Monday, 22 February 2021

Ellen Hutson Release Week!

Hello! It's release week at Ellen Hutson and we've got lots of fun new goodies coming your way on Friday, February 26! (link will be live on Friday at noon ET).

Today, Hit That is our featured item - a mini stamp set with a pinata candy and stick. I put him on a wobbler for some action and made it really easy to aim by surrounding him with a 'target' created with Essential Circles and Essential for Stitching Circles dies.


Today, we're showing off my favourite part of the release - the new Essential for Stitching shapes dies. They come in circles, squares, rectangles and ovals and can be used for so much more than just stitching (although the stitched projects from the other Design Ambassadors are super-creative, too!)

Here, I used a small square stitching die and cut it 4 times from my panel to create a grid layout. The heart and sentiment are from Just Squidding.


Today we're showing off Just Squidding, a fun new ocean-themed stamp set that's full of punny sentiments and adorable images!

This squid comes with 2 different faces so you can change the look or even the position (or leave him faceless for a more 'serious' look!). All those arms go perfectly with a hug sentiment, I think!

I used an Essential Rectangle to cut a window from my front panel and then added a stitching hole frame with the new Essential for Stitching Rectangles dies. More coming about those dies later in the week....

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Chevron Thank You

Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Dawn Mercedes!

I chose this card as my inspiration:

LIST: Colours (Red, gray, yellow, aqua), black silhouettes (leaves, animal, circle), chevrons, sentiment strip tucked behind main panel, white dots

INCLUDE: colours, black elements, chevrons, 

MODIFY: each chevron has all the colours, sentiment stamped and embossed on black

EXCLUDE: elephant, leaves, 

SPIN: added jewels as white dots

I started by die cutting 3 Pretty Pink Posh chevrons. I masked sections and blended various colours of Catherine Pooler ink onto them - I love the dimension that you get when you put the 3 together.

I put my black circle behind the 3 chevrons, and glued the whole thing to a grey panel on a white cardbase.

I used a heart die from Pinata Party and a sentiment from Thoughtful Greetings, embossed with white WOW! Embossing powder.

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Simple Birthday

Here's another simple birthday card, this time for my sister. I often gravitate to a circle-on-square layout - I love the symmetry and simplicity of it. But simple doesn't have to be boring.

I used the Birch Press Radial Circles die to add some interest and movement to my gray background, and the circle has a full rainbow of colour blended softly onto the edges, and fading toward the centre to give a dimensional, bubbly feel to it.

I left the sentiment very simple so that the colours can be the star of this card.

Friday, 19 February 2021

Double Techniques with Stencils 360


I'm back with a new video that's full of MORE double-stencil techniques, this time using Stencils 360!

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Masculine Birthday with Gel Plate background


Masculine cards are hard, aren't they? I like to focus on rich colour and simple shapes when I make masculine cards - using a gel plate to create a textured background is a great way to keep a simple card interesting!

I created my panel with Catherine Pooler inks and a 2 inch brayer that makes it easy to leave a choppy-looking texture. 

I splattered the panel with metallic gold watercolor and then trimmed the panel to a 4 inch square.

I cut a circle from the centre with an Essential Circle die (which also cuts a frame, which I left out). 

I popped up the circle and square portions of the panel on a white cardbase that I had blended Juniper Mist ink onto.

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Happy Valentine's Day

 Happy Valentine's Day!

I made this very (VERY) simple valentine for my husband, using my Catherine Pooler inks and my GelPress gel plate! I love the 'not quite solid' look of this background. I used Black Jack, Sand Castle and Skylight for the background, and Samba, Rockin' Red and Tiki Torch for the die cut heart.

I have been enjoying this technique so much and I have a little IG video coming up next week so you can see how I do it (and a YouTube video is coming in the next few weeks!).

For the heart, I splattered it with gold watercolour and blended Cranberry Fizz ink along the edge for some depth. I added some Nuvo Crystal Glaze for shine and popped it up on the panel.

Saturday, 13 February 2021

Daisy Thank you

Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Linda (hotwheels)!

I chose this card as my inspiration:

LIST: Colours (red, white and black), stamped floral, ladybug, red frame, birthday

INCLUDE: Colours, stamped floral, ladybug, 

MODIFY: daisy and frame are die cut and popped up, sentiment is black, thank you


SPIN: square card, daisy over the edge and stem 'woven' into frame

I stamped the ladybug first, masked it and then stamped the Mondo Gerbera Daisy over top. I gave it some dimension by shading it with gray Copic markers, and coloured the ladybug red. I cut it out with the matching die.

To create my frame, I used 2 Essential Squares dies - these cut a narrow frame which  I left out so that the cardbase would show through. 

I blended Samba ink onto my cardbase - this is a bright, yellowy red. I added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the ladybug for dimension and shine.