Have you sent more cards in 2020 than in previous years? I definitely have – and I think it is something that should continue. So I am making some generic cards to be sent anytime – I thought the Paper Hugs sentiment is perfect just to send out for any reason.
This is a fairly straight-forward card and easy to mass produce. I started with a white card base and inked it up with some Distress Oxides. I used analogous colors (colors next to each other on the color wheel) to make blending easier. Splatter with water and then soak up with a clean paper towel. I used a die cut out in the white corner with a die from the Butterfly Insert .
The Butterfly Insert comes with some funky letters that I thought contrasted nicely with the elegant calligraphy of the A Way with Words Hugs lettering. Both the butterfly front wing and the shadow to the word Hugs was cut out of pale blue foil.
Because I get bored easily, I do like to make variations when I mass produce a card. So here is another one with different colors and using the word “free” instead of “paper”.
Thank you so much for looking and I hope you had a crafty start to the New Year!
Hello, Diana here with another card sure to brighten the day for that garden-lover in your life. My mom has not only a green thumb but her whole hand is green! Seriously, she can stick a stalk in the ground and it will grow. She had many, many kinds of flowers in her garden but dahlias always bring her to mind. I’m pretty sure she would like this card even though I know she prefers live plants! Who would you send it to?
Welcome to our first Susan’s Garden Design Team Designer Challenge. Some of you asked for this challenge earlier in the year and we are so happy to finally be able to include it.
Susan Tierney-Cockburn designs flower dies that are realistic, just like those we find in nature, and they are scaled so they can be used together in bouquets. For our first challenge let’s celebrate with flowers! Create a card/project anything you want as long as it includes one or more of Susan’s Garden flowers.
For our Challenge today we are giving away a Susan’s Garden Prize Pack which includes: Garden Notes Square Window & Flower Box, Sunflower 2 and an All Metal Tool Kitto 3 winners.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post below and answer this question: What is your favorite flower from the Garden Notes collection?
We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.
The winners will be announced on Friday, July 14th, here on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.
It’s the first Tuesday in April, time for the Die Cut Design Team Designer Challenge.
Our challenge this month is “Glittery Backgrounds” – add Silk Microfine Glitter in some way when creating the background for your card.
Our Design Team have some wonderful ideas on how to create Glittery Backgrounds for you today. Make sure you check their individual blog posts for information on the technique they used. Elizabeth Craft Designs also has many videos on their YouTube channel using Silk Microfine Glitter, including more backgrounds and plenty of other ideas.
For our challenge today we are giving away three 1/2 oz containers of Silk Microfine Glitter in the colors of your choice to three lucky winners.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post below and answer this question: What is your favorite technique to use with Silk Microfine Glitter?
Winners will be selected in a random drawing.
The winners’ names will be announced on Friday, April 7 here on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.
A big thank you to Suzanne Cannon for inviting me to be today’s guest designer. My project: A card that sends love.
Experienced card makers – head straight to the supply list. You’ll be able to create your own version of the card by looking at the photos, I think.
Beginners – I’m going to put on my ‘teacher’ hat for a moment and explain how the layout works. I call it ‘Double Triangle.’ (It’s among the Foolproof Layouts in my book, By the Batch: Creative Cards, Postcards, Envelopes & More – but this isn’t a plug because the book is out of print.)
Notice that the Entwined Oval has three small dots as part of the die. That is the first triangle. The dots pull in your eye and bring the focus to the words. The second triangle is formed by the three hydrangea heads at the edges of the card front. This trio acts as a frame, and it, too, keeps the eye moving. The triangles are dynamic, not static, and the words are at an angle – not straight across. Together, the angle of the words and the pair of triangles keeps things visually exciting…lots of movement.
Also notice that there are two rectangles, one paler and one darker. The darkest colors are at the bottom of the card base to anchor the card, much like ground and sky. But the top rectangle is pale, over all, and the darker areas are at the upper left and lower right, leaving the center area very pale and at the same angle as the words.
Controlling the watercolor-effect background pieces in this way is intentional, not accidental – that’s why I’m pointing it out…so you can make similar design decisions on your own projects!
Hello, it’s Diana and I’m so excited to share with you a card I made using some new A Way With Words dies. This is a favorite technique of mine – to use die-cuts and create my own embossed background. Here I repeated the “Sending” in the background and spotlighted the “Hugs & Kisses.” It’s so easy to change the colors to suit the recipient, too!