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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Christmas Card Wednesday, No. 7

Hello everyone and welcome to the second to last Christmas Card Wednesday. Today I´ll share  a set of 3 cards with you – created using STAMPlorations and Tonic Studios product.

Today´s cards started off  from last weeks idea plus from playing around with stencils and the new blending brushes I bought from SØSTRENE GRENE recently.

Here is how it all started:

I was testing the blending brushes with Distress Inks (works like a dream with stencils, by the way!) and created this background piece with the Trees 1 stencil.

I also had made quite a few of these cardstock pieces, treated with the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. Like I noted in my last weeks post, I really like the look of the mousse treated cardstock when it´s die cut.

So for this clean and simple card I used the Indian Gold mousse for the die cut tree (die by STAMPlorations) and the Burnished Bronze mousse for the sentiment (die cut die again by STAMPlorations). Now this card was SO easy to do. Just die cut the mousse coated paper and adhere everything on place, then decorate with a few sequins. And it still looks very noble when light hits the card in a right angle.

For my second card I used the blending brush with a stencil, but first inked the background with a lighter colour Distress Ink tone. Then placed the stencil on top and added Distress Ink in two darker tones. After I was finished with that layer, I added some Indian Gold mousse with the blending brush here and there thru the stencil for an additional fun detail.

After that I just die cut the sentiment from blue embossed paper which came with the Tonic Craft Kit No. 6. Also a very simple and easy card idea And also a very flat card, so it will be easy to mail too.

And for my last card from this set I simply combined the ideas. I created a stenciled background with blue and pink Distress Ink tones, adding some Burnished Bronze mousse details here and there. Then I die cut the tree from Burnished Bronze mousse treated cardstock and a sentiment die cut from Indian Gold mousse treated cardstock. I then die cut a hole into the middle of the stenciled piece with an oval die cut die, added a scalloped edge die cut frame from white cardstock on top and adhered everything on place. For decoration I added golden sequins, some faux stitching and a silver star. I had a great time creating these cards, I hope you enjoyed this weeks idea. There will be one more Christmas Card Wednesday coming up next week, then we are done for this year.

Happy crafting,
xx, Sanna

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Clean & Simple Xmas cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s time for my December Elizabeth Craft Designs guest blog post tutorial. It has been snowing a little here in Austria recently which inspired me to create a set of clean and simple Christmas cards using Shimmer Sheets, Ornate Snowflakes die set and Holiday Cheer clear stamp set.

Here is how I created the cards:

Step 1: Place a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock into a die cutting machine, then place the big snowflake (or two smaller ones) on top of the paper and die cut.

Step 2: Release all the die cut snowflakes from the dies and remove the negative pieces.

Step 3: Apply Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape onto the die cut piece that will create the card background.
Remove the protective layer of the adhesive.

Step 4: Cut a piece of Shimmer Sheet into a suitable size and attach to the adhesive.

Step 5: Add another layer of Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape onto the Shimmer Sheet areas. Adhere onto a white cardbase.

Step 6: Adhere the die cut snowflakes onto the open areas with Kid´s Choice Glue.

Step 7: Place the card into a stamping tool and stamp a sentiment with black ink onto the card. Decorate the card with faux stitching and rhinestores or other embellishments of your choice.  Repeat these steps with all cards. You can create variations by changing the Shimmer Sheet colors and the instead of stamping with black ink you can add a heat embossed sentiment to the cards.

The Shimmer Sheetz add an elegant touch to the simple card idea – just take a look at the lovely shimmer on this card:

Here are the finished cards:

This was my last tutorial for this year. I hope I have been able to inspire you to play with your Elizabeth Craft Designs products throughout the past year.

Happy crafting,
Sanna

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Christmas Card Wednesday, No 6

Hello there and welcome to another Christmas Card Wednesday. This week I am sharing two very easy to do cards. I saw a video by Jennifer McGuire recently and she did the ink pad and embossing folder technique on her video, so I decided to try it out.

I happen to be a fan of the Hero Art´s Shadow Inks and she used those to create the look on her video, so I gave it a go too.

Here is what I ended up making:

Now the the details: 

I inked the embossing folder with the „Soft Pool“ shawod ink tone, then placed a piece of white cardstock into the Tonic Studios embossing folder and ran the whole „sandwich“ thru the die cutting machine. As a result I got a light blue hue background with dry embossed music notes which were not toned, but white (see Jennifer´s video here on her channel).

She used another ink tone on her video to ink the dry embossed images, but I decided to take an ink blending tool and dab some golden Nuvo Embellishment Mousse onto it (very lightly!) and then carefully ink the embossed areas with the mousse. I did a few sets like this while I was at it, so I can use the backgrounds on other projects later too.

Then I took one of the blending brush  & Nuvo Embellishment Mousse treated cardstock pieces and ran a Tonic German Sentiment thru my die cutting machine. This works really well with the mousse, you just need to let it dry completely before die cutting it.

I cut the same sentiment in bronze and gold colour and then adhered the sentiments onto the card bases.

One of the cards got decorated with tiny Nuvo Mirroball Stars (adhered with Nuvo Glaze) and the other one got some Harvest Moon Glitter Accent details on it, next to the sentiment. I really like how these cards turned out. And the look of the Nuvo Mousse coated die cut sentiment has me swooning. I am for sure going to use more „moussed“ sentiments in the future too! Such a cool look!

That´s it for today. On Friday I´ll be sharing another STAMPlorations Mixed Media tutorial with you, so if you are interested, do stop by!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Christmas card Wednesday, No. 5 – Tonic Studios

Hello everybody and welcome to another Christmas Card Wednesday. Today I have again prepared a Christmas card for you:

For this card I used plenty of Tonic Studios product again. I´ve added a colored Magnificent Magnolia stamp image (die cut with the matching die set) as a focal point to the card. I also die cut a „Alles Gute Layering Die Set“ piece from white cardstock and fussy cut it into a half, leaving all pieces on place for additional fun detail. Then I took some Citrus Green Embellishment Mousse and colored some of the negative areas with a water tank brush and the mousse. This adds a nice additional shine to the card.

The card is matted with blue embossed paper from the Tonic Craft Kit #06 and a red washi tape adds to the colour combination on the left side of the card. Finally I finished the card off with Black Velvet carstock die cut German sentiment. These are available at the QVC channel.

This was this weeks Christmas card idea. I hope you enjoyed it! See you again next week with more ideas (there might be a set of cards coming up then..).

Have a great crafty week,
xxx, Sanna

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