March 22, 2017

You Are Pretty Amazing - Color Throwdown Challenge


I've been following Amy Rysavy's blog (Prairie Paper & Ink) for the past few months and got intrigued by the Color Throwdown Challenge, so I decided to play along this time.  The colors for this challenge are orange, turquoise and yellow.

I designed this card a few months ago but haven't gotten around to sharing it yet.  I used several products from the "You Matter" release by Simon Says Stamp.   I got the coordinating background stamp, stamp set, and die.  All linked below.

I started by stamping the You Matter background stamp in tumbled glass distress ink on white card stock for a simple, subtle background.  Then I die cut the word "You" from turquoise patterned paper (from one of the SSS monthly card kits) and stamped the "are pretty amazing" with black onyx Versafine ink, which always gives crisp, clear results.  I stamped a few random hearts around the greeting to draw attention to the sentiment and add a little "love" to the message.

I added a strip of patterned paper which I die cut with a ribbon die by Elizabeth Crafts, and then mounted the card panel onto a top-folding A2 size turquoise card base.

To finish it off I added some glossy accents over the "You" and the hearts to add some shine.

I linked to most of the supplies used below.  Hope you enjoyed this card, and if you haven't checked out the Color Throwdown Challenge yet, head on over and join in the fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ ellen

March 10, 2017

Die Cut Coloring Page Cards


I've been looking through some of my older dies lately and came across this great washer border die by Tim Holtz.  I love repeating circle patterns so this washer die really spoke to me.  I was trying to think of a unique way to add lots of color to the die without a lot of tedious work, and once again, coloring book pages came to the rescue!  

I ran it through my Vagabond and adhered it diagonally to the front of a white card panel.  I was able to get several cards out of one coloring book page, but I loved them so much that I've already mailed some of them out to friends before I could take the pictures.

I die due a few sentiments using the Avery Elle "Sentimental" dies from black card stock and placed them at the same diagonal angle on the card front, and stamped the coordinating messages (from the same Avery Elle set) with black versafine ink for a crisp, clear impression.  I love this simple design that lets the colored die cut shine. 

Hope you have a great weekend.  They are calling for SNOW (really??) over the next couple days.  I am so ready for Spring!  

~ ellen.