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Celebrate Card with New Flower Stamps

September 13, 2021
Hello again, Annette Green back again this month with a simple and elegant anniversary card I created for my parents who celebrated their 60th recently. Here’s how I made it…
First, I stamped some images from the Gratitude stamp set onto watercolor cardstock with archival black ink. Then I used my ECD watercolors to color them. The design of the images has stippled dots which are perfect little hints where the deepest shadows are, so I painted those areas a little darker.

Next, I used the compatible dies (coming soon!) to cut them out. This is such a great time saver!
After cutting a pretty paper for the front of my card, I selected a stencil that had a small, pretty repeating pattern. (Stencil to come soon too!)
Next, I spread some clear texture paste through the stencil onto my pattern paper. I gently lifted the stencil away and set it aside to dry completely.
You can see how this adds lovely texture and dimension to the paper once dry.
Onto some ivory cardstock, I stamped Celebrate and drew in the black drop shadow with a marker, then added some ink around the edges and some tiny dots in a compatible green color.
My ivory card base is 5″ x 7″. I layered some black paper first, then the pattern paper, and added a die-cut doily.
Next, I started layering elements flat onto the card.
To finish off the front, I added the final die-cut flower piece with dimensional foam tape to pop it up.
A little bit of stamping on the inside and the card is done! Super simple, but very elegant. Thanks for visiting today. Have a great day!
Inspiration from the Design Team Sidekick Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock Videos Watercolor

Summery Pages in my Nature Planner

September 2, 2021
Hello, it’s Annette Green today with some bright and cheery Summery plages in my Nature Planner. You may recall my Facebook Live I did for Elizabeth Craft Designs back in July where I showed how to create watercolored backgrounds using dies as stencils. If you missed it, you can view it here on the ECD YouTube channel. Today’s post includes a new video where I add photos to those pages and share some ideas and techniques.

My Nature Planner is a Sidekick size, so I’ve used mostly Sidekick dies as I mention in the video. The complete list is below with links to all products I’ve used.

Using the watercolors (yes, they’re back in stock!) allow you to customize your die-cut pieces and backgrounds perfectly to coordinate with your photos. I’ve used the Soft Finish White Cardstock for all of mine, which watercolors work very nicely on.

The Florals 13 die-set was perfect for these tropical, summery flowers on my pages as well. I love mixing and matching all the ECD dies into my projects.

I hope you take a moment to watch the video and follow along as I make up these pages. Thanks for stopping by today!

Inspiration from the Design Team Stamping Watercolor Watercolor Palette

Discover Beauty

August 24, 2021

Hi there,

it’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this monochromatic watercolor greeting card.

Step 1: Stamping

  • stamp the largest flower from the Kindness set with Distress Ink Shaded Lilac onto a rectangular piece cut from watercolor paper

Step 2: Coloring

  • mix the colors Mauve and Prussian Blue from the Watercolor Palette to create a beautiful purple
  • apply a light wash into the background
  • color the flower with your watercolor mixture

Step 3: Finishing Touches

  • add purple and white splatters
  • rub on the sentiment
  • add a strip of purple cardstock and patterned paper to the left side of the panel before adhering it to a cardbase

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Supplies:

ECD
Kindness Stamp Set
watercolor paper
Watercolor Palette

Other:
Distress Ink Shaded Lilac
patterned paper
rub-ons

Paper Flowers Scrapbooking Stamping Watercolor

Remembered – Mini Album

August 11, 2021

 Hello Friends and Welcome to the EC Designs Blog. It is Karan here to share a project with you.

I know it has been awhile since i have posted crafty projects with our big move almost behind us, i am slowly getting back to creating. My first project is using their floral stamps and beautiful floral dies creating a gorgeous mini album.

My first project back is Designed using Florals 13. Which i have shaped into Wild Roses. I matched the color of them with the paper i used in my project. Using a foam bud as my center.


Stamping the Blossom set out on Soft Petal Cardstock from Elizabeth Crafts with black archival ink, i decided to use my water brush and dab color from the same pad i used to create my florals. Salvaged Patina Distress Ink. 

This project is designed as a mini folio on 49 and Market Accordion Flip Fold which comes with their new album as an insert. I thought it would make a perfect mini. 

The inside i still want to decorate but my new scrap space is very much in boxes, but i promise i will add more photos when i get to my Planner dies. 

I hope you have enjoyed my share with you today and I have  inspired you to create your own beautiful mini albums. 

Products Used:

Cardmaking Craft Drops Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Sidekick Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping Watercolor

Set of mixed media cards

August 4, 2021

Hello everyone, it´s Sanna Lippert here again with another guest design team card project share. Today I´m stopping by to share a set of mixed media cards with plenty of white space on them – and colour. I love adding stenciling, droplets and a fun mixed media twist to cards and I´d tought I´d share one of those ideas today with you. Hope you like it!

And here is how created the cards:

Step 1: Take a small gelli plate and apply three colours of alcohol ink onto it. Then take a plain brayer and roll the colour onto the gelli plate to create a faded three-tone-look. After that take a mark making tool of some kind – I used a dotted and a striped brayer – and press it/roll it over the inked layer to create a pattern. Let dry a bit.

Step 2: Next apply a thin layer of white paint over the inked pattern and then place the pattern color down onto the paper and press down to paper with your hands. Then remove the gelli plate and you have a nice pattern to use for your cards. Repeat several times with various colours and mark making tools (you can use stamps, combs, printing tools or even items from your kitchen). Whatever you find suits your project. Next die cut the created patterns into circles using the Fitted Circles die cut die and your die cutting machine.

Step 3: Next grab the Make Your Mark stencil and create patterns to white card backgrounds using the stencil with Distress Oxide tones and an ink blending tool/brush. On some I used just one colour and pattern and on other backgrounds I added two ink tones and the same pattern vertically and horizontally. You can do whatever you find attractive for your project.

Step 4: Now apply a Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet onto a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut the leaves for each card using the Sidekick Essentials 7 die set. After that stamp sentiments using embossing ink and the Build Your Own Sentiments 1 stamp set onto black cardstock. Then add white embossing powder onto the stamped areas, dabb the residue off and heat set with a heat tool. Now adhere the leaves onto the card base. I arranged them around the circle piece to create a cluster, because I like it that way. It leaves plenty of white space to the card still.

Then adhere the circle using 3D foam adhesive pads. This creates a bit more texture and interest to the card. After that grab some water colours (I used black on my cards) and add droplets with the water colour to the cards. Let the droplets dry properly and then finish the card off by adding the embossed sentiment on top of the circle piece and if you want, add a few buttons for additional decor. I adhered the buttons with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the card. For additional decor you can also add some Craft Drops to the cards in various colours in the very end. Make sure you let the drops dry properly, before mailing your cards, otherwise they might smear.

Here are the finished cards:

When creating cards like this, I like to use the same basic idea, but do slight variations. That way every card is still unique, but since I already have all the tools out, I get more cards done at once. You never know when you need one!

I hope you enjoyed this idea and give it a try yourself. You can also replace the alcohol inks with paint, if you don´t happen to own any. Also if you don´t own a gelli plate (or you are not that much of a mixed media person), replace this step by just die cutting a fun patterned paper for the circle piece.

See you again next month with another card tutorial. Wishing you all a fabulous August!!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:
Sizzix Big Shot A4
Distess Oxide Inks by Ranger Inc.
Ink Blending tool by Ranger Inc.
Nuvo Embossing Ink by Tonic Studios
Paint Brush
Gelli Plate by Gelli Arts
Brayers (plain and patterned)
Alcohol Inks by Ranger Inc.
White acrylic paint
Heat tool by Ranger Inc.
White Embossing powder by Ranger Inc.
3D foam pads
Scissors and buttons
Acrylic block for stamping

Charlene Stamps Watercolor Watercolor Palette

Create Watercolor Tag

June 22, 2021

Hi there, It’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this watercolor tag.

Step 1: Stamping and Coloring

  • stamp one of the flowers from the Garden Flowers set onto a tag cut from watercolor paper with the help of one of the dies from the Planner Essentials 2 set with Ink on 3 Fadeout Ink for a no-line look
  • lay down a base coat of color using the watercolor palette
  • add extra shading with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils

Step 2: Adding more Color

  • ink up the edges with Distress Ink Dusty Concord
  • dye a piece of torn seam binding with Distress Ink Dusty Concord

Step 3: Texture Stamping

  • stamp Create and a definition from the Journal Words set with Versafine Clair Nocturne

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Suuplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other
Ink on 3 Fadeout Ink
Faber-Castell Polychromos
Distress Ink Dusty Concord
seam binding
Versafine Clair Nocturne

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.


Charlene Stamps Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Planner Essentials Sidekick Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock Uncategorized Watercolor Watercolor Palette

Boo Sidekick Essentials Page

October 22, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Boo Sidekick Essentials Page.

To create my Boo Sidekick Essentials Page, I’ve used a variety of dies from the Planner Essentials Collection, the Sidekick Essentials Collection as well as a stamp from Charlene. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my sidekick essentials page at home.

Step One. Die cut the page from the Sidekick Essentials 1 die out of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Spritz water on the page and then spritz Dylusions Ink Spray in Squeezed Orange on the page.

Step Two. You’ll need the circle border stamp from the Background Stamp 3 stamp set. Apply Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink to the stamp and stamp three times on the page as desired. Reapply ink to the stamp as needed.

Step Three. From the Halloween Party Stamp set, you’ll need the bat stamp. Apply Emboss It Ink to the bat stamp and stamp on the page as desired. You’ll need a total of four bat stamps stamped. Reapply Ink to the stamp as needed. Sprinkle Molten Dimensions Black Magic Embossing Powder over the stamped bat images. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Ink the edges of the page using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. You’ll need a couple pieces of Halloween patterned paper. From the Sidekick Essentials 5 die, you’ll need the stitched rectangle and the plain rectangle. Die cut the stitched rectangle out of one of the halloween patterned papers. Die cut the plain rectangle out of the other patterned paper. Ink the edges of both rectangles using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Five. Choose one of the reinforcements out of the Variety Reinforcement Pack. Die cut the reinforcement once out of a piece of black cardstock. You’ll need a total of six reinforcements.

Step Six. From the Sidekick Essentials 1 die, die cut the frame out of a piece of black cardstock.

Step Seven. From another piece of halloween patterned paper, die cut the arrow from the Sidekick Essentials 3 die. Ink the edges of the arrow using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Eight. Die cut the word Boo from the Blackboard Alphabet Die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Ink the edges of the letters using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Nine. From the Halloween Party stamp set, you’ll need the cat and the pumpkin stamps. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to both stamps and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Colour the two stamped images in using a waterbrush and the Watercolor Palette. Once the images have dried, fussy cut the images out. Ink the edges of the two images using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Ten. Adhere the reinforcements over top of each of the holes on the page.

Step Eleven. Foam square the stitched rectangle 5/8″ from the left and 3/8″ from the bottom of the page. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the plain rectangle 1/2″ from the right and 7/8″ from the bottom of the page. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the frame 1″ from the bottom and have a 1/4″ over hang on the left hand side of the page.

Step Twelve. Foam square the cat to the middle of the frame. Foam square the pumpkins to the bottom right corner of the frame.

Step Thirteen. Adhere the Boo word to the left of the pumpkins as desired. Adhere the arrow below the frame as desired.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Boo Sidekick Essentials Page at home.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Black Soot and Ripe Persimmon
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Emboss It Dabber
  • Dylusions Ink Spray: Squeezed Orange
  • Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Eileen Hull Molten Dimensions – Black Magic Embossing Powder
  • Graphic 45: An Eerie Tale Patterned Paper Collection
  • Misc: Black Cardstock
Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps Elizabeth Craft Designs General Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock Watercolor Watercolor Palette

Fall Planner Insert

September 24, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Fall Planner Insert.

To create my Fall Planner Insert, I’ve used a variety of dies from the Planner Essentials Collection, the Art Journal Specials Collection and stamps from Charlene. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my planner insert at home.

Step One. Die cut the small tag from the Planner Essentials 26 – Planner Pocket 4 – Tag & Toppers die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Place the Story Telling stencil in the middle of the tag. Using a palette knife, put Texture Paste Opaque Matte through the stencil. Remove the stencil and allow the paste to dry. Once the paste has dried, sprinkle Magenta Nuance in Red and Orange on the tag. Spritz the powder with water and allow time to dry.

Step Two. From the Background Stamps 1 you’ll need the dot stamp. Apply Potting Soil Archival Ink to the dot stamp and stamp randomly on the tag. You’ll need to stamp a total of seven times. Reapply ink to the stamp as needed. Ink the edges of the tag using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. From a Fall piece of patterned paper, die cut the rectangle with a slot on the right from the Planner Essentials 21 – Note Pieces die out of the patterned paper. Ink the edges of the rectangle piece using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. From the Planner Essentials 26 – Planner Pocket 4 – Tag & Toppers die, you’ll need the stitched banner and the long point label. Die cut the stitched banner out of a piece of kraft cardstock. Die cut the long point label out of a piece of Fall patterned paper. Ink the edges of both pieces using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Five. From the Reinforcement Variety Pack, you’ll need the reinforcement with the rounded end. Die cut a total of eight reinforcements out of a piece of kraft cardstock. Ink the edges of the reinforcements using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Six. From the Make A Wish Stamp Set, you’ll need two of the feathers. Apply Potting Soil Archival Ink to both the feather stamps and stamp onto a piece of watercolor cardstock. Color the feathers in using the Watercolor Palette. Fussy cut both feathers out. Ink the edges of both feathers using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Seven. From the Morning Letters Stamp Set, you’ll need the letters to spell out Fall. Apply Potting Soil Archival Ink to the letter stamps and stamp onto a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Fussy cut the word out. Ink the edges of the word using Potting Soil Archival Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Eight. Adhere one of the reinforcements over top of the hole at the top of the tag. Adhere four of the reinforcements on the left hand side of the tag, making sure that they line up with the rings in your planner. Flip the tag over and adhere the remaining reinforcements overtop of the reinforcements you just adhered.

Step Nine. Staple the stitched banner and long pointed label to the left hand side of the rectangle. Foam square the rectangle 7/8″ from the bottom and 1/4″ over the right hand side of the tag.

Step Ten. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the two feathers as desired on the rectangle piece. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the Fall word to the bottom right side of the feathers as desired.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Fall Planner Insert at home.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Potting Soil Archival Ink and Texture Paste Opaque Matte
  • Magenta Nuance: Red and Orange
  • Misc: Kraft Cardstock, Fall Patterned Paper and Mini Stapler
A Way With Words Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Watercolor Watercolor Palette

Miss You Card

September 5, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Miss You Card.

To create my Miss You Card, I’ve used a variety of dies from Suzanne Cannon and Joset Designs. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my card at home.

Step One. Die cut the 4″ Stitched Rounded Rectangle die out of kraft cardstock. Die cut the 3 1/2″ Stitched Rounded Rectangle die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Ink the edges of both rectangles using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut the Flourished Frame out of book page.

Step Three. Die cut the Flourished Oval Frame out of kraft cardstock. Ink the edges of the frame using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. Die cut the Miss You die out of Watercolor Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Worn Lipstick Distress Ink lightly over the entire surface of the word.

Step Five. Choose two of the flowers from the Floral Insert die and die cut the two flowers out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a waterbrush and the Watercolor Palette, colour the flowers.

Step Six. Adhere the Flourished Frame to the 4″ stitched rounded rectangle. Foam square the 3 1/2″ stitched rounded rectangle to the middle of the 4″ stitched rounded rectangle.

Step Seven. Adhere the two flowers to the left hand side of the 3 1/2″ stitched rounded rectangle as desired. Adhere the flourished oval frame 1/2″ from the bottom and 3/8″ from the right of the 3 1/2″ stitched rounded rectangle.

Step Eight. Adhere the Miss You word as desired overtop of the flourished oval frame.

Step Nine. Cut a cardbase out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 5 1/4″ x 8″, score at 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 Miss You Card.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain & Worn Lipstick
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Misc: Kraft Cardstock and Book Page
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