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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Clean and simple teen boy birthday card – Tonic Studios

Hello lovelies, today I´d like to share a teen boy birthday card with a video tutorial  with you. For this card I´ve used mainly Tonic Studios product – starting from the paper cutter until the decorational elements, created with Nuvo Mousse.

Here is the card I created:

I used the Tonic Studios Verso Striped Number dies to create the focal point of this card and added a Tonic Studios German die cut sentiment to go with the card. There are now plenty of sentiments available also in German at Tonic Studios which is really great.

For decoration I added some Nuvo Mousse Teal droplets onto the background and finished the card off with some cork stars. All in all this Card is really easy (and quite fast) to make. I kept to a very clean and simple style, since the card IS created for a boy´s birthday.

To give you a better idea of the card creating process, I again recorded a video for you to watch – hope you like it:

There is a full set of number dies available, so you can basically create a card for any occation with them! I really enjoyed creating this card – I am going to need one for a 18th birthday very soon too and I already have the tools for that at home :).

Have a lovely, creative weekend, everyone!
xxx, Sanna

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March STAMPlorations challenge reveal

Hi there, while STAMPlorations is taking a short break from the regular challenges until beginning of May, there will only be one big monthly challenge over at their blog every month. The lovely owner of STAMPlorations, Shery, welcomed an addition to her family in December and while she is getting settled with baby Winter and planning new product and reveals, a little break is urgently needed. So therefore there will be only one monthly challenge at the blog during that time. The usual challenges will return in May again. So time to reveal this months challenge:

The theme you are asked to create upon this month is „All about Spring and Faith„. And here is my take for that challenge:
I used the Luggage Tag Nesting dies and the Pink Paislee Moonstruck papers for the tag. This time die cutting both the big and the smaller tag from the patterned papers. I then took another sheet of those papers and stamped flowers with the Buttercups and Butterflies clear stamp and fussy cut the images. For additional decoration I added some Pink Poodle Glitter Glue into the middle of the flowers and some pink glitter glue. On the smaller tag there is a wood veneer piece which I colored with a red Glimmer Mist and then added a Pink Paislee (my older stash) rub-on as a fun detail. The tag is finished off with twine and ribbon.

I hope you find some time to play along with us at this months challenge! You can create any type of project!

Here are the simple rules for the challenge:
1) You may create any type of project — cards (any style), mixed media, tags, layout, etc — as long as it follows our theme STAMPlorations product is not required though we’d love to see it
2) You may enter as many times as you want – as long as each project has its own blog post
3) You must display the challenge graphic + link back to the challenge page to qualify for the prizes
4) You must comment on the entry before yours in the gallery – lets spread the love
5) For an extra chance, comment on the challenge post and the designers’ blog posts throughout the month

Prizes:

a) TWO (2) winners of a $25 gift certificate – randomly drawn from all entries
b) ONE (1) winner of a $25 gift certificate – randomly drawn from all comments left on the designers‘ blogs throughout the month

PLUS: Shery is offering a generous 10% (no coupon code needed) off all stamps, stencils, and dies in the store from Feb through April.

Happy crafting,
Sanna

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Easel Butterfly cards – Tonic Craft Kit 06, project 02

Hello there, lovelies! Time for another Tonic Craft Kit 06 project share today. This is my very first ever easel card. I was a little scared to make an easel card (too many pieces to fold and adhere together and I thought I would for sure end with a big fail :-)…) BUT, I didn´t!

So while I was at it, I made two cards, the first one with the papers that were in the kit and a second card with cardstock from my stash. I love these butterflies! They are so very pretty and once I figured how to combine the dies to create the easel, it was really so much fun.

So this is the first card I created using the kit number 06. Everything, except the Antique Rose Novo Drops and the sentiment stickers are from the kit. I went a little overboard with the sparkliness of this card, but I really had a lot of fun playing and experimenting. And in the process I alse recorded a video for you to watch. It will give you a start-to-finish tutorial on how to build the single pieces together. So never mind the extremely over-colored and over-sprakled details on this card, it´s the building process I wanted to share with you.

And then for my second card – which in my opinon, is more me. I could not resist adding some glitter pen details on this one too, but I didn´t do as much as on the first one. Besides, adding the glitter pen detail onto a darker background creates a TOTALLY different look. I love how the glitter pen reacts with the darker paper!

I also stamped some mini butterflies onto the die cut pieces. The stamps also come in the kit, by the way.

I again added a motivational sticker sentiment to finish off this card. That and the cardstock papers I used, are not from this kit. I hope you enjoy watching the video. There will be more projects coming up soon again!

I think I am going to send the first, extremely sparkly card to my goddaughter – she loves sparkle and butterflies, so I am hoping that card will make her day :).

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Tonic Craft Kit 06 – project 01

Hello there, everybody and welcome to the first project share, created with the Tonic Craft Kit 06. Without further ado, I´m going to share the finished set of 3 cards with you:

I´ve created the cards using mainly the kit contents, except for the stencil, embossing powders and the word sentiments – they are from my previous stash. I´ve incorporated products from my stash to go with the kit, as I am assuming that would be something we all do when we buy a kit.

For these cards I´ve used heat embossing, stamping and stenciling as techniques.

I immediately wanted to try out the glitter with transparent texture paste to see how it works with stencils. And it does! Besides, I like the idea of mixing the glitter with a paste – that way my surroundings stay much cleaner than if I´d be using loose glitter. I really like these little butterflie dies and the matching stamps that come in the kit.  There are just so many possibilities to use them. For now I´ll leave you with the start-to-finish video and will be back with more projects very soon:

Thanks for stopping by and hope you will come back soon to see what else I did with this kit. Also, keep an eye on the Tonic Studios website and Facebook page for sneaks and inspiration – there is just so much going on there on very regular basis!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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All about winter – TAGplorations

Hello there, everyone and Happy New Year 2018!!!! I hope you had a lovely Christmas time and a nice New Years evening. Let´s start the new year with a creative TAGplorations tag challenge: create a project, featuring a tag around the theme: ALL ABOUT WINTER!

Here is my project for the reveal:
I first die cut a manila tag from black cardstock with the Manila Tags Nesting Dies by STAMPlorations. Then I die cut the second, smaller tag, from blue cardstock with the Tags 1 set. The snowflake is a lefover piece from another project and it perfectly goes with the winter theme, so I used it as a focal point on my tag.

I used the Christmas Tree 1 (my stencil series at STAMPlorations) and misted some trees with Sandy Beach Tattered Angels Chalkboard ink onto the background. The snowflake was originally white. I used a Chalkboard spray ink to color the snowflake blue (Wave tone). Then I added some faux stitching around the edges with a white gel pen and decorated the snowflake with some rhinestones. The little white snowflakes are hand drawn on the background. And finally I added a stamped sentiment to the tag and finished the tag off with a piece of ribbon.

Now it´s your turn to join the challenge. TAGplorations CHALLENGE GUIDELINES:

  • Create a project based on the theme with or without the twist.
  • Your project(s) can be anything but it must have a tag (or tags) in it.
  • Link up as many projects as you wish as long as they are in separate blog posts.
  • Your project photo must be posted in full in your blog post! Please don’t link up to our challenge if you’re only showing a sneak peek of it (as is the case when you made it as a design team project for another company). In the same vein, please do not link up your project if it’s solely to promote another company.
  • You must display the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge post post (not just the main blog) in order to be eligible to win (and receive the corresponding prize).
  • Link up by the last day of the month, 11:55 p.m. Pacific.

Prizes

– $10 gift certificate to the winner voted by the TAGplorations team
– $5 gift certificate each to the 2 top picks
– If there are 50 or more entries: 1 random winner of CUTplorations dies worth up to $20

Hope you´ll play along with us! Happy and creative January 2018!!!!
xxx, Sanna

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December Die Cut DT challenge – Elizabeth Craft Desings

Hello there lovelies and welcome to the Eliizabeth Craft Designs December Die Cut challenge! This month the design team members were given a task to create their projects around BACKGROUNDS! I love creating backgrounds to my projects with various tools: stamps, die cut dies, stencils and various media. This time I concentrated on die cut dies, it being a die cut design team challenge. And here are the cards I created:

For the first card I used a strip of Clear Double Sided Adhesive as my starting point. I then die cut two Ornate Snowflake dies from white Soft Finish Cardstock and attached them to the adhesive background. Next I applied Teal Blue Silk Microfine Glitter over the surface (this is one of my fave glitter colors!) and polished the surface with my finger. Thru this procedure the glitter sticks to the surface and get an additional sparckle to it. Next I added some glitter glue here and there onto the snowflakes for additional interest and a half pearl into the middle of each snowflake. Finally I inked a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock with blue Distress Ink (broken china) and stamped a greeting with the Winter Sentiments clear stamps on top. Some faux stiching around the edges and the card was finished.

For my next card I used one of the new Eizabeth Craft Desings background dies (Geometric Background) – I LOVE this one!!! It is so versatile and works with so many themes. You will be seeing this die showing up very often on my blog :). I first die cut this background pattern from white Soft Finish Cardstock, then removed all the negative pieces and adhered the positive background piece onto a strip of Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Then I took some Distress Inks in orange, red and green tones out and inked the pieces with these ink tones. After inking them I started to build the background together again by filling the empty areas with the inked pieces. Now this is like puzzle making, so it takes a while, but is so worth it! As you can see there are some glittery parts on the background too, those I left emtpy on purpose to add some Silverado Silk Microfine Glitter onto the areas. I love this shade of silver – it has a warm tone to it and it works great with the traditional Christmas colors!!! Then I went and inked a residue piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock with red and green Distress Ink tones and stamped both a sentiment and a flowers onto those pieces. Now all I needed to do was to fussy cut them, add faux stiching and some Nuvo drops, glitter glue and adhere them to the card. The flowers I adhered with 3D foam to give the card some additional dimention.

On my third card I´ve used the new Kaleidoscope backgrounddie cut die, again with white Soft Finish cardstock. I´ve followed the steps from the first card when creating the background. This time using Dark Mint Silk Microfine Glitter. Next I added a stamped and inked flower and sentiment (see the steps from card two) and decorated the card additionally with some Nuvo drops. This was a fun and easy card to make. So if you need to make plenty, you will be done in no time with this type of a card.

For my last card I used the Geometric backgrond die again. This time, however, I did not remove the pieces. I carefully adhered the whole piece onto the card base with Clear Double Sided Adhesive an then inked the background with Distress Ink (purple, pink and blue). For additional interest I added some cream toned spray ink splatters on top and die cut some hearts from with the new Buttons die cut die to go with the background. A little piece of twine on each button gives them a look of being sewn onto their places, however, they are just adhered to their places with liquid adhesive. Finally I decorated the card with the new „Sentiments 2 – just because“ stamp and die cut set. and added some glitter drops and light pink half pearls for additional decoration onto the card. Here are some detail photos of the cards to give you a better look:

I really like the new background dies and they are so much fun to use. Make sure to come back on Thursday, I will be sharing another fun background card idea with a short video tutorial here on my blog and over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. Now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see more background themed projects, created by my design team colleagues!!

Happy crafting and happy holidays,
xxx, Sanna

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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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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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Wishing you Happiness – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone, it´s again my turn to share a mixed media tutorial with you over at the STAMPlorations blog. This time I created a set of fall coloured tags. Here is how they turned out:

I´ve used various STAMPlorations products on my tags (die cut dies, stencils and stamps). The paper is from my older stash, but it works really well with the fall color theme. 

I´ve added a heavy body orange acrylic paint thru a stencil onto the background of each tag. After that I stamped some flowers onto the leftover paper pieces and fussy cut those. Then I added some color to them with Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels and decorated them with liquid pearls.

There are all kinds of bits and bobs on these tags – including some washi tape, twine, Glimmer Glaze, ribbons and Distress Stickles. I really like playing with the STAMPlorations product lines. Everything works together so well and it is so much fun to add layers and details.  Of course I´ve again also prepared a start-to-finish video for you to watch! I hope you like it!

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

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