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  • Debbie Gaetz, Bella Carta

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Soft Paper

While working the Elizabeth Craft Designs' booth at the Scrapbook Expo in Puyallup last weekend, I was totally taken with a card that was on display. The die design is from Joset van de Burgt and the card stock is ECD's new Soft Finish Card Stock. This card stock has such a subtle texture to it; when Distress Inks are applied, the paper takes on a velvet-looking finish. Of course, I had to buy the die and the card stock. The Soft Finish Card Stock comes in two weights.

Elizabeth Craft Designs, Joset Designs, Spellbinders, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Ranger, IMAGINE Crafts, Tsukineko, Soft Finish Card Stock, Magenta Style, Pretty Pink Posh

Using the Soft Finish card stock, I die cut two sets of the large strawberries and one set of the smaller strawberry (solid back and overlay), as well as two sets of the leaf die and the strawberry stem top die. Distress inks were applied with the small round applicator and foam, and then allowed to dry. (Candied Apple on the solid back; Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries on the overlay; Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters used on the leaves, stems and strawberry stem top.)

With 110 lb. white card stock, I die cut the background frame and decorative front. I applied the Distress Inks to that as well. (Shabby Shutters, Twisted Citron)

The Spellbinder decorative background front die nests inside the frame. I temporarily taped them together "in place" on the 100 lb. white card stock before running it all through the die cutting machine. I had to trim down each side of the frame. After coloring the decorative inlay, I used a narrow piece of double-sided adhesive to hold the frame and inlay together; then I used 1/4" Scor Tape around all 4 edges. I also used small glue dots behind the solid circle shapes on the decorative strip. It was all adhered to the base card (5" wide x 6-1/2" high).

Using Glossy Accents in a fine needle-nosed tip dispenser, I glued the pieces of the strawberry dies together (solid back, overlay and stem top). I laid the leaf dies down with the Glossy Accents onto the card front and tucked the smaller of the strawberry die set under a leaf (upper right). After they were all in place and glued down, I added 3 clear acrylic "water" droplets, and made 4 tinier droplets with the Glossy Accents.

The sentiment was stamped with VersaFine.

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Strawberries Die by Joset Designs 1149 & Soft Finish Card Stock 85 lb.

Spellbinders' Contemporary Strip Die S4-454

Magenta Stamp "Life is Short" 07.893.O

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron

IMAGINE Crafts' VersaFine by Tsukineko in Onyx Black

Ranger Glossy Accents

Pretty Pink Posh clear acrylic droplets

Conqueror 118# Cover Card Stock in Diamond White (A6 card base)

core'dinations Heavyweight 110# White Solid-Dyed Core Card Stock (Spellbinder background die)

This is no where near the beauty of the card displayed at the show; however, it is my first attempt using Distress Inks on the Soft Finish card stock and using the strawberry die set. I'm happy. I achieved the look of "soft velvet" with he Distress Inks and the Soft Finish card stock. Next time, I'll try using yellow on the strawberry solid back die as shown on the inspiration below.

Elizabeth Craft Designs, Anita Izendoorn, Joset Designs, Soft Finish Card Stock

Off to do some of those pesky household chores that just cannot be ignored any longer.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to try out this Soft Finish Card Stock; it's THE best!

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