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Diana Nguyen

A Way With Words Cardmaking

Walk in Peace and Kindness

June 13, 2020

Today I am sharing a very clean and simple card – some days we just need that kind of thinking – or more likely for me, all that I am capable of at the moment. Lol!

Recently Els did a Friday tutorial (Sparkling Zen cards)on using the glitter on the bamboo dies. It inspired me to go through my set of stamps to see what saying would go with it. Normally, I find the stamp first and then choose the embellishments. I found this lovely sentiment from A Bit of Fragrance Collection by Suzanne Cannon. I think it is just a wonderful reminder during these crazy times.

After creating my glittered bamboo, I set them aside to do the background. I chose a stitched edge rectangle and sponged the edges a soft blue and green as pictures. After arranging (but not adhering the bamboo) to the card, I carefully stamped the sentiment in the open space. I then glued the bamboo stalks on and the entire thing to a white card base. Very easy but the glitter makes it a fancy card to me.

Thank you so much for looking!

Diana

Elizabeth Craft Products used:

Other products used:

White card stock

Green and blue distress ink

A Way With Words Paper Flowers

To a Special Mom

May 9, 2020

I remember when I was little, I had this pin with this fuschia pink enamel on it – not sure what it was except the colors stood out to me and that my mom liked it. I never thought of it as a color my mom would like (not sure what my child-brain thought a mom-appropriate color was supposed to be) but for whatever reason, this stood out to me. So I am making a card with that color in mind – with a some simple flowers thrown in because what’s a mother’s day card without flowers?

I love combining different fonts to make emphasize certain words

The white card base is 5.5″ x 6.5″ and I covered the edges of the front of the card with washi tape. I laid the washi tape right against the edge to save me some measuring and sponged the top blue and bottom green with a very light hand. I wanted a very soft look.

I love peeling off the masking tape to reveal that clean line between white and sponged edges.

Next, die cut all the letters and the word Special out of a fuschia pink card stock. I wanted the word Special to stand out and the large script lettering from A Way With Words Special Delivery was perfect. The Alphabet Retro Trio comes in 3 sizes so I used the medium one for the “To A” and the largest for “MOM.” This is a great companion set for any of the A Way With Words dies – opens up so many possibilities and combinations.

I also die cut the flowers from Bunch of Flowers die set from the same pink and a lighter shade – I did not want too much pink so I added a couple of purple flowers. To add interest to the flowers, I drew white stitched lines along the edge with a Signo white gel pen. The center is a silver flat rhinestone. The leaves from the Curvy Leaves dies set were colored with 2 different shades of Copic green markers.

I adhered all to the card base as shown above. I liked it but something was missing. I decided to add a stitched border around the masked area to add to the frame and pull in the stitching from the flowers.

Now I’m done.

A very small touch but I think it really finished the card.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom, aunts, grandmothers, and maternal figures out there. You are more important and special than words can say.

Elizabeth Craft Designs products used:

(Note: The leaves and flower sets that were used for this card are no longer available. I suggested 2 other die sets that will work beautiful as well.)

Other:

Glue

Other products used:

White, pink, light pink, purple, and lavender card stock

Green pen and white Signo gel pen

Copic markers

Silver rhinestone

A Way With Words Silk Microfine Glitter

Miss you card with Alcohol inks and Silk Microfine Glitter

April 11, 2020

Hi, there!  The good thing about having to clean out your craft room and then putting it all back in is that you are reminded of all the craft supplies that have been neglected.  I pulled out some alcohol inks today to make a clean and simple cards with the perfect word dies for times such as these.  Who wouldn’t be cheered by such a vibrant card?

So vibrant!

I started with some alcohol inks – Flamingo, Wild Plum, a touch of Purple Twilight and some Gold Mixative.  I just did a strip of it across the Yupo paper instead of covering the whole thing.  I tend to make a mess when I do that so going for a more controlled look here.

I trimmed it down to fit an A2 black card base and added a Miss You die cut in white across the bottom third of the card.  I pulled out the gold touches by adding a butterfly covered in Sand Dunes Microfine Glitter and added some clear beads from my stash.  I don’t remember who made them but you can get a similar effect using Crystal Effects.

Touches of the gold mixative

Such a quick and easy card – and so easy to change up using whatever alcohol inks suits your fancy. 

Thank you for looking and stay safe and healthy!

Diana

ECD Products used:

Other products used:

Tim Holtz alcohol inks

Yupo Paper

Water beads

Black card stock

A Way With Words Cardmaking Joset Designs Silk Microfine Glitter

Personalized Kid’s Birthday Card

March 14, 2020

Diana here! I made this card for a special little 5 year old boy at his birthday. His favorite color is blue and he and his siblings have been asking for a puppy so I thought I would help out! Lol!

Kids love it when their name is on there!

I started with a 5″x7″ white card base. From there, I started with a vivid blue background sized 4.5″ x 6.5″. I found a lighter blue card stock and cut out the Big Balloon with it – sponging the edges with blue ink just a bit to make the balloon not so flat.

I covered a sheet with Silver Sands Silk Microfine Glitter and from that, cut the Happy Birthday 3. I initially planned for it to go on the balloon by itself but it didn’t stand out as I had hoped so I added a black layer on top. I love the peak of silver behind it. I also added Daniel’s name using the Retro Alphabet Trio set using the smallest of the alphabet dies.

I couldn’t help but add the puppy to the front and used twine to give the impression he was holding the balloon with his mouth. The little G is stands for Daniel’s last name –– major hinting there.

Thank you so much for looking!

Diana

Other supplies:

Light blue and blue cardstock

Twine

Distress Inks

A Way With Words Cardmaking Silk Microfine Glitter

You Were Born With Greatness

February 15, 2020

Hi! Diana here with one of my favorite dies to work with –– anything with butterflies! I love the color scheme I ended up with but purple is hard to photograph –– and glitter even more so! But this one is very pretty in real life so I hope you give it a try.

  1. I started with a light green sheet of cardstock measuring 4.5″ x 6.5″. I used Distress Oxides Lucky Clover and Cracked Pistachio to sponge around the edges and Squeezed Lemonade in the center to give it a sort of glow. I splattered with water and pat dry.
  2. Die cut the Butterfly Spray out of the top half of the colored cardstock and stamp the You were born with greatness in the bottom left corner of the sheet.
Make sure the area overs the butterfly spray.

3. With a bigger sheet of purple cardstock, I marked the approximate area behind the butterfly spray and covered that part with double sided adhesive.

Looks like a mess but will be so pretty once you overlay the negative of the butterfly die cut over it.

4. I then added a mix of Silk Microfine Glitter over the area. I initially wanted just the Amethyst but then lightened it with the Bright Cranberry and Silver Sands glitter. Rub in the glitter and use a Swiffer sheet to wipe off any excess.

The glitter is much brighter and more vibrant in real life.

5. Adhere the front to the purple sheet and trim if necessary. I then placed it all on a white card base.

Thanks so much for looking! I hope this card signals spring to come –– or 3 feet of snow. Nothing in between, thank you. 🙂

Diana

Other products used:

Distress Oxide inks, purple, and light green cardstock

A Way With Words Joset Designs

Mornings

January 18, 2020

What’s your favorite part of the day? Mine is probably the morning –– peaceful or productive, the day hold more possibility in the morning!

I knew I wanted to make a peaceful scene from the Asian-themed dies and decided I needed some sort of background to tie it all in together. I played with my watercolors a bit and came up with a very soft background. I knew I would end up covering much of my background with dies so I didn’t let the lack of watercolor skills bother me (too much.) Lol!

Step one: Paint a background with some water, sky, and a tree on a watercolor sheet. Add some land and grass to the forefront of the cardbase.

A very elementary painting but it’ll work!

Step 2: Die cut the bridge out of light blue cardstock and all others out of white cardstock. Use Distress Inks to color the cattails, stone pagoda and rocks. Use Copic markers to add some shade and dimension to the bridge.

Step 3: Adhere all dies as seen in completed picture above.

Step 4: Stamp and die cut with a circle the quote from A bit of Fragrance clear stamp set. I also matted the circle out of dark blue cardstock – the same one I use for the card base.

All done!

Thanks for looking and hope you have a wonderful day.

Diana

Other products used: Copic markers, Distress Inks, Light blue and dark blue cardstock

A Way With Words Cardmaking Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

A Panda Just For You

December 14, 2019

Diana here! My youngest son loves all things panda. He could say the name of his panda lovey before he could say his own name. Inevitably, he will get something panda related for his birthday and Christmas. Being a prepared momma, I made this card for him to use as a thank you card once Christmas is over.

Els has a great video on how to put the panda together so I won’t go through it here. The only thing I added was to sponge some pink on the paws and cheeks.

Can you see the Symbol background is on a sheet of Press and Seal?

I started with a white background and then sponged some yellow and green on the bottom. This softens the background and makes the background not so stark because I knew I wanted to add the Symbol background to it. In the picture above, you can see that the negative of the Symbol background is all aligned because before I took it off the cutting mat, I pressed a sheet of Press and Seal on it. Then I could just add glue and place it directly onto the background. So easy and quick!

Add some grass with some quick upstrokes of Copic markers

I almost did not add grass to the background but when I did my layout with the panda and bamboo, it looked as if the panda was floating. Adding the grass anchored him a bit. And the good news is that it does not have to be perfect as most of it will be covered by the panda.

All done!

I die cut the bamboo and the A Way With Words “for you” out of green cardstock and added shading by coloring with a darker shade of green Copic. I’ve found this keeps my die cuts some dimension.

This little guy is so cute!

Thanks for looking and hope it gives you ideas on how to personalize your thank you cards!

Diana Nguyen

Other products used

Distress Inks

Copic Markers

Black and green cardstock

A Way With Words Cardmaking Craft Drops Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

Glittered Peace On Earth

November 9, 2019

Hi, Diana here! Today I’m sharing how to make a card you might have seen as part of Suzanne Cannon’s holiday release. Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Silk Microfine Glitter is the ONLY glitter I will use in my craft room because it’s the only one containable! And it’s so fun to watch it turn glossy – very satisfying like the way heating up gilding or embossing powders.

To make the card, I die cut the A Way With Words Peace on Earth die 4 times out of white card stock. I also cut out one out of white card stock that was covered in a sheet of Elizabeth Craft Designs double sided tape as well as a set of extra star dies that come with the die set.

Cover the stars with the release paper from the star die cuts.

After peeling off the release sheet from the Peace on Earth die cut, cover the starts with the release paper from the star die cuts. In this way, you can cover the sticky die cut with Silver Sand Microfine Glitter and rub in the glitter. Remove the star release paper and then add Sand Dunes Microfine Glitter on the stars. I also went ahead and did one of the stars with Sand Dunes and 2 others in Silver Sand.

Making the stars a different color makes the words pop more.

I then adhered the other 4 layers to the die. The background is sponged using Distress Inks (Broken China, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire) – the keeping the center a lighter blue. I adhered the layer onto an A2 white card base, finishing the front with a white gel pen for stars/snow.

The layered die cuts add a lot of strength and dimension to the card while still laying flat.
Loving the glitter against the dark blue background.

Thanks for looking! I wish you could see how shiny the lettering is and how deep the blue looks in real life. I liked this so much I made a very similar card but using the new Flourished Deer die set. I did not use glitter but added a wreath around his neck using tiny leaves I trimmed from the Leafy Branch Die and tiny dots of the pearl rose Craft drops.

Thanks for stopping by –– I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Diana Nguyen

Distress Inks

Signo White Gel Pen

A Way With Words Cardmaking Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

Sneak Peek With Falalalala

October 12, 2019

Have you started on your Christmas cards yet? It’s my favorite time of the year and I love making Christmas cards. Here’s one I made this week with a sneak peek of new dies from A Way With Words that will be available later this month.

How do you decorate your halls for Christmas?

I don’t know about you but in the years of cardmaking under my belt, I never once thought to alter designer paper. I used it as is or hoarded it. I will sponge the edges sometimes but it depends on the paper – the glossy ones don’t take to sponging very well. But I had a bit of an epiphany making this card.

The white die cut shows up better on the darker paper.

I knew I wanted to use this beautiful wood grain paper from Through the Lens paper stack but the white die cut got kind of lost in it. Normally, I would add a black drop shadow to it to help but then I decided to use a couple of Copic Markers in the tan/beige hue to darken it up just a bit while retaining all the lovely woodgrain. I simply colored the entire sheet with the markers. Aaah – now the (coming soon) Falalala die cut show up so much better.

I used 2 rectangle dies to trim down the paper – nesting the smaller die inside and then adding a black 1/16th inch matting to it. I popped that back in with the larger (now open) wood frame onto an A2 base card layer.

As you can see, I still went with a black die cut of Falalalala to add a drop shadow. The new Flourished Holly dies conveniently come in layers so I was able to do a Forest Green silk microfine glitter on the outline, Soft Green on the leaves, and Bright Cranberry for the berries.

I also added a white embossed “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly” on black card stock in the upper left corner. Having all the words in white tied the card together nicely. Now tell me you didn’t look at that card and automatically sang the lyrics to yourself. 🙂 Thanks for looking and have fun making those Christmas cards!

Diana

The lyrics in white just pop!

Elizabeth Craft Design products used:

  • Falalala die set – Coming soon!
  • Flourished Holly die set – Coming soon!
  • Let Your Heart Be Light Collection stamp set – Coming soon!

Other products:

Foam tape

Copic Markers

Black card stock

A Way With Words Cardmaking

One Stamp, Three Backgrounds

September 14, 2019

Hello! Diana here today, sharing how I made 3 different backgrounds to go with one stamp. I do this when I can’t decide what would be a good background, or when I just want to make more than one card when I’ve already got the stamp inked up.

My first card uses the die cuts as a mask for a soft background.

For my first card, I stamped and used a circle die to cut out my stamped quote in the A Bit of Fragrance clear stamp set by Suzanne Cannon. I knew I wanted to frame it with some greenery but it looked a little bare. So I used the same die cuts and just used it as a mask to make a muted background.

Using the fern as a mask with distress inks.
Completed sponged background

For my second card, I made a wreath using the Pair of Leaves die. This would work with any leaf die set. I first used Color Bursts to make some fall colored paper. After I die cut the leaves out, I used Copic markers to add more color to the die cuts. I love the organic dots and swirls from the Color Bursts; coloring with Copics give the color control I wanted and still keep the details.

The left side are the die cuts before the Copic coloring and the right side is after they are colored.

I then arranged the leaves in a wreath shape on a 4.75 x 4.75 white card base. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I glued them down.

My second card

I used a black 5″x5″ card base and a brown ribbon to finish the card for a modern look.

For my last and final card, I used a watercolor sheet I was practicing on painting leaves. I made sure there was enough to fill a 4″ x 5.25″ base layer.

My feeble attempt at watercoloring leaves

I’ve found a trick to making watercoloring attempts look better. After die-cutting the layer out, I splattered with some paint and sponged the edges. You won’t believe how much a bit of colored splatter will add to your practice sheets. You can also strategically place your stamped layer over the worst of the practice. Lol!

Sponged and splattered.

To finish my card, I popped up the stamped layer and added a couple of ribbons near the bottom half.

My last card using the same stamp.

Thank you for reading this long post but I hope it gave you some ideas on how to make different backgrounds to suit your needs!

Diana Nguyen

Other products used: olive green and black card stock

Distress Inks, Copics, Ribbons, Nuvo Drops

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