Essentials by Ellen August Pin-Sights Challenge

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Hi everyone!

I’m very excited to participate in the August Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge.

The Pin-Sights Challenge is held monthly. Each month a new Pinterest inspired photo is provided as inspiration for the challenge. This month’s inspiration photo is shown below.

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The requirement for the challenge is that you use the inspiration photo as a jumping point and any Essentials by Ellen product to create a project. The project is not limited to handmade cards. Any papercrafting project can be submitted.

The best part about the challenge other than flexing your creative muscles is that your project submission makes you eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store!  There are lots of goodies at the Ellen Hutson store to feed any crafty person’s addiction. For more information, details and how to submit your project please go to the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog’s August Pin-Sights Challenge page.

For my project, I was inspired by the bright shades of pinks in the photo along with the contrasting green. I pictured rows of blooming flowers in varying shades of pink, nestled against green grass.

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I used several Essentials by Ellen stamps sets to create my project:

Hope you liked my project. Please enter this month’s challenge. It’s fun and I’d like to see all the different projects that people create!

You Are Loved

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Ellen Hutson’s August Mix It Up Challenge is underway currently. This month’s Mix It Up Challenge involves using and Ellen Hutson product with any Avery Elle product.

For my project, I’m incorporating the G’Day Mate stamp set made exclusively for Ellen Hutson by Avery Elle. I guess you could call it a two for one stamp since it counts both as an Ellen Hutson and Avery Elle product.  When you buy the stamp set, you also get coordinating dies for the stamp set! This is great for me since I’m addicted to stamp sets that have coordinating dies.

Since one of my cousins is expecting a new addition to their family, I thought I’d create a card to celebrate that. My mama kangaroo is carrying a new baby kangaroo also known as a joey.  In Australia, a young child or baby animal is referred to as a joey. I really don’t know how that term came about, but I think it’s kind of a cute nickname anyway!

Anyway the mama kangaroo wants the baby to know that he will be loved just like all of her other children. A mother’s unconditional love is forever!

How I made this project:

  1. Using a cloud stencil, apply Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink onto an A2-sized piece of white cardstock. Move the stencil around to create and blend until you get the desired effect. Set this piece aside.
  2. Die-cut a piece of A2 embossed woodgrain cardstock with an arch-shaped die to create an arched opening. (Note: you can same the arch, the positive piece that was cut out for another project.). Put this piece aside.
  3. Stamp the kangaroo and butterfly images from the stamp set onto white cardstock with Memento black Ink. I stamped 1 kangaroo and 3 butterfly images for this project. I used Memento ink because I will color the images with Copic Markers and Memento ink is alcohol marker friendly.
  4. Color your images and die cut them using the coordinating dies. You could also fussy-cut the images if you are good at fussy-cutting (I am not).
  5. Stamp the sentiment in black ink onto a blue-colored cardstock that complements the clouds and sky. Cut out the sentiment with scissors into a rectangle. Adhere one of the butterflies to the sentiment piece.
  6. For the final assembly:
    • Glue the die-cut kangaroo piece to the woodgrain cardstock piece as you see in the photo. I centered the kangaroo in front of the arch opening so that the bottom half of the kangaroo’s body was on the woodgrain cardstock, and the top half was hanging off the open arch.
    • Apply pieces of foam tape liberally to the back of the woodgrain cardstock piece and the back of the top half of the kangaroo. This is to raise the entire card front for added dimension.
    • Remove the backing from the foam tape and place the woodgrain card piece over the stenciled cloud piece. The clouds should be visible through the arch opening.
    • Glue the 2 remaining butterflies to the stenciled cloud piece.
    • Place and adhere the sentiment below the kangaroo image.
    • Mount the entire card front onto an A2 top-folding card base.

Supplies used in making this project:

Supplies used in making this project:

  1. Stamps:
    • G’Day, Mate stamp set made by Avery Elle for Ellen Hutson (kangaroo and butterfly images)
    • Simply Said: You stamp set made by Avery Elle (sentiment)
  2. Dies:
    • G’Day, Mate coordinating dies to the G’Day, Mate stamp set (kangaroo and butterfly images)
    • Die-namics Stitched Arch STAX dies by My Favorite Things (second largest die used to cut out opening)
  3. Stencils:
    • My Favorite Things: Mini Clouds Stencil
  4. Inks:
    • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in Peacock Feathers
    • Tsukineko Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
  5. Copic Markers: RV13, Y13, Y38 for the 3 butterflies; E21, E33, E55 for the kangaroos.
  6. Cardstock:
    • Ellen Hutson: Embossed Woodgrain cardstock
    • Turquoise blue cardstock from my cardstock remnant stash (for the sentiment piece)
    • Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock for cloud piece and kangaroo and butterfly images
    • Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock for card base

Make Waves!

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I made another card using images and a sentiment from the latest Essentials by Ellen stamp set Mermaid Tail’s. The details of the mermaid tail are so beautiful, that gold embossing is perfect for it!

I wanted the gold embossed details of the mermaid tail to really show, so I used vellum instead of regular cardstock to give the image a transparent, light feel as if the image was floating on top of the water.

Hope you liked this project and the effect I was trying to achieve. Remember, be like a mermaid and make waves!

 

How I made this project:

  1. For the waves background:
    • Prep an A2-sized piece of white cardstock with anti-static powder.
    • Stamp the wave background onto the cardstock with Versamark ink
    • Apply white embossing powder to stamped background and heat with a heat tool until melted.
    • Let the embossed background cool.
    • Using the embossed-resist technique, use 3 shades of blue ink to create an ombre effect from top to bottom. Blend the background as much as you need for the desired effect.
  2. For the mermaid tail:
    • Prep a piece of vellum cardstock (40# is best) with anti-static powder.
    • Stamp the mermaid tail image onto the vellum using Versamark ink.
    • Apply gold embossing powder to the stamped image and heat with a heat tool until melted.
    • Let the embossed image cool before die-cutting (with coordinating die) or fussy-cutting it.
    • You may want to put the vellum under a heavy book or block to flatten it after it has been heat embossed.
  3. For the sentiment:
    • Prep another piece of vellum cardstock with anti-static powder.
    • Stamp the sentiment onto the vellum with Versamark ink.
    • Apply gold embossing powder to the stamped sentiment and heat with a heat tool until melted.
    • Using a small cloud image die, cut out the sentiment.
  4. For the assembly of the card:
    • Cut down the A2 wave background by an eighth of an inch on all sides. The final size of the wave background will be 4” x 5.25”.
    • Cut out an A2-sized piece of turquoise or blue cardstock that complements the blue colors used in the wave background. This is the mat for the wave background.
    • Adhere the wave background to the mat. (Note: For added dimension, you can adhere a piece of craft foam sheet cut slightly smaller than the wave background to the wave background and then adhere the card front to the mat).
    • Apply a runner adhesive (not a wet adhesive) to the mermaid tail and adhere it to the card front. Do the same for the sentiment. (Note: the background is busy enough that runner adhesive will not be noticeable underneath the vellum).
    • Adhere the entire card front to a top-folding A2 card base.
    • Apply sequins to the card front as desired.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  1. Stamps:
    • Essentials by Ellen: Mermaid’s Tail stamp set (mermaid tail, sentiment)
    • Hero Arts: Wave Background stamp (background)
  2. Dies:
    • Essentials by Ellen: Mermaid Tail’s coordinated dies (tail)
    • Hero Arts Dies: Infinity Nesting Clouds (for die cutting the sentiment)
  3. Cardstock:
    • Neenah Solar White 80# for card front for wave background
    • Turquoise-colored cardstock (from my stash) for the mat
    • Bazzill Vellum 40# for mermaid tail and sentiment
    • Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base.
  4. Ink:
    • Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink
    • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in: Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Broken China)
  5. Other:
    • Heat tool
    • Wow Embossing Powder in Gold Rich Pale
    • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
    • Hero Arts Ombre Sequins in Blue

 

Call Me On My Shell Phone!

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Mermaids and anything related to them are really big in the card making world right now.

For this project, I used the new Essentials by Ellen stamp set, Mermaid’s Tail. I love the detailed pattern on the mermaid tail and the clever sentiments and puns that come along with the set.

How I made this project:

I stamped the mermaid tail onto watercolor card stock with Versafine ink in Onyx Black. This ink is waterproof and therefore would work well with the watercolor pens I used to color the image.

I chose 3 shades of purple watercolor pens (Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens) to color the body of the mermaid tail. I blended the 3 purples to create an ombré look using a watercolor brush. I colored the fin in a yellow-toned color (actual color was called flesh) and blended that color out using the water color brush.

Once the watercolors dried, I applied a light gold watercolor wash from Gansai Tambi’s Starry Colors watercolor set. I painted the color wash between the scales of the tail and over the fin itself. The color I used from this set was #905-Light Gold. The photo of the project doesn’t pick up the slight gold shimmer, but when the card is held at an angle, you definitely see. This is an unexpected surprise that the receiver of the card will notice.

I die cut the tail after it was thoroughly air dried.

I wanted to create some additional dimension for the card front without it detracting from the color and details of the mermaid tail. To do this, I used a We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder called Wave and embossed an A2-sized of white card stock. The embossing folder creates a softly raised wave background. This piece was cut down to 4″ x 5.25″ because I wanted to mat the finished card front onto a piece of black A2-sized cardstock. The card front was adhered to the black mat with Scor-Tape,

I die-cut a double-fishtail banner from white cardstock and stamped it with the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink.

All the pieces (mermaid tail, sentiment banner) were mounted onto the card front as you see on the project. I added purple sequins and a small die-cut clam shell for more interest.

The entire card front was mounted onto an A2 top-folding card base.

I like the details of this card and hope you do too.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Mermaid’s Tail
  • Dies: Mermaid Tail’s coordinating dies (tail and clam shell)
  • Embossing Folder: We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder Wave
  • Inks: Versafine Ink in Onyx Black.
  • Markers: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (081-Light Violet; 082-Purple; 083-Lilac; 071-Flesh)
  • Watercolors: Gansai Tambi Starry Colors set (#905 Light Gold)
  • Cardstock:  TIm Holtz Distress Watercolor Card Stock; Neenah Solar White 80# (card front); Black card stock (from my stash); Neenah Solar White 110# (card base).
  • Other: Hero Arts Hombre Sequins in Purple.

Seas the Day!

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Hello everyone,

I love puns and was able to incorporate a punny sentiment in my project for the latest Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge. This particular challenge is all about pairing any Essentials by Ellen products with Lawn Fawn products. I was able to combine several stamp sets together to create a whimsical ocean scene. I thought the lines of the images and sentiments were all quite similar and went well together.

I took the sentiment from a stamp set from Ellen Hutson’s latest release named Mermaid’s Tail and some cute critter images and coordinating dies from Lawn Fawn to create this card. Other images from other Essentials by Ellen stamp sets were also added to complete the project.

I had fun constructing the layout and hope you find it fun as well. Seas the Day or should I say Carp-a-Diem? LOL!

How I made this project:

  • Using a 4”x 5.25” panel of watercolor cardstock, I blended 2 shades of blue Distress Oxide Inks to create the underwater background. I let the background dry. Once dry, I stamped the seaweed (using another shade of Distress Oxide Ink). I stamped the sentiment and the ocean waves in black ink.
  • Several critter images from Lawn Fawn’s Critters of the Sea stamp set were stamped onto some Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to do this because the sea critters were going to be colored using Copic markers and Memento Ink does not bleed or smear when you use them with Copics.
  • After coloring the critters, I die-cut them using the coordinating dies for the stamp set. The sea creatures were mounted onto the card front using foam tape.
  • I add some splash drops around the dolphin to emphasize the dolphin jumping up out of the water. I used Distress Oxide Ink for this as well.
  • The finished card front was adhered to an A2-sized mat in turquoise colored cardstock from my stash and then mounted onto a top-folding A2 card base.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps and Dies:

  • Essentials by Ellen Mermaid’s Tail stamp set (sentiment)
  • Essentials by Ellen: Otter Ware stamp set (seaweed, waves, water splashes)
  • Lawn Fawn: Critters of the Sea stamp set and coordinating die set (sold separately).

Inks and Markers:

  • Distress Oxide Inks in: Salty Ocean, Broken China, Peeled Paint
  • Copic Makers: C1, C2, C3, R20, Y38
  • Versamark Ink in Onyx Black
  • Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black

Cardstock:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor cardstock
  • Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock (for sea critters)
  • Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock (card base)
  • Turquoise blue cardstock from my stash (mat for card front)

A Day Bursting with Joy

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Hello everyone,

The inspiration photos shown below for the June Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge is filled with bright summer floral colors.

My project incorporates these beautiful colors in the peonies. I’ve also added a touch of gold around the edges. For information on how I made this project and the supplies I used, read on below.

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How I made this project:

I blended three of the colors (Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, and Fossilized Amber) from the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks line onto an A2-sized piece of hot press watercolor paper. A mini ink blending tool was used for this. The Distress Oxides blend so smoothly!

After getting the colors blended like I wanted, I stamped three peony flower images onto the blended background. I used a black archival ink that would not bleed if I decided to add water splatters to the background. Ultimately I didn’t use water splatters because I thought it might distract from the large blooms and the softly blended, bright background. I wanted the colors to pop so I decided to adhere the card front against an A2-sized black mat. To do this, I had to cut the card front down to 4″ x 5.25″.

The flowers against the black mat were striking, but to further emphasize this, I smudged Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Indian Gold around the edges of the card front. This was done before I adhered the card front to the black mat. The entire front was adhered to an A2 card base.

I stamped the sentiment onto a black strip of cardstock using gold ink. The strip was mounted onto the card using foam tape.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Ellen Hutson Essentials by Ellen: Mondo Peony stamp set; Essentials by Ellen: Lovely stamps set (sentiment).

Inks:  Distress Oxide Inks: Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, and Fossilized Amber; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black; Tsukineko Delicata Ink in Golden Glitz.

Cardstock: Hot press water color paper; Bazzill Cardstock: Licorice Twist.

Other: Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Indian Gold; Misti Stamping Tool.

 

 

HB2U HB2U – Birthday Card

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Life has been pretty busy this summer. Time is flying by while friends and family are having birthdays and other celebrations.

I have “resigned” myself to making birthday cards with a little help from my stash of patterned paper packs. I tend to hoard my patterned paper and this helps me reduce my stash, so I have more room to buy more patterned paper! LOL! Help, I’m in a buyer/hoarder loop!

Using patterned paper relieves me from the stress of choosing a color scheme. I just pick up the colors from the patterned paper in my inks and solid cardstock. The patterned paper also saves me time in stamping a background.

When I first started making cards, I felt that I had to create everything from scratch from the color scheme to the patterned background if I was using one. But as time went on, I saw the folly in this belief. Card making is all about putting different design elements together to create something that is pleasing to the eye. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you get a little help from patterned paper, store-bought embellishments, stickers, etc. I’m sure this revelation is nothing new to other card makers, but it took a while for this to come to me.

How I made this project:

I used a 6×6 patterned paper from Pinkfresh Studio’s Felicity collection. I love the particular color combination because it is bright and cheerful. Since the pattern was a little busy, I decided to partially cover it using a cover up die from My Favorite Things. The openings in this cover up die still allow the pattern to show through, but not so much of it as to be distracting. The cover up die cuts out an area that is slightly smaller than an A2-sized card, so I cut the patterned paper down to the same dimensions as the cover up die. The patterned paper was adhered to the back of the cover up piece. I found a piece of pale blue cardstock from my stash that matched the blue in the pattern and used it to mat the card front.

The 2 speech bubble sentiments were stamped in inks that were similar to the colors in the patterned paper. I die cut the 2 stamped speech bubbles using their coordinating die and mounted it to the front of the card with foam tape.

The entire front and mat were adhered to a top-folding, portrait-oriented, A2-sized card base.

I was pleased with the result and so was the recipient. Hope you like this card!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: My Favorite Things: Birthday Speech Bubbles stamp set.

Dies: My Favorite Things – Die-namics: Birthday Speech Bubbles die set; My Favorite Things – Die-namics: Bold Stripes Cover Up die,

Inks: Papertrey Ink: Aqua Mist and Harvest Gold.

Paper: Patterned paper from Pinkfresh Studio: 6×6 Felicity paper pack; Neenah Solar White 80# for cover up die; for the mat for the card front, I found a piece of scrap that matched the blue in the pattern; for card base: Neenah Solar White 110#.