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Clean and Simple Pet Sympathy Card

June 9, 2018

Sympathy cards are some of the hardest cards for me to make.  And ones for our beloved pets are just as difficult!  I don’t know about you but I struggle with the right level of “fussiness” on a card for such a difficult time.  So as always, when in doubt, I go for clean and simple.  The Paws and Hearts die (it was available as a stencil before) added just the right amount of detail below.  It made me think of how their paw prints make a lasting impression on our hearts.  Read on to find how I made this pet sympathy card.

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A Way With Words Els van de Burgt Studio ModaScrap

Contrast and Layering – With You!

July 15, 2017

Hi Artlets! It’s Suzanne here today with a sweet card to remind someone special that you’re always with them, even when you’re apart.

To get the best look with your A Way With Words dies you want good contrast between the letters and the background. I thought it would be fun to use the ModaScrap Flower Lace 2 as a background with a different colour behind it, but that creates a far too complicated pattern and the words disappear. We need more contrast! There are a number of ways to work around this problem, but here is the one I chose.

Follow along with me to see how you can make this card!

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A Way With Words Els van de Burgt Studio

With Sympathy

May 15, 2016

By Judi Kauffman

Hello, everyone. It’s Judi Kauffman, back as today’s guest designer. Alas, I’ve needed far too many sympathy cards in recent times. It’s always a challenge to come up with something respectful without being too solemn. I think this one hits the mark, the two strips across the front are symbolic of loss, as if the card is a reminder that something beautiful has been broken. The colors are muted, but the Shimmer Sheetz sparkles, as if the card is allowing light to enter a dark time.

I used only two dies for the card: Els van de Burgt Studio’s Ribbons 1, A Way With Words’ With Sympathy. I chose Bronze Metallic Shimmer Sheetz for the words and Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz for the ribbon strip.

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A Way With Words

A Way With Words Clean and Simple Cards

July 19, 2015


Hi there! It’s Suzanne Cannon here today with a closer look at the new word dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs which will be in stores soon.

I’m so honored to be part of the Elizabeth Craft Designs family and look forward to sharing all sorts of ways to make the die cuts from A Way With Words Collection come alive. It’s so exciting to see artwork originally done with broad-edged pen and ink on my drafting table, transformed to die cut words ready to share on cards and multi-media projects!


Here are just a few ideas to help you create clean and simple cards with lots of impact. You just know these cards are going to stand out!


Congratulations uses a bright band of color to make the sentiment pop.

  1. Form a 5 x 6.5” tent-folded card base from watercolor paper.
  2. Die cut Congratulations from watercolor paper.
  3. Open the card. Use a broad brush to spread a band of water measuring approximately 1.5” across the middle of the card front.
  4. To add color to this card I used Brusho powders and dropped them into the wet surface allowing them to blend across the band. Any highly colored media that blends well can be used such as watercolors or inks. Allow to dry.
  5. Adhere Congratulations over the band of color.


Friends features a small gold drop shadow to coordinate with the sweet birdies.

  1. Form a 5 x 7” tent-folded card base using a deeply colored cardstock. This sample uses Core’dinations Aquamarine.
  2. Die cut Friends from Core’dinations Atoll Aqua and another from gold cardstock. Adhere the gold Friends behind the colored Friends slightly offset so it is just peeking out from behind the colored cardstock.
  3. Die cut the two birds from gold.
  4. Adhere the birds and Friends to the card front as shown on sample. I love dimension, so I’ll roll bits of tape or glue dots to attach the elements to my card base. You can also use foam tape, but you have to cut the pieces very small! Use your Elizabeth Craft Designs Fine Pointed Scissors and Fine Pointed Tweezers to make and handle those little bits!


With Sympathy is assembled in muted colors with multiple layers of simple rectangles of cardstock. Don’t worry if the ascenders and descenders of the letters extend past the edges of the panel they’re attached to. It makes your creation more dimensional and interesting!

  1. Form a 5 x 7” tent-folded card base using patterned paper. (For this sample I used Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses Collection cardstock)
  2. Die cut With Sympathy from the lightest colored cardstock.
  3. Cut coordinating panels measuring 6 ½ x 4 ½ ”, 5 ¼ x 3 ¼ ” and 5” x 3”.
  4. Attach smallest panel to next panel with double-sided tape. Attach this panel to the next larger panel with foam tape. Attach this panel to the card base with foam tape.
  5. Attach die cut words to top panel with small pieces of foam tape with the help of Fine Pointed Scissor and Fine Pointed Tweezers.

This is just the very tip of the iceberg! The possibilities with these three simple cards are endless. By simply changing the colors and papers you can customize your card for that special person receiving it. Thanks for joining us and happy creating!








Elizabeth Craft Designs – 
1051 Congratulations
1052 Friends
709 Birds
1060 With Sympathy
506 Transparent Double Sided Tape – 6mm
801 Fine Pointed Tweezers
802 Fine Pointed Scissors

Other – 
Watercolor Paper
Patterned Paper
Foam Tape
Glue Dots

With Sympathy

January 26, 2015


Hi,it’s Candy here! Sympathy cards are always a challenge for me to make. I wanted this one to be elegant, so I chose classic papers from Anna Griffin and accented them with Black Velvet Adhesive Sheet. By changing the sentiment, this card is one that would serve well for weddings, anniversaries, even for a college graduation.

1. Cut black cardstock 4.25″ x 11″. Score and fold in half to make the card base.

2. Cut patterned paper 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″. Adhere to card front.

3. Cut out sentiment from Black Velvet Adhesive Paper. Peel off backing and adhere to card.

4. Cut both of the flowers and the smaller flower center from the Victorian Flower Set 1 out of patterned paper.

5. Cut both of the flower overlays and the larger flower center from the Victorian Flower Overlay Set 2 out of Black Velvet Adhesive Paper.

6. Peel off the backing from the overlay die cuts and adhere them to the paper flowers.

7. Adhere the larger flower to the card. Adhere just the center of the smaller flower on top of the larger flower, as shown. Add the velvet flower center to the center of the flowers. Add the patterned center on top.

8. Fluff up the petals on the top flower, if desired.

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

964 Victorian Flower Set 1

966 Victorian Flower Overlay Set 2

737 With Sympathy

406 Black Velvet Adhesive Sheet

Other Supplies:

Black cardstock

Patterned paper – Anna Griffin



Pop it Ups

Watercolor Butterfly Sympathy Card

August 13, 2014

I recently lost a friend, a fellow board gamer and foodie. He was such a bubbly young man; my heart aches for his family. I wanted to make a card that represented his spirit. I came up with this watercolor rainbow and butterfly card that feels colorful, light, and free.

Card Front

Created by Mary Dimercurio Prasad for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Making the Card

1. Cut white card stock 7 x 10 inches. Fold in half to form a 5″ x 7″ card base. Trim a small amount off the card front’s long edge.

2. Lay out the four base butterfly dies on the card front as shown. Put a small piece of removable tape on each die to keep die in place. Run card stock through your die-cutting machine.

3. Cut two lace butterflies using Small Butterfly and Butterfly Accessories Dies from yellow and purple dot paper respectively. Cut two small solid butterflies from vellum.

4. Cut a piece of watercolor paper 5 x 7 inches. Starting from the top and working down at a diagonal, watercolor a rainbow across the paper (repeat as often as necessary to cover the entire sheet). Let paper dry. When dry, flick white and black acrylic paint (optional) across paper to create speckles. Let this dry as well.

5. Stamp the sentiment in black ink as shown.

6. Adhere rainbow paper behind the card front as shown.

7. With alcohol markers, color the vellum butterflies (top two) in colors similar to what will be behind them once they have been adhered to the card. Stamp a fancy design on the wings using a nonporous surface black ink (e.g. StazOn).

8. Adhere die cut butterfly overlays to the card as shown. Only use a small piece of adhesive to the centers of each butterfly so you can still bend the wings. Bend wings carefully.

9. (Optional) Add clear Wink of Stella to all the top butterfly wings.


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

  • White Card Stock
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolor Paints or Watercolor Pencils
  • White and Black Acrylic Paints (Optional)
  • Vellum
  • Alcohol Markers
  • 2 Sheets of Patterned Paper (Purple w/Dots and Yellow w/Dots used here)
  • StazOn or Other Black Ink for Non-Porous Surfaces
  • Sentiment Stamp, Design Stamp
  • Wink of Stella, Clear (Optional)


Card Front

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