When it comes to making a Valentine for a man, it can be a bit of a challenge. How do you balance the girly hearts and doilies with a man’s less glittery sensibilities? For today’s project I have tried to do that. There are definitely feminine elements at work in this card, but the color palette and simple images help keep it from becoming too delicate. Here’s how I made the card:
The Die Cut and Coloring Design Teams are back today with another fun Designer Challenge to share with you.
This time around our challenge is Gift Giving – There are many times throughout the year when we need to give a gift to someone …. Birthdays, Christmas, Teacher Thank You’s etc. Create something for today’s challenge that could be given as a gift, either completely handmade, or something purchased and then decorated to give it that special touch.
If you haven’t heard, Elizabeth Craft Designs has just released new products from Krista Schneider; Elizabeth Craft Designs and new licensed designer Becky Seddon. You can find all these on the Elizabeth Craft Designs online store. The ModaScrap stamps/dies two of our design team have used will also be available soon.
For our Challenge today we are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website to 3 winners.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post below and answer this question: What are some homemade and crafty gifts you have created over the years?
We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.
The winners will be announced on Friday, August 18th, here on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.
Now let’s take a look at the wonderful creations our talented Design Team have created for the Challenge this month. For more information about the cards, click on the designer’s name under each card to be taken to the designer’s blog post and will open up in a new window.
Hello again! It’s Riikka here today guesting with some party projects! As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, most of my step by step tutorials can be used for cards even if I’ve done the steps in a layout. This time I thought to do it the other way around and made a couple of easy but fun cards and then used the same idea in a layout as well.
It’s Debra Hensley here waving from sunny and HOT Texas. Today I would like to share a sparkly birthday card featuring the Elizabeth Craft Designs Balloons die.
Birthdays are that special day when you can’t celebrate too much, laugh too much, eat too much or bling it up too much! I wanted to make a bright and cheery birthday card with lots of bling so I decided to use Silk Microfine Glitter and Shimmer Sheetz. A cute image and we are all set.
1. Fold a 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of white cardstock in half to form a standard A2 size card.
2. Cut a piece of Red Iris Shimmer Sheetz to 4 x 5. Emboss with Lots of Dots embossing folder using your favorite die cut machine. With a sanding block, lightly sand the color off the raised dots for a fun look. Adhere to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 green cardstock mat. Adhere to the front of the card base.
3. Adhere a piece of double-sided adhesive to white cardstock. Die cut 4 balloons and one large heart from the Balloons die. Peel off the release sheet and glitter each balloon and the heart using different colors of the Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish with your finger to set the glitter into the adhesive and bring up the shine.
4. Stamp and color bear image with Copic markers. Fussy cut image and color the cut edges with gray or black ink for a more finished look and to hide any uneven edges. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 2 x 2 3/4 and a piece of green cardstock to 2 1/4 x 3. Adhere the white to the green. Adhere the colored bear image on pop dots.
5. Die cut 2 grass shapes using the Grass Stand Up Helper and trim one side of each a little bit so they fit nicely behind the bear’s feet. Adhere using a small piece of double-sided adhesive.
6. Add green and white twine to the back of each balloon. Arrange the balloons on the front of the card for placement. Adhere balloons to card front using glue dots on some to create dimension.
Tip: Keep your phone or a camera handy when you are creating your card to take pictures of arrangements. That way you don’t have to worry about forgetting where you had things placed when constructing your card.
7. Adhere bear image to card front about 1/2 from the bottom and 1/4 from the left edge. Arrange the balloon strings behind and in front of the bear’s hand and adhere. Tie a small knot from a scrap of twine. Trim off closely and adhere over the strings on the bears hand. Add Happy Birthday Peel-off to complete your blingy birthday balloon card!
Here is a close-up:
I hope you enjoyed making this fun sparkly card with me today. Thanks for stopping by!
Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies:
0226 Red Iris Shimmer Sheetz
E114 Lots of Dots Embossing Folder
726 Balloons Die
729 Stand Up Helpers Die
502 Double Sided Adhesive
623 Royal Blue Silk Microfine Glitter
631 Soft Green Silk Microfine Glitter
625 Sky Silk Microfine Glitter
614 True Red Silk Microfine Glitter
300 Happy Birthday Peel-Off Sticker in Black
White and Green Cardstock- Bazzill
Green and White twine- Doodlebugs
Bear Image- Jackson & Bubbles – Purple Onion Designs
Copic Markers : R2o, B04, G24, W1, E31, E33, E35
Pop Dots/foam adhesive
Hi, It’s Kelly Booth here. Do you also find it hard to create a masculine card? I was playing with the Oval Accordion Card Die by Karen Burniston and came up with an easy birthday card suitable for a man. I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs Balloon Peel-offs and water colored them with my Tombow Dual Brush pens and a water brush.
Here is the Front:
And the card opened up:
1. Cut 4 oval accordion panels from black cardstock and before removing them from the die, trace through the stitched lines with a signo white gel pen.
2. Cut the centers out of two of the panels and cut the tabs off leaving a stitched oval frame. (These will be used to go on the back and finish off the accordion card).
3. Cut one yellow accordion panel and cut out the center oval for your sentiment.
4. Peel off one set of balloons from the Balloon Peel-off sheet and place it on a piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs Watercolor Paper. Place the Oval Accordion Card die over your Balloon Peel-off to see where you want to cut. Make two little marks with a pencil and then cut around the top of the balloon with an exacto knife. Lift that piece up on top of the die before running it through your die cutting machine to cut out the oval. You only want a little bit of the balloon above the oval or it will not go through the card when opening.
You should now have pieces that look like this:
5. Watercolor the balloons with the method of water coloring you like best. I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a water brush.
6. Stamp your greeting on the yellow oval in black dye ink.
7. Adhere the balloon oval to one of the oval accordion panels using foam tape or pop dots.
8. Adhere oval with greeting to the second accordion panel using the same method.
9. Take the two whole panels and place them side by side with the long side tabs on both panels facing to the right. Put a thin strip of Elizabeth Craft Designs double sided adhesive on the small center tab and the long side tab of the first panel. First attach the side tab to the back of the adjacent accordion panel and make a valley fold to get the fold in.
10. Attach the small tab to the back of the adjacent oval and make a mountain fold. Give it a good press to get the card folding right. Then snip off the small tab of the oval on the right panel and trim off the long side tab.
11. Take the two stitched oval frames and adhere them to the back of the card covering up the joints. This makes the card look more finished and makes it sturdier.
Now your card is finished!
I hope you have enjoyed this card today. I have a feminine card of this one on my blog today.
Go HERE to check it out.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:
Black and Yellow 80 pound Cardstock
Black dye Ink
Die Cutting Machine
Tombow Dual Brush Pens
Foam Tape or Pop Dots
Signo White Gel Pen
Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!
It’s Frances here and today I would like to share a birthday card I created using Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off Stickers, Shimmer Sheetz and one of the new embossing folders. I always love to finish off the inside of my cards so I will also show you how I have done that.
1. Cut a piece of Double Sided Adhesive sheet approx 4 inches x 4.5 inches. Remove the release sheet from one side of the adhesive and set aside upside down on your desk (shiny side up). Adhere your Double Sided Adhesive sheet to a piece of white card the same size.
2. From the Balloons Peel-Off Sticker sheet remove the bunch of 3 balloons and the long dotted balloon. Place these sticky side up onto the release sheet that we set aside earlier.
3. Take your white card and place it with the adhesive side facing down onto the release sheet with the Peel-Offs on it. The Peel-Offs will lift from the release sheet and stick to the adhesive on the card stock.
4. Turn your card so that the release sheet is now on top. Take off the release sheet and make sure not to touch the adhesive. You have now transferred your outline sticker.
5. Cover the adhesive with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and polish with your finger. You can see a video Els created using this technique here. Color your images as desired. Cut out the 2 balloon images.
6. Layer the bunch of balloons using foam tape onto a piece of white card that is 2 inches x 4 inches. Attach Line Peel-Offs around the edge of the white card. Layer this to a piece of black card that is 2 1/4 inches x 4 1/4 inches. (Keep the remaining balloon for the inside of card)
8. Cut Yellow, Green, Orange and Blue Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz so they are 4 inches x 1 1/4 inches and attach these to the adhesive paper prepared in step 7.
9. Place your Shimmer Sheetz panel in the Lots of Dots Embossing Folder and run it through your die cutting machine. Remove Shimmer Sheetz and use a sanding block to remove the color from the raised areas.
10.Trim down the Shimmer Sheetz so it measures 3 3/4 inches wide (keep offcut, this will be used on the inside of the card).
11. Add Line Peel-off Stickers between each color of Shimmer Sheetz and also around the edge of the Shimmer Sheetz panel.
12. Layer Shimmer Sheetz panel onto a black card that measures 4 inches x 5 1/4 inches.
13. Cut a piece of orange card 4 1/4 inches x 11 inches, score in the center so you have a 4 1/4 inch x 5 1/2 inch top folded card. Assemble layers as shown in the photo of the finished card at the beginning.
14. Cut a piece of white card that is 3 3/4 inches x 5 inches and layer onto a black card that is 4 inches x 5 1/4 inches.
15. Add the strip of Shimmer Sheetz that you trimmed down in step 10 to the left edge of the white card. Add a Line Peel-Off Sticker along the edge of the Shimmer Sheetz.
16. Cut a piece of white card and Double Sided Adhesive Paper that are 3 1/2 inches x 2 inches. Remove the release sheet from the Double Sided Adhesive and layer this onto the white card.
17. Use this paper and die cut the words “Happy Birthday” ensuring that the adhesive paper will be at the top of the letters when die cutting. Remove the release sheet from the “Happy Birthday” and cover adhesive with Soft Green Silk Microfine Glitter and polish this with your finger. Adhere the greeting to the white card.
18. Adhere remaining balloon that we created earlier to the top right hand side of the card. From the Balloon Peel-Off Sticker sheet remove a balloon string and curly string and place them with your balloon on the card. Adhere inside panel to the inside of your card.
Thanks for stopping by today!
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Balloons Peel-Off Stickers (2552)
Lines Peel-Off Stickers (1016)
Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter (641)
Soft Green Silk Microfine Glitter (631)
Happy Birthday Die (738)
Lots of Dots Embossing Folder (E114)
Yellow Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz (SS 0108)
Orange Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz (SS 0109)
Green Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz (SS 0107)
Blue Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz (SS 0103)
Double Sided Adhesive (502)