Good morning! The new Ellen Hutson Design Team is having a 'get to know you' blog hop today. Even though most of us have been crafting and cardmaking for many years, I still find it fun and informative (and occasionally life-changing!) to see other crafters' favourite tips and techniques and that's what this hop is all about.
I chose a few of my favourites to feature - CAS design, a mixture of stamp sets, a rainbow of colour and crisp black sentiment.
I started by creating my rainbow panel, with mid-tone Copic markers. I put down colour in lines across the panel, some straight, some slightly diagonal and started each colour in the bottom of the previous colour to blend a bit. I wanted a lot of variation in the colours - a streaky look, so I went over the coloured panel with my colourless blender which lifts and softens the colours.
Next, I stamped and cut the penguin, 2 balloons and a party hat (turned out it was a bit too big for him, so I stamped another balloon). This penguin with his flipper up looks so earnest, like he's waving hello or he wants to be picked next for a team or like he's floating away with balloons!
I left him and the balloons mostly white to let the background stand out. I did add some sparkle to the balloons with Star Dust Stickles (another one of my long-time favourites!)
I used Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink for all my black stamping - this ink is Copic-friendly, waterproof and stamps easily and crisply. You need to use a light hand - a couple of taps is all it takes to ink up your stamp.
Now for some fun facts about me!