Clean and simple card backgrunds with nesting dies – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday!!! Today I´m again stopping by to share yet another card guest design team project with you, created with Elizabeth Craft Designs products. For today´s project I wanted to share a set of cards, created with basic nesting dies. I wanted to show you how easily you can make fun and colorful card backgrounds in clean and simple style.

You only need a selection of basic fitted dies (for exampe rectangles, stars, hexacons or squares), a stamp set and a selection of colored cardstock. I chose to do a more monochromatic pattern on the above cards, but you could do more variation by picking all colours of the rainbow for a background. Here is how these cards were done:

Step 1: Pick three colours of cardstock in similar tones (I used grey, teal and blue tones). Then pick three of the smaller sized nesting Stitched Rectangles and die cut two pieces each with the smaller dies from the cardstock and one bigger sized piece.

Step 2: Arrange the pieces onto a card base and adhere them on place with Clear Double Sided Tape. Flip the card over and cut any excess pieces with scissors.

Step 3: Take a piece of black cardstock and stamp a sentiment with the “Build Your Own Sentiment 1” stamp set using embossing ink and fine white embossing powder. Heat set the powder with a heat tool and adhere the sentiment onto the card with 3D foam pads. For additional detail you can add some embossed stars around the sentiment and a few Craft Drops, if you want to.

I´ve also recorded a video step-by-step for you to watch to give a better idea on each step. Hope you like it!

And as you can see, by changing the dies and cardstock colours as well as varying the sentiments, you can create cards for various occations using the same basic idea.

I hope you get inspired by these cards and give all your basic nesting die cut dies a try with various cardstock combinations. This is also so much fun, because you can make several at once and depending on colour and chosen sentiment, they go for so many occations.

See you again with another tutorial next month!! Until then, happy crafting!!
xxx, Sanna

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Beauty is a light – AJ page

Hello and happy Thursday! Today I´m stopping by to share a face from my art journal page with you guys. In the meantime I find it easy to draw tag sized faces, but a much bigger challenge for me is going bigger (like art journal page size).

I don´t get the proportions the way I want them to be. But anyhow, here is a face experiment with some stamped pattern on the background that I did using a DIY foam stamp (for details, see this video).

Rest ist done using my absolute current favorites – Neocolor 2 crayons by Caran d´Ache. I like the consistency of them so much. They are soft enough and can be used with water and a water tank brush and that is something I enjoy doing at the moment.

Also, could not resist to add a quote. She might not be a beauty, but there is light in her heart ;-). Just yesterday I talked to a colleague at work about drawing faces and my hobby in general and how it helps me relax and reload. Some people run to loose the stress, I reload my batteries thru my hobby.

Hope your day is a good one!
xxx, Sanna

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Clean and simple Valentine´s Day cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s that time of the month again: time to share my Elizabeth Craft Designs guest team member project with you! This time I´ve created a set of clean and simple Valentine´s Day cards with just a few products!

For this card I also recorded a start-to-finish video. I thought it would give you a better idea on how to work with the Clear Double Sided Adhesive and the Silk Microfine Glitter. See the video for all the steps on how to create this card. Hope you like it!

For my second card I used the same Fitted Hearts die set, but this time I took some of the Elizabeth Craft Designs washi tape and adhered that on a piece of white paper. After covering the paper with the washi, I ran two different sizes of hearts thru my die cutting machine and die cut the „washi paper“.

Then I just arranged the hearts onto a card base and adhered them on place. For finishing touches I added a stamped and heat embossed sentiment on a dark blue paper and fussy cut it into a banner form. A very simple and easy to do card was done in no time! If you have been looking for a nice way to use some washi, this card idea might be something for you.

I hope I could inspire you with my CAS cards today!! See you again next month with another Elizabeth Craft Designs product project here on my blog.
Have a great day!
xxx, Sanna

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Wish Big – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello and Happy Monday! Today I´m up with a layout tutorial for the Elizabeth Craft Designs design team group post. I did some gelli plate play with acrylic paints and my DIY stamp, done a few years back with one of the dies available at Elizabeth Craft Designs. This was my starting point to this particular layout.

Here is how I created this page:

First I took some acrylic paints in light blue, light pink and light orange and my DIY foam stamp out. I applied the paints onto a gel plate with a brayer and then stamped with the dry stamp the pattern onto the paint. After that I just pressed the image onto white paper and repeated the procedure as six times to get six squares. After that I brayered some white paint onto the woodgrain paper and stamped random stamp patterns on top with the light orange paint and the same DIY stamp. If you are interested on seeing how I made the stamp, there is a tutorial up over at my YouTube channel.

Second I stamped some black stars onto the background using one of Sue Smiths stamp sets (see the full product list at the end of this post). After that I fussy cut the gelli plated squares and adhered them onto the background. Next I added some hand drawn outlining to them to make them better stand out from the background.

After that I stamped the „Wish Big“ sentiment onto the squares with black stamp ink and also stamped it onto a piece of leftover brayered paper with the same colours on it and fussy cut that piece with scissors. You will see that piece on the layout as part of the title. While the stamp ink was drying, I applied some „Artsy Scenery“ washi tape onto a piece of white paper and die cut the leaves using the Sidekick Essentials die set number 7. The washi tape covered leaves will create a nice detail to the mixed media page as decor. Before I adhered them onto the page, I ran them through a sticker maker, but you could apply Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the back before die cutting them, so you have the same effect: DIY stickers! I just forgot that step, so I grabbed a sticker maker instead.

I also used the „Junk Journal Extras“ die to cut the lace border piece from a leftover gelli plate piece with my die cutting machine. I used a little bit different acrylic paint colours (stronger) to draw the eye towards the photo with this piece on the background.

Now all I needed to do was to arrange all pieces onto the page so that they pleased my eye. For additional decoration I took some older puffy stickers and star rub-ons from my own stash as well as a wood veneer piece to decorate the page a little more. I also matted the woodgrain paper onto a piece of dark blue/navy carstock to make the page „pop“ a little more.

There are so many fabulous products at the Elizabeth Craft Designs store that work great for scrapbooking. Just imagine what you can do with all the Planner Essentials and then take a look at for example the background dies. With those you could create cool background stamps for gelli printing, like I´ve done on this page. Just a few additional ideas to get you inspired :).

I hope you liked my project share from today! Be sure to check out what the design team girls did for this months group post!

Wishing you happy scrapping!
xxx, Sanna

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Snowman card – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello and happy Thursday! It´s time for my Elizabeth Craft Designs January project share. I wanted to create a winter themed greeting card for this month and used the lovely Jack Frost die by Joset with Planner Essentials Christmas Figures tree die to create the scene.

Here are the steps to the card:

Step 1: Die cut a strip of white paper with Adventure Edges to create a DIY stencil from paper. Use it to ink the background could pattern onto a white card base.
Step 2: Apply a Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet onto a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut the tree from Planner Essentials 34 Christmas Figures die set. Make sure the adhesive is on the backside when die cutting the whole tree, but pointing towards you when die cutting the filigrane tree die piece. You will need the adhesive on top of be able to add glitter later.


Step 3: Now die cut the Snowflake from white Soft Finish Cardstock (also add an adhesive sheet on the back here too for easier adhering). Also die cut a few snowflakes using the Snow Globe die set, but this time again make sure the adhesive is on top.
Step 4: Using Distress Inks, apply color to the tree and the snowman parts. I used tones: Gathered Twigs, Old Paper, Black Soot, Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean and Spiced Marmalade.
Step 5: Apply Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter onto the filigrane tree piece as well as the snowflakes.


Step 6: Adhere the green inked tree onto the card base and attach the filigrane, glittered tree piece on top. Now build the snowman together and adhere all pieces on place.
Step 7: Now use the For You stamp set by Sue Smith in combination with Joset´s Winter Sentiments to create the sentiment: „Winter Wishes“ and stamp that onto the bottom of the card with black stamp ink. Apply the glittered snowflakes onto the background and the card is done.

And I have again recorded a start-to-finish video for you to watch. I hope it gives you a better idea on each and every step of this card.

I hope you enjoy this months card tutorial and get inspired to make some fun wintery cards yourself! Wishing you all a nice January & see you next month again with another ECD project post!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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