Hey 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.
Step One: Die cut the pieces you need from the Octopus, Seashells and Spring Basket die sets using 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.
Step Two: Color the die cut pieces using your colored pencils.
Step 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.
Step 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.
Step 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.
Have 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.
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!
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.
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.
Step Two: Trim a piece of contrasting Soft Finish Cardstock to slightly smaller than 6×6 inches. I used Brick Red Soft Finish Cardstock.
Step Three: Adhere the contrasting cardstock inside the card frame using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
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.
Step Five: Blend the same ink onto the die cut sentiment.
Step Six: Using some Kids Choice Glue adhere the sentiment back into the card frame.
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.
Step Eight: Blend some ink onto the die cut candle bases. I used Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide.
Step Nine: Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the top die cut piece to the candle bases.
Step Ten: Adhere the fully die cut image to the card frame using some Kids Choice Glue.
Step Eleven: Add some Peel-off silver border stickers to the edges of the card. I used the Corners and Borders Straight stickers.
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.
Step Fourteen: Adhere the butterflies onto the card frame.
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.
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.
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!
Hey Friends! It’s EK popping in today to share are really fun shell shaped card featuring some of the new dies from Joset’s latest release. Not that long ago, a family-friendly movie came out with a giant crab who craved shiny things. It is also one of my teenager’s favorite ‘villains’ of all time. And when I look at the new Seashells die set, all I can see is that shiny loving crab. So today I thought I would create my own version of this greedy villain.
Step One: Die cut the seashell card frame from the new Oyster Shell Card with Pop Up die set from some Pale Peach Soft Finish Cardstock. Fold the card along the die cut scored line.
Step Two: Using a blending brush and some Distress Oxide, blend some Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo onto the seashell. Spritz with some water to create speckles on the seashell.
Step Three: Using some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock die cut the pieces from the new Seashell die set.
Step Four: Blend some Distress Oxides onto the die cut pieces. I used a base of Brushed Corduroy on all the seashells and then added a touch of color for the rest. I used Tumbled Glass, Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral, Victorian Velvet and Crushed Olive to color the different shells. To color the crab body parts, I blended some Brick Red and Aged Mahogany. For the eyes and the ‘hole’ into the shell I used Walnut Stain and Black Soot.
Step Five: Using some Kids Choice Glue, adhere the pieces of the crab together.
Step Six: Using Kids Choice Glue, add the seashells and crab to the bottom of the shell card frame.
Step Seven: Add shiny baubles to the sea shells. I debated long and hard if I should use jewels, drops, sequins or the baubles, and in the end, I liked the colors of these. Finally I used a little Transparent Crystal Craft Drops for the eyes of the crab.
Step Eight: Finally stamp a sentiment from the Splish Splash Sentiments stamp set onto the shell frame. I used a little Brushed Corduroy Distress Oxide to stamp the sentiment.
I hope you find my card as much fun as I do. My teenager has already stolen it and placed it on their pin board (I not surely full my teenager fully understand the purpose of a handmade card, but I love they they love it none the less).
Let us know in the comments below how you would use the new Oyster Shell card frame. Until then, Happy Crafting.
Hey Friends! It’s EK, and today I am playing around with both some positive and negative die cutting and a whole host of silk microfine glitter. With spring just around the corner, it seemed like the perfect time to play around with a garden theme. And I find the Suzanne Cannon line is perfect when you want to play around with die cutting on several layers.
Step One: Prep a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock with a sheet of Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Die cut the flowers from the A Way with Words Wreath & Elements.
Step Two: Peel the paper from the Clear Double Sided Adhesive and add Silk Microfine Glitter to the die cuts.
I used Leaf Green Silk Microfine Glitter for the steams, Copper Rose Silk Microfine Glitter for the back of the roses, and Bright Cranberry Silk Microfine Glitter for the rose outline.
Step Three: Adhere the flower together using Kids Choice Glue.
Step Four: Die cut the sentiment using the My Garden Flowers die set and the prepared 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock and Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
Step Five: Peel half of the adhesive paper off the words. Add Copper Rose Silk Microfine Glitter to the peel half of the die cuts.
Step Six: Peel the second half of the adhesive paper off the words and add Bright Cranberry Silk Microfine Glitter to the words.
Step Seven: Trim a piece of Dove Gray Soft Finish Cardstock to 6×6 inches. Blend different green inks onto the trimmed cardstock. I used Distress Oxides in Pine Needles, Bundle Sage and Iced Spruce.
Step Eight: Die cut out butterflies from the green blended cardstock using the Butterflies & Stars Sprays. Save the die cut butterflies.
Step Nine: Using Kids Choice Glue adhere the roses and sentiment to the green blended cardstock.
Step Ten: Add a metallic trim to the edges of the cardstock using the Borders & Corners Peel Off Stickers. Glue the left over die cut butterflies to the card frame, letting the light butterflies rest in the dark areas and vice versa.
Step Eleven: Trim a piece of Dusky Blue Soft Finish Cardstock to 12×6 inches. Score and fold the cardstock to make a 6×6 inch card frame. Add a piece of trimmed Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet to the top corner of the card frame. Add two strips of 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the other side.
Step Twelve: Peel the adhesive paper and adhere the green blended cardstock. Add Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to the open die cut areas.
Step Thirteen: Add Transparent Crystal Craft Drops to the die cut butterflies to add dimension and sparkle to the added butterflies.
I hope you enjoyed my glitter garden as much as I do.
What are you looking forward most too in spring? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, Happy Spring Crafting!
Winter blues got you down? Don’t worry, because the latest release from Joset will having you seeing sunny days and warm ocean hues!
Today I am playing around with the new Whale die set and and some watercolor to create this simple, yet summer fun card.
Step One: Die cut all the pieces from the Whale die set from some Watercolor Paper.
Step Two: Using either watercolors, or watercolor markers, color the die cut pieces.
Step Three: Using a waterbased ink you can blend, created a background of blue on a piece of 110lb Soft Finish Cardstock trimmed to 4.25×5.5. I used my distress oxides in both Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean.
Step Four: Using a stencil, created some texture on the background using a darker blue ink. I used Faded Jeans Distress Oxide through this circular stencil.
Step Five: Using both 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive and Kids Choice Glue, add the die cut image to the background.
Step Six: Using the new Splish Splash Sentiments stamp set, add a sentiment. I used two different sentiments in blue ink. I used Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide.
Step Seven: Add the inked background to an A2 card frame using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
Step Eight: Spritz the background with some water to add some texture to the card, and add some extra inking around the edges to help ground the image.
Step Nine: Add some Transparent Crystal Craft Drops around the sentiment for a little extra bling.
I hope this card helps chase away your cold winter blues. Spring is just around the corner, but until then, your ocean hues are only a click away.
Hey Everyone! It’s EK today with some sepia toned love cards.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to create a collection of romantic cards that can be used for Cupid’s holiday or frankly any day. Charlene’s A Field of Flowers stamp set is the perfect way to create a simple collections of cards. And let’s be honest, these flowers are just begging for a sepia treatment.
Step One: Stamp all the images from the A Field of Flowers stamp set onto Watercolor Paper using water proof ink.
Step Two: Using watercolor pencils in shades of brown, tan and peach color the flowers.
Step Three: Using a watercolor brush, spread the pencil out.
Step Four: Repeat steps one and two with the rest of the images.
Step Five: Using a watercolor pencil, shade around the edges of the watercolor paper. I used shades of red, pink and purple.
Step Six: Using a watercolor brush, blend out the pencil.
Step Seven: Repeat steps five and six with rest of the images.
Step Eight: Using the Love Sentiments stamp set, add the sentiment onto each image. I used grey on all except the one with the leaves.
Step Nine: Mount the watercolor paper onto an A2 card frame.
I hope you enjoy these super simple, yet romantic cards. Let me know in the comments below what you think about turning the flowers into sepia tones. Until then, happy crafting.
Hello Everyone! It’s EK, and today I am popping in with a non-Valentine’s Valentine’s Day card. I like giving out cards to friends and family on the 14th, but I also like it to look like a card for any other day of the year. Today I am playing around with the negative image of a die cut to create this any-time Valentine’s day card.
Step One: Trim a piece of Dusky Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock to 12×6 inches. Score and fold the the cardstock to make a 6×6 inch card frame.
Step Two: Using the A Way with Stencils – Flourished Frame stencil, apply it over the card frame and blend in ink. I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide.
Step Three: Lift the stencil and lay it down to the side of the original image and blend more ink.
Step Four: Repeat on the opposite side.
Step Five: Die cut the sentiment from the card frame using the You Are Perfect die set from the A With Words Line. I tack down the dies where I want them using a little bit of blue tape.
Step Six: Using a scrap of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock and 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, cover the die cut area of the die cut in the inside of the card frame.
Step Seven: Add the die cut sentiment back into the negative space, tacking it down with some blue tape.
Step Eight: Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere back in the pieces from the die cut. Carefully lift back out the die cut sentiment.
Step Nine: Repeat step 7 and 8 using the other die cut sentiment.
Step Ten: Stamp on heart and flutter images onto the stamp using the Soar Collection stamp set.
Step Eleven: Fill in the hearts with some color. I watercolored ink from a Worn Lipstick Distress Marker.
Step Twelve: Fill in the wing with a contrasting color. I watercolored Black Soot Distress Marker into the wings.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created this fun negative effect card.
Let us know in the comments below if you ever play with the negative images of die cuts. Until then, happy crafting!