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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 Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

Happy Birthday!

January 19, 2020

Hello! Welcome! Samantha here –– January marks my birthday month! So I thought it fitting to create a fun, bright birthday card using a few of my favourite Elizabeth Craft Designs smaller dies.

Card Instructions:

Step 1: Cut pink card stock to fit an A6 card base. (Measurements: 114mm x 162mm)

Step 2: Die cut 6 squares (from pattern paper and cardstock) using the smallest Fitted Rounded Square die.

Step 3: Die cut 6 squares (from pattern paper and cardstock) using the smallest Stitched Rounded Square die.

Step 4: Using pattern paper and cardstock die cut the small cupcakes 6x.

Step 5: Assemble all the die cut pieces as shown below. Mix and match the pattern paper and cardstock as desired.

Step 6: Adhere the assembled die-cuts to your card front. Stamp the sentiment using black ink.

Step 7:  Adhere Clear Double Sided adhesive to pink cardstock. Remove the release sheet to expose the adhesive layer and apply a generous amount of Silk Microfine Glitter (Silver). Brush off excess glitter and return it to the jar, then polish with a fingertip to bring out the maximum sparkle.

Step 8: Die cut the small hearts, and adhere these to the cupcakes on your card front. Embellish the card with enamel dots and a twine bow.

(Optional: Add machine stitched details.)

Step 9: Adhere card front to an A6 card base.

I hope you enjoyed today’s fun card tutorial showing you how I like to use smaller dies. Cupcakes are the best! I certainly will be having a few real ones one my birthday to go along side my cupcake greeting card.

Happy Crafting!

Samantha

Other:

Pattern Paper

Pink/Green/Purple Card stock

Enamel Dots

Twine

Sewing Machine

Die-Cutting Machine – Cuttlebug

Black Ink

Clear Stamping Block

Gluedots/Foam dots

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

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Sneak Peek: Mermaid Kisses

January 13, 2020

Hello Friends, it’s Sandy Diller here with you today. I’m excited to be sharing some awesome upcoming dies and stamps from Joset Designs.

I’m thinking ahead to spring and summer and these adorable ocean themed dies and stamps are just perfect. This entire line will be available on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website very soon so keep an eye out for them! Meanwhile, here’s a little sneak peek for you.

This little Mermaid just couldn’t be any cuter and she goes together easily -so let’s get started.

I began by making my ocean background. I used Yupo and alcohol ink but you can use any paper for this. I cut a piece of Yupo Paper, which is really plastic paper, 5.25″ X 4″. I applied the alcohol ink solution over the top of the paper, spread it as evenly as possible and then dropped two colors of blue alcohol ink into it. Using a fan brush – I swiped through the ink with a horizonal motion to make it look like an ocean current. Alcohol inks dry very quickly so you need to start brushing right away.

The finished card size is 5.5″ X 4.25″ so I started with a Soft Finish Cardstock base that is 5.5″ X 11″, then scored and folded in half. On the front section I placed ECD Clear Double Sided Adhesive around the edges as shown above.

After removing the adhesive liner – Silk Microfine Glitter was sprinkled on.

After brushing off the excess glitter, I burnished the glitter with my finger, trapping it in the adhesive. This will make a glittery boarder for my ocean panel.

I really like this color combo and the glittered boarder adds to that ocean feel.

After setting my front panel aside, I cut out the cute little mermaid, some sand (using real sand paper that I barrowed from the garage) using the new Ocean Edges. The hair was cut using White Soft Finish cardstock and then I used some distress ink to color it. I used Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey.

For some parts of this adorable Mermaid – I cut the pieces using Double Sided Adhesive that was added to the cardstock and then die cut as shown below. I thought it would be fun to add more glitter.

As you can see from the photo above, it is easy to add the facial features on the Mermaid because the die makes an impression that shows you where they go. Easy Peasy. The die set also has pieces that cut out the eyes and lips for you.

Ok, fins have been glittered, lips, hair and eyes have been added – let’s put her together. By the way, you can also make a boy mermaid as the die set contains two different pieces for the hair.

Here the sand has been added along with some coral from the Seaweed set and some Starfish from the Diving Accesories set. Some little bubbles have also shown up and they were made using the ECD Transparent Craft Drops. See below for how I made these ahead of time and simply added them.

Because sometimes I’m not patient or careful with drops, I like to make mine ahead of time. I do this by dropping Craft Drops on a piece of liner that I have saved from the Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Once they are dry I simply roll up the liner and save them until I need them and then lift them off the liner and glue them on the project. This saves time and frustration.

Mermaid Kisses & Starfish Wishes from Joset’s new set was stamped on a vellum banner and added to the top of the card with more bubbles. This card was finished off with more coral and a seashell.

Thanks for joining me today, I have enjoyed sharing my card with you.

Until next time – happy crafting,

Sandy

Supply list to come

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!

Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Sunset Scene Card

January 8, 2020

Hi Everyone, it’s Tina here. Before I start I want to wish you all a Happy New Year. All the best for a healthy, prosperous and crafty year ahead.

One of my favourite dies last year was the Village Edges. I showcased it to create a Holiday Scene, but today I want to show you how versatile it is for any occasion. Below are the steps to create your own Sunset Scene 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 horizontal side fold card. (A2)

Step 2 – Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 5 1/2” x 4 1/4”. Apply Distress Oxide Inks using a foam applicator. Starting from the bottom working upwards apply Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick and Dusty Concord. Adhere to card using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

Step 3 – Diecut Village Edges using Black Cardstock. Adhere the bottom layer using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive leaving a 1/4” border. Do not adhere the top layer yet.

Step 4 – Diecut Words 2 – Thinking Of You 3 times using White Soft Finish Cardstock. Adhere Kids Choice Glue and stack up the Diecuts. Apply Distress Oxide Ripe Persimmon Completely over the top layer, apply Fired Brick just to the top edge. Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it with a Heat Tool. Repeat this 2 more times but ink with Versamark. Adhere the sentiment using Kids Choice Glue to top layer of the Village Edges.

Step 5 – Here I did some stamp surgery to get the exact Sentiment. Stamp Safari Saying “Have A” using Versamark. In another sentiment I stamped just the “N”. Next stamp “Birthday” again using Versamark. Sprinkle White Embossing Powder and heat set it with a Heat Tool. Adhere the top layer Village Edges to the card using Foam Tape.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the Village Edges used in another occasion. Below is a link to all the products used. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Tina

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Valentine’s Day Peek-A-Boo Card | Technique Friday With Els

January 3, 2020

Happy Technique Friday, crafters!

We’re kicking off the new year with this adorable Peek-A-Boo Card, which is perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other occasion! 

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 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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Sending You A Bear Hug Card

December 26, 2019

Hi Everyone, it’s Tina here. Now that the holidays are sort of over I wanted make a playful card using the Honey Bear and Asian Accessories Die. Below you will find the steps to create your own Sending You A Bear Hug card.

Step 1 – Trim Red 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 – Diecut Fitted Rounded Rectangles using the card base created from Step 1. Be sure to offset the die slightly past the fold. This is round all the corners while keeping the card 1piece.

Step 3 – Diecut Stitched Rounded Rectangles using White Soft Finish Cardstock. One die slightly smaller than card base. Doodle a pattern using any colour medium of your choice. I made a freehand checkered background and coloured it using Spectrum Noir Classique Alcohol Markers. Adhere to card using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step 4 – Diecut Honey Bear using either coloured cardstock or White and colour in the colours of your choice. Assemble the Bear and bees using Kids Choice Glue.

Step 5 – Diecut Asian Accessories (the umbrella). I added some shading to the Umbrella using Spectrum Noir Classique Alcohol Markers. Adhere the Umbrella, Bear and Bees using Foam Tape.

Step 6 – Stamp Bear Hugs sentiment using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink on White Cardstock. Trim the sentiment and adhere on top of the bear arms using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

I love making patterns by freehand and using them as a background. Try it out and the fun part is you don’t have to doodle the entire panel. Below is a link to all the products used. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Tina

Products Used:

A Way With Words Cardmaking ModaScrap Silk Microfine Glitter Stamping

Christmas Magic

December 21, 2019

Merry Christmas!  It’s Suzanne here today with a last minute Christmas card!

When I created this stamp, I knew it would be versatile when used with the dies.  And when I went to create this card, I was torn!  What would the focus be?  Christmas?  Believe?  Magic?  We have all three dies available to choose from!  I guess I should make one of each card, but because glitter was on my mind, I decided that a shiny “Magic” would be the focus.

This is how you can make this card:

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