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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Happy day – TAGplorations challenge reminder

Hello there, everybody! I hope you haven´t forgotten about the new TAGplorations monthly challenge over at STAMPlorations blog. It´s a fun one, so I hope you find time to play along. Incase you haven´t already, here is a kind reminder to do so :-)…

With a reminder tag project:

I´ve used pretty much the same techniques like on my reveal day project (see here) on these tags, except that I´ve added a die cut word on top of the colored and stamped image and some word stickers to go with that. And this time I didn´t make a card, but left the tag as it is. I figured, I could combine the cards and the tags with giving them to someone with a present, maybe.

I´ve again added some faux stitching and used Distress Ink for coloring. The stamped image is again heat embossed with white embossing ink and the die cut word as well as the alpha stickers got a layer of Glossy Accents on them for dimension. The little flags on the upper right corner are from a stickers sheet by Jenni Bowlin. Again trying to use some of my older stash here and there :).

I really do like these framed flower stamp images from STAMPlorations alot. I´m not very talented in coloring, but these are fun to color, because it does not show here if you are not that good at it :). So now it is again your turn to get creative! Do take a look at the project my DT colleagues have created for your inspiration and then grab some goodies and start creating!! There is still plenty of time to join in!!!

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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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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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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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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TAGplorations October challenge reminder

Hello there lovelies! Time to remind you of the TAGplorations monthly challenge. Remember the theme was FALL and as optional elements you can use colors ORANGE, RED and GOLD. There is still plenty of time to join in on this challenge, so start creating and play along! Here is my reminder tag for additional inspiration:

For this tag I´ve first die cut the red paper with the Tag #1 Nesting Dies (from the STAMPlorations store – see details at the end of this post). Then I´ve take a piece of tissue paper that came as a parcel filling and treated that piece with acrylic paints, a Gelli Plate and Hidden Hearts stencil to create pattern onto the tissue paper. Next I stamped some circles onto the paper and fussy cut them along the edges. They are adhered onto the tag with a matte varnish.

I then added some heavy paint thru a stencil (Forest of Leaves by STAMPlorations) on top of the images, let that dry and decorated with a rhinestone birdie, a goldgen leaf paperclip, a paper flower and a stamped, fussy cut image (stamp by STAMPlorations – see details at the end of this post). I had so much fun creating this tag. It was messy and in the middle of the process (when adding color to the tissue paper) my kids came to my scrap room and the look on their face said more than words ever could. Carefully they asked what on earch I was doing :)… Well, it might have looked kinda crazy to them, but in the end, when the pieces found their places, the tag turned out really to my liking. No matter what my kids might think of me/it ;-)…

So now is your time to get messy (or maybe not!). Remind you of the rules on how to play along (see the blog for details) and start creating! There are nice prizes to be won and lot´s of fun to be had just waiting for you!! Hope to see you join our challenge!

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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Christmas greetings card

Hello everyone and happy weekend!!! How about a quick Christmas card share to start this weekend off? I again played with some Elizabeth Craft Designs products and combined those with Brushos. This is the result of the creative session:

I first die cut the trees from white cardstock and then added blue, green and purple (full product list at the end of this post) Brusho on top. After that I just sprayed some water mist onto the surface and watched how the color spread. I love to watch the reaction and how the color develops on paper.

Next I inked the background (a in size cut piece of white cardstock) with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide color and after that added some stamped snowflakes – same ink color – here and there onto the background.

Now I only needed to arrange the pieces onto the background and glue everything together. I finished the card off with a stamped sentiment (on a fussy cut banner) and some faux stitching.

Wishing you all a lovely (and creative) weekend!!!

Happy crafting,
Sanna

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