Today is the first day of Spring, and we’re kicking off the day with some Spring-themed projects! Even if the flowers aren’t blooming just yet, you can still enjoy these beautiful projects and maybe even get some inspiration for your next project. Below, our Design Team has put together a list of 11 projects to kick off Spring –– click on the pictures to see their tutorials. Enjoy!
Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Loved Wall Hanging.
There’s only 1 day left until Valentine’s Day and I thought it would be fun to create a last minute wall hanging perfect to add to any place in your home. To create my project, I’ve used a variety of Charlene’s stamps and a some dies from Els van de Burgt Studio. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my wall hanging at home.
Step One. Die cut a 3/4″ Diagonal Stitched Fishtail out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Cut the fishtail down to 2 1/2″. Apply Worn Lipstick Distress Ink to the Loved word from the Journaling Elements stamp set and stamp onto the fishtail. Distress the edges of the fishtail. Ink the edges of the fishtail using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Two. Die cut a 5 1/4″ Stitched Heart out of a book page. Distress the edges of the heart. Ink the edges of the heart using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Three. Die cut a 4 1/4″ Stitched Heart out of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Worn Lipstick Distress Ink over the entire surface of the heart. Apply Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to the X’s stamp from the Journaling Elements and stamp randomly over the entire surface of the heart. Reapply ink to the stamp as needed. Distress the edges of the heart. Ink the edges of the heart using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Four. Die cut the medium Entwined Heart out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Candied Apple Distress Ink over the entire surface of the heart. Ink the edges of the heart using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Five. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Heart stamp from the Journaling Elements stamp set and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Reapply ink to the Heart stamp and stamp onto the same piece of watercolour cardstock. Using a waterbrush and Ruby Red Scribble Stick, colour in three of the hearts. Using a waterbrush and Blushing Scribble Stick, colour in the other three of the hearts. Once the hearts are dry, fussy cut them out. Ink the edges of the hearts using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Six. Choose one of the flower stamps from the A Field of Flowers stamp set. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the flower stamp and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Reapply ink to the flower stamp and stamp onto the same piece of watercolour cardstock. Using a waterbrush and Sedonna Scribble Stick, colour in one of the flowers. Using a waterbrush and Blushing Scribble Stick, colour in the other flower. Once the flowers are dry, fussy cut them out. Ink the edges of the flowers using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Seven. Choose one of the flower stamps from the Garden Flowers stamp set. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the flower stamp and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Reapply ink to the flower stamp and stamp onto the same piece of watercolour cardstock. Using a waterbrush and Ruby Red Scribble Stick, colour in one of the flowers. Using a waterbrush and Magenta Scribble Stick, colour in the other flower. Once the flowers are dry, fussy cut them out. Ink the edges of the flowers using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Eight. Foam square the pink stitched heart to the middle of the 5 1/4″ stitched heart. Adhere the entwined heart to the middle of the pink stitched heart. Adhere the loved fishtail 2″ from the bottom and 1/8″ from the right of the 5 1/4″ stitched heart.
Step Nine. Adhere the six hearts as desired on the left side of the heart as well as to the bottom middle of the loved fishtail.
Step Ten. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the flowers to the left hand side of the stitched hearts, making sure that you can see coloured small hearts.
Step Eleven. Punch two holes at the top of the stitched hearts. Tie a piece of twine through the two holes.
Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Loved Wall Hanging.
Other Supplies Used:
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry
Blending Tool with Foam
Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink
Dina Wakley: Scribble Sticks 1 & 2
Misc: Twine, Waterbrush, Book page and Watercolour Cardstock
Hey Everyone! It’s EK today with some sepia toned love cards.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to create a collection of romantic cards that can be used for Cupid’s holiday or frankly any day. Charlene’s A Field of Flowers stamp set is the perfect way to create a simple collections of cards. And let’s be honest, these flowers are just begging for a sepia treatment.
Step One: Stamp all the images from the A Field of Flowers stamp set onto Watercolor Paper using water proof ink.
Step Two: Using watercolor pencils in shades of brown, tan and peach color the flowers.
Step Three: Using a watercolor brush, spread the pencil out.
Step Four: Repeat steps one and two with the rest of the images.
Step Five: Using a watercolor pencil, shade around the edges of the watercolor paper. I used shades of red, pink and purple.
Step Six: Using a watercolor brush, blend out the pencil.
Step Seven: Repeat steps five and six with rest of the images.
Step Eight: Using the Love Sentiments stamp set, add the sentiment onto each image. I used grey on all except the one with the leaves.
Step Nine: Mount the watercolor paper onto an A2 card frame.
I hope you enjoy these super simple, yet romantic cards. Let me know in the comments below what you think about turning the flowers into sepia tones. Until then, happy crafting.
Karen here today from Craftily Yours! I’m excited to be sharing with you a couple projects I created using the gorgeous stamps designed by Charlene. These stamps are fantastic for journal pages, planners and cards too. So versatile!
Hey Friends! It’s a new year, so I have been revamping my planner. But this year I really wanted a cool art piece to be the cover. I wanted it to be something I would enjoy seeing al year long. And since I take great pride in my group of girl friends who enrich my life, I thought it might be fun to pull out the different lady stamps, drawn by Charlene, ECD has released this past year to decorate the inside of my planner.
Step One: Stamp the five female stamps released this past year onto some watercolor paper using some gray water resistant ink. The five ladies come from the Make a Wish, Halloween Party, Oh the Joy of Christmas, Moments of Life and Pure Spring stamp sets.
Step Two: Using watercolor makers, color in the skin tones. I used the Ecoline Beige Pink collection.
Step Three: Using watercolor or ink pencils color in the hair, lips and eyes of the ladies. I used Inktense pencils.
Step Four: Using a white gel pen, add reflection to the eyes. I used a Gelly Role Pen.
Step Five: Using watercolored pencils, color in the clothing. I traced around the edges of the stamp, and colored in a little bit when the heaviest shading would be. Then using a watercolor brush, I moved around the color.
I used Spectrum Noir AquaBlend watercolored pencils to color in all the clothing.
Step Six: Fill in the background with color. I used traditional watercolors.
Step Seven: While the watercolor is still wet, add powder watercolor to create more visual interest. I used Brusho in purple.
Step Eight: Add stamped sentiments. I used sentiments stamps from both Moments of Life and Pure Spring in black water resistant ink.
Step Nine: Die cut holes into the watercolor paper using the Planner Essentials 5 die set.
Step Ten: Trim the edges with scissors so it will fit nicely into your planner. I love these little Fine Pointed Scissors from ECD.
I just love how this came out. Yes, it might be a little purple, but it is great color to use to theme an entire calendar year.
I ended up coloring each of the ladies so that they would remind me of a dear friend.
Now all year long when I open my planner, I can be reminded of my friends who are more like sisters.
How are you going to spruce up your planner this year? Are you going to stamp fun pictures, layer inspiring papers or just ink everything up? Let us know in the comments below, and until then, happy crafting.
Hi Friends! It’s EK and I am back once again to share how I colored up another one of Charlene’s new 6×8 inch stamp sets. Today I am playing around with the new Make a Wish stamp set. This is a really stunning stamp set filled with feathers and floral images. But hands down my favorite thing about this stamp set is the gal in it. What do I love about her? Well, I think she could be anybody. She could be any girl you want her to be. She can be brave, or curious, she could be sad or celebratory. She can be you or your best friend.
So I today I am creating a card that is wishful…for what, I haven’t fully decided yet, but I love how the feathers help create the feeling I as going for.
Step One: Trim a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock to 6×6 inches. Then Using a copic friendly ink, stamp the feathers from the Make a Wish stamp set all over the cardstock. I choose to use a collection of four colors to color up the feathers, so I planned out where each color would go. You can see where I marked each of the feathers with the lightest colors so that I did not accidentally color two feathers next to each other the same.
Step Two: Finish coloring up the feathers. I used a collection of earth tone copics to finish this card. The four collection of colors I used were as follows: E11, E13 and E15/ E40, E42, and E43/ E70, E71 and E74/ and finally E93, E95, and E97. I also used my E40 collection around the edges of the cardstock.
Trim a piece of Cafe au Lait Soft Finish Cardstock to 12×6 inches. Score and fold the cardstock to make a 6×6 card frame. Adhere the feather cardstock to the card frame using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
Step Three: On a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock (my favorite weight paper to fussy cut), stamp the image of the gal from the Make a Wish stamp set using copic friendly ink. Then color the image. I used E23, E35 and E57 for her skin tones, E23, E25, and E27 for her hair, and E07, E09, and E19 for her dress. Fussy cut out the image. Adhere the girl to the feather image.
Step Four: Stamp the sentiment onto a piece of Mustard Soft Finish Cardstock. Then die cut the sentiment using the Fitted Indented Square die set. Adhere the sentiment to the card.
I like that this card really could be used for almost any occasion. It is a nice one to have lying around for when you have an ‘opps, I need a card’ moments in life.
Let us know in the comments below what things you would created that you wished existed. Until then, happy crafting.
The newest Planner Essential collection included 8 new stamps and 8 new dies sets, with Christmas and cooking themes! We also released 3 new planner colors alongside this collection! Take a look at some of them below!