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Hello, Connie Nichol here today with two simple shimmery cards featuring Always and Forever, two of the new dies released by Elizabeth Craft Designs and designed by Suzanne Cannon of Quietfire Design.  You can use them separately as I did here, put them together with an ampersand or add hearts from the Calligraphic Elements 2 dies.  These would be great for wedding or anniversary cards.

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These were very simple to make but I love the way they turned out.  I started by dabbing Izink pigment ink (manufactured by Aladine and distributed through Clearsnap) through an Elizabeth Craft Designs stencil to make the ‘patterned’ paper.  You could use any ink but I love the shimmer and the gorgeous colour of the Izink ink.

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Then, I dry embossed Shimmer Sheetz with a Close to My Heart embossing folder to give the sheetz some pattern and texture.   The CTMH embossing folders are awesome because they are big!   They are 5 x 7″ and I love this for making bigger sized cards.   I used Shimmer Sheetz from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Sampler Packs – they were just the right size and gave me a huge variety of colours from which to choose.  I just love the way the light reflects off of the Mylar sheets.  You can also sand the embossed shimmer sheetz for a bit of a different look.


The final step was to add the sentiments and ribbon.  The new Always and Forever dies are perfect for wedding, anniversary and Valentine’s cards and layouts.  I added hearts from the new Calligraphic Elements 2 – this set also has a couple of ampersands perfect for using with Always & Forever.

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Supplies Used:  Core’dinations cardstock, Elizabeth Craft Designs stencil, dies and shimmer sheetz, Big Shot die cutting machine, Clearsnap Izink ink, tulle from fabric store, Close to my Heart embossing folders, Beacon adhesive.

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  1. Lovely!
    I love the calligraphy in the A Way With Words dies. I want to collect them all! The Shimmer sheets are also so very lovely. The cards you made with them are Gorgeous.

  2. I am making a wedding album right now. I already have a bunch of dies but I think I NEED these. LOL

  3. Cheryl Weatherald Reply

    Beautiful cards. I love Elisabeth Craft dies as they are a nice size for cardmaking

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