Hello Friend – A Graphic-Styled Card

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I am SO behind in posting the cards that I have made.  I made this card in early September, when I purchased the new Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen Paper Pack, Modern Graphics.

I’m a sucker for anything that is graphic in design. This is partly because, I envy those craft product designers who can come up with the most eye-catching designs in patterned paper and stamps. Their patterns and designs always leave me awestruck. I’m always amazed at how different elements that don’t look coordinated can look so interesting and cohesive together.

This is my attempt to imitate those wonderful graphic designers.

This project is a combination of stamping, die-cutting and layering cardstock.

·        I cut the animal-dotted patterned paper from the patterned paper pack down to an A2-sized mat piece.

·        Next, I die-cut a piece of white cardstock using Papertrey Ink’s Brushed Off Rectangle die. I love this die because of the unusual brushed-cut edges. Love the textured edges!

·        I then stamped a graphic leaf image from the Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals stamp set. I chose an olive colored ink from Papertrey Ink and my favorite black ink from Tsukineko. The leaf was stamped several times and I alternated the stamping as well as the two different colored ink.

·        I cut a black piece of cardstock slightly larger than the Brushed Off rectangle to frame the stamped center rectangle, so that it’s edges didn’t get lost against the dotted pattern mat background.

·        I added a small sentiment that was heat embossed with white embossing powder onto black cardstock. The sentiment was raised using foam tape.

·        The entire card front was mounted onto an A2 card base.

Hope you like the look! Have a great day!

 

Supplies used in making this card:

·        Stamps:

o   Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals stamp set.

o   My Favorite Things: Simply Said stamp set (sadly no longer available—set has tiny sentiments in a simple font)

·        Inks:

o   Papertrey Dye Ink in Ripe Avocado

o   Tsukineko Versafine Ink in Onyx Black

·        Cardstock:

o   Neenah Solar White 80# for the center focal panel

o   Bazzill Cardstock in Licorice Twist

o   Essentials by Ellen Modern Graphics cardstock (4 different patterns, this one is the animal dots pattern).

o   Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base

·        Other:

o   Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Ellen Hutson/Altenew Pin-Sights Challenge: Have a Fabulous Birthday

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Ellen Hutson’s October Mix It Up Challenge incorporates products from Essentials by Ellen and Altenew.

I decided to use the Floral Shadow stamp set from Altenew. It features large, solid floral and foliage images.  I chose two ot the floral and leaf images as my focal point and stamped them in a bold, deep raspberry ink. I used my MISTI stamping tool when I inked and stamped them a couple of times. I wanted to insure that I had good, solid impressions.

The color of the flowers is rich and bold, so I decide not to add other colors or things that might detract from the design. I wanted the flowers to really pop against the front of the card, so I emphasized this by matting the card front against black cardstock.

I love the sophisticated look of the handwritten “fabulous” sentiment die. I die-cut the word three times from the same black cardstock and glued all three pieces on top of each other for more dimension before adding it to card. I also added 2 small label sentiments, stamped in black, to complete my sentiment.

A few clear, sparkling sequins were added for a slight bit of shimmer and I “colored” the flowers using a clear, Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to up the glitz a little more.

I’m really happy with the results, my project is bold and striking and uses a minimum amount of color and fuss.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

Stamps:

  • Altenew: Floral Shadow Stamp
  • The Ton: Basic Labels (sentiment)

Dies:

  • Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies: Totally Fabulous

Inks:

  • Hero Arts: Raspberry Jam Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
  • Tsukineko: Versafine Ink: Onyx Black

Cardstock:

  • Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock (card front)
  • Bazzill: Licorice Twist (black) cardstock (mat)
  • Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock (card base)

Other:

  • Wink of Stella Glitter Brush in Clear.
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins (assortment).

Hello and Stars and Dots!

The September Pin-Sights inspiration images feature lots of complementary colors—various shades of blue and orange. So, I decided to focus on the colors and the small picture of a beautiful pattern of little shapes outlined in gold.

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes the smaller images in a stamp set can go unnoticed and unused. In particular, I’m referring to those tiny embellishment images like little stars, dots, hearts and clusters of the same that come with the set. I honestly love and am fond of these small stamps, so I decide to use them in a more prominent way on a card.

Here is my project:

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How I made this project:

I chose small stamp images from 3 Essentials by Ellen Hutson stamp sets and arranged them onto a round acrylic block in a cluster as shown below.

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The stamp sets from which these small stamp images came are described below in my supply list.

Before stamping this image cluster on my A2 card front, I created an ombre background for front of the card by blending Distress Oxide Inks in shades of yellow-orange, orange and brick. Once the ombre background was dried with my heat tool, I proceeded to stamp the image cluster onto the card front using three shades of blue. I rotated the acrylic block in different ways as I stamped the image cluster.

I made sure that I left some open spaces to stamp single star images. I stamped these single images in Versamark ink because I was going to heat emboss the stars using gold embossing powder. (Note: I made sure that the card front was properly prepped with an embossing powder bag before stamping in Versamark.). After applying the gold embossing powder, I removed any stray embossing powder with a small brush before heat embossing.

The gold stars really popped against the bright background and the star and dot background.

Since the overall background is busy, I used a single, simple die-cut word as a greeting. The hello die is also from Essentials by Ellen and it was die-cut 3 times in dark blue cardstock and glued together for added dimension. The hello was matted onto some vellum cardstock so that it would stand out from the background and then the entire sentiment piece was adhered to the card.

I trimmed down the A2 card front to 4” x 5.25” and mounted it onto a mat in the same dark blue cardstock as the sentiment. This was then adhered to a top-folding A2 card base.

Hope you like the project. Have a great day!

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps (and the small images used from each set):
  1. Essentials by Ellen Brushstroke Christmas (individual stars and small dot cluster).
  2. Essentials by Ellen Bokeh Dots (large dot cluster)
  3. Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops (star cluster)
  • Inks:
    1. Hero Arts Bold Hybrid inks in: Indigo, Aquatic, and Summer Sky
    2. Distress Oxide Inks in: Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral, and Fired Brick
    3. Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Dies:
  1. Essentials by Ellen: Brushstroke Hello die
  2. My Favorite Things Die-namics: Double-stitched Rectangle STAX (smallest size)
  • Cardstock:
  1. Neenah Solar White 80# for card front
  2. PapertreyInk: Enchanted Evening cardstock (for die-cut sentiment and card mat)
  3. Neenah Solar With 110# for card base
  • Other: WOW Embossing Powder in Gold Rich Pale.

Cheers 2017! Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge Jan. 2017

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The Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge for January, 2017 came from the inspiration photo below:

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I was inspired by the gold lettering against the black background, the oval wreath and “year” themes.

I love metallic colors against black, especially gold against black. Metallic colors really seem to pop against a black background. The “this year” sentiment also made me think about the coming New Year. We’ve almost finished the first month of the New Year, and I only just made a card to celebrate it. Maybe one of my resolutions should be not to procrastinate.

I know one of my resolutions should include posting the cards I make more often on my blog. I make more cards than I actually post. However, by the time I’m finished with a card design (and I really agonize over the designs), I’m exhausted. So the idea of writing about the card sometimes becomes overwhelming. But I really need to do more posting. I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll do more postings.

Anyway, back to my project. I ran with the theme of black and gold and found a 6×6 cardstock pad that had all black and gold and cream designs. I’ve been hoarding this pad for a long time. (Note to self: Stop hoarding supplies and use them! This is another new year’s resolution.)

I cut a piece of A2-sized black cardstock along the diagonal. Then, I chose a complimentary pattern from my cardstock pad (gold dots against a cream-colored background); cut an A2-sized piece of the patterned paper along the diagonal as well. I now had 2-pieces of cardstock that I could mount onto an A2-sized mat.

After mounting the two diagonally-cut pieces together, I die-cut a wreath in gold foil cardstock and mounted it against the patterned side of the card front. I then stamped the word “cheers” from the Essentials by Ellen Advent stamp set onto the black side of the card front using Delicata Golden Glitz ink. I had to stamp the word several times to get the impression I wanted (thank God for my MISTI!).

I also stamped the numbers 2, 0, 1, and 7 from the same stamp set onto a scrap piece of black card stock in the same gold ink. Again, I had to stamp the number several times with my MISTI to get the proper coverage.

I die cut the stamped numbers using the coordinating dies for the Advent stamp set. The numbers were adhered underneath the “CHEERS” sentiment with tiny black foam adhesive pieces.

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

So there you have it! An almost-one-month-old New Year’s greeting card! Better late than never.

But sincerely, to everyone reading this post, I wish you a very happy, healthy, exciting New Year brimming with creativity.

 

Supplies used in creating this project:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen Advent stamp set.

Dies: Essentials by Ellen Advent coordinating dies.

Cardstock: My Mind’s Eye: Yes, Please 6×6 cardstock pad; DCWV: gold foil cardstock from foil pack; Papertrey Ink: True Black (100#); Neenah Solar White cardstock (110#).

Ink: Tsukineko: Delicata Ink in Golden Glitz.

Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge With Pinkfresh

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The October, 2016 Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge requires the use of any Pinkfresh Studio product with any Essentials by Ellen product.

I LOVE Pinkfresh patterned papers. Pinkfresh’s style is very modern, whimsical and graphic. Their latest patterned paper release, Indigo Hills is a great example of this.

I chose a piece of Pinkfresh’s 6×6 patterned paper that had graphic flowers along the bottom of the paper and paired it with Essentials by Ellen’s some flower dies from the Wild Garden die set. Several flowers were die-cut from the set and were added to the Pinkfresh patterned paper to further emphasize the graphic flowers on the paper. I used 2 different flower dies from the Wild Garden. For added dimension, I cut each flower three times using WPlus9’s Coal Mine cardstock (a charcoal-color) and adhered the three pieces on top of each other to create thicker, chipboard-like flowers.

Since the patterned paper was 6-inches square, I trimmed it down to a 5-inch square. I stamped a sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen sentiment set, Lovely, in the upper right of the square. I then arranged the chipboard flowers onto the card front to fill in the open areas and balance the pattern. I used a glue pen to adhere the flowers. Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Charcoal (4mm and 6mm) were added as well.

I then cut a piece of the same WPlus9 charcoal cardstock to make a top-folding, 5.5-inch square card base. The card front was adhered to the base.

Overall, I really liked the end result. The results looked cohesive. The two different brands and the patterns and elements I chose were very complementary. I loved the use of charcoal and grays in this project.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Lovely (for the sentiment).

Dies: Essentials by Ellen: Wild Garden die set

Paper:
• Pinkfresh Studio: Indigo Hills patterned paper collection
• WPlus9: Coal Mine (charcoal) 100# cardstock – for card base and die-cut flowers

Inks: Tsukineko VersaColor pigment ink in Charcoal.

Other: Pretty Pink Posh Sequins: Charcoal (4mm and 6mm); Zig 2-way Glue Pen.

I Love Fall Most of All

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This month’s Mix It Up Challenge on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog requires the use of any creative combination of Essentials by Ellen and Concord & 9th stamps.

I chose to create a card with warm autumnal colors to welcome the Fall season. The leaves used in this card feature leaves from Essentials by Ellen’s Autumn Acorns and Concord & 9th’s Give Thanks stamp sets. The sentiment is from the Give Thanks set.

I used my MISTI stamping tool to help me stamp the leaves to ensure that I got good impressions of the solid leaf images as well as their outline images. I love the line images from both sets and you could make tons of different cards with these sets.

The sentiment piece was die cut from vellum using a stitched die. It was stamped with Versamark ink and then heat embossed using Copper embossing powder.

I cut down the original card front by 1/8 of an inch on the top and bottom so that the final length was 4 inches by 5.5 inches across. The card panel was mounted on rust-colored A2 card mat and then the entire front was mounted on a top-folding, landscape oriented A2 card.

Hope you enjoy the fall colors as much as I do.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:
Concord & 9th: Give Thanks; Essentials by Ellen: Autumn Acorns

Dies:
WPlus9 – Gift Card Layers Die (stitched rectangle from this set).

Inks:
Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Inks in Raspberry Jam, Just Rust, Butter Bar and Cup O’ Joe (outline for the leaves) ; Hero Arts Bold Inks in Caramel, Tangerine and Moss; Versmark Ink.

Cardstock:
Neenah Solar White 80# for the front card panel, Papertrey Ink: Terracotta Tile as mat for the card panel; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Bazzill 40# Vellum for stitched-rectangular sentiment.

Other:
Hero Arts embossing powder in Copper; Pretty Pink Posh 6mm flat sequins in Bronze and 4mm cupped sequins in Bronze.

It’s Your Time to Bloom: Pin-Sights Challenge

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The inspirational photo shown below was provided as a starting point for the Ellen Hutson August, 2016 Pin-Sights Challenge.

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The beautiful floral images in this photo are my point of reference for this challenge as well as the soft, graceful pleats on the back of the bride’s gown.

To imitate the pleats, I used the W R Memory Keeps Next Level 3D embossing folder named Wave. There are two folders in this set, and I chose to use the one with the soft wavy linear lines. I can’t say enough about how I love WRMK’s 3D embossing folders. I have a few of the sets and can’t say which one is my favorite. If you like interesting and unique dimension in your cards like I do, try out one of these folder sets. They really give a card that special something. I don’t know if my photo of the card does the wave pattern justice. The lines are so pretty and subtle.

Since I had decided on using an embossing folder for the background, I chose to use die-cut flowers on top of the embossing. I didn’t think stamping on the embossed surface would produce a clean stamped image. The Essentials by Ellen line has a lot of beautiful floral dies. I chose a flower die and leaves from the Wild Garden die set.

I die cut the flowers and leaves from the set using Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock. Using sponge daubers, I used distress inks to color the flowers and leaves. I used separate daubers for each color. The flowers were blended using the colors Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, and Picked Raspberry. The leaves were colored by blending Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio. The die-cut flower pieces and leaves were assembled and glued onto the embossed card front as you see.

The sentiment was heat embossed with gold embossing powder onto a double-stitched circle. Sparkling Clear sequins were added to the front of the circle with micro glue dots. The circle was then glued to the card using the same micro glue dots hidden behind the clear sparkling sequins on the circle.

Since the card front was slightly warped due to the embossing, I cut down its original size from 4.25” by 5.5” to 4.0” by 5.25”. The piece was then adhered to a piece of white fun foam cut slightly smaller in dimension.  I used Be Creative Tape for this.

The front of the card was then mounted onto a top-folding, portrait-oriented card base cut from Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

Hope you like my inspiration for the Pin-Sights Challenge.

Supplies used in making this project:

Dies:  Essentials by Ellen: Wild Garden; My Favorite Things: Doubled-Stitched Circle Stax die set.

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Lovely stamp set (sentiment).

Embossing Folder: We R Memory Keepers Next Level 3D Embossing Folders: Wave.

Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron,  Cracked Pistachio ; Versamark Ink.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80#; Neenah Solar White 110#; Bazzill Vellum 40#.

Other:   WOW Pale Rich Gold embossing powder; Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins;