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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.


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.


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


Step Four:  Repeat on the opposite side.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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

EK Gorman, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Perfect b

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

EK Gorman, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Perfect c

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


Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Soft Finish Cardstock

Creative Rainbows

January 16, 2020

We have a lot of grey skies around here as of late, so I wanted to create something that could cheer up someone’s day.  I figured the simplest way to brighten anyone’s day was simply with a rainbow and it seemed sort of amusing to turn a group of mushrooms from the Autumn Surprise stamp into into that very rainbow.

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Step One:  Stamp the mushrooms from the Autumn Surprise stamp set onto some Watercolor Paper using water resistant ink.  I stamped in a dark grey ink to have softer edge.

Step Two:  Using watercolor pencils, color in the rainbow across the different mushrooms.


Step Three:  Using a water brush or damp paintbrush moved the watercolor pencils into each other, blending the color.  Let dry.


Step Four:  Fussy cut out the images.


Step Five:  Trim a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock in white to 12×6 inches, score and fold to create a 6×6 card frame.  Stamp the brush mark stamp from the Journaling Elements stamp set into a repetitive pattern across the front of the paper using fading ink.


Step Six:  Color the stamped lines in rainbow order with the same watercolor pencils used to color the mushrooms.


Step Seven:  Using a water brush or wet paint brush and move the color around, letting it be faded in some places and stronger in other.


Step Eight:  Using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, add the mushrooms in rainbow order, letting them overlap.


Step Nine:  Stamp the sentiment from the Journaling Elements stamp set onto the card frame using black ink.


Step Ten:  Add black ink around the edges of the card frame, distressing it.

Ek Gorman, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Mushrooms b

I hope my odd little rainbow brightens your day and gives you a little cheer.  Let us know in the comments below what your favorite way to color rainbows are.  Until then, happy crafting.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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

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Feeling Blue? Floral Monotone Card

April 21, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Alexandra from The Hedgehog Hollow here today! I’m so excited that we have brought back Sunday Stamping with Hedgehog Hollow.  I will be here once a month with a cardmaking video tutorial.  Today I decided to use the new Ocean release from Tonic Studios to color in the stunning Floral Background stamp.  This is such a versatile stamp, I have so many ideas with it, so expect to see more projects featuring this stamp on the Hollow!

I love how the on-point background just pops and looks so elegant, you could of course do this in any color scheme but I love the effect the blues give.

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Owls In Silhouette

October 5, 2015

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Hello everyone,

It’s Christine Pooler here from Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s Design Team. For my post today I have chosen several of Susan’s CountryScapes dies to build a scene in silhouette. Susan’s CountryScapes dies gives you so many possibilities. I also used Elizabeth Craft Designs new Soft Finished Cardstock which is a great product. For the background I used a technique called “Northern Lights”.

1. Cut 1 piece of white cardstock 10″ X 7″ and score the 10″ side at 5″ and fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut 1 piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs new Soft Finished 100 lb cardstock 5″ X 7″.

Northern Lights Technique:

a. Take the 5″ X 7″ piece of  Soft Finished cardstock and using a rubbing motion take a sponge and yellow ink apply the ink randomly across the cardstock.
b. Using the same rubbing motion and green ink apply ink just below the yellow ink.
c. Begin filling in some of the white spaces with turquoise ink.
d. Fill in remaining white spaces with purple ink slightly blending some of the colors.
e. Sponge dark blue ink randomly over a few areas of the previous colors. Leave some areas light/bright and other areas dark/shadowed.
f. Sponge black ink along the edges of the dark blue to help add depth.

3. Attach the completed piece to the card front using clear double sided adhesive.
4. Using black cardstock with double sided clear adhesive attached to the back (makes instant stickers) cut 3 trees from Susan’s CountryScapes – Backyard 3, cut 3 owls and several bats from Susan’s CountryScapes – Critters 4 and cut stonewall base and gate from Susan’s CountryScapes – New England Stonewall and Gate.
5. Now build your scene removing the protective covering from the adhesive and attaching pieces to your background starting with the trees and adding the wall and gate last.
6.  Cut a piece of white cardstock 5″ X 7″ and using your cutter and allowing a 1/2″ border on the right place your blade at 1/2″ and cut to 6-1/2″ turn cardstock allow 1/2″ border on right insert blade 1/2″ down and cut to 4-1/2″ then repeat on the remaining two sides and remove the center.  Attach frame over your card front using double sided clear adhesive.
7.  Place peel off stickers in your corners.

It is now time for you to get your creative juices flowing and create your own card.  I do hope you have enjoyed my post today.  With all of Susan’s CountryScape dies the possibilities are endless such as the sweet little snowman die that could make a great Christmas card.

Until next time – Happy scrapping!



Elizabeth Craft Designs – 

PSF 102 Soft Finish Cardstock
1078 Susan’s CountryScapes Backyard 3
1082 Susan’s CountryScapes – Critters
1084 Susan’s Country/Scapes – New england Stone Wall & Gate
506 Double Sided Clear Adhesive 6mm
508 Double Sided Clear Adhesive 64mm
842 Corners and Borders Straight Peel Off Stickers

Other –

Close to My Heart white cardstock
Close to My Heart Inks


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