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Springy Cards April 19, 2017 09:37

Hey friends!

Melissa here with you today and I am so happy to have the opportunity to share with you a couple of cards. They ooze Spring with some fun, bright colors and, as I sit here typing this, I really need to stare at them longer because it is a dark, drizzly day in the pacific northwest. 

Alright, let's not waste any time! Here is card number one

Gah, I just love Nicole's background cut files! I really do find joy in figuring out how to adapt those files to the smaller scale of cards. Sometimes it's super easy and other times, like this one, it gets a little tricky. 

I used the Protozoa Background for this card. It already had a thin and lacy feel to it and when I shrunk it down for my card, it was soooooo fragile! But, taking my time to take it off the cut mat was so worth it because I love the fun and playful rhythm it bring to this happy card. Here is a little close up...

Just a little tip... this cut file did not cut out clean. If you look reeeeeally closely, you'll see some little tears and pieces. Sometimes you just have to let it go and embrace the imperfections. :) 

Alright, here is the second card..

For this fun card, I used lots of washi tape and another fun background cut file. It was really simple... almost too simple... to put this card together. I grabbed some washi and just laid it on, row and after row. Once the card base was filled, I topped it with this cut file. I did resize the cut file a bit. It originally is circles and I warped it a bit to make ovals. 

This card only needed a few embellishments so as not to overwhelm the washi background.

Here is a little close-up

Thank you for joining me today!

Here is a list of the cut files used:

Protozoa Background

Simple Circle Background


Summer Cards - Scrapbook Circle Team Up! March 06, 2017 06:00 1 Comment

Hi everyone!  Heather Leopard is here to announce a team up and giveaway with Scrapbook Circle.  

I created 2 fun summer cards using the Scrapbook Circle March Happy Place kit and the JustNick Studio Summer Cards cut file.

To create these cards, I removed the watermelon and camera images from the cut file.  Then I created a mirror image of the front of the cards, removed the words, welded them together and added a perforated cut line. Voila, we have cards!

GIVEAWAY!

Scrapbook Circle is giving you a chance to win a March Happy Place kit.  Simply leave a comment here on the blog. Then visit and comment on the Scrapbook Circle blog.  We will draw one winner from all comments each day.  Follow Scrapbook Circle on Instagram (scrapbook_circle) for another chance to win. Winner will be announced on the Scrapbook Circle blog Sunday, March 12, 2017.


Happy Day | Free LOVE Cut File February 17, 2017 06:00

Hi there.  I'm rounding off the Love themed week today with a couple of cards using this week's Free Love cut file...

I adored the fringe look of this pattern paper so I decided to layer three strips over each other.  It's a bit hard to tell in the photo but it has some fun dimension.

Then, I layered 3 medium sized LOVE cuts over each of the three strips and added embellishments...voila!

Get the Free LOVE cut file before it's gone. You have until February 19th. Just enter the code FREELOVE at checkout.


12 Days of Giveaways - Day 8 Pinecone Gift Tags | Heather Leopard December 08, 2016 06:00 3 Comments

Welcome to Day 8 of the 12 Days of Giveaways.  Heather Leopard is here with a couple of gift tags, featuring the Pinecone, which you can download HERE.

Pinecone Christmas Gift Tags by Heather Leopard @heatherleopard

In addition to the pinecone, which is today's free cut file, I also used the Holiday Sentiments 2 file. 

I decided to make these similar yet different enough, one being centered with the sentiment cut out and the other a little off center and the sentiment adhered to the top.  

You can get the Pinecone cut file for FREE by using this code: PINECONEFREE

This code is valid until midnight CST, December 8, 2016. No purchase necessary!

This design will be available in the JustNick Store for purchase after the discount code expires.

Thanks for stopping by today.


12 Days of Giveaways - Day 7 December 07, 2016 07:00 1 Comment

Hello everyone!

It's always a fun time when I get to join everyone on the blog. I get to play along with our 12 Days of Giveaways and today we are giving the Holiday Sentiments 2 away for FREE. 

 

We all need some good sentiments in our cut file stash, don't we? I see these being used on pages documenting all your wonderful holiday memories. I'm sharing how you can also use them on cards. For my first card, I went really simple. No frills. No special techniques. Just straight up cut file with a couple of embellishments. I'm all about playing it simple during the holidays and... bonus... this would be so easy to replicate!

 

For my next card I tried out stitching the word. I had a plan, in my mind, for what I wanted to do and it just didn't turn out. I wanted red twine and such but... I really like the white looks. There are so many tutorials out there on how to turn a cut file into stitching. Some will tell you to use sketch pens and then use a paper piercer. I just don't have the patience for that. So, I used the perforated cut option on my Silhouette. It doesn't do holes... just little dashes of cuts. And it worked so well. 

I kind of like that the word doesn't jump out at you. You can still see it, though. I think it exudes the peacefulness of Christmas time. With the exception of the stitching and time that took, I kept it pretty clean and simple for this card too. Just a few ephemera and I was done!

Thanks for joining me on day seven of our 12 Days of Giveaways!

You can get the Holiday Sentiments 2 cut file for FREE by using this code: SENT2FREE

You may use this code until midnight CST, December 7, 2016. No purchase necessary!

Come back tomorrow for another beautiful free cut file!

 


3 x Christmas Cards | Tarrah McLean November 19, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today! All this week, we have been showcasing cards on the Just Nick blog using the awesome Just Nick cut files.

I decided to create 3 Christmas cards for this week:

The first card I created, I used the Ho Ho Ho title from the Holiday Sentiments cut file set, cutting it from white cardstock and using foam tape to pop it up a little bit!

This cut file set is so versatile, as you get all of these cute titles for your holiday/Christmas projects in the one set!

The 2nd card I created, I used the 25 frame from Holiday Overlay 1 cut file set! I cut the 25 frame from white cardstock again and backed the frame with some red Christmas themed paper. I then used foam tape to raise the whole thing on top of the green Christmas themed paper. 

Frames with images or words are great to use on cards, you can cut them from paper or cardstock for a fun look.  

The 3rd card I created, I used the Holiday Tree Background. I cut this tree and the frame that its attached to with the green Christmas paper. I adhered it to a white cardstock background and added some Holiday themed embellishments to finish off my card.

The Holiday Tree background can be used for either a scrapbook layout or for cards too, you just need to resize the image accordingly!

Hope you enjoyed looking at my Christmas cards today! Thanks so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Let's Celebrate and XOXO Cards November 18, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone, 

Michelle here with two cards to share with you for card week!  I must admit I have only just really started making cards and don't make too many of them.  I am trying to make time to make more as they are so handy to have.

My first card I created was a birthday card.  I combined two cut files - I created my own doily from the Doilies cut file set as I love using doilies on my cards and layouts.  This file is great as it gives you four different options to choose from which makes it great value for money.    I then cut out the 'celebrate' from the Birthday Sentiments cut file set and added this to my card as well.

A close up:

For my second card I have created a more generic card for a non-specific occasion which is great to have on hand for when you need a card.  I used the Stack Em Up Background file first cut on white cardstock with some patterned paper layered underneath it.   I also cut out a Dahlia Flower and when I added it to my card and layered on some embellishments it started to look a bit dream catcher like so I added some feather embellishments dangling at the bottom. I added the XOXO sentiment which really makes it a versatile card for lots of different occasions from birthdays to general thank you cards. 

A close up:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today - I hope you have enjoyed seeing all our cards this week.

Michelle 


Joy Card And Merry Christmas Card November 17, 2016 07:00

Hello Just Nick fans! It's Lee-Anne here today and this week it's all about cards.  I am excited to share with you two Christmas cards that I created.

For the Joy Card, I cut out the word "joy" from the Holiday Sentiments cut files with my Silhouette Cameo on black card stock and heat embossed it with black embossing powder. 

For the Merry Christmas Card, I cut out the Merry Merry Background 2 cut file on white card stock with my Silhouette Cameo and cut it down to fit the width of the card and centered it on the front of the card. The Christmas tree was also cut out of the black and white tree patterned paper with my Silhouette Cameo from the Tree Trio cut files.

I hope you are inspired to try some cards today.  Have a great day!

Cut Files

Holiday Sentiments

Tree Trio

Merry Merry Background 2

 

 

 


BOO! | Laureen Wagener October 28, 2016 07:00

Boo you cut file fans -

it's Laureen with you today, finally again! I missed writing blog posts ;)

I hope you enjoyed Halloween week so far? I for sure did!

The project the girls came up with were amazing!

Unfortunately, Halloween isn't a big deal were I live in Germany and therefore no one here celebrates it - the kids get their candy anyways and we get to dress up in February/ March for carnival.
If you ask me - I truly miss it! I would love to celebrate Halloween partys, go trick or treating - yes 22 year olds want their candy too ;) - and just decorate. But oh well! Therefore I couldn't come up with a layout for my post - since I wouldn't have ONE picture to use.

I decided to wrap things up and create 3 cards - 2 traditonal regular cards and one that is a tag and can be perfectly used as invitations!

For this tag I used the Pumpkin Tags cut file and cut one of the tags with the face and one just as the outline.

I then traced the tag and cut a sheet of transparency to layer behind my pumpkin. I used Distress Inks in different yellow and orange shades to make my pumpkin look like a pumpkin and adhered some black cardstock behind.

Then I just punched a hole and set a black eyelet and this first project was done!

For the BOO card I decided to use the Web Background as a stencil and really love the effect it gives!

I simply cut it out out of some cardstock, adhered it to my card and used purple Distress Inks over it.

For the sentiment I simply cut the BOO from 31 and used Black Soot Distress Ink over it, sprinkled some black Heidi shine over it and called it done ;)

Last but not least I knew that I wanted to create a scene - now since we don't really do Halloween, I don't have any Halloween stamps - and usually I use stamps for cards all the time!

I looked at the files and found the Bare Tree one, which I cut out and used Black Soot Distress Ink over it. Then I also cut out a pupkin from Build a Jack and the ghost from 31 to use as accents for the card.

The background was made using different shades of purple Distress ink and came together easily ;)

I hope I could help inspire you to create a few cards to give away last minute or to make a quick and easy Halloween invitation!

 

Have a happy Halloween and stay safe!

Laureen

 

Cut files used:

Web Background

Bare Tree

31

Build a Jack

Pumpkin Tags


Card Creating | Pretty Little Studio October 15, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone!

I'm so happy to be joining you on the blog and bringing to a close our fabulous team up with Pretty Little Studio! Don't you think our cut files and their gorgeous product go so well together? Both design teams have done such a great job and I've highly enjoyed sharing them with you on Instagram. I'm excited to also be able to share a couple of cards I created using a few cut files and the beautiful Here Comes the Sun collection.

Yay for hot air balloons! I kept this card pretty simple. The clouds paper worked perfectly to create a scene with the hot air balloons. Each balloon is simply backed with some patterned paper. No fancy embellishing or techniques. I wanted it to be easy, simple and reproducible.

The flair and star stickers help ground the design and give it just a little bit extra to help complete the card. 

 

Here is my second card that uses a background cut file and a phrase from one of the card sentiments cut file collections. 

Again, I kept it pretty simple. The sentiment I used black watercolor to not only make the word pop but to also keep with the continuity of the style of this collection. It's all handdrawn and has a watercolor element to it. So soft and pretty! Washy tape helped to add that final touch it seemed to be missing. 

Thanks for swinging by today and I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the beautiful Pretty Little Studio product!

Here is a list of the cut files I used:

Up In the Air

Card Sentiments 1

Shattered Circle Background

 


May You Follow October 04, 2016 07:00

Hello JustNick Studio friends! For the next 2 weeks our designers are teaming up with Pretty Little Studios to bring you such fabulous inspiration.

Marcia here today sharing what I created with the beautiful Pretty Little Studio  Woodland collection. Using the Rustic Leaf Frame digital cut file, I created a window card. My sentiment is stamped inside the card, but you can see it through the dandelion transparency sheet. This frame was so perfect to use with these pretty outdoorsy papers.

Aren't these butterflies awesome! Here is a detail look at the Rustic Leaf Frame.

Here are the cut files I used today ...

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Stop in all week for more JustNick Studios designers teaming up with Pretty Little Studios.


Love You Bunches and Hello Cards August 15, 2016 07:00

Hello there!

I'm so happy to be sharing a couple of cards with you all today! Most cut files seem to be scaled for layouts... and I say, "Not so!" Shrink those cut files! And as Tim Gunn from Project Runway always says, "Make it work!" 

First, I have this lovely to share...

I used two cut files for this card. First, I sliced and shrunk the Quilted Circle background and used it as a layer for the base. I saw the flowers in the Floral and Fauna cut file collection and knew I wanted to use a couple to layer.

I think it worked perfectly! Also, sequins are not my go to but, how easy and fun they were to cluster at the center of that flower!

Here is the next card...

Before I forget, I'm using the Happy Place collection from Fancy Pants Designs. So fun!

Okay, for this next card I utilized another background cut file. I went white on white and layered a piece of patterned paper between. I like how the paper peeks just a little bit behind the cut file. It creates a fun movement for this card and doesn't take away from the overall design.

And that's a wrap!

Thanks for swinging by today! Now, go shrink those cut files and make some cards!

Cut files used: Quilted Circle Background, Floral and Fauna 1 and Ride the Wave Background


June free cut file meets CARDS June 23, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog to share another take on the June free Tic Tac Toe Background cut file.  So far this week, the design team has shown some fun ideas for using the design to fill the background of a scrapbook layout, as well as sizing and cutting apart the design to use as accent elements throughout a page.  Today, I thought I would continue to show the versatility of this design as it relates to cardmaking.

I never seem to have enough Birthday cards in my stash, so I challenged myself to make two entirely different cards using the free cut file.

My first card uses the cut file to fill the background of my design.  I sized the file to 5x5" and eliminated one row and one column of squares, before cutting it from white cardstock.  Layering the finished piece overtop of red paper highlights the intricacies of the design. 

 

The 'open' square spaces made for a fun place to stamp my sentiments.

 

You'll also note that I cut some additional patterned squares out of white cardstock, and attached them with foam adhesive over the 'blank' portions of the design.  Doing this, creates more texture and balances out the height of the stamped and colored elements on the rest of the card design.

 

For my second card, I went more clean and simple. 

Like I did in the first design, I ungrouped the file and used the plain square to cut out several of the patterned designs. I sized each individual square to 1.75" and cut them all out of white cardstock.  I backed each of the patterned squares with colored papers.  The squares were then adhered slightly overlapping and askew to the white cardstock background. 

 

A clear acrylic word makes a statement, when it's sewn through the center portion of the grid of squares.

 

The one 'plain' square made for a nice place to stamp the remainder of my greeting.

Have you grabbed your free cut file yet?  Hurry on over to the store and add it to your cart!  It's only free with code: TICTACTOEFREE until June 30th!

 

Supplies used:

Tic Tac Toe Background

 

 


Cards featuring March cut files March 23, 2016 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today. 

In my little part of the world, the weather is beginning to warm and the trees are starting to bloom. That fact has me itching to infuse everything floral and springy into my crafting projects.  Lucky for me, Nicole has released lots of fun and pretty cut files this month that fulfill these requirements. 

I used two of the recent March released cut files to put together this fun and pretty duo of cards.

The basic flowers were just asking to be layered. I sized down the file to fit within the constraints of my standard sized card front.  Cutting the flowers from a variety of colors and patterns and adjusting their size to layer atop one another, creates a fun and textural design.  Sequins, buttons and enamel buttons make perfect flower centers when the cut file is sized down like this.

My next card uses a mini version of the Floral Burst Background.  I cut three identical cuts of this file out of white cardstock and layered them atop of one another to give my diecut piece more substance and dimension.  Layering a variety of pretty patterned papers behind the cut file, makes the petals shine and the flower come alive.

Be sure to stop by the blog again on Saturday for some more great spring inspired designs that will be loaded to the store.  I'm pretty certain, you're going to love them!

Cut files used:

Basic Flowers

Floral Burst Background


14 Days of Holidays - Day 12 December 16, 2015 00:00 1 Comment

Welcome to Day 12 of our 14 Days of Holidays cut file giveaways! Each weekday from December 1-18, 2015 we will be giving away a FREE cut file for that day only!

 

Todays free cut file is: Holiday Lights

Such a fun cut file to use! The possibilities are truly endless but, the immediate idea I had for these was to color them up and make them sparkle like the real lights. I shrunk the file down and cut out the set. Then, I used one string and colored it with watercolors and finished it off with some Stickles.

Easy peasy!

I also really love the look of gold and silver together. At my work, the foyer is decorated as such with lots of stars, snow and gold garlands. SO pretty! I thought to myself, these holiday lights would look so pretty with some gold! So, I sprayed a few layers of gold mist and layered the lights on top of a star trim.

I really, really, really like this card!

Todays design - Holiday Lights - is yours for FREE today only!

Just enter code: LIGHTSFREE at checkout to get this design for free.

This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 16.

No purchase necessary.

Design will be available in the JustNick store for purchase after the discount code expires.


14 Days of Holidays - Giveaway Day 5 December 07, 2015 07:00 3 Comments

Welcome to Day 5 of our 14 Days of Holidays cut file giveaways! Each weekday from December 1-18, 2015 we will be giving away a FREE cut file for that day only!

Todays free cut file is Holiday Sentiments.

I absolutely love the free cut file that is available for you today and, I think you will love it too! It's a doozy packed with some lovely sentiments. These are so perfect for cards but, I can picture them being used on just about any holiday project.

 

Fun, right??? The fonts are just so perfect. I created two cards and a gift tag using several of these sentiments. They are so easy to size and cut out to fit perfect on each project.

This first card is a standard A2 card. 

How cheery is that? I did a watercolor wash on the base and added some paint drips. Then, using some fun sparkly red cardstock, I cut out the merry&bright sentiment rather large. With some snowflake sticker embellishing, this card will hopefully brighten up someone's holiday!

The second card I made is a 6x6 size. Every once in awhile I like to create one of these. I use the larger size for cards that will be signed by more than one person or to have room to add photos or a letter. This time, I wanted to use more than one word. I chose three that seem to go nicely together - joy, peace, noel.

To create a fun and interesting backdrop, I splattered some red watercolor and used the scribbles 1 cut file. 

Finally, because I was just having too much fun AND I was figuring out what to do with the last of my 12x12 piece of cardstock, I created this gift tag.

I cut out the 'joy' to fit large. I like the look of words and images going off the canvas of the page. The background is a watercolor wash.

Todays design - Holiday Sentiments - is yours for FREE today only!

Just enter code: SENTIMENTFREE at checkout to get this design for free.

This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 7.

No purchase necessary.

Design will be available in the JustNick store for purchase after the discount code expires.


14 Days Of Holidays - Giveaway Day 3 December 03, 2015 00:00 1 Comment

Hello JustNick friends!

Welcome to Day 3 of our 14 Days of Holidays cut file giveaways! Each weekday from December 1-18, 2015 we will be giving away a FREE cut file for that day only!

Lee-Anne here today with some festive holiday cards to inspire you using this awesome cut file. I really love Poinsettias and the cut file is a great way to decorate cards, scrapbook layouts, crafts and home decor. 

 

Today’s design – Layered Poinsettia - is yours for FREE today only!

Today's free cut file is the Layered Poinsettia.

I created some holiday cards with the Layered Poinsettia Cut File.  I cut the shape out on my Silhouette Cameo on several papers, layered them and adhered them to the cards for a festive flair.  I can think of many other ways to create with this cut file.  Wouldn't a wreath look beautiful?  Or what about a nice decoration to spruce up a gift under the tree?

 

Just enter code: POINTFREE at checkout to get this design for free.

This code is only valid until midnight CST on (December 3, 2015).

No purchase necessary. Happy Holidays from us to you!

 

 


14 Days of Holidays - Giveaway Day 2 December 02, 2015 00:00 2 Comments

Hello JustNick friends!

Welcome to Day 2 of our 14 Days of Holidays cut file giveaways! Each weekday from December 1-18, 2015 we will be giving away a FREE cut file for that day only!

Today's Free Cut File is Ornaments

Christine joining you today with some shaped cards that I made using this file!  I love making shaped cards and these worked perfectly for that!

I made one card with each ornament shape available!  I love that there are four fun options!  In case you are wondering how I made them into cards here's a little detail into that:

First off I rotated the ornament so that it was upside down.  I then chose to create a mirror image below it. This makes it so that I now have two of the ornaments.  I then put the hook part of the ornaments close enough together that they are slightly overlapping and weld them together.  You could also do this and mirror the ornament to the side and weld sides together instead of the hook.  Either way you end up with a really cute card! If you have questions I am happy to help explain further!

Now on to a little detail about each card and some of the additional cuts that I used! First up is the Merry Christmas Card.

For every card I stuck with a similar base start.  I had a white ornament and backed it with red patterned papers.  I then added a silver metallic paper for the top part of the ornament and added some silver stickles and silver gemstones.  I also cut all my sentiments in green.  Doing these things helped simplify the process a bit.  I then added some stickers or die cuts to each card to fit the personality of the cut.  For this one I added the Merry Wishes file for my sentiment. I like how it is open and airy just like the original file itself.

I'm a sucker for stars and adding a peace sentiment to this from the Holiday Sentiments just seemed right for a night scene.  

A santa hat tops off the word "joy" which also comes from the Holiday Sentiments set.

Last up is a Be Merry card with a sentiment from the Merry Wishes set. We can't wait to see how you are adding JustNick cut files to your Holiday projects too!

Today’s design – Ornaments- is yours for FREE today only!

Just enter code: ORNAMENTSFREE at checkout to get this design for free.

This code is only valid until midnight CST on (December 2nd, 2015).

No purchase necessary. Happy Holidays from us to you!

 

 


Cards to Celebrate October 09, 2015 07:00

Hello JustNick friends! Marcia here today.

I have a couple cards to share with you for celebrations. The first one I created with the Lemon Slice digital cut file.

I was eyeballing this cut file when I created my last layout using the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss collection. I kept thinking, "You Put the Lime in the Coconut"... and so the lemon slice became a lime slice. Yes, I know its Fall, but the weather here is still surprisingly warm. I'll take those warm days without complaining because all too soon the snow will be flying here. Here is my card...

I cut the lime twice, once with pattern paper and once with watercolor paper that I then painted a lime green. This way I could swap out parts and make 2 limes.

For my second card I used the new Birthday Sentiments and the Simple Scallop Strips digital cut files.

Birthday cards are by far the cards I make most often. Here is my card...

I decided to create a cake for those candles to sit on and decorate it with the scallop strips. I used the Celebrate sentiment from the same cut file.

Thanks for stopping by.
We would really love to see your creations using the JustNick Studio cuts!  Please feel free to share them on our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram with @justnickstudio

 


More CARD WEEK! October 07, 2015 07:00

I am excited to be back on the blog today for card week ! Although I usually use our cut files for layouts, I think they work amazing on cards too. It is so easy to resize the cut files to fit any size card you like to create a custom design.

I created this first card with the Pebble 2 background cut from a patterned paper and layered over another patterned paper. Using a 6x6 paper pad helps quickly co-ordinate the patterns so it's not too busy.

I also cut some doily like shapes from the Spirograph 3 cut file and layered them together behind my diecut thanks from Card Sentiments 1.

Next, I diecut the Pretty Patterned Background from some plain white cardstock and adhered it to a second piece of white cardstock for stability... then I went a little crazy with my watercolour paint set!

I added a smaller amount of watercolour paint to certain areas and more to others, to create an ombre like effect. I added some stamps from a Scrapbook and Cards Today Crop & Create Delivered kit from fall 2014. (which are AWESOME)

I love how you can completely customize a cut file to your own size, dimensions and even colour! See you tomorrow as I have a few more cards to share :)

Cut files used:

Pebble 2 background

Spirograph 3

Pretty Patterned Background

Card Sentiments 1

 


Sparkling up Your Cards October 06, 2015 07:00

I love to look at the details of things and try to find a way to put my own spin on them.  Christine joining you today and I am going to show you how I did just that with a couple of JustNick files and cards!  I added my own sparkling details to the cards!

As I was looking at the Retro Sqaure Background file I thought it would be neat to do some kind of a shape with the grid you see in it!  I have a stockpile of rhinestones so that was the perfect medium to use!  After figuring out the shape of the heart I started building from the top and bottom (so it would be close to center) and filled in from there.  I considered putting the rhinestones inside the little squares but opted for the vertices instead.

I cut out a second copy of the Retro Square in pink and filled in a border using the inside pieces.  I also cut out a coordinating sentiment from the new Card Sentiments 2 Set.

I have a soft place in my heart for scallops - I love how they look on cards and will go to them whenever I have the chance.  This card uses the Scallop Background.  After cutting out the scallop background I attached it to a piece of vellum.

I then added a rhinestone to the center of each scallop.  I love how sparkly this turned out but I also think it would be really neat with little pearls!  

Keep checking in all week for more card inspiration!


Love me some Fall! October 05, 2015 07:00

Hi everyone!

Did you participate in World Cardmaking Day this past Saturday? I love that we have these "holidays" for our papercrafting hobbies and art. SO fun and I definitely participated. The challenges were inspiring and it kept me going as I made some cards to share with you today. In fact, this whole week the team is sharing cards using the cut files and how they adapt so easily from project to project. 

I'm so in the mood for Fall here in the U.S. The weather is definitely shifting and I adore sweater weather! In fact, the two cards I'm sharing with you, today, are using a newly released cut file called Sweater Weather. There are several images within the collection and I chose to play around with the leaves. I used the cut file two different ways on these cards. 

Here is the first one:

I chose to back the shape negatives with pattern paper. Such a fun technique to do with backgrounds and I also love doing it with other shapes. I duplicated the leaf shape and mirrored one of them in Silhouette Studio. 

I also thought I would show you what the inside flap looked like...

Yeah, that's not so pretty is it? In case you were wondering, I used scotch tape to get the paper down. It's the easiest and fastest. Don't worry, though. I made it look prettier by adhering a piece of pattern paper over the top. 

Much nicer! 

Here is the other card I created using the same leaves and I also used the word 'fall' from the Sweater Weather cut file:

This time, I cut everything out of the pattern paper and layered. How cozy is that card??? For these cards, I would include them with a cute little gift like hot cocoa or tea kit. Maybe a pumpkin pie, etc. Or maybe I'll just cut the flap off, frame and hang up. :) 

Are you ready for FALL??? Are you ready to make some cards??? By the end of the week you will be. ;)

Cut files used: Sweater Weather


Pinterest inspired cards September 16, 2015 08:00

Hello Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here today to share with you a couple of cards I made inspired by two very different, yet inspiring images I found on pinterest!

Aside from scrapbooking and papercrafting, I also claim cookie decorating as one of my most enjoyed hobbies.  Therefore, I'm often perusing pinterest for creative images and ideas for my next baking project.  I ran across this beautiful array of rainbow colored butterfly cookies on pinterest and fell in love!  I knew this particular cookie design was way beyond my skill set, but since it looked just like the watercolor designs we're often seeing in cardmaking, I saved it.  I just knew it would be the perfect inspiration piece for my next card design.

Ali Bee's Bake Shop: From the vault: Colorful Butterflies:

There was no question that I would use the Butterfly Background cut file, as a starting point for my card.  I ended up sizing the file to 4"x5" and cutting it from Tim Holtz watercolor paper, knowing that I'd want to do a watercolor treatment, as inspired by the original image.  I used a water pen and a stack of my favorite ink pads to create a gradient rainbow effect, from the bottom to the top of my butterfly cut. 

 

Once cut and watercolored, the butterfly piece makes a bold statement all on it's own.  Therefore, I knew I'd want to keep the rest of the card pretty sleek and simple to let the butterflies shine.  I used a white background and added some subtle details including machine stitching and a scattering of bling, again, all in white, to keep the focus on the butterflies.  A bold, black, stamped sentiment ties in the theme of the card and draws your focus to the center.

 

My next inspiration piece was one I discovered as I was searching for wedding themed inspiration.  My cousin will be married next month, and since I can't attend the wedding, I wanted to make an extra special card to send along with her gift.  This papercrafted boutineire caught my eye immediately and brought to mind the Stems for Stephanie cut file in the Just Nick shop.

Accessorize your significant other on your #wedding day with a custom boutonniere. #DIY:

I significantly sized down and cut the Stems for Stephanie florals from a bookprint paper, as inspired by the pinterest image. Layering the florals and topping them each with decorative button centers, make them the star of the card design. 

 

The Stems leaf file is a perfect match to these pretty flowers, too.  I cut the leaves out of varying green papers and tucked them under the edges of the floral cluster.

 

Finally, I looked to the Card Sentiments 1 cut file for the perfect congratulatory greeting.  Cutting the sentiment from gold glittery paper finishes off the sophisticated and elegant feel of this design.

 

The next time you're stuck for inspiration, pinterest is a good place to start and the Just Nick cut file store is sure to have the perfect design to match your inspiration piece!

Cut files used:

Butterfly Background

Stems for Stephanie

Stems

Card Sentiments 1


Back to school cards! September 08, 2015 11:04

I don't know about you - but I am secretly SUPER happy that my kids are back to school. We had a lot of fun together this summer, but sometimes routine is best :)

I thought I would grab a few designs from the store and make some back to school cards the younger kids teachers.

I used the Plaid background cut from some woodgrain Simple Stories paper for this card. I added a little diecut jewelry tag using the Jewelry Tags cut file. I used some dimensional foam adhesive to the back of the plaid cut file to add a little dimension to the card front.

Next up, I used the Simple Circle background to create this card:

I wanted to use some scraps of paper and this was a perfect cut file to do just that ! I just filled in some holes with a simple 1/2" circle punch and a 6x6 paper pad.

Designs used:

Simple Circle Background

Plaid Background

Jewelry Tags

That's it for me! Make sure you stop by all week for more Back to School projects :)

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Thanks! Now, Make a Wish! August 24, 2015 07:01

Hi everyone,

Melissa here with a couple of cards, showcasing some of the latest cut files released this month. I was so excited when Nicole created some card sentiments! Yay! So, the two I have here today are combining a couple of background shapes with the sentiments.

Background cut files are my new go to for card bases. I love how one simple thing can add so much texture, rhythm, interest, etc., etc., etc. There isn't much else needed except for some embellishments and, in the cards case, some color. The background is a soft gray and I knew I wanted to throw in some color.

The next card is my faaaaaaaaaaaavorite! I love, love, LOVE how this one turned out and... it's all because of the fabulous background cut file! Whoa baby!

How fun is that??? I absolute love that background file. Probably my favorite at the moment. Thanks to a pattern paper that had multiple colors, it really took on a life of it's own. I love the movement it creates and brings your eye to the sentiment in the middle. SO fun!

Have you used the cut files for your card projects yet??? You should! And make sure you go check out all the fabulous new designs that are constantly loaded into the shop. I'll link you up with the files I used below. 

Thanks for swinging by today!

Cut Files Used: Loop Background, Card Sentiments, Twilight Zone 1 


Life is a Beach August 05, 2015 07:00

Ah summer... It's been super hot here in the pacific northwest so, to channel my inner summer card making was quite easy. I love the sun and summer themed cut files in the shop! I used a couple of faves on the following two cards. This first one uses the waves from the Lake Life cut file

I love the doodle look of the waves and decided to cut them out with white cardstock and use a watercolor effect with my inks.

A close up...

 

The second card, I grabbed the adorable sun from the Sunny Days cut file.

Once again, I used white cardstock and then used some yellow mist. Since it's summer and I like to make things sparkle, I added some glimmer mist on top, too. The cloud is from the cut file, as well.

 

SO perfect for cards! 

Thanks for swinging by today! Are you in the process of documenting your Summer memories? Make sure to grab some awesome cut files from the shop!

Cut files used: Lake Life and Sunny Days


Word week cards July 21, 2015 07:00

Good morning Just Nick friends and fans.  I'm here on day two of our week long word week feature to share some cards I've designed with word files as the focal point. At first glance you might only consider Nicole's word designs simply for use as titles on a scrapbook page.  I was excited to find that many of the designs are versatile enough for cards too. 

I used the 'hello' sentiment from the Word Brushstrokes file to create a simple and eyecatching focal point for my card.  Not only does the cut file serve as my greeting, but also creates added interest to the design since I've turned it into a shaker box.  To create the shaker was simple.  I sized and cut the brushstroke design to fit my card, cut it out of pink cardstock, backed it with a transparency and created a reservoir out of foam adhesive to hold the sequins.  Using the cut file in this way is unexpected and makes for a fun and trendy overall design.

The Scripty Phrases file is one of my very favorites from the Just Nick store.  I knew it would pair just perfectly with this love themed paper from Chickaniddy Crafts.

Since I chose to cut the 'love you' sentiment from a busy patterned paper and back it atop another busy design, I knew I'd need to do something extra to make it stand out.  I cut the design a second time out of white cardstock and adhered it slightly offset of my original diecut, to create a bit of a shadow.

Some foam adhesive and a framing of enamel dots were the perfect finishing touches to make the scripty sentiment the focal point of this card design!

Thanks for joining me on the blog today.  I hope you'll stop back by the rest of the week, to see all the inspiring designs the design team has to share featuring words files from the store.


Summer Cards and Circles July 16, 2015 07:00

Hello everybody,

Melissa here with a couple of cards that put the focus on circles! There are plenty of fun circular cut files in the shop and I had some fun playing with a couple. They work so great on cards!

Here is the first card I created using the Scribbles1 cut file. 

There are four different designs with this cut file. I chose two and resized so they would fit on a card. I shrunk one of them just a tad smaller for layering. Here is a side view of the card so you can see the cut file detail.

By using some pop dots, I created some fun dimension with the two layers of scribble circles. And that sun looks pretty cute on top, don't you think?

For the next card, I had some fun with one of the pie chart shapes from the Funky Piecharts cut file. Again, there are four different ones to use and I chose one of the larger and less wonky ones. I do love how the center is offset. Adds a fun look to the overall design!

To make sure the pattern paper fit right under the pie chart, I simple ungrouped the shapes and left the outer circle. Then, I cut out the pattern paper and wah-lah! Fits like a charm.

I love the rhythm and movement the cut file brings to the card. Sure, I could have just gone with the pattern paper but, how boring would that be!

Circles are such a fun element to bring to your paper crafting projects! Especially cards!

Thanks for swinging by today! And check out the links below so you can get yourself the cut files I used on my cards. 

Cut files used: Funky Pie Charts, Scribbles1


Way To Go June 25, 2015 06:00

Hi everyone!

Melissa here and I'm a wee bit excited about my first blog post with you all.

One of my favorite things to do with cut files and showcase how to use something meant for a layout, and use it for a card. It's lots of fun and shows the versatility of cut files.

Nicole has created some super fun background cut files and there was one in particular I was jonesing to use. It's called Funky Rectangles.

I'm loving the trend shown on layouts where a background cut file is used on solid cardstock - usually white - and then, backed with different pattern papers. SO cool! Of course I had to try it on a card!

I use the .png version of the cut files in my Silhouette Software. Using the trace feature, I create the cut lines for the shape.


After that, I release the compound path so I can crop out what I don't want to use. In this case, I cropped out the multiple columns of rectangles to just use one chunk.


Then, I resized to make it work for my card size and shape.


It's so fun to mess around with all the capabilities of my software and awesome cut files like this. Here is the finished card with some close ups:

 

 

Thanks for swinging by today! 

Cut Files Used: Funky Rectangles