Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Christmas Love - ECD Designer Challenge

 This month’s Designer Challenge for the Elizabeth Craft Design Designers is to choose a technique from Els’ Technique Friday videos and use it in a project! I’ve chosen Coloring on Soft Finish Cardstock, a tutorial from over a year ago, but a timeless technique.  You may view Els' video tutorial HERE.

Soft Finish Cardstock has a pebbled surface that is just perfect for creating beautiful color blends.  I must give a nod to Anita Izendoorn who is the master of this technique!
I had a card all planned out and then realized this was going on the Quietfire Creations blog, so did a quick shift to a Christmas theme to match our Christmas in July weeks!

Here is what you will need to make this card!  It seems like a long list, but I'll be you already have a lot of it!

Baby love die set   Quietfire Site | ECD Site
Flourished Frame Stencil  Quietfire Site | ECD Site
Sprig with Berries   ECD Site
Soft Finish Cardstock   ECD Site 100lb White, Ladybug Red, Olive Twist
Gold Cardstock
Distress Stamp Pads in Barn Door, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint
Beacon Kids Glue  ECD Site
Clear Double Sided Adhesive  ECD Site
Foam tape
Removable tape 


1.       Form a 7 x 5.5” tent-fold card base with red cardstock.  Cut a rectangular panel from white cardstock measuring about 7 x 6".
2.       Use removable tape to hold Flourished Frame stencil on white panel and sponge Crushed Olive ink through all parts of the stencil, but more lightly along the top edge.  Sponge Peeled Paint on only the bottom half of the stencil. Apply colour by first patting with the blending tool and then use small circular motions.  Be careful not to move the stencil while you're sponging! Remove the stencil and allow to dry.  Trim to 6.25 x 4.5” and mat with olive cardstock.
3.       Die cut Christmas (from Merry Christmas 2), Love (from Baby Love) and Sprig with Berries from white cardstock and gold cardstock.  Sponge Barn Door ink on love and berries.  Sponge Crushed Olive all over Christmas diecut, but less colour on the top half.
4.       Sponge Crushed Olive on only the bottom half of Christmas.  Designer Tip: By applying the colours this way it will appear as though the card is being lit from above.
5.       Adhere Christmas with rolled bits of Clear Double Sided tape as shown in photo.  Adhere Love with glue. Trim bits from the Sprig and adhere to card with berries.
6.       Layer panels onto the card base with foam tape.

I hope this has started your creative ideas flowing.  I just love the Soft Finish Cardstock - you should try it!
Happy creating, Suzanne

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