Hello everyone, it’s Sanna here today with another guest design team project. This card idea originated from a wish to have a die that could cut chevron type backgrounds, which I didn’t own. But then I figured, I actually could use my existing dies to create a chevron pattern as a card background. And while I die cut the “chevrons”, I had plenty of pieces left to create two more fun cards. So one basic idea led to a set of cards that I’m quite happy with.
Here is how I created this card:
Step 1: I first die cut “frames” with the Stitched Rectangles die set by using the largest and the third largest die from the set. This way I had a bigger frame than if I had used the next to largest with the biggest size. I picked yummy, summery pastel cardstock for die cutting. I also kept the stitched rectangle pieces for later. You will see how I used them on the two cards to follow. Step 2: After die cutting the frames I then took a card base and arranged the corners onto it in such manner, that they formed a “chevron” and marked the edges with a pencil. This way it was easier to know where to cut later. After that I just adhered the piece onto the card base with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape. Out of each frame I got two bigger parts for the chevron pattern and I also saved the smaller ones for the lower and the higher corners. So for this size of a card you only need 4 frames in total.
Step 3: After adhering all the corners onto the card base I took the Planner Essentials 21 “Note Pieces” set and die cut a focal point for the card from black cardstock.
Step 4: I then added a stamped and embossed sentiment using the Planner Essentials “Remember” stamp set with neon green embossing powder. After that I just adhered the sentiment with 3D foam onto the card to create more texture and interest. For finishing touches I added a few craft drops for decor. The residue pieces then let to the second card:
For this one I did the following steps with the residue papers I had left over from my first card:
Step 1 to 3: I placed the stitched rectangle cardstock pieces onto my die cutting machine and places a stitched oval die onto the middle of them and die cut 4 pieces to create the oval background piece for the next card. After that I took a leftover strip of the light blue cardstock and attached Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet onto it and die cut two “Budding Florals” for the card.
I then adhered the flowers on place, applied some liquid adhesive and loose golden glitter onto the upper area of the buds and let that dry. After the adhesive was dry, I just tabbed the residue glitter off. For the sentiment I used the General Sentiments stamp set with white embossing powder and a piece of black cardstock that was die cut with the Fitted Fishtail dies. Very easy, but still very colorful thanks to the multi-colored background piece. This then led to my last card project:
For this card I used the final stitched rectangle pieces, as shown in the steps here:
Step 1 to 3: I arranged the leftover pieces from the previous card onto the card base and cut them into size so that they filled the whole background. Then I die cut a focal piece from white cardstock using the Stitched Circles die cut die. I stamped and embossed a sentiment (using General Sentiments) and florals (using the Spring Fling stamp set) and golden as well as light green and pink embossing powders.
After embossing I inked the circle light yellow with Distress Ink. Next I die cut a piece of golden glitter carstock with the Scalloped stitched circle die to place under the sentiment piece and finished the focal piece off with some Fitted Fishtail dies.
So one idea led to a set of three fun cards and I basically worked with the same paper pieces from start to finish. Here are some close-ups of the finished cards:
I hope I could inspire you to take a second look at your basic dies to use them in a little different way! I´d love to see what kind of ideas you come up with. Wishing you a fabulous July and see you again next month with another card idea!
Happy crafting, xxx, Sanna
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Other: Sizzix Big Shot A4 Pink, black, light green, yellow and blue cardstock Embossing powder by Ranger and American Crafts Golden glitter cardstock 3D foam squares Heat tool – Ranger Loose golden glitter
Hello there everyone, it’s Sanna Lippert here again with another guest design team project. For today’s cards I created a set of two masculine, clean and simple, graduation cards. As my son finished high school level and exams this June, I need a nice card for his graduation festivities.
I used woodgrain patterned paper and instead of flowers, just leaves to add a special touch to the card. Also, the leaves are done out of Shimmer Sheets, to add just a touch of festivity to the card. Here is how the card is done:
Step 1: Take light blue Soft Finish Cardstock and using the Summer Fun Sentiments stamp set and grey Distress Oxide stamp ink, stamp the sentiment “well done” onto the carstock.
Step 2: Next die cut a piece of woodgrain paper using the Stitched Rounded Rectangles die cut die and then stamp “I´m so proud of you” with black stamp ink onto it using the Build Your Own Sentiment 1 stamp set.
Step 3: Take a darker blue toned cardstock to mat the stamped cardstock strip. This will make the stamped element stand out more from the background. Then adhere the pieces onto the cardbase.
Step 4: Take a piece of Shimmer Sheet and apply a Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet onto it. Now run the sheet thru your die cutting machine, but don´t die cut the image thru (don´t use a metal plate in your die cutting machine). This way you will get an embossed image. Next take your precision scissors and cut around the edges of the “embossed” image.
Step 5: Adhere everything on place and add some faux stitching around the edges to finish off the card. Optionally you can also add a few Craft Drops for decor or leave the card as it is. You now have a easy-to-mail, flat, yet decorative, masculine card done.
Since I had all the products alraedy on my desk, I also did a second card using the same basic idea and the same products, but modified the idea a little. This is a great way to strech one basic idea and make several variations of it at once. Besides, it is always good to have a card or two for just in case as backup!
I hope I could inspire you to create masculine clean-and-simple styled cards yourself! See you again next month with another card tutorial. Until then, wishing you a lovely June.
Happy crafting, Sanna
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Other: Sizzix Big Shot A4 Ranger Distress Oxide Iced Spruce Acrylic block for stamping Hero Arts Black Chalkboard stamp ink 3D adhesive foam
Hey Friends! It’s EK, and today I am popping in and sharing a few cards I created using hand stamped printed paper I created using Ilse and Charlene’s Stamps and Stencils. I love how you can created exactly the ‘printed’ paper you need using simply papers and monochromatic color scheme.
Step One: Using a diagonal line, hand stamp a fauna stamp from the Spring Fling stamp set onto Watercolor paper using colored ink. I used Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide.
Step Two: Finish stamping the fauna in a diagonal pattern, alternating the direction of the stamp with each line.
Step Three: Spray the images with water, and set with a heat gun.
Step Four: Blend a lighter shade of ink through the Dot Dot Dot stencil and blend extra ink around the edges of the watercolor paper. I used Shabby Shutter Distress Oxide.
Step Five: Repeat step one using three of the flower stamps from the Spring Fling stamp set in a new shade of ink. I used Speckled Egg Distress Oxide.
Step Six: Repeat step two, finishing the diagonal stamping.
Step Seven: Repeat step three, spraying the ink with water. This one did not bleed as much as the others.
Step Eight: Repeat step four, blending ink through the Waves stencil and around the edges. I used Speckled Egg Distress Oxide for the background as well as the stamping.
Step Nine: Repeat step one using the Poppy Dream stamp set. I used Barn Doors Distress Oxide.
Step Ten: Repeat step two, and finish the stamping. Can you tell which row I messed up on?
Step Eleven: Repeat step three, spraying the ink with water.
Step Twelve: Repeat step four, blending a lighter ink through the Make Your Mark stencil. I used Abandon Coral Distress Oxide.
Step Thirteen: Repeat step one using a different stamp from the Poppy Dream stamp set. I used Crackling Fire Distress Oxide.
Step Fourteen: Repeat step two, and finish the stamping.
Step Fifteen: Repeat step three, spraying the ink with water. I really love how this one bleed.
Step Sixteen: Repeat step four, blending a lighter ink through the Make Your Mark stencil. I used Dried Marigold Distress Oxide.
Step Seventeen: Repeat step one using the Journaling Elements stamp set. I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide.
Step Eighteen: Repeat step two, and finish the stamping. On this printed paper, I added a second row using one of the sentiments from the stamp set.
Step Nineteen: On this printed paper, I added a second row using one of the sentiments from the stamp set.
Step Twenty: Repeat step three, spraying the ink with water.
Step Twenty One: Repeat step four, blending a lighter ink through the hearts on the Make Your Mark stencil. I used Spun Sugar Distress Oxide for an almost water mark look.
Step Twenty Two: Repeat step one using the Journaling Elements stamp set and the oversized sentiment ‘perfect’. I used Dusty Concord Distress Oxide. I added a second row of stamping using Milled Lavender and the paint brush strip stamp.
Step Twenty Three: For this printed paper, I added a third layer of stamping using the dash stamp set in Seedless Preservers Distress Oxide.
Step Twenty Four: Repeat step three, spraying the ink with water.
Step Twenty Five: Repeat step four, blending a lighter ink through the dash marks on the Make Your Mark stencil. I used Milled Lavender Distress Oxide again, loving how it blended into the stamped image of that same color.
Step Twenty Six: Die cut all six of the ‘printed’ papers using the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set.
Step Twenty Seven: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the ‘printed’ papers onto A2 card frames.
Step Twenty Eight: Die cut black and white sentiments for the hand stamp ‘printed’ papers. I used a collection of planner die sets to create my sentiment die cuts. They are from the Planner Essentials 1, Planner Essentials 2, Planner Essentials 4, Planner Essentials 7, Planner Labels, and Retro Label Sayings stamp set. Adhere the sentiments to each of the cards.
Do you ever created your own printed paper? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.
Hey Friends! It’s EK, and I have been playing around with my gel press a lot lately seeing what new tricks and tips I can come up with using it.
It is fascinating all the different looks and styles you can create using the little slab of gel. Today I am using my press to create a grunge tag using several of Ilse and Charlene’s stamps and stencils.
Step One: Using one of the floral stamps from the First Sights of Spring stamp set, ink it up with a waterproof ink, and stamp it onto the gel press.
Step Two: Stamp a few more floral images from the First Sights of Spring around the focal image.
Step Three: Using alcohol markers, color in the images on the gel press, but be careful not to touch the stamped lines.
Step Four: Add a thin layer of white paint over the stamped and colored images.
Step Five: Press a manila tag into the wet paint, and pull the image up. Let dry.
Step Six: In the negative space on the tag, blend Salvaged patina Distress Oxide through the Spring Flower Mandala stencil.
Step Seven: Blend Wild Honey Distress Ink through the Story Telling stencil. Blend a little Frayed Burlap Distress Ink around the edge of the whole tag.
Step Eight: Hand stamp some extra texture onto the edges of the tag using the Words and Layers stamp set.
Step Nine: Splatter the tag with Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Spray.
Step Ten: Using a stamping platform, add a sentiment from the Words & Layers stamp set.
Step Eleven: Add an assortment of textures and layered ribbons to the tag.
I just love how raw Ilse and Charlene’s stamp looks pulled from the gel press. The technique is so fun and organic looking.
Let us know in the comments below if you ever play around with your stamps on a gel press, or if you are interested in try out this technique. Until then, happy crafting!
Hello everyone, it´s Sanna Lippert here again today with another card tutorial share. Today I wanted to show you how you can use the basic fitted/nesting dies to create colorful, yet simple, card backgrounds in just a few simple steps.
You only need a selection of basic fitted dies (for exampe rectangles, stars, hexacons or squares), a stamp set and a selection of colored cardstock. I chose to do a more monochromatic pattern on the above cards, but you could do more variation by picking all colours of the rainbow for a background. Here is how these cards were done:
Step 1: Pick three colours of cardstock in similar tones (I used grey, teal and blue tones). Then pick three of the smaller sized nesting Stitched Rectangles and die cut two pieces each with the smaller dies from the cardstock and one bigger sized piece.
Step 2: Arrange the pieces onto a card base and adhere them on place with Clear Double Sided Tape. Flip the card over and cut any excess pieces with scissors.
Step 3: Take a piece of black cardstock and stamp a sentiment with the “Build Your Own Sentiment 1” stamp set using embossing ink and fine white embossing powder. Heat set the powder with a heat tool and adhere the sentiment onto the card with 3D foam pads. For additional detail you can add some embossed stars around the sentiment and a few Craft Drops, if you want to.
Here are some variations on you can do using other fitted dies – I used the Stitched Hexacons and Stitched Stars:
As you can see, by changing the color combination and the dies or the sentiments, you can create cards for various occations using the same basic idea!
I´ve also recorded the steps for you, so you get a better idea of each and every step:
I hope I could inspire you to make some fun card backgrounds with your nesting dies!! See you again next month with another card idea!!
Happy crafting, xxx, Sanna
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Other: Sizzix Big Shot A4 Heat Tool – Ranger Inc. Embossing ink – Nuvo Embossing Powder , white – Ranger Inc. 3D foam pads – Scrapbook Adhesives
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.
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.
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.