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You, Me & The Sea

May 18, 2020

IMG_0039Hey Friends!  It’s EK and I am back today with a brand new card where I not only mix coloring mediums, but also mix different releases.  Today I have combine both an old stamp set and a new die set.  I thought it would be really fun to take one of Joset’s recently released die sets and combined it with a separate older line stamp set.  Together,  the two, I think the the two make the perfect pair.  I just love how fresh and fun Joset’s Mermaid die set looks with the Color My Flowers stamp set.

IMG_0012Step One:  Die cut the Mermaid die set from some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

IMG_0013Step Two:  Using alcohol markers, color the different pieces of the Mermaid.  I used my copics.  Using Kids Choice Glue, assemble the pieces to make the mermaid.

IMG_0030Step Three:  On a piece of watercolor paper, stamp the flowers and leaves from the Color My Flower stamp set around the edges using a watercolor safe ink.  Float a few time the smallest flower in the middle of the cardstock.

IMG_0031Step Four:  Using ECD’s new Watercolor Pallette, watercolor the background of the cardstock with Prussian Blue.  Let dry.

IMG_0032Step Five:  Using a combination of other watercolors, paint the flowers and leaves, keeping it light and pale.

IMG_0034Step Six:  Stamp a sentiment from the Splish Splash Sentiments stamp set onto the card using black ink.

IMG_0033Step Seven:  For some extra fun, adhere an action wobbler onto the back of the mermaid.

IMG_0035Step Eight:  Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the watercolor paper to an A2 card frame. Then adhere the action wobbler to the card frame.

I just love how much extra fun the wobbler adds to the card.

IMG_0040What do you think?  Do you like how the old and the new combine to make a brand new look.  Let me know in the comments below.  Until then, happy crafting.

 

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A Beary Happy New Year

January 2, 2020

Hey Friends!  It’s EK Gorman, and while it may be the second day of the New Year, I still want want to wish you a Beary Happy New Year with a few of my beary favorite critters!

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Step One: Die cut the Koala die set from some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, color and assemble it using Kids Choice Glue.  I used copic marks in Warm Gray to color the image.

Step Two:  Repeat step one, except use the Panda Bear die set.  I used copic markers in Cool Gray to color the Panda Bear.

Step Three:  Repeat step one again, except use the Honey Bear dies set.  I used copic markers in the E10-E19 range to color the bear.

Step Four:  Die cut several new year themed images from the Party Accessories die set using 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.  Color in the images using alcohol markers.  I used copics in Neutral Gray N4, N6, and N8.  Add gold accents using acrylic paint.  I used Golden Fluids Iridescent Gold Deep.

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Step Five:  Adhere the party accessories to the three bears.

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Step Six:  Trim a piece of Cafe au Lait Soft Finish Cardstock to 12×6 inches, and score and fold the cardstock to create a 6×6 card frame.  Using Distress Oxide in Black Soot, distress the cardstock to create a moody background.

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Step Seven:  Splatter the background of the card frame with the gold acrylic paint.  Paint more paint onto some 90lb White Soft Finish Cardstock, let dry, and die cut using the Adventure Edges die set.  Adhere to the card frame using some 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

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Step Eight:  Adhere the bears to the card frame using 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step Nine:  Die cut the sentiment from the gold painted cardstock.  I used the Words 5- Winter Wishes.  Adhere with Kids Choice Glue.

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I hope the New Year finds you hopeful and full of joy.  Let us know in the comments below your favorite way to create cards for the new years.

EK Gorman

Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge

December 4, 2019

Hey Friends! It’s EK Gorman, and I am sneaking in with a project just a little different than normal today. When I started card making, I viewed my cards as a little piece of art. Now years later, I haven’t really stopped thinking of my homemade cards as art, but today’s project takes that idea to a whole new level. When I saw the new Bridge & Lotus dies set from Joset, I immediately new I had to channel my inner Monet and create my own version of his Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge.

Step One: Die cut some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock with the Bridge & Lotus die set.

Step Two: Using alcohol markers, color in the die cuts. I used copics and tried to channel colors from the original Monet piece.

Step Three: To create the background, trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 5.5×5.5 inches. Then using alcohol markers fill the cardstock with color. I used copics and used geometrical diagonal lines.

Step Four: Drip colorless blend onto the colored cardstock.

**On a personal note, I just love how much color you can to Soft Finish Cardstock with your alcohol markers. This is not true of all cardstock, but I really love how Soft Finish Cardstock holds up to copic coloring.

Step Five: Using Kids Choice Glue and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the die cuts to the background.

Step Six: Using the new Zen Sentiments stamp set, add a sentiment to your project. I double stamped my sentiment with some olive green ink.

Step Seven: Trim a piece of Soft Sky Soft Finish Cardstock to 6x12inches, and score and fold it to create a 6×6 inch card. Adhere the background cardstock to card frame using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

I think I really got close to capturing the soft beauty of Monet’s work on this card.

I cannot wait to use this new die set again, and see what other pieces of art I can create on my homemade cards. Let me know in the comments below, what artist you see when you look at the Bridge & Lotus die set. Until then, Happy Crafting.

EK

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Panda Surprise

November 21, 2019

EK here! I am just loving the new Asian inspired release from Joset. It has been so much fun creating a different style with these fun dies and stamps and today, I have one more card to share with you today.

Step One: Die cut all the pieces from 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock using the new Symbol Background die and Panda Bear die. Trim a piece of Rust Soft Finish Cardstock to 5.75×5.75 inches.

Step Two: Color the Panda die cut pieces with alcohol markers.

Step Three: Assemble the panda using some Kids Choice Glue.

Step Four: Die cut a circle from the center of the rust cardstock using the Frame It/Stitched Circle die set.

Step Five: Trim a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock to 6×12 inches, score and fold to create a 6×6 inch card frame. Adhere the rust cardstock to the card frame using some 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step Six: Adhere the panda into the open circle.

Step Seven: Adhere the Symbol Background die cut onto the left over die cut circle.

Step Eight: Score and fold the circle at 3/4 and inch and add some 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to create an interactive flap.

Step Nine: Attach the flap onto the card frame cover the panda.

This will leave you a fun flap opening to reveal the panda bear inside!

Step Ten: Add a sentiment using the Bear Hug stamp set.

I just love how simple this interactive card is to create. Thank for peeking in today, and make sure you check out the whole new line of stamps and dies from Joset.

EK

Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Hocus Pocus

October 15, 2019

Hi Friends! It’s EK popping in to create a little Halloween Fun. My family’s favorite Halloween movie is Hocus Pocus, and it occurred to me, that I could make my own bit of witchy fun using the Halloween Accessories and some creative coloring.

Step One: Die cut all the pieces you need from some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock using both the Halloween Accessories die set and the Spider Web die set.

Step Two: Color up the accessories and assemble using Kids Choice Glue. I used a combination of cool grays for the cauldron (C5, C7, C9). I used E31, E34, and E37 for the bristles on the broom stick, while I used E81, E84, and E87 for the handle and spoon. I used G02, G05, and G09 for the bubbles and sludge.

Step Three: Color up the Witch’s Hats and assemble with Kid’s Choice Glue. I themed each of the hats after each of the three witches from Hocus Pocus. I colored a blonde hat (Y000, Y00, Y02 and Y06) to represent Sarah, a gray hat (W5, W7, W9) to represent Mary, and a reddish hat (E13, E07, E09, E19) to represent Winifred.

Step Four: Cut a piece of Bonnie Blue Soft Finish Cardstock to 12×6 inches and score and fold to make a 6×6 card base. Then spray and splatter the card frame with some Distress Oxide Spray. I used Mermaid Lagoon.

Step Five: Die cut out the movie title’s letters using the Blackboard Alphabet letters from some Spring Green Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Six: Using a copic maker, give the title a little shading. I used both a YG13 and N2 copic.

Step Seven: Trim the spider web into half and adhere it to the corners of the card frame with some Kids Choice Glue.

Step Eight: Using both Kids Choice Glue and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the rest of the pieces of the card to the card frame.

I just love how this card came out and can’t wait to send it to my best friend who loves this move even more than I do. I think without stealing any intellectual rights, I was about to absolutely capture the feel of the movie.

Let me know in the comments below if I put a spell on you! Until then, Happy Crafting.

EK


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Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Elizabeth Craft Designs General Soft Finish Cardstock

Create The Things

September 22, 2019

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.

EK Gorman


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Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Paper Flowers Soft Finish Cardstock

You Make Me Smile

September 5, 2019

So the kids are back in school, the weather is cooling down, and I am getting to reconnect with some mom friends at drop off and pick up. It is such a lovely time of year and I wanted to make a little card for a friend just to say thank you. She always makes smile with her upbeat attitude and positive outlook so I thought a card featuring a handmade paper rose would be perfect to let her know what I think of her friendship.

Step One: Die cut the Garden Notes English Rose die out of some 110lb White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two: Using copic markers color the rose petals. I used Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, and YR15.

Step Three: Shape the petals using the four piece all metal tool set and molding pad.

Step Four: Assembled the petals using some liquid adhesive. I used Kids Choice Glue.

I just love how the finished rose looks. It looks almost real.

Step Five: Color the leaf die cuts. I used G81, G85 and G46.

Step Six: Shape the leaves using the four piece metal tool set and the leaf molding pad.

Step Seven: Die cut the water can from the Garden Notes Garden Water Can die set using some 110lb White Soft Finish cardstock.

Step Eight: Color the watering can. I used some Bronze and Fire Ruby Wax. Adhere the spout to the can.

Step Nine: Trim a piece of Relax in the Garden printed paper to 4.25×5.5 inches and adhere to an A2 Card frame.

Step Ten: Adhere the can to the card frame using some 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Adhere the rose and the leaves to the card frame using some Kids Choice Glue.

Step Eleven: Die cut the sentiment from the Words 2- Thinking of You die set out of some Bonnie Blue Soft Finish Cardstock. Adhere to the card frame.

Step Twelve: Stamp the rest of the sentiment onto some more Bonnie Blue Soft Finish Cardstock using the Build Your Sentiment 1 stamp set. I stamped the sentiment ‘You’ and ‘Make Me’ in both black and white ink. Adhere the cardstock to the card frame. Add some white dots using a gel pen around the edges of the cardstock.

There is something that makes me so happy about this card. The yellow rose just makes it seem so friendly.

Because of the dimension and texture to this card, I will not place it in an envelope, but instead inside a little gift bag with some chocolate.

What kid of crafting supplies do you use to let your friends know you are grateful for their kindness? Let us know in the comments below how you help celebrate your friendships. Until then, happy crafting.


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Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Soft Finish Cardstock

Halloween Coloring

August 29, 2019

One of the things I keep talking about with the new extra large (6×8 inches) stamp set line from designer Charlene Van Der Vorst is that these images were meant to be colored. I mean they were seriously designed with coloring in mind. So you can image my joy when I saw that the new stamp set Halloween Party was not only a large stamp set meant to be colored, but a large stamp set that was meant to be colored and Halloween themed!!!

Today I decided to share a little pictorial tutorial on how I colored these images in with my copics for anyone who is feeling intimidated by the coloring process of such awesome stamps!

Step One: Stamp the bat cat image onto some White Soft Finish Cardstock using copic friendly ink. Create a mask for the image and add it over the stamped image. I use post it tape.

Step Two: Stamp the other images with copic friendly ink over the mask.

Step Three: Peel off the mask.

Step Four: Color the bat cat in. I used C5, C7, and C9 for the cat’s body, W5, W7, and W9 for his wings, and V00, and V01 for his nose and ears.

Step Five: Using a copic friendly pen, add some lines under the pumpkins to mimic the Jack-o-lantern.

Step Six: Color the first two pumpkins in a bold orange color. I used YR61, YR16, and YR68.

Step Seven: Color the second two colors a faded orange. I used YR20, YR24, and YR27.

Step Eight: Color the pumpkin stems with a muted green. I used G43 and G46.

Step Nine: Color the ground using a warm grey. I used W5, W7, and W9. I also colored in the Jack-o-Lanterns teeth with W3 and W5.

Step Ten: Color the background. I used YG13, YG17, YG67, and G99. I also added dots of sparkle gel pen and white gel pen to the background.

Step Eleven: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, add the colored cardstock to a piece of 6×12 inch Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock, folded and scored to make a 6×6 card frame.

I hope this series of photos help simplify the coloring process. I am in love with this stamp set and totally have big plans for it beyond just the Halloween card making season and other plans of playing with different coloring mediums with this set.

What coloring mediums would you use to color the Halloween Party Stamp Set? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, Happy Crafting.

EK Gorman


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Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

A Rainbow Of Critters

August 13, 2019

Hey everyone. It’s EK and today I am sharing (for me) a huge project. It is one that I have been kicking around the idea of for sometime, thinking that a rainbow of critters would be absolutely darling…but I just have been missing some of what I needed to really make it work. However with the latest release of critter dies from Joset, I have finally been able to create a rainbow of critters!

For each critter, I would die cut out the pieces to that critter, and then using my copic markers, would color the pieces. Finally, using Kids Choice Glue, I would assemble the pieces. For the red fox, I used the new Fox die set, I used a combination of R14, R17, R46, and R89 for the dark fur and R000, R02 and R14 for the lighter parts.

For the Monkey die set, I pulled out some YR02, YR07 and YR27 for the dark parts and YR000, YR00, and YR02 for the light parts.

The yellow lion was created using the Lion/Tiger die set and Y32, Y35 and Y38 for mid-tones of yellow. The mane, hair and tail were created using Y23, Y26, and Y28 while the pale yellow parts were created with Y000, Y00, and Y02.

The green parrot was created using the new Parrot die set, plus YG05, G16 and G19 for the dark parts and YG11, YG13 and YG17.

My little blue bird was created using the new Winer Bird die set and B12, B14, B16, B18 for the dark parts, and B000, B00 and B02 for the light parts.

I used BV0000, BV00, and BV01 for the dark parts of the indigo Elephant and RV91 and RV95 for the pale parts.

Finally, I for the violet Hippo, I used the Hippo die set plus V12, V15, and V17.

To turn my rainbow of critters into an actual card, I pulled out a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock trimmed to 5.5 x 12 inches. I then scored the paper at 1 and 3/4 inches, 3 and 7/8 inches, 8 and 1/8 inches and 10 and 1/4 inches so the card could fold up and be a traditional A2 card size.

However, when you fold it up, the top layer is actually about half an inch shorter than it should be.

So I trimmed up two pieces of Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock to 5.5 x 1 inch. Using some 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the back of the fold and adhered the black panels.

To add some visual interested in the background by adding some Distress Inks blended through the Snowstorm & Mounds stencil. I used Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Seedless Perseveres and Victorian Velvet.

I adhered the critters to the card, using both 3mm and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive and Kids Choice Glue. Where I needed to, I scored the critters so the card can fold.

Make sure where you score the critters you apply extra adhesive so the cardstock does not pop up when you open the card.

Adhere the red fox and violet hippo to the front flaps of the card. Make sure not to have any adhesive on this tail that overlap the opening.

I created two belly bands to hold my card closed out of two pieces of Rich Black Cardstock trimmed to 10 x 1 inch. I scored and folded the black strips to create belly bands that were 4 3/8 wide.

I die cut the words ‘friends’ from the Words 4-Remember die set from some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock and adhered it to one of the belly bands.

Inside the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Little Words That Mean A Lot stamp set. I thought this sentiment worked perfectly since rainbows come after the rain, and these critter of friends would brighten anyone’s day.

Here is the finished card, closed with the belly bands.

And here is the card opened. It is so big that it is actually hard to photograph the card fully extended.

I however, love how this came out.

Thanks for peaking in on my rainbow of critter project today. Let me know in the comments below which critter you thought turned out the best in their color scheme. Until then, Happy Crafting.

EK Gorman


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Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Here Comes Santa Claus

July 18, 2019

Hey Friends! It is EK and I am so excited to be playing with my craft supplies today. Have you see the huge holiday announcement….the new Joset’s die collection has dropped over at Elizabeth Craft Designs! This release is filled with all kinds of wonderful Christmas and Holiday dies and a sentiment stamp.

Today I am playing around with the new Sleigh and Reindeer die set to create this cute Christmas card.

Step One: Die cut the Reindeer die set from some 90lb White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two: Color up the die cut pieces using alcohol markers. I used my copics (E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, R24, R46, and R89). I then adhered the pieces together to with some Kids Choice Glue.

Step Three: Repeat step one and two with the new Sleigh die set. I used my copic markers to color it up (R14, R17 R46, R89).

Step Four: Repeat step one and two with the gifts in the new Sleigh die set. I used my copics to color these presents up (B24, B26, B28, BV02, BV04, BV08).

Step Five: Repeat step one and two with the tree pieces from the new Sleigh die set. I colored the tree up with my copics (G09, G19, G29, R17, R46, R89, BB24, B26, B28, BV02, BV04, BV08).

Step Six: Adhered the gifts into the sleigh.

Step Seven: Trim a piece of Sky Blue Soft Finish Cardstock to 12×6 inches and fold and score at 6 inches to make a 6×6 card frame. Then die cut a piece of printed It’s Christmas Time paper with the new Stitched Indented Squares die set. Adhere the die cut piece to the card frame with some 10mm clear double sided adhesive.

Step Eight: Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the sleigh, tree and reindeer to the card frame. Trim off any pieces that hang off.

Step Nine: Add some blue snowflakes from the tiny snowflake in the new Joyful Wishes sentiment stamp set.

Step Ten: Add some shading under the reindeer and sleigh with alcohol markers (I used copic markers N0, N2, N4) and stamp a sentiment from the new Joyful Wishes stamp set.

I hope you are as excited about this new release as we are. Let us know in the comments below which pieces of the release you are most excited to use. Until then, Happy Crafting.

EK Gorman


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