Today I'm excited to be in the CLASSroom sharing a peek at one of the upcoming releases by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson LLC. I love this stamp set and coordinating die set and think you'll agree that it's absolutely stunning! It's called Mondo Magnolia and can't you just hear Julie saying that?! She's the only person I know who uses the word mondo. But it truly is the most gorgeous huge flower and I can think of so many ways to use it that it's sure to be a classic.
I love creating with gold and with vellum. Putting both together just seemed like a win-win endeavor. I really like using vellum for layers as it's an interesting aspect to see through those translucent layers.
I started off by stamping the Mondo Magnolia blossom onto vellum cardstock three times, one for each of the flower layers. It was stamped with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Gold embossing powder.
This photo shows two of the three embossed flowers on the vellum. You can see how gorgeous this stamp is simply in one dimension.
There is a Mondo Magnolia die set that coordinates perfectly with the stamp. You can use it to cut three separate layers so that you can fussy cut the flower with ease. When die cutting stamped layers, I like to use washi tape to position the die and keep it exactly where I want it to cut without shifting.
This is what the layers will look like after they are die cut.
To add a little more dimension I decided to burnish the middle layer of vellum to make the petals curl up. When you burnish on vellum you also tend to get a whiter, more opaque look to the paper which adds additional interest. I absolutely LOVE the Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit. The creasing and burnishing tools are wonderful for adding a realistic curve to flowers and leaves. It also comes with a handy mat, tweezers, scissors and mini non-stick craft sheet. This item is retiring so if it's something you have on your wishlist, make sure you pick it up quickly!
Because the flower is so beautiful, I wanted to create a very subtle background that was still beautiful but wouldn't take away from the main focus. Did you know you can dry emboss vellum? This card shows vellum both heat embossed and dry embossed and both are lovely looks. I love how easy embossing folders make dry embossing these days. I remember those old metal dry embossing templates that I used to hold up to a window and emboss by hand. It took forever!
The embossing folder that I used here is called Woodgrain and is a new release from Taylored Expressions. It's stunning embossed on anything but especiallly vellum.
Before putting my card together I assemble all my layers. I've added in some die cut leaves using the Taylored Expressions Leafy Branch die and some gold glitter cardstock. I believe this die is now sold out but the Impression Obsession Branch die would make a great alternative.
I've also die cut my simple sentiment from plain white cardstock. I decided white on white would look simple and best. Remember that sentiments don't always have to be the focal part of a design but more like a subtle supporting role if that works better. I find that with one huge focal point it's better not to compete with it.
Adding in my layers of vellum and cardstock, here's a detail shot of the flower paired up with the gold glitter branches.
Thanks so much for joining me today in the CLASSroom! Have a beautiful and creative weekend and don't forget to visit the CLASSroom next week as Julie's fabulous Spring release is Tuesday April 28th!