Glitter striped Christmas card set – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, everyone! I´m up with a card tutorial again over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. This time I played with various Silk Microfine Glitter tones in blue. Here are the cards I created:

I chose to use blue(ish) tones of Silk Microfine Glitter on these cards, trying to keep fairly monochromatic in my color tones, since the glitter itself adds lots of sparckle to the cards. So even though there is quite much shine goodness going on on these particular cards, they are still very clean and simple in style.

I´ve also used both the negative and positive die cut pieces here. That way nothing goes to waste and I get two cards done at once. For more details on how I created the cards, hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to read the full tutorial. Here is a video for you to watch, to get a better idea of how the glitter surface was created. Hope you enjoy it!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Clean and simple Christmas cards – Studio Forty

Hello there everyone, I am up with a set of clean and simple Christmas cards over at the Studio Forty blog today. My starting point for these cards was a set of „Winter Time“ pocket scrapbooking cards by Studio Forty. I kept the design very simple as I wanted the pocket cards to be the main focus. Here is what I did:

I´ve also prepared a video for you to watch. For more details on the projects, hop over to the Studio Forty blog and do leave a comment there, they enjoy receiving them as much as I do :).

 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and I hope you get inspired to create some clean and simple cards yourself!

Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

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Pop-up cards challenge – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, everybody and welcome to yet another Die Cut Design Team Challenge with  Elizabeth Craft Designs. This months challenge theme is „pop-up cards“. Now this truly is  a challenge for me, as I am not very familiar with creating such cards. BUT there are fabulous dies available at the Elizabeth Craft Designs store that make creating such cards very easy even for untrained cardmakers. Here is my take for the challenge:

First I took a piece of green patterned paper from my older paper stash to create a base for the pop-up pieces. I then placed the paper into my die cutting machine and cut three different sized pop-up parts onto the background paper.
Next I stamped some Krista Schneider ice bears, tree and stars on white cardstock, die cut them with the matching die cut die set and then colored them with watersoluble coloured pencils by Caran d´Ache. Now I´m definitely not  very experienced in coloring images, but I found the watersoluble pencils quite easy to use with a water tank brush. And it´s like with everything else, if you don´t start, you will not develop. I have been avoiding coloring all the time, since I find it hard to get the shadows and toning right, but then I figured if I keep on trying I might be able to create reasonable looking images after all. And I must admit, that these cute bears were really fun to color.
I´ve added some Stickles glitter glue details here and there on the trees and the bears. A Christmas themed card can always have some glitter on it in my opinion :).  After finishing the images I just needed to adhere them on their places – some onto the pop-up parts and some directly onto the card background. This creates a scenery like feel to the card. In the end I then added a stamped sentiment inside the card. It is a clear stamp set by Krista Schneider and works well with the beary images :).

After creating the inside of the card, I added some finishing touches to the front. I simply adhered a similar toned piece of paper onto the front and fussy cut a pre-printed sentiment to go with it. Then I added some colored and die cut images to accompany the sentiment and decorated everything with glitter glue (Stickles).
That is my pop-up card for this challenge and I must say I had a good time coloring and am quite happy with the results. I still need some practise, but I think I have found my favorite coloring pens to practise with :). I´ll leave you off with a second card that I created as a side product – using all the residue pieces from my first card project.
I just added the star onto the front to decorate the patterned paper and added some twinckle to the background with Stickles. On the inside there is a stamped sentiment from the Krista Schneider Holiday Cheer stamp set.

Now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what everyone else created and leave a comment to be in for the prize draw!! Good luck and happy crafting,

xxx, Sanna

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TAGplorations November challenge reveal

Hello there! It´s again time to share this months TAGplorations challenge with you!! I sure hope you will find time to play along with us over HERE!! 🙂 It´s a new monthly challenge and there are prizes to be won too, so get your craft on, peeps!!! :-D…
This months challenge is about GRATITUDE and as an optional element you are asked to use polka dots. Here is my project for the reveal:
The fun thing about this challenge is that you are allowed to create all kinds of projects, as long as they feature A TAG and are based on the monthly theme! Here you will find more about the rules.

My cards feature a CUTplorations nesting tag die (see full material list at the end of this post) and a polka dot patterned paper. I´ve also added a stamped and colored STAMPlorations stamp on top of the tag, plus a stamped gratitude theme related sentiment (also a STAMPlorations stamp set).

So I first die cut the polka dot paper with the CUTplorations nesting die, then stamped the flower image with embossing ink onto watercolor paper and used white embossing powder on top. After that I colored the image with Distress Inks and adhered the colored image onto the tag.

Finally I stamped a sentiment with black ink and fussy cut that. Then I just added the faux stitching, the ribbon and assemblied the pieces on their places. I wanted to create cards for this months reveal to show/remind you, that it is totally ok to create something else than just a plain tag – just remember to use a tag on your project! I am very much looking forward to seeing your projects!! Have fun creating and see you at the STAMPlorations blog!!

I´m also adding a kind reminder here that you can still use my gift card code at the STAMPlorations store and get 20% off your order with this code:
Happy creating,
xxx, Sanna

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Awesome – Studio Forty

Hello there! How about a quick card share? I´ve made this card with Studio Forty product after I finished this layout. So basically using up all my leftover colored and stamped dreamcatcher images on this card and some of the leftover paper pieces. Here is what I ended up with:

If you watch this video, you can see how and with what I colored the stamped images. Other than that I have just layered the patterned papers from the Moonchild collection on top of each other and distressed the edges of the feather paper abit.

Next I´ve built the dreamcatcher from the patterend paper and the stamp set from the Moonchild collection. Then I´ve colored the images and fussy cut them with small scissors.

Finally I added some liquid pearls and Stickles for additional interest and shine, doodled around the edges and added a stamped, fussy cut sentiment. That´s it. I really like this collection very much, the colors are so beautiful and all the patterns works so well together. Wishing you a lovely, creative day, peeps!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Snow is fallin´ – Studio Forty

Hello there, everyone! Hope you had a lovely, relaxing weekend!!! I visited a fair this weekend in Vienna and got inspired by the various booths there (see my Insta feed for more). But I have also squeezed in some creative time at home this weekend, too. Here is one of the results – a blue and purple toned Christmas card:

I´ve used Distress Oxides to create the background first, then stamped the snowflakes with VersaMark ink onto the background and finally applied white fine embossing powder over the stamped images and heat set those with a heat tool.
Then I cut the paper at an angle in a manner that I was able to create an open space between the bottom and the top parts. I used that gap to stamp the „snow is fallin´“ sentiment several times onto the cardbase with black ink. I´ve also matted the inked watercolor paper with a piece of dark blue cardstock. Finally I used a circle punch to create the 3 separate snowflake circles. One of them is adhered with 3D foam to create more dimention. The rest of them are adhered with paper glue. To finish the card off, I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops and Liquid Pearls for additional interest.

I really like this card alot – and the snowflake stamps are so pretty. They are so filigree and detailed <- you will find them in the Studio Forty December Days 2017 kit (see link underneath). Wishing you a lovely Sunday and a good start into the new week!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Make today amazing – Studio Forty

Hello lovelies! We are celebrating indipendence day today here in Austria and I´m quickly dropping by with a fall themed card share :-). I´ve created this card with Studio Forty clear stamps, Distress Inks and Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels.

I´ve first stamped the leaves (see full material list at the end of this post) with VersaMark ink and then applied golden embossing powder and heat set that. Next I used Distress Inks and Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels to color the leaves and the background. Finally, I stamped the sentiment with black waterproof ink. Here is a close-up:

I really like how this card turned out. Check out the Studio Forty store – they have lovely  stamp designs! Wishing you all a lovely day!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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White and green winter scenery card – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, today is again my turn to share a tutorial with you over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. This time I created a white and green toned Christmas card. I really like the combination of green and white colors and find it very suitable for Christmas cards too. What I´ve also noticed is that I do like to add a little sparkle here and there in my recent projects. Some Silk Microfine Glitter adds a really nice touch to the trees and is accompanied by a touch of Crystal Stickles on the background. And the clean tones like Warm Diamond or Crystal really can be added to almost any kind of project!

The style of this card is very clean and simple and the design is very flat. That way it will survive mailing better and the postage will not be as high as with a card that has plenty of layers on it. NOW, hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see my full tutorial and all the details. Hope you get inspired!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Christmas greetings – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone! It´s again time for the Elizabeth Craft Designs monthly challenge with the die cut design team. This month´s theme is Christmas. So we were asked to create something Christmas related: presents, present packaging, present tags, cards etc. I went with a card idea I had had on my mind for  a while. Here is what I did:

Here is how I created the card:

First I took a piece of green Soft Finish Cardstock (for a full material list see the end of this post) and attached it to a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet. After that I die cut the piece with the Berry Branch die cut die.

Next I took a piece of green toned patterned paper from my own (old) stash and die cut a piece of paper that matches the size of my white card base with the same die cut die. I only saved the upper part of this die cut piece, tossing the branch itself, as I really didn´t need that piece for this purpose. I could have saved it for another card, but this time I made an exception and just tossed it.

Finally I only had to adhere the green patterned paper onto the upper area of the card base. Next I removed the adhesive protection from the die cut berry brach piece and carefully adhered it onto the card base making sure the patterned paper and the branch fit together. This is a little bit tricky, especially when using such a detailed die cut piece, but it´s doable. Just make sure when placing the branch where it is supposed to be, don´t press the adhesive down all the way immediately. This way you can still move the piece, if needed/necessary. When the pieces are attached together, then just decorate with enamel dots/rhinestones/liquid pearls. I used red liquid pearls to create the berries. This needs a short drying time, so place the card somewhere, where it can dry properly.

Finally, to add a suitable Christmas sentiment, I used the Winter Sentiments by Joset Designs and stamped with VersaMark ink and then applied a layer of white embossing powder and heat set that until the powder turned shiny.   

Now be sure to hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what my design team colleagues created for this month´s challenge and leave a comment/answer the question at the ECD blog to be in for the win!!! Good luck and hope you get inspired!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Die cut candle Christmas card

Hello everybody! Like I already told you, this year I am taking an „early start“ to creating Christmas cards and what better way to make some than to grab the brand new Elizabeth Craft Designs Christmas themed dies and create with those!

Here is what I did:

I started by taking a piece of old book paper and inking the edges with Iced Spruce Disterss Oxide ink. I love the tone of this ink!

Next I die cut the base of the candle from Misty Mauve Soft Finish Cardstock, then took a piece of Pale Peach Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut the second candle layer from that one. The branches are die cut with the same die, but I used a relatively old green paper from my own stash.

This kind of projects are perfect for sneaking in papers that I´d probably otherwise not anymore. But here this green paper works really well. I then die cut the bow from Thru The Lens – Wood paper. It was one with some dark red wood pattern on it and I found that it worked really well together with the branches. So you see the papers you use for Xmas cards do not necessarily have to be from a Christmas themed pack, if you don´t happen to have any. You can as well make other papers work too :)!

I covered the back of the papers with Clear Double Sided Adhesive before die cutting, this way it´s very easy to adhere the pieces on their places and there is no mess with a paper glue. I am normally a paper glue user, so that being said, I am slowly noticing the practicality of other adhesives here too :). For this type of projects, with tiny, detailed pieces it is really great to have the option of using double sided adhesive sheets you can die cut with the paper!

After I had all pieces die cut, I simply needed to adhere them to their places, build the bow and layer the branches and the flames etc. on top of each other/next to each other. See how I also used the negative swirl pieces from the candle between the branches? I didn´t want to throw them away so I figured they´d make for a nice decorational detail in between the green twigs.

Finally I added some rose gold Stickles and red Liquid Pearls here and there for additional detail and dimention. I even added a stamped sentiment (with black ink) inside the card using the Joset Designs Winter Sentiments clear stamp set. So when you flip the card open it says: „It´s the most wonderful time of the year“ inside it.

I hope you enjoyed this little Christmas card idea and get inspired to try this die cut die for your Christmas card projects.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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