You fill my heart – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, I´m so thrilled to be able to continue sharing projects as a guest blogger here on Elizabeth Craft Designs blog again this year!!! For today´s post I wanted to create a Valentine´s Day card as sweet as sugar, but one that is still really easy to make. Just in case you want to make a series of them!

Here is how to create the card:

Step 1: Pick several sheet of Soft Finish Cardstock in various pink and light purple tones. I used a dark and light pink one as well as a very light purple/lilac tone.
Step 2: Die cut borders from the chosen cardstock colors – one border set per colour – using the Valentine´s Edges die cut set.
Step 3: Next adhere a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto a piece of white cardstock.
Step 4: Die cut the white, adhesive covered piece using the solid heart die of the Heart Cutouts die cut die.
Step 5: Next die cut the inner piece of the Heart Cutouts heart from the dark pink Soft Finish Cardstock. Adhere these pieces together.


Step 6: Place the heart into a coffee filter and pour Bright Cranberry Silk Microfine Glitter over the tiny hearts and brush the residue off with a paint brush. Pour the residue back into the glitter jar and polish the glitter using your finger.
Step 7: Take a piece of black cardstock and stamp a Valentine´s sentiment with embossing ink – using the Love Sentiments clear stamp set – and heat emboss using white fine embossing powder. Fussy cut – or use a banner die cut die – into right size.
Step 8: Adhere all pieces onto a white cardbase using Clear Double Sided Adhesive tape for the border pieces and the heart and 3D foam for the sentiment. Decorate with Craft Drops (optional).

I´ve also recorded a short process video for you to watch to give you a better idea on each and every step! I hope you enjoy it!

Wishing you a lovely, crafty day!
xxx, Sanna

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Christmas cards with glitter and colored images – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s time for another Elizabeth Craft Designs guest design team post today. I really like using the Silk Microfine Glitter on Christmas cards and I´d like to share a set of Christmas cards with you today.

Here is another card I created:

Here is how I created the cards:

Step 1: Take two white Soft Finish Cardstock pieces which are cut into a card size and attach Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets onto them.
Step 2: Die cut with Kaleidoscope and Geometric Background dies from the side where the double sided adhesive is on.
Step 3: Remove one layer of the protective sheet and apply one tone of Silk Microfine Glitter. Attach to the surface by rubbing the glitter with your finger.
Step 4: Now remove the protective sheet from the negative die cut parts and then apply the second glitter colour. Again attach to surface by rubbing with a finger.
Step 5: Stamp birds, bears, trees and stars from the Krista Schneider stamp set, colour with watercolour pencils and add glitter glue for detail. Let dry.
Step 6: Die cut the colored images with the matching die cut die sets.
Step 7: Create sentiment strips with stamping and heat embossing. Ink the paper strips to match the colours of the card backgrounds.
Step 8: Adhere all die cut pieces and the sentiment strip on place with liquid adhesive.

I also used some of the residue pieces to create two more cards. Here they are:

You can find the full start-to-finish tutorial to the above cards, as well as the glitter background cards on the following video:

This is it for this months tutorial, I hope you enjoyed it! Hope to see you next month for this years last tutorial.

Happy crafting,
Sanna

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One background, two cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s time to share another guest post over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. For today´s post, I´ve created two love themed cards that can be used for example for Mother´s Day.

What I did, is I created only one background piece with heat embossing and inking technique and with a clever trick I got two cards out of just one background piece. Here is what I did:

Step 1: Take a piece of Soft Finish White Cardstock and cut it into a card size. It can be slightly bigger, so you can adjust the size after finishing the background.
Step 2: Take the Love Sentiments clear stamp set and stamp with embossing ink onto the cardstock piece. Don´t worry, if the images are not perfectly aligned. That only makes the background look more interesting.
Step 3: Stamp 2-3 rows and then pause to apply white embossing powder over the stamped images. Apply the powder and heat set with a heat tool. Then repeat stamping and embossing, until you reach the bottom of the card.
Step 4: For additional fun interest, add also some crosswise stamping across the cardstock surface.

Step 5: Now take a Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink and apply it all over the cardstock piece with a blending tool.
Step 6: Next place the inked piece into your die cutting machine and die cut 15 little hearts with the Buttons die cut die from it. Make sure this time the die is aligned nicely to from 3 rows of hearts next to each other.
Step 7: Then take two white card bases and a sheet of Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Cut a slightly smaller piece of the adhesive than the size of the card to leave some white space around both edges. Cut two pieces in the same manner.
Step 8: Take the embossed and inked negative piece and adhere it onto a piece of adhesive, but don´t touch the adhesive areas. This way the glitter will better stick to the surface later.

Step 9: Remove the protective cover sheet of the adhesive and apply Light Brown Silk Microfine Glitter onto the open areas. Remove residue with the brush and polish the surface with your finger.
Step 10: Adhere this piece onto the card base. Then repeat the steps 8-10 with the die cut hearts and the Clear Double Sided Adhesive and the glitter.
Step 11: Finally, take a leftover piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock, the Love Sentiments stamp set and stamp sentiments using a black stamp ink. Cut into banners and adhere with a paper glue onto the cards. For detailed steps, see the attached video.

This way you have just created a positive and negative card using the exact same technique and still you have two slightly different cards as an end result. Also now you can give one card to your Mum and the second one to your Mother-in-law or your Grandmother. I hope you have enjoyed this months card idea and the video.

Wishing you a great time crafting & see you next month!
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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Masculine Christmas card

I´ve never really tried to create a masculine Christmas card before, so I thought why not try… Here is my take on a masculine Xmas card:

I don´t know how well I managed to accomplish this challenge, but there are all kinds of „manly“ elements in the card :). I´ve used a leftover piece of a star 3D foam adhesive sheet and treated it with a silver toned Silk Microfine Glitter. The name of the glitter alone is masculine; Brushed Pewter. Sounds very much like there is some manly work involved in BRUSHED pewter 😉 …. I´ve also attachted the 3D sheet onto a piece of weathered wood patterned paper. Also very masculine kind of stuff, don´t you think? Then a few silver and bronze toned half pearls, also not that feminine. I´ve used silver and blue tones – keeping everything feminine away from the color sheme. And the sentiment is stamped on a blue inked piece of cardstock. Nothing girly, no butterflies, no flowers and very clean and simple. And the stars are not cute, the have clear lines and form :). So I´m thinking if I am to send a Christmas card to man, this might work out :).

So what do you think? Would you say this is a masculine looking Christmas card. If so, then I´ve managed to accoplish my self set challenge :). Hope you are still enjoying some days off the busy everyday life and speding it with your fave people!

I am also joining a challenge with this card over at Cardz 4 Guyz blog. Their Challenge #185 is called: Last Minute Christmas. This card is faily quick and easy to make, so it would be perfect for those last minute occations. Besides, it´s a card for a guy, so I just could not resist joining that challenge :).

Happy holidays and happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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