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Love Card

February 1, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here! With only 13 days until Valentine’s Day, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about creating those special cards for loved ones. So, today, I’m sharing with you my Love Card.

To create my card, I’ve used a variety of dies from Suzanne Cannon! To compliment the products from Suzanne Cannon, I’ve also used dies from Els van de Burgt Studio. Read below as I have a tutorial for you on how to recreate my card.

Step One. Choose three Valentine’s Day themed patterned paper. From the first paper, die cut 4″ Stitched Rectangle. From the second paper, die cut a 3 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle. From the third paper, die cut a 2 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle. Distress the edges of papers. Ink the edges of the papers using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut a 3″ Stitched Rectangle out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Distress the edges of the rectangle. Ink the edges of the rectangle using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. From the Love, Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament, you’ll need the love word. Die cut the word out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Four. From the Flourished Frame Die, die cut the frame out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Five. Die cut the Flourished Oval Frame out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Apply Emboss It Ink to the frame and sprinkle Gothic Black Modern Gilding Powder over the entire surface of the frame. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.

Step Six. From the Entwined Hearts die, die cut the set of three heart three times out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink over the entire surface of four hearts. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink over the entire surface of five hearts. Ink the edges of the hearts using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Seven. Adhere the Flourished Frame to the 4″ Stitched Rectangle. Adhere the 3 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle to the middle of the 4″ Stitched Rectangle.

Step Eight. Foam square the 3″ Stitched Rectangle to the middle of the 3 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle. Adhere the 2 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle to the middle of the 3″ Stitched Rectangle.

Step Nine. Adhere the Flourished Frame to the middle of the 2 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle. Adhere the Love sentiment to the middle of the Flourished Frame.

Step Ten. Adhere the hearts around the Flourished Oval Frame and sentiment as desired. Cut a cardbase out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 5 1/4″ x 8″, score at 4″. Adhere the cardfront to the cardbase.

Thank you for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Love Card.


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  • Distress Ink: Black Soot
  • Distress Oxide Ink: Candied Apple and Worn Lipstick
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink
  • Simple Stories: Kissing Booth – Crazy For You, Smitten and Love & Adore
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.

EK Gorman, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Perfect a

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!


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Valentine’s Day Peek-A-Boo Card | Technique Friday With Els

January 3, 2020

Happy Technique Friday, crafters!

We’re kicking off the new year with this adorable Peek-A-Boo Card, which is perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other occasion! 

Watch the video, view/download the project sheet and shop the supplies –– all on the Technique Friday Project Page.

Let us know if you’ve created this project!
Happy Crafting!

A Way With Words

Cherish Is A Powerful Word

February 10, 2019

Hi there!  It’s Suzanne today with a Valentine dilemma: I asked myself “Red or pink, red or pink….?”   I went with pink since I seem to be on a pink roll right now!

Cherish is such a powerful word. You can cherish a person, you can cherish an object or a moment and you can cherish a dream. Today we’re making a Valentine for someone we cherish.

Here is how you can make this card….

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15 Valentine’s Day Projects You Can Make Today!

February 2, 2019

Valentine’s Day is coming and we’re here to give you some quick ideas for cards, gifts and decor! So, along with our Design Team, we’ve gathered 15 Valentine’s Day projects you can create today!

Samantha Klaebe created this LOVEly Valentine’s Day Card using hearts from the Love Struck die set and Joset’s new Tree die set!

Valentine’s Day is only 12 days away it’s time to start thinking about creating some Valentine’s Day decor! Katelyn Grosart created this cute Happy Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging, perfect to add to any spot in your home.

Hanging garland is a simple way to decorate for Valentine’s Day, or any holiday!

What’s Valentine’s Day without roses? You can create bouquets of paper flowers, or just one single flower, for your loved one!

Give someone you love some sweet treats in these adorable gift box! Tanja Kabel (above) and Wanda Hentges (below) shows us that the Gable Box can be used for any occasion.

Want to set out a few decorations for Valentine’s Day? The ECD Team made this simple watercolored heart and framed it for an easy decor piece!

… Or recreate this beautiful love bird scene made by EK Gorman!

Create this framed piece for the happy couple, or make it for yourself and hang it in your home!

This adorable (and simple) card, created by Diana Nguyen, is perfect for anyone on Valentine’s Day!

Did you know that our dies can cut felt? This felt-stuffed heart is such a cute idea for any holiday!

Sara Torzullo made this adorable ‘I love you’ card with a peek-a-boo heart!

This card, created by Karen Ostergard, is a perfect way to tell someone you FLAMINGO together –– such a fun Valentine’s Day card!

Suzanne Cannon shows us that even simple Valentine’s Day cards can still be elegant!

And lastly, a card for those who like to doodle. Here’s a cute idea for 3D balloons using the Fitted Hearts die set!

Are you going to recreate any of these projects?
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A Way With Words Soft Finish Cardstock

A Valentine’s Day Card Using the Bachelor Button!

February 7, 2018

Hi It’s Kelly Booth here,

I often like to create my own backgrounds for projects and was reminded recently of a technique I did several years ago to marble ink on cardstock.  I decided it would be a pretty background for my Valentine’s Day card using several Elizabeth Craft Designs dies along with the new Bachelor Button by Susan Tierney-Cockburn.  I love that bachelor buttons can be found in nature in so many beautiful colors.

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Two Love Projects by Riikka Kovasin

February 5, 2017

Hello there! It’s Riikka here today, guesting again for the Elizabeth Craft Designs team! How have you been lately? As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I created two love-filled projects this time. As you can see from the top of the post, one of them is a card, but I also used same idea and products to make a layout as well.

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Lovebirds Oval Pull Card

January 3, 2017

Hi everyone,

It’s Frances here, with my first project to share with you for 2017. For my project today I have used three of the new dies which are being released on the 9th of January. The Love Sentiments set and Love Birds are part of Els van de Burgt Studio Valentine Collection, and the gold decorative piece I used to decorate my card is the Lace Pocket from a new designer called ModaScrap. This die can be used in so many ways – not just for creating pocket cards. 

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Valentine-Themed Birdhouse

January 25, 2016

Hello, I am thrilled to be part of the Susan’s Garden Club Design Team for Elizabeth Craft Designs! My name is Annette Green and this is my first post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog, and I’m sharing a Valentine-themed birdhouse today. I have a fondness for birdhouses as home decor pieces in my home. I love to change the decor in my foyer according to season, and most of my decor pieces are birdhouses. Since I hadn’t made a Valentine-themed one yet, I decided it was time. And with Susan’s Garden die Rose 1 and Garden Notes die Rose 2, it was such a pleasant project to create.


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My Country Valentine~

January 27, 2015

Hi, it’s Susan Tierney-Cockburn here today with my first project at the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog. One of my latest designs with Elizabeth Craft Designs is CountryScapes.
For today’s project I’ve assembled a few of the dies from that collection to show you this cute St. Valentine’s Day card.



  • Cut A6 card from the Card Shoppe Marshmallow and the 2nd layer from the Watercolor paper (4-inches x 5 3/4-inches).
  • Start by stenciling clouds with Turquoise Shade of PanPastels using a soft cosmetic sponge. Sponge grassy area with Bright Yellow Green and Chromium Oxide Green PanPastel. Adhere to A6 card.
  • Die cut the grasses and clump from the 80# yellow-green cardstock and shade with Ranger’s Distress Ink/Olive Green. Set in place on the card.
  • Die cut one Birch Tree and two branches from 80# white cardstock layered with ECD Transparent Double Sided Tape and one from 140# cardstock. Adhere the two trees together. This gives the tree some dimension and lift. Use Copic W1 to color the tree and PanPastel’s Paynes Grey Tint to shade the tree. Set in place on the left side of the card, allowing the tops of the tree to extend above the card.
  • Die cut the leaves out of a yellow-green cardstock 9 times to fill the tree. Place on the leaf pad and with the Leaf tool, draw a line down the center. Pinch the tip end, then lightly dip into the glue and adhere to the tree branches.
  • On a non-stick mat create the hearts by dispensing two small dots of the Viva Decor Pearl Pen and using a toothpick to draw down between them. Allow to dry 30 minutes.
  • Die cut Geraniums and Flower Pot from Backyard 1 set in 80#white cardstock.
    Color with Copic pens. Use the medium ball stylus from the tool kit and shape the flower pot. Add a 3-D dot to the back and adhere to the right side of the card. Set the leaves/stem and flower heads in place. Punch tiny red hearts and adhere to the flower heads. Lightly color with the Sakura Gelly Roll pen.
  • Adhere a small piece of ECD Transparent Double Sided Tape to 80# white cardstock and die cut alphabet letters for L O V E.
  • Gently peel away lining and sprinkle each letter with a different color of Silk Microfine Glitter, or use one color–your choice.
  • Die cut Crow from 80# cardstock; color and shade with Copic B99 and 100 Black.
    Add a small punched red heart to the breast area and color it with the Sakura Pen. Adhere Crow to the branch with a 3-D dot.
  • Adhere the letters as shown.
  • Finally, stamp the phrase–”The Best Things in Life aren’t Things” on 80# white cardstock, deckle the edges and shade with Copic R37 pen. Adhere to the upper right corner.


Elizabeth Craft Designs – 

Susan’s Garden Line:

988 CountryScapes – Backyard 1

989 CountryScapes – Country Critters 1

991 CountryScapes – Country Flora 1

992 CountryScapes – The Woods 1

RS009 The Best Things in Life

808 Susan’s Garden 4pcs. Tool Set

ECD other:

WP903 Watercolor paper 90 lbs

503 Transparant Double Sided Tape Sheet

Silk Microfine Glitter616 Peony Pink615 Ruby614 True Red, & 619 Fuchsia

Other – 

Cloud Stencil

Leaf Pad

PanPastels KitII & Paynes Grey Tint

Viva Decor–Pearl Pen/Red

Sakura Gelly Roll Pen/Clear

Ranger’s Distress Ink/Olive Green

Copic Pens – W1, YR27, E09, R37, B99, 100 Black

Bazzill Paper Co 100# Card Shoppe/Marshmallow

80# white cardstock

80# Yellow Green cardstock

The French Paper Company 140# Paper/Brown

Small heart hand punch




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