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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

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!

Cardmaking Krista Schneider Silk Microfine Glitter

‘Tis The Season

December 17, 2019

Hello! Samantha here, welcome! When December 1st rolled by, I was already in Christmas mode! In fact, I’ve been looking forward to Christmas for awhile and couldn’t wait to put up our Christmas tree… Here is my Christmas card inspiration for today.

Card Instructions:

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

Step 2: Die cut the Adventures Edges wave die using pattern paper and cardstock to create a fun colourful snowy background. Adhere to pink card base – trim.

Optional: Add machine stitched details.

Step 3: Stamp and die cut the stars.

Step 4: Stamp the image, colour with your preferred medium. Die-cut the image out.

Step 5: 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 6: Die cut the stars.

Step 7: Assemble card. Adhere the images and a stamped out sentiment to card front. Embellish with sequins and a twine bow. Adhere card front to an A6 card base.

As I had stamped the other images from Christmas Kid’s stamp set I created a second card. This time I created a starry background using the stars in the stamp set. It reminds me of one of my favourite Christmas song lyrics: “Children playing, having fun” – Shakin’ Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone.

Happy Crafting!

Samantha

Other:

Cardstock – pink/blue

Pattern Paper

Sequins

Twine

Sewing Machine

Die-Cutting Machine – Cuttlebug

Black Ink

Clear Stamping Block

Gluedots/Foam dots

Chameleon Pens: PK4/PK5/BL3/Y03/GR2/RD3

Copics: E0/E01

A Way With Words Cardmaking Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

A Panda Just For You

December 14, 2019

Diana here! My youngest son loves all things panda. He could say the name of his panda lovey before he could say his own name. Inevitably, he will get something panda related for his birthday and Christmas. Being a prepared momma, I made this card for him to use as a thank you card once Christmas is over.

Els has a great video on how to put the panda together so I won’t go through it here. The only thing I added was to sponge some pink on the paws and cheeks.

Can you see the Symbol background is on a sheet of Press and Seal?

I started with a white background and then sponged some yellow and green on the bottom. This softens the background and makes the background not so stark because I knew I wanted to add the Symbol background to it. In the picture above, you can see that the negative of the Symbol background is all aligned because before I took it off the cutting mat, I pressed a sheet of Press and Seal on it. Then I could just add glue and place it directly onto the background. So easy and quick!

Add some grass with some quick upstrokes of Copic markers

I almost did not add grass to the background but when I did my layout with the panda and bamboo, it looked as if the panda was floating. Adding the grass anchored him a bit. And the good news is that it does not have to be perfect as most of it will be covered by the panda.

All done!

I die cut the bamboo and the A Way With Words “for you” out of green cardstock and added shading by coloring with a darker shade of green Copic. I’ve found this keeps my die cuts some dimension.

This little guy is so cute!

Thanks for looking and hope it gives you ideas on how to personalize your thank you cards!

Diana Nguyen

Other products used

Distress Inks

Copic Markers

Black and green cardstock

Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge

December 4, 2019

Hey Friends! It’s EK Gorman, and I am sneaking in with a project just a little different than normal today. When I started card making, I viewed my cards as a little piece of art. Now years later, I haven’t really stopped thinking of my homemade cards as art, but today’s project takes that idea to a whole new level. When I saw the new Bridge & Lotus dies set from Joset, I immediately new I had to channel my inner Monet and create my own version of his Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge.

Step One: Die cut some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock with the Bridge & Lotus die set.

Step Two: Using alcohol markers, color in the die cuts. I used copics and tried to channel colors from the original Monet piece.

Step Three: To create the background, trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 5.5×5.5 inches. Then using alcohol markers fill the cardstock with color. I used copics and used geometrical diagonal lines.

Step Four: Drip colorless blend onto the colored cardstock.

**On a personal note, I just love how much color you can to Soft Finish Cardstock with your alcohol markers. This is not true of all cardstock, but I really love how Soft Finish Cardstock holds up to copic coloring.

Step Five: Using Kids Choice Glue and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the die cuts to the background.

Step Six: Using the new Zen Sentiments stamp set, add a sentiment to your project. I double stamped my sentiment with some olive green ink.

Step Seven: Trim a piece of Soft Sky Soft Finish Cardstock to 6x12inches, and score and fold it to create a 6×6 inch card. Adhere the background cardstock to card frame using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

I think I really got close to capturing the soft beauty of Monet’s work on this card.

I cannot wait to use this new die set again, and see what other pieces of art I can create on my homemade cards. Let me know in the comments below, what artist you see when you look at the Bridge & Lotus die set. Until then, Happy Crafting.

EK

Cardmaking Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Tweet Greetings Card

November 30, 2019

Hi everyone, it’s Tina here. Today I am sharing a tweet greetings card using the Winter Bird and Sleigh dies from Joset Designs. 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 White Soft Finish Cardstock to 5 1/2” x 4 1/4”. Apply ink of your choice to the entire panel. I used Distressed Oxide Inks. Optional add some White Acrylic Paint using a water brush to create a snowfall. Lightly tap the brush so the paint Will splatter onto the panel. Adhere to card using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

Step 3 – Diecut Adventure Edges 2 using White Soft Finish Cardstock to create hills. Adhere the bottom 2 using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape. Stamp Joyful Wishes sentiment to the top hill using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. Adhere to card.

Step 4 – Diecut Winter Bird and Sleigh (just the tree) using coloured Cardstock. Optional I added shading using an alcohol marker to the edges. I used the Spectrum Noir Classique Markers. Assemble the tree and bird using Kids Choice Glue and adhere to card using Foam Tape.

Step 5 – Optional. For added interest and sparkle I used a fine tip applicator using liquid glue around the edges of the tree and some parts of the bird then before it dried I added Silk Microfine Glitter in Warm Diamond. The sparkle in real life is stunning but the photo doesn’t do it justice. For a finishing touch use a White Gel Pen to add dots to the tree and bird. I think I went crazy but I love the results.

This card was super fun and creates an adorable holiday card. Below is a link to all the products used. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Tina

Products Used:

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

DIY Birdhouse Ornament!

November 26, 2019

Hi there,

It’s Tanja here and today I am going to show you how to turn the adorable little birdhouse into a Christmas Ornament.

Step 1: Die Cutting

  • die cut all the elements needed using dies from the Birdhouse set
  • use white Soft Finish Cardstock and woodgrain cardstock

Step 2: Coloring

  • color the elements with Alcohol Markers
  • add shading to the birdhouse with Distress Oxide Ink Ground Espresso
  • use Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils to add shading to the other elements
  • add highlights to the lights with a white gel pen

Step 3: Creating Glitter Embossing Powder

  • add some Versamark to the snow bank and heat-emboss it with clear embossing powder
  • before the embossing powder sets sprinkle on some Cold Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
  • heat the snow bank up again and the glitter melts into the clear embossing powder

Step 4: Assembly

  • use clear double-sided adhesive or liquid glue to assemble the birdhouse
  • before gluing on the roof make sure to add a strand of natural twine as a hanger

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Other
woodgrain cardstock
Alcohol Marker
Distress Oxide Ink Ground Espresso
Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils
white gel pen
twine
Versamark
clear embossing powder

Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Clean And Simple Christmas Shaker Cards

November 24, 2019

Hello everybody, it’s Sanna Lippert here again today with another guest design team project. For today’s post I have prepared a set of clean and simple style Christmas shaker cards with a photo step-by-step tutorial. I wanted to create simple looking, yet sparkly cards and this is what I ended up creating.

Here is how I created the cards:

Take a sheet of white Soft Finish Cardstock and cut it into two card base sizes you have prepared for cardmaking. Then place the white cardstock pieces into your die cutting machine and die cut a Fitted Star and a Fitted Circle with it. Place the die cut centered, but onto the upper part of the cardstock piece. Then die cut.

Next die cut from the residue sheet of white Soft Finished Cardstock some rows of houses using the Village Edges die cut die set. The images don´t have to be perfect all the way to the end, because you will only be using parts of them.

Now grab some Distress Oxides of your choice (I used Peacock Feathers and Fossilized Amber) and apply the oxide with an ink blending tool with circular motion onto the white card base background approximately to the area where the star and the circle will be. This way you create a coloured background to that area.

Then stamp a sentiment with black ink under the star and the circle areas. I used the Winter Sentiments clear stamp set here, but you can pick a sentiment set of your choice.

Now arrange the rows of houses under the star and the circle areas and adhere on place. You could also totally stop here and adhere the pieces together or you can follow the step to create shaker cards.

Here is an image of how I adhered the rows of houses onto the card.

Next apply Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the background of the die cut piece and then cut a piece of transparent acetate and place it on top of the adhesive.

For the next step, take some 3D foam and apply it aroud the edges of the card as well as around the circle and star image to create a place where to apply the confetti later. Make sure there are no open areas between the foam pieces in the area you are going to place the confetti into later, otherwise the confetti will move to areas you don´t want it to be in.

Now take confetti of your choice and place it onto the inked area of the card base. Then attach the 3D foam treated piece on top and press on place. Add faux stitching around the edges of the cards and if you want to, also around the die cut circle and star area.

Here are the finished cards. I think they turned out really nice.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s Christmas card tutorial. I’ll be stopping by the blog once more in December to share my last guest blog post of the year.

See you then! Happy crafting!
xxx, Sanna

Other:
Confetti
Black stamp ink
Distress Oxides by Ranger Ind. Inc.
Transparent Acetate
3D foam tape
Acrylic block for stamping
Black pen
Die cutting machine

Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio Joset Designs Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

How To Create A Christmas Card Using Planner Essentials Dies

November 14, 2019

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Merry Christmas Card.

I love the fact that the Planner Essentials dies can be used for more than just my planner spreads. So, to create my card, I’ve used a variety of dies from the Planner Essentials collection, Joset Designs and Els van de Burgt Studio. I hope you enjoy my tutorial!

Step One. You’ll need to choose two patterned papers from the Christmas Market Collection. Die cut the 4 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle out of one of the patterned papers. Die cut the 4″ Stitched Rectangle out of the other patterned paper. Distress the edges of the rectangles. Ink the edges of the rectangles using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Use the reverse side of the patterned paper used on the 4 1/2″ stitched rectangle and die cut the 1″ Diagonal Stitched Fishtails out of. Choose another piece of patterned paper from the Christmas Market collection and die cut the 1 1/2″ Diagonal Stitched Fishtails out the paper. Cut the 1″ fishtail down to 4 1/4″. Cut the 1 1/2″ fishtail down to 4 3/4″. Distress the edges of each fishtail. Ink the edges of each fishtail using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. Die cut two base trees and each patterned tree from the Planner Essentials – 12 die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. The chevron tree will stay white. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Fired Brick Distress Ink over the entire surface of the dotted tree. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Forest Moss Distress Ink over the entire surface of both base trees. Ink the edges of the base trees and dotted tree using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. From the same Planner Essentials – 12 die, die cut a small star and medium star out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam over the entire surface of each star. Ink the edges of each star using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Five. From the Planner Essentials – 14 die, die cut the Merry Christmas sentiment out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Six. Adhere the 4″ stitched rectangle to the 4 1/2″ stitched rectangle. Foam square the 1 1/2″ fishtail 1″ from the right and all the way to the top of the 4″ stitched rectangle. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the 1″ fishtail 7/8″ from the left and all the way to the top of the 4″ stitched rectangle. The fishtails will over lap.

Step Seven. Adhere the trees together. On the dotted tree, adhere the small star at the top. On the chevron tree, adhere the medium star at the top. Foam square the chevron tree 1/4″ from the right and 5/8″ from the bottom of the 4″ stitched rectangle. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the dotted tree 1/2″ from the left and 3/8″ from the bottom of the 4″ stitched rectangle.

Step Eight. Adhere the Merry to the middle of the dotted tree. Adhere the Christmas to the bottom section of the dotted tree. The Christmas word will hang slightly off the left side of the tree and will adhere to the chevron tree.

Step Nine. Cut a cardbase out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 5 3/4″ x 9″, score at 4 1/2″. Adhere the cardfront to the cardbase.

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

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other:

  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Squeezed Lemonade and Forest Moss
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Carta Bella: Christmas Market – Buffalo Plaid, Holiday Floral and Deck the Halls
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