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CAS slimline Christmas cards in bold colors

October 3, 2021

Hello everyone, it´s Sanna Lippert here again today with another guest team member card tutorial. For today´s card share I wanted to create a set of slimline Christmas cards in bold colours. I did that by using actually very little supplies, so these cards are easy to replicate and do plenty of at once.

I have again used the gorgeous Classic Christmas Special Kit for creating these cards and the only thing I added to the kit was Brusho´s, metallic watercolours, embossing powders and ink. If you don´t have Brusho´s, you can replace them with spray inks, watercolour palettes or even patterned papers. Here is how I did the cards:

Step 1: Take white plain cardstock and apply the Brusho powders onto the surface. Spray water mist on top and let the colors spread on paper. You can also help a little with a paint brush and then dry with a heat tool. Once you are at it, create several different toned ones, so you can create a series of cards in the end.
Step 2: Next apply metallic or pearlescent watercolor splatters with a paint brush on top of the bold colored pieces and let dry.


Step 3: Now die cut the same amount of backgrounds using the background die from the Classic Christmas Special Kit and adhere it on top of the colorful piece.
Step 4: Next stamp and heat emboss sentiments using the stamp set from the kit. I used white, red, blue and black embossing color tones for my cards, but you can take any colour you prefer.
Step 5: Finally, fussy cut the sentiment pieces into right size and adhere them onto the card bases using 3D-foam. This adds nice dimension to the cards.

Now you have a fun set of Christmas cards, that are still flat enough to be mailed in an envelope, but will for sure cheer up the recipient with their strong colours.

I have again recorded a video for you to watch, so you get a better idea of each and every step. Enjoy!

I created a total of six cards using the same basic technique, but just changing the color combinations. I love how happy and bright there cards turned out.

I hope I could inspire you to give this idea a try and create a few clean and simple Christmas cards yourself. You can also divede the stept into several days. One day all you need to do is make the backgrounds, the next you die cut the white pieces and the day after you stamp and emboss the sentiments and on the final day you just adhere everything together. That way you could do a bigger batch of cards, too.

See you again next month with another card tutorial!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:

Brusho Crystal Colour – Colours & Adhesives Ltd
Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer Vaporisateur
Ranger Embossing Powder – White, Black
Vendy Vecchi Embossing Powder – Cornflower Blue, Red Geranium
VersaMark Watermark Ink
Heat tool – Ranger Inc.
3D foam tape
Metallic watercolor palette – Gansai Tambi Starry Colors
Paint brush
Acrylic block

Cardmaking Stamping Sue Smith Creative Designs Watercolor Watercolor Palette

Celebrate Card with New Flower Stamps

September 13, 2021
Hello again, Annette Green back again this month with a simple and elegant anniversary card I created for my parents who celebrated their 60th recently. Here’s how I made it…
First, I stamped some images from the Gratitude stamp set onto watercolor cardstock with archival black ink. Then I used my ECD watercolors to color them. The design of the images has stippled dots which are perfect little hints where the deepest shadows are, so I painted those areas a little darker.

Next, I used the compatible dies (coming soon!) to cut them out. This is such a great time saver!
After cutting a pretty paper for the front of my card, I selected a stencil that had a small, pretty repeating pattern. (Stencil to come soon too!)
Next, I spread some clear texture paste through the stencil onto my pattern paper. I gently lifted the stencil away and set it aside to dry completely.
You can see how this adds lovely texture and dimension to the paper once dry.
Onto some ivory cardstock, I stamped Celebrate and drew in the black drop shadow with a marker, then added some ink around the edges and some tiny dots in a compatible green color.
My ivory card base is 5″ x 7″. I layered some black paper first, then the pattern paper, and added a die-cut doily.
Next, I started layering elements flat onto the card.
To finish off the front, I added the final die-cut flower piece with dimensional foam tape to pop it up.
A little bit of stamping on the inside and the card is done! Super simple, but very elegant. Thanks for visiting today. Have a great day!
Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Craft Drops Stamping

Stamped ‘Printed’ Paper

February 25, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and I have a little secret to confess. I don’t buy much printed paper or cardstock. I know…gasp. The truth is when I do buy printed paper, I tend to hoard it and never use it for fear of wasting it. So, to prevent the build up of unused paper, I simply don’t buy it. But that leaves a lot of my crafting projects pretty bland. So I simply stamp my printed papers, and then I always get what I want. And frankly I have found that designer Ilse and Charlene’s stamps are perfect for my stamped ‘printed’ paper.

Step One: Pick two pieces of coordinating cardstock and die cut it with the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set so it can be layered. I went ahead and die cut the centers out of my base pieces so that I didn’t waste good paper.

Step Two: On the largest base piece, blend ink over the paper using the Story Telling stencil. I used Tea Dye Distress Oxide because it was only a shade darker than the paper and would be subtle.

Step Three: On the smaller base piece, I hand stamped floral and fauna from the Spring Fling stamp set. I used both Abandoned Coral and Crushed Olive Distress Oxide to create this print.

Step Four: Adhere the two layers together using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Adhere the base layers to an A2 card frame.

Step Five: On the large focal panel, hand stamp images from both the Spring Fling stamp set and the Words & Layers stamp set. Again I used Abandoned Coral and Crushed Olive Distress Oxide to coordinate the ‘paper’ with the layer below.

Step Six: On the smallest die cut panel, pull out the Story Telling stencil again and the original ink color and blend the ink through the cut outs.

Step Seven: Adhere the two smaller die cuts to the larger two with 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive forming the layers of the card.

Step Eight: To finish the card, stamp an image from the Poppy Dream stamp set onto some watercolor paper. I used Tea Dyed Distress Oxide.

Step Nine: Using some coordinating water-soluble ink, watercolor in the poppy. I used both Abandoned Coral and Crushed Olive Distress Oxide.

Step Ten: Fussy cut out the image and adhere it to the card frame using a liquid adhesive.

Step Eleven: Using a stamping platform, stamp the sentiment onto the card from the Words & Layers stamp set. I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink and adore how the letting of the sentiment matches the style of the stencil.

Step Twelve: Finish the card by adding Transparent Crystal Craft Drops to both the flower petals and the sentiment. Let Dry.

And just check out how gorgeous the floral image becomes with the Craft Drops on it. It turns out stunning!

So what do you think? Do you like my hand stamped ‘printed’ paper? Let me know in the comments below.

Until then, happy crafting.


Elizabeth Craft Designs General Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping Videos

Clean and simple, die cut, Christmas present tag set

November 8, 2020

Hello everyone, it´s Sanna Lippert here again today with my monthly guest design team project. This time, I wanted to create a few Christmas present tags that are fast and easy to make and thus perfect if you need to make plenty!

And this is how I created the tags:

Step 1: Take light blue (or another color you prefer) Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut rounded rectangular pieces from the cardstock with your die cutting machine.
Step 2: Adhere Clear Double Sided Adhesive on a piece of Worn Wood patterned paper (pick a wooden pattern of your choice) and die cut the paper with the Sled die cut die.
Step 3: Now take a piece of light pink paper (for example from the Christmas Holidays paper pack) and die cut the tiny flowers from that paricular paper.

Step 4: Take another piece of Worn Wood (preferably pick another color for additional contrast) paper and die cut the upper tag pieces from that paper of your choice.
Step 5: Add pink Distress Ink around the edges of the die cut flowers for more contrast. Then adhere all pieces together/in place.
Step 6: Take a piece of (light) brown Soft Finish Carstock and using the Winter Sentiments stamp set, stamp and heat emboss the sentiment using white embossing powder. Fussy cut to a banner and adhere on place. Finish off with Craft Drops (alternatively use half pearls or rhinestones) and a piece of ribbon.

I´ve again also recorded a start-to-finish video for you to watch to give a better idea on each and every step. I hope you enjoy it!

This tag idea is so simple that you can die cut several tags at once and make plenty of Christmas present tags at once. You could even sit down with your children and craft together with them. And if you change the colours, they will again look different with the same basic idea.

Wishing you a great time crafting! See you again in December with another crafty tutorial. Take care, Sanna

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:
Big Shot A4
Half pearls
Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
Ink Blending Tool
White Embossing Powder
Nuvo Embossing Pad
Heat tool
Ribbon and Scissors

Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Stamping

I am Think of You

September 28, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK and I am popping in to share with you a little just because card! In a year filled with crazy ups and downs, one of the things that has become a positive in the year is I have started sending friends and families cards just because I am thinking of them. I am not waiting for their birthday or a holiday, I am just popping a note in the mail and saying “I am Thinking of You!” So with all of these simple no reason cards heading out, I have been upping my game in types of cards I am making and I find ECD’s Ilse and Charlene line of stamps and stencils are perfect for just these moments.

Step One: Stamp and heat emboss small floral images from the Spring Fling stamp set onto a piece of trimmed 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. I used Rose Gold embossing powder.

Step Two: Using colored pencils, add a little color to the insides of the heat embossed flowers.

Step Three: Blend some ink around the edges of the cards stock. I used Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide.

Step Four: Using the Dot Dot Dot stencil, blend ink through the stencil onto the cardstock. I used Scattered Straw Distress Oxide and a dirty blending brush.

Step Five: Using the Story Telling stencil, blend a contrasting ink. I used Dusty Concord Distress Oxide.

Step Six: Stamp one of the girls from the Earthy Girls stamp set onto a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Color the image in with colored pencils. Fussy Cut out the image.

Step Seven: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, add the background cardstock to an A2 card frame. Add the trimmed girl to the card face using 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Do you send cards to loved ones simply because? What is your favorite ECD products to use? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting!



Sue Smith Creative Designs Watercolor

Watercolor “Bokeh” easily!

July 5, 2020

Hi,  Joyce Schmidt here! I am so happy to spend this year designing with Elizabeth Craft Designs!

When I think of photography the first technique that come to my mind is the “bokeh” technique. This phenomenon occurs when too much light enters the lens and the picture is blurry, but the beautiful circles of light that are left are beautiful! I wanted to replicate that using watercolor.

Here’s how I created the Bokeh backgrounds:

1. Cut six pieces of Elizabeth Craft Designs watercolor paper into two 4×5″ pieces.

2. I used a washi tape (or painter’s tape) to tape a border around my yardstick and to hold it down as a frame for the background. (tip: this makes your piece look cleaner but it is not essential.)

This is how I prep my card stock to paint this technique

3. Saturate the paper with clean water and a soft brush. You want the paper to be really wet layer color on a little at a time so that the colors and blend with the water.

Layer color on a little at a time so that the colors and blend with water.

4. I used my Elizabeth Craft Designs watercolor set to drop on color allowing it to spread onto the paper naturally. All you do at this point is watch is spread and add color or water as you want.

5. After it is completely dry, then use stencil to create dots. I created a stencil with different sizes of circles so that I could replicate the bokeh look. It needs to have many different sizes no bigger that 1.5″ in diameter.

6. Use a good quality white pigment ink and sponge dauber the ink into the circles, overlapping them and variegating the intensity of the ink you add to each circle.

7. After completing your bokeh dots, dry completely with heat tool. this will allow you to not smear your dots!

8. To complete the card I stamped it with the “You got this” stamp from Sue Smith’s collection of Stamp from Elizabeth Craft Designs. 

Image with stamped image on it.

For more information on how to do this technique, make sure to watch my video tutorial HERE.

I hope you feel inspired to try this fun technique yourself. Choose some pretty colors and create your own Bokeh background – The possibilities are endless! 

Joyce

A Way With Words Craft Drops Stamping

Be Brave, Be Yourself

May 23, 2020

IMG_0073Hey Friends!  It’s EK, and today I am make some unique graduation cards for a very unique time.  Right now nothing feels or looks normal, so crafting a few high school graduation cards in the traditional way seemed inappropriate.  So I thought, it might be fun to create a unique look for these graduates who are learning to grow up too fast.  I found that designer Suzanne’s A Way With Words Be Brave Bold Yourself die set was perfect for the look for which I was aiming.

IMG_0058Step One:  Blend some water soluble ink over Watercolor Paper trimmed to 4.25×5.5 inches.  I used Distress Oxides in Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord, and Frayed Burlap in an ombre corner to corner blend.

IMG_0059Step Two:  Spray the Watercolor Paper with watercolor spray.  I used Distress Oxide in Tattered Rose.

IMG_0060Step Three:  Let the ink spray dry.  I just love how this turned out and find the look a little romantic.

IMG_0061Step Four:  Die cut the inked paper with the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set.

IMG_0062Step Five:  Die cut the graduation sentiment from the inked paper with the Be Brave Bold Yourself die set.  I choose to use the sentiment ‘Be Brave, Be Yourself’.  The really cool thing about die cutting the way I have, is that you can make two separate cards from this one die cut. You can use the negative inked paper and the die cut works to create two unique cards.

IMG_0063Step Six:  Using 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the inked cardstock to a piece of Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock trimmed to 4.25×5.5 inches.

IMG_0064Step Seven:  Set the die cut sentiment back into the open spaces, and adhere the negative die cut pieces back into the open places using some Kids Choice Glue.

IMG_0065Step Eight:  Adhere the the lavender cardstock to an A2 card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  To finish the first card, add a few drop of Transparent Crystal Craft Drops.

IMG_0070Here is the finished look of the first card using the negative pieces of the die cut from the Be Brave Bold Yourself  die set.

IMG_0066Step Nine:  To create the second card, die cut a second trimmed piece of Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock with the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set.  Adhere the Be Brave Bold Yourself die set die cut piece onto the cardstock using Kids Choice Glue.

IMG_0067Step Ten:  Add some heart stamping from Susanne’s A Way With Words Love & Hearts Collection stamp set using some pale purple ink.  I used Distress Oxide ink in Victorian Velvet.

IMG_0068Step Eleven:  Adhere the cardstock to an A2 card frame for the finished look.

IMG_0072I just adore how these two cards came out and think they will be a fun card for these special 2020 graduates.  Are you creating cards for graduates this year?  Are you creating a traditional looking card or are you creating a unique one to symbolize the uniqueness of these times?  Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Stamping Watercolor Palette

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 Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Loved

May 14, 2020

IMG_9989Hey friends!  It’s EK and I am popping in today to show you how easily you can manipulate your favorite stamps to use all year long.  Every since the Halloween Party Stamp set was released by designer Charlene, I have been absolutely in love with the kitty stamp.  It is hands down one of the cutest cats around.  However, his little bat wings make him limited in how often you can use him.  However, I am sharing today, that with a little creative stamping you can use this cutie all year long!

IMG_9971Step One:  Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches.  Using a stamping platform add you cat stamp from Halloween Party and ink it up.  Then before stamping, wipe the ink from the kitty’s wings.  You can use any type of ink for this stamping technique.  I used Fadeout ink so I could do a little no line coloring.

IMG_9972Step Two:  Using alcohol ink color the image in.  I used copic markers.

IMG_9973It is hard to believe that this sweet little image once had little bat wings set on the body.

IMG_9975Step Three:  Using the Fitted Rounded Rectangle die set, die cut out the stamped image.  Using two of the dies from the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set, die cut a board that is about the size of the card frame.

IMG_9976Step Four:  Using the Fitted Rounded Rectangle die set, die cut a piece of printed paper the size of the opening in the die cut boarder.

IMG_9977Step Five:  Using 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, add the die cut boarder to an A2 Card frame.  Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, add the printed paper and the stamped image, making both of center.

IMG_9990Step Six:  Stamp a sentiment from the Journaling Elements stamp set in black ink.

IMG_9992I hope you find it helpful to see how to manipulate your stamps to use them in new and interesting ways.  It is super easy and gives all your stamps a new and versatile way of using them.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs – 

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