Friday, June 16, 2017

color trends - Pantone's Graphic Imprints

This week at Ellen Hutson LLC we have been talking about color trends, specifically Pantone's Graphic Imprints. Gorgeous right?
Graphic Imprints is perfect for summer, filled with popping bright colors on a base of black & white. Not only is this palette beautiful, but it is super easy to adapt to cardmaking. Today 3 of us from the EH team are sharing our takes on this hot summer color trend and here's my card...
To create the cityscape, I masked some basic rectangles and watercolored them with Distress Ink. Those of you with a little more paintbrush skill, could free hand the "buildings" too.
To give the buildings a little more form, I added "windows" with a white Uni-Ball pen.
To add the colorful "pop", I used Distress Ink to color my flower die cuts.
Happy Friday!

Essentials by Ellen Lovely
Essentials by Ellen Wild Garden
Distress Ink Black Soot
Distress Ink Picked Raspberry
Distress Ink Abandoned Coral
Distress Ink Carved Pumpkin
White Uni-Ball

Sunday, May 28, 2017

stamping with spray

My bottle of Heidi Swapp Patina Color Shine has been sitting on my desk since I created my last card and I'm pretty sure it has been whispering, "Use me, love me, I'm your very favorite shade of green...". And it's right. Even though ink sprays can be messy, especially in my hands, I just love it. And it coordinates beautifully with my favorite Distress color, Cracked Pistachio.
I created white rectangles on my card front by placing pieces of masking paper on my cardstock and then applying Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink with a blending tool.

The Essentials by Ellen Totally Awesome stamps create the perfect sentiments inside my white rectangles (I actually measured the masking paper to make sure but sometimes it's still a surprise when it works, LOL!)

And to add the abstract flowers, I misted the flower stamp with the Patina Color Shine and stamped. It's a little messy but I love the effect and I love the way it shimmers! To help contain the over spray, I mist my stamps in my paper wastebasket.

Thanks for stopping by and hope your Sunday is lovely!


Heidi Swapp Patina Color Shine
Essentials by Ellen Totally Awesome
Concord & 9th Wildflower

Thursday, May 25, 2017

come on over...

I'm over in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson LLC playing with ink sprays and Minc Reactive Mist. You know how much I love to foil!!!

Come on over!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

summertime gingham with distress inks

This card started as an attempt to create buffalo plaid but became a summery gingham. I actually have a shirt that looks exactly like this (minus the totally awesome, LOL):
I used painter's tape on smooth bristol cardstock with a blending tool and Distress inks. I applied tape "stripes" one direction and inked. Then removed the tape, applied it in the opposite direction and inked. 

So easy! The only hard part was the spacing, sometimes my eye-balling is better than others.
And I like it so much, I made more in different colors...
The sentiments are die cut words coated in embossing powder (WOW! Yum Yum to say & so pretty).
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Essentials by Ellen Positive Words
Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio
Distress Ink Hickory Smoke
Distress Ink Abandoned Coral
WOW! Embossing Powder Yum Yum Bubblegum

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sparkly Sunglasses with WOW! Embossing Powder

I saw the cutest piece of art by Jen B Peters that I've been dying to recreate in card form. Check her out, she's awesome!
Jen B Peters awesome piece!
My Card

There are lots of ways to create glittery sunglasses but I have some WOW! embossing stunners just begging for attention so that's how I did it. I mean just look at these colors...
I coated these die cuts...
...with VersaMark and Turkish Nights embossing powder (and black for the "lenses").
I cut the circle into pieces to create the rest of the frames and assembled.

To add the dark pink to the top of my heart frames, I just applied a little pigment ink with a blending tool, then clear embossing powder and heat set.
And I love them! I think I might need to create more with my other WOW! colors.

Thanks for stopping by!


Essentials by Ellen Make It Beautiful
Concord & 9th Love Always
Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Hearts
Mama Elephant Tutti Frutti Ink Pad
WOW! Embossing Powder Turkish Nights

Thursday, May 11, 2017


I'm over in The Classroom today at Ellen Hutson LLC using one of my favorite Pretty Pink Posh stamps sets and fashioning some DIY raindrop sequins.

Come on over!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

BCRF Courage + Scrape Art

The Ellen Hutson LLC BCRF fundraising set Courage, is so lovely but my very favorite part of the stamp set is the beautiful sentiments! I wanted to create more cards highlighting the encouraging words and I've by excited to try "scrape art", a technique I've been seeing around the Pinterest neighborhood. Here is the result:
Without any pink acrylic paints on hand (shameful I know), I turned to my Nuvo Drops. And they worked beautifully for this easy & striking technique.

Apply drops of chosen medium to cardstock.
Use a flat edge like a squeegee or old gift card (or Disney pass, haha!) to apply gentle pressure to smooth paint into lines.
So easy right? Have a great day!

Have a great day!