Karen here. Excited to be sharing a couple cards I made with the beautiful hand-drawn stamps! Both of them use the smaller butterfly from the English Countryside 2 set.
I used a die from File Folder Set 1 to cut the card base for this first card from the Reminiscence Book 5. I cut the next layer with the smaller File Folder die from the same set but cut it in half. The butterfly is colored with Copic R81, R83, and R85; it is cut with the coordinating dies. I love the little stamps that are in the Reminiscence book! The butterfly is on a Stitched Circle die cut with a piece of a doily attached. I love the sentiment from Smell the Flowers.
The cardstock for this next card is a combination of 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock with a piece of flower paper from my stash. The pink behind the Stitched Circle is from the Reminiscence Book. I added a few florals from the Florals 3 set and a diecut from the Flower Power set (that I cut with vellum to keep it light). I colored the butterfly with Copic R20, R22, and R24.
Hi Everyone, Katie here, and todays blog post is based on a challenge from Joset! I am so excited to be using the new Elizabeth Craft Designs Hand Drawn Stamp & Die Collection. I decided to take her up on her challenge and do a creative background with stencils, inks and distress spray. So grab a coffee or tea and lets get started!!
Step 1: Take a sheet of heavy watercolor paper and cut it to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
Step 2: I took one of the stencils from Planner stencils 3 and added distress ink directly to the back of the stencil, next I spritzed it with water and pressed it to my watercolor paper and dried it with my heating tool. Next, I took my pink distress ink pad and smooched it against my mat, spritzed it with water. Then I took my reversed stencil image and dabbed it into my smooshed ink, and dry.
Step 3: Stamp and cut out your butterfly images and your tag from Esther new release as per picture above.
**Optional** I added some stenciling and a butterfly to the inside of my card base.
Step 4: I sprayed distress black soot on my matt, next I took a lid and rubbed it into the black soot and created the circles on my card image. I took my card front dragged the edges in the remainder of the ink on my matt and speckled. (See picture below)
Step 5: I pop dotted my butterfly with a foam dot.
Step 6: I took my ticket tag and adhered it to my card front as per picture above, next I added some black Sisal and adhered my butterfly on top.
Step 7: I added the word hello but any script word will do, next I matted my card front to black card stock and adhered it to a card base that is 6 x 9 1/2, scored @ 4 3/4″.
Thank you for joining me with todays blog post I hope it gave you some creative inspiration.
Hi, there! The good thing about having to clean out your craft room and then putting it all back in is that you are reminded of all the craft supplies that have been neglected. I pulled out some alcohol inks today to make a clean and simple cards with the perfect word dies for times such as these. Who wouldn’t be cheered by such a vibrant card?
I started with some alcohol inks – Flamingo, Wild Plum, a touch of Purple Twilight and some Gold Mixative. I just did a strip of it across the Yupo paper instead of covering the whole thing. I tend to make a mess when I do that so going for a more controlled look here.
I trimmed it down to fit an A2 black card base and added a Miss You die cut in white across the bottom third of the card. I pulled out the gold touches by adding a butterfly covered in Sand Dunes Microfine Glitter and added some clear beads from my stash. I don’t remember who made them but you can get a similar effect using Crystal Effects.
Such a quick and easy card – and so easy to change up using whatever alcohol inks suits your fancy.
Hey Friends! It’s EK and I am popping in today to share a birthday card I created using the Butterflies and Stars spray from the Suzanne Cannon’s A Way with Words Collection. I just love how this simple die can create such bold magical beauty.
Here’s how I made it:
Step One: Blend a trio of Distress Oxides onto some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock trimmed to 4.25×5.5 inches. I used Cracked Pistachio, Scattered Straw, and Worn Lipstick.
Step Two: Die cut out the butterflies from the blended cardstock using the Butterflies and Stars Spray die. Save the die cut butterflies for later.
Step Three: Die cut the blended background again using the Dashing Rectangles die set.
Step Four: Trim a piece of Bonnie Blue Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Using 10mm Clear Double Side Adhesive adhere the bonnie blue card stock to an A2 card frame.
Step Five: Adhere the blended cardstock to the bonnie blue cardstock using a combination of 10mm and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
Step Six: Using Suzanne’s Happy Birthday Collection stamp set add a Birthday sentiment. I also used a stamp from the Wedding Sentiments stamp set to add a a little visual interest.
Step Seven: Using some Kids Choice Glue, adhere back on the die cut butterflies to the finished card.
While this is a fairly simple card to craft, I think it has a huge visual impact with its trio of colors and spray of butterflies. Thank you for peeking in today to this butterfly birthday card. Let me know what trio of colors you would have used with your spray of butterfly stamp set in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.
Do you make more cards than you can send out? I certainly do –– especially now that I am trying to make more than one card at time when I try a new layout or product.
I normally make a little box or just tie a ribbon around a few as a gift but I’ve discovered that the Leaf Pocket die is PERFECT to make a small tote! The front side is a bit bigger than 4.5″ x 6″ so it can perfectly fit as many A2 cards as you want – just change the thickness of the side base. This will make more sense in the instructions below.
Start with 2 strips of white card stock 2″ x 10 5/8″ and diecutting 2 leaf pockets. Score the two strips at 4 1/2″.
2. Fold along the score lines of the leaf pockets and the strips of paper. The shorter piece of the strips of paper are glue together as above.
3. Add glue to the flaps of the leaf pocket and adhere them to the inside of the pieces from the previous step. I found it helpful to lay the pocket flat and secure the bottom flap first. By keeping the leaf pocket flat, the sides of the tote will be flushed to the front of the tote.
4. Now you can embellish the tote as is, but I decided here that I wanted a liner against the leaf side to strengthen the tote and to better see the die cut. In hindsight, it would be have been easier to add a liner first before gluing all the pieces together. However, the process is the same before or after.
5. To add the liner, cut two sheets of cardstock 4.5″ x 6″. I penciled in where I needed to cut out a half circle out. As it happens, the circle die in the Love Live tag is the perfect size for this step. You can also use a punch or any other circle die you have.
6. I nestled two circle dies together to make an open circle as a handle for the tote. Die cut 4 of these and glue them on the inside and outside of the tote for a finished look.
7. I used the Love, Life Tag as a simple embellishment for this bag. The A Way With Words “for you” was die cut 3 times and glued together. You can be done here, or add something to the other side like I did. I had just received the bougainvillea die so I was itching to use it!
8. The bougainvillea was made with pink and green cardstock. I touched the center of the tiny flowers with an yellow-orange Zig markers before adhering them the the stamens. I couldn’t help but add a butterfly to the side where the tag wrapped around in the same pink cardstock.
Thank you for indulging in a long blog post! I hope you are inspired to think outside the box with the dies you have. I’m off to make some more of these totes!
Suzanne Cannon’s new clear stamp sets at Elizabeth Craft Designs are filled with wonderful quotes, small motifs, and flourishes. Like her dies, they begin with pen and ink – calligraphy that is unique to her hand and eye. She truly has a way with words and that’s why it’s the name of her collection (“A Way With Words”).
Hi Everyone, it’s Tina here today for the Die Cutting Team. Today I am going to show you how to create texture with your stencils. Below you will find instructions and photos so you can replicate the Follow Your Dreams card.
Hello!! It’s Wanda here today to share another project using the A Way With Words dies. Today I’ve combined part of an older set (“Thinking” from “Thinking of You”) with a new set (“Warm Thoughts”) to create a card perfect for sending to someone needing encouragement. Add a hand-written note to the inside and it is sure to brighten their day considerably. Continue Reading