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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Remember When – Canvas Corp Brands

Hello lovelies! I love up-cycling old items and as I recently got some old kitchen items gifted to me by a family friend, I immediately knew I wanted to alter them to various types of home and/or wall art items. So let´s start with the first object – a kind of grating aid, I suppose. It is build out of wood, so it must be quite old and has metal pins sticking out  of the middle to maybe hold a piece of vegetable still when grating. Hard to tell, as I haven´t seen such a piece in action, but that is what I supposed it to be. And here is what I ended up creating out of it:

I first painted the base with Tattered Angels Color Wash paints in Latte and Old Bronze tones. After the paint was dry, I started adding details to the piece.

I added some embossing ink stripes here and there on the very top and bottom of the wooden piece and applied some turquoise ultra thick embossing powder to the areas. Then I wiped the embossing ink around the edges of the piece and added golden embossing powder to the areas. After that I took out some stencils and added Nuvo Mousse thru the stencils to create a leafy pattern.

Next I started building layers. I weaved a hemp cord across the metal pin area and then added some glass beads onto the top and bottom areas to keep the cord on place. Next I took some Paper Whimsy wooden alterable elements and painted those with white paint and golden Nuvo Mousse. The bigger piece also got some 7gypsies rubons added onto the surface. The white pieces have a very thin layer of glitter glue on top of the paint for additional shine.

Creating this type of pieces is very intuitional for me. I go with what feels good for me at the moment, just picking a color combination I want to use and then I just let the piece guide me. I wanted to add wings to the piece, so I embossed Paper Whimsy wings with thick turquoise embossing powder and also added some embossing enamels on top for a more interesting look.

I added some Dresden Paper „rays“ under the wings for an additional detail and poured blue glitter onto the areas in between the rays. And also added some white embossing enamel here and there to better combine the bottom piece with the wings. On the very top there is a resin flower I created with molds a while back. I´ve used golden Glimmer Mist to alter the colour of the flower – you can see that done on this particular video of my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist video series.

I have used gel medium for adhering all pieces on place as I really want them to stay put, since this piece is designed to be hung on a wall. The remember when chipboard piece really fits this project perfectly in my opinion and adds a nice details to the altered item.

Next time when you are junking, take a second look at those small kitchen items you can find at a garage sale or junk store. You never know what you might find! I really like how this piece turned out.

I hope I could inspire you to take a second look at items you would have otherwise threwn away! It can be so much fun giving them a new life as a piece of altered art!!
Happy crafting,
Sanna

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Stenciled Christmas cards

Hello lovelies! I know I already said it´s the last set of Christmas cards for this year, but then something happened…inspiration hit me one more time and I created one more set of cards. Now this is the final set for 2018, I promise!!!

See, I found these premade Christmas themed die cut pieces in my stash and wanted to use them, so I grabbed some stencils and created a simple „frame“ for them with stencils. Then just a few bits and bobs got added here and there and here are the results:

For this card I created a border with the Lattice stencil using two green tones of Distress Ink.

Here I´ve placed the Christmas Tree stencil a little bit overlappingly and added two tones of Distress Ink, so the pattern looks like rows of Christmas trees. For this card I´ve only partially stenciled the pattern using two Distress Ink tones to create a background for the tree – still leaving quite much white space onto the card.

On this one, the presents are lying on a „stenciled ground/floor“ :).

And finally, another one with the partially stenciled background in to Distress Ink tones. Have a lovely Christmas time everyone!!!

Merry Christmas,
xxx, Sanna

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Christmas Card Wednesday, No. 8

Hello everyone and welcome to the very last Christmas Card Wednesday! Today I´ve got three very different cards to share with you. These are all somehow based on the previous one, meaning I started with one, and then that card let to the second and so on..

So for the first card I used the Molecules stencil with various Distress Inks, creating the bold colored, pattern background. I added a die cut oval piece – also inked with Distress Inks – into the middle of the card, then decorated the card with stickers from my old stash (Basic Grey stickers) and added a sticker alpha word „XMAS“ into the midldle of the oval centerpiece.

For decoration, I added white and black gel pen details as well as some Nuvo Glaze and Glitter Drop accents.

The second card resulted from the first one! I had the Distress Ink inked stencil surface as a leftover from the first card, so I misted it with water spray and placed it wet side down onto white paper. Pressing the wet ink onto the paper created the background for my second card. I then took a snowflake die cut die (Elizabeth Craft Designs) and die cut a big snowflake from white cardstock to be my focal point. I inked it pink, as I felt it would work well with the backgorund that way. I addes some more dimension to the snowflake by layering two snowflake stickers on top of each other with 3D foam (again using up older stash here).

Then i die cut the sentiment from black velvet cardstock (by Tonic Studios). The die is by STAMPlorations. I layered some border stickers under the sentiment and adhered everythign on place. I used the same stencil with the same ink colours like on the above card, but the second generation background image is much softer and creates a totally different look!

And for my 3rd card I used the leftover piece from the second card. Can you guess? Yes, the negative leftover piece from die cutting the snowflake was my starting point here! I used the piece as my card base and simply matted it with Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheet piece (in winterly blue tone).

Next I added a sticker (again old stash here!) into the middle of the snowflake as an eyecatcher. Some Nuvo Glitter Drops and a stamped sentiment finish off this clean and simple style card. I really like how the shimmer sheet makes the snowflake really pop. So simple, yet such an effective detail.

I really like creating cards in this manner. Start with one idea, use up residues from project number one and create a second, different styled card, then proceed to another and another card from there, again using up all that´s left over and just add bits and pieces.

 I hope I have inspired you to play with your products and create some handmade Christmas cards of your own. Feel free to case any of these cards, but do leave me a message here, if you did, I´d love to see what you made!!!

Happy crafting and happy holidays!!
xxx, 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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