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Mandala Christmas

November 30, 2020

Hey Everyone! It’s EK and I created two Christmas cards today using a bit of spring flavor. I just adore Mandala’s and was wondering if I could make it Charlene and Isle’s Spring Flower Mandala stencil work for a holiday card. So it turns out, you can.

Step One: Securely lay the Spring Flower Mandala stencil over a piece of trimmed watercolor paper.

Step Two: Spray several coordinating ink colors over the stencil. I used Speckled Egg, Weathered Wood, and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Spray. Before lifting the stencil up, take a second piece of trimmed watercolor paper over the extra ink.

Step Three: Carefully life the stencil and let both pieces of watercolor paper dry. You get with this technique both a positive and negative print of the stencil.

Step Four: Die cut both pieces of watercolor paper with one of the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set dies.

Step Five: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the watercolor paper to an A2 cardframe.

Step Six: Using both a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, stamp images from both Oh the Joy of Christmas and Christmas Garden with alcohol ink friendly ink.

Step Seven: Color the images with alcohol ink. I used copics.

Step Eight: Fussy cut the images out.

Step Nine: Using both 6mm and 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the stamped images onto one of the cards.

Step Ten: Stamp a sentiment from the Classic Christmas Sentiments stamp set onto the card using both red and black ink.

Step Eleven: Finish the card using both Pearl Olive and Pearl Rose Craft Drops.

Step Twelve: Repeat steps nine through eleven using the other images and card.

Let us know in the comments below if you think the Spring Flower Mandala worked as a Christmas Card. Until then, happy crafting!


Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Stamping Watercolor Watercolor Palette

A Little Hocus Pocus

October 29, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and I am popping in with a little bit of fan art I created using several stamp sets from Ilse and Charlene. This collection has a whole host of great stamp sets featuring different girls, and I have been kicking the idea around for some time about combining them to create a little homage to my favorite Halloween Movie. I don’t know if I quite captured the look I was going for, but I sure had a lot of fun trying.

Step One: Trim a piece of watercolor to 6×4.5 inches. Stamp girl images from Floral Girls, Halloween Party, and Make a Wish stamp sets onto Watercolor paper, masking where needed. I picked three different gal images trying to capture a likeness of three famous movie witches.

Step Two: Peel up the masks to reveal the stamped images.

Step Three: Watercolor the images focusing in on the skin and hair. I used ECD’s Watercolor Palette.

Step Four: Finish watercoloring the image.

Step Five: Blend ink around the edges to create a haze. I used Shabby Shutters Distress Oxide.

Step Six: Trim a piece of black cardstock to 8.5×6 inches. Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the watercolor paper to the black cardstock. Die cut a halloween sentiment from the Words 3 Happy Holidays die set. Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the sentiment to the cardstock.

While I did not quite capture the three witches from my favorite spooky movie, I am still going to matte this piece and frame it for the Halloween Season.

Do you ever try to capture pop culture themes with your stamps and dies? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


Charlene Stamps Watercolor Palette

Halloween Pumpkin

October 27, 2020

Hi there,

It’s Tanja here and this week – as promised – I would like to show you how to create a Halloween Pumpkin Card with Stamps and Watercolors:

Step 1: Stamping

  • stamp the pumpkin from the Halloween Party set with Versafine Toffee and the bats from the same set with Versafine Onyx Black

Step 2: Watercolouring

  • color the image and the background with colors from the Watercolor Palette
  • add splatters with Finetec Mica Watercolor Moon White
  • adhere the watercolor panel to a black cardbase

Supplies:

Other
Versafine (Toffee, Onyx Black)
Finetec Mica Watercolor Moon White

Joset Designs Watercolor Palette

Boo Pumpkin

October 13, 2020

Hi there,

it’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this Pumpkin Tag using die cuts.

Step 1: Die Cutting the Focal Image

  • cut out all the elements needed for the pumpkin from colored cardstock using the pumpkin die set
  • add shading with Distress Inks (Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs)

Step 2: Creating the Background

  • cut out a tag from watercolor paper using the Butterfly Pocket Insert die set
  • add color using the Watercolor Palette
  • add some splatters with Finetec Mica Watercolor Moon White

Step 3: Assemble the Tag and Adding of the Sentiment

  • adhere the elements using glue and clear double-sided adhesive
  • cut out the word BOO using the letters from the Butterfly Pocket Insert die set
  • add highlights with a white gel pen and thread some natural twine through the hole of the tag

In two weeks I have a similar layout for you but that project will be with stamps and watercolors. So stay tuned.

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Other –
Distress Inks (Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs)
Finetec Mica Watercolor Moon White
twine
white gel pen

Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps Elizabeth Craft Designs General Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock Watercolor Watercolor Palette

Fall Planner Insert

September 24, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Fall Planner Insert.

To create my Fall Planner Insert, I’ve used a variety of dies from the Planner Essentials Collection, the Art Journal Specials Collection and stamps from Charlene. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my planner insert at home.

Step One. Die cut the small tag from the Planner Essentials 26 – Planner Pocket 4 – Tag & Toppers die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Place the Story Telling stencil in the middle of the tag. Using a palette knife, put Texture Paste Opaque Matte through the stencil. Remove the stencil and allow the paste to dry. Once the paste has dried, sprinkle Magenta Nuance in Red and Orange on the tag. Spritz the powder with water and allow time to dry.

Step Two. From the Background Stamps 1 you’ll need the dot stamp. Apply Potting Soil Archival Ink to the dot stamp and stamp randomly on the tag. You’ll need to stamp a total of seven times. Reapply ink to the stamp as needed. Ink the edges of the tag using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. From a Fall piece of patterned paper, die cut the rectangle with a slot on the right from the Planner Essentials 21 – Note Pieces die out of the patterned paper. Ink the edges of the rectangle piece using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. From the Planner Essentials 26 – Planner Pocket 4 – Tag & Toppers die, you’ll need the stitched banner and the long point label. Die cut the stitched banner out of a piece of kraft cardstock. Die cut the long point label out of a piece of Fall patterned paper. Ink the edges of both pieces using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Five. From the Reinforcement Variety Pack, you’ll need the reinforcement with the rounded end. Die cut a total of eight reinforcements out of a piece of kraft cardstock. Ink the edges of the reinforcements using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Six. From the Make A Wish Stamp Set, you’ll need two of the feathers. Apply Potting Soil Archival Ink to both the feather stamps and stamp onto a piece of watercolor cardstock. Color the feathers in using the Watercolor Palette. Fussy cut both feathers out. Ink the edges of both feathers using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Seven. From the Morning Letters Stamp Set, you’ll need the letters to spell out Fall. Apply Potting Soil Archival Ink to the letter stamps and stamp onto a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Fussy cut the word out. Ink the edges of the word using Potting Soil Archival Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Eight. Adhere one of the reinforcements over top of the hole at the top of the tag. Adhere four of the reinforcements on the left hand side of the tag, making sure that they line up with the rings in your planner. Flip the tag over and adhere the remaining reinforcements overtop of the reinforcements you just adhered.

Step Nine. Staple the stitched banner and long pointed label to the left hand side of the rectangle. Foam square the rectangle 7/8″ from the bottom and 1/4″ over the right hand side of the tag.

Step Ten. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the two feathers as desired on the rectangle piece. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the Fall word to the bottom right side of the feathers as desired.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Fall Planner Insert at home.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Potting Soil Archival Ink and Texture Paste Opaque Matte
  • Magenta Nuance: Red and Orange
  • Misc: Kraft Cardstock, Fall Patterned Paper and Mini Stapler
Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps

The World needs who you were made to be

September 22, 2020

Hi there,

It’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you a Mixed Media Art Journal Project. But first I would like to introduce you to some of the different pages you can create with the help of the dies from the Summer Journal Special.

Possibility 1:

  • cut out the double page with the die on the left, cut off one of the flaps and stitch it together
  • I use this to store my cut outs from the Summer Journal Special

Possibility 2:

  • cut out the double page with the die on the left and the pocket on the bottom right
  • cut off the flap on the left
  • you end up with one normal page on the left and a pocket on the right

Possibility 3:

  • cut out the double page with the die on the left
  • cut off the flaps
  • add the half pocket cut out with the die n the top left
  • you can use this to store your stencils from the Summer Journal Special or a tag

In the following step by step tutorial I am going to create a mixed media tag and decorate the half pocket:

Step 1: Die Cutting

  • since I already showed you how to create the half pocket, I only need to die cut the tag from watercolor paper with the help of the die from the Butterfly Pocket Insert die set

Step 2: Adding Texture

  • adhere some torn tissue paper to the tag with multi medium
  • apply Grit Paste through one of the stencils from the Summer Journal Special and let this dry or heat-it with your heat tool for even more texture

Step 3: Adding Color

  • add color by smooshing the tag into watered-down Distress Paint (Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers)

Step 4: Finishing Touches

  • ink up the edges of the tag with Distress Ink Hickory Smoke
  • dye four strands of torn seam binding with Distress Stains Peacock Feathers and thread them through the hole of the tag
  • cut out one of the poppies from the Floral Insert die set from grey cardstock
  • add a pre-cut sentiment

Step 5: Decorating the Pocket

  • apply Distress Ink Hickory Smoke through one of the stencils from the Summer Journal Special
  • stamp one of the definitions from the Journal Words set with Versafine Clair Nocturne
  • stamp some single words from that same set and with that same ink – use up to fifth generation stamping to let it fade out

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Other –
tissue paper
multi medium
grit paste
Distress Paint (Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers)
Distress Stains Peacock Feathers
Seam Binding
Distress Ink Hickory Smoke
Versafine Clair Nocturne

Joset Designs

Smile Flower Tag

September 8, 2020

Hi there,

it’s Tanja here and I created this watercolor flower tag using the whimsical Once upon a Time Accessories die set:

Step 1: Die Cutting

  • cut out a tag with the help of the smaller tag die from the Planner Essentials 26 set and the flower, the sun and some clouds from the Once upon a Time Accessories set

Step 2: Coloring

  • normally, I use Alcohol Markers to color my die cuts and add extra shading with Distress Ink but this time I tried something different
  • color all the elements with watercolors
  • I realized that I needed some grass too so I also cut two grass borders using the Adventure Edges die set

Step 3: Assembly

  • add some color to the background of the tag with Distress Oxide Ink Tumbled Glass and a Blending Brush
  • assemble the tag using liquid glue and double-sided foam adhesive

Step 4: Sentiment Stamping and Finishing Touches

  • stamp the sentiment from the Build your own Sentiments 1 set with Versafine Deep Lagoon into one of the clouds
  • thread a piece of natural and a piece of turquoise twine through the hole of the tag

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Others –
Distress Oxide Ink Tumbled Glass
Blending Brush
double-sided foam adhesive
Versafine Deep Lagoon
Twine


A Way With Words Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Watercolor Watercolor Palette

Miss You Card

September 5, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Miss You Card.

To create my Miss You Card, I’ve used a variety of dies from Suzanne Cannon and Joset Designs. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my card at home.

Step One. Die cut the 4″ Stitched Rounded Rectangle die out of kraft cardstock. Die cut the 3 1/2″ Stitched Rounded Rectangle die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Ink the edges of both rectangles using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut the Flourished Frame out of book page.

Step Three. Die cut the Flourished Oval Frame out of kraft cardstock. Ink the edges of the frame using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. Die cut the Miss You die out of Watercolor Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Worn Lipstick Distress Ink lightly over the entire surface of the word.

Step Five. Choose two of the flowers from the Floral Insert die and die cut the two flowers out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a waterbrush and the Watercolor Palette, colour the flowers.

Step Six. Adhere the Flourished Frame to the 4″ stitched rounded rectangle. Foam square the 3 1/2″ stitched rounded rectangle to the middle of the 4″ stitched rounded rectangle.

Step Seven. Adhere the two flowers to the left hand side of the 3 1/2″ stitched rounded rectangle as desired. Adhere the flourished oval frame 1/2″ from the bottom and 3/8″ from the right of the 3 1/2″ stitched rounded rectangle.

Step Eight. Adhere the Miss You word as desired overtop of the flourished oval frame.

Step Nine. 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.

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

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain & Worn Lipstick
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Misc: Kraft Cardstock and Book Page
A Way With Words Cardmaking Craft Drops Silk Microfine Glitter

Butterfly Wings

August 22, 2020

IMG_0873Hi Friends!  It’s EK, and I am popping in today to share a new card I crafted using some long neglected crafting supplies and A Way with Words Butterfly Flourish.  I just love how elegant the flourishes of this die set make creating something special so simple.

IMG_0859Step One:  On a crafting mat or glass, drop three similar liquid watercolors.  I used Dr. Ph Martins Hydrus (just unearthed from my moving boxes) in two shades of red and one dark pink.

IMG_0860Step Two:  Spray the liquid watercolor with plenty of water.

IMG_0861Step Three:  Dip a piece of Watercolor Paper into the liquid watercolor and completely saturated with color.  I was able to get three dips out of the puddle.

IMG_0862Step Four:  Heat set the watercolor paper.  Then spray with a iridescent watercolor spray.  I used Perfect Pearls Mists.

IMG_0863Step Five:  Die cut the watercolor paper using the Butterfly Flourish die set.  I used just the large flourish once and the small flourish twice for this step.

IMG_0864Step Six:  Add a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the watercolor paper.  Die cut the detailed butterfly from the Butterfly Flourish die set.

IMG_0865Step Seven:  Peel off the backing paper to the Clear Double Sided Adhesive and add Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to the detailed butterfly.

IMG_0866Step Eight:  On a second piece of watercolor paper, die cut a frame using both the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set and Fitted Indented Rectangle die set.

IMG_0867Step Nine:  Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the die cut frame to an A2 card frame.  Using a combination of 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive and Kids Choice Glue, add the flourished butterfly.  Using Kids Kids Choice Glue add the glittered butterfly to the flourished butterfly.

IMG_0869Step Ten:  Add a sentiment using the Love & Hearts Collection stamp set and two tones of ink.  I used both Picked Raspberry and Festive Berries Distress Oxide.

IMG_0870Step Eleven:  Adhere the two smaller butterfly flourishes.  Add three drops of Pearl Rose Craft Drops and three drops of Transparent Crystal Craft Drops.

IMG_0874I love how this is a surprising simple this card was to create but how elegant it looks.

IMG_0875Let us know in the comments below what A Way With Words dies you would use with your long neglected supplies.  Until then, happy crafting.

Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Watercolor Watercolor Palette

Miss You

August 13, 2020

IMG_0804Hey Friends!  It’s EK, popping in today to share a new card making project using Ilse and Charlene’s stamps and dies.  I have seen so many amazing projects using these products in both planners and art journals, and was wondering if I could create something easily awesome on an A2 card.  With the combination of ECD’s Watercolor Palette, I think i came up with something pretty sweet!

IMG_0782Step One:  One a piece of Watercolor Paper, watercolor an ombre of blue from the Watercolor Palette.  Let dry.

IMG_0783Step Two:  On another piece of Watercolor Paper, stamp using watercolor safe ink several images from the Spring Fling stamp set.

IMG_0784Step Three:  Using the Watercolor Palette and a very loose hand, watercolor the stamped images.

IMG_0785Step Four:  Fussy cut out the images.

IMG_0786Step Five:  Using the Bubbles die, die cut the ombre watercolor paper.

IMG_0787Step Six:  Adhere both the positive and negative Bubbles die cut onto an A2 card frame using a liquid adhesive.  I used Kids Choice Glue.

IMG_0788Step Seven: Adhere the fussy cut Spring Fling floral images onto the card frame.

IMG_0789Step Eight:  Die cut the sentiment from the ombre watercolor paper using the Words 2 -Thinking of You die set.  I die cut each word three times so that the sentiment would have dimension.  Adhere the words on top of each other.

IMG_0790Step Nine:  Adhere the sentiment onto the card frame.

IMG_0805I Just love how the Bubbles die creates such a unique and interesting background with very little effort.  If you haven’t check out the full line of Ilse and Charlene’s stamps and die make sure you pop over.  It isn’t just for planners or art journals.  It is perfect for all your crafting projects!


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