Hello there! I had so much feedback on the no line watercolor pick up truck from my last post that I decided to make a tutorial and it's being posted today in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom. Click this link to read it. Enjoy and, as always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Today I have the pleasure to be a part of the Honey Bee blog hop for their Holiday release. If you've been following along on the blog hop, you should have arrived here from the blog of Laura Bassen.
For my contribution to the hop, I used the adorable new "Little Pickup" stamp set as the focal point of the card, and stamped it in the no-line watercolor style. I wanted the truck to look a bit grungy and rusted, yet also be bright and cheery. To do that, I watercolored using the following distress ink colors: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone and Black Soot. The tree was stamped with Bundled Sage. The greeting is from the "Christmas Scribbles" Essentials by Ellen stamp set (stamped with Vintage Photo ink) and the cardstock and patterned paper were from my stash.
What’s a Honey Hop without some sweet prizes, right? One winner will win a gift certificate to purchase new goodies in the Honey Bee Stamps Store.
To continue the blog hop, please click over to visit Galina Filippenko who is your next stop!
Thanks so much for visiting. Please let me know if you have any questions.
PS - If, like me, you have wanderlust, then (after this blog hop) head on over to www.ladolcevitaforever.com to check out the week-long creative living retreat I host in Tuscany, Italy - the perfect Christmas gift, if I do say so myself ;) My special guest will be Jo Packham, Founder and Editor of "Where Women Create" and "Where Women Cook" magazines and I invite you to join us! We have two retreats to choose from, May 20-27, 2017 or June 3-10, 2017.
Some of the products used in today's card can be found using these direct links to the Ellen Hutson shop.
Are you already in the holiday mood? I am. Big time. To the point where my husband and I were musing about getting all the decorations out soon. In the meantime I have been satisfying my Christmas craving with holiday paper crafts. Today I'm pleased to share with you a tag made for Travey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas tags event. Today the Ellen Hutson team was invited to participate and it was a pleasure to do so.
In celebration of today's post, Ellen Hutson is giving away a $50 store gift certificate – so be sure you leave a comment here, on the main event blog and through the inLinkz link up for a chance to win. Head over to Tracey's blog to find out all the details of how to enter to win prizes from the 25 days of fabulous sponsors.
My vision for this tag was to have 2 lone pines on a hill with the Northern Lights in the background, and I was really happy with how this turned out.
I stamped the tree with Versamark ink onto vellum, then embossed with Ranger white embossing powder. I then colored on the WRONG side of the vellum with Copic markers. I purposely did NOT blend the colors. I wanted to see hard edges to the ink colors in order to achieve a bit of a watercolor-like look. I colored the trees with the following Copic marker colors: G02, G24, G82, G85, G94, E25, E74. After coloring on the wrong side, I used Ranger double sided adhesive sheets and stuck the trees onto white cardstock. Then, using the coordinating die I cut the trees out. If you've never tried this technique before, and would like to watch a video tutorial of it in action, you can check out this video. While it features a different stamp set, the technique is identical.
Next I created my Northern Lights background on Arches watercolor paper. First I painted blotches of yellow and green onto the paper, then, painted over the colors with black watercolor paint from the Prima, "The Classics" Watercolor confections set. Allow the watercolor to dry - either naturally, or speed the process up by using a heat tool. After the paints were dry I stamped the "O Christmas tree" title (using the stamp set linked above) by stamping the title with Versamark and embossing using the same white embossing powder that I used for the trees. Finally, I used the beautiful creamy white from the Kuretake Gansai watercolors and flicked little white specs onto the background for the stars (or, given that this is winter they could also pass for snowflakes.) I cut the background to size using an Avery tag I had hanging around here as my template.
The bottom of the tag is covered with old ledger paper from a ledged book I purchased years ago at an antique store. I cut it in a gently curving shape to mimmic a hill. Then, I glued the tree in the back directly to the tag front, and the tree in the foreground using low profile 3D adhesive. After the trees were in place I decided to add a shadow below them in order to give depth to the image. I did that using the following Copic marker colors: W0, W1, W3, W5.
I added a little tab to the top of the tag by cutting a little piece of the antique ledger paper and gluing it on the top of the tag. For an extra bit of texture, I used a black eyelet (which I attached with a Crop-a-dile) to secure the tab in place.
As a finishing touch I used my sewing machine to stitch a quick border around the edge of the tag, then I quickly swiped by Blending Tool and Distress ink in "Hickory Smoke" around the edge of the tag to give it a finishing touch.
And there you have it! If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.
Here are the direct links to the products used in today's project:
Welcome to the Holiday 2016 Essentials by Ellen Hutson Stamp release blog hop! My name is Carolyn Peeler and I'm happy that you've popped by for a visit and am excited to showcase several of the new Essentials by Ellen stamp sets and dies on my post today! If you've been following along on the blog hop, you should have arrived here from the blog of May Park.
While you're here, I invite you to connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest. And if, like me, you have wanderlust, then (after this blog hop) head on over to www.ladolcevitaforever.com to check out the week-long creative living retreat I host in Tuscany, Italy - the perfect Christmas gift, if I do say so myself ;) My special guest will be Jo Packham, Founder and Editor of "Where Women Create" and "Where Women Cook" magazines and I invite you to join us! We have two retreats to choose from, May 20-27, 2017 or June 3-10, 2017.
For my second blog hop challenge, I was asked to use the Stitches Cover Plate Die:
This is a lovely die - especially for those of us who love the look of sewing on our paper crafts projects. My card featuring this die set really let the stitching die create a textured background.
Thanks so much for joining me as a part of the Ellen Hutson blog hop. I so enjoyed working with the new products and can't wait to see what YOU make with them!
To continue on the hop, I invite you to head on over to the blog of Nichol Spohr.
As I close out this post, here are the links to the products used today in the Ellen Hutson store:
It's been a little quiet around here lately. Just like many of you, when life gets busy, blogging often takes a backseat. I have been posting more often on Facebook and Instagram, so you are always welcome to find me over there, where I am more prolific.
The biggest news in my life has been that registration went so well with my Tuscan retreat, "La Dolce Vita" that I decided to add a second retreat! Can you believe it? Once Jo Packham and all my partners indicated that they were available, I decided to go for it! So, if you're looking for the trip of a lifetime with similar minded women who share a passion for creative living and antiquing, won't you consider joining me in Tuscany next year either May 20-27, 2017 or June 3-10, 2017. Pricing and registration details can be found on the retreat website: www.ladolcevitaforever.com
While we've barely swung the calendar into September, I have already started making Christmas cards! This one features a soft, shabby chic color scheme and a combination of @heroarts and #essentialsbyellen products. Please join me for today's tutorial in the @ellenhutsonllc CLASSroom. http://bit.ly/
Hi there! Did you have a nice weekend? My poor husband has been under the weather, so we spent a quiet weekend at home, where he lounged on the couch while I worked on answering emails and getting in contact with everyone who had asked to be updated when the "La Dolce Vita" 2017 website went live. To take a little break, I decided to head into my studio for a few hours Saturday afternoon to whip up a little something and get my creative on. This is the card I made. It features watercolor as the main technique and a stamp from Stampin' Up! I also used a couple of my favorites, paper from an old ledger and old book as my accent papers. To finish off, a little strip of old Melissa Frances patterned paper is along the bottom.
Thanks so much for your visit today, and please let me know if you have any questions.
Italy is so many things: It is cobblestone streets and ancient buildings, fresh vegetables with the most amazing flavor and gelato so divine it could make you cry. It is the cooing of doves and the sweet scent of jasmine permeating the summer air. It is a country jam packed with historical works of art and full of the warmest people who practice hospitality as a way of life. It is quite simply a land that has inspired a million dreams, and I look forward to sharing it with the attendees of "La Dolce Vita" 2017.
After months of behind the scenes meetings and discussions with our retreat partners, I am incredibly excited to share that the "La Dolce Vita: Where Women Cook & Where Women Create Edition" website is now LIVE!
Together with my special guest Jo Packham, founder and editor of "Where Women Cook", "Where Women Create" and "Where Women Create Business" we invite you to click over and explore "La Dolce Vita".
I look forward to meeting you in Tuscany next summer. Ciao!