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You Were Born With Greatness

February 15, 2020

Hi! Diana here with one of my favorite dies to work with –– anything with butterflies! I love the color scheme I ended up with but purple is hard to photograph –– and glitter even more so! But this one is very pretty in real life so I hope you give it a try.

  1. I started with a light green sheet of cardstock measuring 4.5″ x 6.5″. I used Distress Oxides Lucky Clover and Cracked Pistachio to sponge around the edges and Squeezed Lemonade in the center to give it a sort of glow. I splattered with water and pat dry.
  2. Die cut the Butterfly Spray out of the top half of the colored cardstock and stamp the You were born with greatness in the bottom left corner of the sheet.
Make sure the area overs the butterfly spray.

3. With a bigger sheet of purple cardstock, I marked the approximate area behind the butterfly spray and covered that part with double sided adhesive.

Looks like a mess but will be so pretty once you overlay the negative of the butterfly die cut over it.

4. I then added a mix of Silk Microfine Glitter over the area. I initially wanted just the Amethyst but then lightened it with the Bright Cranberry and Silver Sands glitter. Rub in the glitter and use a Swiffer sheet to wipe off any excess.

The glitter is much brighter and more vibrant in real life.

5. Adhere the front to the purple sheet and trim if necessary. I then placed it all on a white card base.

Thanks so much for looking! I hope this card signals spring to come –– or 3 feet of snow. Nothing in between, thank you. 🙂

Diana

Other products used:

Distress Oxide inks, purple, and light green cardstock

A Way With Words Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping Technique Friday

13 Projects For Your Valentine

February 2, 2020

Valentine’s Day is almost here and we’ve got the perfect projects for your Valentine! With the help of our Design Team, we’ve put together a list of 13 projects that you can create today for Valentine’s Day:

Tanja Kabel

Karen Ostergard

Katelyn Grosart

EK Gorman

Annette Green

Suzanne Cannon

Anita Izendoorn

Joset van de Burgt

Technique Fridays! Click on the pictures below to watch the full tutorial.

We hope these projects give you some inspiration for your Valentine’s Day projects! Happy Valentine’s Day, crafters!

A Way With Words Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio Soft Finish Cardstock

Love Card

February 1, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here! With only 13 days until Valentine’s Day, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about creating those special cards for loved ones. So, today, I’m sharing with you my Love Card.

To create my card, I’ve used a variety of dies from Suzanne Cannon! To compliment the products from Suzanne Cannon, I’ve also used dies from Els van de Burgt Studio. Read below as I have a tutorial for you on how to recreate my card.

Step One. Choose three Valentine’s Day themed patterned paper. From the first paper, die cut 4″ Stitched Rectangle. From the second paper, die cut a 3 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle. From the third paper, die cut a 2 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle. Distress the edges of papers. Ink the edges of the papers using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut a 3″ Stitched Rectangle out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Distress the edges of the rectangle. Ink the edges of the rectangle using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. From the Love, Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament, you’ll need the love word. Die cut the word out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Four. From the Flourished Frame Die, die cut the frame out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Five. Die cut the Flourished Oval Frame out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Apply Emboss It Ink to the frame and sprinkle Gothic Black Modern Gilding Powder over the entire surface of the frame. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.

Step Six. From the Entwined Hearts die, die cut the set of three heart three times out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink over the entire surface of four hearts. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink over the entire surface of five hearts. Ink the edges of the hearts using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Seven. Adhere the Flourished Frame to the 4″ Stitched Rectangle. Adhere the 3 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle to the middle of the 4″ Stitched Rectangle.

Step Eight. Foam square the 3″ Stitched Rectangle to the middle of the 3 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle. Adhere the 2 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle to the middle of the 3″ Stitched Rectangle.

Step Nine. Adhere the Flourished Frame to the middle of the 2 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle. Adhere the Love sentiment to the middle of the Flourished Frame.

Step Ten. Adhere the hearts around the Flourished Oval Frame and sentiment as desired. 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.

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

Katelyn

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Other:

  • Distress Ink: Black Soot
  • Distress Oxide Ink: Candied Apple and Worn Lipstick
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink
  • Simple Stories: Kissing Booth – Crazy For You, Smitten and Love & Adore
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

A Way With Words Joset Designs

Mornings

January 18, 2020

What’s your favorite part of the day? Mine is probably the morning –– peaceful or productive, the day hold more possibility in the morning!

I knew I wanted to make a peaceful scene from the Asian-themed dies and decided I needed some sort of background to tie it all in together. I played with my watercolors a bit and came up with a very soft background. I knew I would end up covering much of my background with dies so I didn’t let the lack of watercolor skills bother me (too much.) Lol!

Step one: Paint a background with some water, sky, and a tree on a watercolor sheet. Add some land and grass to the forefront of the cardbase.

A very elementary painting but it’ll work!

Step 2: Die cut the bridge out of light blue cardstock and all others out of white cardstock. Use Distress Inks to color the cattails, stone pagoda and rocks. Use Copic markers to add some shade and dimension to the bridge.

Step 3: Adhere all dies as seen in completed picture above.

Step 4: Stamp and die cut with a circle the quote from A bit of Fragrance clear stamp set. I also matted the circle out of dark blue cardstock – the same one I use for the card base.

All done!

Thanks for looking and hope you have a wonderful day.

Diana

Other products used: Copic markers, Distress Inks, Light blue and dark blue cardstock

A Way With Words Cardmaking Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock Technique Friday Videos

Stand-Up Valentine’s Day Card | Technique Friday

January 10, 2020

Happy Technique Friday, crafters!

Today Els is showing us how to create this Stand Up Valentine’s Day Card, using products from Suzanne Cannon’s collection!

Watch the video, view/download the project sheet and shop the supplies –– all on the Technique Friday Project Page.

Let us know if you’ve created this project!
Happy Crafting!

A Way With Words Cardmaking Els van de Burgt Studio Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

Let Your Dreams Soar Card

January 4, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, I’m thrilled to be sharing with you today my Let your Dreams Soar Card, which is perfect to give to that special someone in your life. To create my card, I’ve used a variety of stamps and dies from Suzanne Cannon! To compliment the products from Suzanne Cannon, I’ve also used dies from Els van de Burgt Studio.

Step One. Die cut the 4″ Stitched Rectangle out of a piece of kraft cardstock. Distress the edges of the rectangle. Ink the edges of the rectangle using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut a 3 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Sprinkle Hot Pink, Raspberry and Turquoise Magenta Nuance onto the rectangle. Spritz with water. Dry the paper with a heat tool. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the hexagon stamp from the Pure Spring stamp set and stamp randomly on the rectangle as desired. Reapply ink to the stamp as needed. Distress the edges of the rectangle. Ink the edges of the rectangle using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. From the Butterfly Flourish, die cut two of the medium butterflies out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Die cut the small butterfly from the same die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Four. Die cut the flourish from the Flourished Frame die twice out of Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Five. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Let your dream soar sentiment from the Soar Collection and stamp onto a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Cut the sentiment into two strips. Fussy cut the sentiment out of the two strips. Ink the edges of the sentiments using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Six. Adhere the 3 1/2″ stitched rectangle to the 4″ stitched rectangle.

Step Seven. Adhere the two flourishes to the left side of the 3 1/2″ stitched rectangle. Foam square the three butterflies over top of the flourishes.

Step Eight. Adhere the sentiment strips to the bottom right hand side of the 3 1/2″ stitched rectangle.

Step Nine. Cut a cardbase out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″. Adhere the cardfront to the cardbase.

Thank you for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Let Your Dream Soar Card.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other:

  • Distress Ink: Black Soot
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Magenta Nuance: Hot Pink, Raspberry and Turquoise
  • Misc: Kraft Cardstock
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

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