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Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

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March 15, 2020

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.

EK

A Way With Words Cardmaking Joset Designs Silk Microfine Glitter

Personalized Kid’s Birthday Card

March 14, 2020

Diana here! I made this card for a special little 5 year old boy at his birthday. His favorite color is blue and he and his siblings have been asking for a puppy so I thought I would help out! Lol!

Kids love it when their name is on there!

I started with a 5″x7″ white card base. From there, I started with a vivid blue background sized 4.5″ x 6.5″. I found a lighter blue card stock and cut out the Big Balloon with it – sponging the edges with blue ink just a bit to make the balloon not so flat.

I covered a sheet with Silver Sands Silk Microfine Glitter and from that, cut the Happy Birthday 3. I initially planned for it to go on the balloon by itself but it didn’t stand out as I had hoped so I added a black layer on top. I love the peak of silver behind it. I also added Daniel’s name using the Retro Alphabet Trio set using the smallest of the alphabet dies.

I couldn’t help but add the puppy to the front and used twine to give the impression he was holding the balloon with his mouth. The little G is stands for Daniel’s last name –– major hinting there.

Thank you so much for looking!

Diana

Other supplies:

Light blue and blue cardstock

Twine

Distress Inks

Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Create The Things – Spotlight Stamping Technique

March 10, 2020

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!

EK Gorman

Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Sea You Soon Card

March 8, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Sea You Soon Card.

I’m been loving creating with the new dies from Joset Designs newest release. For today’s project, I’ve create this card, which uses a variety of the new Joset Designs dies as well as some from the previous release. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my card at home.

Step One. Choose a piece of beach themed patterned paper. Die cut a 5 1/4″ Stitched Rounded Square out of the paper. Ink the edges of the square using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut a 4 3/4″ Stitched Rounded Square out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Ink the edges of the square using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. Die cut a 3/4″ Diagonal Stitched Fishtail out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Cut the fishtail down to 2 1/4″. Apply Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink to the Sea You Soon sentiment from the Splish Splash Sentiment and stamp onto the fishtail. Ink the edges of the banner using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

The next seven steps all use the Lighthouse die.

Step Four. Die cut the Lighthouse twice out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Set one full lighthouse to the side.

Step Five. Die cut the bottom and middle die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. From the second lighthouse, cut the top portion off, just below the windows.

Step Six. Die cut the top and bottom portion of the lighthouse out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. From the second lighthouse, cut the strip between the window and middle out as well as the strip in between the middle and the bottom. Recycle the middle and bottom portions of the lighthouse. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Candied Apple Distress Ink over the entire surface of the top, bottom and two strips.

Step Seven. Die cut the large windows from the lighthouse die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink over the entire surface of the windows.

Step Nine. Die cut the small windows, door opening and decorative strip out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink over the entire surface of the small windows, door opening and decorative strip.

Step Ten. Die cut the sand out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, lightly blend Tea Dye Distress Ink over the entire surface of the sand.

Step Eleven. Die cut the seagulls out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Hickory Smoke Distress Ink over the entire surface of the seagulls.

Step Twelve. From the Seashell Dies, choose three. Die cut the three shells out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, lightly blend Tea Dye Distress Ink over the entire surface of one of the shells. Using a blending tool with foam, lightly blend Rusty Hinge Distress Ink over the entire surface of the second shell. Using a blending tool with foam, lightly blend Spun Sugar Distress Ink over the entire surface of the third shell.

Step Thirteen. From the Diving Accessories die, you’ll need the starfish. Die cut the starfish out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Dried Marigold Distress Ink over the entire surface of the starfish.

Step Fourteen. Adhere your lighthouse together using the full lighthouse from step four.

Step Fifteen. Adhere the 4 3/4″ square to the 5 1/4″ square.

Step Sixteen. Foam square the sand to bottom left side of the 4 3/4″ square. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the lighthouse slightly overtop of the sand.

Step Seventeen. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the starfish and three seashells as desired to the right of the lighthouse.

Step Eighteen. Foam square the sentiment fishtail 2″ from the top and all the way to the right hand side of the 4 3/4″ square. Adhere the two seagulls as desired around the top of the lighthouse.

Step Nineteen. Cut a card base out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 5 1/4″ x 10 1/2″, score at 5 1/4″. Adhere the card front to the card base.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Sea You Soon Card.

Supplies –

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:

  • Distress Ink: Black Soot, Rusty Hinge, Tea Dye, Squeezed Lemonade, Hickory Smoke, Candied Apple, Mermaid Lagoon, Dried Marigold and Spun Sugar
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Graphic 45: Sunkissed Collection – Turtle Time
A Way With Words Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio Joset Designs Paper Flowers Soft Finish Cardstock

Happy Birthday Card

March 7, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here! It’s hard to believe that March is already here and Spring is only 12 days away. With Spring on my mind, I created this very spring-like Happy Birthday Card.

To create my card, I’ve used a variety of dies from Suzanne Cannon! To compliment the products from Suzanne Cannon, I’ve also used dies from Els van de Burgt Studio and Joset Designs. Read below as I have a tutorial for you on how to recreate my card.

Step One. Die cut a 4″ and a 3″ Stitched Rectangle out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Ink the edges of the rectangles using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Choose two spring themed patterned papers. From the first paper, die cut 4 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle. From the second paper, die cut a 3 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle. Ink the edges of the papers using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. From a third piece of coordinating pattern paper, die cut the Flourished Frame out of it. Ink the edges of the frame using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. Die cut the Happy Birthday 3 die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Walnut Stain Distress Ink over the entire surface of the words.

Step Five. From the Trio of Leaves, choose two leaves. Die cut the two leaves out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Shabby Shutters Distress Ink over the entire surface of the leaves.

Step Six. Die cut the same two leaves out of another piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Forest Moss Distress Ink over the entire surface of the leaves.

Step Seven. Choose two of the Large Flowers from the Large Flower set. Choose two more coordinating patterned papers. Die cut the one large flower twice out of one of the patterned papers. Die cut the same large flower twice out of the other patterned paper. Die cut the second large flower twice out of the patterned paper you just used. Ink the edges of the flowers using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Eight. Choose two small flowers from the Small Flower Set. You’ll also need two of the patterned papers you’ve already used. Die cut one of the flowers twice out of patterned paper. Die cut the other flower out of the other patterned paper. Ink the edges of the flowers using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Nine. Die cut the centers from the Small Flowers out of one of the patterned papers. Ink the edges of the centers using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Ten. Adhere the 4″ rectangle to the 4 1/2″ rectangle. Adhere the 3″ rectangle to the 3 1/2″ rectangle. Foam square the 3 1/2″ rectangle to the 4″ rectangle.

Step Eleven. Adhere the flourished frame to the 3 1/2″ rectangle. Adhere the Happy Birthday sentiment to the 3″ rectangle as desired.

Step Twelve. Adhere the flowers as desired. Each flower will need two large flowers, one small flower and a center.

Step Thirteen. Trim one of the light green and one of the dark green leaves as desired for the bottom right corner of the card front. Adhere the two trimmed leaves together. Adhere the leaves in the bottom right hand corner of the card front. Adhere one large flower over top of the leaves.

Step Fourteen. Trim the remaining leaves as desired for the top left corner of the card front. Adhere the two trimmed leaves together. Adhere the leaves in the top left hand corner of the card front. Adhere the two large flower over top of the leaves.

Step Fifteen. Cut a card base out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 5 3/4″ x 9″, score at 4 1/2″. Adhere the card front to the card base.

Thank you for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Happy Birthday Card.

Katelyn

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Other:

  • Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss and Walnut Stain
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Graphic 45: Botanical Tea – Just Because, Herbal Infusion, Fauna and Spring Dust
Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Wishing You Oceans Of Joy Card

March 3, 2020

Hi Everyone, it’s Tina here. Today I am sharing a card using the new Under The Sea release. I have a fascination for Lighthouses and I try to visit them when I am on vacation. I was super excited that a Lighthouse was a part of this release. Below you will find the easy steps to create your own Oceans Of Joy.

Step 1 – Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”, score at 4 1/4” and fold in half for a vertical side fold card. (A2)

Step 2 – Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 5 1/2” x 4 1/4”. Diecut Adventure Edges using a scrap piece of Cardstock. Place it on the trimmed Cardstock and apply ink to the edges to create clouds. Diecut Ocean Edges and now apply ink to the edges to create waves. Diecut Sea Weed (sand) and apply ink to the edges.

Step 3 – Diecut Stitched Rectangles using the background created in Step 2. Adhere to the front of the card using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

Step 4 – Diecut Lighthouse using White Soft Finish Cardstock. Colour in the pieces in colouring medium of your choice. Assemble using Kid’s Choice Glue and adhere to the card.

Step 5 – Stamp Splish Splash sentiment in the upper right side using Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

Step 6 – Diecut Lighthouse (seagulls) and adhere to card using Kid’s Choice Glue.

Step 7 – Add some Transparent Craft Drops to the windows. Before it dries sprinkle Silk Microfine Glitter Warm Diamond. Let dry.

This card can be used for many occasions by changing the sentiment. It is also great for a masculine card. Below is a link to all the products used. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Tina

Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock Videos

Balloon Cards

March 2, 2020

Hello everyone, it’s Sanna Lippert here again today with another card idea to share. I always keep a box of cards for various occasions ready and constantly keep on adding cards to the collection –– you never know when you need a handmade card! The cards I share today will be an addition to that particular card box.

And here is how they were made:

Step 1: Take the Adventure Edges and die cut a piece of white cardstock with the cloud edge die. Now you have a DIY stencil ready to be used!
Step 2: Place the DIY stencil onto a piece of white cardstock and wipe blue stamp ink onto the background with an ink blending tool along the edge of the cloud pattern. Move a few centimeters down and create a second row of clouds. Repeat throughout the background.
Step 3: Die cut grass from green Soft Finish Cardstock with the grass edge die. Adhere on place overlapping the layers.

Step 4: Take a piece of ModaScrap patterned paper from Fly & Scrap paper pack and die cut balloons from it. Adhere on place.
Step 5: Apply Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto a piece of light blue Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut the balloon strings and bows from it. Adhere on place.
Step 6: Stamp a sentiment with Build Your Own Sentiments 1 stamp set stamps and black stamp ink onto white Soft Finish Cardstock. Die cut into a banner or use scissors for cutting. Adhere on place and the card is done.

For the option of creating glitter balloon cards, see the end of the start-to-finish video. Also the patterned paper balloon card steps are shown on this video.

I hope I could inspire you to create fun balloon cards and make several variations of them, while you are at it!

Wishing you all a great, crafty day! See you next month again!
xxx, Sanna

Other:
Sizzix Big Shot A4
White card bases
Black stamp ink
Coffee filters
Distress Ink in blue and pink tones
Ink blending tool
Scissors

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

Shell Yeah

February 29, 2020

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.

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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.

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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.

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Step Three:  Using some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock die cut the pieces from the new Seashell die set.

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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.

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Step Five:  Using some Kids Choice Glue, adhere the pieces of the crab together.

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Step Six: Using Kids Choice Glue, add the seashells and crab to the bottom of the shell card frame.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Let us know in the comments below how you would use the new Oyster Shell card frame.  Until then, Happy Crafting.

EK Gorman

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