DIY die cut foam stamps and cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s my turn to post a tutorial for the  Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team today. I decided to share a DIY foam stamp idea with you. Sometimes when you look at the die, you wish there would be a stamp like that available too. That is what I thought when I saw the new ModaScrap die cut dies! They can be used to create gorgeous stamps and today I´d like to show you how I made some DIY foam stamps with those die cut dies and how I used the stamps for card backgrounds.

Here is how to make the stamps:

1. Take a piece of adhesive back foam (appr. 2 mm´s thick) and run the foam with a chosen die cut die thru a die cutting machine.
2. Take a piece of thicker foam – I saved mine from parcels I received – and adhere the die cut piece onto the foam.
3. Remove the small, negative, die cut pieces with tweezers. You can even adhere some of the negative pieces along the edges for additional pattern.
4. Take a precision knife and cut with foam carefully along the edges to match the form of the die cut piece. That´s all!

Here is a start-to-finish video on how I created the stamps:

And then for the fun part – here are two cards I created using the DIY stamps:


1. Take a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and a VersaMark/embossing ink. Apply ink onto the foam stamp and press the stamp onto the white precut paper.
2. Pour clear embossing powder over the stamped surface, dab the residue off with your finger and heat set with a heat gun.
3. Take Distress Inks and apply color onto the background with an ink blending tool. The embossed areas will resist the ink and this way the stamped background pattern will show.
4. Adhere to a card base and decorate with banners, doilie corners, die cut words and/or stamped and die cut images. Whatever you prefer!

Here is a start to finish video on the green „Hello“ card, I hope you get inspired to make some stamps of your own!

This is quite fun and actually very addictive. I could not stop creating my own stamps, once I was finished with the first one! The dragonfly die cut die, for example creates a lovely background stamp and you can vary the size by just using one piece or adhering several dragonflies next to each other onto a bigger foam piece. Oh, the possibilities are almost endless!! Have fun and
happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Supplies: 
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Dragonfly
Flower Lace 2
Flower Lace 1
Romantic corner
Flower Power clear stamps
Flower Power die set
A way with words – Hello
Soft Finish Cardstock, white
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Other:
Distress Ink
Clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Glossy Accents
Dimensional pearls
Waterproof stamp ink
VersaMark ink
Posca pen, black

Invitation

Today I´d like to share with you a graduation party invitation card. The graduate had wishes about the colors and the style. It should reflect her personality and have lots of pink, silver and glitter on it. So I first created a few samples and this was the one they went for in the end.

I first created the background with a „faux watercolor“ technique on relatively thick watercolor paper. Here is a process photo. I love, love, love to create this kind of backgrounds! They are so much fun to do!

Next I added some silver texture paste (Imagine Crafts) thru a Tim Holtz stencil.

Next I added droplets of my all time favorite black Glimmer Glaze (by Tattered Angels) here and there. After that I just needed to use my Silhouette to cut the sentiments from black cardstock and add some glitter cardstock flowers here and there (punched with a Martha Stewart hydrangea craft punch). Finally I just outlined the watercolor paper pieces with black ink for additional contrast and then glued them on white card bases.

Here is a close-up of the finished card:

and one more shot of the full card:

I think it was a little bit over 80 cards in the end, when I finished creating. I kept only one for myself as a sample and sent all the others on their way to their new owner. Both the mother and her daughter had been very thrilled about the cards which is the best kind of thank you I can imagine getting! I must say I enjoyed this commission work very much and it made me feel very special that someone wanted to have handmade invitation cards for her graduation party created by me!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Butterfly wishes – Pipilonias kreative Welt

Hello there, lovelies! What do you do with all those paper scraps and leftover paper pieces? I have quite a big pile of self made background paper pieces in my stash. Most of the time these pieces are so big that I have no heart to just toss them. Therefore the paper leftover box is slowly but surely filling itself up..

Therefore I wanted to „tackle“ this pile of paper. I went thru the pile and found a lovely yellowish toned piece of DIY paper. I wanted to use it for cardmaking, but it just didn´t feel right to create simple cardbackgrounds from it. That is why I chose to stamp some butterflies with my lovely CraftEmotions butterfly stamps onto the paper first.

 

Next I just fussy cut them.

After that I folded some card bases from a vanilla toned cardstock and used a few old book pages as background paper. I cut them into right size to go with the card bases and then just glued them down.

Next I glued the butterflies on their places and outlined the bookpaper pieces with a black pen.

After that I stamped a few sentiments to go with the butterflies, so I used a leftover piece of cardstock for that purpose and stamped along using the Tim Holtz „Hashtags“ stamp set.

Now all I needed to do was to cut the sentiments into a right size and glue them on their places. And for finishing touches I also added some glitter glue onto the butterflies and let it dry. That makes them (and the cards) look more festive :).

This is a fast and easy way to get rid of those leftover paper pieces.

Above are some detail photos of the finished cards. I hope you like the idea and get inspired to use those leftover papers soon :).  Have fun!

xxx, Sanna

Materials I used:Cardstock: Bazzill; Stamp ink: Archival Ink (jet black); Stamps: CraftEmotions (2 Butterflies), Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous (Hashtags); Glitter glue: Rayher Hobby; Glue: Double sided tape; Pen (black), Other: book pages.

Family selfie – The Crafters Workshop

Hello lovelies, today I´d like to share a simple idea how to incorporate small stencilled details onto layouts.

While testing the gorgeous, new TCW stencils I randomly wiped some ink thru them onto a piece of watercolour paper. That is how I ended up with this 12×12 inch piece of paper full of different stencil images.

Sanna Lippert - stencils and inks

Sanna Lippert - stencil images

I was thinking I could use these images in little portions on a layout, so I first created a strong background for these images (I like colour and strong contrasts). I therefore chose a piece of black woodgrain cardstock and dabbed some white acrylic paint thru the „North Star“ stencil onto the background (one of my faves from the new collection, but just ONE OF many :)…).

Sanna Lippert - acrylic paint

Next I chose matching papers and embellishments to go with the stencilled images and colours and started creating and layering the layout. This is what my finished layout looks like:

Sanna Lippert - family selfie

and here are some close-ups:

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(The journaling says: „We take at least one family selfie on every vacation we are on“.)

SannaLippert - familyselfie

I just love the new designs and they all work together so well!! I hope you get inspired to create with stencils!! Have fun 🙂

Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used materials:
Woodgrain cardstock – American Crafts
North Star – The Crafter´s Workshop
Netting – The Crafter´s Workshop
Persian gate – The Crafter´s Workshop
Fireworks – The Crafter´s Workshop
Chrysantheum – The Crafter´s Workshop
Labyrinth – The Crafter´s Workshop
Alhambra – The Crafter´s Workshop
Folk Art Flower – The Crafter´s Workshop
White Acrylic Paint
Shadow Inks – Hero Arts
Ink blending tool – Ranger
Watercolor paper – Art supply store
Twine – Whisker Graphics
Chipboard butterflies – Scrapfellow
Golden ink – iZink
Pen – K&Company & Signo Uni-ball
Flowers – Prima Marketing
Alphas – American Crafts
Other – glue

Easy DIY background pattern – The Crafters Workshop

Hi there! It is again time for another The Crafter´s Workshop post and today I´d like to share with you a layout I created based on a piece of white cardstock. I love to create my own layout backgrounds and one of my go-to products for that are stencils.

This pattern is really easy to make. You first take a piece of plain cardstock (it does not have to be white, you could use other colours too). I then place a stencil, in this case the 12×12 inch „Mechanogrid“ stencil, over the paper and take two tones of Distress Ink and an ink blending tool. I usually start with the darker colour and apply it here and there. I leave white areas for the next colour. When I was finished with blue I changed to green and applied it thru the stencil in all white areas and slightly over the blue toned edges. That way the result is smooth.

Inked background - Sanna Lippert

Next I took a piece of blue canvas and cut a wide strip for my background. I then chose the „Hourglass“ 12×12 inch stencil to create a white pattern onto the canvas using some gesso. I just dabbed the gesso with a sponge onto the canvas thru the stencil. Then I let it dry properly.

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Before gluing the canvas on it´s place I have added colour splatters in various colours onto the background for more interest.SONY DSC

Now the background is finished and I just needed to add some paper for detail and I chose labels in similar colours as my background and canvas were. In addition one of the labels adds to my layout title perfectly. Love it when that happens :). SONY DSC

Now I just layered the labels and glued the onto their places and then added some small embellishments for additional detail. SONY DSC

I also added some outlining with a black pen around the edges of my page. I seem to be drawn to that recently. And black ink splatters – but you know that by now, I think ;-). Here are some detail photos:

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I hope you have enjoyed this little step-by-step tutorial. This is a really easy to do technique and I hope you will give it a try!!

Happy scrapping,
Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
Cardstock (white) – Bazzill Basics
Stencils: Mechanogrid & Hourglass (12×12) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Broken China – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Blue Canvas – Canvas corp.
Gesso – Liquitex
Enamel hearts – Studio Calico
Wood veneer – Studio Calico
Glimmer mist – Tattered Angels
Alphas – American Crafts, Glitz Design
Patterned Papers – Studio Tekturek
Pen – Sakura
Glue – Aleene´s Tacky Glue

Amazing food – Scrap365 Tuesday Tutorial

Hello there! I´m very thrilled to share a video Tuesday tutorial with you today, as this one is kind of special, being a part of a Scrap365 magazine article (Issue April/May 2014) and all. Enjoy!

And  here a photo of the current issue cover WITH A DIRECT LINK to the mag website :). So go on and put your SUBSCRIPTION in today – it is a great bi-monthly magazine with tons of inspiration in it! You will love it!

Happy scrapping,
xoxo, Sanna