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.
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.
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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:
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/
Welcome to the Summer 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 Chari Moss.
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. I returned home from our 2016 retreat in June and I am getting ready to open registration for our 2017 retreat soon. 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! You can sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the "La Dolce Vita" webpage and you will be notified once registration details go live!
There is also a ridiculously awesome Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom! To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, also by Tuesday, August 23rd.
Without further delay, let's jump into this hop!
For my first project I was challenged to use the Mondo Peony Stamp (above, left) and matching Die set. I LOVE this set. (Can I say that again? I flippin' LOVE this set!) It is so very beautiful and classic. While I made a card with it, the size and scale of it means that it would also work well for 12x12 scrapbook layouts! In addition to the Mondo Peony stamp sets, I also used a greeting from the brand new "Lovely" stamp set (above, right).
To make this card I stamped the peony stamp with Versamark onto vellum, then embossed with white embossing powder. I then colored the backside of the vellum with Copic markers in the following colors for the petals: RV10, RV11, RV13, RV32, RV34, and in G21 and G24 for the leaves. After coloring, I applied double sided adhesive to the back of the vellum, then stuck it onto white cardstock. Finally I used the coordinating metal dies to cut the flower and leaves out.
I ended up cutting one of the groups of leaves apart in order to remove one of the stalks as given the size of the card it felt a little too crowded with 6 leaves. I glued the leaves directly to the card background and used thin 3D foam adhesive to stick the blossom onto the card.
To finish up, I glued a piece of old ledger paper across the bottom of the card, and stamped the "If flowers could hug..." greeting onto the ledger paper using the "Tuxedo Black" Momento ink pad.
For my second assignment, I was tasked with using the "Sunshine Word" die set (below, left) on a project. I chose to pair it with the "All inside" stamp set (below, right) from a previous Essentials by Ellen release.
And here's the sweet card I made. I love how playful and cute this card is. It still has touches of me - such as the vintage ledger paper background - but it's a bit of a departure from my usual style - and I think I like it!! (It's good to step outside of your comfort zone from time to time, isn't it?!)
To begin, using white cardstock cut a white rectangle using the My Favorite Things Die-namics, STAX Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle. Using Antique Linen distress Ink and a Ranger Ink Blender tool, lightly ink the border of the die cut. Next, lay the 'SUNSHINE" die into place on the lower center portion of the rectangle and send it through your die cut machine. Cut a piece of Bazzil Gold Coins cardstock that is large enough to go behind the 'SUNSHINE' cut out so that the yellow can be seen in the negative space and then glue it in place behind the word. To finish up prepping the rectangle focal die cut, cut a pice of Bazzil Candy Bar cardstock slightly larger than the white rectangle and glue it beneath the white cardstock to create a very narrow dark brown border. This border will add contrast to your card and helps ground this center element.
The sun element on this card was made using the same technique as I used on the Mondo Peony card above. So, in short, I stamped the sun using Versamark onto vellum. Then embossed with white embossing powder. I used the following Copic markers to color the vellum on the wrong side: Y13, Y15 and RV11. After coloring, I applied double sided adhesive to the back of the vellum, then stuck it onto white cardstock. Finally I used the coordinating metal dies to cut the sun out of the vellum.
Before adding the sun to the card, I needed to prep the blue 'sky' background. Using the 1" Ink Blender tool and Tumbled Glass Distress ink I created a gentle blue background that is slightly larger than the sun area. After the area was colored I stuck the sun in the center of this area using thin 3D foam adhesive. Using the 'sometimes you just have to make your own' stamp and "Tuxedo Black" Momento ink" stamp the greeting between the sun and the 'SUNSHINE' die cut.
You're almost done! To finish up, cut a piece of vintage ledger paper 4.25" x 5.5" and glue to the front of a white card. Then, glue the center section with the "SUNSHINE' die cut in it to the center of the card. And that's it! You've finished!
THANK YOU for joining me today. It was my pleasure to participate in the blog hop today and I hope you enjoyed checking out my cards. Your next stop on the blog hop is with Miriam Prantner, enjoy your visit with her!
Here are links to all the products mentioned in today's post:
Welcome to the Ellen Hutson Winter 2016 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 with the hop, you will have arrived here from the blog of Carly Minner.
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 retreat I co-host in Tuscany, Italy. While our 2016 retreat is sold out, I would invite you to subscribe to our newsletter where you will receive details for upcoming retreats.
Now that the preliminaries are out of the way, let's dive into my projects!
For my first project, I was asked to work with the "Mondo Hydrangea" stamp set.
Although this flower looks like it has been watercolored, in fact, I colored it with Copic markers. Here's a quick walk through:
First, I stamped the Hydrangea image onto vellum with Versamark ink, and embossed it with white embossing powder. Then, I colored the BACK (or wrongside) of the vellum with Copic markers. I didn't try to blend the areas where colors met, instead I let the colors stay segregated, which is what gives this watercolorish (which is so totally not a word!) look. After coloring, I stuck Sookwang double sided adhesive onto the back of the vellum, covering the entire stamped surface and stuck it onto white cardstock. I then used the matching "Mondao Hydrengea" die to cut the image out. After prepping my card background (I did a light wash of green watercolor using "Mowed Lawn" Distress ink onto watercolor paper and then mounted that onto Bazzill "Gumball" cardstock), I mounted the hydrangea on pop dots and stuck it onto the background. The "hi, there" stamp, is from the new "All Inside" stamp set. As a finishing touch, I added some stitching with my sewing machine under the greeting.
Thanks for your visit. Remember to leave a comment for your chance to win an Ellen Hutson Stamp set!
For your next stop on this ongoing blog hop, please head over to the blog of Lisa Spangler.
Finally, here are the links to the products used in today's projects:
Hi friends, wow! it's been a long time! A lot has happened since I last posted. I travelled to Anaheim to attend the CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) trade show, where I had a blast connecting with so many friends and colleagues, came home where our family celebrated my Dad's retirement with a weekend celebration with his church (my Dad was a Pastor), and then last week I travelled down to Seattle to join my friend Ellen Hutson for a tour of the production facility at Daniel Smith fine Art supplies. It's been a bit of a whirlwind around here.
Today I'm back to let you know that a have another card tutorial up in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom. Today's card shows a fun shadow embossing technique - I hope you'll pop by to check it out. In the meantime, I am more active over on Instagram, so I invite you to join me over there.
Did you have a fun Christmas? Rick and I had a great Christmas and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Now, we're looking forward to New Year's Eve! It seems so crazy that the calendar is flipping to a new year again. 2016 here we come!!
Today I have a brand new tutorial up at Ellen Hutson's CLASSroom with a fast and easy New Year's card. Below are the products used, and please visit me over at the CLASSroom to read the step by step through the project.
Hi Friends, the lovely Ellen Hutson has invited all her design team members to join in a new tradition and share the "Things we love 2015". Over the past 10 days the designers have been sharing the products they reach for over and over again. Today I am bringing a close to this celebration with my list of favorites. There are so many crafting products available, and sometimes it can be overwhelming to decide which products to invest in. The ones on the list today are ones that I have either used forever or are things that I just recently aquired and which are inspiring me :)
As a bonus during this "Things we LOVE 2015" celebration Ellen has provided a DISCOUNT CODE for you! Just enter this exclusive coupon code in the coupon code area during check-out: “thingswelovecarolyn” will save you 10% on EVERY in-stock product through December 14 over at Ellen Hutson LLC! The discount is NOT limited to just the things I love, but ANYTHING you love, too, as long as it is in stock!
Ellen is also providing a GIVEAWAY for my blog readers! So check out my list of favorite things from 2015 and scroll to the bottom for details on how you can win 5 of my favorite things!
I tried to keep this list short and just highlight the products I reached for regularly in 2015. If you have any questions about any of these items, please feel free to ask in the comments and I'll try to reply asap. (Or, if you prefer, you could also email me using the link below my profile picture on the upper left of this blog.)
Stay tuned to the end of this post for a huge GIVEAWAY just for my blog readers!
1) Ranger Kraft Tag #8 - I LOVED using kraft paper as a neutral in my projects this year, and these tags made an appearence in several projects, such as my recent "12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist" project which can be seen HERE.
2) Tim Holtz, Black and Cream Trimmings - Black and Cream is classic and works with so many different color schemes. Love that this set is so versatile.
3) Ice Resin - As someone who also loves to make jewelry projects, I LOVE this product SOOOO much. I used it to make the resin photo circles on this necklace. If you want to read more about it, the post can be found HERE.
1) Ranger Distress Stain, Spun Sugar - I love this line of products for giving a sheer wash of color to backgrounds, and this pale, pastel pink is my favorite color.
2) Ranger Superfine Embossing Powder, Clear - this year I have been doing a ton of embossing techniques on my stamping projects, and the clear embossing powder I reach for again and again is this embossing powder by Ranger. It. just. works. BAM!
3) Ranger Texture Paste - It seems that Ranger is walking away with this category this year for me! I love this texture paste and have used it a ton with stencils on my altered journals.
1) Bold blossom Stand-Alone by Ellen Hutson - I had so much fun playing with this set this year. Take a peek at one of my cards HERE.
2 & 3) Magnietic Die Storage and Envelopes by Ellen Hutson - I am putting these 2 products together as they go hand in hand. I love the way these 2 products solve the problem for storing dies. Such an easy way to keep them organized and visible. LOVE!
4) Open Book Die set by Crate Paper - I really like how versatile this set is. Use it for everything from a masculine card like the one in this video tutorial, or to make a romantic card, like this one HERE.
1) Rangers Stickles, Star Dust - For adding understated sparkle and shimmer to a project, this is my go-to glue/glitter combination.
2) Pearls, Champagne - I love shabby chic, and pearls are an easy way to add classic beauty to a project.
3) Tim Holtz, Salvaged Dolls - I loved Tim's frozen Charlotte dolls, and now that those are discontinued, these Salvaged Dolls are a new favorite. They are so stinkin' CUTE!
4) Doodle Twine Spool, Cupcake - Baker's twine has become a staple, and this pretty pink is a super fun color!
1) Memento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black - This is my favorite true, dark black ink. It also retains a lot of detail.
2) Versamark Ink Pad - This is a great, double use ink pad. I love it for embossing and also for producing beautiful watermark stamp impressions.
3 & 4) Distress Marker collections - For bang for your buck, the Distress markers go a long way. Using the Ranger Craft Sheet, you can easily turn these markers into watercolors, like I did in THIS card, or color directly onto rubber stamps with them, like I did here:
This year has seen me heavily use watercolor and vellum. I love the versatility of these the Ranger Watercolor paper, and Ellen Hutson's Vellum, they will work with any color scheme, can easily take on the style of whatever they are paired with.
Patterned paper has always been a HUGE love of mine. This "Classic Elegance" paper pack is from of my all time favorite Melissa Frances paper collections. (And, it's on sale right now for 50% off! Use the coupon code given at the top of this post for an additional discount!)
1) Blissful Butterflies by My Favorite Things - This stamp has been in my collection for a few years and has showed up on many of my projects. It is versatile - you could use it for thank you, sympathy, 'just because', and happy birthday cards to just mention a few themes. HERE is a sample card that I made with this set.
2) Just Geometrics: Triangles by W9 Designs - A fun, modern design that works well with my clean, graphic style, this background stamp is a keeper!
3) Fancy Thanks by Ellen Hutson Essentials - This combines a sentiment I use a ton with beautiful calligraphy. LOVE IT! Here is a card featuring one of the stamps from this set:
1) Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet - I think I pretty much use this craft sheet while creating every project I make. It has saved me money as I used to use disposable palettes, this is both better for the environment, and my wallet :)
2) Ranger Ink Blending Tool - If you love the look of distressed edges on your paper craft projects, there is no better applicator. Hands down, this is a winner!
3) Water Mister - This has been the year of watercolor for me, and using a water mister to remoisten stamps and start the ink running into each other in order to get that beautiful watercolor effect, is such an easy, fast way to get that result!
THINGS WE LOVE GIVEAWAY
The prize includes…
For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this blog post within the next 4 days (December 14th) and one winner will be randomly chosen to receive these FIVE fabulous products. One comment per person please! Please ensure you leave your email along with your comments or you have the "no reply” option disabled so that I can get in contact with you should you win. You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
Good luck! And if YOU have a favorite product of 2015, I'd love to hear about it!