Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I am playing around with Joset’s die cut building scene Once Upon A Time die set and some watercolors. I have over the years successfully created with copic markers and die cut built pieces. I have played around with colored pencils, distress inks, and distress oxides with success. Well, today I am breaking out my watercolor palette and seeing if I can be successful once again.
Step One: Die cut the Once Upon A Time die set out of Watercolor paper.
Step Two: Using ECD’s Watercolor Palette, watercolor the die cut pieces.
Step Three: Using liquid adhesive, build the die cut pieces into their images. I used Kids Choice Glue.
Step Four: Using a piece of watercolor paper, create a watercolor background scene that is simple but shows both sky and grass. Let dry. Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Tape adhere the background to an A2 card frame.
Step Five: Adhere the mushroom and clouds to the background.
Step Six: Layer the rest of the die cut pieces into the scene.
Step Seven: Add a sentiment from the Once Upon A Time sentiment stamp set in pale blue ink.
Step Eight: To add more texture to the project, add Transparent Craft Drops onto the butterfly, reeds and flower center.
Step Nine: The card needed even more texture to ground everything, so using watercolor pencils, flick in grass blades in two shades of green.
Step Ten: Activate the grass with a watercolor brush to blend out the flicks.
What do you think? Was this experiment with die cut buildables and watercolor successful?
Would you be will to try this technique? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.
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.
Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean the need for a few more holiday thank you cards is done. Today I have whipped up four holiday thank notes for family members who thought of us this year.
Step One: Using Elizabeth Craft Designs Watercolor Palette, lay down a layer of color onto some watercolor paper. Each color spot has two or three different colors to create the spot.
Step Two: Die cut the color spots using both A Way With Words Flourished Christmas Minis and Flourished Christmas Minis 2.
Step Three: Using 90lb Soft Finished Cardstock, die cut A Way With Words Family four times.
Step Four: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches to create four backgrounds of the cards. Blend Distress Oxides around the edges using the darkest on the outside and going lighter to the the middle. I used Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire and Speckled Egg.
Step Five: Repeat four each of the four backgrounds.
Step Six: Spray and splatter the cardstock with a silver shimmer spray.
Step Seven: Die cut the four background pieces with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set.
Step Eight: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the background to an A2 card frame.
Step Nine: Using a stamping platform, add the sentiments to the four card frames. I used both the Love & Hearts Collection stamp set and the Build Your Own Sentiments 1 stamp set.
Step Ten: Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere both the Family die cut and Minis to the four card frames.
Step Eleven: Add little heart flourishes from the Love & Hearts Collection stamp set to the four cards.
Step Twelve: Add Metallic Silver Craft drops to the four cards.
I love how each of these cards came out, looking a lot like winter with just a touch of the lingering holidays.
Do you Send Holiday thank you cards? What do you put as the focus image on them? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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