Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I am playing around with Joset’s die cut building scene Once Upon A Time die set and some watercolors. I have over the years successfully created with copic markers and die cut built pieces. I have played around with colored pencils, distress inks, and distress oxides with success. Well, today I am breaking out my watercolor palette and seeing if I can be successful once again.
Step One: Die cut the Once Upon A Time die set out of Watercolor paper.
Step Two: Using ECD’s Watercolor Palette, watercolor the die cut pieces.
Step Three: Using liquid adhesive, build the die cut pieces into their images. I used Kids Choice Glue.
Step Four: Using a piece of watercolor paper, create a watercolor background scene that is simple but shows both sky and grass. Let dry. Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Tape adhere the background to an A2 card frame.
Step Five: Adhere the mushroom and clouds to the background.
Step Six: Layer the rest of the die cut pieces into the scene.
Step Seven: Add a sentiment from the Once Upon A Time sentiment stamp set in pale blue ink.
Step Eight: To add more texture to the project, add Transparent Craft Drops onto the butterfly, reeds and flower center.
Step Nine: The card needed even more texture to ground everything, so using watercolor pencils, flick in grass blades in two shades of green.
Step Ten: Activate the grass with a watercolor brush to blend out the flicks.
What do you think? Was this experiment with die cut buildables and watercolor successful?
Would you be will to try this technique? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.
Hi everyone, here is Lisanne again. It’s my turn to give you some inspiration. This time I will use different dies from the Safari Collection of Joset. I really love this collection, with all the animals and fun accessories.
So lets start with the beginning. I made a background with clouds and Distress Ink. The Adventure Edges 1 and 2 are great to use for building up the card. So I made mountains which I coloured with Distress Ink Stormy Sky and Peeled Paint. I also die cut some grass that I coloured with Distress Ink Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I glued only the bottom and the sides so I can put something between the layers.
Between the layers grass and mountains I put the tree. I also coloured this tree with Distress Ink (Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo and Forest Moss). You can make the tree with or without green so there are possibilities in your making.
Now it’s time to build up the animals. In this Safari Collection there are 4 animals, the Zebra, the Giraffe, the Monkey and the Lion (you can also make a tiger of this one). So it was hard to choose haha. This time I made the Zebra and the Monkey. Ofcourse the Lion and Giraffe will be used another time.
The animals are also coloured with Distress Ink. Oh and I forgot to say that I’m using Soft Finish Cardstock for this whole project. It’s such a great paper, smooth on one side and a little structure on the other. You can choose which side is the best for your project. When I work with Distress Ink I always color on the structured side.
So back to the project. When I’m making animals like the Zebra and Monkey I back my cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape before die-cutting for the parts that need to be glued otherwise. So in this case the stripes, eyes and feet from the Zebra. I also give the Zebra a hat from the Safari accessories, doesn’t he look cute?
Than the monkey who is hanging at the vine in the corner. I really like to build this animals. You can give them every colour you want. The monkey is coloured with Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Black Soot en Fossilized Amber. The monkey is hanging at the vine, but you can also make him sit.
In de left corner I put the text ‘I love you just the way you are’ that I stamped on the Soft Finish Cardstock. The edges are coloured with Forest Moss and Black Soot. I coloured the whole card also with Black Soot and put some black Cardstock behind. So my Safari card is done.
I hope this card gives you some ideas to play with this great collection. For me it was a lot of fun playing with it. Thank you for reading this blogpost! Have a wonderful day and hopefully see you soon!
Hello friends – it’s Sandy Diller here with a cute project that the kids are going to love going to school with. While shopping at the Dollar Tree a few days ago I came upon these cute pencil boxes so picked up two. I decorated them with some special students in mind.
These pencil boxes were so easy to decorate using the Joset Designs Once Upon A Time Collection and then simply adding the names with a label maker.
Any child would love to have this personalized pencil box to take to school or just keep at home in their room.
I began by cutting out the Castle Folding card and adding some stamping and coloring.
After cutting up the Castle into sections that would fit on the box, I added some colorful flags and roof pieces.
After adding the Castle to the box, the Prince and Princess were added.
I love making cards but really enjoy making items with my dies that are fun and useful – I hope you will give it a try.
Karen here today. I absolutely adore the Easter Bunny from Elizabeth Craft Designs. So adorable with options to use him from the front (as I have done today) or with the behind. Super sweet for Easter cards. If you make Easter cards and projects, there is now just a few weeks!
I started by cutting a piece of 90 lb White Soft Finish Cardstock in half to create a top-folding card base. Then I used the Stitched Rectangles die and a piece of paper from the Worn Wood Collection to create the card front. On it, I stamped Happy Easter in the corner using the Spring Sentiments Stamps and permanent Black ink. I also wrapped a piece of twine and used a scrap from the Reminiscence Paper Book across the top (and added a glimmer sticker too). To this, I used a small scrap from Reminiscence Paper Book and from the Mystical Winter Collection die cut with the Fitted Rounded Squares dies to “frame” the bunny. Then comes the FuN part!
I love putting together these adorable critters by Joset. It takes me back to putting together paper dolls as a child, so fun. For the pieces “on top”, I used 101mm Double Sided Adhesive to make putting the bunny together easier. I used 90 lb White Soft Finish cardstock and colored with Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Kitsch Flamingo, and Vintage Photo. the eyes are colored in with a black marker and the nose with a YR04 Copic marker.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Craftily yours, Karen
Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs
Ribbon, Distress Inks, Copic and fine line markers, black ink
Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Let Love Grow Card
To create my Let Love Grow Card, I’ve used a variety of the dies and stamps from the new Sidekick Essentials Collection as well as dies from the Planner Essentials Collection and Joset Designs. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my card at home.
Step One. Choose two pieces of patterned paper out of the Reminiscence the Book. Die cut a 3 1/4″ Fitted Indented Rectangle out of one of the patterned papers. Die cut a 3 1/2″ Stitched Indented Rectangle out of the other patterned paper. Distress the edges of both rectangles. Ink the edges of both rectangles using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Two. Die cut a 3 3/4″ Fitted Indented Rectangle out of a piece of kraft cardstock. Die cut a 3″ Stitched Indented Rectangle out a piece of kraft cardstock. Distress the edges of both rectangles. Ink the edges of both rectangles using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Three. Choose a piece of patterned paper out of the Reminiscence the Book. From the Planner Essentials – Planner Patterns die, die cut the numbers out of the patterned paper.
Step Four. Choose a piece of patterned paper out of the Reminiscence the Book. From the Sidekick Essentials 17 – Window Folder Set die, die cut the tab out of the patterned paper. Ink the edges of the tab using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Five. Choose a piece of patterned paper out of the Reminiscence the Book. From the Planner Essentials – 8 die, die cut the ragged edge out of the patterned paper. Rip a bit off the top and bottom so that the piece measures 5 1/4″ long. Ink the edges of the edge piece using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Six. Choose a piece of patterned paper out of the Reminiscence the Book. From the Sidekick Essentials – 3 die, die cut the banner out of the patterned paper. Ink the edges of the banner using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Seven. From the Sidekick Essentials 5 die, die cut the & symbol out of a piece of kraft cardstock. Ink the edges of the symbol using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Eight. Next, you’ll need the bee and Let Love Grow hexagon stamps from the Sidekick Essentials – In My Garden Stamp Set. Apply Fossilized Amber Distress Ink to the bee hexagon and stamp onto a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Apply Forest Moss Distress Ink to the Let Love Grow hexagon and stamp onto a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Fussy cut each hexagon out. Ink the edges of both hexagons using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Nine. Adhere the 3 1/2″ rectangle to the 3 3/4″ rectangle.
Step Ten. Adhere the 3″ rectangle to the 3 1/4″ rectangle. Adhere the ragged edge 1/4″ from the right of the 3″ rectangle.
Step Eleven. Adhere the tab 1″ from the top and 1 3/4″ from the bottom of to the 3 1/4″ rectangle. Foam square the 3 1/4″ rectangle to the 3 1/2″ rectangle.
Step Twelve. Adhere the numbers pattern 3/8″ from the right and 1/4″ from the bottom of the 3″ rectangle. Adhere the banner 1/8″ from the left and 7/8″ from the bottom of the 3″ rectangle.
Step Thirteen. Adhere the & symbol 3/4″ from the left and 1/2″ from the bottom of the 3″ rectangle. Foam square the bee hexagon 7/8″ from the right and 7/8″ from the bottom of the 3″ rectangle. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the Let Love Grow hexagon 1/8″ from the right and 1/8″ from the bottom of the 3″ rectangle.
Step Fourteen. Cut a cardbase out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 3 3/4″ x 10″, score at 5″. 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 Let Love Grow Card at home.
Hi Friends, it’s EK. I don’t know about you, but with spring on the horizon, I am just craving outside and nature. I thought I would dive right into the season with the super cute Frog die set and some copic coloring.
Step One: Die cut the Frog die set out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Color the pieces with alcohol markers. I used copic marker G21, G82, G24, and YG67.
Step Two: Color the Frog accent pieces. I used Y00 and Y11 for the eyes, W5 and W7 for the ‘black’ bits, and R22 and R24 for the tongue.
Step Three: Using a liquid adhesive, adhere the Frog pieces. I used Kids Choice Glue.
Step Four: Die cut and color the pond pieces and lily pad from the Frog dies set. I used BG70, BG72, BG75 and BG79 for the pond and G24, G28, and G29 for the lily pad.
Step Five: Blend ink onto a trimmed piece of cardstock into an ombre design. I used Speckled Egg, Stormy Sky, and Faded Jeans Distress.
Step Six: Die cut a frame from 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. I used both the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set and Fitted Indented Rectangle die set.
Step Seven: Using 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the frame onto the ombre background. Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive adhere the background onto an A2 card frame.
Step Eight: Using both liquid adhesive and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the pond, lily pad and frog onto the card.
Step Nine: Add a sentiment from the Prince & Frog Sentiment stamp set to the card frame in blue ink. I used Fade Jeans Distress Oxide.
Step Ten: Add frog prints from the Prince & Frog Sentiment stamp set to the corners of the frame.
I hope you are as excited about spring as I am. Let me know in the comments below which of the ECD dies reminds you of spring the most. Until then, happy crafting.
It’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this Easter Card.
Step 1: Preparation
prepare a rectangular panel cut from Neenah Desert Storm Kraft Cardstock
cut out two eggs from patterned paper and a bow from pink felt using the Color my Easter Eggs die set. (Unfortunately this die set is no longer in stock at Elizabeth Craft Designs. Alternatively you can use the Elegant Easter Eggs Small die set which includes a solid egg and a bow as well. Will include link below.)
you will also need two strands of natural twine
Step 2: Create a Background
stamp some greenery from the Spring Fling Set with Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves
ink up the edges with Distress Ink Ground Espresso
add some splatters with watered-down white acrylic paint
Step 3: Assembly
ink up the edges of the eggs with Distress Ink Pumice Stone
assemble the bow using hot glue
adhere the eggs and the twine to the card
stamp the sentiment from the Spring Sentiments Set with Versamark and heat-emboss it with WOW! Bright White Super Fine embossing powder
I hope you got inspired.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:
Other Neenah Desert Storm Kraft Cardstock patterned paper felt twine white acrylic paint Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves Distress Ink (Ground Espresso, Pumice Stone) Blending Brush
It’s time for another group theme on our blog today. This time we would like to inspire you with some beatiful work around the theme “Spring”. We asked our designers to create some colorful projects or projects that remind them of Spring. Let’s see what they created!
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
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
Hi everyone, it’s Tina here. Today’s card is using the Small Cupcakes dies and the Birthday Stamp Set. They pair together like it was meant to be. Below you will find the steps to create your own card.
Step 1 – Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 7” x 6”, score at 3 1/2” and fold in half for a vertical side fold card. (Mini Slimline)
Step 2 – Create a DIY background using a Gel Press trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 3 1/2” x 6”. Apply Distress Oxide Inks in Victorian Velvet and Wilted Violet onto a Gel Press. Mix the colors with a brayer. Splash some water with a Distress Sprayer. Place the Cardstock onto the Gel Press then place a copy paper and add pressure to make sure the ink transfers onto the Cardstock. Remove Cardstock and let dry. Adhere to card front using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.
Step 3 – Stamp Birthday sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Step 4 – Diecut Small Cupcakes using White Soft Finish Cardstock. Apply Distress Oxide Ink using a Blender Brush. Wilted Violet for the base, Victorian Velvet for the middle layer and a grey alcohol marker to the top layer. Color in all the accents and assemble using Kids Choice Glue.
This card can be used for other occasions by changing the sentiment and/or colors. Below is a link to all the products used. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!