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Butterfly Flourish

February 27, 2021

Hey Friends, it’s EK. There is nothing I love more when die cutting when I can make two cards with one cut. I adore when you can use both the positive and negative of the die cut to create two coordinating and yet seperate cards. I think they make great little gifts. Today I am creating two cards using Suzanne’s Butterfly Flourish die set.

Step One: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Blend ink onto the cardstock. I used Dusty Concord, Victorian Velvet and Tattered Rose Distress Inks.

Step Two: Die cut the cardstock using the large and small butterfly from the Butterfly Flourish die set. Save all the die cut pieces.

Step Three: Die cut the cardstock again using the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set. Save the boarder die cut.

Step Four: Using 10mm and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive adhere the negative die cut to an A2 card frame.

Step Five: Place the large positive butterfly die cut back into the frame. Using liquid adhesive, glue the excess die cut pieces back into the empty spaces. I used Kid’s Choice Glue.

Step Six: Carefully lift the positive die cut out of the adhered sections.

Step Seven: Using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the extra piece of die cut from the frame onto the edges of a second A2 card frame. Using liquid adhesive, adhere the butterflies. Spray both cards with a clear shimmer craft spray. I used Sheer Shimmer Spray in Frost.

Step Eight: On both card frames stamp a sentiment from Suzanne’s Soar Collection stamp set in a coordinating ink color. I used Dusty Concord Distress Oxide.

Step Nine: Add White Craft Drops to both cards. Let Dry.

Here is the finished card using the positive butterfly die cut and the negative frame die cut.

Here is the card using the negative butterfly die cut and the positive frame die cut.

Let me know in the comments below which of the two cards is your favorite. 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.


Cardmaking Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Zen Leaves

February 11, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s Ek and I am back with a duo of cards playing around with the Leaf Pattern Background die. I have been really enjoying background die lately, and wanting to see how much you can push what you can do with them. Today, I am sharing how you can use your background die cuts as stencils to create unique looks.

Step One: Using 110lb Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut the Leaf Pattern Background die. You want the heaviest cardstock you can die cut for the technique I am using today.

Step Two: Lay the die cut over an A2 card frame and then press Nuvo Mousse (or any heavy opaque paste) through the openings of the die cut piece. I also made certain to fill the edges of the card frame.

Step Three: Use a combination of colors to fill the whole card frame. Let set up for just a couple of minutes.

Step Four: Before the mousse (or paste) fully cures, carefully peel the die cut stencil up from the card frame. If you are careful enough, you will now have both the positive and negative image. Adhere the die cut image to a separate A2 card frame.

Step Five: On a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock blend a combination of green inks. I used Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, and Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide. Die cut the cardstock with the Bamboo die set. Set aside.

Step Six: On a second piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, blend shades of blue and black ink. I used Stormy Weather, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot Distress Inks. Die cut the blended cardstock with the Symbol Background die. Die cut a second Symbol Background die out of white cardstock.

Step Seven: Using a liquid adhesive, adhere the inked Symbol Background to the die cut Leaf Background. Adhere one of the Bamboo die cuts over that.

Step Eight: Adhere the white Symbol Background over the stenciled card frame. Adhere the other Bamboo die cut.

Step Nine: Using scrapes from the inked cardstock, stamp sentiment from the Zen Sentiments stamp set. Trim the sentiment strip to fit the cards.

Step Ten: Adhere the first sentiment with three dimensional tape. Accent it with Pearl Olive Craft Drops.

Step Eleven: Adhere the second sentiment with three dimensional tape and accent it with Metallic Silver Craft Drops.

Here is the first card using the Leaf Pattern Background as a stencil.

Here is the card using the Leaf Pattern Background with all the paste on it.\

Let us know in the comments below, which of the two is your favorite. 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.


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Merry Christmas Wishes

December 20, 2020
Hello and Happy Holidays, it’s Sandy Diller here with a fun project that lights up to add some cheer. I used the Create A Wreath die set to add a festive feel to this canvas. I got this preprinted canvas at my favorite big box craft store and I’ve had it in my stash for quite some time – it measures 8″ square and is 2″ wide.
The first thing I did was to add some gold embossing powder to the edges. I did this by placing VersaMark ink around the edges in a random pattern. I then added gold embossing power to the ink, knocked off the excess and then heat set the power with a heat gun.

I cut a circle using two dies from the fitted circles to make a pattern. I knew I could never make a perfect circle without a guide. I glued the guide to the center of the canvas and then began making some small holes for the lights to poke through. I used the Tim Holtz Tiny Lights and there are 20 lights on the string that is battery operated.

The next step was to cut all the branches and leaves. I cut 18 of each from the set. On the branches I added some craft drops that I made previously. I love using the craft dots but hate waiting for them to dry. I save the release paper from my ECD Double Sided Adhesive and then use it to make my drops ahead of time. Once the drops are dry they come right off the paper and then can be glued onto the project. By doing it this way, everything is where you want it with no boo boos.

I poked the lights into the holes and then used a small amount of hot glue to hold them in place. I first tried tape but it didn’t stick to the canvas. It’s not pretty but it gets the job done.

I layered the leaves on the guide, placed a Merry Christmas in the center that was first cut from fun foam to give it dimension and then added a Merry Christmas that was cut from hand made glitter paper – created using the Silk Microfine Glitter and double sided adhesive. I finished it off with a festive bow.

Have a Joyous Holiday Season,

Sandy

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Cardmaking Craft Drops Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Christmas present packaging set

December 6, 2020

Hello everyone, it’s Sanna here today with my last project for this year. Today I’d like to share a little set with you, consisting of a Christmas gitft tag, a Christmas card and a tiny Christmas box.

I’ll share the steps for the box as well as the tag, the card is done in the same way as the tag.

First take a piece of patterend paper in your choice of pattern and colours and die cut it using the Pizza Box die.

Now take a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and back it with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Then die cut the circles, the flower pattern and the scalloped square piece with your die cutting machine.

Next adhere the scalloped square piece onto the box. After that ink the flower piece in two tones (I used Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet and Festive Berries here) to create more interest to the pattern. Then take the negative pieces and ink them blue (I used Distress Ink Salty Ocean for these parts).

Now adhere the flower pattern and the negative (blue inked) pieces in place. Then finish this step of the box by building it together.

Next add the same blue ink onto the bigger circle using an ink blending tool. Then take the smaller circle piece and add a stamped sentiment to it (I used Build Your Own Sentiment 1) and ink the edges red. Now layer the circles on top of each other and add Craft Drops around the inner circle for additional decor.

For the gift tag I combined the Pizza Box die cut set with the Planner Essentials 21 Note Pieces.

First die cut the pieces shown in the gallery above. I used white cardstock and the same patterned paper that I used for the box as I wanted to create a fun matching set. After die cutting, repeat the inking, stamping and assembling process like on the box before.

For a fun additional detail I added a stamped sentiment (I used the Winter Sentiments stamp set here) on top of the layered circles for both the card and tag. It just adds a little additional detail to them.

For the card I used the same Pizza Box die cut set and additionally die cut the patterned paper for the background using the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set. The other steps are exactly the same like on the tag and the box before.

And by using only three colours it’s easy to keep the set harmonious. This gift set is perfect to carry a bracelet or small jewellery of some kind. If you change the color combination, you can easily do a completely different looking set using the exact same steps. Imagine using black and white and a hint of gold. Since the patterned paper I used is from my older stash, I added a few alternative paper suggestions to the product list below that I think would work nicely with red, white and blue color combination.

I hope that I inspired you with my little Christmas gift set today. This set could also easily be put into mail for those loved ones who we cannot see this year. I wish you all a lovely holiday time even though the situation we are all living in at the moment, is different then usual.

Wishing you all the best for this holiday season and lots of health!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:
Sizzix – Big Shot A4
Ranger Inc. – Distress Ink (Salty Ocean, Victorian Velvet and Festive Berries)
Ink blending tool
Acrylic block for stamping
Ribbon

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!



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Happy Thanksgiving Card

October 28, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Happy Thanksgiving Card.

To create my Happy Thanksgiving Card, I’ve used dies from the Paper Flower Collection as well as a die from Joset Designs. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my card at home.

Step One. Choose two patterned papers from the Worn Wood Paper Pack. From one of the patterned papers, die cut a 4 1/4″ Stitched Rounded Rectangle. From the other patterned paper, die cut a 3 3/4″ Stitched Rounded Rectangle. Distress the edges of both rectangles. Ink the edges of both rectangles using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut a 4″ Fitted Rounded Rectangle out of a piece of kraft cardstock. Distress the edges of the rectangles. Ink the edges of the rectangle using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. Die cut a 1 3/8″ Fitted Fishtail out of a piece of kraft cardstock. Trim the fishtail down to 3″. Die cut a 1 1/8″ Diagonal Stitched Fishtail out of one of the wood patterned papers you’ve already used. Trim the fishtail down to 2 3/4″. Distress the edges of both fishtails. Ink the edges of both fishtails using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. Die cut the Elegant Ornament out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Trim the ornament down to 4″. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Forest Moss Distress Ink over the entire surface of the ornament.

Step Five. Die cut two of the Berry Branch Die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink over the entire surface of each branch. Spritz each branch with water. Once the branches have dried, add dots to one of the branches using the Craft Drops in Pearl Rose. On the other branch, add dots using the Craft Drops in Metallic Gold.

Step Six. From the Words 3 – Happy Holidays Die, die cut the Happy Thanksgiving words out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Fired Brick Distress Ink over the entire surface of the words.

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

Step Eight. Adhere the 1 1/8″ fishtail to the 1 3/8″ fishtail. Adhere the 1 3/8″ fishtail 1/4″ from the left and all the way to the top of the 4″ rectangle. Adhere the elegant ornament 5/8″ from the left and all the way to the top of the 4″ rectangle.

Step Nine. Adhere the two berry branches to the left hand side of the 3 3/4″ rectangle as desired.

Step Ten. Adhere the Happy Thanksgiving word to the bottom portion of the cardfront as desired.

Step Eleven. Cut a cardbase out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″. Adhere the cardfront to the cardbase.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Happy Thanksgiving Card at home.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Forest Moss and Fired Brick
  • Distress Oxide Ink: Ground Espresso
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Misc: Kraft Cardstock
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.


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