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Marsha Valk

Els van de Burgt Studio Joset Designs

Fly with Me to the Rainbow – Shadow Box Frame

December 22, 2015

Hi there! It’s Marsha today with my first project featuring the exciting new Els van de Burgt Studio and Joset Design die sets!

Last week my mom and I went to the theatre to see a Dutch celebrity perform some of his songs. One of his greatest hits is ‘Vlieg met me mee’, a parody of a Eurovision Song Contest song.

The main lyric translates as: ‘Fly with me to the rainbow’. It’s a silly, humorous, sing-along (love) song that brings back happy memories for me and it’s the main inspiration for this shadow box frame!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fly with me to the Rainbow // Shadow Box Frame

Here are the steps to create something similar:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fly with me to the Rainbow // Shadow Box Frame

1. Cut a sheet of Soft Finish Cardstock to the size of your extra deep edge frame (my frame was 6.3″) to use as the mat. Use the largest Fitted Circle to create a window in the middle of it.

2. Die-cut the Hot Air Balloon and the Rainbow Sky parts out of coloured cardstock.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fly with me to the Rainbow // Shadow Box Frame

3. Use one or two of the chains and/or ropes from the Chains 1 and Ropes 1 die-sets to create the landscape. I cut two scraps of green cardstock to approximately 3″ x 6″ and used the chain/rope dies to cut each scrap down the middle.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fly with me to the Rainbow // Shadow Box Frame

4. Ink the die-cut edges of the four pieces with Distress Ink.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fly with me to the Rainbow // Shadow Box Frame

5. Cut a sheet of light blue paper to the size of your frame.  Adhere the green scraps in an overlapping way to create the landscape.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fly with me to the Rainbow // Shadow Box Frame

Notice that in the photo my light blue paper and the green paper don’t exactly match up. This is not a problem, as this ‘shortage’ will be covered by the circle mat later on!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fly with me to the Rainbow // Shadow Box Frame

6. Assemble all die-cuts and use Clear Double Sided Adhesive and foam tape to adhere them to the scene.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fly with me to the Rainbow // Shadow Box Frame

7. Add the mat and the scene to the extra deep edge frame.

Mine came with a spacer to separate the mat from the image, but you can achieve something similar by adding craft foam or foam tape to the back of the white mat.

8. Enjoy!

Happy Holidays!

Marsha

Supplies: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
1115 Fitted Frames 5 – Lace Circles (coming soon)
1117 Fitted Circles (coming soon)
1125 Ropes 1 (coming soon)
1126 Chains 1 (coming soon)
1150 Hot Air Balloons (coming soon)
1151 Rainbow Sky (coming soon)
PSF102 Soft Finish Cardstock 100Lb
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Other:
Extra deep frame (mine came from a local discount store and is 6.3″)
Cardstock (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, blue, dark blue, purple, brown)
Distress Ink (Fossilized Amber, Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass)
Foam Tape

Els van de Burgt Studio

Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

December 8, 2015

Hi there! It’s Marsha here again with a minimal but stylish idea to decorate your seasonal gifts.

Busy season has kicked in and I’m on the look-out for easy to do handmade projects that take minimal effort.

I was looking at a magazine and saw these beautiful gift tags with fresh greenery attached to them. I loved the idea, it’s easy to do, but you can’t really prepare this in advance, as the fresh leaves and berries won’t keep until the holidays. Unless… you make them out of paper!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

The individual steps for these tags hardly take any time, so I think this is an excellent project you can do one step at a time, whenever you have a spare moment!

Here are the steps to create the tags:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

1. Die-cut as many leaves and berry branches as you think you’ll need out of watercolour paper.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

2. Colour the leaves and branches with watercolours. Leave the watercoloured die-cuts to dry completely.

Don’t have time to wait for paint to dry? Replace the watercolours with a colouring medium that is instantly dry, like alcohol markers, brush tip pens, or coloured pencils!

3. Die-cut as many tags as you think you’ll need out of your favourite cardstock.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

4. Add Glossy Accents and/or Puffy Paint to the berries. Leave to dry completely.

Don’t have time to wait for the accents to dry? Replace them with Glitter Dots or self-adhesive crystals. Or… just skip this step!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

5. Adhere the branches and leaves to the tags with small strips of washi tape.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

6. Add some twine to the tags and use the tags to decorate your gifts or your home!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

Happy crafting!

Marsha

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
1074 Leaf & Berry Branches
1033 Leafy Branch
958 Tags & More 5 – Sunburst
758 Berry Branch
703 Triple Leaf Set

Other:
Watercolours (Winsor and Newton)
Bakers twine
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Puffy Paint White (Tulip)

Els van de Burgt Studio

Awesome Happy Fun Glitter Lace Technique Embellishments

November 24, 2015

Hi there! It’s Marsha here again today!

I don’t know about you, but I always feel the need to mix in some non-seasonal crafting during these last weeks of the year.

This scrapbook page features Els’s awesome Silk Microfine Glitter and lace technique that you can apply to both seasonal and non-seasonal projects!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Scrapbook page with Glitter Lace Technique Embellishments

Don’t know what technique I’m talking about? Watch Els demonstrate it in this video on the Elizabeth Craft Designs YouTube Channel!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Scrapbook page with Glitter Lace Technique Embellishments

Here are the written steps to the lace technique:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Scrapbook page with Glitter Lace Technique Embellishments
1. Take a scrap of cardstock, slightly larger than you think you’ll need for your die-cuts. Adhere Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet to one side of the scrap.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Scrapbook page with Glitter Lace Technique Embellishments

2. Remove the backing and cover the exposed adhesive with one or more pieces of fine lace. The technique works best with finer types of lace with lots of detail.

3. Choose two different colours of Silk Microfine Glitter. Using two contrasting colours produces the best results, for instance: a dark and a light tone in the same hue or two colours on opposite sides of the colour-wheel.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Scrapbook page with Glitter Lace Technique Embellishments

4. Cover the lace with the darker of the two glitters. Tap off the excess glitter and polish the remaining glitter into the adhesive with your fingertip for maximum sparkle.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Scrapbook page with Glitter Lace Technique Embellishments

The Silk Microfine Glitter will change its sheen while polishing so you’ll be able to tell which parts are done and which parts still need further polishing.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Scrapbook page with Glitter Lace Technique Embellishments

5. Remove the lace and repeat the process with the second colour of Silk Microfine Glitter.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Scrapbook page with Glitter Lace Technique Embellishments

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6. Die-cut the glittered cardstock with any die 0f choice. I picked the Jewelry Set 1-Sea Glass die set because it’s still one of my all-time favourites!

Note that I used the Sea Glass dies as they arrived in the package. I did not cut them apart. If you prefer to have eight different solid shapes, 4 large and 4 small, use die snips to snip the dies apart.

Tip: You can always reposition the smaller dies inside the larger ones even after the shapes have been cut apart, or mix and match among the shapes to create even more options!

6. Die-cut the glittered cardstock with any die 0f choice. I chose the Jewelry Set 1-Sea Glass die set because it's still one of my all time favourites!

7. Add the glittered lace embellishments to your scrapbook page or any other project that could benefit from some subtle sparkle!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Scrapbook page with Glitter Lace Technique Embellishments

The base for this page was originally a 12 x 12 patterned scrapbook paper that I monoprinted on using a Gelli Plate, acrylic paints, stamps and stencils!

Happy glittering!

Marsha

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
508 Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 64 mm
619 Fuchsia Silk Microfine Glitter
629 Soft Teal Silk Microfine Glitter
954 Jewelry Set 1-Sea Glass

Other:
Lace
Cardstock
Patterned paper (Studio Calico – Picture This)
Gelli Plate
Acrylic paint
Stencils en masks (Carabelle Studio, The Crafters Workshop, Stencil Girl)
Stamps (Stampendous N*Studio – Marks)
Brayer
White pen or marker
Floss (Karen Foster Scrapper’s Floss Spool Carnation)
Wood veneer words (Freckled Fawn – Word Wood Chips)

Christmas Tree Frame with Fairy Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

November 10, 2015

Hi, It’s Marsha, back again with some easy peasy Shimmer Sheetz Christmas decor!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Twinkle Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

Do you ever go to a store determined to find something cute and then come back empty-handed because every time you saw something there, you heard this voice in your head saying: ‘I can make that!’ Or: ‘I would totally buy that, if only it would come in another colour’… ?!

Well, it happened to me this week: I went to the garden centre to look at what’s new in Christmas decor and I found this wooden Christmas tree frame with fairy lights that I liked. Except the colours were not to my taste and then I thought: I wonder if I can customize it… Or… maybe I can just make something similar using my dies and Shimmer Sheetz!

Here’s how I created it:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Twinkle Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

1. Get a piece of 3/8 inch square dowel and cut it into three parts to create a triangle shape. Glue the dowel pieces together with wood glue or a strong craft adhesive.

I’m not a wood worker and nor is my husband, but I just told him what I had in mind and he made something up. I don’t think he even measured it! The bottom dowel ended up 6.7 inches and the upright dowels are about 9.45 inches long.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Twinkle Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

2. Paint the tree frame to match your holiday decor!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Fairy Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

3. Add a wooden building block or something similar to give the tree a trunk.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Twinkle Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

4. Choose three or four colours of Shimmer Sheetz and use Ornament Set 4 to die-cut 5 or 6 ornament shapes.

Remember that you need a Metal Adaptor Plate to be able to die-cut through Shimmer Sheetz with intricate dies like the ornament shapes!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Twinkle Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

5. Add Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back of a scrap of Shimmer Sheetz before you die-cut the little ornament hanger. Remove the protective sheet and stick it on the ornament.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Twinkle Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Twinkle Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

6. Wrap a small string of fairy lights around the Christmas tree frame.

I found these micro-LED lights at the garden centre. I didn’t use anything to fix them to the frame, I was able to just bend the wire around the frame and it stayed put on its own.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Twinkle Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

7. Use jump rings to hang the Shimmer Sheetz ornaments on the wire.

I like to use two pliers to bend the jump rings open (like you see in the photo above) and I close the ring (on the wire, with the Shimmer Sheetz ornament attached) by bending it in the exact opposite direction before closing it.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Twinkle Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Twinkle Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

8. Find your Christmas tree frame a place in your home and turn on the lights!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Twinkle Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

Have a wonderful day!

Marsha

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
1065 Ornament Set 4
508 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 64 mm
Shimmer Sheetz
803 Cuttlebug and Big Shot Metal Adaptor Plate

Other:
3/8 inch Square dowel
Wooden building block
Micro LED fairy lights
Wood glue
Paint
Jump rings

Clean and Simple Card using Shimmer Sheetz Scraps

October 27, 2015

Hi there! It’s Marsha again and I’ve got a clean and simple idea to share with you today!

Do you hold on to any scrap of Shimmer Sheetz you can salvage after die-cutting a sheet? I do! Even the smallest snippets go into a zip lock bag, because I figure that I can always turn them into confetti if I need it.

Earlier this week I had used the Fitted Frames 4 Curvy Squares die to die-cut a couple of hearts, but as I didn’t want to waste a whole sheet of Shimmer Sheetz on each of the tiny hearts I needed, I had cut the Shimmer Sheetz to small squares before I ran them through my die-cut machine.

That’s how I ended up with this pile of scraps:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clean and Simple Card Using Shimmer Sheetz Scraps

And instead of adding them to my zip lock bag… I decided to use them right away to create these simple cards with a tiny messy glitter twist:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clean and Simple Card Using Shimmer Sheetz Scraps

Steps to create these cards:

1. Look at your scraps of Shimmer Sheetz. Are there any interesting shapes there that you can use right out of the box/bag? If not: find a couple of scraps in coordinating colours and die-cut some new shapes out of them.

Hearts are always a good idea, but leaf shapes, small flowers and even simple circles are great alternatives.

I was especially interested in the negative space that was left in the Shimmer Sheetz scraps, but you can use both the positive and the negative of the scraps. Just use whatever appeals to you most!

2. Cut a sheet of Soft Finish Cardstock to 4 x 5.25 inches.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clean and Simple Card Using Shimmer Sheetz Scraps

3. Take some liquid adhesive and flick it on your card with a brush.

I chose Matte Medium for my glue because it’s already liquid and I know it dries clear. If your adhesive is too thick to create spatters, dilute it with a bit of water.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clean and Simple Card using Shimmer Sheetz Scraps

4. Tap Silk Microfine Glitter on the glue spatters. Leave it to dry completely before removing the excess glitter.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clean and Simple Card using Shimmer Sheetz Scraps

5. Adhere the Shimmer Sheetz scraps to the card with tiny pieces of Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape. I only put tape on the parts I knew I would not have to stitch through later on!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clean and Simple Card using Shimmer Sheetz Scraps

6. Add machine stitches. Fix the loose threads to the back with some tape.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clean and Simple Card using Shimmer Sheetz Scraps

7. Adhere the card to a coordinating folded note card with Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clean and Simple Card using Shimmer Sheetz Scraps

8. Finish off with a sentiment or leave blank like I did!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clean and Simple Card using Shimmer Sheetz Scraps

How do you usually use up your scraps of Shimmer Sheetz?

Please share in the comments below! We would love to hear from you!

Have a great day!

Marsha

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Shimmer Sheetz
Soft Finish Cardstock
638 Solar Gold – Silk Microfine Glitter
1064 Fitted Frames 4 Curvy Squares
505 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 3 mm

Other:
Liquid adhesive (Liquitex Matte Medium)
Coloured cardstock or folded note cards
Sewing thread
Tape

Colouring on a Rainy Day Tag

October 13, 2015

Hi! It’s Marsha here!

Are you into the colouring for adults craze? Here in the Netherlands it’s THE thing right now and there are colouring books for adults available everywhere!

Have you wondered how you can combine the colouring with your love for die-cutting and cardmaking? Well, I have… And here’s what I came up with:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

And here are the steps to create the tag:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

1. Die-cut about 20 umbrella tops out of white cardstock or watercolour paper. I needed a total of 17 umbrella tops to complete the tag, but it’s good to have a few to choose from.

Be mindful of the paper you are using. It needs to be suitable for the markers or pens you will be using later on. I coloured with Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pens and I used them in combo with the 270 gr Soft Finish Cardstock.

It worked well for me, but if you know you love to layer with fairly wet waterbased markers the 4 x 9″ watercolour paper could be a better choice for you.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

2. Colour your umbrella tops. Wait until the ink on the umbrella tops is dry before you doodle on them with a permanent fine tip pen.

You can also doodle on the blank umbrellas first and then colour them in. Test if your pen is really waterproof before you go this route. I know from experience that you can’t trust a pen not to bleed when you go over the lines with wet media, even if it says ‘waterproof’ on the pen!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

3. Watercolour a moody background for the tag. I used the Koi Brush Pens to watercolour with and I did it on a big sheet of Soft Finish Cardtock so I could cut it to size later on.

To watercolour with the Brush Pens, you scribble some of the ink onto a saucer or a plastic lid and then you pick the ink up with a wet watercolour brush.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

Let the watercoloured cardstock air dry to prevent from buckling.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

4. Cut the watercoloured cardstock to 4,5 x 8,5 “. Die-cut it with the Tags & More 9 Sparkle Set.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

5. Add some ‘rain’ to the tag with a light grey pen or marker.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

6. Adhere the umbrella tops to the tag with Transparent Double Sided Tape.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

7. Finish the tag with a handwritten sentiment or quote and add any additional details you wish.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

Happy colouring!

Marsha

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
928 Rainy Day
1034 Flourishes & Branches
1077 Tags & More 9 Sparkle
PSF102 Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5″ X 11″ 270gr /100Lb 10 pack
505 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 3 mm

Other:
Waterbased markers/pens (Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pens)
Black permanent fine liner (Sakura Pigma Micron)

Uncategorized

Mono Printed Christmas Card

September 22, 2015

Hi! It’s Marsha again! This time I have a Christmas card to share!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Monoprinted Christmas Card

I had this image in my head that I just had to try. I printed a couple of these, some in traditional Christmas colours and some in a more pop arty colour scheme. I happen to like the latter best, so that’s what I’m going to show you today!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Monoprinted Christmas Card

Step 1. Die-cut a stencil out of a transparency using the solids from the Poinsettia die set. Keep the cut-outs, those will be used as a mask. Die-cut three of the poinsettia overlays too.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Monoprinted Christmas Card

Step 2. Cover a 6×6 inch Gelli Plate with neon yellow acrylic paint. Place the poinsettia overlays and the small solid poinsettias on the paint.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Monoprinted Christmas Card

Step 3. I cut Soft Finish Cardstock to 8.5 x 6 inches so I could line up the cardstock to the Gelli Plate perfectly. Pull your print. Clean the Gelli Plate and let the print (and masks) dry completely.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Monoprinted Christmas Card

Step 4. Cover the poinsettias on the print with the solid poinsettia masks. I use a repositionable dots runner to temporary adhere the masks to the print.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Monoprinted Christmas Card

Step 5. Cover the Gelli Plate with a turquoise acrylic paint. Make sure the paper is aligned with the Gelli Plate. Pull your print.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Monoprinted Christmas Card

Step 6. Stencil in the small poinsettia shapes on the print with the handmade poinsettia stencil, using a neon pink acrylic paint and a make-up sponge. I like to stencil these a little bit off-set, but you can also align them up perfectly!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Monoprinted Christmas Card

Step 7. Use fine liners and markers to doodle in and around the poinsettias.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Monoprint Christmas Card

Step 8. Trim the mono print to fit your base. I trimmed mine to 5.3 x 5,3 to fit a note card of 5.5 x 5.5 inches.

Step 9. Machine stitch along the edges of the card.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Monoprinted Christmas Card

Step 10. Die-cut letters out of sticky backed fun foam (or make your own using Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape), die-cutting from the adhesive backed side. The aim is to create mirrored letter stickers that you can adhere to a piece of cardboard or clear plastic.

Step 11. Stamp your sentiment to the mono print twice: once with a neon pink acrylic paint or ink and the second time slightly off-set with a darker colour.

Step 12. Adhere the mono print to the card base using Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

This type of card can be adapted to any occasion. Just trade the poinsettias for another die with matching overlay and you are good to go!

Happy printing!

Marsha

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
1067 Poinsettia
1075 Alphabet 2 Lower Case
PSF101 Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5″ X 11″ 230gr /85Lb 10 pack
502 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape Sheet
505 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 3 mm
803 Metal Adaptor Plate

Other:
Transparencies
Gelli Plate
Acrylic paint (Liquitex Soft Body Acrylics)
Brayer
Make-up sponge
Repositionable adhesive (Scrapbook Adhesives – E-Z Dots Runner Repositionable Tape)
Fun foam
Scrap of plexi glass

Videos

Quick Clean and Simple Card

September 8, 2015

Hi! It’s Marsha here again and today I’m going to share a couple of clean and simple cards.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Quick Clean and Simple Card / Dies and Shimmer Sheetz

I can’t wait to try the new Soft Finish Cardstock! I haven’t gotten my hands on a pack yet, but I have a feeling these cards will look highly sophisticated with the soft finish!

Of course I created a little video to explain my process:

And here are the written steps to create the cards:

1. Cut a piece of cardstock to 4″ x 12″. If you would like to try the Soft Finish Cardstock for this, I would adjust the size to 3,9″ x 11″ so you will still end up with a square card.

2. Score the card at 4″ and 8″ counting from one edge of the card (3.9″ and 7.8″ for the Soft Finish Cardstock). Fold it.

3. Use the heart from Ornament set 5 to die-cut a window through front and second panel of the card simultaneously.

4. Open up the card and sandwich a scrap of Shimmer Sheetz in between the two heart shaped windows. I used Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to adhere the two panels together, but you can use Adhesive Sheet as well.

5. Back one of the hearts that came out of the windows with Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Die-cut the heart again with one of the Flower Cluster dies.

6. Back a scrap of Shimmer Sheetz with Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Die-cut it with one of the beautiful Quietfire words.

Important: You need to use a Metal Adaptor Plate to be able to die-cut through Shimmer Sheetz. It goes inside the machine’s standard cutting plate “sandwich” with the Shimmer Sheetz on top of the Adaptor plate and then the die goes on top of the SS with the cutting side facing DOWN. (Thanks Judi!!!)

7. Add the heart shaped Flower Cluster and the Shimmer Sheetz word to the card.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Quick Clean and Simple Card / Dies and Shimmer Sheetz

That’s it! Quick, clean and simple!

Have a wonderful day!

Marsha

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1055 Quietfire ‘Hello’
1058 Quietfire ‘Thanks’
1066 Ornament set 5
1068 Flower Cluster 1
1069 Flower Cluster 2
218 Shimmer Sheetz – Fire Opal Gemstone
502 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape Sheet
505 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 3 mm
803 Metal Adaptor Plate

Other:
Cardstock (4″ x 12″)

Videos

Rococo Cards

August 25, 2015

Hi, It’s Marsha here. Today I’m sharing a couple of cards with loads of glitter and gold!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rococo Cards

I recently visited the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin. The palace is heavily decorated in baroque and rococo style. I left the palace and its beautiful garden with heaps of inspiration!

I especially loved the look of the gilded plaster in combination with pastel coloured walls that are painted to look like marble.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rococo Cards

The cards that I’ve created for this post are inspired by what I saw at the palace!

I’ve created a video to show you my process:

And here are the written steps to create the cards:

1. Start by covering a sheet of watercolour paper with water and then paint it with watercolours. I used a Dutch fluid watercolour called Ecoline. The colours will blend and flow. Let the colour pool in some places and drag it around with your brush to try and create a marble effect. Let the page dry completely.

2. Cut the watercolour paper into pieces of about 4,25 x 6,3 inches. Use the Tags & More 9 Sparkle die to round off one of the sides. Then use the overlay die with the dots to create… the dots.

Don’t throw away the ‘confetti’ that comes out of the holes just yet! Keep it in a safe place for the time being.

3. Use the Tags & More 9 Sparkle die to round off one side of a strip of Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheet to place behind the dots in the card. Adhere it to the back of the card.

4. Take a scrap of heavy cardstock (I used the same watercolour paper that I used as the card base) and die-cut a couple of butterflies, a Quietfire word or two and maybe a heart.

Cover each die-cut with VersaMark ink and then heat emboss it with gold embossing powder. Repeat this step until you are happy with the result. I heat embossed each die-cut twice.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rococo Cards

5. Cut a strip of Double Sided Adhesive Tape to about 4,25 x 2 inches. Die-cut it with the Tags & More 9 Sparkle die to mirror the rounded edge at the top of the card.

Adhere the strip to the lower part of the card. Remove the top liner and cover the sticky with Solar Gold Silk Microfine Glitter. Tap off the excess. Burnish the glitter with your finger to reveal the awesome sparkle.

6. Decide how you want to decorate the card. I started by adhering the ‘confetti’ I collected from a couple of the cards first. Then I placed my gold embossed die-cuts and I added a couple of glitter details. I finished each card with small specks of paint that I splattered on with a black and a white paint marker.

7. Adhere the card to a slightly larger folded note card or back it with a second piece of rounded off paper to create a single card like I did.

Happy crafting!

Marsha

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

713 Small Butterfly
1055 Quietfire ‘Hello’
1058 Quietfire ‘Thanks’
1066 Ornament set 5 coming soon!
1072 Small Butterfly coming soon!
1073 Butterfly 1 coming soon!
1074 Leaf & Berry Branches coming soon!
1077 Tags & More 9 Sparkle coming soon!
212 Shimmer Sheetz – Gold Metallic
502 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape Sheet
505 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 3 mm
638 Silk Microfine Glitter – Solar Gold

Other:
Watercolour paper
Watercolours or spray ink (I used Royal Talens Ecoline)
Embossing ink (VersaMark)
Embossing powder (American Crafts – Zing! Metallic Embossing Powder Gold)
Dot adhesive runner
Liquid adhesive
Paint markers (Posca)
Scraps of painted paper

Fitted Frames, Doodled – Scrapbook Page

August 11, 2015

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today and I’ve been having fun using the brand new Fitted Frames dies!

Elizabeth Craft Designs | Fitted Frames

I’m still in the Summer-crafting-mode, so I decided to take a bunch of the die-cut frames to my garden table and add doodles. Once I had doodled them all, I took them inside and created a scrapbook page:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fitted Frames Doodled - Scrapbook Page

Here are the steps to create the page:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fitted Frames Doodled - Scrapbook Page

1. Die-cut the frames out of white paper. I used 75 lb. mixed media paper.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fitted Frames Doodled - Scrapbook Page

2. Doodle on the Fitted Frames. I used a 0.3 point waterproof pigment liner to doodle with. I didn’t apply any particular method. I just doodled away, looking at the shape of each frame and then coming up with a suitable doodle.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fitted Frames Doodled - Scrapbook Page

3. Print a couple of wallet sized photos. Trim them to fit behind the frames.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fitted Frames Doodled - Scrapbook Page

4. Choose a background paper. I have a box of mono-printed scrapbook paper and I chose one of those for the base of my page.

5. Adhere a couple of empty Fitted Frames to the paper and then arrange the framed photos on top.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fitted Frames Doodled - Scrapbook Page

6. Die-cut the title from another (gelli printed) paper with the new Alphabet 2 Lower Case die. I used the Numbers & More 2 die to cut the week number.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fitted Frames Doodled - Scrapbook Page

7. Add any details, journaling and paint splatter.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fitted Frames Doodled - Scrapbook Page

I hope you love the new Fitted Frames as much as I do!

Happy die-cutting!

Marsha

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

1061 Fitted Frames 1 Lace Rectangles – Coming soon
1062 Fitted Frames 2 Curvy Squares – Coming soon
1063 Fitted Frames 3 Lace Squares – Coming soon
1064 Fitted Frames 4 Curvy Squares – Coming soon
1075 Alphabet 2 Lower Case – Coming soon
1076 Numbers & More 2 – Coming soon

Other –

White cardstock ( Strathmore Mixed Media 75 lb)
Black fine liner (Staedler Pigment Liner 0.3)
Gelli printed scrapbook paper (October Afternoon: Travel Girl – Stamp Book)
Stamps (Rukristin Currently List Clear Stamp Set)
Black permanent ink
Black and white paint marker
Adhesive
Staple

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