Hello, crafty peeps! It's release day over at Ellen Hutson LLC and we have some Fantasmagorical new products to share today! What exactly is Fantasmagorical? Well, I will defer that question to Julie Ebersole, the creator of this stamp set, but I sure ...
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Watercolor Rainbow Shaker Card

7-8 ebe-release-available-01Hello, crafty peeps! It's release day over at Ellen Hutson LLC and we have some Fantasmagorical new products to share today!  What exactly is Fantasmagorical?  Well, I will defer that question to Julie Ebersole, the creator of this stamp set, but I sure had a blast playing with her new Unicorns 'N Rainbows stamp set and coordinating dies! And evidently July is World Watercolor month, so I threw in some of that, too!  ;-)

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To create this watercolor rainbow shaker card, I used a background of watercolor paper and brushed Tumbled Glass Distress Ink over a cloud stencil, using a fabulous new-to-me tool: Clarity Stencil Brushes

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These amazing brushes give such a smooth and soft blend ... I'm totally hooked on them!  Next, I stamped the adorable unicorn and his rainbow with Memento Gray Flannel ink onto more watercolor paper, then used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to watercolor them both. Then I used their coordinating Unicorns 'N Rainbows dies to cut them both. Next, I die cut a spot for my rainbow from the stenciled cloud panel, then stamped the awesome sentiment (from the new Pure Magic stamp set), using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment, which allowed me to color directly on the sentiment stamp and re-stamp as needed, to achieve good coverage with the markers. Finally, I die cut the lower edge of the background panel using a Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Borders 2 die and used the rainbow die cut opening as a guide to adhere the colored rainbow to the underlying cardfront.

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To create the shaker element, I simply turned the die cut cloud panel to the back side, placed a piece of acetate over the rainbow die cut hole and adhered the acetate using foam tape around the edges. This creates a "well" in which to place all types and sizes of sequins. I used 4mm clear, 6mm clear cupped sequins, and sparkling clear stars. Next, take the liner off the foam tape and place another piece of acetate over the well of sequins. Place more foam tape on the back of the cloud panel and adhere it to a white card base cut with the same scallop border along the bottom.

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Finally, I used the Clarity Stencil Brush with Tumbled Glass Distress ink to create the blue border you see at the bottom of the card. It is actually the inside of the card!

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I used the cloud stencil again, but brushed on the color a little heavier than the card front. Finally, the card was finished by stamping the clouds with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, die cutting them, and adhering them to the card front. And of course where there are unicorns and rainbows, one MUST use glitter {wink}, so Clear Wink of Stella was brushed on the unicorn's mane and the bottoms of the clouds.

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You are Fantasmagorical for making it through this blog post and for visiting me today!  ;-)  I hope you'll check out the Classroom blog over at Ellen Hutson, to find the other fine ladies who have some projects for you today as well!


NEW! Essentials By Ellen Unicorns 'N Rainbows & Pure Magic stamps, Unicorns 'N Rainbows dies available now!



Shop, Save & Freebie!

SALE ALERT!  June 15-19 Shop the Oops Overstock category, save & get a freebie at Ellen Hutson LLC!! 

Click the Oops graphic below to shop the special sale category. If you spend at least $100, you'll get a brand new stamp set (Over It by Julie Ebersole shown below) FREE!!


Happy shopping!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon


Stitched Stamping: United We Flourish Ellen Hutson & Waffle Flower

Hello, Crafters!  After a little bit of a break Ellen Hutson's United We Flourish campaign is back, bringing you a beautiful stitching stamp and coordinating die set by Waffle Flower called Stitched Together:


And here are some projects I created with it: 

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This clear stamp set is a 5-step layering set that creates this beautiful world globe, filled with flowers and leaves as the land!  You can download this stamping guide to assist you HERE:

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Your stamp guide or MISTI will be of great assistance for this set (especially when stamping multiple projects) but since it is clear, you can probably eyeball it just as easily. Here are some of my step-out photos, using my MISTI. I tried stamping the globe stand both ways, first and last, and ended up preferring stamping it last -- I felt it was easier to make sure the stand fit around the already-stamped globe.

TIP: Either way, make sure the left side and bottom of the stand are lined up straight on your stamp guide or acrylic block. Here's the stand stamped last. I used Memento Summer Sky, Angel Pink (which I ended up changing to Rose Bud for my projects below), Bamboo Leaves, and Gray Flannel:

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And here's the stand stamped first:

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My first card uses a GORGEOUS new Oyster Gray 100 Lb. cardstock from Ellen Hutson as the background:

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I die cut the gray background with Blueprints 27 stitched and scalloped panel die. The die cut stitched world was popped up with foam tape, as was the pretty "Let the flowers bloom" sentiment. The "Love is all around" sentiment was colored with Memento markers, as was the twine:

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My next card has the globe stamped onto muslin fabric!  I simply wrapped the muslin around a piece of cardstock, and stamped it the same way I did the card above (in fact, I stamped both projects at the same time, in different colors, leaving each of the layers of stamps on my MISTI)!

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The sentiment on this card was also colored with Memento markers. The little stitched heart was stamped onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and glued onto the muslin. I finished the card by matting the fabric layer with Solar White cardstock, then adhering it with foam tape to a Wonky Stitches die cut Pale Rose layer, then putting everything onto a Candy Hearts card base:

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You can find a full list of hop participants celebrating this beautiful stamp and die set over at the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom blog today.  And please remember -- this Stitched Together stamp and die set was only produced in a limited quantity, so when it's gone, it's gone forever!

Thanks so much for joining us!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon


Rainbow Birthday

Hello and happy Monday, Friends ... Today I have a bright rainbow full of birthday cheer for you!

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This wonderful cupcake image is included in the adorable Memory Box Spring Bunnies stamp set.  I love stamp sets that have a ton of versatility, and this one sure does!  It's not only great for Easter and Spring, but also babies, love, anniversaries, and birthdays!  I stamped the fabulous cupcake image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto X-Press It Blending Card, then colored it up with these Copic markers:

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Then I die cut the cupcakes with their coordinating Spring Bunnies die set and glittered them with Nuvo Glitter Gloss Aqua Shimmer.  Next, I die cut Sentimental Happy Birthday from X-Press It Blending Card and colored it with the same markers, with an ombre effect.

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To complete the card, I anchored the birthday die cut with a piece of washi tape, and stamped the Sweetest sentiment (also from the Spring Bunnies stamp set).  

I also wanted to let you know about this great sale happening over at Ellen Hutson LLC on EVERYTHING ! !

Shop early, for the best in-stock selections!  Thanks so much for joining me today!




Beginner Simple Watercolor: Mondo Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)

5-06-ebe-available2Hello, Friends ... Happy Sunday!  Today I have a simple 2 or 3-color watercolor technique to share with you, using the GORGEOUS new Mondo Sakura stamp set from Julie Ebersole for Essentials by Ellen, available NOW!

Tip for beginners:
To color this beautiful floral image, first I heat embossed the image with gold detail embossing powder onto watercolor cardstock. The embossing helps to hold your colors within the lines and not bleed into other areas!

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Then I used Daniel Smith PrimaTek watercolors: Rhodonite (pink) and Jadeite (green). I simply watered down the pink color until it was very light and applied it to all of the flower petals, leaving some white space around the upper edges of each of the petals. Then I just gradually mixed in a little more of the pink color, to deepen the centers and lower edges of the petals. By gradually deepening the color, you can achieve wonderful shading with just one pigment!  I did the same thing with the leaves and stems.

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Once the flowers were colored, I used Dandelion Kirarina WiNK pen to fill in the centers of the stamen.

Optional: Add a third color to fill in the background. I used my favorite mixed aqua combo, using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, extremely watered down, to wash over the background around the flowers. Another beginner tip: Water down your color a LOT so that it is lighter than you think you might like. You can always add a little more pigment, but it is difficult to take it away once it's on the paper!

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To finish the card, I used one of the fabulous sentiments from Julie's new Totally Random Sayings Vol. 2 stamp set, gold heat embossed onto Essentials by Ellen 40 Lb. Vellum. I absolutely adore the mix of large and small, and handwritten fonts in this set!  To secure the vellum sentiment strip to the card front, just fold the left free edge of vellum and secure it between the layers of cardstock.  The lower edge of the card front and watercolored panel were cut away with Pretty Pink Posh's Scallop Borders 2, along with a mat layer of Bazzill Lollipop cardstock.

Watercoloring has been one of my very favorite coloring techniques since I first started stamping about 14 years ago ... I hope you'll give it a try and will find these tips helpful. You can find the rest of this gorgeous new release over in Ellen's shop HERE.  Thanks for stopping by!



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