Mermaid Tails: Keep on Swimming

I made this card for the Ellen Hutson’ July Challenge using Pantone’s color palette called Quietude. The color palette and inspiration images are shown below:

I love the various shades of soft pinks, mauves and taupes. They make for a very subtle, subdued, yet sophisticated color palette. The palette is also quite feminine.

I decided to create a mermaid-themed card using graceful mermaid tales colored in pink and mauve tones with a touch of soft aqua for the sea. The delicate pinks and aqua decorations on the side of one of the birthday cakes also reminded me of the scales on the mermaid tails. So, my inspiration for the card was complete.

How I made this project:

  • Stamp two mermaid tails, and a seashell onto a piece of white cardstock using a Copic-friendly ink.
  • Color the images with Copic markers (the colors are listed in the supply list below).
  • Die-cut or fussy-cut all the colored images (the mermaid tails and seashell).
  • Die-cut a banner using a stitched fishtail sentiment strip die from aqua cardstock.
  • Using the quilted stitched spirals cover die, die-cut the pattern onto an A2-sized (4.25 inch by 5.5 inch) piece of aqua cardstock and an A2-sized piece of white cardstock.
  • Trim the white cardstock piece down an eighth of an inch on all sides (final size will be 4 inches by 5.25 inches).
  • Arrange the mermaid tails on to the trimmed piece of white cardstock.
  • Stamp the sentiment onto the fishtail sentiment strip to the far left on the strip.
  • Determine the placement of the aqua-colored stitched fishtail sentiment strip onto the white card front. The right side of the sentiment strip will be trimmed off once the placement is determined.
  • Final assembly of card:
    • Adhere the white (4-inch by 5.25 inch) piece of cardstock to the A2 aqua piece
    • Adhere double-sided adhesive foam tape to the mermaid tails and sea shell.
    • Position all images and sentiment as show in the photo of the finished project and adhere them to the card front. Note: Before adhering the sentiment strip, trim of the excess strip so that the right end of the strip is flush to the white cardstock edge (refer to the final photo).
    • Mount the finished card front onto an A2-sized card base.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Inner Mermaid stamp set (mermaid tail and seashell); Essentials by Ellen: Mermaid’s Tail (sentiment).
  • Dies: Essentials by Ellen: Inner Mermaid coordinating dies (mermaid tail and seashell); Lil’ Inker Designs: Quilted Stitched Spiral cover die; My Favorite Things Die-namics: Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips (smallest one).
  • Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Copic-friendly) for all the stamped images; Versafine pigment ink in Onyx Black for the sentiment.
  • Copic Markers: Mermaid tail: R30, RV93; Mermaid body: RV93, RV63; Seashell R30, E13.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock (for stamped images and the white swirl-stitched cover-die mat); Papertrey Ink: Aqua Mist cardstock (for card mat and the sentiment strip); Neenah Solar White 110# (for the card base).

 

Unicorn Stand Out

Don’t be shy, be a stand out, just like a unicorn. This unicorn is not a wall flower! So be like her, your magnificent self!

How I made this project:

  • Stamp images (unicorn, rainbow cluster and clouds) on Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock using a Copic-friendly ink such as Memento Tuxedo Black.
  • Color the images using Copic markers
  • Die-cut or fussy-cut all images.
  • Arrange the images onto an A2 card front before stamping the sentiment to get an idea of where the sentiment should be placed.
  • Stamp the sentiment once the placement has been decided.
  • Adhere the clouds, rainbow cluster as shown.
  • Place foam tape on the back of the unicorn image and place it slight lower, but over the rainbow cluster.
  • Attach the completed card front to an A2 card base.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Unicorn ‘N Rainbows stamp set (unicorn, rainbow cluster and clouds); Essentials by Ellen: Pure Magic stamp set (sentiment)
  • Dies: Essentials by Ellen coordinating dies for Unicorns ‘N Rainbows stamp set.
  • Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black ink (stamped images); VersaFine Onyx Black pigment ink (sentiment).
  • Copic Markers:
    • Clouds: BG10
    • Rainbow Cluster: V12, R20, B02, Y13
    • Unicorn: R20 (cheek and nose); Y13 (horn); B02, BG07, V12, V17 (hair); C1 (shading on face & neck).

 

Hope you like the project. Have a stand out day (or outstanding day)!

Happy, Happy Birthday: Unicorns and Birthday Cake!

What could be any more wonderful than having a unicorn and pink cake for your birthday!

I got the inspiration for this whimsical card from several Essentials by Ellen stamps. I think the leaping unicorn is so cute and the fine lined images all coordinate well with each other even though they are from different stamp sets.

How I made this project:

  • Stamp the images onto Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink or any Copic-friendly black ink.
  • Color the images using Copic markers.
  • Die-cut the unicorn, cake, candles and stars from their respective stamp sets.
  • Onto an A2-sized piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper, lightly blend a background using Distress Oxide ink and a foam ink blending tool.
  • Arrange the die-cut images on the card, but don’t adhere. This must be done to determine the placement of the birthday sentiment at the bottom of the card.
  • Once the sentiment location has been determined, stamp the sentiment in black ink.
  • Adhere all the image pieces using foam tape for dimension.

 

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: All stamps by Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen stamp line:
    • Unicorn and Rainbows stamp set (unicorn and stars)
    • Wish Big (birthday cake and candles)
    • Sock Monkey Surprise (sentiment)
  • Dies: All dies by Essentials by Ellen coordinating die sets:
    • Unicorn and Rainbows die set (unicorn and stars die)
    • Wish Big die set (birthday cake and candles)
  • Inks:
    • Distress Oxide Ink in Tumbled Glass (background)
    • Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Copic-friendly) for stamping images
    • Versafine Clare pigment ink in Nocturne (sentiment)
  • Copic Markers:
    • Unicorn – B02,BG07 and V17 (hair); C1 (body light shading); Y08 (horn and hooves)
    • Birthday cake: RV52, RV55
    • Birthday candles: Y08
  • Cardstock:
    • Neenah Solar White 80# for stamped images
    • Strathmore Bristol Smooth 100# paper for blended background
    • Neenah Solar White 110# for card base

Hope you like the project. Have a great day filled with unicorns, cake and stars. Unfortunately, I left out the sprinkles, but you can add them on your own!

You Really Are Extraordinary

 

I love hydrangeas and have been waiting to do my take on a hydrangea plant. I was intimidated by the cluster of small perfect flowers and how to color and shade them for variation. So here is my result.

This project was also inspired by the current Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge.

I took my inspiration from the flowers and the color palette. I chose the light purples (lavenders), soft yellow, soft green and a light touch of pale lilac to color the hydrangeas. All coloring was done using Copic markers.  To make the flowers pop, I adhered them to a rich navy-colored piece of cardstock. I think the navy brought out the blues and made the pale color of the flowers pop.

How I made this project:

  • Stamped the hydrangea flowers and the cluster onto white cardstock using a Copic-friendly ink (Memento Tuxedo Black).
  • Colored the flowers using the selected Copic marker colors (listed below in the supplies). Blending was very important since I wanted a soft look for the flowers. I started with the lightest BV0000, coloring each petal with this color to wet the flower and then added the other darker shades of the BV family for shading. I also added a little V12 (Pale Lilac) for a pinker, yet subtle, more vibrant look. I used BV01 and BV0000 for blending the colors together as well.
  • Die-cut the colored flowers.
  • Arranged the die-cut flowers onto the A2 navy cardstock. Let flowers overhang the A2 navy card front and trim them later, once the flower placement is the way you want it. Make sure to leave adequate room for the placement of a sentiment.
  • Heat embossed the sentiment using gold embossing powder BEFORE you adhere the flowers to the card front.
  • Placedfoam squares on the back of the flowers and place them on the navy card front in the placement that you’ve determined.
  • Adhered the completed card front to a card base.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: (all stamps by Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen stamp line): Mondo Hydrangea (flower images), Totally Random Sayings Vol. 2 (sentiment: ‘you really are’), Mondo Sakura (sentiment: ‘extraordinary’).
  • Dies: Essentials by Ellen coordinating die set to Mondo Hydrangea stamp set.
  • Inks: Versamark; Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Copic Markers: BV0000 (Pale Thistle), BV01 (Viola); BV13 (Hydrangea Blue), V12 (Pale Lilac) for flower petals; Y02 (Canary Yellow) for flower centers; YG11 (Mignonette) for flower stems.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (for stamping flower images); Papertrey Ink: Dark Indigo cardstock for card front mat; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.
  • Other: Brutus Monroe Metallic Embossing Powder in Gilded.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

Hey, Wasabi?

 

I love using die-cuts that create openings. The openings serve as frames for my stamped images.

For this whimsical card, I chose a theme to tie several stamp images and a sentiment together. I’m sending it to a friend as a hello card.

How I made this project:

  • For this project, I used a die cut that cuts 6 round openings. I cut the openings using a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of white cardstock
  • I stamped 5 images that were all thematically related to sushi and ramen (I was hungry at the time!), colored the images with Copic markers and then cut out the colored images using the coordinating die set.
  • For the assembly of the card, I used a teal-colored piece of 4.25″ x 5.5″ (A2) as my mat. I centered and adhered the white die-cut piece onto the teal-colored mat. I stamped a sentiment on the bottom, right opening.
  • I then adhered all the images using foam squares onto the remaining 5 openings.  I then adhered the card front onto an vertical-oriented card base.
  • Note: All images and the sentiment were from the same stamp set.

Supplies used in this project:

  • Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Wasabi stamp set.
  • Dies: Essentials by Ellen: Wasabi die set (coordinates with stamp set by the same name); Simon Says Stamp: Repeating Circles wafer die.
  • InksMemento Tuxedo Black (Copic-friendly ink; used for the stamped images that were colored using Copics); Versafine pigment ink: Onyx Black (for sentiment); Taylored Expressions: Early Grey ink (for nori skins on the sushi).
  • Copic Markers: R12, R22, R01, YG11, YB23, Y35.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (die-cut openings); Papertrey Ink: Tropical Teal (for mat); Neenah Solar White 110#.

 

Hope you like this card. Have a great day!

You Are Enough: Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge

 

This month’s inspiration board for the Pin-Sights Challenge over at Ellen Hutson’s classroom features a lot of beautiful colors and images shown below.

I decided to go simple and used just three colors to create my focal image. The colors are teal, a dark blue, and a gray from Tsukineko’s Versafine Clair collection of ink pads. The colors stamped beautifully.

The focal image took inspiration from the arrangement of succulents in the inspiration board.

How I made this project:

  • On a 4.00”x5.25” piece of white cardstock, I stamped a flower several times to form a cluster.
  • Using another stamp from the same stamp set, I stamped the centers of the flowers in gray.
  • Using a darker blue color, I used a coordinating stamp for the flower to stamp the flower folds.
  • The leaves for the flower cluster were stamped around to cluster for balance. Note: I didn’t use masking when I stamped the leaves. I inked the leaves stamp in gray and then wiped ink away using my finger on the portion(s) of the leaves so that the leaves looked like they were coming from behind the flower(s).
  • The sentiment was stamped in the same gray ink as the leaves.
  • The card front was then matted against a gray, metallic shimmer card. The mat was 4.25”x5.5” so there was an eighth-inch border all around.
  • The card front with mat was mounted onto a 4.25”x5.5” card base.
  • Clear gemstones were added for some soft bling.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Courage Stamp Set (flowers and leaves); Essentials by Ellen: Lovely stamp set (sentiment).
  • Inks: Tsukineko’s VersaFine Clair inks: Warm Breeze (flower); Blue Belle (flower folds); Morning Mist (leaves and sentiment).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (card front); Silver metallic cardstock in a gunmetal gray from my stash (mat); Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.
  • Other: Hero Arts Smooth Clear Gemstones.

The overall look of the card is clean and simple. The style of the card matches the sentiment in a way—just enough, not fussy.

Hope you like the card. Have a great day!

Hello Friend – A Graphic-Styled Card

Hello-Friend

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