Handmade Holiday-Card Set with Box!

Hello! One of my favorite gifts to give during the holiday season is a box of Greeting Cards. This time I decided to make the box match the cards! I used some luxurious, beautiful cardstock from CutCardstock.com for this project.

I started with the Stardream Metallic cardstock in Antique Gold to make the base for my card box. I will also use this cardstock as accents on the cards that I will put in the box so that they coordinate! This cardstock is gorgeous, and such a nice heavy weight. It also cuts beautifully with dies and through an electronic cutting machine! I use a Silhouette Cameo, and found this file for a card box in the Silhouette Design Store – when cutting, I used the Heavyweight Cover stock setting, which use the blade depth 7 and did 2 passes. This created a perfect smooth cut!

The other part to the file has these decorative pieces that can be added to the box to dress it up. I cut this out of the Natural White 100# cardstock. I cut this on the same setting as the gold cardstock, and it worked perfectly.

I started with ink blending the edges of the ivory cardstock, and then stamped on text using a background stamp. Before I did this, I made sure to place the pieces in the orientation that they would go on the box to make sure my text was upright.

When I stamped the text background, I wanted it to have some light and dark areas to the ink, so after inking the background, I used a blending brush just to randomly tap over the stamp before pressing it onto my panels. I thought this gave some interesting variation to the stamping.

After the stamped text background, I chose a more bold background and embossed that in gold on all the pieces.

I find it easier to adhere the decorate panels onto the box before it is all assembled. I did fold at all the score lines so I could see easier how the box needed put together and which orientation to adhere all the panels.

There are slots made in the cutting file for a ribbon to be pulled through and used for closure. I should have deleted that cut in the file before sending it to my Silhouette because I am not going to use a ribbon. I forgot! So I just covered them up with an embellishment and I am using a dot of velcro to keep the box lid closed.

I wanted the cards to coordinate with the box so I used the same Antique Gold and Natural cardstocks for the cards to go in the box. I made the card bases out of the Natural cardstock and used the Antique Gold as a mat layer to add a little shimmer and elegance. I did the same type of ink blending and stamping on the front of the cards that I did on the box panels. All I needed to add was a label with a sentiment and these cards were complete!

I think this is a great, handmade gift for the Holidays!

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Notecard set with Layering Stencils

One of my favorite handmade gifts to make for people are notecard sets. Cut Cardstock makes it so easy because they have card sets of all different colors – and then notecards are already cut and scored! The matching envelopes are beautiful and high quality as well. For this project, I used the Aqua Basis A2 Folded Cards with matching envelopes.

When stamping directly onto your folded card base, you’ll need to mask off the area you don’t want to stamp on. I used some low tack paper tape to mask off the part of the back of the notecard that the stamp might touch. I did this right at the fold.

I wanted to start by adding a tone on tone stamped background onto the front of the notecard. For this, I was going to use a red rubber background stamp that was bigger than my card so I used the Misti corner to help align my cardstock but not right up against the corner of my stamp platform. The corner can be taken off to allow the stamp to go over the edge of the cardstock.

When stamping large images like backgrounds, I use this tool to help apply even pressure over the entire stamp. I made this pressure tool using the lid from a Yankee candle, and added a piece of felt on the bottom with glue. It works like a charm! (I sprayed the inside of the lid with glue and put some glitter in there as decoration prior to gluing on the felt piece!)

I always love making matching envelopes to go with my card sets. For this set, I stamped on the back flap using the same background stamp for the card. I used low tack tape to mask off the part of the envelope I didn’t want to get ink on.

I used the flower stamp to stamp on the front of the card with the same color ink. I love this tone on tone look for envelopes!

When doing card sets, I think it goes faster to do assembly line production. I did some ink blending through stencils for the focal image for my cards. I inked on the Cougar Super Smooth 80# cardstock – this cardstock is sooooooo smooth and makes ink blending so easy! The 80# version is perfect for using for die cutting images. This image is from a layered stencil bundle with matching stamp and die. I did all of the first stencil on my 5 panels, and then moved onto Stencil #2 and so on.

I love that this stamp set has an outline stamp that matches – I think it really makes the flowers pop!

I stamped and die cut sentiments from the same light blue cardstock as the notecards and then we have all our pieces ready to assemble!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my project today! I would love to see what kind of handmade gifts you like making! Tag me on Instagram : Purple Puppy Papercrafting

Stencils and Berries!

Hello friends! Thanks for stopping by today – I am having so much fun with the Brutus Monroe August Subscription products! The stencils and all the berries are so yummy! I love using stencils to make backgrounds, but also to help tie in focal images and sentiments. 

Today, I used the Strawberry Seeds stencil on the background as well as the sentiment circle. I love this stencil! I used two A2 sized pieces of the Perfect Blends paper because we will be doing some inking and this paper is perfect for inking!

To start with, on one panel, I used a light yellow ink to stencil seeds all over the background on a slight angle. This will be our main card panel.

Next, on the other panel, I used a darker yellow/brown color to stencil the seeds again. This will be what we use for the sentiment. 

Before die cutting the sentiment piece, I used some pinkish red inks to blend over the dark stenciled seeds panel.

Once I was happy with the overall blend of the pink piece, I die cut a stitched circle (this is what we are going to stamp our sentiment on), and inked around the edges to give some definition.


I thought a scalloped background panel would be cute, so I die cut that and then inked around the edges with the same yellow that I used for the seeds. This “Wishing you the Berry Best” sentiment from the Strawberry Social stamp set is perfect! And it was a perfect fit for the stitched circle.

Once that was all done, I colored some of the images from the Strawberry Social set and added it all on the card panel and used foam strips to add that onto a card base. 

Thanks for checking this out and I hope that you have a BERRY GOOD day!!

Product List:

Strawberry Seeds Stencil

Strawberry Social stamp set

Perfect Blend Alcohol Marker cardstock

Sparkly Rainbow Wishes!

Summer, sparkles and rainbows! What better way to bring a smile to a friend’s face than a handmade rainbow card. The Cut Cardstock Pop Tone cardstock is perfect for this project! I used the 65# and it was perfect for die cut layering and comes in so many beautiful colors!

For this card, I used Red Hot, Orange Fizz, Lemon Drop, Gumdrop Green, Blue Raspberry and Grape Jelly. I love these beautiful and vibrant colors – perfect for a rainbow!

I found a pull apart rainbow stamp in my stash, as well as a matching die. Some Rainbow Sparkle embossing powder was a perfect pairing to finish off this sparkly, happy card.

The die also cuts out the outline that allows you to perfectly place all the rainbow strips – as well as another chance to add sparkle to the card! I used the Silver glitter cardstock to cut out the outline that I will use to place all the rainbow pieces. This die has spaces for more strips in the rainbow than I was going to use, so I just snipped off the part that I didn’t want for this project and it left the perfect outline!

I used a piece of double sided adhesive to help put this rainbow together easier. I first put the outline on the adhesive and trimmed around the edges and then was able to just inlay each strip of the rainbow. This will be perfect for when I need to adhere this to my card base, because all I need to do is take the backing off of the back of the rainbow and that is covered in adhesive as well!

I made a sky background by ink blending some light blue ink with cloud stencils right onto my card base, which is a pre cut and pre scored A2 card base – 110#. I love these card bases – it is so nice to have them already cut and scored, and they are scored perfectly!

To finish, I added a sentiment from the Brutus Monroe Radiant Rainbow stamp set and adhered my rainbow on to the card base and added a few clouds that were die cut from the Pop-tone Sweet Tooth cardstock.

Wishing you a colorful, rainbow day!

I’d love to see all your creations using the beautiful Pop-tone Cardstock – tag me on Instagram:

Purple Puppy Papercrafting

Rainbows and Foil!

using Brutus Monroe – June Inspiration Box supplies

Hello! Thanks for stopping by! Today, I wanted to use some of the products from the Radiant Rainbow Inspiration Box to make a colorful, shiny card for a friend. 

Do you love to foil? I do! And you can use the printed panels and the conversation clippings with foil to add some shine to your projects. Another way to step up these panels is to do some ink blending or coloring on them as well as adding the foil. For this card, I ink blended a rainbow of colors over the panel and then used Silver DecoFoil to add the shine!

 I started with this spiral background panel from the Inspiration Box and picked out a rainbow of ink colors, I love to use Distress Inks when ink blending, and this cardstock that these panels are printed on is super smooth and perfect for ink blending!

I started in the upper left corner with the red and then just went diagonally down the panel with each color. I did go back over where the colors met with my brushes just to help soften the transition. 

I let the ink dry for a couple minutes before proceeding with the next step, which is the FOILING! I. LOVE. FOIL.

I have a Mini machine that I use when foiling, but you can also use a laminator – just make sure you let is get nice and hot before sending your panel through. I used the DecoFoil Silver foil.

Make sure you use the carrier sheet or parchment paper to sandwich your panel and foil in – and you want the pretty side of the foil facing up, with your panel beneath it.

…and then the reveal……

AHHHHH! This is why I love foil. Look at that shine! Who wouldn’t love a card with foil on it?

To finish this card, I embossed a rainbow from the new Radiant Rainbow stamp set with Sterling embossing powder on black cardstock and used the coordinating die to cut it out. I used the black easy tab foam dots to adhere the rainbow over the center of the spiral. I also added a couple conversation clippings that I just used my paper trimmer to cut out. You can also foil these, but I left them black for this card to go along with the black Cardstock rainbow die cut. 

I’d love to see all your foiling and colorful projects! Tag me on Instagram:

Purple Puppy Papercrafting

Cutie Patootie with Die-cut Inlay Background

Happy Father’s Day! Do you need a Father’s Day card for that special cat dad in your life? Well, I’ve got the card for you! I used several colors of the Cut Cardstock Basis cardstock for today’s project. This cardstock is vibrant and cuts like a dream!

I used four colors of the Basis cardstock: Light yellow, Blue, Red and Aqua. I also used the Canvas Textured Wedding Cake White cardstock for my base panel of the background. I used A2 sized pieces of this cardstock – one that I cut out using the paw print background die and the other I cut down to size to be just slightly smaller than the paw print background piece. One thing that makes this technique so much easier is to use a piece of double sized adhesive that is the size of the background panel.

I cut the paw print background die from the four pieces of colored cardstock, as well one piece of the white canvas textured cardstock.

I took the backing sheet off of one side of the double sided adhesive and put that onto the front of the full (not die cut) piece of white cardstock and then took off the top liner of the adhesive. The white die cut panel is then placed over top of the adhesive so that the adhesive sticky is showing through all of the paw prints and hearts. This is where we will inlay the paw pieces and hearts – having that sticky layer showing through makes it so easy to do this technique!

I used a jewel picker to pick up the small hearts from the red piece and put them all in place.

For the paw prints, since there are so many small pieces, I placed the whole blue piece over top of the background piece and lined it up. It was easy at this point to use my tool to push down each little piece into its place. This way made it a breeze!

I repeated the steps for each of the three colors of paw prints – blue, aqua and light yellow.

To start the assembly of the card, I used a piece of the blue cardstock and cut out a large circle from the middle – this way I could still use that same piece as a mat layer for my background panel – this is a good way to conserve cardstock! I also cut out a white circle that I stamped “Happy Father’s Day” and “From the Cats” and put a die cut assembled kitten in the middle. I used some copics on the kitten to add some stripes.

Once I had that all assembled, I glued the panel down onto a card base. I LOVE the precut and pre-scored card bases that you can get at Cut Cardstock – they are are available in a variety of weights and are cut and scored perfectly! They are also available in a variety of sizes, but since I mainly make A2 cards, I ordered the 110# in A2 size. This should keep me supplied with card bases for quite a while!

I just love how this card turned out – I have a couple cat dads in my life, and they would love this card!

I would love to see all your colorful creations using the Basis Cardstock – tag me on Instagram: @purple_puppy_papercrafting

Crafty Destash! **SOLD**

Both boxes have sold

Hey there! Well it was time – I had to go through my stash and part with some things to make room for new!

I have two boxes to start with – they will both be mailed in USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Medium boxes.

Box A and B – have a mix of stamps, dies, stencils – and the following companies: Brutus Monroe, Simon Says Stamp, Kindred Stamps, Herto Arts, Spellbinders, Sizzix and a few others. There is a mix of new and used items – used items may be in stamp pockets and not include original packaging. Valued at well over $350.

I am selling each box for $150 + $15 shipping = $165 total – PayPal or venmo

First person to email for the box will get the first chance – must receive payment within 24 hours or will move onto the next person in line. I will update this page with “SOLD” once payment received. I will ship 2-3 days after payment received.

Email: jessica.vittek@gmail.com

If you don’t like surprises and want to know exactly what is in each box – you’re in luck! I have a video for each box showing everything that is in it!

Destash Box A – Contents video – **SOLD**

Destash Box B – Contents video – **SOLD**

Sparkly Wedding Wishes – Glitter Cardstock!

Glitter cardstock adds a beautiful elegance to any wedding project! Today, I want to share with you how I made this little gift bag and matching card that will stand out on any wedding gift table. This bag is perfect for a small gift such as jewelry or even a gift card! The glitter and sparkle helps set off this beautiful gift set.

This elegant little gift bag and matching card are perfect for any wedding. You can customize colors to match any bride’s theme! Cutcardstock has a gorgeous selection of glitter cardstock, and if you can’t find the perfect color, you can use alcohol markers to color it! I used a green Copic marker to color the leaves for the flower on the bag.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a small gift bag out of CutCardstock’s heavyweight vellum. This is the perfect base to use for 3-D projects. The cut this, I used the following settings: Depth 9, Speed 1, Force 33, 2 passes.

The files from the Silhouette Design Store use perforations for fold lines. I deleted the perforated lines and instead made scores manually on my scoreboard after the bag was cut out. I think this makes for a nicer look to the finished project. Make sure you score this vellum very well, it is actually not intended for scoring and folding due to its thickness, but I have found if you score it well, it folds. You may have a little cracking, but I used my teflon bone folder along the edges and that helped smooth it out.

Once I had it all scored, and the folds creased, I used Score-Tape on all the places that needed adhered together.

Once I had the bag put together, it was time for the fun part! I found a swirly background on my Silhouette and sized it to fit perfectly on the front of the gift bag. I cut this out of the Silver Glitter Non-shedding cardstock and it was perfect! This cardstock cuts beautifully! I had no issues cutting it with my Silhouette Cameo (using the pre-made settings for glitter cardstock) and absolutely no glitter comes off! It has a gorgeous sparkle!

I used a fine tip glue bottle to apply small dots of adhesive onto the background and then put it onto the vellum bag. To help really adhere it down, I turned the front of the bag down onto my work surface and pressed from the inside of the bag to get a good seal. It can also help to use a bone folder for this part.

Next I cut out some 3-D flowers from the Violette Curious Metallic Cardstock.

You can just adhere the pieces of the flower together, but shaping them first helps add extra dimension and interest. I used a flower shaping tool (anything with a round end will work) and worked on a soft padded surface. I started from the middle of the flower and using pressure in small circles rubbed the tool all over the surface of each flower petal. This helps break down the fibers of the cardstock and make it more pliable so it can be shaped. They will naturally curl up like this as you are working and it makes the flower so beautiful when put together!

Once shaped, I used liquid glue to put the flower together, making sure to offset the petals with the layer below it.

I used the silver cardstock to cut out the center of the flower and put a rhinestone on top of that for the middle.

I cut out the leaves from the silver glitterstock, and used a green Copic marker to color them. I did not have a green glitter Cardstock to use for this, but if you have alcohol markers, you can make any color glitter cardstock that you want from the silver! I used the chisel nib end for this so I didn’t damage the delicate brush tip.

And guess what else?! Hot foil works great on this metallic cardstock! I used my hot foil machine with silver foil for the sentiment on the front of the gift bag and purple and green foil for the flowers on the card.

For a little bonus card, I cut out a piece of the heavyweight vellum that was 6″ x 3″ and scored at 3″ – this made a little square card that can be tucked perfectly into the back of the bag. The vellum takes foil beautifully as well. I used the silver foil for this dotted circe frame on the front of the card. When I am hot foiling something directly onto my project I like to tape it down so I know it will stay where I want it.

For this, I put the hot foil die face down on my project where I wanted it, and put a piece of tape just on the top, to create a little hinge. From there, you can slide in a piece of the foil, pretty side up under the die. When putting this onto your hot foil machine, you will want to put it with the die down right on the hot foil platform.

I hope you enjoyed our project today! I would love to see what you all create with the gorgeous, beautiful, sparkly Glitter Cardstock! Tag me on instagram: Purple Puppy Papercrafting

Metallic Cardstock + Embossing Folders = AMAZING!

Easter is just around the corner, bringing spring weather and bright colors. The Curious Metallic Cardstocks are a great way to add that extra shimmer and elegance for all of your Easter and Spring projects!

I started with the background first, and used a 3D brick embossing folder to add texture to a piece of the Curious Metallic Virtual Pearl cardstock. Prior to using the embossing folder, I used a stitched rectangle die to cut the cardstock to the size panel I wanted. I would recommend cutting the cardstock before you use the embossing folder. If you die cut after you use the embossing folder, it can flatten the embossed imaged a bit, especially with the 3D folders. I also misted the cardstock lightly with water before putting it through my die cut machine with the embossing folder. This helps make the cardstock a little more pliable so there is less cracking when using the 3D embossing folders.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the effect that this embossing folder has on the metallic cardstock! Look at that yummy, shimmery, amazing texture!

I wanted to mat this onto a piece of the Curious Metallic Violette cardstock. This is a GORGEOUS, BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING purple metallic – I LOVE PURPLE. So, obviously, we don’t want to waste any of that purply goodness.

Here is a trick I use sometimes when making mat layers, especially with specialty cardstock. I use a smaller rectangle die inside the die that I am using for my panel – so it looks like we’re cutting out a frame, but once we mat our pearl piece onto that, noone will ever know that the middle has been cut out!

But you are still left with a piece of that purple metallic cardstock to use on another project, or another piece of this project!

BONUS piece of purple cardstock left from our mat layer!

I used a die set from Waffle Flower to cut out the basket, bunny, bow and several eggs from the Curious Metallic Cardstocks – Virtual Pearl, Pink Quartz Blush, Cryogen White, Violette and Nude.

I wanted to have eggs of all different pastel colors for my Easter basket so I did some ink blending on the eggs and then added some ink splatters in darker shades of the same color.

Please excuse my dirty Stick & Stamp mat – it is well loved!!

I love how these eggs turned out – you can still the shimmer!!

To add a little bit of texture to the basket, I just used some light brown ink to blend some ink around the edges and the handle.

I wanted to nestle my bunny and eggs in some grass to make it look like a real Easter basket – I had some of that shredded paper in green that is used for gift baskets and that was the perfect addition! I started by just adding some liquid glue to the back of my basket and gluing down the grass. I did add some more at the end after I glued the bunny and eggs down – at that point, I just put some pieces here and there to make the basket look full.

Once I had all my pieces die cut and ink blended, it was time to assemble! I used some foam adhesive to attach the matted brick panel to a light purple card base (A2 size).

I used a combination of liquid glue and foam adhesive to add the basket and all the elements to the card. Reverse tweezers are a great tool for this to help hold things in place for a few seconds while the glue dries. For the sentiment, I embossed Happy Easter onto the Pink Quartz Blush cardstock, cut it out with a die and used foam adhesive to pop it up on the card.

And voila – the card is complete! Anyone would be thrilled to receive this cheery, shimmery, Easter card. I think I will probably send this one to my niece, she loves purple! (Wonder where she gets that! lol)

I’d love to see all of your shimmery, metallic (and especially PURPLE) creations! Tag me on instagram @purple_puppy_papercrafting.

Happy Crafting!

Rainbow Pet Sympathy

Curious Metallics with die-cut inlay

Our pets are such a beautiful part of our lives, what better way to honor them than with a handmade sympathy card. I’d love to share with you today how I made this Pet Sympathy card for friends who recently lost their furbaby.

The Curious Metallic cardstocks from CutCardstock.com are a perfect base to use for this card, the metallic shimmer this cardstocks gives is so pretty and elegant. This cardstock takes ink beautifully and still retains the gorgeous, metallic, shimmer!

My finished card is 5″ x 7″, so I cut my card panel to be 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ from the Curious Metallic Virtual Pearl cardstock, with a black 1/16″ mat behind it. This Virtual Pearl color is gorgeous! I also used this color to cut out the rainbow using a die from Whimsy Stamps.

Next, I cut out some clouds using the same die set with the Curious Metallic Cryogen White cardstock – this cardstock has a gorgoeous, subtle sparkly shimmer to it. It is perfect for clouds!

For the rainbow, I wanted it shimmery but also bright and colorful, so I ink blended onto each piece of the rainbow using different inks. This cardstock takes ink beautifully and you can still see the gorgeous metallic shimmer through the colors.

Once all my rainbows pieces were colored, I adhered the Virtual Pearl card panel to the black mat, and then used foam adhesive to attach that onto the front of the 5×7 white card base. To make it easier to adhere the rainbow pieces to the base, I put some liquid glue down first, and then inlaid the die cut rainbow pieces. I love using this die cut inlay technique, the pieces fit perfectly into place and it looks so finished and perfect.

The next step was to die cut a dog silhouette to put on the rainbow. I used the Curious Metallic Night to die cut this dog silhouette from the Newton’s Nook Furr-ever Friends Die Set.

Before adhering my clouds and dog silhouette, I stamped “with Sympathy” from the Whimsy Stamps A Girl’s Best Friend stamp set using embossing ink and embossed with black embossing powder. Once my sentiment was embossed, I could proceed with adhering my clouds and dog silhoutte – I used foam adhesive to adhere these to my card, and then the card is done!

Check out that gorgeous shimmer and shine!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I would love to see your creations using the loveley Curious Metallic cardstock! Tag me on Instagram @purple_puppy_papercrafting.

Happy Crafting!