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EK Gorman

Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Masculine Valentine

January 14, 2021

Hey everyone, it’s EK and today I am starting my quest to finish my vantines for those that I love. So one of the things I think the most difficult is crafting something for teenage boys. I can create for my husband with ease, and my daughters in a snap of the finger…but my teenage son, well that is a whole different story. Today I thought I would tackle a valentine for my son using Joset’s Peek-A-Boo Love Set dies to help me.

Step One: Die cut the door flap from the Peek-A-Boo Love Set die set onto an A2 card frame so the flap opens on the right.

Step Two: Using ink, blend the edges of the card frame. I used Pumice Stone Distress Oxide.

Step Three: Using yupo paper and alcohol inks, create a background. I went with blue tones trying to avoid the stereotypical valentine colors and create a more masculine feel.

Step Four: Trim the yupo paper, and add some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the back of the paper and adhere it inside the card frame.

Step Five: Add both 10mm and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the top inside boarder of the card frame and seal the card shut.

Step Six: Using two different inks, stamp a sentiment onto the flap from the Bear Hugs stamp set. I used Brick Red Distress Oxide for the ‘XOXO’ and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide for the ‘Hugs & Kisses’.

Step Seven: Die cut accessories from the Peek-A-Boo Love Set die set out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock and color them. I used copics.

Step Eight: Using liquid adhesive adhere the key to the front of the flap. I used Kids Choice Glue.

Step Nine: Adhere the other accessory pieces inside the card.

Step Ten: Stamp a sentiment inside the card from the Bear Hugs stamp set. I used StazOn ink over the alcohol ink.

Step Eleven: Finally spray the face of the card with a shimmer spray to give it a little flair.

I’m not certain this is quite masculine enough to keep my kid from rolling his eyes, but he will think the flap is pretty cool. He likes when my cards function in a none traditional way.

Do you make your family valentines? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


Cardmaking Charlene Stamps

Thankful

December 28, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK and I am back with a few mixed media cards. The holidays may be over, but it is time to send out thank you notes to all those who blessed us with their kindness. So today, I pulled out my gel plate and several of Ilse and Charlene’s stencils and stamps to create these thank you cards.

Step One: Using a gel plate, brayer, and some paint in tones of beige, prep the plate. I used Distress Paint in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.

Step Two: Lay the Dot Dot Dot… stencil over the beige ink. I was able to make four prints from this process. The first is the cleaning of the brayer, the second is cleaning off the stencil, the third is a piece of paper laid on both the plate and stencil and the fourth is the paint left on the plate after the stencil was lifted.

Step Three: Repeat step one and two this time using green paint and the Waves stencil. I used Shabby Shutters and Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint.

Each piece of 5.5×8.5 inch piece of cardstock was treated with the exact same techniques as the first time.

Step Four: Repeat steps one and two with red paint and the Dot Dot Dot… stencil again. I used Festive Berries and Abandoned Coral Distress Paint.

Step Five: Die cut two of the prints with the Stitched Hexagons die set.

Step Six: Die cut the second two prints with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set.

Step Seven: Using the left over prints, stamp the sentiment from the Journaling Elements stamp set in black water resistant ink.

Step Eight: Die cut the sentiment with the Fitted Fishtails die set. The tails will be trimmed off, but the shape and size were perfect for the sentiment.

Step Nine: Prepare two more prints using the Make Your Mark stencil. I used Bundled Sage and Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint.

Step Ten: Stamp four times some holly from the Oh the Joy of Christmas stamp set.

Step Eleven: Add red liquid coloring to the boys. I used Distress Stain in Fired Brick.

Step Twelve: Fussy cut out the holly.

Step Thirteen: Prepare four A2 card frames. Blend ink around the edges of the card frames. I used Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxides. Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the die cut prints onto the card frames.

Step Fourteen: Stamp an image of a girl onto the prints. I used the Funky Chicks stamp set.

Step Fifteen: Using a liquid adhesive, adhere the fussy cut holly to the card frame. I used Kids Choice Glue.

Step Sixteen: Using three dimensional tape add the print with the sentiment to the card frame.

Step Seventeen: Add some liquid color to the eyes and lips of the stamped girl. I used Peeled Paint and Fired Brick Distress Stains. Add a highlight of white to the eyes.

Do you create mixed media cards with both stencils and stamps? What are your favorite to use? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, Happy Crafting.


A Way With Words Cardmaking Craft Drops

Holiday Thank you Cards

December 26, 2020

Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean the need for a few more holiday thank you cards is done. Today I have whipped up four holiday thank notes for family members who thought of us this year.

Step One: Using Elizabeth Craft Designs Watercolor Palette, lay down a layer of color onto some watercolor paper. Each color spot has two or three different colors to create the spot.

Step Two: Die cut the color spots using both A Way With Words Flourished Christmas Minis and Flourished Christmas Minis 2.

Step Three: Using 90lb Soft Finished Cardstock, die cut A Way With Words Family four times.

Step Four: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches to create four backgrounds of the cards. Blend Distress Oxides around the edges using the darkest on the outside and going lighter to the the middle. I used Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire and Speckled Egg.

Step Five: Repeat four each of the four backgrounds.

Step Six: Spray and splatter the cardstock with a silver shimmer spray.

Step Seven: Die cut the four background pieces with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set.

Step Eight: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the background to an A2 card frame.

Step Nine: Using a stamping platform, add the sentiments to the four card frames. I used both the Love & Hearts Collection stamp set and the Build Your Own Sentiments 1 stamp set.

Step Ten: Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere both the Family die cut and Minis to the four card frames.

Step Eleven: Add little heart flourishes from the Love & Hearts Collection stamp set to the four cards.

Step Twelve: Add Metallic Silver Craft drops to the four cards.

I love how each of these cards came out, looking a lot like winter with just a touch of the lingering holidays.

Do you Send Holiday thank you cards? What do you put as the focus image on them? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Joyful Wishes

December 14, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and today I am playing around with the newly released Holiday Elf- Hers and seeing if I can play with her in ways beyond just the holidays. After all, there are a bunch more elves than just holiday elves. I thought I would play around and see if I could make her into a convincing woodland elf and with the help of the Mushroom House Folding Card I think I was able to come up pretty convincingly with that.

Step One: Die cut all the pieces (minus the elf’s hat) of the Holiday Elf- Hers die set and the stocking cap and trim from the Winter Accessories die set out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two: Using colored pencils, color the skin and hair of the elf. I used my Polychromos pencils.

Step Three: Color the elf’s clothing and stocking cap (from the Winter Accessories diet set) dark brown with colored pencils.

Step Four: Color the rest of the elf’s clothing a mid toned gray.

Step Five: Using Kids Choice Glue assemble the elf.

Step Six: Die cut the pieces of the Mushroom House Folding Card and some of the accessories out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Seven: Using Distress Oxides color the mushroom card frame. I used a combination of Pumice Stone, Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap.

Step Eight: Using Distress Oxides color the natural elements. I used Rustic Wilderness for the grass, Wild Honey and Victorian Velvet for the flowers, and a combination of Hickory Smoke, Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap.

Step Nine: Using Kids Choice Glue, assemble the card. Using Joyful Wishes stamp set add a sentiment to the card.

How else do you think you could use the Holiday Elves all season long? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, Happy Crafting.


Charlene Stamps Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team Stamping

Mandala Christmas

November 30, 2020

Hey Everyone! It’s EK and I created two Christmas cards today using a bit of spring flavor. I just adore Mandala’s and was wondering if I could make it Charlene and Isle’s Spring Flower Mandala stencil work for a holiday card. So it turns out, you can.

Step One: Securely lay the Spring Flower Mandala stencil over a piece of trimmed watercolor paper.

Step Two: Spray several coordinating ink colors over the stencil. I used Speckled Egg, Weathered Wood, and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Spray. Before lifting the stencil up, take a second piece of trimmed watercolor paper over the extra ink.

Step Three: Carefully life the stencil and let both pieces of watercolor paper dry. You get with this technique both a positive and negative print of the stencil.

Step Four: Die cut both pieces of watercolor paper with one of the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set dies.

Step Five: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the watercolor paper to an A2 cardframe.

Step Six: Using both a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, stamp images from both Oh the Joy of Christmas and Christmas Garden with alcohol ink friendly ink.

Step Seven: Color the images with alcohol ink. I used copics.

Step Eight: Fussy cut the images out.

Step Nine: Using both 6mm and 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the stamped images onto one of the cards.

Step Ten: Stamp a sentiment from the Classic Christmas Sentiments stamp set onto the card using both red and black ink.

Step Eleven: Finish the card using both Pearl Olive and Pearl Rose Craft Drops.

Step Twelve: Repeat steps nine through eleven using the other images and card.

Let us know in the comments below if you think the Spring Flower Mandala worked as a Christmas Card. Until then, happy crafting!


A Way With Words Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team Silk Microfine Glitter

A Flourished Christmas

November 28, 2020

Hi Friends! It’s EK and I am popping in with a trio of cards featuring A Way with Words Flourished Christmas Minis 2. These three cards were all using the same techniques but ended up with different looks due to the different A Way With Words sentiments I picked.

Step One: Using 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, blend water soluble ink over the paper. I used Distress Oxides. Splatter wet ink over the cardstock. Add a spray of Shimmer Spray.

Step Two: Repeat step one with two other pieces of cardstock. I used the new trio of Distress Oxides, Rustic Wilderness, Crackling Campfire, and Speckled Egg to create these looks.

Step Three: Die cut the A Way With Words Flourished Christmas Minis 2 out of Clear Double Side Adhesive Sheets. (I have recently mastered Clear Double Sided Adhesive die cut and adhere without applying the sheet to a piece of cardstock prior!)

Step Four: Peel off the brown side of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet and adhere it to your project. Then Peel off the slick top paper.

Step Five: Adhere a substance to the Clear Double Sided Adhesive. I used Nuvo Gilding Flakes.

Step Six: Using a stiff brush, rub off the excess substance.

Step Seven: Repeat steps five-six with the other cardstocks.

Step Eight: Die cut your cardstock and adhere the pieces to A2 card frames using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. I used both Stitched Indented Rectangle die set and Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set.

Step Nine: Using more Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets, die cut A Way With Words sentiments. I used A Way With Words Peace on Earth, Merry Christmas, and Cheers.

Step Ten: Peel and stick the sentiments to the card frames.

Step Eleven: Add Silk Microfine Glitter to the sentiments. I used Sea Glass Silk Microfine Glitter for the sentiment and Cook Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter for the star.

I used Bright Cranberry Silk Microfine Glitter for the flourish card.

I used Imperial Garnet Silk Microfine Glitter for the sentiment on tree card, Sea Glass Silk Microfine Glitter for the ornaments, and Solar Gold Silk Microfine Glitter for the star.

Step Twelve: Finally, add Craft Drops to the cards. I used Pearl Rose on the orange card.

I used both Metallic Gold and White for the Speckled Egg card.

I used Metallic Gold and Pearl Olive Craft Drops on the green card.

Thank you for checking out my trio of Christmas cards today. Let us know your favorite one in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting!



Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Fur Baby Christmas Tags

November 16, 2020

Hi Friends! It’s EK, and today I am creating a couple of holiday tags for all the all those who love their Fur Babies. It is no secret that I absolutely love taking the ECD’s critter dies and dressing them up for different holidays. Well, with the release of the new Winter Accessories die set, I will have no problem at all getting all the different critters dressed and ready for Christmas. Today, I have dressed up the Cat and Dog die set for all those that love their pets as much as family.

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

Step Two: Using alcohol markers, color the die cut pieces. I used copic markers.

Step Three: Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the die cut pieces of the Cat die set together.

Step Four: Repeat steps 1-3 using the Dog die set.

Step Five: Die cut the Santa Hat, Scarf, and Reindeer ears from the new Winter Accessories and color them with alcohol markers.

Step Six: Adhere the Winter Accessories to the Cat and Dog.

Step Seven: Die cut the Elegant Christmas Trees die set in both beige and dark gray cardstock. Die cut a black backing for the trees. This will make up the base of the tag.

Step Eight: Die cut one of the Diagonal Stitched Fishtails die set two times in red cardstock. Die cut two times a sentiment from the Words- 5 Winter Wishes die set out of dark green cardstock.

Step Nine: Adhere the with 10mm Clear Double Sided Tape the Dog to the beige tag. Adhere with Kids Choice Glue the die cut sentiment.

Step Ten: Add a sentiment from the Furrever Friends stamp set to the Fishtail tag. Punch a hole in both the Elegant Christmas Tree and Fishtail banner. Adhere the banner to the tag with a little 6mm Clear Double Sided Tape so the banner is fixed. Add a ribbon to the hole punched holes.

Here is the finished tag featuring the Dog die set.

Step Eleven– Repeat steps 9-10 this time using the dark grey Elegant Christmas Tree and Cat die set.

Here is the finished Cat tag!

Which of the Elizabeth Craft Designs critters would you dress up for this holiday season using the new Winter Accessories? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy Christmas crafting!


Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Stamping Watercolor Watercolor Palette

A Little Hocus Pocus

October 29, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and I am popping in with a little bit of fan art I created using several stamp sets from Ilse and Charlene. This collection has a whole host of great stamp sets featuring different girls, and I have been kicking the idea around for some time about combining them to create a little homage to my favorite Halloween Movie. I don’t know if I quite captured the look I was going for, but I sure had a lot of fun trying.

Step One: Trim a piece of watercolor to 6×4.5 inches. Stamp girl images from Floral Girls, Halloween Party, and Make a Wish stamp sets onto Watercolor paper, masking where needed. I picked three different gal images trying to capture a likeness of three famous movie witches.

Step Two: Peel up the masks to reveal the stamped images.

Step Three: Watercolor the images focusing in on the skin and hair. I used ECD’s Watercolor Palette.

Step Four: Finish watercoloring the image.

Step Five: Blend ink around the edges to create a haze. I used Shabby Shutters Distress Oxide.

Step Six: Trim a piece of black cardstock to 8.5×6 inches. Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the watercolor paper to the black cardstock. Die cut a halloween sentiment from the Words 3 Happy Holidays die set. Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the sentiment to the cardstock.

While I did not quite capture the three witches from my favorite spooky movie, I am still going to matte this piece and frame it for the Halloween Season.

Do you ever try to capture pop culture themes with your stamps and dies? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


A Way With Words Cardmaking Craft Drops

You Are Invited to Christmas Crafting

October 24, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK and I am popping in with a brand new card With Halloween almost here and over, it means it is time to start looking forward the most fun crafting season of all, Christmas. So today I thought I would whip up a quick little card inviting you and others to the holiday season! And one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is with the A Way With Words line of dies and stamps.

Step One: Using some yupo paper and alcohol ink, create a holiday themed background. I used Watermelon and Bottle Ranger Alcohol Ink and Mined Alloy Alcohol ink. Let dry.

Step Two: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Die cut the A Way With Words Flourished Deer die from the center of the cardstock.

Step Three: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the negative space die cut 4.25×5.5 inch cardstock over the yupo paper.

Step Four: Place the Flourished Deer die cut back into the negative space. Using Kids Choice Glue, add the negative die cuts back into the blank spaces of the deer.

Step Five: Let Glue Dry.

Step Six: Die cut both the A Way With Words You’re Invited die and the Flourished Holly dies. Blend ink over the two die cuts. I used both Festive Berries and Pine Needle Distress Oxides. Adhere the Holly die cuts with Kids Choice Glue.

Step Seven: Adhere the yupo paper to an A2 card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the Flourished Holly die cut to the card frame.

Step Eight: Adhere with Kids Choice Glue the You’re Invited die cut.

Step Nine: Add Pearl Rose Craft Drops to the card. Let dry.

I hope you are just as excited as I am about the up coming holiday crafting season. There are so many exciting new holiday things coming so make sure you stay tuned for all the new holiday releases! Until then, happy crafting.


Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Fairy Tale Table Decor

October 18, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK and last week I create a Halloween table display featuring a whole host of Joset’s dies. Well, I am at it again, not because I am trying to start a trend (even though I think it would be a really cool trend), but because my 10 year old has requested a table decoration for her room featuring a little bit of fairy tale magic. My kiddo’s favorite princess has always been Cinderella, and I realized that I really had all the necessary dies to recreate the story in a single display from different Joset collections.

Step One: Die cut from 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock the pieces from the Princess die set. Color the pieces with copic markers. Assemble the pieces using Kids Choice Glue.

Step Two: Die cut the bushes, tree stump and mushroom from the Forest Accessories die set and 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Color the die cuts with copic markers. Use Kids Choice Glue to assemble the pieces of the mushroom.

Step Three: Die cut the pumpkin pieces of the Pumpkin die set. Color this with copic markers and assemble.

Step Four: Die cut the mice from both the Scarecrow die set and the Forest Accessories die set. Color the mice.

Step Five: Die cut two grass strips and the clouds from the Tree die set. Color the die cuts.

Step Six: Using a 6x6x2 inch canvas, paint grass and a road onto the front and sides using acrylic paint. Let dry.

Step Seven: Die cut the pieces of the Castle Folding card out of 110lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Color the castle with copic markers and assemble. I glued the back of the card to castle to help add stability. Fill the window with Transparent Crystal Craft Drops. Hot glue the castle to the back of the canvas. Hot glue the clouds to the back of the castle allowing them to float out.

Step Eight: Trim the grasses to fit the width of the canvas leaving room for the road. Using hot glue adhere the scene to the canvas laying the different pieces.

I hope you get a kick seeing how I constructed this table top decoration. Yes it is a little fragile due to the different pieces being made of paper, but if you leave the decor simply sitting on a piece of furniture it is perfectly safe. There are so many different stories that we can tell using the different dies from Joset’s collections.

Let me know in the comments below what story you would want to see next. Until then, happy crafting.

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