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This is Love

April 22, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I am playing around with Ilse and Charlene’s Lady and Gentleman stamp set to create a card, colored only in neutral browns. I just love how an all brown tone project looks, appearing very rustic, and yet somehow really colorful.

Step One: Using both watercolor paper and waterproof ink, stamp both the Lady and Gentleman stamp set and the First Sights of Spring stamp set images onto your paper. My paper is cut larger than my card frame, so I know the edges will still need to be trimmed before turning this into a card.

Step Two: Color the people in the image and different brown tones. I used watercolor pencils, but any watercolor medium would work. Here I have colored in the people like I would if I was using colored pencils.

Step Three: Using clear water, activate the watercolor pencils. Let dry.

Step Four: Finish coloring the rest of the image using your watercolor medium of choice.

Step Five: Again activate the pencil using clean water. Let dry again.

Step Six: Fill in the empty space using one of the Pattern Stencil Pack stencils. I picked the circles stencils and blended Tea Dye Distress Oxide through the stencil.

Step Seven: Trim the watercolor paper to fit an A2 card frame and adhere it to the frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Add craft drops to the project to add more visual interest. I used Metallic Gold Craft Drops to keep the neutral color palette.

Step Eight: Add a sentiment to the project from the Retro Label Sayings stamp set stamped in Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide.

What do you think of a project colored in only one color tone? Do you ever only ever use one value when creating a project? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


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Stamped ‘Printed’ Paper

February 25, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and I have a little secret to confess. I don’t buy much printed paper or cardstock. I know…gasp. The truth is when I do buy printed paper, I tend to hoard it and never use it for fear of wasting it. So, to prevent the build up of unused paper, I simply don’t buy it. But that leaves a lot of my crafting projects pretty bland. So I simply stamp my printed papers, and then I always get what I want. And frankly I have found that designer Ilse and Charlene’s stamps are perfect for my stamped ‘printed’ paper.

Step One: Pick two pieces of coordinating cardstock and die cut it with the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set so it can be layered. I went ahead and die cut the centers out of my base pieces so that I didn’t waste good paper.

Step Two: On the largest base piece, blend ink over the paper using the Story Telling stencil. I used Tea Dye Distress Oxide because it was only a shade darker than the paper and would be subtle.

Step Three: On the smaller base piece, I hand stamped floral and fauna from the Spring Fling stamp set. I used both Abandoned Coral and Crushed Olive Distress Oxide to create this print.

Step Four: Adhere the two layers together using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Adhere the base layers to an A2 card frame.

Step Five: On the large focal panel, hand stamp images from both the Spring Fling stamp set and the Words & Layers stamp set. Again I used Abandoned Coral and Crushed Olive Distress Oxide to coordinate the ‘paper’ with the layer below.

Step Six: On the smallest die cut panel, pull out the Story Telling stencil again and the original ink color and blend the ink through the cut outs.

Step Seven: Adhere the two smaller die cuts to the larger two with 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive forming the layers of the card.

Step Eight: To finish the card, stamp an image from the Poppy Dream stamp set onto some watercolor paper. I used Tea Dyed Distress Oxide.

Step Nine: Using some coordinating water-soluble ink, watercolor in the poppy. I used both Abandoned Coral and Crushed Olive Distress Oxide.

Step Ten: Fussy cut out the image and adhere it to the card frame using a liquid adhesive.

Step Eleven: Using a stamping platform, stamp the sentiment onto the card from the Words & Layers stamp set. I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink and adore how the letting of the sentiment matches the style of the stencil.

Step Twelve: Finish the card by adding Transparent Crystal Craft Drops to both the flower petals and the sentiment. Let Dry.

And just check out how gorgeous the floral image becomes with the Craft Drops on it. It turns out stunning!

So what do you think? Do you like my hand stamped ‘printed’ paper? Let me know in the comments below.

Until then, happy crafting.


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Relax Art Journal Page

February 23, 2021

Hi there,

It’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you this Art Journal Page.

Step 1: Die Cutting

  • cut out the Floral Insert from patterned paper
  • cut out the Planner Filmstrip from kraft cardstock

Step 2: Setting the Scene

  • stamp a sentiment from the Journal Words set with Distress Oxide Ink Vintage Photo and heat-emboss it with WOW! Gold Rich Super Fine embossing powder
  • stamp some flowers and leaves from the Spring Fling set with Versafine Vintage Photo
  • color the images with Finetec Mica Watercolors Gold Pearl and add some splatters as well
  • ink up the edges of the pictures and the whole page with Distress Ink Vintage Photo

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Other –
patterned paper
Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Distress Oxide Ink Vintage Photo
WOW! Metallic Gold Ruch Super Fine embossing powder
Finetec Mica Watercolors Gold Pearl

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Earthy Girl in shades of Brown

January 28, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I thought I would play around a little bit with a few stamps from Ilse and Charlene and do a little no line coloring. There really is something special about no line coloring and the Earthy Girls stamps are perfect for this technique.

Step One: Stamp one of the Earthy Girls stamp set images onto a piece of trimmed 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock in a fading ink.

Step One: Color in the image with alcohol markers one section at a time. I used copics.

Step Two: Don’t be afraid to use a fine point pen or gel pen to add details to the no line coloring.

Step Three: Stamp leaf images from the First Sights of Spring stamp set onto the cardstock using the fadeout ink.

I realize a lot of detail of the leaves were lost during no line coloring technique, but I do love how they turned out.

Step Four: Lay the Waves stencil over the cardstock and blend distress oxide through the gaps.

I used both Dyed Tea and Antique Linen Distress Oxide.

Step Five: Die cut the cardstock with one of the dies from the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set. Stamp a sentiment onto the card using coordinating ink from the Moments of Life stamp set.

Step Six: Finally, using 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the cardstock to an A2 card frame.

Let us know in the comments below what you think of this no line coloring technique and what Ilse and Charlene stamp set you would use it on. Until then, happy crafting.

Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies:

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Create

January 26, 2021

Hi there,

It’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this card.

Step 1: Creating the Background

  • add color to a rectangular piece of smooth white cardstock with the help of Distress Oxide Inks (Old Paper, Evergreen Bough, Black Soot) and a Mini Ink Blending Tool

Step 2: Stamping

  • stamp the greenery from the Flowy Florals and Spring Fling sets with Versamark and heat-emboss it with WOW! Bright White Super Fine embossing powder
  • stamp the sentiment from the Journal Words set with Versafine Clair Nocturne
  • stamp some background text from the Journal Words set with Versamark and heat-emboss it with clear embossing powder
  • ink up the edges of the panel with Distress Oxide Ink Black Soot

Step 3: Assembly

  • add a thin strip of black cardstock to the top and bottom of the panel
  • adhere the panel to a cardbase covered with patterned paper from the Rusty Weathered paper pack

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Other
black cardstock
Distress Oxide Ink (Old Paper, Evergreen Bough, Black Soot)
Versamark
WOW! Bright White Super Fine embossing powder
clear embossing powder
Versafine Clair Nocturne

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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.


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Peace, Love, Joy Mixed Media Tag

December 22, 2020

Hi there,

It’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this Mixed Media Christmas Tag.

Step 1: Die Cutting

  • die cut the smaller tag from the Planner Essentials 26 from kraft cardstock

Step 2: Adding Texture to the Background

  • adhere tissue paper to the tag using matte medium
  • apply crackle paste at random spots
  • add some Distress Stain Tarnished Brass for extra shine

Step 3: Stamping

  • stamp the branches from the Spring Fling set with Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves and heat-emboss them with WOW! Clear Matt Dull embossing powder
  • ink up the edges of the tag with Distress Oxide Ink Ground Espresso

Step 4: Finishing Touches

  • dye a piece of torn seam binding with Distress Oxide Ink Ground Espresso
  • stamp the sentiment from the Classic Christmas Sentiments with that same brown ink onto a strip of kraft cardstock
  • add some splatters with watered-down white acrylic paint

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Other –
kraft cardstock
tissue paper
crackle paste
Distress Stains Tarnished Brass
Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves
WOW! Clear Matt Dull embossing powder
Distress Oxide Ink Ground Espresso
white acrylic paint
seam binding

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Holly Tag

December 15, 2020

Hi there,

It’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this festive Holly Tag.

Step 1: Die Cutting and Stamping

  • die cut the smaller tag from the Planner Essentials 26 die set from kraft cardstock
  • stamp the holly leaves and the sentiment from the Oh the Joy of Christmas with Versafine Clair Pinecone

Step 2: Coloring

  • color the image with Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils and add highlights with a white gel pen

Step 3: Finishing Touches

  • dye a piece of torn seam binding with Distress Stains Tarnished Brass and thread it through the hole of the tag together with two strands of golden yarn
  • use the rest of the Distress Stain to add some splatters to the tag
  • ink up the edges of the tag with Distress Oxide Ink Gathered Twigs

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Other –
kraft cardstock
Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils
white gel pen
Distress Oxide Ink Gathered Twigs
seam binding
golden yarn
Distress Stains Tarnished Brass

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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!


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Merry Christmas Girl

November 17, 2020

Hi there.

it’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this Christmas Tag.

Step 1:

  • cut out a tag and the “MERRY” from smooth white cardstock using the Butterfly Pocket Insert die set
  • stamp one of the Earthy Girls with Lawn Fawn Crunchy Leaf

Step 2: Coloring

  • color the image with Spectrum Noir Triblend Markers and add extra shading with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils
  • turn the oval shapes into round baubles
  • for the background use Finetec Mica Watercolors Tibet Gold and add some splatters as well

Step 3: Adding Depth and Texture

  • stamp the star pattern from the Background Stamps 1 set with Delicata Golden Glitz
  • ink up the edges of the tag with Distress Ink Walnut Stain

Step 4: Adding the Sentiment

  • color the sentiment with Alcohol Markers
  • stamp the second part with Versamark onto a strip of black cadrstock and heat-emboss it with WOW! Bright White Super Fine embossing powder

Step 5: Dye the Seam Binding

  • dye a piece of torn seam binding with Distress Ink Walnut Stain and thread it through the hole of the tag

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Other –
white cardstock
black cardstock
Lawn Fawn Crunchy Leaf
Alcohol Marker
Faber-Castell Polychromos
Finetec Mica watercolors Tibet Gold
Delicata Golden Glitz
Distress Ink Walnut Stain
seam binding
Versamark
WOW! Bright White Super Fine embossing powder

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