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One Stamp, Three Backgrounds

September 14, 2019

Hello! Diana here today, sharing how I made 3 different backgrounds to go with one stamp. I do this when I can’t decide what would be a good background, or when I just want to make more than one card when I’ve already got the stamp inked up.

My first card uses the die cuts as a mask for a soft background.

For my first card, I stamped and used a circle die to cut out my stamped quote in the A Bit of Fragrance clear stamp set by Suzanne Cannon. I knew I wanted to frame it with some greenery but it looked a little bare. So I used the same die cuts and just used it as a mask to make a muted background.

Using the fern as a mask with distress inks.
Completed sponged background

For my second card, I made a wreath using the Pair of Leaves die. This would work with any leaf die set. I first used Color Bursts to make some fall colored paper. After I die cut the leaves out, I used Copic markers to add more color to the die cuts. I love the organic dots and swirls from the Color Bursts; coloring with Copics give the color control I wanted and still keep the details.

The left side are the die cuts before the Copic coloring and the right side is after they are colored.

I then arranged the leaves in a wreath shape on a 4.75 x 4.75 white card base. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I glued them down.

My second card

I used a black 5″x5″ card base and a brown ribbon to finish the card for a modern look.

For my last and final card, I used a watercolor sheet I was practicing on painting leaves. I made sure there was enough to fill a 4″ x 5.25″ base layer.

My feeble attempt at watercoloring leaves

I’ve found a trick to making watercoloring attempts look better. After die-cutting the layer out, I splattered with some paint and sponged the edges. You won’t believe how much a bit of colored splatter will add to your practice sheets. You can also strategically place your stamped layer over the worst of the practice. Lol!

Sponged and splattered.

To finish my card, I popped up the stamped layer and added a couple of ribbons near the bottom half.

My last card using the same stamp.

Thank you for reading this long post but I hope it gave you some ideas on how to make different backgrounds to suit your needs!

Diana Nguyen

Other products used: olive green and black card stock

Distress Inks, Copics, Ribbons, Nuvo Drops

Susan's Garden Designer Challenge

Susan’s Garden Designer Challenge – October

October 10, 2017
Hi everyone!

The Susan’s Garden Design Team are back today with another fun Designer Challenge to share with you.

This month the challenge is …. Fairies at the bottom of the Garden – using either or both of Susan’s Garden Fairy dies when creating their card or project.

Susan’s Garden has two Fairy die sets, the Garden Notes Fairy – Rose Petal and the Garden Notes Fairy – Tiger Lily, both of which can help add a little bit of magic to your cards.

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: “If you had your own fairy to bring you a prize, what would be 3 products on your crafting wishlist?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.

The winners will be announced on Friday, October 13th, 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.

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Masculine Happy Birthday Pillow Box

August 3, 2017

 

Hey Everyone! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Masculine Happy Birthday Pillow Box. The starting point for my project was the fabulous Pillow Box with Handles die. The project took shape when I combined the pillow box with a variety of die cut images from Elizabeth Craft Designs and ModaScrap, along with some ModaScrap patterned paper. Let me show you below how to make it at home.

1. Die cut the Pillow Box with Handles from ModaScrap Manly Man patterned paper.

2. Die cut the 5/8″ Stitched Fishtail Banner out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Place the stitched fishtail banner die on the other end of the banner and cut the banner down to 3 5/8″. Die cut the 1/4″ Stitched Fishtail Banner out of the back side of one of the Manly Man patterned papers. Place the stitched fishtail banner die on the other end of the banner and cut the banner down to 3″. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Happy Birthday sentiment and stamp onto the 1/4″ banner. Ink the edges of both banners using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam.

3. Die cut the small feather out of patterned paper. Die cut the other two feathers out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Blend Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink over the entire surface of the large feather with a blending tool and foam. Blend Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink over the entire surface of the medium feather using a blending tool and foam. Spritz both inked feathers with water to create a mottled effect. Let the feathers dry. Ink the edges of all three feathers using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam. Shape the feathers as desired.

4. Die cut a 2 3/4″ and a 2 1/4″ Stitched Circle out of patterned paper from the Manly Man patterned paper pack. Ink the edges of the circles using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam.

5. Die cut the Leafy Branch 3 out of patterned paper from the Manly Man patterned paper pack. Ink the edges of the leafy branch using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam.

6. Using the back side of one of the Manly Man patterned paper pieces for the front side of the leaves, die cut the Pair of Leaves 1. Ink the edges of the leaves using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam.

7. Die cut one of the Arrows out of patterned paper from the Manly Man patterned paper pack. Ink the edges of the arrow using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam.

8. Adhere the sides of the pillow box together, making sure the flap with the notch is tp the inside of the pillow box.

9. Adhere the 2 1/4″ stitched circle to the 2 3/4″ stitched circle.

10. Adhere the leafy branch 3 to the middle of the stitched circles. Adhere the pair of leaves over the leafy branch 3, making sure some of the leafy branch shows. Trim off the bottom of the branch and leaves as desired.

11. Adhere the feathers to the center of the circle, overlapping as shown.

12. Adhere the 1/4″ stitched fishtail banner to the 5/8″ stitched fishtail banner. Adhere the arrow across the bottom of the banner.

13. Using foam squares to add dimension, adhere the Happy Birthday banner across the bottom of the feathers.

14. Again using foam squares to add dimension, adhere the layered circle with banner to the front of the box. Your Masculine Pillow Box is now complete.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Masculine Happy Birthday Pillow Box.

Katelyn

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:

Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink

Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Oxide Ink – Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain, Blending Tool with Foam, Distress Sprayer

 

Susan's Garden Club Susan's Garden Designer Challenge

Susan’s Garden Designer Challenge – July

July 11, 2017

Hi everyone!

Welcome to our first Susan’s Garden Design Team Designer Challenge. Some of you asked for this challenge earlier in the year and we are so happy to finally be able to include it.

Susan Tierney-Cockburn designs flower dies that are realistic, just like those we find in nature, and they are scaled so they can be used together in bouquets. For our first challenge let’s celebrate with flowers! Create a card/project anything you want as long as it includes one or more of Susan’s Garden flowers.

 

For our Challenge today we are giving away a Susan’s Garden Prize Pack which includes: Garden Notes Square Window & Flower Box, Sunflower 2 and an All Metal Tool Kit to 3 winners. 

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post below and answer this question: What  is your favorite flower from the Garden Notes collection?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.

The winners will be announced on Friday, July 14th, here on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

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Die Cut Design Team Designer Challenge – June

June 6, 2017

Hi everyone,

It’s the Die Cut Design Team’s turn to share their cards for this month’s Die Cut Design Team Designer Challenge.

Our Challenge this month is ….. Anything but a Card – for our challenge this month let’s create a project that is anything but a card. Think along the lines of a home décor item; journaling; tags etc.

For our Challenge today we are giving away ….. two sizes of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive which will include: a pack of the 5” x 12” sheets and a 10 mm roll of tape, in addition we will also give away a pack of the new ModaScrap 12” x 12” Viaggi Vintage Patterned Paper Pack to 3 winners. 

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post below and answer this question: Besides the classic card, what are some project ideas you like to play around with?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.

The winners will be announced on Friday, June 9, 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 projects, click on the designer’s name under each project to be taken to the designer’s blog post that will open up in a new window.

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Scrapbook Layout with Die Cut Pieces

March 30, 2017

 

Hello there everyone,

It´s Sanna here today with a tutorial for the Die Cut Design Team. My passion for paper crafting started with scrapbooking, then I discovered other areas of paper crafting and got distracted. Well, I actually broadened my spectrum. I wanted to go back to creating a layout for a change, so today´s project combines die cutting and scrapbooking.
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Nothing Says Happiness Better Than A Gerbera Daisy

March 24, 2017

Hi Everyone! It’s Tina here today for Susan’s Garden Club. By now you’ve seen the stunning new line from Susan Tierney-Cockburn. I was so excited when I saw that there was a Gerbera Daisy die because the Gerbera Daisy is my favorite flower, a flower that makes me happy. For my last post I showed you how to create a bubble background for your card. Today I have another background technique for you. It’s the Wax Paper Technique. Below are the steps to create the background and the rest of the card.

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Coloring Design Team Designer Challenge – February

February 21, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to our February Coloring Design Team Designer Challenge. This month our challenge theme is …. Things with Wings – Include something on your card that has wings!

Ten of the new stamp sets designed by designer Krista Schneider contain something that has wings! Whether it is a bird, owl, bee, butterfly, or dragonfly there’s a lot to choose from.

For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs is giving away a “Things with Wings” prize pack that includes Krista Schneider’s Feathered Friends stamp & matching die set, ModaScrap Dancing Butterflies and Joset Designs Birds to 3 people.

To enter simply leave a comment on this challenge post below and tell us “What ECD product is on your wish list?”

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.

The winners will be announced on Friday, February 24, on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

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