Clean and simple masculine cards

Hello there everyone, it´s my turn again today to share another guest design team project at the Elizabeth Craft Desings blog. For today´s card idea I created a set of two masculine, clean and simple, graduation cards. As my son finishes his high school level and exams this June, I need a nice card for his graduation festivities.

I used woodgrain patterned paper and instead of flowers, just leaves to add a special touch to the card. Also, the leaves are done out of Shimmer Sheets, to add just a touch of festivity to the card. Here is how the card is done:

Step 1: Take light blue Soft Finish Cardstock and using the Summer Fun Sentiments stamp set and grey Distress Oxide stamp ink, stamp the sentiment „well done“ onto the carstock.

Step 2: Next die cut a piece of woodgrain paper using the Stitched Rounded Rectangles die cut die and then stamp „I´m so proud of you“ with black stamp ink onto it using the Build Your Own Sentiment 1 stamp set.

Step 3: Take a darker blue toned cardstock to mat the stamped cardstock strip. This will make the stamped element stand out more from the background. Then adhere the pieces onto the cardbase.

Step 4: Take a piece of Shimmer Sheet and apply a Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet onto it. Now run the sheet thru your die cutting machine, but don´t die cut the image thru (don´t use a metal plate in your die cutting machine). This way you will get an embossed image. Next take your precision scissors and cut around the edges of the „embossed“ image.

Step 5: Adhere everything on place and add some faux stitching around the edges to finish off the card. Optionally you can also add a few Craft Drops for decor or leave the card as it is. You now have a easy-to-mail, flat, yet decorative, masculine card done.

Since I had all the products alraedy on my desk, I also did a second card using the same basic idea and the same products, but modified the idea a little. This is a great way to strech one basic idea and make several variations of it at once. Besides, it is always good to have a card or two for just in case as backup!

I hope I could inspire you to create masculine clean-and-simple styled cards yourself! See you again next month with another card tutorial. Until then, wishing you a lovely June.

Happy crafting,
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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Happy holidays

Hello everyone, it´s time to start creating Christmas cards, I think. Well, I know there is still Halloween and other occtions coming before Christmas, but this year I am starting earlier with my card production marathon. I will finish them in time this time :)! Here is my first card:
I used one of the new Christmas die cut dies by Elizabeth Craft Designs on this card – the Beautiful Baubles. This card was pretty easy to make. I just took two embossing folders and placed shimmer sheets into them and ran those thru my die cutting machine. After that I just sanded the surface with a sanding block to create the two toned effect. Next I die cut the pieces with the Beautiful Baubles die cut dies.

The Shimmer Sheets will not suffer from the die cutting at all, but you can also do the process in the opposite order and first die cut the pieces, then dry emboss and then sand.

I die cut the twigs with the same die cut set and used an older Pink Paislee paper from my stash for the purpose. I really liked the color of the paper, thus chose to use that particular one. Next I took a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock (Misty Mauve) for the Baubles and I was done with die cutting.

Now I only needed to arrange and adhere the pieces onto a white card base. I finished the card off with a stamped sentiment (Joset Designs) and some liquid pearls and Stickles, as well as some faux stitching along the edges.

First card done, quite a few to go, but I´ve started, so I am pretty proud of myself :). Wishing you a lovely weekend and

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Technique Friday with Els challenge

Hello lovelies, it is again time for the Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team´s monthly challenge. This time we were challenged to use a Technique Friday with Els video as our starting point. I chose to make a Patchwork Card with embossing folders and Shimmer Sheets. Here is what I did:

Here are the steps shortly, for a full tutorial, see THIS VIDEO over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs YouTube channel.

First I took pink, light blue and red Shimmer Sheets and cut those into a width of approximately 1 inch. Next I placed them inside the Elizabeth Craft Designs embossing folders and ran them thru a die cutting machine.

After that I took a Postage Stamp Rectangle die cut die and a piece of blue toned patterned paper from my stash and die cut the paper into a rigth size. Next I cut another piece (white cardstock) into a slightly smaller size than the postage stamp piece.

Then I fussy cut the embossed and sanded (sanding block) pieces into appr. 1 inch each and adhered them onto the white cardstock piece that I had covered with Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Then I just flipped the piece over to cut the residue off along the edges of the white cardstock.

After that I die cut two Lacy Poppies from white Soft Finish Cardstock and adhered the postage stamp piece and the patchwork piece together with Clear Double Sided Adhesive. I added a velvet ribbon and a brad as decoration and finally stamped a sentiment with Joset Designs General Sentiments onto the right down corner with black stamp ink.

I really enjoyed creating this card after Els´ idea!! And I like the delicate shine the Shimmer Sheets add to the background. It looks really nice, yet it is so very easy to make!!!

For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on their website to 3 winners. To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell „What your favorite technique learned from the Technique Friday With Els series“. 3 lucky winners will be selected in a random drawing & the winners will be announced on Friday, July 21 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what videos inspired my design team colleagues and what kind of cards they created!! And for more inspiration, don´t forget to visit the ECD YouTube channel too.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Sunshine – MMCC April challenge reveal

Hello there, lovelies!! First of April already!!! OMG, time sure does fly at the moment. Since it is a new month, it´s also time for a brand new challenge! Here is the April Mixed Media Card Challenge blog´s theme:

It´s all about SUNSHINE  and as optional element you are asked to use BRICKS.

This is the card I created:

Sanna LippertMy card is made mainly with Elizabeth Craft Designs product – Shimmer Sheets, Silk Microfine Glitter and an embossing folder. There is first a sheet of old book paper underneath everything else. I then added a layer of Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the book page sheet. Next I used the Stitched Circle die cut die to cut the circle (=sun). The rays are cut with the Ribbons die cut dies.

Sanna LippertAfter die cutting the Shimmer Sheet I ran it thu an embossing folder and adhered the sun and the rays on their place. Next I applied a layer of Silk Microfine Glitter – Warm Diamond onto the open areas between the sun rays and polished the glitter. After polishing I colored the areas with red, orange and yellow Copic markers.

Next I added the badge (3rd Eye), a sentiment and some black and white ink splatters. Inks are by Tattered Angels.

This is one bright sunshine card. I had fun creating it – I hope you like it too :). Now is your turn to join in with us on this fun challenge!!!! For more details go here.
See you at MMCC!!!
xxx, Sanna