Clean and simple card backgrunds with nesting dies – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday!!! Today I´m again stopping by to share yet another card guest design team project with you, created with Elizabeth Craft Designs products. For today´s project I wanted to share a set of cards, created with basic nesting dies. I wanted to show you how easily you can make fun and colorful card backgrounds in clean and simple style.

You only need a selection of basic fitted dies (for exampe rectangles, stars, hexacons or squares), a stamp set and a selection of colored cardstock. I chose to do a more monochromatic pattern on the above cards, but you could do more variation by picking all colours of the rainbow for a background. Here is how these cards were done:

Step 1: Pick three colours of cardstock in similar tones (I used grey, teal and blue tones). Then pick three of the smaller sized nesting Stitched Rectangles and die cut two pieces each with the smaller dies from the cardstock and one bigger sized piece.

Step 2: Arrange the pieces onto a card base and adhere them on place with Clear Double Sided Tape. Flip the card over and cut any excess pieces with scissors.

Step 3: Take a piece of black cardstock and stamp a sentiment with the “Build Your Own Sentiment 1” stamp set using embossing ink and fine white embossing powder. Heat set the powder with a heat tool and adhere the sentiment onto the card with 3D foam pads. For additional detail you can add some embossed stars around the sentiment and a few Craft Drops, if you want to.

I´ve also recorded a video step-by-step for you to watch to give a better idea on each step. Hope you like it!

And as you can see, by changing the dies and cardstock colours as well as varying the sentiments, you can create cards for various occations using the same basic idea.

I hope you get inspired by these cards and give all your basic nesting die cut dies a try with various cardstock combinations. This is also so much fun, because you can make several at once and depending on colour and chosen sentiment, they go for so many occations.

See you again with another tutorial next month!! Until then, happy crafting!!
xxx, Sanna

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Pastel toned cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello and happy Sunday! Today I´m sharing another guest design team project over at Elizabeth Craft Designs. My project for this month is inspired by the lovely sunshine weather we have had the past days here in Austria. I wanted to create lovely, candy coloured cards, because of the sunshiny weather.

These are the two cards I share at ECD blog today. Both are very simple and easy to do, but still look detailed. The good thing is, they are done in no time!

Here are the steps for the first card:

Step 1: Take a piece of each (yellow, light blue, grey, pink and light green) Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut one piece of the Junk Journal Extras dies in each colour.

Step 2: Now take the smaller flower dies from the Tropical Florals die set and die cut the flower with pink, yellow and grey Soft Finish Cardstock.
Step 3: Next adhere the die cut pieces onto a white card base overlappingly and arrange the flower to the upper left corner for decoration.

Step 4: Finally, take a piece of kraft carstock and heat emboss a sentiment with white embossing powder using one of the sentiment in the Build Your Own Sentiments 1 set. For additional decor, add a few craft drops next to the sentiment.

Here are the steps for the second card:

Step 1: Die cut a strip of paper with the Adventure Edges die and create a cloud background to a white card base with it by applying yellow and light pink ink using the die cut border as a stencil.

Step 2: After that apply some ink droplets with the light pink tone onto the background for a fun additional detail. Use a paint brush or a water tank brush for this purpose.

Step 3: Die cut two leaves and one flower with the Tropical Flowers die set from the same Soft Finish Cardstock tones used on the first card.

Step 4: Arrange the leaves and the flower onto the right lower corner of the card and adhere on place. Then add a stamped sentiment with black stamp ink and the Build Your Own Sentiments 1 stamp set.

Step 5: For finishing touches add a few Craft Drops to the background.

Also if you are not into pastel tones, feel free to try out this set in primary colours or in more neutral tones. Changing the cardstock colours will give you a totally different look!

Hoping I could inspire you with my card projects today and get you crafting fun candy coloured cards yourself! See you again next month with another ECD project!! Have a great Sunday!
xxx, Sanna

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Wish Big – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello and Happy Monday! Today I´m up with a layout tutorial for the Elizabeth Craft Designs design team group post. I did some gelli plate play with acrylic paints and my DIY stamp, done a few years back with one of the dies available at Elizabeth Craft Designs. This was my starting point to this particular layout.

Here is how I created this page:

First I took some acrylic paints in light blue, light pink and light orange and my DIY foam stamp out. I applied the paints onto a gel plate with a brayer and then stamped with the dry stamp the pattern onto the paint. After that I just pressed the image onto white paper and repeated the procedure as six times to get six squares. After that I brayered some white paint onto the woodgrain paper and stamped random stamp patterns on top with the light orange paint and the same DIY stamp. If you are interested on seeing how I made the stamp, there is a tutorial up over at my YouTube channel.

Second I stamped some black stars onto the background using one of Sue Smiths stamp sets (see the full product list at the end of this post). After that I fussy cut the gelli plated squares and adhered them onto the background. Next I added some hand drawn outlining to them to make them better stand out from the background.

After that I stamped the „Wish Big“ sentiment onto the squares with black stamp ink and also stamped it onto a piece of leftover brayered paper with the same colours on it and fussy cut that piece with scissors. You will see that piece on the layout as part of the title. While the stamp ink was drying, I applied some „Artsy Scenery“ washi tape onto a piece of white paper and die cut the leaves using the Sidekick Essentials die set number 7. The washi tape covered leaves will create a nice detail to the mixed media page as decor. Before I adhered them onto the page, I ran them through a sticker maker, but you could apply Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the back before die cutting them, so you have the same effect: DIY stickers! I just forgot that step, so I grabbed a sticker maker instead.

I also used the „Junk Journal Extras“ die to cut the lace border piece from a leftover gelli plate piece with my die cutting machine. I used a little bit different acrylic paint colours (stronger) to draw the eye towards the photo with this piece on the background.

Now all I needed to do was to arrange all pieces onto the page so that they pleased my eye. For additional decoration I took some older puffy stickers and star rub-ons from my own stash as well as a wood veneer piece to decorate the page a little more. I also matted the woodgrain paper onto a piece of dark blue/navy carstock to make the page „pop“ a little more.

There are so many fabulous products at the Elizabeth Craft Designs store that work great for scrapbooking. Just imagine what you can do with all the Planner Essentials and then take a look at for example the background dies. With those you could create cool background stamps for gelli printing, like I´ve done on this page. Just a few additional ideas to get you inspired :).

I hope you liked my project share from today! Be sure to check out what the design team girls did for this months group post!

Wishing you happy scrapping!
xxx, Sanna

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Present set for Christmas – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s again that time of the month that I get to share another fun project over at Elizabeth Craft Desings blog. This is also my very last project share for this year there. So today I´d like to share a little set with you, consisting of a Christmas present tag, a Christmas card and a tiny Christmas present box.

I´m sharing the steps for the box as well as the tag over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog, so do hop over there to read all details! Here is just a photo share of the steps – more on their blog :)!!

And here is the finished set:

By using only three colours it´s easy to keep the set harmonious. This present set is perfect, for example, to carry a bracelet of small jewellery of some kind. If you change the color combination, you can easily do a completely different looking set using the exact same steps. Imagine using black and white and a hint of gold, for example. Since the patterned paper I used, is from my older stash, I added a few alternative paper suggestions to the product list for you from the Elizabeth Craft Desings store that in my opinion would nicely work with red, white and blue color combination.

I hope to have inspired you with my little Christmas present set today. This set could also easily be put into mail for those loved ones, who we cannot see this year. I wish you all a lovely holiday time, even though the circumstances and the situation we are all living at the moment.

Wishing you a lovely Sunday!!
xxx, Sanna

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25 Days of Christmas Tags – STAMPlorations

Hello and happy Friday!!! I´ve again joined the 25 Days of Christmas Tags Event and blog hop, organized by the lovely Tracey Mehak McNeely. Today is STAMPlorations DT girls day to shine and share their Christmas tag inspiration with you :).

This hop started on the 1st of November and is 25 days long. There are plenty of possibilities to hop, get inspired and play along during that time, so don´t miss out! Here are the sponsors of this years event:

and here is the foto step-by-step to the tag process:

Step 1: I used a thick photo cardstock as my background and die cut that using the Stitched Tags Nesting Dies by STAMPlorations.
Step 2: Next I took lighter green cardstock and die cut it with the Holiday Words Die Plate.
Step 3: Then I die cut 2 sets of two various red papers with the Christmas Baubles #2 Layering Dies.
Step 4: After that I adhered the Holiday Words onto the tag base and layered the baubles together.
Step 5: For decor I added a piece of golden pearl ribbon and twine and a Simple Christmas Clear Sticker sentiment onto a piece of hand cut banner.

I wanted to use traditional colours this year and I love how by just adding a few layers of various cardstock, the tag has an overall interesting and happy look. And still was so easy to do! This tag idea is also great, if you need to do many tags. Just get your die cutting machine out and do piles, after that you could ask your kids to help out with putting them together and you can have a nice time crafting together!

Now hop on to the next blog and STAMPlorations blog for more inspiration. If you got lost on the way, you can always return to Tracey´s blog HERE and go from there :). Remember to stick to the rules :).

Happy crafting and hopping!!
xxx, Sanna

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