring Board to make a perfect crease on the card.
  • The larger white flower is part of the patterned paper. Add a blue die cut flower shape to the center.
  • Cut two birds from the lace cardstock and adhere to flower die cut.
  • Add a 3 dimensional Valentine heart sticker to center of the birds.
  • Apply rub-ons to spell sentiment.
  • Adhere pearls near sentiment.

Make a Card Using Cardstock, Crimper and Punches

By Scrapbook & Paper Crafts Contributor Jennifer, from the blog “So Many Products, So Little Time”.

I wanted to show that you can make a card without a scrap of patterned paper.  All I used were a few different colors of cardstock, some punches and a few small simple embellishments.  I love texture on my projects, but I always forget about my paper crimper, so I decided to pull him out for this project.  It’s fun to rediscover “old” tools that you loved, but may have forgotten about.

To create this card you will need a piece of Bazzill Blue Dotted Swiss cardstock.  You can also use a plain blue piece of cardstock and run it thru the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots Embossing folder

For this card I used:

Bazzill Cardstock – greens, brown, pink
Bazzill Cardstock Dotted Swiss – blue
Pebbles Thank You Rub-on
Making Memories Wedding Pearls
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
Martha Stewart Edge Punch Arch Lattice
Marvy Uchida Paper Crimper
EK Paper Shapers Circle Punch 1 1/2″
Buttons – green
Glue Dots
All Night Media Pop Dots

After creating the card base, it is time to make the tree trunk.  Draw a tree trunk on the brown cardstock, cut out and run thru the paper crimper.  Adhere the trunk to your card.

Next get out your 1 1/2″ circle punch and punch circles from two different shades of green cardstock.  (If you do not have a punch, you can trace circles and cut or use a circle cutter). Run the light green circles thru the paper crimper to give them added dimension on the tree.

Layer and adhere the dark green circles to the card – overlapping the trunk.  Layer the light green circles on top of the dark green circles, adding pop dots behind a few for dimension.  Use Glue Dots on the other dark and light green circles.

Punch three butterflies from pink cardstock.  Adhere two to the tree “leaves” and one to the trunk. Add pearls to the centers of the butterflies.

Use your border punch on the dark green cardstock to make grass.  Adhere to the bottom of the card.

Apply sentiment rub-on.

Adhere 3 buttons on each side of the sentiment using Glue Dots.


By Scrapbook & Paper Crafts Contributor Kim, from the Blog “Paper Hugs”.

Cardstock was the first product that I fell in love with when I started paper crafting.  While serving on a couple of cardstock design teams in the past, I was required to create several “cardstock” only projects each month.  I found it to be challenging but so much fun!  They make the perfect card base and layout background.  

Core’dinations cardstock is one paper that I find to be so innovative!  Some collections have texture on one side and are smooth on the other.  When you sand it, it reveals a unique core color…it’s so cool!  I LOVE the embossed cardstock papers (and rich colors) by Bazzill and I adore the linen texture of the Die Cuts with a View cardstock stacks.

Doesn’t the blue texture cardstock look like denim?

1. To create a paper pocket, cut the paper down to approx. 3″ x 3″

2. Use a trimmer to make a mark at the half way point.

3. Draw a pencil line about 1 inch from the end

4. Cut a triangle from both ends

I embossed only one side of the bottom cardstock for added interest.

Gently sand the cardstock edge and over the embossed surface.  Gently wipe away excess sanding powder to reveal a distressed look. To make the card above, I glued the pocket on the larger piece of embossed cardstock. Then I added a Bazill paper flower, a button and a  “Thanks” rub-on.

I hope that you are inspired to give card stock another look!

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