Thursday, March 31, 2016

Fern and Flower

This fern die, which is so intricate and detailed, is also really big (thus the reason I wanted it) so I had to pair it with a large flower.  The largest flower I have is the Large Layering Posies which is about 2.5" in diameter.  I also used two smaller flowers, the Medium Layering Posies and the Small Layering Posies.

To make the flower, I first inked around the edge of each layer with Old Paper distress ink.   Then I turned each petal over and rolled around the back side with a stylus on a foam mat and flipped each over and rolled just the centers with a larger stylus.  After this shaping was done, I rubbed on some Creative Expressions Pearl Moon Metallic Gilding Wax with my finger.  This is what gives the flower it's shine.  

I had never used gilding wax until I started designing cards for Ecstasy Crafts.  Now that I have used a few colors, I really like the shine without a mess and ordered more colors.

The card base is just a piece of handmade paper that has pieces of grass, leaves and other things mixed right into it.  You can also use this handmade paper.

All of the products  I used to make this card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Scribbled Roses Just for You

Here's another card where the dies do all the work............I layered the Scribbled Roses on to some Pinprick circles that were just slightly darker in color and added some Petite Leaves.

The sentiment is from the Wavy Banners and Greetings Clear stamp set.

All of the products used to make this card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

You can also see all of the cards I've made for Ecstasy Crafts on my Pinterest board here:

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ecstasy Crafts: Baby Cards

Baby cards are fun to make now that there are such cute dies on the market.  

To start, I made the gingham background on each card with Anja's Plaid stamp using a slightly darker color ink than the cardstock itself.  I used Cosmic Shimmer Ocean Blue and Pretty in Pink Colour Cloud inks, dabbing each color of ink onto the stamp with a Smoothie.

The elephant has tiny tick marks on it so you can detach the trunk if you want and raise it up with foam for a dimensional look as I did in the pink card.

These are the other products I used on my cards:

All of these products are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

To see all the cards I make for Ecstasy Crafts, go to my Pinterest board here:

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Ecstasy Crafts: Elegant Lattice Oval Frame Card

I purposely left off a sentiment on this card not knowing how it would be used when the time came, but it could easily be a birthday card, wedding card, anniversary, Mother's Day, etc.

The following products were used:

To create the background effect behind the lattice frame, I cut out a piece of white cardstock the same size as the lattice panel and adhered it to a sheet of double sided adhesive.  I peeled off the backing to expose a sticky side then I adhered the lattice frame panel right on top of it.  I dabbed on some of the Cosmic Shimmer Mica Pigments with a dry brush and rubbed them in to the adhesive with my fingers.

For the gold frame under this lattice panel, I cut a piece of white cardstock slightly bigger than the lattice panel and put a strip of 1/2" double sided tape all around the edge.  I then dabbed on some of the gold mica pigment with a dry brush and rubbed it in with my finger.

All of the products I used to make this card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Ecstasy Crafts: Blooming Hexagons

Hexagons seem to be so popular right now so I thought I would dig out my hexagon dies and try to make a card with them.  

To cut the black frames, I stacked the hexagon dies I wanted to use (they come in 1/8" increments so I used every other one) and taped them together with some painter's tape,   After the black frames were created, I adhered a piece of brightly colored cardstock to the back side of each frame and manually cut around them.  The other way to do this without cutting frames would be to cut one size of black hexagon then another one on dsp or cardstock with a hexagon that is two sizes smaller (to get a 1/4" frame) and adhere the smaller one on top of the larger one.

I thought the card needed a little more white to balance things out so I cut the smallest of the peonies and adhered it with a black pearl.

The background was made using a Cuttlebug embossing folder but I could have used this one too.

All of these products are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Ecstasy Crafts: Nellie's Choice Bumblebee

Nellie's Choice has a new Lene Design die called Bumblebee.  It is all one piece with the daisies and bees attached.   I chose to use mirror board to really accentuate the embossing in this die in the above card, but for the below card, I cut out top layers for the flowers and bees:

I used the word Spring on the top card with some sequins to give the card a more colorful look.

All of these products are available at Ecstasy Crafts

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Night and Day

Same stamp but different looks (maybe).  I used the Nellie's Choice Ball Flower stamp with black embossing powder for the night card and white embossing powder for the day card.  Both backgrounds are made with distress inks watered down and painted on with a brush.  The grass die is by Marianne Design.

If I was to make these cards again, I'd try to stamp the flowers closer together and overlapping more.  It was hard to see when stamping Versamark Ink on white card stock.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Doodling with Water Colors

I had some spare time and wanted to try the watercolor effect on my cards so I got out some old stamps and my distress inks and this is what I ended up making.  They were all fun and experimental.  Good cards to add to my very small stash of cards that I actually keep myself.  

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Thank You Cards

For the above card I stamped Nellie's Choice Ball Flowers a few times with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with a silver embossing powder.  To get the white flowers, I used a Versamark pen and went over the silver embossed flowers, inking right on top of them with the pen, then heat embossed with white embossing powder.   If I had embossed half the flowers with white and half with silver, I would have ended up with a mix of white and silver stems.  By using the Versamark pen, I was able to have all silver stems and just change whichever flowers I wanted to white.

For the top panel on the above card,  I first stamped on the word Thanks, then embossed with the Ecstasy Crafts Dazzling Sunburst embossing folder and cut out the middle with a stitched oval.  I raised this top panel up with foam mounting tape.

All of the above products are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Modern Hexagons

I feel  like this card has a modern look to it with just hexagons and a stamp.  This hexagon die set is the most economical one on the market that I've seen.  You get 13 dies in the set.

To make the card, I cut the three hexagons and adhered them temporarily on a piece of scratch paper in the positions I wanted them in.  Then I used the Ball Flower stamp and just stamped a few times, trying to line up the stems as much as possible.  When the ink was dry, I removed the hexagons and placed them on the card front with foam mounting tape.

All of the products I used to make this card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Happy Easter card

I wanted to make another Easter card that wasn't too childish looking.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE making Easter cards for children, but I also have several nieces and nephews who are young teenagers who still like to get cards from me.

The script Happy Easter words is a die set available at Ecstasy Crafts.  That cute little bunny is also at Ecstasy Crafts.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

CAS Masculine Card

Today's card is a very CAS (Clean and Simple) masculine card using the Tessler Crafts Feathers die set.

To make the background, I used some Core'dinations sand and tear cardstock which I embossed with a Crafts Concepts Hand Script embossing folder then lightly sanded.  The feathers were made by inking some white cardstock with three colors of distress inks:  Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass and Scattered Straw.

All of the above products are available at Ecstasy Crafts.  If you've never shopped with them, you can check them out here:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Pink Ball Flowers

This is another of the newly released Nellie's Choice Condolence Flower stamps called Ball Flowers.

I used distress markers to color directly onto the back of the stamp, spritzed it with water, then stamped once for the darker center flowers and again without recoloring the stamp over to the left.  After recoloring the stamp, I stamped once again in the middle to the right of the first stamp then again to the left without reapplying ink to the stamp.  This is called generation stamping when you stamp once then again without reinking the stamp.  It gives a lighter effect.

After stamping, I cut the bottom of the card panel with one of  the wave borders by Marianne Design.

All of the above products are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Monday, March 14, 2016

A Pocket Full of Tulips

I only used 3 dies to make this card:  Jeans Pocket, Tiny's Tulip, and a Fern.

To make the tulip buds and blossoms, I cut and embossed with colored cardstock then left the cardstock in the die and sponged on a darker color of ink through the die.

The jean pocket is cut on the back side of a piece of Core'dinations cardstock so the stitched lines would be raised up on the front side of the cardstock.  By doing this, I was able to lightly sand down the stitching to give it a worn effect.

The bow is from an old punch I had but there are many bow dies I could have used.  All of the other products I used to make this card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Yet Another Easter card

Just when I think  I'm done making Easter cards, I find myself gravitating back to these cute Easter dies's hard to resist.

The idea of using the "tail" for the bunny paws came from Karen Oliver who makes the cutest cards.  You can see her cards here:  

All of the products I used to make my card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Stained Glass Roses

A neighbor of mine recently purchased a stained glass window with flowers in it.  When I started making this card, I knew I wanted to try to  mimic the stained glass window effect.

Using black cardstock, I cut out just the end flowers to the Rose Cutout Border die, cutting one twice.   Then I manually cut around those flowers to separate them from the rest of the die.  This is what the die looks like:

I adhered the die cuts to a piece of vellum and cut around the edges.  After coloring in the back of the vellum with various Copics, I then adhered each rose to a piece of double sided tape and cut around the outer edges once more.  This was the only way I could think of to adhere the roses to the transparency without having tape show through the vellum and ensuring a permanent stick.

The lattice frame was cut three times and layered on top of each other then raised up with mounting foam.  I backed the white frame with strips of light brown cardstock and cut a black mat for the inside of the frame.  The frame is mounted on a piece of white cardstock that is embossed with the Delicate Hearts embossing folder.

All of the products I used to make this card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Lattice Egg

I saw a similar card ( on SplitcoastStampers and knew it was something I would want to try to make some day.  Well, today was finally the day.

I started off with the Nested Eggs and cut the second largest into my card panel (this is an A2 card).  Then I ran the panel through my Cuttlebug using the Delicate Hearts EF.  This top panel would eventually be raised up with mounting foam.

To make the lattice part of the egg, I first traced the cut out egg opening from the top card panel onto a piece of pink cardstock that would be the A2 card base, making sure it was centered where I wanted it.  I wanted it to be lower on the card so I could fit the flowers and not be left with a lot of white space under the egg.  Next I used a ruler and drew very light pencil lines from one side of the embossed lattice to the other, right through the egg, in both directions. This would tell me where to place the 1/4" wide strips of white paper.  You don't have to line your strips up with the diagonals on the card, I just thought it added a little extra to it.

When adhering the strips, leave them long enough to hang off the edges of the egg but not too long.  You don't want them showing beyond your top white panel and you don't want to cut them too short so they show when looking at the egg.

Making the flowers was the really fun part because I mixed pink cardstock petals with white felt ones.  I used the Creative Expressions Perfect Peony Complete Petals die set which cut through the wool blend felt the first time.  After rolling the edges of the paper petals with a stylus and rubber mat for dimension, I painted on some Aurora Sparkle texture paste .   The leaves are made with the Creative Expressions Orange Blossom Leaves die.

The final step was to put the pearls on the lattice and flowers.

All of the products used to make this card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Easter Thanks

The above card has pink vellum behind the word "Thanks" 

This card does not have the vellum behind the word "Thanks".  Just change the paper on it and you can use this as a thank you card for any holiday or occasion.

Both of these cards were made using the Thanks card band available at Ecstasy Crafts, shown below.

These cards are 5" x 6" in size.   To cut the card band into the card, I had to cut the card down to 6" in order to fit it into my die cutting machine.  Simply tape the die onto your opened card front, making sure it is upright and also not backwards so you end up with the letters in the correct order.

This die is really versatile in that you can cut off the 'S' from the end of "Thanks" and attach a word die that says "You" to the front of your card for "Thank You" if you prefer that.  You can also move the die to the top, bottom, or right vertical side of the card.

The letters are all one die so there's no positioning needed to line them up.  Here is what the die looks like:

Thursday, March 10, 2016

More Ways to Use Your Embossing Folders

I used the Leaves EF by Ecstasy Crafts for both cards.  For the above card, I applied distress ink right inside the folder using a blending tool to try to keep the ink on just the raised areas.  I missed and got some ink on the areas that aren't embossed but that's okay.  I then ran the card through the Cuttlebug with the Cross Stitching EF by Marianne Design.

 For the card below, I ran the entire distress ink pad right onto the inside of the folder so all the flat areas would be inked then ran the folder through my Cuttlebug.  When the ink was dry, I then covered the entire card front with Aurora Sparkle Texture Paste to give it some shine.

All of the products used to make these cards are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Blush gilding wax on black cardstock

On a previous post I showed a card where I used Pearl Moon gilding wax on black cardstock; today's card is made using Blush gilding wax (pinkish) on black cardstock that I dry embossed with the Leaves EF.

Here is the Pearl Moon card so you can compare the two:

Gilding wax is simply a colored wax medium with a metallic sheen that enhances dry embossing on a card, among other things.  When you apply it very lightly with a finger, you will get the effect as shown on my cards above.  You can also apply it more heavily for the true color of the wax to show.

Gilding wax comes in a variety of colors.  Can you imagine using gold gilding wax on black cardstock..............hopefully I will be able to get some and show you in a bit.

All of the products used on my cards are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Shimmery Queen Anne's Lace

Another very easy card to make using some Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes.  I used the Mulled Wine flakes for both the flower and the edge around the card.

The floral stamp is Nellie's Choice Queen Anne's Lace which is a clear stamp with a lot of detail.  This stamp is just one in a line a condolence flowers which will work well on sympathy cards, but I wanted mine to be more of an uplifting card so I made it shine with the gilding flakes.

The edging around the card was made by applying the gilding flakes to 1/8" double sided tape.

Fall Birch Trees

I got the inspiration to make this card from the one below, where a stencil was used to make the trees, sorry the link to this card on Pinterest doesn't work but the card was made by a Karen W.

I don't have a birch tree stencil but I have a birch tree die.

To make my card, I cut out one of the birch tree card panels using a brown shimmer paper and adhered it right to my card panel which was covered with double sided tape.  Then I applied the Mulled Wine gilding flakes and rubbed them into the double sided tape with my fingers.

To make the trees stand out a little more, I cut two more of the birch tree card panels and adhered them on top of the first one with a glue pen.

I can see making this card with white birch trees and silver gilding flakes for a winter card.

All of the products I used to make my card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Transparent Window Shaker Card

At first this card was going to be a butterfly spinner card with a butterfly suspended in the middle of the window but then I remembered I had seed beads in the same colors as I used to ink the butterfly so I went with a shaker card instead.

Most shaker cards have just one sheet of transparency to them; the front side, obviously, so you can see into the card.  But mine also has a transparent back to the shaker part so the seed beads are held in between two pieces of transparency to make the butterfly look as though it might actually be flying.

Here is another photo from the side:

The secret to making a shaker card where the beads or sequins don't stick to your mounting foam is to brush on some baby powder to the sides of the foam before taking off the backing paper.  I got this tip from Kia, who by the way, makes beautiful cards.  You can see her work here:  Thank you for that much needed tip, Kia.

Products used to make this card:  Nellie's Choice Swirls-1 embossing folder/ Cosmic Shimmer Color Cloud Blending Ink in Frosty Jade, Ocean Blue and Pretty in Pink,/ Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle Texture Paste/ Cosmic Shimmer Pastel Pink PVA Glue (used around the inside edge of the shaker part as extra security that no beads would escape)/ Frantic Stamper Solid Butterfly, Monarch butterfly, and Pinprick Circles.

All of the above products used on this card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A Second Gilded Sun Rays card

Previously I posted a gilded sun rays card with a sailboat on it which you can see here:

Today's card makes use of the other half of the embossed and gilded card front from the sailboat card.
When I embossed the cardstock the first time, I gilded all the rays on it but then cut the paper in half so I could get two cards out of it since the bottom half gets covered with hills or waves.

The butterfly was made by inking some cardstock with Color Cloud Blending ink then spreading on a layer of texture paste.  All this was done right onto the solid butterfly which is the layer beneath the layer with all the holes cut into it.  While the texture paste was still wet, I pressed on the top layer to the butterfly and let it dry.

Products used:  Cosmic Shimmer Gilding flakes, 1/8" double sided tape, Ecstasy Crafts Dazzling Sunburst EF, Cosmic Shimmer Color Cloud Blending ink in Frosty Jade and Ocean Blue, Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle Texture Paste, Frantic Stamper Stitched Scene Builder Edgers / Solid Butterfly/ Monarch butterfly/ Pinprick circles

This is what the embossing folder looks like:  

To gild the rays after the cardstock was embossed,  I just adhered the 1/8" double sided tape to the lines in the white rays area then pressed on some gold gilding flakes and rubbed them in gently with my fingers.

All products used to make these cards are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Gilded Sun Rays

I think I'm hooked on gilding flakes since I find myself using them on all my cards lately.

To start off making this card, I first dry embossed a piece of heavy white cardstock using the Ecstasy Crafts Dazzling Sunburst EF.  Then I adhered pieces of 1/8" double sided tape to the embossed lines in the middle of each ray and rubbed on some Golden Jewels gilding flakes.  

Next I painted on some diluted Broken China distress ink between each of the rays, cut out the pinprick circle and adhered some gilding flakes for the sun, then cut out the waves and sailboat.

All of the products I used to make this card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

Metallic Gilding Wax on Embossed Leaves card

To make this card, I first dry embossed a piece of black cardstock using the Leaves embossing folder.  Then I lightly rubbed on some Pearl Moon metallic gilding wax over the entire card front with my finger.  The key with using gilding wax is to apply it very lightly.  You can always add more but can't really take it away if you add too much.

The flower is stamped and then heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  I used the coordinating Peony stamp and die set.

Using the gilding wax after dry embossing a card is a great way to highlight the embossing.