They say once we see robins, that it’s the first sign of spring. I have seen robins and a variety of others birds now that the snow has all melted. It was fun creating a scene with a variety of Elizabeth Craft Designs die sets. I have included sets from Joset Designs, Els van de Burgt Studio, and Susan’s Garden Club. Here is how this card was created:
It is a good time to start thinking about creating our Christmas cards. Good Morning, this is Selma today and I have used two of Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s new CountryScapes dies for my card. The new die sets used are CountryScapes Build A Father Christmas and CountryScapes Country Sleigh. Also from Susan’s new release I have used the Snowstorm & Mounds Stencil. Here is how I created this card:
Good Morning. This is Selma Stevenson today with a card designed using Susan’s CountryScapes dies. When working with the CountryScapes dies, you can be so creative designing different scenes. There has been some very terrible weather in our country this past year and it is nice to know that “No Winter lasts forever . . . No Spring skips its turn”. It always makes me so happy to see the trees, shrubs and flowers come to life with glorious color.
Good Morning. This is Selma Stevenson today with a summer scene created with Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s CountryScapes dies. Susan has 31 different CountryScapes die sets making it so simple to create beautiful low-relief dimensional scenes for cards that are easy to make and suitable for mailing.
Good Morning. This is Selma Stevenson today with a card created with the Joset Designs Lighthouse, Small Shells and Large Shells dies. It is always a marvelous feeling to spend time walking along the coastline finding shells, discovering living things like starfish clinging to rocks in the water, seeing crabs, spotting a lighthouse off in the distance. I hope this card brings back those memories.
Good Morning. This is Selma Stevenson with my first 2016 design team post for Susan’s Garden Club. I am very excited to show you some of the new products that will be in Susan’s new release later this month. You can be so creative using Susan’s CountryScapes dies. They all work together to create beautiful, dimensional scenes.
This is how I created this beautiful 6×6″ card using CountryScapes dies:
- Create an outdoor background on white card stock, using Susan’s CountryScapes Cloud & Grass die cuts. The cloud stencil was used to sponge on clouds, using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, on the upper three-fourths of the card. On the bottom portion of the card, use the grass stencil and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink, for the back ground grass behind the fence.
- Die cut the CountryScapes Wishing Well and assemble. To create a dimensional wood shake shingle roof, die cut the roof four times. Using only the shingle part of the die cut, cut the rows across on the three extra roofs, cutting off rows so you have three separate rows. Cut between each shingle (vertical) and curl the edges up slightly – there are good embossed lines on this die cut to make it easy to see where to cut. Starting with the die cut with three rows of shingles, glue to the large die cut roof. Next, glue down the row with two rows of shingles, then on top, glue down the row with just one row of shingles. They now appear very layered.
- Die cut the Picket Fence twice. Cut one die cut in half so you can use half on each side of the Wishing Well.
- Die Cut the CountryScapes Flora Twice. Cut bottom stem off one and glue the two together. Die cut the flowers and leaves and attach to the branch.
- Die cut the Garden Edges Hyacinth and glue on flower petals.
- Die cut the Garden Edges Daffodil. ( I attached two die cuts only adding glue to the stems/leaves and slightly lowered the one on top to make the flowers dimensional.)
- Weave the Garden Edges Hyacinth together with the Garden Edges Daffodil so you are alternating the flowers, for a mixed flower border.
- Die cut and assemble the CountryScapes Azalea.
- Die cut and color the birds from the CountryScapes Critters 2 die set.
- Die cut the Elizabeth Craft Designs Outdoor Edges grass.
- Die cut and color the Ducks from the CountryScapes Critters 5 die set.
Assemble as shown on the card.
Elizabeth Craft Designs, Susan’s Garden Club –
It’s Susan Tierney-Cockburn here today. As summer ends, and with the cold weather slowly approaching, I am suddenly inspired by winter memories. It is with great excitement that I will show you how to make my “Winter Solstice” card.
When I designed CountryScapes, I had decided that these dies would reflect my story. Growing up in our home on three acres of my grandparents’ farm, after my father retired from the military, was an adventure every day and every season. Looking out onto our backyard, was the split rail fence, and in winter, it was adorn with snow. I noticed the wildlife that passed through our yard, but mostly the serenity it brought by just staring out my bedroom window while I read or sketched. This card is my memory of those times.
1.Cut A6 card (6 1/4” x 4 1/2”) from 100lb Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Soft Finish Cardstock and a rectangle (6” x 4 1/4”-top layer) from 85lb Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Soft Finish Cardstock. Die cut all pieces twice, except the snow mound, of which you will need three if you’re going to add it in front of the tree, with Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Clear Double-sided Adhesive on the back. Everything is cut from the Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Soft Finish Cardstock, except the Country Fence. I die cut one Country Fence from the Soft Finish Cardstock and one from 100lb dark brown cardstock. Create a cloud and grass template from heavy cardstock.
2. First, adhere a 2” x 4 1/4” piece of Clear Double-side Adhesive sheet to the bottom of the top layer; don’t peel it until you’ve done the clouds. I use Ultramarine Blue Shade from Susan’s Garden PanPastels Set 2 for the stormy sky. After the sky is done, it’s safe to peel off the protective sheet of the adhesive and sprinkle with the Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Silk Microfine Glitter (apply as directed). Adhere this top sheet to your card. Edge card with the Silver Peels Offs if desired.
3. I used PanPastels Set 2 Chrom. Oxide Green Tint and a cosmetic applicator to lightly color the evergreens in the background. Next, I added details to the trees with the Prismacolor Cool Gray pen.
4. Adhere the trees, branches, Country Fence, and Owl pieces together. I like the look of adding thickness to my pieces, but it’s purely optional on your part. If you want snowflakes, you can use a toothpick, dipped into the Kid’s Choice glue and dot the sky, then, sprinkle with Twinklets/Diamond Dust.
5. Shade the trees, using PanPastels Set 3 Paynes Gray Tint overall and highlight the details with Paynes Gray. Adhere birch tree to the top layer. Repeat with the branches.
6. Adhere the Country Fence together, white cardstock on top. Use the Walnut Stain to color the fence, then, use PanPastels Set 3, Raw Umber to shade.
7. I apply Silk Microfine Glitter (Warm Diamond 640) to my cardstock as per instructions, then die cut it. Place two of the mounds onto the fence, the third one I cut to add some “mounding” in front of the birch tree. Cut the fence in half and use Kid’s Choice glue to adhere it to the right side of the birch tree. (Save the other half for another project!) I also added a mound of snow on top of the post.
8. Shade the owl, using PanPastels Set 3 Paynes Grey Tint and Paynes Grey. Details were done with Copic YR12 for the eyes and claws, then I used a black UniBall Pen to do pupils, beak, accentuate the feathers and claws. Adhere to the right side branch.
This really is a very quick card to make and put me in a serene mood, just remembering a scene similar when I was growing up.
1094- CountryScapes- Clouds & Grass
1082- CountryScapes- Critters 4
992- CountryScapes- Woods 1 (just the birch tree & branches)
990- CountryScapes- Country Fence
1079- Backyard 4- Snow Decor
30116- Susan’s Garden PanPastel Flower Coloring Kit 2
30117- Susan’s Garden PanPastel Flower Coloring Kit 3
502- Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet (8.5″ x 11″)
PSF101- Soft Finished Cardstock (8.5″ x 11″) 85lb
PSF102- Soft Finished Cardstock (8.5″ x 11″) 100lb
640- Silk Microfine Glitter – Warm Diamond
1034- Corners and Borders (Silver)
Non- Elizabeth Craft Designs products used:
Beacon “Kids Choice Glue”
FloraCraft Twinklets Diamond Dust
Prismacolor Cool Gray pen
Black UniBall Pen
Ranger Distress Ink/ Walnut Stain
Happy Friday Crafters!
Susan Tierney-Cockburn has created the most beautiful fall scene using her new dies and we’re going to share with you how she did it. You can let your creative juices flow and join Susan in celebrating the changing seasons. What a stunning time of year!
(Pssst, have you seen our new YouTube video? In it, Els introduces both her and Susan’s brand new dies, which began shipping yesterday!)
1.Cut the white Elizabeth Craft Designs’ soft finish cardstock into an A6 card (6 1/4” x 4 1/2”); use a bone folder to press the edge.
2.Cut the second layer, brownish-red paper 6” x 4 1/4” and Elizabeth Craft Designs’ watercolor paper 5 3/4” x 4”.
4.Make a template – 6” x 4” with the Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Clouds & Grass die. Using this die, a sponge applicator and Phthalo Blue Tint, create the clouds. Use a separate sponge applicator and Bright Yellow Green Shade to create grass edging.
5.Adhere clear double-side adhesive tape to 100# white cardstock, 80# medium brown cardstock, a small piece of maize for the hat and glossy black for Crows and G45’s mini pattern and solid for die cutting.
6.Die cut the CountryScapes as follows:
-Country Fence, wheelbarrow, garden tools, bushel basket, and Scarecrow post–1 each from white and dark brown cardstock
-Scarecrow’s 1 shirt from G45 mini pattern & 1 pant from solid
-Straw “hands, feet, neck” in maize (hat is cut from a piece of maize cardstock with double sided adhesive backed. Cut 4 hands & feet to add fullness.
-2 Crows from glossy black
-For Fall Leaves: Color a 4” x 4” piece of watercolor paper with various mediums (i.e., PanPastels, Distress Inks) to create a collage of color. Cut 4 times.
7.After you have your card together, start building your story; Adhere the white cardstock pieces on top of the dark brown. Lightly sponge the fence and wheelbarrow using some Distress Ink/Walnut Stain and shade with PanPastel Set III in Raw Umber, Neutral Grey Shade, and Orange Shade. Repeat with the garden tools and the post of the scarecrow. The face of the scarecrow should be in just the Orange Shade & Yellow Ochre Tint.
8. Adhere the fence, scarecrow post & wheelbarrow to your landscape, using a toothpick to apply “Kid’s Choice” glue to the back of the pieces.
9.Create a strip of grass from medium green cardstock and adhere under the country fence. Prop the rake against the wheelbarrow and the pitch fork against the fence.
10.Start building the character of the Scarecrow–Add the scarecrow’s pants, then the shirt and hat. The hat can be shaded with a little Permanent Red Extra Dark PanPastel (Set III) to highlight the texture. The straw for the hands, feet and around the neck are shaded with the Yellow Ochre Tint on the Maize cardstock.
11.Use CopicMarkers E09 & E99 to color the bushel basket.
12.Place Fall Leaves on the Leaf Pad and use the Leaf Tool to accentuate a stem line down each one. Use small tweezers to pick up the leaves, dip stem end lightly into the glue and adhere to the wheelbarrow and bushel basket.
13.Add the large & small branches on either side; add a few of the Fall leaves to the branches.
14.Finally, add the crows, a pumpkin or two to your story.
Elizabeth Craft Design dies:
Watercolor paper 100#
White & Dark Brown cardstock 80#
Glossy Black, medium green, maize, medium brown and brownish red cardstock
Graphic45 Patterns & Solids
Beacon’s “Kid’s Choice” glue
Black Uniball Pen Ranger’s Distress Ink–Walnut Stain, Weathered Wood, & Crushed Olive CopicMarkers–E09 & E99
Hello friends, it’s Petroschi Bianca here.
I already hear cackling crows in the mornings, which tells me that fall is around the corner, a spectacular season that I love so much thanks to Susan Tierney Cockburn and all the designers at Elizabeth Craft Designs. They have made so many beautiful new dies to put our fantasies in practice. With my project today, I would like to welcome you to Autumn. I hope you enjoy!
Here is how I created this mini decorative panel:
1. Panel base is made of cardboard measuring 25 cm/20 cm.
2. I painted the background with a black Chalkboard Paint and after drying, I hand drew ”Welcome Autumn” with a pencil.
3. I then traced the “Welcome Autumn” with white acrylic.
5. I cut, colored, shaped and assembled a multitude of chrysanthemums using cardstock in autumn colors with the new die set Garden Notes Chrysanthemum. It was so much fun!
6. I filled the empty spaces with die cuts from the Leafy Branch die.
7. I used ribbon to make a hanger and added two pumpkins from the same CountryScapes Build a Scarecrow die set. I also added 2 little ladybugs from the Garden Notes – Bugs & Butterflies.
Watch up for all upcoming new products from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I assure you that all of them are amazing! Do not forget to follow us on Facebook and YouTube for new upcoming tutorials. Here are some useful links:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:
1080- CountryScapes Build a Scarecrow (Coming soon)
1087- Garden Notes Chrysanthemum (Coming soon)
Black Chalkboard Paint