Have you started on your Christmas cards yet? It’s my favorite time of the year and I love making Christmas cards. Here’s one I made this week with a sneak peek of new dies from A Way With Words that will be available later this month.
I don’t know about you but in the years of cardmaking under my belt, I never once thought to alter designer paper. I used it as is or hoarded it. I will sponge the edges sometimes but it depends on the paper – the glossy ones don’t take to sponging very well. But I had a bit of an epiphany making this card.
I knew I wanted to use this beautiful wood grain paper from Through the Lens paper stack but the white die cut got kind of lost in it. Normally, I would add a black drop shadow to it to help but then I decided to use a couple of Copic Markers in the tan/beige hue to darken it up just a bit while retaining all the lovely woodgrain. I simply colored the entire sheet with the markers. Aaah – now the (coming soon) Falalala die cut show up so much better.
I used 2 rectangle dies to trim down the paper – nesting the smaller die inside and then adding a black 1/16th inch matting to it. I popped that back in with the larger (now open) wood frame onto an A2 base card layer.
As you can see, I still went with a black die cut of Falalalala to add a drop shadow. The new Flourished Holly dies conveniently come in layers so I was able to do a Forest Green silk microfine glitter on the outline, Soft Green on the leaves, and Bright Cranberry for the berries.
I also added a white embossed “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly” on black card stock in the upper left corner. Having all the words in white tied the card together nicely. Now tell me you didn’t look at that card and automatically sang the lyrics to yourself. 🙂 Thanks for looking and have fun making those Christmas cards!
Elizabeth Craft Design products used:
- Falalala die set – Coming soon!
- Flourished Holly die set – Coming soon!
- Let Your Heart Be Light Collection stamp set – Coming soon!
Black card stock
It’s Tanja here and I would like to show you how to create this rainbow flower card step by step.
Step 1: Die Cutting and Stamping
- die cut one of the Stitched Rectangles from white Soft Finish Cardstock
- stamp the flower from the Field of Flowers set with Memento Espresso Truffle – I stamp on the non-textured side, if I want to color with Alcohol Markers and Pencils
Step 2: Coloring and Adding Texture
- color the flower with Alcohol Markers and add extra shading with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils
- add highlights with a white gel pen
- cover the buds with Nuvo Crystal Glaze for shine and dimension
- stamp some numbers from the Background Stamps 2 set with Archival Ink Watering Can
- add some splatters with watered-down black acrylic paint
Step 3: Finishing Touches
- add a black panel underneath the flower panel before adhering it to a white cardbase
Have fun creating.
Memento Espresso Truffle
Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils
white gel pen
Archival Ink Watering Can
black acrylic paint
Hi Everyone, it’s Tina here. I have a super fun card to share with you using Christmas Garden stamp set to create and background and accents. Below you will find the steps to create your own card.
Step 1 – Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, score at 4 1/4 and fold in half for a vertical side fold card. (A2)
Step 2 – Trim Brick Red Soft Finish Cardstock to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. Adhere to card using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
Step 3 – Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. Stamp Christmas Garden image using ink of your choice randomly covering the entire panel. See photo below.
Step 4 – Diecut Stitched Indented Rectangles using the background created from Step 3. Adhere to card using Foam Tape.
Step 5 – Stamp Christmas Garden image onto White Soft Finish Cardstock using Gina K Amalgam Ink two times. This is an alcohol friendly ink. Color in the images using any alcohol markers of your choice. I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Fussy cut the images and adhere to card using Kid’s Choice Glue.
Step 6 – Stamp Joyful Wishes using Versamark Ink on Brick Red Soft Finish Cardstock. Diecut Diagonal Stitched Fishtail and adhere to the card using Foam Tape.
Step 7 – Optional – For added interest and sparkle adhere red jewels randomly using Kid’s Choice Glue.
This card was so much fun using one stamp set and makes a wonderful holiday card. Below is a link to all the products used. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day.
Karen here today from Craftily Yours! Christmas is about 2.5 months away now. Do you make Christmas cards to send out? I send out quite a few, and I make them all unique. Love making Christmas cards!
Hello everyone, it’s Sanna Lippert here today with another guest design team project share. This post started off with a simple question: have you ever used the die to cut out the stamped image you just made?
I found the question very interesting, so I gave it a try and these cards are a result of that experiment.
Here is what I did:
1. Take your die cut die DIY foam stamps and apply three colours of Distress Ink and for the second set use Distress Oxide inks onto the foam stamp.
2. Spray water mist onto the inked stamp to create a “faux watercolour look”.
3. Now die cut the stamped images using the same die cut dies you used originally to create the DIY stamps. This is a little bit tricky, as you need to figure out where to place the die cut die THRU the paper. Preferably, place the image againts a window/light box, for easier placement.
4. You can either adhere the images onto the card base with a glue pen OR attach Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets onto the stamped paper BEFORE die cutting. This makes adhering much easier.
5. Adhere onto card bases and then stamp sentiments on black cardstock with embossing ink and using white embossing powder heat set with a heat gun.
6. Attach to the card base with 3D foam pad, add faux stitching around the edges of the card with a gel pen. If you want to, apply black ink splatters for decoration.
Here is a start-to-finish video for you to watch showing the complete process:
There are, of course, easier ways to create these images:
a) die cut the image from white cardstock and then ink the die cut image with stamp inks; OR
b) ink a piece of white cardstock and then die cut it.
This technique I share today, shows another way of incorporating your with die cut dies created DIY stamps into cardmaking. You need a little bit of patience, but in the end you get a really nice artsy looking images!
Wishing you happy crafting,
Elizabeth Craft Desings:
Distress Inks and Distress Oxided by Ranger Ind. Inc.
Signo uni-ball white pen
Glue pen – wide
Black spray ink
White embossing powder
3D foam pads
Sizzix Big Shot A4
VersaMark stamp ink
Anti static pad
It’s that ‘Magical’ season-Halloween!
This is one of my favorite seasons! Besides all the colors of fall, children trick-or-treating, witches, skeletons, and getting out all my Halloween decorations, it really is a FUN season. Hopefully the weather has become crisp and the smell of fallen leaves abounds.
This is a 6 “X 6” card. I found a magical “skull“ moon to use as a background behind the “stitched“ rectangles. See the children on their way to get “goodies“?
I also found “skull“ paper to use for the pottery pitcher, to which I coated with diamond glaze.
Chrysanthemums come in all the perfect colors for Halloween. Ivy vines (these colored to be sweet potato vines, as Susan showed in one of her tutorials) and the Berry branch with Nuvo Crystal Drops– sweet lilac- is behind the ivy.
I thought some fine cord would be interesting here in there, so I added some ‘loops’, along with a spider! The word Magic is one of Suzanne Cannon’s. All the other dies are Susan Tierny Cockburn’s Garden Notes.
Always the wonderful ladybug!
if you are interested in any of the dies, or products I’ve used, they are all listed below. Just click on the ones you would like and you will be directed to ECD to complete your order.
I hope the season is magical for all of you! Happy Haunting!
See you next month!
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Happy Technique Friday, crafters!
This week, Els is showing us how to create this beautiful Watercolored Feather Card with stamps from Charlene’s new collection.
Watch the video, download the project sheet and shop the supplies –– all on the Technique Friday Project Page.
Let us know if you’ve created this project!
Hello Friends! It’s EK and I am popping in to let you know it is the first day of October, so that means it is officially time to break out all the fun Halloween stuff. I am so excited that Joset released earlier this year a fun-filled line of Halloween dies. They are going to be ghoul-tastic this year.
Step One: Die cut all the pieces from the Scarecrow die set using scrapes of printed paper. I used scrapes from the It’s Christmas Time, White Christmas, Relax in the Garden, Thinking About-Grand Canyon and Sweet Vintage Rose paper packs.
Step Two: Using Kids Choice Glue, assemble the scarecrow.
Step Three: Using alcohol markers, add some shadowing. I used N0, N2, and N4 copics.
Step Four: Trim a piece of Dusky Sky Soft Finish Cardstock to 5.5×5.5 inches. Using the Earth & Sky stencil and some Distress Oxides, add clouds and a moon to the background. I used Seedless Preserves, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire. Adhere the inked cardstock to a piece of 12×6 inch trimmed piece of Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock, that is scored and folded into a 6×6 inch card frame.
Step Five: Die cut the Tree die set from some Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock. Adhere the tree and grass to the card frame.
Step Six: Adhere the Scarecrow and mice to the card frame.
Thank you for peeking in today. Let us know what Halloween project you are most excited to create this year in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.