Hello, and welcome to the Late Summer 2016 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today! If you’re just joining the hop, this is a great place to start and you can keep hopping until you go in a full circle. If you’ve already joined in, you should be coming by way of the fabulous Miriam Pranter.
It’s another super-fab and unique release and I’m so glad I was assigned some products to use. One, they fit my style beautifully and two, it would have been really hard to choose otherwise!
Peonies are one of my absolutely favorite flowers. I’ll take a bunch of garden peonies over long-stem roses ANY day. All that amazing beauty and once they are started in the garden, they last for years, just getting better and better. I have some reds and whites and a soft pink is at the top of my perennial wish list. The new Mondo Peony Stamp Set and coordinating Mondo Peony Die-set are huge. Mondo Huge! One stamp and you have a dreamy card. But of course, it’s even better than that because there’s a mix of greenery and peony sizes to make a stunning garden.
I’ve stamped the flower and leaves onto some watercolor paper and then pulled out my Peerless Watercolors. I’ve gone with a really loose freestyle look on this flower and background. Watercolor is a great medium to add feeling and style with. I like to work in layers. Starting with a lighter color and then working in more color to add depth. One thing I’ve found is that the colors tend to tone down a little as they dry so don’t be afraid to add more.
The other featured stamp set on this project is the Lovely Stamp Set. It’s a beautiful mix of sentiments and a fabulous mix of fonts. I’ve been talking about favorites lately on my blog and this sentiment set…it’s just been bumped to the top of the list. I can’t wait to use it again. In fact, it made its way to the the next card as well!
As you can see this sentiment is also unique and gorgeous and I’ve stamped it on vellum, just like the previous design. I’m on a vellum kick and the reason for that must be how pretty these sets are. I just don’t want to cover them up. Vellum allows you to see what’s underneath as well.
Quick Tip: Think out of the box when die-cutting…or around the box in this case, for unique ways to use your dies!
I was really excited with how this card turned out and I’ve used the new Stitching Lines die-set to create the background. I’ve laid out a grid on the main square layer and then die-cut the stitching lines into it FOUR times. I lined it up with the center and did one quarter, then turned it 45° and die-cut it again. This stitching die is a fun one as while it cuts the card stock, it doesn’t REALLY cut it. Does that make sense? It just cuts in a pattern and is great for backgrounds and borders and a pretty home-made touch.
Lastly, because I divided the background into quarters, I’ve played into that design feature with the vellum circle. It’s visually divided into quarters by my embellishments and stamping. The upper left quadrant contains sweet little embellishments, the bottom right quadrant contains the sentiment and the other two quadrants are left bare so that you can see the stitching beneath.
Be sure to check out the entire Essentials by Ellen release! You’ll see lots of fab samples along the hop today. Do you have a favorite? It’s so hard to choose!
Next up! Hop on over to see what amazing creations the crazy-talented Amy Tsuruta has created!
Soak up the creativity!
Supplies for Peony Card:
Supplies for White Loveliness Card: