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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

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 Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Videos

Simple And Easy-To-Make Christmas Card Set

December 16, 2019

Hello everyone, it’s Sanna Lippert here today with my last guest design team blog post of the year. Are you ready for a few more Christmas cards? I have created plenty this year, but I still ran out of them, so I needed a few simple, fast and easy ideas to create a few more. So for these cards I decided to use mainly just the die cut dies and colored cardstock. So if you are looking for fast-to-make cards, this might be exactly what you are looking for. 

Here is how I created the cards: 

  • Die cut Soft Finish Cardstock with die cut dies of your choice. 
  • Arrange onto card bases and adhere.
  • Stamp the sentiment. 
  • Decorate with liquid or glitter pearls. Done! 

For the above card I also used a small piece of patterned paper, because it reminded me of snowfall. But you could also use colored cardstock (blue) instead and adhere the die cut snowflakes on place. 

I’ve also recorded a start-to-finish video of the steps for you to watch! I hope you enjoy watching it and give this idea a try! 

This is my last guest blog post of the year and it has been such a joy creating with and for Elizabeth Craft Designs the past year. I hope you have enjoyed my bi-monthly projects and got inspired to create a card or two! 

Wishing you all a lovely holiday season and
happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies

Other: 

Sizzix Big Shot A4
Hero Arts Chalkboard ink, black
Glue pen
Nuvo Vintage and Glitter Drops
Misti stamping tool

Cardmaking Craft Drops ModaScrap Paper Flowers Soft Finish Cardstock

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 4, 2019

The holiday is almost here! I hope you’ll all be celebrating it together with family and friends. It truly is about Faith, Family and Love. 

Today I’ve done a card (6” x 6”) which has different flowers than I normally use. The painting in the frame is a primitive Tole painting of a Pilgrim family I painted last year for a wooden frame where I interchange my painted boards for each holiday. It seemed perfect for this card. 

The layer of background paper is from the Wood Effects pack. I shaded the wheat then rubbed some white chalk on the tips to highlight them. 

The flowers, wheat and frame are from ECD’s ModaScrap dies. The leaves and berry branches are from ECD, as well. They are more delicate flowers than usual, but work up well. 

I’ve also used ECD’s new ‘Craft Drops’ for the berries. (Metallic Gold) Of course there is the wonderful ladybug, but I’ve made her by using red and black Nuvo drops on my Teflon mat, then using white and black gel pens for her eyes and the dots on her shell. 

My computer helped me with the words on the frame, and I had a Thanksgiving stamp in my ‘stash’. For the center of the flower I used Yes!  glue, rolled into a small ball then rolled in gold/yellow prills. 

If you are interested in any of the products I’ve used, they are listed below. Click on each product and you will be directed to the ECD page where you can complete your order.     

Bring on the turkey and pumpkin pie! See you next month! 

Kathy  Sabarese
Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team

Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Hocus Pocus

October 15, 2019

Hi Friends! It’s EK popping in to create a little Halloween Fun. My family’s favorite Halloween movie is Hocus Pocus, and it occurred to me, that I could make my own bit of witchy fun using the Halloween Accessories and some creative coloring.

Step One: Die cut all the pieces you need from some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock using both the Halloween Accessories die set and the Spider Web die set.

Step Two: Color up the accessories and assemble using Kids Choice Glue. I used a combination of cool grays for the cauldron (C5, C7, C9). I used E31, E34, and E37 for the bristles on the broom stick, while I used E81, E84, and E87 for the handle and spoon. I used G02, G05, and G09 for the bubbles and sludge.

Step Three: Color up the Witch’s Hats and assemble with Kid’s Choice Glue. I themed each of the hats after each of the three witches from Hocus Pocus. I colored a blonde hat (Y000, Y00, Y02 and Y06) to represent Sarah, a gray hat (W5, W7, W9) to represent Mary, and a reddish hat (E13, E07, E09, E19) to represent Winifred.

Step Four: Cut a piece of Bonnie Blue Soft Finish Cardstock to 12×6 inches and score and fold to make a 6×6 card base. Then spray and splatter the card frame with some Distress Oxide Spray. I used Mermaid Lagoon.

Step Five: Die cut out the movie title’s letters using the Blackboard Alphabet letters from some Spring Green Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Six: Using a copic maker, give the title a little shading. I used both a YG13 and N2 copic.

Step Seven: Trim the spider web into half and adhere it to the corners of the card frame with some Kids Choice Glue.

Step Eight: Using both Kids Choice Glue and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the rest of the pieces of the card to the card frame.

I just love how this card came out and can’t wait to send it to my best friend who loves this move even more than I do. I think without stealing any intellectual rights, I was about to absolutely capture the feel of the movie.

Let me know in the comments below if I put a spell on you! Until then, Happy Crafting.

EK


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Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Halloween Scarecrow

October 1, 2019

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.

EK Gorman


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Cardmaking Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Technique Friday Videos

Technique Friday | Scarecrow Halloween Card

September 20, 2019

It’s Technique Friday, and Els has another fantastic project for us!

This week, Els shows how to create this super cute Scarecrow Halloween Card, using dies from one of our newest releases!

Watch the tutorial, 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 Charlene Stamps Designer Challenge Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Krista Schneider Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Trick Or Treat –– 15 Spooky Halloween Projects To Make This Year!

September 15, 2019

Halloween is among us, and we’ve got some spoooooky projects for you today. With the help of our Design Team and friends, we’ve put together 15 Halloween projects to make this year (and some Halloween tricks too!).

Let us know your favorites in the comments below!

Tanja Kabel

Why do vampires need mouthwash? Because they have bat breath.

Sandy Diller

What do you call a dancing ghost? Polka-haunt-us 

Samantha Klaebe

What do you call wood when it’s scared? Petrified!

Anne Swinkles

What is a ghost’s favorite dessert? Booberry pie

Katelyn Grosart

What did Dracula serve at his Halloween party? Ghoulaide

EK Gorman

How do you fix a broken Jack-O-Lantern? With a pumpkin patch!

Karen Ostergard

Why didn’t the skeleton like the Halloween candy? He didn’t have the stomach for it!

Laura Gilhuly

What is a ghost’s favorite dessert? I scream!

ECD Team

Why do mummies have no friends? Because they’re too wrapped up in themselves!


We recently came out with some fun Halloween die and stamp sets –– did you see them? Check out the supplies used in these cards below, and be sure to visit ecraftdesigns.com to see our full collections!

Spooky crafting!

A Way With Words Cardmaking Joset Designs ModaScrap Paper Flowers Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

Mother Nature Is Amazing!

September 12, 2019

Fall is such a wonderful season! The colors are so gorgeous, it inspired me to make this simple card for someone really amazing… just as beautiful as Mother Nature!

Step 1: Card background

  • Cut 12 X 6 inches yellow cardstock and fold in half (to make a 6 X 6 inches card).
  • Cut a 5 3/4 X 5 3/4 inches square out of gold cardstock.
  • Cut a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 White Soft Finish cardstock 110 Lb.

Step 2: Stencil leaves

  • On the white square piece, using the stencil S024-Leaf Snowflake, apply different colors of Distress Oxide on the right side of the square.
  • Using a fine brown marker, draw some vein lines on each leaf.

Step 3: The leaves

  • Using the Leafy Branch 2 – #1315 die set, die cut 3 times in a copper cardstock.
  • With the same die, die cut one time on a White Soft Finish cardstock double with Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheet.
  • Remove the release sheet and cover with some Orange Silk Microfine Glitters – #413. Polish well to remove excess glitters.
  • Using the Pair Of Leaves 1 – #1314 die set, die cut each leaf in a gold cardstock.
  • With the same dies, die cut each leaves one time on a White Soft Finish cardstock double with Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheet.
  • Remove the release sheet and cover one leaf with some Orange Silk Microfine Glitters – #413, and the other one with some Light Gold Microfine Glitters – #644. Polish well to remove excess glitters on both leaves.

Step 4 : Water Can

  • Out of White Soft Finish cardstock 110 Lb, die cut the water can, using the die set from Susan’s Garden collection, Garden Notes -Garden Water Can – #1647.
  • Emboss the water can with some patina embossing powder.

Step 5: The sentiment

  • Using the die set “Words 2 – Thinking of You” #1466, die cut the words “you’re” and “amazing” out of some gold cardstock.

The final touch!

  • Using some Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape, adhere the gold cardstock on the card base, and adhere the white cardstock on the gold cardstock.
  • Adhere the water can with some foam adhesive, and arrange the leaves using Kids Choice Glue to fix them in the right places.
  • Glue the sentiment on the bottom of the water can.

Here’s an other look at the finish card:

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Diane Prince

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Other products used on this card:

Copper and gold cardstock

Brown fine point marker

Distress Oxide

Baked Texture Patina – Seth Apter

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