Clean and simple balloon cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s my turn today again to share another card idea with you for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I always keep a box of cards for various occations ready and constantly keep on adding cards to the collection – you never know when you need a handmade card. These cards are an addition to my card box.

And here is how they were made:

Step 1: Take the Adventure Edges and die cut a piece of white cardstock with the cloud edge die. Now you have a DIY stencil ready to be used!
Step 2: Place the DIY stencil onto a piece of white cardstock and wipe blue stamp ink onto the background with an ink blending tool along the edge of the cloud pattern. Move a few centimeters down and create a second row of clouds. Repeat throughout the background.
Step 3: Die cut gras from green Soft Finish Cardstock with the gras edge die. Adhere on place overlappingly in layers.

Step 4: Take a piece of ModaScrap patterned paper from Fly & Scrap paper pack and die cut balloons from it. Adhere on place.
Step 5: Apply Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto a piece of light blue Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut the balloon strings and bows from it. Adhere on place.
Step 6: Stamp a sentiment with Build Your Own Sentiments 1 stamp set stamps and black stamp ink onto white Soft Finish Cardstock. Die cut into a banner or use scissors for cutting. Adhere on place and the card is done.

For the option of creating glitter balloon cards, see the end of the start-to-finish video. Also the patterned paper balloon card steps are shown on this video.

I hope I could inspire you to create fun balloon cards and make several variations of them, while you are at it!

Wishing you all a great, crafty day! See you next month again!
xxx, Sanna

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A set of Christmas cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s my last guest blog post time over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today and I´m sharing a set of clean and simple Xmas cards over there. I created quite a few Christmas cards this year, but I still ran out of them, so I needed a few simple, fast and easy ideas to create a few more. So for these cards I deciced to use mainly just the die cut dies and colored cardstock. So if you are looking for fast-to-make cards, this might be exactly what you are looking for.

Here is how I created the cards:

  1. Die cut Soft Finish Cardstock with die cut dies of your choice.
  2. Arrange onto card bases and adhere.
  3. Stamp the sentiment.
  4. Decorate with liquid or glitter pearls. Done!

For the above card I also used a small piece of patterned paper, because it reminded me of snowfall. But you could also use colored cardstock (blue) instead and adherd the die cut snowflakes on place.

I´ve also recorded a start-to-finish video of the steps for you to watch! I hope you enjoy watching it and give this idea a try!

This is my last guest blog post and it has been such a joy creating with and for Elizabeth Craft Designs the past year. I hope you have enjoyed my bi-montly projects and got inspired to create a card or two!

Wishing you all a lovely holiday season and
happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Für Dich – Tonic Studios

Hello there everyone and Happy Tuesday! I recently let someone special organize my paper stash by color and while she was at it, I came across bits and pieces of paper that either were to be thrown away or used for something right away. So I chose to use them immeditely. And while the person was organizing, I created a few clean and simple cards with those bits and bobs.

This is a paper pack cover sheet that has different images on it and it´s a nice size for a card on it´s own, so I used those paper pieces as card backgrounds. On this one the dotted flower paper. I also had some Just A Girl With Ideas digi paper still in my stash and these butterflies are from one of her collections. I fussy cut them and layered them on top of each other and then added a Tonic Studios German Sentiment „Für Dich“ (=for you) to the card. I die cut the sentiment from silver foil paper.

And I also created  a second card which looks like this:


Here the background is also from the paper pack cover sheet. The blue stars were way too shame to throw away so I used them here as a background. I then added some smaller paper pieces, a stamped sentiment and some Glimmer Glaze droplets onto the card and outlined it with a black pen. Really simple and easy to do. So next time you organize your stash, take a second look on the papers that you have not used for ages, you might find them suitable for a card background, like I did here.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Clean and simple cards in no time – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, It´s time for another guest design team post over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. Have you ever been in a situation, when you need a card on a really short notice for a certain purpose? Or want to make a card for the opposite sex recipient? I thought I´d share a few simple ideas I like to use when such a situation occurs.

I have created three simple card ideas that can be varied in style by changing the papers and colors or even choosing another die cut die. Here is how to create the cards:

Instructions for the first card:

1. Take the ModaScrap Manly Man 6×6 inch sized paper pack and pick two papers of your choice from it.
2. Place on of the papers into your die cutting machine and die cut a border with the Valentines Edges die cut dies as shown in the picture above.

3. Now take a white card base and adhere the second paper of your choice onto the base with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape leaving 1/3 of the card base empty.
4. Next adhere the die cut border overlappingly on top of the first paper, again leaving a strip of white card base to be seen.5. Next take the Sentiments 2 clear stamp set and stamp the sentiment underneath the die cut border with black stamp ink.
6. Finally add some faux stitching and a wood veneer arrow as decoration.

Instructions for the second card:

  1. Take the ModaScrap Sailor´s Life 6×6 inch paper set and choose two papers out of it.
  2. Next die cut one big layered star with the Stitched Stars die cut die from the chosen papers by taking every second die for the first chosen paper and every second die cut die size for the second chosen paper. Place on top of the paper as shown in the pictures above. This way you only need to die cut twice.

3. Then arrange the die cut star pieces onto a white card base as shown in the picture (one pattern repeats itself every second layer).
4. Finally add some faux stitching around the edges with a black pen, add a stamped sentiment with the Just Because clear stamp set and black ink and finish off with a rhinestone in the middle of the smallest star piece.

Instructions for the third card:

  1. Take a white card base and adhere a piece of Clear Double Sided adhesive onto it.
  2. Die cut several leaves with the Garden Notes Ladder Fern die cut dies from the ModaScrap Magic Mountain paper.

  1. Place the die cut Ladder Fern pieces onto the adhesive, but don´t touch the adhesive with your fingers. Instead use the protection/cover sheet of the adhesive as „adhering aid“. This way no fingerprints are left onto the adhesive.

3. After all leaves are on place, take Go To Green Silk Microfine Glitter and pour it over the adhesive. Wipe residue off with the glitter brush and pour back into the jar.
4. Polish the glitter surface with your finger (moving from bottom upwards). After polishing, take a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and stamp a sentiment with black stamp ink onto it. Cut into size and adhere onto the card with Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
5. Finish the sentiment off by adding some faux stitching around the edges.

By keeping the designs very simple, these cards are super fast to create. Also since the design is clean, they work well as a masculine card too. Depending on the purpose you need to create a card for, simply change the paper designs and/or colors and you can use these basic ideas over and over again.

I hope you enjoyed my this months post! See you again in April with another tutorial!
Have fun creating,
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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