Sunday, July 22, 2018

{Technique Tuesday} Flutterfly Highlight

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! It's been a scorcher of a summer here in Toronto with extremely high temperatures and very little rain. It's finally raining today, which is really nice for the plants and gives us a break from the heat. It's the perfect day to post a rainbow card featuring Technique Tuesday's mini stamp set Flutterfly from the July 2018 release.

This artsy butterfly is the only image in the set but you can do so much with it, especially with repetitive stamping. Three are four sentiments in the set for mixing and matching and it's perfect for creating uplifting cards. I used all three of the adjectives and added scripted words from Flowers for Her to create a custom sentiment. I lined up all of the words in my MISTI stamping tool and stamped them with jet black archival ink.

Using an acrylic block, I stamped the butterfly with five distress inks (linked below) on watercolour cardstock, then used a wet brush to create the watercolour drips. I splattered black velvet color shine on the top half of the card. I also used black gesso to paint a border on the white linen cardstock card base.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, July 15, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video Series} featuring Ellen Hutson: Essentials by Ellen + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! Kalyn and I are back with our video series, Two Many Cards. If you missed our first six videos in this series, check out the original post HERE, which explains how and why we're sharing our own unique take on the same products. 

Today, we're featuring three products from Ellen Hutson's Essentials by Ellen line! We're featuring the Totally Random Sayings Vol. 2 and Plaid Maker stamp sets, as well as the Block Words dies.  Complete supply links are at the bottom of this post. 

This is a photo-heavy post so I'll get right to it. I wanted to share different ways to feature the same three products but keep my card designs clean and simple. Bold, graphic stamp sets make it easy to do just that.

I created a shaker out of the HELLO die from Block Words in the first card and I used the kissing technique to 'kiss' the plaid print on to the FRIEND word before stamping it on to the front panel. I also used the long lines from Plaid Maker to stamp a pattern on the card base in the background of the shaker. I used Studio Katia's Crystal Stars sequins for the shaker and star dies from Home & Hearth to create the silver glitter star embellishments.

You can find all the links to the inks by Catherine Pooler down below. I mixed and matched Tutti Frutti, Tiki Torch, Aquatini, Fiesta Blue, Green Tea and Royal Treatment on all three cards.

My second card features what I call a holographic window effect. I created it by die cutting the FRIEND and BEST words, then offset stamping on both the front panel and the card base. The front panel was solid stamped and the card base was stamped with plaid using the kissing technique.

I didn't have enamel dots to coordinate with the Tiki Torch and Fiesta Blue inks so I used Copic markers Y38 Honey and B05 Process Blue, respectively, to colour white enamel dots.

For my third card, I used both the positive and negative parts of the HAPPY and FRIEND Block Words. I stamped the letters using the large striped squares from Plaid Maker in both directions to create a contrast and added visual interest. I lifted the tops and bottoms of the letters to create a scrappy and artistic look.

I also used Copic marker V17 Amethyst to colour a white enamel dot to coordinate with the Royal Treatment ink colour.

We’re giving away one $25 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson Store, with one lucky winner chosen randomly from Kalyn’s video or Emily’s video. You must be a subscriber to both our channels!

Be sure to leave some love for both of us to increase your chances of winning! Comments will close at 11:59pm EST on July 21st, 2018. The winner will be announced on both our blogs and YouTube channels on July 23, 2018. Be sure to check back then.

Please head over to Kalyn’s blog and YouTube channel to see her take on these Essentials by Ellen products! Thanks so much for watching!