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Shell Yeah

February 29, 2020

Hey Friends!  It’s EK popping in today to share are really fun shell shaped card featuring some of the new dies from Joset’s latest release.  Not that long ago, a family-friendly movie came out with a giant crab who craved shiny things.  It is also one of my teenager’s favorite ‘villains’ of all time.  And when I look at the new Seashells die set, all I can see is that shiny loving crab.  So today I thought I would create my own version of this greedy villain.

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Step One:  Die cut the seashell card frame from the new Oyster Shell Card with Pop Up die set from some Pale Peach Soft Finish Cardstock.  Fold the card along the die cut scored line.

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Step Two: Using a blending brush and some Distress Oxide, blend some Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo onto the seashell.  Spritz with some water to create speckles on the seashell.

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Step Three:  Using some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock die cut the pieces from the new Seashell die set.

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Step Four:  Blend some Distress Oxides onto the die cut pieces.  I used a base of Brushed Corduroy on all the seashells and then added a touch of color for the rest.  I used Tumbled Glass, Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral, Victorian Velvet and Crushed Olive to color the different shells.  To color the crab body parts, I blended some Brick Red and Aged Mahogany.  For the eyes and the ‘hole’ into the shell I used Walnut Stain and Black Soot.

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Step Five:  Using some Kids Choice Glue, adhere the pieces of the crab together.

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Step Six: Using Kids Choice Glue, add the seashells and crab to the bottom of the shell card frame.

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Step Seven:  Add shiny baubles to the sea shells.  I debated long and hard if I should use jewels, drops, sequins or the baubles, and in the end, I liked the colors of these.  Finally I used a little Transparent Crystal Craft Drops for the eyes of the crab.

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Step Eight:  Finally stamp a sentiment from the Splish Splash Sentiments stamp set onto the shell frame.  I used a little Brushed Corduroy Distress Oxide to stamp the sentiment.

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I hope you find my card as much fun as I do. My teenager has already stolen it and placed it on their pin board (I not surely full my teenager fully understand the purpose of a handmade card, but I love they they love it none the less).

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Let us know in the comments below how you would use the new Oyster Shell card frame.  Until then, Happy Crafting.

EK Gorman

A Way With Words Cardmaking Craft Drops Peel-Off Stickers Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

Glitter Garden

February 22, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and today I am playing around with both some positive and negative die cutting and a whole host of silk microfine glitter. With spring just around the corner, it seemed like the perfect time to play around with a garden theme. And I find the Suzanne Cannon line is perfect when you want to play around with die cutting on several layers.

Step One: Prep a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock with a sheet of Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Die cut the flowers from the A Way with Words Wreath & Elements.

Step Two: Peel the paper from the Clear Double Sided Adhesive and add Silk Microfine Glitter to the die cuts.

I used Leaf Green Silk Microfine Glitter for the steams, Copper Rose Silk Microfine Glitter for the back of the roses, and Bright Cranberry Silk Microfine Glitter for the rose outline.

Step Three: Adhere the flower together using Kids Choice Glue.

Step Four: Die cut the sentiment using the My Garden Flowers die set and the prepared 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock and Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step Five: Peel half of the adhesive paper off the words. Add Copper Rose Silk Microfine Glitter to the peel half of the die cuts.

Step Six: Peel the second half of the adhesive paper off the words and add Bright Cranberry Silk Microfine Glitter to the words.

Step Seven: Trim a piece of Dove Gray Soft Finish Cardstock to 6×6 inches. Blend different green inks onto the trimmed cardstock. I used Distress Oxides in Pine Needles, Bundle Sage and Iced Spruce.

Step Eight: Die cut out butterflies from the green blended cardstock using the Butterflies & Stars Sprays. Save the die cut butterflies.

Step Nine: Using Kids Choice Glue adhere the roses and sentiment to the green blended cardstock.

Step Ten: Add a metallic trim to the edges of the cardstock using the Borders & Corners Peel Off Stickers. Glue the left over die cut butterflies to the card frame, letting the light butterflies rest in the dark areas and vice versa.

Step Eleven: Trim a piece of Dusky Blue Soft Finish Cardstock to 12×6 inches. Score and fold the cardstock to make a 6×6 inch card frame. Add a piece of trimmed Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet to the top corner of the card frame. Add two strips of 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the other side.

Step Twelve: Peel the adhesive paper and adhere the green blended cardstock. Add Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to the open die cut areas.

Step Thirteen: Add Transparent Crystal Craft Drops to the die cut butterflies to add dimension and sparkle to the added butterflies.

I hope you enjoyed my glitter garden as much as I do.

What are you looking forward most too in spring? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, Happy Spring Crafting!

EK Gorman

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