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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!

Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Designer Challenge Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Paper Flowers Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Soft Finish Cardstock Watercolor Palette

11 Projects To Kick Off Spring!

March 18, 2020

Today is the first day of Spring, and we’re kicking off the day with some Spring-themed projects! Even if the flowers aren’t blooming just yet, you can still enjoy these beautiful projects and maybe even get some inspiration for your next project. Below, our Design Team has put together a list of 11 projects to kick off Spring –– click on the pictures to see their tutorials. Enjoy!

Tanja Kabel

Els van de Burgt

Katelyn Grosart

Marjolijn van Elsberg

Diana Nguyen

Luciana Telesca

Annette Green

Suzanne Cannon

Karen Ostergard

EK Gorman

Samantha Kaminski

We hope this brought a little Spring-color to your day! Click the share button below to share this with your friends.

Happy crafting!

Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Create The Things – Spotlight Stamping Technique

March 10, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I am creating a card featuring some spotlight stamping using Charlene’s Make a Wish stamp set. All of Charlene’s stamp set designs were just meant to be colored and the spotlight stamping technique is just perfect for these large images.

Step One: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Using some water resistant black ink stamp the sentiment onto the cardstock. Using the large feather from the Make a Wish stamp set, stamp the feather image around the card.

Step Two: Using the coordinating smaller feather, stamp the image into the blank spaces between the large image.

Step Three: Die cut the stamped image using the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set twice.

Step Four: Die cut some Rust Soft Finish Cardstock using the Fitted Rounded Rectangle die set using dies slightly larger than the ones used to die cut the stamped images.

Step Five: Using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the die cut images to the Rust cardstock.

Step Six: Using a watercolor maker and a water brush, add some light brown onto half of the feathers from the middle panel.

Step Seven: Repeat step six, but this time using a dark brown watercolor brush.

Step Eight: Adhere all three panels to an A2 card frame.

I love how the coloring in this technique pulls your eyes not to the color, but instead right to the sentiment. Let us know in the comments below what you think of the spotlight stamping technique used with Charlene’s stamp image. Until then, happy crafting!

EK Gorman

Charlene Stamps Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio Home Decor Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Loved Wall Hanging

February 13, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Loved Wall Hanging.

There’s only 1 day left until Valentine’s Day and I thought it would be fun to create a last minute wall hanging perfect to add to any place in your home. To create my project, I’ve used a variety of Charlene’s stamps and a some dies from Els van de Burgt Studio. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my wall hanging at home.

Step One. Die cut a 3/4″ Diagonal Stitched Fishtail out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Cut the fishtail down to 2 1/2″. Apply Worn Lipstick Distress Ink to the Loved word from the Journaling Elements stamp set and stamp onto the fishtail. Distress the edges of the fishtail. Ink the edges of the fishtail using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut a 5 1/4″ Stitched Heart out of a book page. Distress the edges of the heart. Ink the edges of the heart using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. Die cut a 4 1/4″ Stitched Heart out of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Worn Lipstick Distress Ink over the entire surface of the heart. Apply Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to the X’s stamp from the Journaling Elements and stamp randomly over the entire surface of the heart. Reapply ink to the stamp as needed. Distress the edges of the heart. Ink the edges of the heart using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. Die cut the medium Entwined Heart out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Candied Apple Distress Ink over the entire surface of the heart. Ink the edges of the heart using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Five. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Heart stamp from the Journaling Elements stamp set and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Reapply ink to the Heart stamp and stamp onto the same piece of watercolour cardstock. Using a waterbrush and Ruby Red Scribble Stick, colour in three of the hearts. Using a waterbrush and Blushing Scribble Stick, colour in the other three of the hearts. Once the hearts are dry, fussy cut them out. Ink the edges of the hearts using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Six. Choose one of the flower stamps from the A Field of Flowers stamp set. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the flower stamp and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Reapply ink to the flower stamp and stamp onto the same piece of watercolour cardstock. Using a waterbrush and Sedonna Scribble Stick, colour in one of the flowers. Using a waterbrush and Blushing Scribble Stick, colour in the other flower. Once the flowers are dry, fussy cut them out. Ink the edges of the flowers using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Seven. Choose one of the flower stamps from the Garden Flowers stamp set. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the flower stamp and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Reapply ink to the flower stamp and stamp onto the same piece of watercolour cardstock. Using a waterbrush and Ruby Red Scribble Stick, colour in one of the flowers. Using a waterbrush and Magenta Scribble Stick, colour in the other flower. Once the flowers are dry, fussy cut them out. Ink the edges of the flowers using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Eight. Foam square the pink stitched heart to the middle of the 5 1/4″ stitched heart. Adhere the entwined heart to the middle of the pink stitched heart. Adhere the loved fishtail 2″ from the bottom and 1/8″ from the right of the 5 1/4″ stitched heart.

Step Nine. Adhere the six hearts as desired on the left side of the heart as well as to the bottom middle of the loved fishtail.

Step Ten. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the flowers to the left hand side of the stitched hearts, making sure that you can see coloured small hearts.

Step Eleven. Punch two holes at the top of the stitched hearts. Tie a piece of twine through the two holes.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Loved Wall Hanging.

Katelyn

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Black Soot, Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Dina Wakley: Scribble Sticks 1 & 2
  • Misc: Twine, Waterbrush, Book page and Watercolour Cardstock
Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Gorgeous Stamps –– Planners & Cards

February 6, 2020

Karen here today from Craftily Yours! I’m excited to be sharing with you a couple projects I created using the gorgeous stamps designed by Charlene. These stamps are fantastic for journal pages, planners and cards too. So versatile!

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Charlene Stamps Elizabeth Craft Designs General Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Create The Things Tag

January 27, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Create the Things Tag.

I’m loving all the different ideas and projects that I’ve been coming up with using Charlene’s beautiful stamp sets. For today’s project, I’ve create this tag, which uses a variety of Charlene’s stamps and a couple of dies from the Planner Essentials Collection. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my tag at home.

Step One. Die cut the large tag from the Planner Essentials – 26 die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Choose one of the reinforcement circles from the Reinforcement Variety Pack and die cut it out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Place the reinforcement circle over top of the circle on the tag. Sprinkle Turquoise, Rosebud and Spring Green Magenta Nuance over the tag. Spritz the tag with water. Dry the tag. Apply Emboss It Ink to the block stamp from the Journaling Elements and stamp on the tag as desired. Reapply ink as needed to the stamp, stamp a total of four times. Sprinkle White Wonder Embossing Powder over the stamped areas. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Distress the edges of the tag. Ink the edges of the tag using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Choose two of the flowers from the A Field of Flowers stamp set. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to each stamp and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Colour the flowers using Scribble Sticks 1 & 2 and a waterbrush. Once the flowers have dried, fussy cut them out. Ink the edges of the flowers using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. From the Journaling Elements stamp set, you’ll need the heart stamp. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the stamp and stamp onto the watercolour cardstock. Reapply ink to the stamp and stamp two more times on the same cardstock piece. Colour the hearts using Scribble Sticks 1 & 2 and a waterbrush. Once the hearts have dried, fussy cut eight out. Ink the edges of the hearts using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the “Create the Things” sentiment from the Make a Wish stamp set and stamp onto a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Cut each word strip into a strip for a total of five strips. Ink the edges of the strips using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Five. Adhere the reinforcement circle overtop of the circle on the tag. Adhere the eight hearts as desired on your tag.

Step Six. Use foam square to adhere the two flowers to the bottom left side of the tag as desired.

Step Seven. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the sentiment to the right side of the tag. To finish the tag, tie a piece of twine through the hole at the top of the tag.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Create the Things Tag.

Katelyn

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Other:

  • Distress Ink: Black Soot
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink and Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Dina Wakley: Scribble Sticks 1 & 2
  • Magenta Nuance: Turquoise, Rosebud and Spring Green
  • Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Molten Dimensions – White Wonder Embossing Powder
  • Misc: Twine and Watercolour Cardstock
Inspiration from the Design Team Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

My Gratitude Journal

January 20, 2020

Karen here today from Craftily Yours! In 2020, my “word of the year” is Gratitude. Life is SO much better that way, don’t you think? I am going to attempt to create at least one page per week about things for which I’m grateful. If I can do it, I’ll have an amazing treasure at the end of the year! And something to remind me of the good things when I have a sad day.

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Live, Create, Tell The Story

January 14, 2020

Hi there! It’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this Mixed Media Tag using coloring on colored cardstock.

Step 1: Die Cutting and Stamping

  • die cut the larger tag from the Planner Essentials 2 die set
  • stamp one of the wonderful flowers from the Garden Flowers set with a grey ink

Step 2: Coloring

  • color the flower with Alcohol Markers
  • add shading around the flower with colored pencils

Step 3: Adding Texture to the Background

  • mask the image
  • stamp the grid from the Patterns 1 set with Distress Oxide Ink Evergreen Bough and the formula from the Background Stamps 3 set with Distress Oxide Ink Hickory Smoke

Step 4: Finishing Touches

  • remove the mask
  • add black and white acrylic paint splatters
  • shade the edges of the tag with Distress Ink Ground Espresso and a Blending Brush
  • dye a piece of seam binding with Distress Ink Ground Espresso and thread it through the hole of the tag
  • add a sentiment sticker

My daughter Emily (9) created and similar tag and this is how it turned out – so lovely:

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Other:
grey inkpad
Alcohol Markers
colored pencils
colored cardstock
masking paper
Distress Oxide Ink (Evergreen Bough, Hickory Smoke)
Distress Ink (Ground Espresso)
seam binding
blending brush
sentiment sticker
black and white acrylic paint

Charlene Stamps Planner Essentials Stamping

The Ladies Of ECD

January 9, 2020

Hey Friends!  It’s a new year, so I have been revamping my planner.  But this year I really wanted a cool art piece to be the cover.  I wanted it to be something I would enjoy seeing al year long.  And since I take great pride in my group of girl friends who enrich my life, I thought it might be fun to pull out the different lady stamps, drawn by Charlene, ECD has released this past year to decorate the inside of my planner.

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Step One:  Stamp the five female stamps released this past year onto some watercolor paper using some gray water resistant ink.  The five ladies come from the Make a Wish, Halloween Party, Oh the Joy of Christmas, Moments of Life and Pure Spring stamp sets.

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Step Two:  Using watercolor makers, color in the skin tones.  I used the Ecoline Beige Pink collection.

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Step Three:  Using watercolor or ink pencils color in the hair, lips and eyes of the ladies.  I used Inktense pencils.

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Step Four:  Using a white gel pen, add reflection to the eyes.  I used a Gelly Role Pen.

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Step Five:  Using watercolored pencils, color in the clothing.  I traced around the edges of the stamp, and colored in a little bit when the heaviest shading would be.  Then using a watercolor brush, I moved around the color.

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I used Spectrum Noir AquaBlend watercolored pencils to color in all the clothing.

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Step Six:  Fill in the background with color.  I used traditional watercolors.

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Step Seven:  While the watercolor is still wet, add powder watercolor to create more visual interest.  I used Brusho in purple.

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Step Eight:  Add stamped sentiments.  I used sentiments stamps from both Moments of Life and Pure Spring in black water resistant ink.

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Step Nine:  Die cut holes into the watercolor paper using the Planner Essentials 5 die set.

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Step Ten:  Trim the edges with scissors so it will fit nicely into your planner.  I love these little Fine Pointed Scissors from ECD.

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I just love how this came out.  Yes, it might be a little purple, but it is great color to use to theme an entire calendar year.

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I ended up coloring each of the ladies so that they would remind me of a dear friend.

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Now all year long when I open my planner, I can be reminded of my friends who are more like sisters.

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How are you going to spruce up your planner this year?  Are you going to stamp fun pictures, layer inspiring papers or just ink everything up?  Let us know in the comments below, and until then, happy crafting.

EK Gorman

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