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EK Gorman

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Die Cut Holiday Tags

November 30, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I am popping in with some festive holiday gift tags using the new Sonia and Diane stamps and dies. These make a perfect decoration for any gift under the tree.

Step One: Add a sheet of Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the back of a piece of Watercolor Paper.

Step Two: Using a water proof ink, stamp both the floral deer from the Prosperity stamp set and the cardinal from the Peace stamp set onto the watercolor paper.

Step Three: Watercolor the images loosely. I used a combination of Distress Spray Stain and shimmer sprays to watercolor. Let dry.

Step Four: Die cut the images with the coordinating Prosperity and Peace die sets. Die cut a second cut out of 110lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Peel off the backing of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet and adhere the watercolored die cut to the heavy cardstock die cut.

Step Five: Hole punch a hole into each of the assembled die cuts. Add a holiday ribbon to both to create the tag.

Step Six: Stamp sentiments onto heavy cardstock using the Noel stamp set. I stamped the sentiment in Pine Needle Distress Oxide.

Step Seven: Die cut the sentiments using the coordinating Noel die sets.

Step Eight: Using foam tape adhere the sentiments to the tag.

Step Nine: To finish the tags add Craft Drops in Pearl Rose.

What do you think? Is this a craft you think you could make for your holiday gift? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


Cardmaking Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Autumn is Calling

November 11, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s Ek, and today I am totally embracing all things fall. I am not gonna lie, my favorite two holidays to craft for are Halloween and Christmas, but Thanksgiving is hands down my actual most favorite calendar holiday. The idea of stoping and joining hands with the people you love and giving thanks for all that you have is something that each year always makes my heart warm. But crafting for this holiday has not always been easy. However, with the release of Joset’s die collection this fall, creating for my favorite holiday has gotten so much easier. Today I am playing with the Turkey die set, and falling right into autumn.

Step One: Die set the Turkey die set from 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two: Using Distress Ink, blend color onto the Turkey body parts. I used Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo.

Step Three: Blend ink over the leaves and the rest of the Turkey accessories. I used Black Soot, Barn Door, Crackling Campfire, Ripe Persimmon, Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters, and Peeled Paint.

Step Four: Using a liquid adhesive, such as Kids Choice Glue, adhere the Turkey pieces together.

Step Five: Using a black and white gel pen, fill in the eyes and add highlights.

Step Six: Die cut a background out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Splatter Distress Ink in the colors of the leaves onto the background die cut. Using a piece of printed paper, such as one found in the Worn Wood paper collection, die cut it with the Stitched Rounded Square die set. Adhere both the background and the square die cut to a 6×6 inch card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step Seven: Using a liquid adhesive, such as Kids Choice Glue, adhere the Turkey to the card frame.

Step Eight: Adhere the leaves around the Turkey with a liquid adhesive. Add a sentiment to the card by stamping fall themed sentiment from the Autumn Words stamp set. Finally add some Craft Drops to the card by adding fall colored Drops in Pearl Olive, Pearl Rose, and Metallic Gold.

I am so happy to have some crafting supplies that coordinate with Thanksgiving.

Let us know in the comments below what your favorite holiday is. Until then, happy crafting.



Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team

Halloween Party

October 21, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and I am popping in today with a fun Halloween card. There is nothing easier than getting ready for the spooky with the festive Ilse and Charlene stamp set Halloween Party.

Step One: On a piece of trimmed 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, stamp the cat image from the Halloween Party stamp set in the middle of the page using alcohol friendly ink. Add a piece of masking tape over the stamped image. Stamp other images onto the cardstock to finish the scene.

Step Two: Using an alcohol friendly ink pen, draw a simple line to ground the scene so that the cat and pumpkins look like they are on a table and the witch is standing behind it.

Step Three: Using alcohol markers, color the scene. I used my copics.

Step Four: Fill in the negative space with stencil work. I used the Pattern Stencil Pack and Distress Oxide in Crushed Olive. Add more ink around the edges of the card removing the white sections.

Step Five: Add some Craft Drops around the sentiment. I used both Pearl Olive and Metallic Gold.

I hope today’s project is making your as excited about Halloween as I am. Make sure you pop over to the store and pick up this stamp set before it is gone since at the moment you can acquire it at an amazing sale price.

Do you like crafting for Halloween. Let me know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.



Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Silk Microfine Glitter

Glitter Witch

October 7, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK and I am getting ready for Halloween today by pulling out my Halloween Accessories die set and my collection of Silk Microfine Glitter to create a nit of halloween magic.

Step One: On a piece of trimmed 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, blend ink in halloween colors. I used Carved Pumpkin, Mowed Lawn and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide.

Step Two: Splatter the ink with water. Let dry.

Step Three: Blend dark ink around the edges of the cardstock. I used Black Soot Distress Oxide.

Step Four: Die cut the inked cardstock with the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set.

Step Five: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the die cut inked panel to an A2 card frame.

Step Six: Die cut the Halloween Accessories die set out of Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheets. I used the witches hat and broom set.

Step Seven: Adhere the broom handle onto the card frame. Peel off top adhesive sheet and add Copper Bronze Silk Microfine Glitter from the Earth Palette Collection.

Step Eight: Add the bristles of the broom and coat the clear double sided adhesive with Moonbeam from the Earth Palette Silk Microfine Glitter collection.

Step Nine: Add the broom band and add Brushed Pewter Silk Microfine Glitter to it.

Step Ten: Add the witches hat and add Lavender Ice Silk Microfine Glitter.

Step Eleven: Add the witches band and coat the adhesive in Leaf Green Silk Microfine Glitter.

Step Twelve: Add Black Soot Distress Oxide to a a scrap of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Die cut the sentiment ‘happy halloween’ from the Words 3- Happy Holidays.

Step Thirteen: Adhere the sentiment to the card frame using liquid adhesive such as Kids Choice Glue. Add a few squeezes of Craft Drops in Pearl Olive. Let dry.

I just love how the die cuts look covered in glitter. I think it makes the whole card look really special.

Let us know what you think of this colorful creation in the comments below. What would you use Silk Microfine Glitter on?


Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team Stamping

Friendship

September 23, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I am sneaking in with a card sharing on of the new Beautiful Blooms flowers stamp sets, Friendship. I created this super simple card, knowing it looks anything by simple.

Step One: Using a piece of trimmed 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, add masking tape to create your panel.

Step Two: Blend ink into the panel. I used Speckled Egg Distress Oxide.

Step Three: Hand stamp floral images from the Friendship stamp set into the panel in a slightly darker ink. I used Stormy Sky Distress Oxide.

Step Four: Using smaller filler stamps from the Friendship stamp set, hand stamp in the rest of the negative space.

Step Five: Peel off masking tape to reveal crisp clean lines. Add a sentiment from the stamp set in the same ink color you stamped the flowers.

Step Six: Die cut the panel using the Fitted Rounded Rectangle die set.

Step Seven: Finish the sentiment by stamping a large sentiment and small one from the Words & Layers stamp set in black ink.

Step Eight: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, add the panel cardstock to a piece of trimmed black cardstock. Add both to an A2 card frame.

Step Nine: Finish the card using Transparent Crystal Craft Drops to make a few dew drops.

I just love the clean lines of this card. It is perfect any time card for that friend who needs to know you are there, either in the good times or bad.

Let us know in the comments below what you would use this card for. Until then, happy crafting.



Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Fall Harvest Friends

September 9, 2021

Hi Friends, it’s EK. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for Fall. I am ready for the leaves to drop and the weather to turn into something that needs a sweater and maybe a scarf. At least for me, those days are still pretty far off, but I figured I could at least craft myself into the season. Today I have created a trio of Fall Harvest themed cards using Joset’s critter dies to craft these fall feeling designs.

Step One: Create the backgrounds. Die cut a circle mask using the Stitched Circles die set. Lay on your background to be a harvest moon. In a splatter box, spray a collection of fall inspired colors Distress Sprays onto some already damp Watercolor Paper. I used Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet and Shaded Lilac.

Step Two: Spray Distress Oxide along the top edge of the background. I used Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide. Remove the mask and head seat the background.

Step Three: Spray clean water into the ‘moon’ and let ink run into the white space. Dry. Press ink int any left over ink for a smooched look. Heat set.

Step Four: Repeat steps one through three with a different background color. Here I used Antique Linen, Mowed Lawn, and Forest Moss Distress Stain Spray and Bundled Sage Distress Oxide Spray.

Step Five: Repeat steps one through three for a third time using different colors. Here I sed Antique Linen, Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress Stain Spray and Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide Spray.

Step Six: Splatter each background with reflective shimmer ink. I used Perfect Pearls in both original and pewter.

Step Seven: Die cut the backgrounds with the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set.

Step Eight: Create Harvest trees. Using the Tree die set, die cut three trees out of cardstock. I used black, grey and blue cardstock for my trees.

Step Nine: Emboss each die cut three with a subtle color so the trees each have shine.

I used on the on the grey cardstock Distress Embossing Glaze in Rusty Hinge, on the blue cardstock Distress Embossing Glaze in Tattered Rose, and on the black cardstock on old pot of glitter vintage mahogany embossing powder.

Step Ten: Create the critters. Start by die cutting the critter out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Here I used the Fox die set.

Step Eleven: Using Distress Ink, color the die cut pieces.

Step Twelve: Using a liquid adhesive, such as Kids Choice Glue, assembled the critter. I used the holiday hat trim from the die set to create a scarf for the Fox to wear.

Step Thirteen: Repeat steps ten through twelve with the Moose dies set.

Step Fourteen: Repeat steps ten through twelve with the Owl die set. I also used the holiday hat die in the set to create a scarf for this critter.

Step Fifteen: Adhere the background onto an A2 card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Tape. Adhere the tree to the background. Add a critter to the card. I used the blue background, the tattered rose embossed Tree and the blue toned Owl to the first card.

The green background got the glitter Tree and the Moose die set.

The orange background got the rusty hinge Tree and the Fox.

Step Sixteen: Using the Zen Sentiments stamp set, add a sentiment to each of the cards.

What do you think? Did these cards embrace the beginning of fall? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team

Beautiful Blooms- Forever

August 26, 2021

Hi Friends! It’s EK, and today I am back with a hand colored card featuring the one of the new Beautiful Blooms stamp sets from Sonia and Diane. I am just loving this stunning design with it’s loose sketchy lines and realistic look.

Step One: Using an alcohol marker friendly ink, stamp the large bird and sentiment onto a trimmed piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two: Color the image with an alcohol marker. I used copics. Around the edges of the cardstock, blend a dark blue water soluble ink. I used Distress Oxide Chipped Sapphire. Splatter the edges with clean water to create droplets.

Step Three: Die cut the image with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set.

Step Four: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the focal image onto a piece of dark blue cardstock. Adhere both of these pieces to an A2 card frame.

Step Five: Add a couple of dollops of Craft Drops in Clear Transparent around the sentiment.

If you love to color, you have to check out this new line from ECD. The Beautiful Blooms line is a colorist’s dream with large images that are just meant to be colored. How would you color this bird? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


A Way With Words Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team

Let Your Heart Guide You

August 12, 2021

Hey Everyone! It’s EK and today I am playing around with a stamp set from the Way with Words collection by Suzanne Cannon. These stamp sets have such great sentiments that make such a great focal images. Make sure you go check out the full collection before they are gone.

Step One: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Hand stamp two of the heart images from the Love & Hearts Collection stamp set in repeating patterns in colored ink. I used Kitsch Flamingo and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.

Step Two: Die cut the background with one of the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set.

Step Three: Die cut two different sized banner pieces from the Diagonal Stitched Fishtails die set out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Line the fishtails die cuts up with the background piece and in a stamping platform, line up the heart stamps over a background stamp. Remove the background cardstock and stamp the image onto the fishtails in black ink.

Step Four: Adhere the background to an A2 card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Line up the fishtail banners and adhere them to the card frame.

Step Five: Stamp a sentiment from the Love & Hearts Collection stamp set onto some 90b Soft Finish Cardstock. Die cut the sentiment with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle and outline the die cut with colored ink. I used Kitsch Flamingo. Adhere to the card using three dimensional tape.

Step Six: Add some Craft Drops in Transparent Crystal to the sentiment banner. Let Dry.

What do you think of sentiment focal projects? What are your favorite ECD sentiments to use? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


A Way With Words Cardmaking Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team Soft Finish Cardstock

White Washed Crafting

July 24, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and today I am creating a little bit of a festive card using a Christmas die from designer Suzanne Cannon that really could be used year round. However, I am also using one of my favorite crafting techniques leaving the project all white for a touch of crisp elegance. I just love how ECD’s Soft Finish Cardstock makes this technique so flawless.

Step One: Die cut two frames from 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Use the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set for the large frame, and two of the Stitched Indented Square dies for the smaller frame.

Step Two: Using more 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut a third frame and the sentiment from the Love Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament die set.

Step Three: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the large rectangle frame to an A2 card frame.

Step Four: Using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the square frame to the card on a diagonal. Trim off excess.

Step Five: Using a liquid adhesive such as Kid Choice Glue, adhere both the ornament frame and the sentiment to the center of the card.

Step Six: Adhere a few white and iridescent sequins to the card frame for more visual interest.

Step Seven: Finish off the project with a few dollops of both Transparent Crystal and White Craft Drops.

I hope you enjoyed this super simply yet elegant project.

Do you ever create in just one color? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team

Kinda Silly, Kinda Awesome

July 22, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK and I am popping in today with a fun card I created using my distress oxide sprays and designers Ilse and Charlene‘s line of crafting supplies. This project is super easy and incredibly quick to create, but the bold colors make it still exciting and unique.

Step One: On a piece of trimmed Watercolor Paper, spray a layer of Distress Oxide Spray and let dry. Then splatter more ink in different colors onto the paper and let dry. I used Carved Pumpkin, Chipped Sapphire and Speckled Egg.

Step Two: Spread a thick molding paste through the Mandala stencil onto the background image and let dry.

Step Three: On a second piece of Watercolor Paper, spray a second collection of colors and let dry. I used Iced Spruce and Shabby Shutters. Using the Budding Florals die set, die cut the leaves die two times.

Step Four: On a third piece of trimmed Watercolor Paper, spray a third collection of inks. I used Chipped Sapphire and Speckled Egg. Let dry. Die cut the floral die from the Budding Florals die set.

Step Five: Trim the background slightly, and using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere it to an A2 card frame.

Step Six: Using trimmed three dimensional tape, adhere the Budding Floral leaves to the background.

Step Seven: Using a liquid adhesive, such as the Kids Choice Glue, adhere the Budding Florals floral onto the card frame onto of the leaves.

Step Eight: On the left over floral background ink, stamp the sentiment from the Words & Layers stamp set. Trim the sentiment and add to the card frame using a three dimensional tape.

Step Nine: For more visual interest, add Craft Drops on the background of the project. I used Metallic Gold, Metallic Silver, and Pearl Olive.

I hope you find this project just as fun as I do. Let us know in the comments below what color combinations would you use to create a card like this. Until then, happy crafting.


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