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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.

 

Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping Videos

Retirement cards

May 7, 2020

Hello everyone, it´s Sanna Lippert here again today with my May guest design team card tutorial. I needed two retiment cards for colleagues and wanted to use Elizabeth Craft Designs dies for creating them, because they have several that are just perfect for this occasion.

Here are the steps, on how to create this card:

Step 1: Take a white card base and die cut piece of additional carstock with Adventure Edges to create a DIY stencil. Then using the self-made stencil, apply yellow Distress Ink onto the background to create a cloud pattern.
Step 2: Die cut the waves and the palm tree scenery from white Soft Finish Cardstock using the Palm Trees and Ocean Edges die cut dies.
Step 3: Ink the various pieces with blue, yellow, green and brown Distress Ink tones.

Step 4: Adhere the inked pieces onto the card, starting with the waves. Use Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape for the bigger parts and Kids Choice Glue for the smaller pieces. Also, the tweezers are very helpful, when adhering (or inking) tiny pieces on place.
Step 5: Now add a stamped sentiment and sun onto the card. For this card I used the Beach Sentiments (the sun) and the Build Your Own Sentiments 1 clear stamp sets.
Step 6 (optional): Add some white splatterns onto the waves using white acrylic paint or like I did, pigment sticks and water.

I also created a second card using the exactly same steps, but instead of using the island, I used a sailboat die cut die. Sadly, this die cut die is discontinued, but I added links to altenative products into the supply list that would work on a retirement card as well.

I did the exact same steps, like on the first card, but instead of using the Build Your Own Sentiment 1 stamp set I replaced it with Ahoy Sentiments, because it better suited the boat theme. I hope you don´t mind me using a discontinued die cut die on this card? I tried to find you nice alternatives from the store and also did! You could use the Sailor´s Life stamp and die sets to create a fun sailboat image for this card or replace the boat with a hot air balloon – also listed in the supply list. Both these products would fit the theme of retirement and new adventures very well.

Like always, I´ve again recorded a star-to-finish video for you to watch. I hope you like it!

See you soon with another fun project share! Happy crafting!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Desings:


Other:
Distress Inks in various tones – Ranger Inc.
Ink blending tool and kraft sheet – Ranger Inc.
Scissors
Sizzix Big Shot A4
Paint Brush
Scribble Sticks – Ranger Inc.
Chalkboard black stamp ink – Hero Arts
Acrylic block for stamping


Announcements Art Journal Collection Technique Friday Videos

Introducing the Art Journal Collection | Technique Friday

March 20, 2020

Happy Technique Friday!

This week, Els is walking us through our NEWEST release: The Art Journal Collection by Charlene van der Vorst and Ilse Kleijer.

The collaboration of Charlene and Ilse brings their hand drawings and digitally-created designs together to offer this unique line to crafters!

This new collection includes six die sets, six stamp sets, four stencils and a 12×12 double-sided cardstock pack.

The flexibility of this line will have every journaler, scrapbooker, cardmaker and crafter alike inspired with creativity!

We hope you enjoyed this week’s Technique Friday, and will explore your creativity with this fabulous new collection!

Happy crafting and stay safe!

A Way With Words Cardmaking Soft Finish Cardstock

You Are Perfect

January 25, 2020

Hello Everyone!  It’s EK, and today I am popping in with a non-Valentine’s Valentine’s Day card.  I like giving out cards to friends and family on the 14th, but I also like it to look like a card for any other day of the year.  Today I am playing around with the negative image of a die cut to create this any-time Valentine’s day card.

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Step One: Trim a piece of Dusky Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock to 12×6 inches.  Score and fold the the cardstock to make a 6×6 inch card frame.

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Step Two:  Using the A Way with Stencils – Flourished Frame stencil, apply it over the card frame and blend in ink.  I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide.

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Step Three:  Lift the stencil and lay it down to the side of the original image and blend more ink.

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Step Four:  Repeat on the opposite side.

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Step Five: Die cut the sentiment from the card frame using the You Are Perfect die set from the A With Words Line.  I tack down the dies where I want them using a little bit of blue tape.

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Step Six:  Using a scrap of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock and 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, cover the die cut area of the die cut in the inside of the card frame.

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Step Seven: Add the die cut sentiment back into the negative space, tacking it down with some blue tape.

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Step Eight:  Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere back in the pieces from the die cut.  Carefully lift back out the die cut sentiment.

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Step Nine:  Repeat step 7 and 8 using the other die cut sentiment.

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Step Ten: Stamp on heart and flutter images onto the stamp using the Soar Collection stamp set.

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Step Eleven:  Fill in the hearts with some color.  I watercolored ink from a Worn Lipstick Distress Marker.

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Step Twelve:  Fill in the wing with a contrasting color.  I watercolored Black Soot Distress Marker into the wings.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created this fun negative effect card.

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Let us know in the comments below if you ever play with the negative images of die cuts.  Until then, happy crafting!

EK

A Way With Words Cardmaking Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Fly Away This New Year

December 28, 2019

Hello Friends!  It’s EK Gorman, and today I am crafting a card to celebrate a new year without actually saying ‘happy new year’.  I am not gonna lie, I am more than ready to ring out 2019 and embark on the fresh start that 2020 will bring.  I love the idea of the fresh start and fantastical possibilities a new year can create, so it only seemed fitting to pull out A Way With Words Once Upon a Time die to create this card.

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Step One:  Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×11 inches.  Score and fold the cardstock to create a A2 card frame.

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Step Two:  Using some masking tape, seal the folded part of the card to protect it from ink.  Using a blending water based ink, create an ombre effect.  I used Distress Oxides in Black Soot, Hickory Smoke and Weather Wood.

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Step Three:  Add a halo of light using a yellow toned water based ink.  I used Scattered Straw Distress Oxide.

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Step Three:  Die cut both the A Way With Words Once Upon A Time die and the star from the new A Way With Words Flourished Christmas die set out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.  Spray the die cuts with a glitter spray.  I used Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray in Frost.  Let dry.

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Step Four:  Adhere the die cuts onto the card frame using Kids Choice Glue.  Leave the stars dangling off the edges.

Step Five:  Fold the star over the edges and adhere, so that one star wraps onto the back of the card, and the other wrap onto the inside of the card.

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Step Six:  Stamp a sentiment inside the card using the A Way With Words Soar Collection stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment in a dark gray ink and the flutters in a pale gray.

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Step Seven:  Using a white pigment ink, stamp the flutters onto the front of the card.

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Step Eight:  Add a couple dollops of glitter drops.  I used the new Transparent Crystal Craft Drops from ECD.

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Step Nine:  Add a touch of color to the die cuts using an alcohol marker.  I used Y000 and Y02 Copic markers.  Splatter the card from with glitter spray and let dry.

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I am really happy with how this card came out.  I think it is perfect for the new year without being too obvious.

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And I really think the sentiment inside is perfect message of hope for the New Year.  What are you crafting to celebrate the new year?  Let us know in the comments below.  Until then, happy crafting!

EK Gorman

Cardmaking Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Videos

Simple And Easy-To-Make Christmas Card Set

December 16, 2019

Hello everyone, it’s Sanna Lippert here today with my last guest design team blog post of the year. Are you ready for a few more Christmas cards? I have created plenty this year, but I still ran out of them, so I needed a few simple, fast and easy ideas to create a few more. So for these cards I decided to use mainly just the die cut dies and colored cardstock. So if you are looking for fast-to-make cards, this might be exactly what you are looking for. 

Here is how I created the cards: 

  • Die cut Soft Finish Cardstock with die cut dies of your choice. 
  • Arrange onto card bases and adhere.
  • Stamp the sentiment. 
  • Decorate with liquid or glitter pearls. Done! 

For the above card I also used a small piece of patterned paper, because it reminded me of snowfall. But you could also use colored cardstock (blue) instead and adhere the die cut snowflakes on place. 

I’ve also recorded a start-to-finish video of the steps for you to watch! I hope you enjoy watching it and give this idea a try! 

This is my last guest blog post of the year and it has been such a joy creating with and for Elizabeth Craft Designs the past year. I hope you have enjoyed my bi-monthly projects and got inspired to create a card or two! 

Wishing you all a lovely holiday season and
happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies

Other: 

Sizzix Big Shot A4
Hero Arts Chalkboard ink, black
Glue pen
Nuvo Vintage and Glitter Drops
Misti stamping tool

Cardmaking Craft Drops ModaScrap Paper Flowers Soft Finish Cardstock

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 4, 2019

The holiday is almost here! I hope you’ll all be celebrating it together with family and friends. It truly is about Faith, Family and Love. 

Today I’ve done a card (6” x 6”) which has different flowers than I normally use. The painting in the frame is a primitive Tole painting of a Pilgrim family I painted last year for a wooden frame where I interchange my painted boards for each holiday. It seemed perfect for this card. 

The layer of background paper is from the Wood Effects pack. I shaded the wheat then rubbed some white chalk on the tips to highlight them. 

The flowers, wheat and frame are from ECD’s ModaScrap dies. The leaves and berry branches are from ECD, as well. They are more delicate flowers than usual, but work up well. 

I’ve also used ECD’s new ‘Craft Drops’ for the berries. (Metallic Gold) Of course there is the wonderful ladybug, but I’ve made her by using red and black Nuvo drops on my Teflon mat, then using white and black gel pens for her eyes and the dots on her shell. 

My computer helped me with the words on the frame, and I had a Thanksgiving stamp in my ‘stash’. For the center of the flower I used Yes!  glue, rolled into a small ball then rolled in gold/yellow prills. 

If you are interested in any of the products I’ve used, they are listed below. Click on each product and you will be directed to the ECD page where you can complete your order.     

Bring on the turkey and pumpkin pie! See you next month! 

Kathy  Sabarese
Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team

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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