Elizabeth Craft Designs | Strawberries Collage

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Strawberries Collage

Hi there! I’m over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today, sharing how I created this fun collage!

The strawberries in my garden are not quite ready to harvest yet, but these strawberry die cuts are just as sweet!

I started this project with a card in mind, but my collage turned out so pretty that I just couldn’t bear to cut it up. I decided to put it in a frame and now I have a happy Summer decor piece instead!

Here’s how I created it:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Strawberries Collage

1 | Take a sheet of 6″ x 6″ Through the Lens Wood patterned paper and brayer it with a very thin layer of white paint to create a whitewashed effect. Put aside to dry.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Strawberries Collage

2 | Find collage papers in red and green shades. I found these in my stash of monoprinted deli paper, leftover from another project. I like using deli paper for collage because of its translucent quality.

If you don’t have any monoprinted deli paper on hand, you can use other coloured translucent paper instead. Or you can custom print some with a Gelli Plate.

The marks on the red print were made by pressing a piece of stripped corrugated cardboard into the paint on the Gelli Plate before pulling the print. The marks on the green print were made with the Bouquet Embossing Folder.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Strawberries Collage

3 | Use the Strawberries die set to cut several strawberry overlays out of the red paper. I used eight strawberries for my composition.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Strawberries Collage

4 | Die cut a couple of the leaves and as many calyxes as you think you’ll need out of the green paper.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Strawberries Collage

5 | Adhere the strawberries to the sheet of whitewashed Through the Lens Wood patterned paper by applying a thin layer of Matte Medium under and on top of the strawberry parts.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Strawberries Collage

6 | Use the Bunch of Flowers 1 die set to cut small flowers out of thin white (printer) paper. Adhere them to the collage with Matte Medium.

Add flowers hearts cut out of monoprinted deli paper. Use one of the overlays from the Tags & More 9 – Sparkle set to cut a whole bunch of small circles at once!

Leave the collage to dry completely.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Strawberries Collage

7 | Trim the collage down and add it to a card with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape. Or… mat the collage with Celadon Green Soft Finish Cardstock and frame it!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Strawberries Collage

Happy collaging!

Supplies: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Strawberries
Bunch of Flowers 1
Tags & More 9 – Sparkle
Bouquet
Through the Lens – Wood
Soft Finish Cardstock, Celadon Green
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 64mm

Other:
Gelli plate (Gelli Arts)
Acrylic paint (white, red, light green, green)
Deli paper
Printer paper
Matte Medium (Liquitex)
Brayer
Fan brush
Frame

Elizabeth Craft Designs | Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

Hi there! I’m over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today, sharing this card inspired by a couple of pretty stained glass windows!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

Creating this card was a bit like solving a jigsaw puzzle, so if you like to puzzle, then you’ll love creating this card!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

Here are the steps to create it:

 

1. Back one piece of Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Use it to die-cut two outlines with the Pebbles die.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

2. Cut a rectangle of 4 x 5.25 inch Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock. Adhere the Pebbles outlines to the card.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

I ‘found’ two hearts in the die-cut. I made sure those two hearts would take centre stage and then I filled the rest of the card with random parts of the Pebbles outline.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

3. Back several different colours of Shimmer Sheetz with Clear Double Sided Adhesive. I chose green, blue, yellow, silver and two shades of red for my card.

This project is perfect for using up Shimmer Sheetz scraps!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

Die-cut the Shimmer Sheetz with the Pebbles die. You need to use the Metal Adaptor Plate or a Precision Base Plate to die-cut through Shimmer Sheetz.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

4. Piece the ‘stained glass’ together. Start by filling the ‘hearts’ with red shades and then fill the rest of the Pebbles outlines alternating colours.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

5. Ink the edges of the Pebbles outlines and the edges of the card with Black Soot Distress Ink. This makes the black even deeper, hides any visible white edges and it makes the Shimmer Sheetz stand out more.

After inking, carefully wipe any excess ink off the Shimmer Sheetz with a soft cloth.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

6. Take the 3.75 x 5 inch Fitted Rectangle and die-cut the stained glass card into a neat and tidy rectangle.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

7. Die-cut the slightly bigger 4 x 5,25 inch Stitched Rectangle out of Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock and ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

Adhere the stained glass card on top of the Stitched Rectangle card with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape and then adhere them to a 4.12 x 5.5 inch folded note card, also cut from a sheet of Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

I love how this card turned out. The supershiny Shimmer Sheetz really looks stunning against the black velvet texture of the cardstock.

What figures can you find in the Pebbles die? My husband told me he could see a cat!

Happy crafting!

Supplies: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Fitted Rectangles
Stitched Rectangles
Pebbles
Shimmer Sheetz
Soft Finish Cardstock, Rich Black
Cuttlebug and Big Shot Metal Adaptor Plate
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 3mm
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 64mm

Other:
Black Soot Distress Ink (Ranger)
Ink blending tool
Craft mat

Elizabeth Craft Designs | Delftware Inspired Cards

Hi there! I’m over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today, sharing some cards that are inspired by Delft Blue tiles!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Delftware Inspired Cards

My mom and I visited the Dutch city Delft recently. And when you visit Delft, you can’t escape Delftware. It’s everywhere!

So when I got home, I thought it would be fun to see if I could create a couple of Delftware style cards.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Delftware Inspired Cards

Here are the steps to create these cards:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Delftware Inspired Cards
1 | Cut 12 x 12 inch sheets of Dove Gray Soft Finish Cardstock to 5.5 x 11 inch and fold them into 5.5 x 5.5 inch double note cards.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Delftware Inspired Cards
2 | Take the largest square (5.25 inch) from the Stitched Squares die-set and use it to die-cut as many ’tiles’ out of White Soft Finish Cardstock as you want to make cards.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Delftware Inspired Cards
3 | Choose a dark and a light shade of blue cardstock. I used True Blue and Whisper Blue Soft Finish Cardstock for my cards.

Back the cardstock with Clear Double-Sided Adhesive before you die-cut several frames out of them with the square and round Fitted Frames dies.

Don’t throw away any of the cut-out parts just yet!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Delftware Inspired Cards
4 | Use the small and large Shells die-sets to cut the solid shapes out of the same light blue cardstock. Cut the overlay shapes out of the dark blue cardstock.

Be sure to save the inside parts of the overlay shapes too.

5 | Assemble your ’tiles’.

I adhered the Fitted Frames onto the white cardstock squares first and then I played around with the rest of the shapes.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Delftware Inspired Cards

I adhered the True Blue Shells overlays to the Whisper Blue solid shapes in a whimsical way, to create a painterly look. I used foam tape to adhere these to the card.

Use the negative shapes and dots you saved as little paint strokes to fill in the gaps.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Delftware Inspired Cards

The corner ornaments for this card were created with the negative cut-outs of the overlay that comes with the Tags & More 1 Lace die-set.

6 | Adhere the Delftware ’tile’ to the Dove Gray note card.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Delftware Inspired Cards

I worked on all three cards at the same time. I just die-cut a whole bunch of frames and shells and went on from there. I still have a lot of frames left that I will keep for another project!

I really like the tone on tone look of these cards and you don’t have to limit yourself to (Delft) blue tones either! Just change the colour and the dies you use and you can create a whole other look!

Happy crafting!

Supplies: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Shells Small
Shells Large
Lighthouse
Stitched Squares
Fitted Frames 5 Lace Circles
Fitted Frames 4 Curvy Squares
Fitted Frames 2 Lace Squares
Tags & More 1 Lace
Soft Finish Cardstock, White
Soft Finish Cardstock, Whisper Blue
Soft Finish Cardstock, True Blue
Soft Finish Cardstock, Dove Gray
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 3mm
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 64mm

Other:
Foam tape

Elizabeth Craft Designs | Meet Me At The Lighthouse Card

Hi there! I’m over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today sharing this sunny and shimmery sea-side card!
Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Meet Me At The Lighthouse Card

Although the sun is barely out today and the trees are only slowly turning green here in the Netherlands, I’m already thinking of summer and about spending time at the beach!

Here are the steps to create the card:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Meet Me At The Lighthouse Card

1 | Choose a Shimmer Sheetz colour for every element on your card. Back the Shimmer Sheetz with Clear Double-Sided Adhesive Tape.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Meet Me At The Lighthouse Card

2 | Die-cut the lighthouse, clouds and sun from the adhesive backed Shimmer Sheetz. Use a Metal Adaptor Plate to die-cut the lighthouse overlay. My die-cut machine had no trouble cutting the solid lighthouse, the sun and the clouds without using the plate, but I did need it for the intricate lighthouse overlay.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Meet Me At The Lighthouse Card

3 | Assemble the lighthouse and the sun.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Meet Me At The Lighthouse Card

4 | Use the chain with the diamond shapes from the Jewels 1 die-set to die-cut a cloud edge on a strip of Shimmer Sheetz. Use the twine from the Ribbons 1 die-set to die-cut an edge to create a strip of Shimmer Sheetz that will become the sea.

Save the die-cut chain and twine for another project!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Meet Me At The Lighthouse Card

5 | Emboss all the cloud pieces with an embossing folder of your choice.

6 | Adhere all the Shimmer Sheetz pieces to a 4″ x 5″ sheet of Shimmer Sheetz. Leave some room at the bottom.

Let the clouds and the sun fall off the edge, but don’t cut off the access just yet.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Meet Me At The Lighthouse Card

7 | Use a palette knife to fill the bottom of the image with texture paste. Use a small brush to get the texture paste into the small crevices around the lighthouse.

Leave to dry completely. Depending on the thickness of the paste, this can take up to several hours.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Meet Me At The Lighthouse Card

8 | Use an alcohol marker to colour in parts of the lighthouse.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Meet Me At The Lighthouse Card

9 | Cut and fold a 4.25″ x 5.5″ double note card from half a sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ Soft Finish Cardstock. Adhere the lighthouse image to the note card.

Cut off any Shimmer Sheetz parts that are hanging off the card.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Meet Me At The Lighthouse Card

Have a sunny day!

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Rainbow Sky
Lighthouse
Jewels 1
Ribbons 1
Mini Mosaic
Shimmer Sheetz Sampler
Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5″ X 11″ 270gr /100Lb
Cuttlebug and Big Shot Metal Adaptor Plate (for die-cutting Shimmer Sheetz)
Clear Double-Sided Adhesive Tape – 64mm

Other:
Finnabair Art Extravagance Texture Paste – White Sand
Palette knife
Brush
Letraset ProMarkers (now called Winsor & Newton ProMarkers)

Elizabeth Craft Designs | Happy Easter Eggs Card

Hi there! I’m over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today, sharing this clean and simple Easter Eggs card!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

Have you heard? The new coloured Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock has arrived and… it’s so, so beautiful!!!

I had to create something with it right away, otherwise I might hoard it and I’ll end up only petting it every once in a while.

There are so many things I love about this cardstock, but to name just one: it has one coloured and one white side. This means you can do fun things with it, like using the coloured side to cast colourful shadows on a white card!

Steps to create this card:

1 | Precut a 4 x 6 inch double card from a sheet of 12 x 12 inch coloured Soft Finish Cardstock and a single card slightly smaller than 4 x 6 inches from white Soft Finish Cardstock.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

2 | Select 5 different colours of Soft Finish Cardstock. Use the smallest egg from the Easter Eggs set to die-cut 5 different coloured eggs, placing the tiny heart from the Hot Air Balloons set inside the egg die.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

3 | Take the white single card and hand letter your sentiment onto it with a black fineliner. Or you can use letter dies, alphabet stamps or a sentiment stamp and black ink!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

4 | Add foam tape or foam dots to the coloured side of the Soft Finish Cardstock eggs. I recommend using a foam tape that’s at least 1/8 inch thick.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

5 | Remove the backing from the foam tape and adhere the eggs above the sentiment on the white card.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

6 | Machine stitch a border around the white card. Secure any loose threads with tape to the back of the card.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

7 | Adhere the white card to the front of the coloured double card using strips of Clear Double-Sided Adhesive Tape.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

You can adapt this idea and use it on gift tags, scrapbook pages and cards for any occasion. Just change the dies and the sentiment and you’re good to go!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

I can’t wait to see what you create with the new coloured Soft Finish Cardstock!

Happy crafting!

Supplies: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Easter Eggs
Hot Air Balloons
Soft Finish Cardstock – White
Soft Finish Cardstock – Bluebelle
Soft Finish Cardstock – Spring Green
Soft Finish Cardstock – Sunflower
Soft Finish Cardstock – Bright Orange
Soft Finish Cardstock – Rosebud
Soft Finish Cardstock – Perfect Pink
Soft Finish Cardstock – Lavender
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 6mm

Other:
Foam tape (minimum thickness 1/8 inch)
Sewing thread
Black fineliner (UniPin 0.3 mm)

Elizabeth Craft Designs | Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

Hi there! I’m over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today, sharing these Easter Egg napkins!

Easter brunch is a tradition in my family and we tend to have the same festive foods on the Easter table each year. I usually buy a bunch of spring-coloured paper napkins to put on the table, but this year I thought it would be fun to decorate cloth napkins with fabric paint.

Steps to decorate the napkins:
1 | Read the directions of your fabric paint. If you want to be able to put your napkins in the laundry later on, it’s safe to prepare the cloth as stated in the directions before you start stamping. (Or you can just fly by the seat of your pants like I did…)

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

2 | Back a couple of scraps of craft foam with Clear Double-Sided Adhesive. Use the Easter Eggs die-set to die-cut the three overlays and one of the coordinating solid eggs each. Also cut an extra solid egg each out of just craft foam.

3 | Assemble the foam stamps: peel the backing from the solid egg and stick it on a coordinating (just craft foam) egg. Then peel the backing from the same sized overlay and stick it on the double foam solid egg.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

4 | Adhere your stamp to an acrylic block with a little strip of Clear Double-Sided Adhesive Tape or a non-permanent adhesive roller if you want.

Use a brayer to roll your fabric paint onto the stamp or use a sponge to dab the paint on.

You want to cover the stamp evenly with fabric paint, not too thick and not too thin either. Also keep an eye out for excess paint in the stamp crevices, because this will cause blobs of paint in your stamped image!

Practice stamping on a fabric scrap first if needed.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

5 | Stamp your pattern. Work fairly quick so the paint doesn’t dry on your stamp.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

6 | You can also adhere more than one stamp onto one acrylic block for quicker fabric coverage.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

7 | Don’t forget the solid side of the stamp. Stamp the solid egg first and then stamp over it with the overlay!

8 | Once you are done stamping, I recommend checking the directions of your fabric paint again. Some paints need to dry for a certain time and/or need to be heat set in order to become permanent and washable.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

Happy Easter crafting!

Supplies: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Easter Eggs
Clear Double-Sided Adhesive

Other:
Cloth napkins
Craft foam
Fabric paint
Repositionable adhesive (Scrapbook Adhesives)
Brayer or sponge
Acrylic blocks