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EK Gorman

Cardmaking Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Splish Splash

February 16, 2020

Winter blues got you down? Don’t worry, because the latest release from Joset will having you seeing sunny days and warm ocean hues!

Today I am playing around with the new Whale die set and and some watercolor to create this simple, yet summer fun card.

Step One: Die cut all the pieces from the Whale die set from some Watercolor Paper.

Step Two: Using either watercolors, or watercolor markers, color the die cut pieces.

Step Three: Using a waterbased ink you can blend, created a background of blue on a piece of 110lb Soft Finish Cardstock trimmed to 4.25×5.5. I used my distress oxides in both Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean.

Step Four: Using a stencil, created some texture on the background using a darker blue ink. I used Faded Jeans Distress Oxide through this circular stencil.

Step Five: Using both 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive and Kids Choice Glue, add the die cut image to the background.

Step Six: Using the new Splish Splash Sentiments stamp set, add a sentiment. I used two different sentiments in blue ink. I used Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide.

Step Seven: Add the inked background to an A2 card frame using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step Eight: Spritz the background with some water to add some texture to the card, and add some extra inking around the edges to help ground the image.

Step Nine: Add some Transparent Crystal Craft Drops around the sentiment for a little extra bling.

I hope this card helps chase away your cold winter blues. Spring is just around the corner, but until then, your ocean hues are only a click away.

EK Gorman

Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Stamping

Love Is All You Need

February 10, 2020

Hey Everyone! It’s EK today with some sepia toned love cards.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to create a collection of romantic cards that can be used for Cupid’s holiday or frankly any day. Charlene’s A Field of Flowers stamp set is the perfect way to create a simple collections of cards. And let’s be honest, these flowers are just begging for a sepia treatment.

Step One: Stamp all the images from the A Field of Flowers stamp set onto Watercolor Paper using water proof ink.

Step Two: Using watercolor pencils in shades of brown, tan and peach color the flowers.

Step Three: Using a watercolor brush, spread the pencil out.

Step Four: Repeat steps one and two with the rest of the images.

Step Five: Using a watercolor pencil, shade around the edges of the watercolor paper. I used shades of red, pink and purple.

Step Six: Using a watercolor brush, blend out the pencil.

Step Seven: Repeat steps five and six with rest of the images.

Step Eight: Using the Love Sentiments stamp set, add the sentiment onto each image. I used grey on all except the one with the leaves.

Step Nine: Mount the watercolor paper onto an A2 card frame.

I hope you enjoy these super simple, yet romantic cards. Let me know in the comments below what you think about turning the flowers into sepia tones. Until then, happy crafting.

EK

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.

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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.

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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.

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Step Three:  Lift the stencil and lay it down to the side of the original image and blend more ink.

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Step Four:  Repeat on the opposite side.

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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.

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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.

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Step Seven: Add the die cut sentiment back into the negative space, tacking it down with some blue tape.

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Step Eight:  Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere back in the pieces from the die cut.  Carefully lift back out the die cut sentiment.

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Step Nine:  Repeat step 7 and 8 using the other die cut sentiment.

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Step Ten: Stamp on heart and flutter images onto the stamp using the Soar Collection stamp set.

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Step Eleven:  Fill in the hearts with some color.  I watercolored ink from a Worn Lipstick Distress Marker.

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Step Twelve:  Fill in the wing with a contrasting color.  I watercolored Black Soot Distress Marker into the wings.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created this fun negative effect card.

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Let us know in the comments below if you ever play with the negative images of die cuts.  Until then, happy crafting!

EK

Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Soft Finish Cardstock

Creative Rainbows

January 16, 2020

We have a lot of grey skies around here as of late, so I wanted to create something that could cheer up someone’s day.  I figured the simplest way to brighten anyone’s day was simply with a rainbow and it seemed sort of amusing to turn a group of mushrooms from the Autumn Surprise stamp into into that very rainbow.

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Step One:  Stamp the mushrooms from the Autumn Surprise stamp set onto some Watercolor Paper using water resistant ink.  I stamped in a dark grey ink to have softer edge.

Step Two:  Using watercolor pencils, color in the rainbow across the different mushrooms.

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Step Three:  Using a water brush or damp paintbrush moved the watercolor pencils into each other, blending the color.  Let dry.

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Step Four:  Fussy cut out the images.

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Step Five:  Trim a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock in white to 12×6 inches, score and fold to create a 6×6 card frame.  Stamp the brush mark stamp from the Journaling Elements stamp set into a repetitive pattern across the front of the paper using fading ink.

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Step Six:  Color the stamped lines in rainbow order with the same watercolor pencils used to color the mushrooms.

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Step Seven:  Using a water brush or wet paint brush and move the color around, letting it be faded in some places and stronger in other.

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Step Eight:  Using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, add the mushrooms in rainbow order, letting them overlap.

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Step Nine:  Stamp the sentiment from the Journaling Elements stamp set onto the card frame using black ink.

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Step Ten:  Add black ink around the edges of the card frame, distressing it.

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I hope my odd little rainbow brightens your day and gives you a little cheer.  Let us know in the comments below what your favorite way to color rainbows are.  Until then, happy crafting.

EK

Charlene Stamps Planner Essentials Stamping

The Ladies Of ECD

January 9, 2020

Hey Friends!  It’s a new year, so I have been revamping my planner.  But this year I really wanted a cool art piece to be the cover.  I wanted it to be something I would enjoy seeing al year long.  And since I take great pride in my group of girl friends who enrich my life, I thought it might be fun to pull out the different lady stamps, drawn by Charlene, ECD has released this past year to decorate the inside of my planner.

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Step One:  Stamp the five female stamps released this past year onto some watercolor paper using some gray water resistant ink.  The five ladies come from the Make a Wish, Halloween Party, Oh the Joy of Christmas, Moments of Life and Pure Spring stamp sets.

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Step Two:  Using watercolor makers, color in the skin tones.  I used the Ecoline Beige Pink collection.

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Step Three:  Using watercolor or ink pencils color in the hair, lips and eyes of the ladies.  I used Inktense pencils.

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Step Four:  Using a white gel pen, add reflection to the eyes.  I used a Gelly Role Pen.

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Step Five:  Using watercolored pencils, color in the clothing.  I traced around the edges of the stamp, and colored in a little bit when the heaviest shading would be.  Then using a watercolor brush, I moved around the color.

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I used Spectrum Noir AquaBlend watercolored pencils to color in all the clothing.

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Step Six:  Fill in the background with color.  I used traditional watercolors.

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Step Seven:  While the watercolor is still wet, add powder watercolor to create more visual interest.  I used Brusho in purple.

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Step Eight:  Add stamped sentiments.  I used sentiments stamps from both Moments of Life and Pure Spring in black water resistant ink.

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Step Nine:  Die cut holes into the watercolor paper using the Planner Essentials 5 die set.

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Step Ten:  Trim the edges with scissors so it will fit nicely into your planner.  I love these little Fine Pointed Scissors from ECD.

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I just love how this came out.  Yes, it might be a little purple, but it is great color to use to theme an entire calendar year.

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I ended up coloring each of the ladies so that they would remind me of a dear friend.

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Now all year long when I open my planner, I can be reminded of my friends who are more like sisters.

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How are you going to spruce up your planner this year?  Are you going to stamp fun pictures, layer inspiring papers or just ink everything up?  Let us know in the comments below, and until then, happy crafting.

EK Gorman

Cardmaking Joset Designs

A Beary Happy New Year

January 2, 2020

Hey Friends!  It’s EK Gorman, and while it may be the second day of the New Year, I still want want to wish you a Beary Happy New Year with a few of my beary favorite critters!

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Step One: Die cut the Koala die set from some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, color and assemble it using Kids Choice Glue.  I used copic marks in Warm Gray to color the image.

Step Two:  Repeat step one, except use the Panda Bear die set.  I used copic markers in Cool Gray to color the Panda Bear.

Step Three:  Repeat step one again, except use the Honey Bear dies set.  I used copic markers in the E10-E19 range to color the bear.

Step Four:  Die cut several new year themed images from the Party Accessories die set using 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.  Color in the images using alcohol markers.  I used copics in Neutral Gray N4, N6, and N8.  Add gold accents using acrylic paint.  I used Golden Fluids Iridescent Gold Deep.

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Step Five:  Adhere the party accessories to the three bears.

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Step Six:  Trim a piece of Cafe au Lait Soft Finish Cardstock to 12×6 inches, and score and fold the cardstock to create a 6×6 card frame.  Using Distress Oxide in Black Soot, distress the cardstock to create a moody background.

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Step Seven:  Splatter the background of the card frame with the gold acrylic paint.  Paint more paint onto some 90lb White Soft Finish Cardstock, let dry, and die cut using the Adventure Edges die set.  Adhere to the card frame using some 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

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Step Eight:  Adhere the bears to the card frame using 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step Nine:  Die cut the sentiment from the gold painted cardstock.  I used the Words 5- Winter Wishes.  Adhere with Kids Choice Glue.

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I hope the New Year finds you hopeful and full of joy.  Let us know in the comments below your favorite way to create cards for the new years.

EK Gorman

A Way With Words Cardmaking Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Fly Away This New Year

December 28, 2019

Hello Friends!  It’s EK Gorman, and today I am crafting a card to celebrate a new year without actually saying ‘happy new year’.  I am not gonna lie, I am more than ready to ring out 2019 and embark on the fresh start that 2020 will bring.  I love the idea of the fresh start and fantastical possibilities a new year can create, so it only seemed fitting to pull out A Way With Words Once Upon a Time die to create this card.

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Step One:  Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×11 inches.  Score and fold the cardstock to create a A2 card frame.

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Step Two:  Using some masking tape, seal the folded part of the card to protect it from ink.  Using a blending water based ink, create an ombre effect.  I used Distress Oxides in Black Soot, Hickory Smoke and Weather Wood.

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Step Three:  Add a halo of light using a yellow toned water based ink.  I used Scattered Straw Distress Oxide.

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Step Three:  Die cut both the A Way With Words Once Upon A Time die and the star from the new A Way With Words Flourished Christmas die set out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.  Spray the die cuts with a glitter spray.  I used Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray in Frost.  Let dry.

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Step Four:  Adhere the die cuts onto the card frame using Kids Choice Glue.  Leave the stars dangling off the edges.

Step Five:  Fold the star over the edges and adhere, so that one star wraps onto the back of the card, and the other wrap onto the inside of the card.

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Step Six:  Stamp a sentiment inside the card using the A Way With Words Soar Collection stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment in a dark gray ink and the flutters in a pale gray.

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Step Seven:  Using a white pigment ink, stamp the flutters onto the front of the card.

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Step Eight:  Add a couple dollops of glitter drops.  I used the new Transparent Crystal Craft Drops from ECD.

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Step Nine:  Add a touch of color to the die cuts using an alcohol marker.  I used Y000 and Y02 Copic markers.  Splatter the card from with glitter spray and let dry.

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I am really happy with how this card came out.  I think it is perfect for the new year without being too obvious.

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And I really think the sentiment inside is perfect message of hope for the New Year.  What are you crafting to celebrate the new year?  Let us know in the comments below.  Until then, happy crafting!

EK Gorman

Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge

December 4, 2019

Hey Friends! It’s EK Gorman, and I am sneaking in with a project just a little different than normal today. When I started card making, I viewed my cards as a little piece of art. Now years later, I haven’t really stopped thinking of my homemade cards as art, but today’s project takes that idea to a whole new level. When I saw the new Bridge & Lotus dies set from Joset, I immediately new I had to channel my inner Monet and create my own version of his Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge.

Step One: Die cut some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock with the Bridge & Lotus die set.

Step Two: Using alcohol markers, color in the die cuts. I used copics and tried to channel colors from the original Monet piece.

Step Three: To create the background, trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 5.5×5.5 inches. Then using alcohol markers fill the cardstock with color. I used copics and used geometrical diagonal lines.

Step Four: Drip colorless blend onto the colored cardstock.

**On a personal note, I just love how much color you can to Soft Finish Cardstock with your alcohol markers. This is not true of all cardstock, but I really love how Soft Finish Cardstock holds up to copic coloring.

Step Five: Using Kids Choice Glue and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the die cuts to the background.

Step Six: Using the new Zen Sentiments stamp set, add a sentiment to your project. I double stamped my sentiment with some olive green ink.

Step Seven: Trim a piece of Soft Sky Soft Finish Cardstock to 6x12inches, and score and fold it to create a 6×6 inch card. Adhere the background cardstock to card frame using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

I think I really got close to capturing the soft beauty of Monet’s work on this card.

I cannot wait to use this new die set again, and see what other pieces of art I can create on my homemade cards. Let me know in the comments below, what artist you see when you look at the Bridge & Lotus die set. Until then, Happy Crafting.

EK

A Way With Words Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team

A Non-Traditional Christmas Card

November 23, 2019

I love Christmas cards as much as the next crafter, however, there comes a point that I stop being excited about the limited color pallet that goes along with the holidays. So today, I have pulled a few of the new Way with Words dies and paired it with some non traditional holiday colors and even a few non holiday dies.

Step One: Pick your traditional holiday colors. I pulled out a piece of Pewter Soft Finish Cardstock trimmed to 12×6 inches to be the card base along with some Lavender, Silver Gray and Dusky Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two: Die cut the A Way with Words Wreath & Elements large wreath out of Silver Gray Soft Finish Cardstock. Die cut the small wreath and flower from the same die out of the Lavender cardstock. Finally, die cut the new A Way With Words Flourished Deer out of the Dusky lavender cardstock.

Step Three: Using liquid adhesive, adhere the die cuts onto the card frame. I used Kids Choice Glue.

Step Four: Die cut the sentiment from the new A Way With Words Merry Christmas 3 die and die cut it twice, once in dusky lavender and once in lavender. Adhere the die cuts together, leaving a shadow of color behind.

Step Five: I started to add the sentiment to the top of the card frame, but thought the card look too busy.

So instead, I added the sentiment inside the card.

Step Six: Finally, I added a few craft drops to the small wreath in a darker pink color because I thought the card needed just a little bit of something.

I hope you get as excited as I do about creating holiday cards in new color pallets. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite non traditional colors to craft with are. Until then, Happy crafting!

EK

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Panda Surprise

November 21, 2019

EK here! I am just loving the new Asian inspired release from Joset. It has been so much fun creating a different style with these fun dies and stamps and today, I have one more card to share with you today.

Step One: Die cut all the pieces from 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock using the new Symbol Background die and Panda Bear die. Trim a piece of Rust Soft Finish Cardstock to 5.75×5.75 inches.

Step Two: Color the Panda die cut pieces with alcohol markers.

Step Three: Assemble the panda using some Kids Choice Glue.

Step Four: Die cut a circle from the center of the rust cardstock using the Frame It/Stitched Circle die set.

Step Five: Trim a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock to 6×12 inches, score and fold to create a 6×6 inch card frame. Adhere the rust cardstock to the card frame using some 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step Six: Adhere the panda into the open circle.

Step Seven: Adhere the Symbol Background die cut onto the left over die cut circle.

Step Eight: Score and fold the circle at 3/4 and inch and add some 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to create an interactive flap.

Step Nine: Attach the flap onto the card frame cover the panda.

This will leave you a fun flap opening to reveal the panda bear inside!

Step Ten: Add a sentiment using the Bear Hug stamp set.

I just love how simple this interactive card is to create. Thank for peeking in today, and make sure you check out the whole new line of stamps and dies from Joset.

EK

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