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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.


Inspiration from the Design Team Paper Flowers Soft Finish Cardstock

Winter Wonderland

February 19, 2021

Hello friends and welcome! It is Karan here. Today I am sharing a layout with you. Hubby has been up north tending to our build and sent me a couple photos. I really wanted to scrapbook them so I came up with this.

I began by giving the main paper a trim down to 11.75 x 11.75 and I white washed it with paper paste mixed with a bit of gesso.

I die cut the fitted rectangles in the largest side and then cut three frames from this chipboard to give the frame extra strength. I then added gesso to the frame, added dabs of Allegro Indiano paint and dabbed that with Paper Texture paste. The result is amazing!

I die cut 8 large florals from florals 7, and 8 medium using the Soft Finish Cardstock and colored with Speckled Egg distress ink in the middle. I also colored the foam bud to match.

Sfter shaping and adding the stamens, I added snow paste to the flowers.

The leaves I got a great texture on them by adding a bit more shaping to the tips of the leaves. I colored these with Vintage Photo and Speckled Egg distress ink. I love how they turned out.

I really wanted to frame the photo of our driveway up north so I set the flowers in corners of the frame.

I hope you enjoyed my inspiration today. I would love to see your take on your winter photos. 

Happy Scrapping!

Karan

Elizabeth Craft Designs products used: 

Other products used: Snow Paste; Dusty Attic Chipboard; Speckled Egg and Vintage Photo Distress Ink

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.


Art Journal Collection Cardmaking Fantasy Flowers Inspiration from the Design Team Planner Essentials

Happy Valentine

February 8, 2021

Today’s group post is all about our loved ones. With Valentine’s day only just around the corner we thought we would give you some Valentine’s card inspiration. Our Design Team members created some fabulous projects using a variation of products. For more information about each project, make sure to visit their blogs by clicking on the name.

A beautiful card created by Annette Green using a combination of the Fantasy Flower dies and the Mandala from the Art Journal Collection. Love the combination.
Katelyn Grosart also used some dies from the Fantasy Flower collection to create this beautiful heart shaped card. To create the base she used the Scalloped and Stitched Hearts.
Sandy Diller created this lovely Valentine’s card using a combination of dies from the Planner Essentials Collection. Love the truck full off hearts!
Lisanne used the Parrot die to create this super cute card for Valentine. For the base of the card she used the Stitched Ovals and she added a rose from the Peek-A-Boo Love set.
Some adorable embellishments created by Marjolijn van Elsberg using a combination of dies from the Planner Essentials line. She also created a lovely card with a wobbly snowman.
A beautiful card created by EK Gorman using the Organic Triangle Background die. She cut out one circle in the middle to make space for the sentiment. Love the colors.
Karan Gerber created this beautiful heart shaped card using the Florals 2 and the Planner Essential 25 – Double Heart sets. Love the flowers and beautiful pastel colors.
Tina Guigui created this adorable card using the Honey Bear die set and the Heart Background die. She also used the Fitted Hearts to create this bigger heart in the background.
A beautiful card created by Tanja Kabel using the Puzzle Heart and Peek-A-Boo Love sets. For the Background she used Clear Double Sided Adhesive and the Crandberry Silk Microfine Glitter.
This final card is created by Karen Ostergard who used the adorable Dog die set. Love how she colored the dog. For the sentiment she used the Furrever Friends Sentiments set.

Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Masculine Valentine

January 14, 2021

Hey everyone, it’s EK and today I am starting my quest to finish my vantines for those that I love. So one of the things I think the most difficult is crafting something for teenage boys. I can create for my husband with ease, and my daughters in a snap of the finger…but my teenage son, well that is a whole different story. Today I thought I would tackle a valentine for my son using Joset’s Peek-A-Boo Love Set dies to help me.

Step One: Die cut the door flap from the Peek-A-Boo Love Set die set onto an A2 card frame so the flap opens on the right.

Step Two: Using ink, blend the edges of the card frame. I used Pumice Stone Distress Oxide.

Step Three: Using yupo paper and alcohol inks, create a background. I went with blue tones trying to avoid the stereotypical valentine colors and create a more masculine feel.

Step Four: Trim the yupo paper, and add some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the back of the paper and adhere it inside the card frame.

Step Five: Add both 10mm and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the top inside boarder of the card frame and seal the card shut.

Step Six: Using two different inks, stamp a sentiment onto the flap from the Bear Hugs stamp set. I used Brick Red Distress Oxide for the ‘XOXO’ and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide for the ‘Hugs & Kisses’.

Step Seven: Die cut accessories from the Peek-A-Boo Love Set die set out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock and color them. I used copics.

Step Eight: Using liquid adhesive adhere the key to the front of the flap. I used Kids Choice Glue.

Step Nine: Adhere the other accessory pieces inside the card.

Step Ten: Stamp a sentiment inside the card from the Bear Hugs stamp set. I used StazOn ink over the alcohol ink.

Step Eleven: Finally spray the face of the card with a shimmer spray to give it a little flair.

I’m not certain this is quite masculine enough to keep my kid from rolling his eyes, but he will think the flap is pretty cool. He likes when my cards function in a none traditional way.

Do you make your family valentines? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Joyful Wishes

December 14, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and today I am playing around with the newly released Holiday Elf- Hers and seeing if I can play with her in ways beyond just the holidays. After all, there are a bunch more elves than just holiday elves. I thought I would play around and see if I could make her into a convincing woodland elf and with the help of the Mushroom House Folding Card I think I was able to come up pretty convincingly with that.

Step One: Die cut all the pieces (minus the elf’s hat) of the Holiday Elf- Hers die set and the stocking cap and trim from the Winter Accessories die set out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two: Using colored pencils, color the skin and hair of the elf. I used my Polychromos pencils.

Step Three: Color the elf’s clothing and stocking cap (from the Winter Accessories diet set) dark brown with colored pencils.

Step Four: Color the rest of the elf’s clothing a mid toned gray.

Step Five: Using Kids Choice Glue assemble the elf.

Step Six: Die cut the pieces of the Mushroom House Folding Card and some of the accessories out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Seven: Using Distress Oxides color the mushroom card frame. I used a combination of Pumice Stone, Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap.

Step Eight: Using Distress Oxides color the natural elements. I used Rustic Wilderness for the grass, Wild Honey and Victorian Velvet for the flowers, and a combination of Hickory Smoke, Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap.

Step Nine: Using Kids Choice Glue, assemble the card. Using Joyful Wishes stamp set add a sentiment to the card.

How else do you think you could use the Holiday Elves all season long? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, Happy Crafting.


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!



Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Fur Baby Christmas Tags

November 16, 2020

Hi Friends! It’s EK, and today I am creating a couple of holiday tags for all the all those who love their Fur Babies. It is no secret that I absolutely love taking the ECD’s critter dies and dressing them up for different holidays. Well, with the release of the new Winter Accessories die set, I will have no problem at all getting all the different critters dressed and ready for Christmas. Today, I have dressed up the Cat and Dog die set for all those that love their pets as much as family.

Step One: Die cut from 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock the Cat die set.

Step Two: Using alcohol markers, color the die cut pieces. I used copic markers.

Step Three: Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the die cut pieces of the Cat die set together.

Step Four: Repeat steps 1-3 using the Dog die set.

Step Five: Die cut the Santa Hat, Scarf, and Reindeer ears from the new Winter Accessories and color them with alcohol markers.

Step Six: Adhere the Winter Accessories to the Cat and Dog.

Step Seven: Die cut the Elegant Christmas Trees die set in both beige and dark gray cardstock. Die cut a black backing for the trees. This will make up the base of the tag.

Step Eight: Die cut one of the Diagonal Stitched Fishtails die set two times in red cardstock. Die cut two times a sentiment from the Words- 5 Winter Wishes die set out of dark green cardstock.

Step Nine: Adhere the with 10mm Clear Double Sided Tape the Dog to the beige tag. Adhere with Kids Choice Glue the die cut sentiment.

Step Ten: Add a sentiment from the Furrever Friends stamp set to the Fishtail tag. Punch a hole in both the Elegant Christmas Tree and Fishtail banner. Adhere the banner to the tag with a little 6mm Clear Double Sided Tape so the banner is fixed. Add a ribbon to the hole punched holes.

Here is the finished tag featuring the Dog die set.

Step Eleven– Repeat steps 9-10 this time using the dark grey Elegant Christmas Tree and Cat die set.

Here is the finished Cat tag!

Which of the Elizabeth Craft Designs critters would you dress up for this holiday season using the new Winter Accessories? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy Christmas crafting!


Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Stamping Watercolor Watercolor Palette

A Little Hocus Pocus

October 29, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and I am popping in with a little bit of fan art I created using several stamp sets from Ilse and Charlene. This collection has a whole host of great stamp sets featuring different girls, and I have been kicking the idea around for some time about combining them to create a little homage to my favorite Halloween Movie. I don’t know if I quite captured the look I was going for, but I sure had a lot of fun trying.

Step One: Trim a piece of watercolor to 6×4.5 inches. Stamp girl images from Floral Girls, Halloween Party, and Make a Wish stamp sets onto Watercolor paper, masking where needed. I picked three different gal images trying to capture a likeness of three famous movie witches.

Step Two: Peel up the masks to reveal the stamped images.

Step Three: Watercolor the images focusing in on the skin and hair. I used ECD’s Watercolor Palette.

Step Four: Finish watercoloring the image.

Step Five: Blend ink around the edges to create a haze. I used Shabby Shutters Distress Oxide.

Step Six: Trim a piece of black cardstock to 8.5×6 inches. Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the watercolor paper to the black cardstock. Die cut a halloween sentiment from the Words 3 Happy Holidays die set. Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the sentiment to the cardstock.

While I did not quite capture the three witches from my favorite spooky movie, I am still going to matte this piece and frame it for the Halloween Season.

Do you ever try to capture pop culture themes with your stamps and dies? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


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