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White Washed Crafting

July 24, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and today I am creating a little bit of a festive card using a Christmas die from designer Suzanne Cannon that really could be used year round. However, I am also using one of my favorite crafting techniques leaving the project all white for a touch of crisp elegance. I just love how ECD’s Soft Finish Cardstock makes this technique so flawless.

Step One: Die cut two frames from 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Use the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set for the large frame, and two of the Stitched Indented Square dies for the smaller frame.

Step Two: Using more 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut a third frame and the sentiment from the Love Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament die set.

Step Three: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the large rectangle frame to an A2 card frame.

Step Four: Using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the square frame to the card on a diagonal. Trim off excess.

Step Five: Using a liquid adhesive such as Kid Choice Glue, adhere both the ornament frame and the sentiment to the center of the card.

Step Six: Adhere a few white and iridescent sequins to the card frame for more visual interest.

Step Seven: Finish off the project with a few dollops of both Transparent Crystal and White Craft Drops.

I hope you enjoyed this super simply yet elegant project.

Do you ever create in just one color? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team

Kinda Silly, Kinda Awesome

July 22, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK and I am popping in today with a fun card I created using my distress oxide sprays and designers Ilse and Charlene‘s line of crafting supplies. This project is super easy and incredibly quick to create, but the bold colors make it still exciting and unique.

Step One: On a piece of trimmed Watercolor Paper, spray a layer of Distress Oxide Spray and let dry. Then splatter more ink in different colors onto the paper and let dry. I used Carved Pumpkin, Chipped Sapphire and Speckled Egg.

Step Two: Spread a thick molding paste through the Mandala stencil onto the background image and let dry.

Step Three: On a second piece of Watercolor Paper, spray a second collection of colors and let dry. I used Iced Spruce and Shabby Shutters. Using the Budding Florals die set, die cut the leaves die two times.

Step Four: On a third piece of trimmed Watercolor Paper, spray a third collection of inks. I used Chipped Sapphire and Speckled Egg. Let dry. Die cut the floral die from the Budding Florals die set.

Step Five: Trim the background slightly, and using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere it to an A2 card frame.

Step Six: Using trimmed three dimensional tape, adhere the Budding Floral leaves to the background.

Step Seven: Using a liquid adhesive, such as the Kids Choice Glue, adhere the Budding Florals floral onto the card frame onto of the leaves.

Step Eight: On the left over floral background ink, stamp the sentiment from the Words & Layers stamp set. Trim the sentiment and add to the card frame using a three dimensional tape.

Step Nine: For more visual interest, add Craft Drops on the background of the project. I used Metallic Gold, Metallic Silver, and Pearl Olive.

I hope you find this project just as fun as I do. Let us know in the comments below what color combinations would you use to create a card like this. Until then, happy crafting.


Cardmaking Craft Drops Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Miss you, Mom! – card

May 6, 2021

Hello, It’s Sanna Lippert here again today with my monthly guest design team project. Now, I haven´t seen my mom since Christmas 2019 due to the pandemic, so for this Mother’s Day I made a card that says what I feel. I could imagine that there are other people out there who a dealing with the same problem, so I thought I’d share this card with you all today. But if you would rather like to say that you love your mom, then just change the sentiment. Easy!

For this card, I’ve created an easy-to-follow photo step-by-step. Here is how you can create this card:

Step 1: Start by die cutting 3 sets of the Ginko leaves from White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step 2: Use green, yellow and pink Distress Ink tones and ink the die cut Ginko leaves.

Step 3: Cut a piece of blue cardstock to fit your card base size. Then adhere the inked Ginko leaves onto the blue cardstock either with Clear Double Sided Adhesive or liquid glue – whatever you prefer. Next cut off all excess pieces with scissors.

Step 4: Take a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock and using the Build Your Own Sentiment 1 stamp set, stamp the word “mom” with black ink onto it.

Step 5: Take a piece of white foam rubber and attach it onto Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet, then take the Blackboard Alphabet die set and die cut the words “miss” and “you” with your die cutting machine. Arrange and adhere the words onto the background piece. Then fussy cut the word mom into a suitable size and add Craft Drops for decor. When the drops are dry, adhere the piece onto a card base. I also stamped and fussy cut a little heart from the same stamp set and added it to the card, but that is totally optional.

This is how the finished card looks like. And it is still flat enough to put into the mail! I hope my mom likes the card and I hope you enjoyed this little card tutorial. And like always, by changing the sentiment and the colours you can use the same basic idea for different occations!

See you again next month, happy crafting!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:
Foam rubber – white
Sizzix – Big Shot A4
Distress Ink – Twisted Citron, Kitsch Flamingo, Squeezed Lemonade
Ink blending tool
Black stamp ink
Scissors

Cardmaking Craft Drops Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Silk Microfine Glitter

I Turtle-y love you!

April 25, 2021

Hello, Welcome! Samantha here today sharing a turtle-y fun card full of hidden glittery layers that really make this card pop! Enjoy the todays tutorial!

Card Instructions:

Step 1: Place the stencil on an A6 white card front (card measurements: 10.5cm x 14.5cm) and apply blue ink using a blending tool.

Step 2: Mix together transparent craft drops and silk mircrofine glitter – cool diamond to create a paste.

Step 3: Reapply the stencil over the ink and apply the paste. Remove the stencil and allow the paste to dry.

Step 4: Use different coloured green cardstock to die cut the turtle die.

Step 5: Use a green pencil to add hand drawn details to the turtle.

Step 6: Use pink cardstock to die cut the bow and add white hand drawn pencil details.

Step 7: Adhere Clear Double Sided adhesive to green cardstock. Remove the release sheet to expose the adhesive layer and apply a generous amount of Silk Microfine Glitter (Cool Diamond). Brush off excess glitter and return it to the jar, then polish with a fingertip to bring out the maximum sparkle.

Step 8: Die cut the turtle shell detail.

Step 9: Use foam tape to adhere the shell detail onto the turtle.

Step 10: Stamp the sentiment onto blue card stock.

Step 9: Assemble the card front. Adhere the turtle and sentiment to the card front. Embellish with a twine bow, hearts and sequins. Adhere a googly eye to the turtle.

Happy Crafting! The photos don’t do this card justice – the cool diamond glitter really adds interest to this card!

Samantha

Supplies Used:

1747 – Sea Turtle

Craft Drops

Other:

Pink/White/Green Card stock

Sequins

Twine

Die-Cutting Machine

Clear Stamping Block

Gluedots/Foam tape

Scissors/Paper Trimmer

Black Dye Ink

Googly Eye

Ink Blending Too

A Way With Words Cardmaking Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team

Floral Love

April 24, 2021

Hey Everyone! It’s EK, and today I am bringing your a little project featuring two different stamp sets from Susanne Cannon’s A Way with Words collection. One of my hands down favorite dies from this collection is the Love Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament. Despite being a holiday die set, that ornament is so very versatile. I thought I would play around with it today and make a very spring card!

Step One: Die cut the ornament from the Love Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament die set from some craft glitter paper.

Step Two: Rub some purple ink onto a slick surface, spray with water, and smooch with Watercolor Paper. I used Distress Oxides in Milled Lavenders and Seedless Preserves. Dry the paper.

Step Three: Die cut twice the flowers and floral outline from the Wreath & Elements die set. Try to place the outline dies on the darker parts, and the flower base on the lightest.

Step Four: Repeat step two, but rub green inks instead. I used Distress Oxide Pine Needles and Bundled Sage.

Step Five: Due cut the floral stems two times from the green smooched watercolor paper.

Step Six: Repeat step two once more to create the base of the card. I used Distress Oxides in Dusty Concord and Stormy Sky, and managed to get two prints from it. Adhere one of the prints onto an A2 card frame.

Step Seven: Using a liquid adhesive, adhere the ornament onto the background. I used Kids Choice Glue.

Step Eight: Adhere three of the flowers into the ornament letting them over lap.

Step Nine: From the bonus background print, die cut a sentiment from the Love Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament die set. I used the word love.

Step Ten: Adhere the sentiment and final flower onto the card frame.

Step Eleven: Add a few drops of Craft Drops in White around the sentiment. Let dry.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created a soft pastel floral spring card using my holiday Love Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament die set. Let us know in the comments below if you use your holiday die sets in the off season. Until then, happy crafting.


Cardmaking Craft Drops Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Cards in candy colours

March 7, 2021

Hello everyone, it´s Sanna here again today with another guest design team project share. For a couple of days we´ve had beautiful sunshiny weather here in Austria and I am very much in spring mood already. Thus, a set of easy-to-do, candy coloured cards is my project share for today.

The first card is very simple to do, but due to the used dies, still creates a lovely layered and detailed look.

Here are the steps for this card:

Step 1: Take a piece of each (yellow, light blue, grey, pink and light green) Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut one piece of the Junk Journal Extras dies in each colour.

Step 2: Now take the smaller flower dies from the Tropical Florals die set and die cut the flower with pink, yellow and grey Soft Finish Cardstock.
Step 3: Next adhere the die cut pieces onto a white card base overlappingly and arrange the flower to the upper left corner for decoration.

Step 4: Finally, take a piece of kraft carstock and heat emboss a sentiment with white embossing powder using one of the sentiment in the Build Your Own Sentiments 1 set. For additional decor, add a few craft drops next to the sentiment.

For the second card, you will additionally need a few stamp inks to create the background, but other than that, we are sticking to the same Tropical Flowers die set and the candy coloured cardstock selection.

Here are the steps to this card:

Step 1: Die cut a strip of paper with the Adventure Edges die and create a cloud background to a white card base with it by applying yellow and light pink ink using the die cut border as a stencil.

Step 2: After that apply some ink droplets with the light pink tone onto the background for a fun additional detail. Use a paint brush or a water tank brush for this purpose.


Step 3: Die cut two leaves and one flower with the Tropical Flowers die set from the same Soft Finish Cardstock tones used on the first card.

Step 4: Arrange the leaves and the flower onto the right lower corner of the card and adhere on place. Then add a stamped sentiment with black stamp ink and the Build Your Own Sentiments 1 stamp set.

Step 5: For finishing touches add a few Craft Drops to the background.

Also if you are not into pastel tones, feel free to try out this set in primary colours or in more neutral tones. Changing the cardstock colours will give you a totally different look!

I hope you enjoyed today´s card ideas and got inspired to play yourself! Have a great time crafting and see you again next month!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Other:
Distress Inks (Victorian Velvet, Squeezed Lemonade) – Ranger Inc.
Heat tool – Ranger Inc.
Black stamp ink – Hero Arts
Nuvo White embossing powder
Nuvo Embossing Ink

A Way With Words Cardmaking Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team

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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