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A Way With Words Craft Drops Stamping

Be Brave, Be Yourself

May 23, 2020

IMG_0073Hey Friends!  It’s EK, and today I am make some unique graduation cards for a very unique time.  Right now nothing feels or looks normal, so crafting a few high school graduation cards in the traditional way seemed inappropriate.  So I thought, it might be fun to create a unique look for these graduates who are learning to grow up too fast.  I found that designer Suzanne’s A Way With Words Be Brave Bold Yourself die set was perfect for the look for which I was aiming.

IMG_0058Step One:  Blend some water soluble ink over Watercolor Paper trimmed to 4.25×5.5 inches.  I used Distress Oxides in Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord, and Frayed Burlap in an ombre corner to corner blend.

IMG_0059Step Two:  Spray the Watercolor Paper with watercolor spray.  I used Distress Oxide in Tattered Rose.

IMG_0060Step Three:  Let the ink spray dry.  I just love how this turned out and find the look a little romantic.

IMG_0061Step Four:  Die cut the inked paper with the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set.

IMG_0062Step Five:  Die cut the graduation sentiment from the inked paper with the Be Brave Bold Yourself die set.  I choose to use the sentiment ‘Be Brave, Be Yourself’.  The really cool thing about die cutting the way I have, is that you can make two separate cards from this one die cut. You can use the negative inked paper and the die cut works to create two unique cards.

IMG_0063Step Six:  Using 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the inked cardstock to a piece of Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock trimmed to 4.25×5.5 inches.

IMG_0064Step Seven:  Set the die cut sentiment back into the open spaces, and adhere the negative die cut pieces back into the open places using some Kids Choice Glue.

IMG_0065Step Eight:  Adhere the the lavender cardstock to an A2 card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  To finish the first card, add a few drop of Transparent Crystal Craft Drops.

IMG_0070Here is the finished look of the first card using the negative pieces of the die cut from the Be Brave Bold Yourself  die set.

IMG_0066Step Nine:  To create the second card, die cut a second trimmed piece of Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock with the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set.  Adhere the Be Brave Bold Yourself die set die cut piece onto the cardstock using Kids Choice Glue.

IMG_0067Step Ten:  Add some heart stamping from Susanne’s A Way With Words Love & Hearts Collection stamp set using some pale purple ink.  I used Distress Oxide ink in Victorian Velvet.

IMG_0068Step Eleven:  Adhere the cardstock to an A2 card frame for the finished look.

IMG_0072I just adore how these two cards came out and think they will be a fun card for these special 2020 graduates.  Are you creating cards for graduates this year?  Are you creating a traditional looking card or are you creating a unique one to symbolize the uniqueness of these times?  Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Stamping Watercolor Palette

You, Me & The Sea

May 18, 2020

IMG_0039Hey Friends!  It’s EK and I am back today with a brand new card where I not only mix coloring mediums, but also mix different releases.  Today I have combine both an old stamp set and a new die set.  I thought it would be really fun to take one of Joset’s recently released die sets and combined it with a separate older line stamp set.  Together,  the two, I think the the two make the perfect pair.  I just love how fresh and fun Joset’s Mermaid die set looks with the Color My Flowers stamp set.

IMG_0012Step One:  Die cut the Mermaid die set from some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

IMG_0013Step Two:  Using alcohol markers, color the different pieces of the Mermaid.  I used my copics.  Using Kids Choice Glue, assemble the pieces to make the mermaid.

IMG_0030Step Three:  On a piece of watercolor paper, stamp the flowers and leaves from the Color My Flower stamp set around the edges using a watercolor safe ink.  Float a few time the smallest flower in the middle of the cardstock.

IMG_0031Step Four:  Using ECD’s new Watercolor Pallette, watercolor the background of the cardstock with Prussian Blue.  Let dry.

IMG_0032Step Five:  Using a combination of other watercolors, paint the flowers and leaves, keeping it light and pale.

IMG_0034Step Six:  Stamp a sentiment from the Splish Splash Sentiments stamp set onto the card using black ink.

IMG_0033Step Seven:  For some extra fun, adhere an action wobbler onto the back of the mermaid.

IMG_0035Step Eight:  Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the watercolor paper to an A2 card frame. Then adhere the action wobbler to the card frame.

I just love how much extra fun the wobbler adds to the card.

IMG_0040What do you think?  Do you like how the old and the new combine to make a brand new look.  Let me know in the comments below.  Until then, happy crafting.

 

Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Loved

May 14, 2020

IMG_9989Hey friends!  It’s EK and I am popping in today to show you how easily you can manipulate your favorite stamps to use all year long.  Every since the Halloween Party Stamp set was released by designer Charlene, I have been absolutely in love with the kitty stamp.  It is hands down one of the cutest cats around.  However, his little bat wings make him limited in how often you can use him.  However, I am sharing today, that with a little creative stamping you can use this cutie all year long!

IMG_9971Step One:  Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches.  Using a stamping platform add you cat stamp from Halloween Party and ink it up.  Then before stamping, wipe the ink from the kitty’s wings.  You can use any type of ink for this stamping technique.  I used Fadeout ink so I could do a little no line coloring.

IMG_9972Step Two:  Using alcohol ink color the image in.  I used copic markers.

IMG_9973It is hard to believe that this sweet little image once had little bat wings set on the body.

IMG_9975Step Three:  Using the Fitted Rounded Rectangle die set, die cut out the stamped image.  Using two of the dies from the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set, die cut a board that is about the size of the card frame.

IMG_9976Step Four:  Using the Fitted Rounded Rectangle die set, die cut a piece of printed paper the size of the opening in the die cut boarder.

IMG_9977Step Five:  Using 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, add the die cut boarder to an A2 Card frame.  Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, add the printed paper and the stamped image, making both of center.

IMG_9990Step Six:  Stamp a sentiment from the Journaling Elements stamp set in black ink.

IMG_9992I hope you find it helpful to see how to manipulate your stamps to use them in new and interesting ways.  It is super easy and gives all your stamps a new and versatile way of using them.

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A Way With Words Cardmaking Soft Finish Cardstock

Shoot for the Moon

April 25, 2020

IMG_9880Hey everyone!  It’s EK, and I am popping into to share a one layered card to inspire someone right now.  I don’t know about you, but morale is a little low in my house, so I thought maybe I should make some cards to help inspire my kiddos to do their best work.  I just love how the Soar Collection stamp set by Suzanne Cannon is filled with inspirational quotes perfect to inspire anyone.

IMG_9854Step One:  Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches.  Trim a circle out of a piece of masking tape and adhere it to the cardstock.

IMG_9855Step Two:  Blend some water reactive inks onto the Soft Finish Cardstock to create a night sky.  I used Distress Oxides in Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, and Hickory Smoke.

IMG_9856Step Three:  Using a black water reactive ink, blend ink around the edges of the cardstock to ground the image.  I used Distress Oxide Black Soot.

IMG_9857Step Four:  Using both clean water and an iridescent spray, splatter the cardstock to create stars.

IMG_9858Step Five:  Peel off the mask to expose the moon.  Add some pale blue ink to the revealed area.  I used Distress Oxide in Tumbled Glass.

IMG_9859Step Six:  Tape the A Way With Words Flourished Frame stencil from Suzanne Cannon over the inked cardstock.

IMG_9861Step Seven:  Blend white pigment ink through the Flourished Frame stencil to create a frame around the card.

IMG_9862Step Eight:  Stamp a sentiment onto the card frame from the A Way with Words Soar Collection stamp set.  To be honest, any of the sentiments on the card would be perfect for this card, but I went with the Shoot for the moon sentiment.

IMG_9881I really love how with just a stencil, a stamp set and some ink you can create a really inspiring card.  All of Suzanne Cannon’s sentiment stamp sets are perfect to create on layered inked cards.  If you don’t have any, check out her full line.  Let us know what your favorite A Way with Words sentiment is in the comments below.  Until then, happy crafting.


Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Soft Finish Cardstock Uncategorized

Make a Wish

April 16, 2020


IMG_9810Hey Friends!  It’s EK, and last week I discovered how gorgeous coloring on Soft Finish Cardstock is with colored pencils, so today I thought I would play around with some stamps that are simply meant to be colored with this medium.  I can not be more impressed with how stunning Charlene’s stamps look colored in with my pencils.

IMG_9797Step One:  Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches.  Stamp the sweet gal from the Make a Wish stamp set into the center of the paper.  Stamp the image again onto some masking paper (I used post-it note paper).  Trim out the image on the masking paper and add it to the stamped image

IMG_9798Step Two:  With the making paper in place, stamp other images from the stamp set over the sweet gal multiple times.

IMG_9799Here is what the cardstock looks like with the masking paper still in place.

IMG_9800Here is what the image looks like after the masking paper is lifited.

IMG_9801Step Three:  Color in the image with your colored pencils.

IMG_9802Step Four:  Trim a piece of True Green Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 and added it to an A2 cardframe with some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step Five:  Die cut the focal image with one of the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die sets and adhere it to the True Green Soft Finish Cardstock.

IMG_9811What do you think of this medium on Soft Finish Cardstock?  Have you experiment with colored pencils on your projects?  Let us know in the comments below.  Until then, happy crafting!

 

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Cardmaking Joset Designs Uncategorized

Shell Yeah

April 9, 2020

IMG_9730Hey Everyone!  It’s EK, and today I decided to try something I have never tried before.  I decided to try colored pencils coloring on 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.  I was worried that the 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock‘s texture would create uneven coloring, but I am not going to lie, I am absolutely in love with how the texture adds to the overall coloring effect.

Join me as I create a underwater spring themed card using colored pencils.

IMG_9712Step One:  Die cut the pieces you need from the Octopus, Seashells and Spring Basket die sets using 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

IMG_9713Step Two:  Color the die cut pieces using your colored pencils.

IMG_9714Step Three:  Create a background for your colored die cuts.  I used Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, and Shaded Lilac plus some shimmer spray on a trimmed piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.  Attach the background to an A2 card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

IMG_9715Step Four:  Using a combination of 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, Kids Choice Glue, and 3 dimensional tape, assemble the basket full of sea shells and adhere to the card frame.  Adhere the die cut Octopus onto the card, letting his legs over lap the basket.

IMG_9731Step Five:  Stamp your sentiment onto the card frame using blue ink.  I used a combination of sentiments from both the Spring Sentiments stamp set and Splish Splash Sentiments stamp set.

IMG_9732Have you ever used colored pencils on ECD’s Soft Finish Cardstock?  Did you enjoy the results as much as I did?  Let us know in the comments below.  Until then, happy crafting.


Cardmaking Joset Designs Silk Microfine Glitter

Glitter Turtle

March 22, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I am trying to create a simple ocean background for the new Sea Turtle die set. I really think this new turtle is super cute, and she needs the perfect ocean background to swim in…and what’s more perfect for an ocean background then a bunch of glitter!

Step One: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Cover the cardstock in a sheet of Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step Two: Die cut the top of the cardstock using one of the waves from the new Ocean Edges die set.

Step Three: Peel back the protective film from the double sided adhesive. Add Silk Microfine glitter to the sticky side one color at a time. I used Silver, Royal Blue and Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.

Step Four: Die cut the Sea Turtle from some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Five: Using watercolor pencils, color the die cut pieces.

Step Six: Using a watercolor brush, activate the watercolor pencil. Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the pieces of the turtle together.

Step Seven: Adhere the glitter cardstock to an A2 card frame using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step Eight: Using both 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive and Kids Choice Glue, adhere the turtle to the card frame.

Step Nine: Stamp a sentiment on the ‘white space’ of the card from the Splish Splash Sentiments stamp set.

I love the combination of the ‘realistic’ turtle with the less than realistic ocean background.

I think all the glitter really makes the turtle stand out! Let us know in the comments below your favorite way to use Silk Microfine glitter. Until then, Happy Crafting!

EK Gorman

A Way With Words Cardmaking Soft Finish Cardstock

Once Upon A Time

March 21, 2020

It is an awfully strange times at the moment.  And I am sure someday soon (hopefully sooner rather later) we are all going to say “Once Upon a Time there was this virus…” and all of us crafters spent a lot of time playing with our collection of crafting supplies. It seemed only fitting to pull out Suzanne’s A way with Words Once Upon a Time die and start the story.

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Step One:  Trim a piece of colored Soft Finish Cardstock to 6×12 inches and score and fold to make a 6×6 card frame.  I used Spring Green Soft Finish Cardstock.  Die cut the A Way With Words Once Upon a Time die into the card frame.

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Step Two:  Trim a piece of contrasting Soft Finish Cardstock to slightly smaller than 6×6 inches.  I used Brick Red Soft Finish Cardstock.

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Step Three:  Adhere the contrasting cardstock inside the card frame using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

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Step Four:  Blend some ink around the edges of the card frame.  I used Crushed Olive Distress Oxide.  I also splashed some shimmer spray onto the card to add some more visual interest.

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Step Five:  Blend the same ink onto the die cut sentiment.

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Step Six:  Using some Kids Choice Glue adhere the sentiment back into the card frame.

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Step Seven:  Die cut three candles from the A Way With Words Flourished Candle die set out of some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.  I full die cut our one of the candle dies, but only cut out the top portion for the other two.

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Step Eight:  Blend some ink onto the die cut candle bases.  I used Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide.

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Step Nine:  Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the top die cut piece to the candle bases.

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Step Ten:  Adhere the fully die cut image to the card frame using some Kids Choice Glue.

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Step Eleven:  Add some Peel-off silver border stickers to the edges of the card.  I used the Corners and Borders Straight stickers.

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Step Twelve:  Adhere the other two die cut candles onto the card frame.  I adhered them on an angle and trimmed off the bits that hung off the card frame.  I added some color the flame using some water activated sparkle ink.

Step Thirteen:  Blend some ink onto a scrap of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.  Die cut some butterflies from the A Way With Words Butterflies and Stars Spray.

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Step Fourteen:  Adhere the butterflies onto the card frame.

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Before we know, this card will be a perfect way to tell the story of how you sheltered during this world wide shut down.  What are you doing during these strange times and what craft supplies are you playing with?  Let us know in the comments below.  Until then, Happy crafting.

EK Gorman

Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

Perfect

March 15, 2020

Hey Everyone! It’s EK, and today I am pulling out some old crafting techniques with ECD’s newest designer, Charlene’s stamp sets. Sometimes the best way to showcase something new is by pulling out something old, and seeing exactly how far you can push the technique. I am just loving how Charlene’s Journaling Elements stamp set adds perfectly to this old school smooching Distress technique.

Step One: Smooch several colors of water soluble ink onto a slick surface. I am using Distress Oxides in Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough, and Broken China.

Step Two: Spray the smooched ink with lots of water.

Step Three: Press paper into the wet ink. I used both a trimmed piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock and a piece of Watercolor Paper. Let paper dry.

Step Four: Place stamp from the Journaling Elements stamp set onto an acrylic block. Spray the stamp with clean water and press the stamp onto the inked paper. Repeat several times over the surface of the paper.

What you get is a really cool ghost effect from the stamped image inside the ink.

I am loving the visual look when the stamped water fully dries on the cardstock. It works similarly on both the 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock and Watercolor paper.

Step Five: To finish the project, place a second stamp on an acrylic block. Ink up the stamp and spray it with some clean water. Stamp the image onto the inked cardstock.

I used Evergreen Bough with the heart stamp from the Journaling Elements stamp set.

Step Six: For more visual interest, stamp a floral image onto some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock using water soluble ink. I used a leaf image from the Garden Flowers stamp set and Distress Oxide in Pine Needles.

Step Seven: Watercolor in the image using coordinating ink. I filled in the leaves with Distress Oxide Evergreen Bough. Fussy cut out the image.

Step Eight: Mount the inked cardstock onto an A2 card frame using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step Nine: Add a strip of trimmed Clear Double Sided Adhesive from a sheet onto the cards. I used two strips on the watercolor paper card to fill in the gaps of where the card fell short, and just one on the card.

Step Ten: Peel off the protective paper and add some Silk Microfine Glitter to the adhesive. I used a combination of teal Silk Microfine Glitter from the Earth Glitter Palette.

Step Eleven: Stamp a sentiment onto the card from the Journaling Elements stamp set. I stamped the word with water soluble ink that had been sprayed by water, then stamped it in a traditional way again when the water stamp dried. I used Pine Needles Distress Oxide for the sentiment.

I just adore how not ‘perfect’ the whole card turned out. Its imperfections really create the ‘perfect’ card.

Step Twelve: Finally, adhere the fussy cut floral onto the card frame using Kids Choice Glue.

The fussy cut image really does a wonderful job of grounding the whole project.

I adore how the water marked stamp images in the background are really not noticeable, but still greatly add to the whole project.

Let us know in the comments below what your favorite old school technique is to use when creating with new products. Until then, Happy Crafting.

EK

Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Create The Things – Spotlight Stamping Technique

March 10, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I am creating a card featuring some spotlight stamping using Charlene’s Make a Wish stamp set. All of Charlene’s stamp set designs were just meant to be colored and the spotlight stamping technique is just perfect for these large images.

Step One: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Using some water resistant black ink stamp the sentiment onto the cardstock. Using the large feather from the Make a Wish stamp set, stamp the feather image around the card.

Step Two: Using the coordinating smaller feather, stamp the image into the blank spaces between the large image.

Step Three: Die cut the stamped image using the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set twice.

Step Four: Die cut some Rust Soft Finish Cardstock using the Fitted Rounded Rectangle die set using dies slightly larger than the ones used to die cut the stamped images.

Step Five: Using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the die cut images to the Rust cardstock.

Step Six: Using a watercolor maker and a water brush, add some light brown onto half of the feathers from the middle panel.

Step Seven: Repeat step six, but this time using a dark brown watercolor brush.

Step Eight: Adhere all three panels to an A2 card frame.

I love how the coloring in this technique pulls your eyes not to the color, but instead right to the sentiment. Let us know in the comments below what you think of the spotlight stamping technique used with Charlene’s stamp image. Until then, happy crafting!

EK Gorman

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