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A Way With Words – Sending Hugs Kisses

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Die Cut Design Team Designer Challenge – April

April 4, 2017

Hi everyone,

It’s the first Tuesday in April, time for the Die Cut Design Team Designer Challenge.

Our challenge this month is “Glittery Backgrounds” – add Silk Microfine Glitter in some way when creating the background for your card. 

Our Design Team have some wonderful ideas on how to create Glittery Backgrounds for you today. Make sure you check their individual blog posts for information on the technique they used. Elizabeth Craft Designs also has many videos on their YouTube channel using Silk Microfine Glitter, including more backgrounds and plenty of other ideas.

For our challenge today we are giving away three 1/2 oz containers of Silk Microfine Glitter in the colors of your choice to three lucky winners.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post below and answer this question: What is your favorite technique to use with Silk Microfine Glitter?

Winners will be selected in a random drawing.

The winners’ names will be announced on Friday, April 7 here on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

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A Way With Words Els van de Burgt Studio Shimmer Sheetz

Sending Love

April 1, 2017

 by Judi Kauffman

A big thank you to Suzanne Cannon for inviting me to be today’s guest designer. My project: A card that sends love.

Experienced card makers – head straight to the supply list. You’ll be able to create your own version of the card by looking at the photos, I think.

Beginners – I’m going to put on my ‘teacher’ hat for a moment and explain how the layout works. I call it ‘Double Triangle.’ (It’s among the Foolproof Layouts in my book, By the Batch: Creative Cards, Postcards, Envelopes & More – but this isn’t a plug because the book is out of print.)

Notice that the Entwined Oval has three small dots as part of the die. That is the first triangle. The dots pull in your eye and bring the focus to the words. The second triangle is formed by the three hydrangea heads at the edges of the card front. This trio acts as a frame, and it, too, keeps the eye moving. The triangles are dynamic, not static, and the words are at an angle – not straight across. Together, the angle of the words and the pair of triangles keeps things visually exciting…lots of movement.

Also notice that there are two rectangles, one paler and one darker. The darkest colors are at the bottom of the card base to anchor the card, much like ground and sky. But the top rectangle is pale, over all, and the darker areas are at the upper left and lower right, leaving the center area very pale and at the same angle as the words.

Controlling the watercolor-effect background pieces in this way is intentional, not accidental – that’s why I’m pointing it out…so you can make similar design decisions on your own projects!

Okay…Teacher hat is put away in the closet…

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A Way With Words

Sending Hugs & Kisses

January 28, 2017

Hello, it’s Diana and I’m so excited to share with you a card I made using some new A Way With Words dies.  This is a favorite technique of mine – to use die-cuts and create my own embossed background.  Here I repeated the “Sending” in the background and spotlighted the “Hugs & Kisses.”  It’s so easy to change the colors to suit the recipient, too!

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