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A Way With Words Cardmaking

You Are Perfect

July 25, 2020

IMG_0404Hey Friends!  It’s EK Gorman, and I popping in today to share with you a new card tutorial.  Have you ever found that your die is too big for the size card you want to create?  I just adore Suzanne’s Cannon’s A Way With Words Wreath & Elements die, but it really is meant to adhere to a project larger than 6×6 inches.  However, my favorite card size to work with is A2 (4.25×5.5 inches), so the die just doesn’t fit.  But today I am sharing a cool and easily solution to make the over sized die look like it was meant to be.

IMG_0397Step One:  Die cut the Way With Words Wreath & Elements die set out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.  You do not need to die cut the full die.

IMG_0399Step Two:  Die cut the floral piece that is meant to be layered under the Wreath flowers.  Color the piece with ink.  I used Abandoned Coral.  Adhere with Kids Choice Glue under the die cut wreath.

IMG_0398Step Three:  Trim a piece of Watercolor Paper to 4.25×5.5 inches.  Spray the watercolor paper with liquid watercolor in two coordinating colors.  I used both an orange and yellow spray ink from Tattered Angel.  Let dry or set with a heat gun.  Splash the inked cardstock with the lighter ink to create more visual interest.

IMG_0400Step Four:  Die cut the sprayed ink paper with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set.

IMG_0401Step Five:  Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the watercolor paper to an A2 card frame.  Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the wreath, letting it hand off the edge.  Trim off the excess.

IMG_0402Step Six:  Die cut from 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock the piece of the You Are Perfect die set.  Leave the ‘you are’ white, but color the ‘perfect’ with an ombre effect.  I used both Canddied Apple and Abandon Coral Distress Oxide to create this effect.

IMG_0403Step Seven:  Adhere the sentiment to the cardstock using Kids Choice Glue.  Let it over lap the wreath.

IMG_0405I just love how you can get a whole new look using just a section of this beautiful die.  Do you ever trim your dies so they can fit smaller projects?  Let us know in the comments below.  Until then, Happy Crafting!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Cardmaking Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Furrever Friends

July 20, 2020

Hey Everyone!  It’s EK Gorman, and I am popping in with a new card making project today.  I thought it might be fun with so many people adopting new fur friends recently, that it might be fun to create a project welcoming these new babies.  Joset’s Cat and Dog dies are perfect for these special times of adoptions.

IMG_0354Step One:  Die cut the Dog die set pieces from 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

IMG_0355Step Two:  Color the die cut pieces using alcohol markers.  I used Copics.  Assemble the pieces using Kids Choice Glue.

IMG_0356Step Three:  Repeat steps one and two using this time the Cat die set.

IMG_0357Step Four:  Repeat steps one and two using the Dog House die set.

IMG_0358Step Five:  Trim two piece of 90 Soft Finish Cardstock to 6×6 inches.

IMG_0359Step Six:  Die cut one of the 6×6 piece of cardstock with two die from the Stitched Indented Square to make a frame.

IMG_0360Step Seven:  Using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive adhere the die cut frame to the second piece of 6×6 trimmed cardstock.  Adhere the dog house using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

IMG_0380Step Eight:  Using 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the Cat and Dog to the card.  Using Kids Choice Glue adhere the bones and bowl to the card.

Step Nine:  Using brown ink, stamp a sentiment to the cardstock using the Furrever Friends stamp set.

Step Ten:  Using 10mm Clear Double Sided adhesive, add the cardstock to a 6×6 card frame.  Add some brown ink detailing to the edges of the card.

IMG_0381Have you adopted a new furr baby recently?  Let us know in the comments below.  Until then, happy crafting!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Cardmaking Charlene Stamps

Bloom

July 16, 2020

Hey Friends!  It’s EK Gorman and I am popping in with a brand new card design using designers Ilse and Charlene’s stamps.  I just adore the sweet innocence the new Floral Girls stamp set has, and love how perfectly it pares with the older A Field of Flowers stamp set.

IMG_0290Step One:  Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches.  Using black alcohol ink ink stamp an image from the Floral Girls Stamp set.

IMG_0291Step Two:  Using the same ink, stamp floral images from the A Field of Flowers stamp set around the image of the girl.

IMG_0292Step Three:  Stamp the sentiment onto the cardstock using the same stamp set and ink.

IMG_0293Step Four:  Using alcohol ink color in the image.  I used copics.

IMG_0294Step Five:  Using the new Make Your Mark stencil, add stenciling to the cardstock using Distress Oxide.  I used Shabby Shutters.

IMG_0326Step Six:  Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the trimmed stamped and colored cardstock to an A2 card frame.

Thanks for peeking in today to this simple but elegant card design.  Do you like coloring floral images as much as I do?  Let us know in the comments below.  Until then, happy crafting.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

A Way With Words

Make a Wish

June 27, 2020

Hey Friends!  It’s EK Gorman back to share one of my favorite things in this world to do when making cards.  I just love to make a card that looks elegant and lovely, but in fact has an underlined teasing tone to it.  One of my favorite stamps to create this type of card is A Way With Words Happy Birthday Collection stamp set.  It has just the right amount of elegance and teasing to create the perfect birthday card for that friend who might be getting old.

IMG_0263Step One:  Pull out a piece of Yupo paper and splatter on some alcohol ink to create a background.

IMG_0264Step Two:  Die cut the yupo paper with the A Way with Words Big Balloon die set.

IMG_0265Step Three:  Using a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock trimmed to 4.25×5.5 inches.  Blend a collection of coordinating ink onto the cardstock to create a soft background.

IMG_0266Step Four:  Adhere the balloon onto the cardstock using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

IMG_0267Step Five:  Die cut and adhere the bow to the balloon from the Big Balloon die set.  I used Kids Choice Glue to adhere the bow.

IMG_0268Step Six:  Using a permanent black ink and a stamping platform, stamp the sentiment onto the balloon from the Happy Birthday Collection stamp set.

IMG_0329Step Seven:  Adhere the card front to an A2 card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  Trim any bit of the balloon that hangs off the card frame.

IMG_0330I hope my birthday card makes you smile.  Let us know in the comments below if you enjoy making cards that make people laugh.  Until then, happy crafting.


Cardmaking Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Underwater Fortune

June 22, 2020

Hey Friends!  It’s EK and today I show a way to stretch your crafting supplies to create new looks.  I absolutely love the Oyster Shell Card Frame die set, and wanted to see if I could create a new look using the fantastic pattern.  You will be surprised at how easy it is to create this look!

IMG_0211Step One:  Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches.  Secure the Oyster Shell Card frame to the cardstock.

IMG_0212Step Two:  Run the cardstock and the Oyster Shell Card die through a die cutting machine sandwiched with the an embossing pad, so the shell does not cut the paper and instead just embosses onto it.

IMG_0213Step Three:  Blend distress ink onto the Soft Finish Cardstock.  I used Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral, and Tattered Rose.

IMG_0214Step Four:  To break up the blended ink, smooch the wet distress inks onto the card over the original blended ink and let dry.  I used the same colors.

IMG_0215Step Five:  Die cut the pieces needed to create the treasure chest from the Sea Weed die set out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

IMG_0216Step Six:  Blend ink onto the die cut pieces.  I used Distress Ink in Walnut Stain for the chest and Mustard Seed on the coins and chests details.

IMG_0217Step Seven:  Using Kids Choice Glue adhere the pieces of the chest back together.

IMG_0218Step Eight:  Die cut some ocean grass from the Sea Weed die set using a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock blended with the same colors used on the sea shell.

IMG_0219Step Nine:  Darken the sea week with more ink several values deeper.  I used Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.

IMG_0220Step Ten:  To help pop the inside of the shell, blend some white pigment ink around the edges.  Adhere the treasure check and sea weed to the center of the shell using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

IMG_0221Step Eleven: Die cut the large coral die from the Sea Weed die set out of True Green Soft Finish Cardstock.

IMG_0222Step Twelve:  Soften the color with blended white pigment ink.

IMG_0223Step Thirteen:  Add the coral die cuts to the corners of the shell embossed cardstock.  Let it over lap the corners.  Trim the excess from the cardstock.

IMG_0224Step Thirteen:  Stamp a sentiment in colored ink.  I used a sentiment from the Zen Sentiments stamp set and stamped it using Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide.

IMG_0259Step Fourteen:  Adhere the embossed shelled cardstock to an A2 card frame.

IMG_0260Do you emboss your die sets onto cardstocks?  If so, let us know you favorite ECD dies to use to emboss.  Until then, happy crafting.


Charlene Stamps Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

A Modern Vintage Card

June 18, 2020

IMG_0204Hey Friends!  It’s EK and today I thought it might be fun to try to create a modern take on a vintage look.  Designer Ilse and Charlene’s new stamps and stencils make creating this look so simple with their old school flare.

IMG_0131Step One:  Stamp out on of the images from the Earthy Girls stamp set onto a piece of Watercolor Paper cut out to 4.25×5.5 inches using some water-soluble ink.  I used Weathered Wood Distress Oxide.

IMG_0132Step Two:  Using clean water and watercolor paint brush, fade the ink out over the watercolor paper, making the stamped image look bright and bold.

IMG_0133Step Three:  Using ECD’s Watercolor Palette, add touches of color to the stamped image.

IMG_0134Step Four:  Hand stamp around the edges of the watercolor paper background images from the Words & Layers stamp set using colored ink.  I used Shaded Lilac in Distress Oxide.

IMG_0136Step Five:  Add a sentiment to the image from the Words & Layers stamp set.  I used Weathered Wood Distress Oxide.

IMG_0137Step Six:  Add texture to the card using the Dot Dot Dot… stencil and add gel medium through the openings.

IMG_0138Step Seven:  Let the gel medium dry.

IMG_0164Step Eight:  Highlight the stenciling by adding muted watercolor around the raised portions.

IMG_0205Step Nine:   Die cut the watercolor paper with the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set and adhere it to a piece of trimmed Dusky Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock trimmed to 4.25×5.5 inches using 10mm Clear Doubled Sided Adhesive.  Add the Soft Finish Cardstock to an A2 card frame.

IMG_0206I love how the pale grey and purple tones have a vintage vibe, but in a fun colorful way.

What do you think?  Is this a new look on a vintage vibe?  Let us know in the comments below what your favorite take on vintage crafting projects is.


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.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs – 

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.


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