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Kraft Cardstock Techniques

Jul 03, 2021
Hi and welcome, I'm Jennifer McGuire. Today I am sharing with you many different

techniques

that you can do with craft

cardstock

. I like craft

cardstock

because it works with a variety of stamp styles and when you stamp or color Kraft cardstock, you get results. which are very different than if you were to color stamp on white cardstock, keep in mind that these

techniques

can be done on other colors of cardstock, but the craft seems to match a variety of projects now, I have plenty of examples for you today as well that My video is longer. I apologize for that, but I hope you learn a lot of different things that you can do with your craft paper.
kraft cardstock techniques
First, I wanted to show you the different craft papers that I like to use. There are four that I reach. most now all of these vary in color and texture first up is Neenah Desert Storm cardstock this is a lightweight craft so this is the lightest option of all and it is very very smooth it comes in a tea and a weight of one hundred pounds. use th hundred pounds more because it's thick enough to be a card base if you want to use it that way you can see the variations in it but again it's the lightest option of all there are two medium craft cardstocks I like to use the first is the gen a craft cardstock weighs a hundred pounds it's a bit darker as well you can see the variation in this and again this is very smooth and heavy enough to be used as a card base Gina also offers matching envelopes for that cardstock and ink here is my favorite things craft cardstock it's also 100lbs and very smooth it has a little more like little fibers but again it's smooth and you can see the color is very similar it's a medium craft shade and i do i think there are matching envelopes for this and i will use a matching ink later in this video as a real pap per bag it really is lovely on fun cards four techniques its hard to find this paper in stores but they sell matching packs of note cards and envelopes and you can see there is a big difference between the light desert storm and the darker hero arts so they are just completely different craft cardstock here are the envelopes from hero arts that are sold with the fully matching note cards and you can see the perfect match you get I use these envelopes quite often now you can also get jeana km spins to match her cardstock so you see its a perfect match my favorite things also have Kraft envelopes I think but I don't have any to show you the combination and then you can also get Nina envelopes to match the lightest so all of these options have different combination envelopes I'll even use a 5x5 Neena envelope later in this video, so you'll see them as we go along, okay, let's move on to the techniques, the first one is one of my favorites and it's called off set print and it really works. works well on craft cardstock, especially the darker hero arts option, but you can redo this on other cardstock colors.
kraft cardstock techniques

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I am going to be using a lot of Concord and Knight products today simply because their products are fantastic and very creative at first. The product I am using is Concord's rotary seal set and 9th crown. There are two rotating crowns in the set. I'm going to show you how to set this up. I'll start with the top one first. it comes with the stamp set so you can set up your stamp you just need to do this once you are lining up the stamp with the images on the packaging then i will draw a line to create two lines to create an X on the back of my stamp and it lines up with the X on the packaging sorry my head gets in the way now that that X is on the back of my stamp we will never have to do that again and I will do the same for the other crown I will use this one on one card in a few moments, so there's also an X on the back below, I've got a piece of cardstock that I've cut to a six by six and I'm drawing an X down the center connecting the corners with an embossing tool.
kraft cardstock techniques
I'm lining up the X on the back of my stamp, put the X on that. 6x6 piece of cardstock this 6x6 piece of cardstock is my turntable I will temporarily adhere my cardstock to that turntable and now we can stamp this image four times turning each time I have used turnabout stamps many times in the past and will link to Here there is a video that shows better how to use them. I just wanted to quickly show you today. Okay, you can see my papers hanging at the bottom. Alright. I will first stamp this image with Hero Arts White Unicorn Pigment Ink.
kraft cardstock techniques
This is my favorite white pigment ink and it looks beautiful on this dark hero craft cardstock. In fact, I'm going to print it twice just to make the white print even brighter. Next, I'll clean my stamp and offset it a bit. I am offsetting my paper so when i stamp with a dye ink on p if you get a great look now i am using some of the new Gina K dye ink colors today. These are releasing this week and they are beautiful colors. I will share more about them in a future video. Any dye ink will work for this. but i think the brighter the dye ink the better you will see i moved my turntable on my stamped paper a little less than an eighth of an inch and i am going to ink my stamp and re-stamp it now i changed my camera so you guys could see that work on it Tim Holtz media mat is black for the most part but to the right there is a white area and the fun thing about this is that I can see where I am stamping my Misti because My stamps are placed over the white area to make sure they are well inked.
Then when I close it, I'll have a nice stamped image. my paper a little bit that the color stamping doesn't fall exactly on top of the white, it's kind of offset, so I get that little white highlight on the side which is really cool. Next, I'm going to turn my little turntable there and repeat this process. First I will stamp with white pigment ink. I'll clear my seal. I will change it. over just a little bit and stamp with another dye ink and I'll do this four times rotating each time now if you just stamp with dye ink directly onto craft cardstock it would actually make the cardstock a little bit darker there the dye absorbs into the paper therefore the color is lost on the colored cardstock; however, if you stamp with a pigment ink on top of the

kraft

cardstock, you may see more of the color, that's why you see white so bright, so if you stamp with a dye ink on top of the white pigment ink, then you can see that color because that white pigment ink settles on the paper and therefore the dye ink on top will also settle on the paper so if you want your dyeing to show up more on your craft color cardstock first stamp with a white pigment ink dry it then stamp with the dye ink today i am offsetting a bit in the middle to get that white highlight on the edge which is so fun so for the final card i cut out the craft stamped piece a bit and added it to a four and a quarter by five and a half inch fold top white note card I stamped the sentiment along with a few small dots around the crown with hero art unicorn white pigment ink s and all those pictures are of the same crown turnabout stamp set I also use the white ink to stamp the happy mail on the matching envelope.
I got that picture of this Concord, the 9th best men's stamp set of all time. This is a great little set for a great price and it has things you can use to decorate your envelope and stamp the back of your card. I'll be using this set on all of my envelopes in today's video. I have one more example of using offset stamping on cardstock. craft and this uses Concord's other crown image and 9th crown spin stamp p adjust again first stamp with white pigment ink I move the paper around a bit then stamp with a green tint I'll spin my turntable and repeat the process changing pigment ink green dye ink I'm going to rush this here as it's the same process I just showed you in the last example, this time I only used four different colors of green dye ink also on this card I used the cardstock genic to Kraft cardstock which is a medium tone and you can see this technique works great on that medium tone it even works on the light Neenah Desert Storm option if you prefer so here's a comp ration between the darker hero arts and the gene medium a

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cardstock I wanted to show you another fun thing you can do on craft cardstock here I'm stamping the sentiment in the center with white pigment ink, you could use Versamark if you'd like and I'm adding dust White Satin Pearl Enhancer from Hero Arts. k that picks up the color of whatever cardboard is behind it, in this case that craft and it's just beautiful.
I cut this out and added it to a four and a half by four and a half inch white card stock and added some pearls as well. for the envelope I'm using a five inch by five inch studio Katia Desert Storm envelope so it pairs really well with the craft cardstock we used on the card making it a great envelope option if you like to make square cards. I also wanted to show you a couple of other designs here these are from the Concord website and 9th you can see the clean beautiful results you can get with that crown twist set I did the offset stamping today so you have a little more going , but you can also use that reset for a beautiful clean up and stamping move on to my next technique and this is using colored pencils on craft cardstock using colored pencils on colored cardstock is very popular these days but I think which looks especially good on cardstock for crafting today.
I'm using my favorite things craft cardstock which is one of the medium shades this is the Concord 1/9 Posie Fill-In Stamp Set and I'll be using the dies as well. I like that it has this big background stamp and then you can use all the little bits of leaves and flowers to stamp in the open areas and here is the coordinating die set that works wonderfully with it so I'm just putting on my Misti one piece of Kraft Cardstock of my favorite things I could use any Kraft Cardstock and I am stamping the background with the unicorn white pigment ink from hero arts, I don't need to use an embossing tool for this but I sure find it useful because if you want the white pigment ink to be even more vivid. i can stamp it twice now i am again using that unicorn hero arts white pigment ink to stamp some of the sheets to fill in those open areas i like that these pieces are all separate so you can do whatever colors you want to do once i finish the I stamped it out with my heat gun and now I'm coloring over the white ink with my colored pencils, you can use any colored pencil you have.
I'm using my polychromatic colored pencils because I've been addicted to them lately, as the color goes on very smoothly and I find the tips don't break. I'm doing a lot of the color over the white pigment ink, but you can go light if you want. I find that by coloring on top of the white pigment ink my color ends up being a bit more vivid than if I just colored directly on top of the craft, but you can if you want, you can see I'm NOT taking a lot of time mixing my colors , I'm just doodling the color heavily and then I have a little trick I like to do to save time.
I use my prismacolor blender pencil, it's actually designed for prismacolor pencils which are different than polychromes, oh, but I think blender pencil's prismacolor blend works well with these too, so you can see the left half. of my flower i haven't used this pencil blender on but i have the right half of my flower on so it's softer all you have to do is scribble scribble a lot with this pencil over your colored pencil and it just smoothens it out a bit, it doesn't take any time as all you have to do is scribble the color down and then scribble on top and it really helps with blending.
It's a cheap pencil, but you definitely don't need to use it. Instead, you can continue coloring with your pencil to get a more blended look again. I applied the color a lot and found that it makes the color pop more, but you can go for a soft look if you want. After coloring a bouquet of those blue flowers, I continued cutting them with the coordinated die that I showed. you before and I'm putting them right in the background. This is one of those projects where I took my pencils, just the ones I was using in my background and took them as I went, did the color and then put it back together and ended up with little bits and bits of flowers that I'll save for another card in the future.
I created a slip stamped sentiment strip and at one end I'm going to cut a V. I do this by cutting a cut right down the center and then cutting from one corner to the end of that cut and the other corner to the end of that cut and I finish with a nice V at one end. I'm also going to wrap a piece of twine around the other end. natural or jute twine is very thin and is great together withthe kraft cardstock is a perfect match and i like that you can add a bit of texture and even a bow with this twine but it has very little bulk there is a ton in the roll i have been using the same one for many years and it is the perfect touch for the craft cardstock, so now I'm going to add that little strip to my card.
I didn't put anything else in with this because I wanted to keep it very simple so you can see that heavy colored pencil on the craft note card and how beautiful it is so you can no matter what colored pencils you have, but I definitely like the Aspect of putting the color on strong so you can get a really vivid color next I thought I'd show you how you can use copic markers on your craft cardstock also now the results are duller than if you did the same color on white cardstock but I think it's so beautiful, such a different look you might try other markers if you don't have kopecks.
I am using the Concord and the 9th Banner and Flower Stamp Set. I will be using the flowers in this along with the fun sentiment on the banner. I will too. use the concord banner die and the 9th ribbon cut that fun ribbon double banner die cut and these images fit inside of it so the small banner will fit on top of the die cut and so do the sentiments for this card. I'm using the light color Kraft cardstock and that's Neenah Desert Storm. I'm stamping this flower cluster with my favorite things. at a time then turning my paper over and stamping it again that will put them perfectly in the center of the card so now I'm just applying my copic markers when you first put the color in it will look very muted it will look dark and as if You might have wet cardstock with very little color on it though watch as I put the heat gun on it and dry it, it lightens and glows, it's like I almost turned on a coloring light switch and it just gives it this soft glow and nice which is really pretty keep in mind I'm not taking anything it's time to blend I'm just applying the color real quick so here I'm doing two different shades a group of green two different shades of yellow and I just leave color as fast as I can because that's how I like to use Copic markers again. you can try this technique with other markers if you don't have kopecks once i've done the coloring on both images i'm going to add the same image above in the same position but with white relief so i'm putting right on my Misti my stamp is still in the same place I will stamp it with Versamark ink and then add white embossing powder to make it look like I have a Copic color image with white embossing powder, but I don't have to worry about my Copic markers coloring the white embossing powder. or the white embossing powder that damages my copics.
This is a fun trick to do, just stamp right on top of your first image and I love the look of that color and white against the craft. Originally I was going to use this ribbon stamp that's on the same Concord 1/9 stamp set, but I decided to use that die-cut ribbon you have there, so I wanted to fill that center area with some flowers, so I just took some of the other flower images of the same stamp set from Concord 1/9 and I'm doing the same technique stamping it first with the Copic compatible ink coloring it with Copic markers and then we'll heat stamp it white on top, then I'll add my little die-cut ribbon to the front of the card on this die cut ribbon I white heat embossed the little ribbons and the message happy birthday from the same set of Concord 1/9 stamps.
I added these pieces to a four and a half by four and a half inch white note card that I created and you can see that fun muted color against the Kraft Cardstock I think it's just beautiful and again I used a five inch by five inch Studio Katya envelope Neenah Desert Storm is the perfect match for the cardstock I used on the card, ok, my next technique for using craft cardstock is stamping with oxide ink or pigment ink. I prefer to emphasize the rust ink because the color actually stamps very well directly onto the craft cardstock for this card.
I'm using the Concord 1/9 triple pitch stamp set for her. This is such a clever set when you stamp those images together. You get this fun dimensional look, its elevated sentiment which is really great for a quick card. I'm using the hero arts craft note card so everything is ready to go and it's that nice dark color. I'm drawing some pencil lines right down the center of the card these stamps come with those little arrows you see that little arrow sticking out of the bottom of the stamp I'm lining up that arrow with the pencil line and putting a little dot right at the tip of the arrow that way every time i use one of the hurray stamp layers i just lined it up with those lines and those dots and it saved me a lot of time.
You could stamp it in place if you'd like, okay, so I'm going to stamp the first layer with a Tim Holtz. distressed rust ink this is peacock feathers if you want it more intense you can stamp twice now for the second layer i am lining up those little arrows once again with the marks on my paper the time i am going to use the i gave up the rust ink coral distress rust and i'll repeat it again with the third image on the twisted lime ink now the reason for emphasizing that rust ink works so well on craft cardstock is that this ink is unique and has both pigment and dye properties because it has that pigment ink property this color is going to sit o On top of the paper so you see the color on the craft cardstock, you could also use pigment inks for this. wet stamping will make the color come on it will lighten it up what i do is wave my card through a mist of water which i spray in the air and i do this a few times and then once it's done i just heat it up and you can see how beautiful that color is on the craft cardstock.
I added some stars in the sentiment that says let's celebrate with hero arts white unicorn pigment ink and here I am adding little white highlights with the white gel. marker pen so you can see there the brilliant color you get with those distressed rust inks again you could use pigment inks if that's what you have if you want a really intense color i would suggest using colored embossing powders but i really like the look that the rusts give on top of the special craft cardstock This Darkest Heroes craft note card in particular I will link here to a video I made using distress rust inks it has a lot of techniques and also shows more about stamping with these inks on colored cardstock so be sure to check it out. ok, my next suggestion is to use metallics, either metallic ink or metallic embossing powder on kraft cardstock.
There's something beautiful and elegant about metallics against craft color. I chose to use metallic embossing powder as it looks so much better than metallic inks for this card. I created a background out of the Concord 1/9 round twist stamp, it works the same as the crown I showed you earlier in this video and I'll link here to another video on twist stamp sets. I stamped it with Versamark ink and then added a highlighting powder. The first highlighting powder I used is Hero Arts Gold Highlighting Powder. The gold embossing looks gorgeous on kraft cardstock and by the way yikes this is the genic craft cardstock I'm using today so I'll rotate it once this time I'll stamp it with Versamark ink again but use powder instead of hero arts silver embossing so you can see what the silver looks like on top of that craft cardstock now i repeated this turning two more times in heat embossing twice more for the other turns i used the satin pearl embossing powder white hero arts that I showed you earlier in this video and for the fourth twist I used the two new gold peach embossing powders you can see the peach look result is just beautiful and I really like these four metallic embossing powders in the craft together, I could use one or two, but I thought all four were great now to decorate this card. i'm using the Concord and the 9th yeh dies that's a set to the left and then i'm also using the year my happy dies which is this set to the right and by the way i finally found a new pair of scissors that i like to cut my dies apart and I'm going to link to that bel Now since so many people have been asking ok so I'm using the circle with the I adore you die and I'm going to cut it out of white card along with one of these fun little dies now I want a little gold to show. through that i love to use the sentiment so i actually just created my own gold embossed paper this is easy to do all you have to do is press your Versamark ink pad onto white cardstock or any cardstock scrap to which you have added the gold embossing powder. and heat it up so you'll have like a gold embossed paper that matches your card perfectly I'm using foam tape to add my little die cut circle right on top of the gold and then I'll cut off the excess house just like I cut it a little smaller than the circle itself.
I also die cut another banner and dusted it with silver embossing powder, cutting it in half so I could make it a bit smaller. I'm going to glue this one down so it's a little bit shorter than the white and that way it looks like there are two ban ners there's one that's silver and one that's white and I can cover the middle with my little circle die cut so I added all these pieces on a four and a quarter by five and a half inch white note card and note and you can see how beautiful the metallic stamping powders are on the craft you can use metallic ink for stamping but it won't be as shiny so that i really recommend stamping powders, ok, my example below shows both tone-on-tone stamping and color stamping. for this one I used Concord's new and ninth fun stamp set called the Bitty Burst stamp set.
I think this one you get for free for spending a certain amount of money in Concord on the 9th and it's fun, again it's a twist. stamp so you stamp it four times turning each time this you could even use it on your mini Misti if that's what you have so I set up my little image here on my Misti just like I did on my first card example in this video and for the first round I embossed it with Versamark ink and I'm going to add a glitter powder color embossing which looks beautiful on craft cardstock because you get that vivid real color when you heat the embossing since none of the kraft cardstock shows through and i thought the teal looked beautiful on this craft because of the this is the genic a craft cardstock for my second turn.
I stamped it again with Versamark ink, but this time I'll leave it as is. I won't add anything to it and you get this beautiful tone-on-tone look. so it's a bit darker than the kraft cardstock itself after rotating it i stamped it a third time this time with the white pigment ink like you've seen me do this video and you can see what that tone on tone looks like in the background now i heat it up completely to dry add my anti-static powder tool and im stamping it a fourth time after turning it this time i'm going to add some clear embossing powder this will give it a tone on tone look but it will be darker because we are embossing and it will be glossy so on the finished card you can see there are four different types so you got the bright blue from the color embossing powder you got the white from the white pigment ink you got the light shade on tone. from just stamping with Versamark ink and then the dark tone-on-tone shimmer of the clear embossing and I'd like to blend them all together on this card.
I used a yay dye from the Concord 1/9 yay dye set in a homework sentiment says stamp set and added some orange gemstones for a pop of color ok progress along this is our last example thanks for sticking with me this is for using perfect pearls on your craft cardstock using perfect pearls gives you a little sparkle that really looks fantastic against the craft so i use it in the background of this card here this time i'm using the Concord 1/9 sketchy stripe stamp set this can be used in many ways just by rotating or changing it each time you use it this is my favorite thing craft cardstock I'm putting it on my Misti the first time I stamp it.
I stamp it with white pigment ink and get some beautiful white stripes on the card. i embossed it but i like the soft white look of the white pigment ink then i rotated it and now im stamping it again with the same ink to get this checkered look i will change it up a bit and then i stamp it again this time with ink Versamark so we get that tone on tone look so you can use this stamp to just create stripes or you could make fun checks like I'm doing here so many ways you can use it and this style stamp works with a variety of styles of cards, okay, so I'm going to spin it again,change it up a bit and this time stamp again with Versamark ink so I have white streaks in both directions and Versamark ink streaks in both directions very beautiful ok so I have perfect pearls here and I'm going to use a brush to apply this very slightly just want a little subtle shimmer in the background anywhere there is wet ink checkout the powdered pigment will stick now you could turn this on heavy and really shine here I'll do it quickly with some heavy stamping from Shyne with the Versamark Brush of ink on a lot of the perfect pearl and look at the beautiful shine you get I'm going for a little subtle just dabbing on a little bit of the perfect pearl once I'm done I can wipe off the excess gently then again move this into a mist of water, the water will fix it and prevent it from rubbing off.
You can also spray the cardstock with a fixative, but I think a water mist is good enough, okay, so in this I'm just going to quickly show you I use the Concord 1/9 Rainbow Wishes Stamp and Die Set. This is a great game to create rainbows. You can stamp your rainbow or die cut it. I decided to die cut it today because I have scraps of colored card stock waiting. to be used I really like how those bright colors of the s Tock card look against that craft background so I'm using Gina K connected to Civ to add this little shiny dice I cut right on top of our rainbow and I have a little cloud on there that I cut out on a glossy cardstock and etched it with white heat.
I hope your days are just over our rainbow and I added some gems here. glitter that I added to the stamping on the craft note card. I like that it's subtle but it adds a bit of interest so at this point I should really give it a round of applause to anyone still watching this is almost like an episode of a tv show and it's not a youtube video so sorry if It's long, but I had so many fun things I wanted to do with the craft cardstock. I hope you try them. I linked the supplies below in my youtube description in the middle. other craft card videos you might like thanks for spending time with me hope to see you soon and have a wonderful week

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