We are super excited to welcome Leigh Penner to The CLASSroom today! We are betting you have seen Leigh's work as she shares her awesome creative talent with many lucky teams, including Reverse Confetti, and participates in our challenges! Today Leigh is sharing some Confetti Crew love with us, using a fun mix of Reverse Confetti & Essentials by Ellen products!
You can see more of Leigh's beautiful work on her blog, To The Full. And while you are there, make sure to leave her some comment love before May 19th for a chance to win a $50 coupon to use in our store!
Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us Leigh!!!
Hi there, Leigh here and I am thrilled to be guest designing in The Classroom, representing two of my favourite companies: Reverse Confetti and Essentials by Ellen!
I have a super cute card to share today that combines these two brands:
But wait, there's more...
It's a hidden slider card that I created using Reverse Confetti's All About Ewe stamp set and Essentials by Ellen's Swing N Slide dies by Julie Ebersole! Isn't it fun?
Here's how I made it:
I stamped my sheep on its coordinating diecut and the fence and bird from the same set onto my background panel and coloured them in using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush. I stamped the "thinking of" using Essentials by Ellen's Mondo Hydrangea in Altenew Jet Black ink. I used one of the Essentials by Ellen's Swing N Slide dies by Julie Ebersole and diecut it from a piece of white cardstock.
On another strip of cardstock, I wrote "ewe" by hand. I placed this behind my diecut piece of cardstock and ran a strip of dimensional adhesive on both sides of it, making sure it can easily slide back and forth.
I flipped it over an added two little pieces of dimensional adhesive onto my strip. When, I diecut my sheep, I didn't diecut all the way to its hooves, so I could extend the die a little (you could always just adhere strips to the back of the sheep as well.) I adhered the sheep's strips to the dimensional adhesive.
Now, when I pull on the strip, the sheep slides across the card.
I adhered my panel to my card base, where I stamped the fence and bird.
Then, I added more dimensional adhesive to the front of the panel, making sure not to put it along the top, where it would interfere with the sheep's movement.
Over this, I adhered my green panel, having made sure ahead of time that the strip lines up with the sentiment on the front.
When I showed my card to my daughter, she especially loved the fact that the sheep's slide reveals the little bird on the fence -- a fun surprise!
Thanks for looking!
Hello and happy Friday, crafters! As we wrap up Reverse Confetti week here in the CLASSroom, I have a celebration card to share with you today:
I used Reverse Confetti's Circle Wishes stamp set and Lacy Scallop Circles dies to create this card. I always like to look for different ways to use stamps and dies, other than how they were originally intended. So for these dies that most people would use to frame a main focal image, I used them to create a cheerful and fun background for this celebration card. I love versatility!
I didn't have an exact design worked out for this card from the beginning but knew I wanted to give the background some added interest, so I embossed the plain circle die from the Lacy Scallop Circles set onto an A2 (4.25" x 5.50") piece of Neenah 110 Lb. Solar White cardstock. To emboss in my Big Shot, I used a tan Embossing Pad and the Sizzix embossing sandwich I found on Ellen's blog:
As I said, it's not really noticeable on the finished card so you could skip this step if you wanted.
The colored paper I used to die cut the Lacy Scallops was left over from this paper-making session and project, using Distress Oxide inks. I die cut different colors of the papers with the Lacy Scallop Circles dies and started arranging them onto a Neenah 110 Lb. Solar White card base:
I adhered the scallop circles to the card base, letting some of the circles hang off the edges. After trimming off the overhang, I splattered metallic Gold Wink of Stella onto the background and circles. To do that, just give your Wink of Stella marker barrel a good squeeze until you see the ink start to run out of the brush, then start tapping the pen against your hand/finger to splatter it:
I finished the card by stamping the star, flower and heart that are included in the Circle Wishes stamp set with Delicata Golden Glitz ink onto the background and scallop circles. Finally, the sentiment and lower left heart circle were popped up with X-Press It High Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape:
Just think of all the different shapes of dies you could use with this background technique! Have fun creating!
Happy Thursday! It's Carly and I'm here for another #throwbackthursdays, where we find inspiration in The CLASSroom archives! This week we are creating with Reverse Confetti, a super sweet new addition to the store!
Reverse Confetti has lots of cute designs, some especially fun dies and little critters by Dawn Machell like the adorable mouse I used today! How can you resist?
I knew I wanted to practice my new Copic coloring skills (and they are very new so don't laugh) but I needed help with a card design so I searched for ideas in The Classroom archive and found this cutie by Julie:
Some tips for creating this card:
Hope you are feeling inspired to send hugs with Reverse Confetti's Mouse Mail! Have a great day!!!
Welcome to the CLASSroom! We are excited to have you join us today as we celebrate Altenew's THIRD birthday!
You should have arrived here from Nichol Spohr's blog and will head to Erum Tasneem's blog once you leave here. Both of these fabulous ladies are breathtakingly talented - be certain to visit their blogs for amazing inspiration. If you have gotten lost along the way with faulty links just head back to Altenew's blog for the master list!
What better way to celebrate Altenew's special day than with a layered cupcake wishing them the Happiest of Business Birthday's! You will have to forgive my photography skills - they, along with my cardmaking skills have gotten a little rusty over the past several years. I have made it my mission to get back to crafting again and am thrilled to share this card with all of you today as we wish Altenew many more years of success! -Ellen
STEPS & TIPS:
Use die to cut a stencil out of Craft-a-board. Mask with Eclipse tape along base of frosting to get a clean line. Tape stencil in place so that it will not move.
Apply Tonic Mousse using spatula and then quickly stamp the frosting impression into the mousse. Smooth with a wet paintbrush and then immediately remove the mask.
Quickly add Prills to Mousse and gently press into Mousse to adhere. Set in a safe place to dry.
We are excited to offer you a special 10% discount (no code needed) on ALL in-stock Altenew products through April 14, 2017 11:59 PDT - be certain to head over to our store to see the wide array of fabulous products and place your order during that time frame. In addition Ellen Huston LLC is offering a $25 Gift Certificate which Altenew will announce the winner, AND a second $25 Gift Certificate will be given away here for those who leave a comment below sharing your current favorite Altenew product!
Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificates to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 12 awesome companies who are celebrating with them (this includes us), and they are offering the following prizes:
Be sure to leave comments by Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 21 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed on the Altenew blog (there are a LOT of fabulous projects so be certain to check them out) and will be announced by Altenew on their blog on April 28th, 2017.
Hello all! It's Reverse Confetti week here in the CLASSroon and gosh, I'm excited! I absolutely adore Reverse Confetti - especially their cute animal stamps! Eek, they're cute - have you seen them? For my project today, I decided to play with their stamps and show how you can use a focal image to create a background! I love this technique and the contrast it provides but also highlights the colored focal image!
First, I stamped the image in a pattern on my card front in black ink. Do you see my goof up? Don't worry - I cover it up later with the main image? :)
Next, I stamp the other toucan and some flowers - then I color them all in with my Copics.
I place the images together on my card front with a bit of foam adhesive.
To add the sentiment, I stamp the sentiment on black cardstock and then heat emboss it with while embossing powder. This really makes the sentiment pop and coordinate with the black and white stamped card base.
Hi there #TexturalTuesday friends! I'm so super happy to be featuring stamps and dies on my post today from Reverse Confetti. My friend, Jen Del Muro, is the owner and creative master-mind behind Reverse Confetti. It seems like just yesterday that she started the company and now? She's got this amazing stamp company that can be found everywhere. So awesome!! From April 10th - April 14th, while we celebrate all thing 'Fetti on the blog, you can score 15% off all in-stock Reverse Confetti stamps & dies at the Ellen Hutson store. The sale ends April 14th at 11:59 PM PDT.
This card was so fun to make! I wanted to pick every color of the rainbow for the flowers, but I knew that would have been a hot mess. ;) So I chose colors that were complimentary and then a neutral.
I started out by using the MISTI and stamping everything out onto watercolor paper. I used Distress Inks and a touch of water for a bit of a more, well, distressed look.
I layered Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink over Peacock Feathers and Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink over Mustard Seed. The Reverse Confetti Blooms 'N Buds Stamp Set has some very unique layering stamps in this set which make it very fun to create with.
I was trying to figure out what green to use for my leaves, when I had that realization to go with a neutral. Hickory Smoke Distress Ink makes the perfect neutral.
After die-cutting all of my images with the matching Reverse Confetti Blooms 'N Buds Die Set I wanted to add a little texture. (Shocker, I know.)
I ran a piece of watercolor paper (for maximum impression) through my Big Shot using an embossing folder. I still love these! Anything that adds dimension and texture is a huge plus for me.
I trimmed the panel and rounded the corners before adhering it to my card base.
I selected my sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Lovely by Julie Ebersole.
The sentiment was stamped onto a die-cut vellum circle using Versafine, Onyx Black and then heat embossed with Wow! Clear Gloss Super FIne Embossing Powder. Another die-cut circle was adhered on top of the vellum and then, using foam squares, the entire piece was adhered onto the card (slightly off-center).
The last thing to do is to tuck in (adhere) the die-cut flowers and embellish!
Here's a few close-ups!
And one more....
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Don't forget that if you check out any of the products that I've used today and find that they're not in stock? Please ask to be notified when the item is back in stock. I use this feature, too, and I love it. And shop for all those awesome Reverse Confetti stamps & dies before they sell out! ;)
Join me over on the Ellen Hutson LLC Facebook page today for Hello, Monday LIVE at 10am PDT!
I'll be sharing a tip and doing a little Q & A!
ETA: For those that missed missed the LIVE broadcast, we are sharing a recording of it here below:
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We are so excited to have Reverse Confetti here at Ellen Hutson LLC! Their fresh & fun designs make us happy and help us celebrate our creative sides (just like their motto promises)! Join us this week as our team creates some remarkable designs with Reverse Confetti stamps & dies! And get 15% off all in-stock Reverse Confetti products!
Hello, coloring friends! I'm Sandy Allnock...here with a quick little tip to help with your Copic coloring that you just might not have thought about before.
I'm often surprised when I say something in a video that appears, to me, to be...well, a no-brainer. That's likely a symptom of being an obsessive colorist - I assume it's a little tip others of course know, but that's not always the case! This might be one of those - and it's using colored pencils along with your Copic markers.
Check out my video coloring these sweet kitties from Elizabeth Craft Designs...watch it below or HERE on YouTube!
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Pencils can really help out with coloring! You can:
I used the Spectrum Noir pencils with Copics for my card - I recently did a post about them HERE, comparing them to my beloved Prismacolor pencils, and testing out Gamsol vs Baby Oil for blending. If all you have are watercolor pencils, you can use those too -just no water, since you're not coloring on watercolor paper. ;)
It's Friday and welcome to the CLASSroom! This week at Ellen Hutson LLC we've been featuring colored pencils and lots of wonderful techniques with them. Today I'm sharing a card and a look at how to use watercolor pencils, in particular, the Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.
Colored pencils take a fun twist with watercolor pencils. It's a combo of both a colored pencil and a watercolor pigment so that there's lots of fun ways to use them!
I love the look you can get from adding water to watercolor pencils and it really makes blending a breeze. I've used them to color this sweet watercolor paper panel which is a fun and quick way to create a great card focal point and sentiment at the same time.
These sweet Taylored Expressions Watercolor Panels are what I used to create my design. They are perfect for card or ATCs or scrapbooking accents. You can even slip them inside a card as a little gift. You can color them with markers or regular colored pencils, etc. but the watercolor paper really lends itself especially well to watercoloring. There's a few different styles and packages of these great panels available so be sure to check them out. I've used the Inspire package for this project.
These eco-friendly pencils are patented to prevent breakage and have an ergonomic soft-GRIP® dot design. Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils allow you to add watercolor painting effects to your projects. Simply use a wet paintbrush (included) to brush over your design and the water-soluble leads turn into soft, rich watercolor. Apply a wash of color to stamped images or create beautiful backgrounds for cards and scrapbook pages. Unlike other pencils, Art GRIP® pencils are glued the full length of the barrel for long-lasting break resistance and have comfy GRIP® dots and stylish triangular shape. The watercolor pigments dissolve completely and are permanent, waterproof and lightfast when dry so you can create layer upon layer of beautiful watercolor effects that will last a lifetime!
Creating the project is simple and these watercolor pencils make it super easy and portable to watercolor on the go. Simply use the watercolor pencils to color in the areas you wish. You can even blend colors together by coloring an area with one color over another. The points on the pencil make it really easy to get pigment exactly where you want it.
Once you are done coloring, all you need to do is add a little water to blend.
I wanted to add a little more color and depth to some of the areas so I started experimenting with how best to do that. You can see how I've added extra pigment to the bottom half of the larger block letter words. I found the best way to do this was to use your pencil just like a brush! Simply dip the pencil in water and you can actually draw on the areas with the wet pigment and it lays down a LOT of color at once!
Here's what it looks like. The first area is a dry scribble of a dry watercolor pencil. The second area is the same scribble only it has been mixed with water afterwards and then blended out. You can see how you can get an easy graduation of color. I really love how well these Faber-Castell Aquarelles blend out. I've tried watercolor pencils in the past that did NOT work well but I'm loving how well these ones work!
Area three is a simple dry pencil line and it is show to contrast with how the next area looks. When you dip the pencil first in water and then draw a line, in area four you'll see just how much more pigment you can lay down for an accent.
And while I didn't use this method in my design, I also want to show you another way to use these pencils. You can first scribble a lot of pigment onto some scrap paper to create a palette. I've added water to this section, then picked up the color with a wet brush and then used it to watercolor a simple flower. In this way you can use the pencils more like traditional watercolors if desired.
To add further detail to the text, I pulled out a White Uni-ball Impact Gel Pen to add in some highlights to the design.
Once the image panel was finished, I matted it and adhered it to my card base. The card base itself looks almost embossed with a tone on tone die-cut layered on it. It's also from Taylored Expressions and is called the Leafy Vine Cutting Plate.
Thanks so much for joining me today in the CLASSroom! I hope you've enjoyed yet another look at colored pencils and how to use them to create your own special works of heart!
Hello! Hello! Happy Thursday to you all!!!!! Laurel Beard here today bringing you our next Mix It Up Challenge!!!! Drum roll please........ Let's mix it up with with Waffle Flower Crafts, shall we?!?!?!
Before I get on to the challenge and the amazing project inspiration, let's first congratulate the randomly selected participant from our last Pin-Sights Challenge. Remember, YOU could win a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store just by playing along. Our randomly selected participant (courtesy of random.org) is: Crafting Love: Waleska. Congratulations! Please email me at laurelbeard at me dot com to claim your prize!
The Mix It Up Challenge is a challenge where we invite one manufacturer to contribute a design that combines both Essentials by Ellen stamps/dies with their product to inspire you all!
I am delighted to share the work of Katie Gehring, designer for Waffle Flower Crafts! All the supplies she used in her project are linked towards the end of this post! Check out this amazing slider card!! The little bear pedaling thru the field! Love this!!!
Helping celebrate pencil week here in the CLASSroom, I created this card using Faber Castell Aquarelle watercolored pencils! Remember, all in stock pencils are 15% off now thru the 9th!
Please be sure to click on each of the designer's links to be taken directly to their blog posts for more still photos and information on how these projects were created! Now it's time where we invite YOU to play along in our challenge! And don't forget to add your entries to our Ellen Hutson Flickr page too!
Katies's project supplies:
Laurel's project supplies:
Submit your entries below :)
Good Wednesday morning and welcome to the CLASSroom. Hey, look at me! No dies anywhere to be seen. For my project today I challenged myself to create a freehand tree with watercolor pencils. I searched on Google and found How to Paint a Tree with Watercolor Pencils on the Paint Academy You Tube channel. I was intrigued and thought I would give it a try. I was fearful about doing this tutorial for the CLASSroom because I have never been good with colored pencils. I figured you wouldn’t mind following along with me to see what could come up with. My tree is nowhere as detailed as the tree in the video but I have to admit I was more than surprised that it was even presentable. I couldn’t quite figure out how to get clear leaf details so I used a “scribble technique”. LOL!
Begin by drawing in a faint tree trunk and then applying the lightest green color to form the outline of the tree.
Apply a medium green to fill in spaces.
Apply a darker green to fill in.
Choose a dark blue green and fill in to create more shading and depth.
Finish the darker shading using a purple pencil.
Fill in the blank spaces of the tree using a bright yellow/green pencil. Apply more the light color on the right side of the tree.
Fill in a portion of the trunk using a brown pencil.
Sketch in a few branches in the lighter sections of the tree using the brown pencil.
Apply dark violet to create the shady side of the trunk.
Apply dark yellow to fill in the trunk.
Using a medium wet brush I lightly brushed over the tree image to wet the color to create a painted appearance.
I tried to be careful about over blending the darker colors into the lighter colors and creating a murky
My final step was to scribble green pencil on the ground area. Looking back I probably should have tried to add a bit of shadow on the ground area on the darker side of the tree. Maybe I’ll do be next try.
I finished by layering my picture on brown and green cardstock and adding Julie’s “no words” sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Lovely set.
Thanks for joining me today and I hope you have a wonderful day.
Card size: 5 inch square
Hi Everyone! Welcome to pencil crayon week here on the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom! I'm Carolyn Peeler and I'm with you today to walk you through a technique that is SO simple, yet adds a lot of complexity and depth to your stamped images - you're going to love it! We're going to discuss laying a simple base with Copic markers, then shading with pencil crayons and gamsol. So, buckle in, here's the tutorial:
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As we finish up, here are the direct links to the products used in today's Easter card:
(click on the pics to enbiggan)
This simple trick will make your colored pencils "pop" on Kraft card stock!
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Thanks for joining me and have a splendid Monday! :)
Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Stay Golden by Julie Ebersole
Hero Arts Pigment Ink Pad, Unicorn White
Derwent Inktense Pencil Set, 24pc
Crafter's Companion ColourBlend Pencils, Primaries Set
Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Environment Desert Storm, 25 pk
Authentique Utopia, 6x6 Bundle
Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Gloss White
Hero Arts Embossing Gun
My Sweet Petunia Mini MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool
Tim Holtz, Tiny Attacher
We have bunches of colored pencils arriving at Ellen Hutson LLC this spring and we think they are practically perfect in every way! This week we will have fresh colored pencil inspiration for you each day as well as some of our favorite colored pencil tips! And all in-stock pencils are 15% off!
Pencil crayons (the Canadian in me still refers to them this way, I just can't help myself- LOL!), also better known as colored pencils, were the first medium I learned to color with as a young child and one I still favor. The ability to control the amount of color dispersed on the paper, create various textures and add depth over my Copic colored images always draws me back to these beautiful little cylinders of color.
One of the most requested subjects on our Facebook page is coloring information. Tomorrow begins a week-long series of projects our designers have created for you, using a variety of colored pencils! Today I am sharing some basic knowledge I have developed over the year that I hope gives you a better understanding of colored pencils. Once again I have to make a disclaimer here - this is my opinion and experience - it is in no way scientific, but I hope it helps guide you as you learn more about colored pencils.
COLORED PENCIL BASICS
Colored pencils are constructed of a narrow, pigmented core encased in a wooden cylindrical case. Typical cores are wax-based, oil-based and water-soluble materials. They each contain varying proportions of pigments, additives, and binding agents. Colored pencils vary greatly in terms of quality, usability, lightfastness of the pigments, and durability of the core.
Q. What should I look for when purchasing my first colored pencils?
A. You always want to look for a colored pencil that has the core of color centered in the pencils. If they are warped or have an off-centered core the core will break more easily and you will constantly be sharpening your pencil away to create a point you can use for coloring.
Q. What is the best paper to use?
A. Again, there is no one-size fits all answer, BUT I prefer the Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. This is the paper that Karen Lockhart introduced me to when I first began learning colored pencil techniques from her. It is the primary reason it was introduced to the Copic Marker world. When I first discovered Copic Markers and worked with Marianne at Imagination International to share my passion for all things stamping and coloring with her it is the paper I primarily used. I tested Copic markers on it and LOVED the way the Copic markers worked together with the Prismacolor Colored Pencils and so my love affair and proclamation to the world was announced. With that being said following are characteristics you will want to look at when selecting your cardstock or paper:
Q. Which colored pencils are the best?
A. Yet again, this is an impossible question to answer because it all comes down to personal preference, budget and skill level. The most popular colored pencil cores are wax-based, oil-based and water-soluble. Oil-based varieties generally have some wax in them but will be of high oil content. There are various other additives included in the core that give each pencil a unique color, texture and characteristics. Many people enjoy using both varieties due to their varying properties and the way they lay down color.
Wax-based colored pencils are by far the most popular. They are less expensive and more easily found. They come in a wide range of colors, but they can be less durable since the core is softer. They are easy to blend and add depth and texture to your images.
Oil-based pencils are far more specialized and therefore costly. The color application can also be quite unique. The harder core means that they may be a bit more durable and sharpening them to a fine point makes these better for intricate areas. As well, wax bloom is not a potential problem. However, the output of these colors can be on the light side, so additional passes may be necessary to achieve the desired look. They also can smear somewhat easily so precaution needs to be taken.
Water-soluble pencils are a unique medium for creating art. They combine coloring with painting in a manner that no other medium can replicate, BUT they can be also be used dry with beautiful results! They are similar to colored pencils but behave differently when water is added because the pigment is held with a water-soluble binder rather than a waxy or oil-based binder. These will need a feature all their own, but we will be including them in our instructional series this week, so stay tuned!
Today I am going to focus on two varieties of colored pencils and share a comparison between Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils and Spectrum Noir Colourblend Colored Pencils.
SPECTRUM NOIR COLOURBLEND PENCILS
PRISMACOLOR PREMIER COLORED PENCILS
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Colored Comparisons to show variances between Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils vs. Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils:
The top row shows the results of the Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils using the techniques above and the bottom row is the results of the Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils.
Conclusion: The Spectrum Noir seemed to have a "softer" feel to them as I colored. This seemed to put the color down in a quicker manner with less option to get distinct details between colors. I found that I could get a more vivid look with the Prismacolor colored pencils. It appears from an uneducated eye that the Prismacolor pencils may have more pigment in them based on how the white laid down on the black cardstock. The "feel" as I colored was different between the two brands and I can see how artists may prefer one over the other for different looks. Even though they have a different feel when you color you can mix the two brands of colored pencils without any problems.
SPECTRUM NOIR COLOURBLEND PENCILS
COLORED PENCIL TOOLS
COLORED PENCIL TIPS
COLOR PENCIL GLOSSARY
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As you may know, I love a fun and unique background so today I created a custom die cut background which resembles dry embossing! To achieve this look, just make your die cuts the same color as the background paper.
Here are all the details:
First, I stamped the Best Buds flower vase with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto X-Press It Blending Card using my Misti, just in case I didn't get a good impression the first time. I spaced out the vase and also stamped the sentiment together on one panel because I initially thought I would try to make this a one-layer card, but decided against that a little later. (So for this step, you really only need the vase/flowers):
Next, I started coloring with Copic Markers -- First, the leaves with YG03 and YG17:
Next, the flowers with (left to right): B01/B04 (later I added dots to the center with Sky Blue Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen), Y08/Y38, V15/YG00, RV63/RV55 (sorry it's upside down!). The vase was colored with B0000 and B000:
For the background, first I die cut the Birthday Words sentiments four times from Neenah 80 Lb. Solar White cardstock (the lighter weight paper will die cut easier and more cleanly). Don't you love Paper Smooches fun and quirky lettering and sentiments?!
I tried to gently remove the die from the paper, leaving the die cuts still nestled in the cardstock, to make them a little easier to give a wash of shimmer with Clear Zig Wink of Stella marker:
Next, I just started laying out the die cut words in a pleasing order onto a 4" x 5-1/2" Neenah 110 Lb. Solar White panel, taking into consideration where the vase/flowers would be and which full words I wanted to have the most visibility. I used my T-Square Ruler to help keep the words straight, and glued them down using Matte Multi Medium (and my trusty Craft Tweezers, which are a HUGE help when working with die cuts!):
To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and hand trimmed the vase/flowers and mounted it with X-Press It 1/2" Foam Mounting Tape to the background.
This faux embossed technique can be made with any types of die images, not just words! Or try gathering all of your different birthday, thank you, get well, or holiday etc. sentiments from different sets and putting them all together, to create a one-of-a-kind unique background! Just remember to keep the die cuts and the background on which you are placing them the same color, for a faux embossed look. Or change it up and try different colors or an ombre effect, for a stunning colorful backdrop!
Happy Thursday! It's Carly and I'm here for another #throwbackthursdays, where we find inspiration in The CLASSroom archives! This week we are celebrating Paper Smooches, an adorable brand and a old favorite!
I love the sweet designs of Paper Smooches dies! And many of their dies have the perfect outlines for one of my favorite techniques, inlaying dies! I love nestling the shape back into the negative space. Wanna learn more about inlaid die cut? Check out these awesome past articles from The CLASSroom:
And here's my inlaid Paper Smooches candy card...
To create this card, start with creating the negative shape on a cardstock panel by die cutting candy shapes. I used Solar White cardstock, die cutting the lollipop and cupcake, with space in between.
Cut another piece of cardstock to go underneath, and apply Distress Ink with a blending tool where it will show through. I used Bristol, my favorite for ink blending!
Apply more Distress Ink to some scrap paper and die cut the lolli and cupcake again, saving just the outlines, along with some candies.
Adhere die cut panel (with negative space sweets) over inked panel. Then inlay the lollipop and cupcake outlines in the negative spaces, with the inked color beneath. I used a Quickie glue pen to adhere the lolli and cupcake outlines but if I had been thinking ahead, I could have applied Stick-It to the back of my inked scrap paper before die cutting.
Add the final touches of a sweet sentiment, black splatter and sequins!
Have a great day!
Hello and welcome back to another fun themed week in the CLASSroom! This week, we're all playing with Paper Smooches! Paper Smooches is a stamp company that's near and dear to my heart. Kim, the owner, is just the sweetest and the images are really what got me hooked on stamping/making cards!
To create my card, I first stamped a background (from the latest Essentials by Ellen release) in a light aqua ink. I used my MISTI to make sure I had nice even coverage.
Next, I added grass in a pretty, bold lime green!
I stamped the images from the set in black marker friendly ink.
Then, I die cut them out with the coordinating dies.
I colored both images in with Copic markers.
I trimmed the panel down just a bit and then added die cut details down the side. I love this look!
Finally I assembled it on a card base topped with patterned paper.
I placed the images with foam tape.
Next, I needed to add my sentiment - but I wasn't exactly sure where. So, I stamped the sentiment on a bit of clear card stock and moved that around to find the perfect placement.
Once I was satisfied with placement, I stamped the sentiment with the MISTI.
Finally, I topped it off with white gel pen accents.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing part of your day with me!
Happy #TexturalTuesdays! It's Lisa and what a fun Tuesday it is! Paper Smooches is in the house. YAY!! I love Kim Hughes' quirky style and what I've seen other people do with these fun stamps. It was such a joy to be able to try my own hand at them for the VERY first time (other than just sentiments anyway).
And while we're talking about Paper Smooches -- Did you know that the store is having a sale of 20% off this week (March 27 - April 1) on all in-stock Paper Smooches products while supplies last?
I started by stamping my little chickadee in Versafine and then embossing it with clear embossing powder. I used a square Zig Zag Stitched Square STAX from MFT to die-cut the image prior to coloring. I wanted to do this to try to keep my coloring in perspective.
I used three yellows to color the little chickadee. I think these three worked really well to give him (or her?) really good shading.
I added some grey for grounding. Whether it was necessary or not, I'm not sure. But, it would have looked odd if the chickadee was just floating around on the blank card. Y'know?
For some sky or background color I used B000 and B00 which was blended out. I then added some pretty shimmer to the chick using the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen from Tonic. This pen is much like the Wink of Stella, but has less of a silver tone to it and comes in a pack of two (which I love!).
The patterned paper I selected was adhered to the card base, the chickadee square was adhered in the area I thought would look best, and then I die cut my remaining pieces and parts.
Now that I have my frame, I put that in my MISTI and selected my sentiment and some other small images to go around the frame. I'll color those in with my Copics and add some other embellishments after they're colored.
I'll be using the Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops and the Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix as my finishing touches.
Aren't they the coolest thing ever?!!
I thought that the frame was too "white". Weird, huh? So I used a Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker in Light Blue (036) to break up the white space. It's a bit hard to tell, but it works really well and makes ME much happier. :) The frame was popped up with adhesive squares when all the embellishments are dry.
Here's a slightly different view of the card. I hope you like it and get out your Paper Smooches stamps!!
We are actually broadcasting Hello, Monday LIVE today at 10am PDT over on our Facebook Page! I'll be answering a few questions you've asked on Facebook.
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You asked for it and we are on it!! Today we are sharing a comparison of the markers we covered this week here in the CLASSroom; the ones we carry in our store that we think are fabulous for coloring stamped images, lettering, journaling and so much more. Disclaimer - this is our opinion and experience, it is not scientific, but we hope it helps guide those of you who are looking for comparative information! Here are our best answers to some of the most commonly asked marker questions and a comparison of the main markers we carry at Ellen Hutson LLC, divided by type:
Q. How are alcohol ink markers and water-based dye ink markers different?
A. Alcohol markers have pigment suspended in alcohol and water-based dye markers have pigment suspended in water. Generally, alcohol markers are easy to blend, work on a variety of surfaces (even glossy surfaces like coated paper and metal). Typically dye (or water-based) markers work better on porous surfaces like card-stock.
Q. Which markers are the best?
A. That's an impossible question - we love all the markers we carry! It depends on what kind of project you want to use them on, what type of paper you are working with, what type of look you would like to achieve, and so much more! Check out the lists below to see some of the important features of each type of marker to help you better determine which marker may be best suited to your style.
ALCOHOL INK MARKERS
Q. Can you use two different brands of alcohol ink markers together?
A. Yes, from the brief amount of testing I have done you definitely can combine Copic and Altenew alcohol markers.
Alcohol Marker Brands We Carry:
WATER-BASED INK MARKERS
Other Comparison Articles:
Water-based Ink Markers We Carry:
"SPECIAL EFFECTS" MARKERS - Embossing & Watermark, Glitter and Shine
Hi everyone! Happy Satur-YAY! We're celebrating the weekend by getting our craft on. I hope I can inspire you to get in your crafty zone and create something that brings you joy on this fine Satur-YAY!
Today, I wanted to give you a look at the Zig Art & Graphic Twin Tip Markers and show you the similarities and differences between the Twin Tips and the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, also from Zig. Zig is well known for their amazing color products, from the Clean Color markers that we love, to the sparkly Wink Of Stellas and the Gansai Tambi watercolors. Their quality products never disappoint. The Twin Tips are now available in the Ellen Hutson shop and I wanted to give you an up close look at these markers.
In the video tutorial below, I will give you a look at the Art & Graphic Twin markers alongside the Clean Color Real Brush markers. There are some similarities between the two. However, there are a few important differences that set them apart from each other. I am hoping this up close look will help you determine which suit your crafting needs best.
Here are a few of the most important features of the Zig Art & Graphic Twin markers
Zig recommends that you store these markers horizontally for best results.
While I was playing with and discovering these markers, I wanted to make a project. My favorite part about these markers is the durable rubber brush nib which makes them perfect for coloring directly on to a stamp. This allows you to get effortless color blending on your stamped images.
I used a few colors to color directly on this Dina Wakely circle stamp and stamped it directly on to a card front. I used multiple colors on one stamp to get a gradient effect and worked my way up the card, fading the color as I went. I wanted the focus of this card to be the green, Pantone's color of the year. And I love green....have you ever seen my craft room? I was cool before Pantone said I was cool.... ;)
Be sure to check out the video below. We're going to go through a lot of features of these markers. You won't want to miss it.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you've enjoyed this look at the Zig Art & Graphic Twin makers. You'll be seeing these in my projects to come. I'm very excited about the possibilities.
I hope I've inspired you to create something today. You don't have to have these exact products. Pull out your markers and get to coloring. I can't wait to see what you create. Be sure to share it on Instagram using #EllenHutsonSaturYAY so I can check out what you're up to.
Thanks for joining me today. I hope to see you soon. Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous Satur-YAY!
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It's all about markers this week in the CLASSroom! Markers are fabulous and flexible crafting tools and we are so excited to feature some of our favorites and tell you all about them! My favorite markers are the ones I'm featuring today...the Zig Clear Color Real Brush Markers from Kuretake. It's a bit of a mouthful but these markers are so fab they live up to their big name!
While I'm sharing a bit about these markers and how to use them, I'll be sharing step outs on how to watercolor this card design. This Mondo Peony Stamp Set by Julie Ebersole is so gorgeous and watercoloring it with all it's beautiful detail really shows off what the Clean Color Real Brush Markers can do.
To start off with I first stamped the images onto watercolor paper in Jet Black Archival Ink and then pulled out my markers. Before I get using them...here's a little more information about these markers.
Marker Type: water-based...watercolor markers
Nib Type: brush nib with actual fine bristle tip
Ink Properties: blendable
Type of Surfaces to Use On: watercolor paper is highly recommended
Best Techniques: coloring images, watercoloring images, direct to stamp, lettering
Recommend for Beginners?: Yes!!! These are a great way to start watercoloring stamped images.
Recommended Starting Colors: I love the color packs as they are a great value and the hues chosen work well together. I'd suggest the 24 set to start of if you can afford it, the 36
Why do you like these markers? These markers make watercoloring soooo easy! The colors are amazing and I love the way you can color with them and blend them together. They even work well brush to brush for color mixing without staining. I wish I'd had these years ago when I started stamping. Right now they are really the only marker I reach for and believe me...I have all kinds!
These markers can be used so many different ways. You can color them and blend them together with each other right on the watercolor but for this project, I'm blending with water for a lighter look. To color each petal I've drawn a line of the pigment right along the inside of the petal...right where the shadow will be the darkest. I then I add water and pull out the color with a wet watercolor brush.
I do that with each petal. For color variation you can also touch one marker to another to mix ink, then add the color to a petal. This is a great way to add different shades! It WON'T wreck your colors or brushes!
Gradually add color to each petal. The more blending and subtle variation of shades you add, the more realistic it will look.
After I've done the petals once, I like to go back in and add even more depth of color where it needs it. You don't even have to use the same shade. Here I've added in a darker purple to the shadow areas. Next step will be to add water again and blend it out to a soft graduation of color.
Keep on building up the color.
And add in the greenery until you feel it is finished. Remember that watercoloring is a very loose look so don't be afraid to have some white spots and some color bleeding. It all adds to the artistic look.
Add shadows beneath the petals and leaves with a very light gray. Then blend with water again.
I wanted to add a little something to the background and decided to draw on lines with a blue marker. I love how you can do this easily with the marker format.
Blend it out with water for a finished background. I think it looks a little like falling rain.
Add in your sentiment using the Misti. There was NO way I wanted to botch the sentiment after all that work! The beautiful sentiment is from the Lovely Stamp Set by Julie Ebersole.
Finally...adhere your watercolor panel to a card base and add some droplets of Glossy Accents. I love how it adds water droplets to the petals and adds to the spring showers look.
While this is a complex image to watercolor...the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers really made a huge difference in how easy it was to mix colors, and add them to tiny areas! I find they give me so much more control!
I hope you've enjoyed this project and marker week in the CLASSroom! What are your favorite markers to use and which ones have you been inspired to try?
Thanks for joining me!
Happy Thursday! It's Carly and I'm here for another #throwbackthursdays, where we find inspiration in The CLASSroom archives! This week in addition to learning from past posts by our fabulous team, we are sharing info about markers! Today let's talk about "special effects" markers, markers that are glitter, metallic and watermark ink!
Wink of Stella
Wink of Luna
One of my favorite techniques to use with all of these special effects markers is faux chalkboard! Of course the technique is most like chalkboard when done in white, but it looks amazing with these other markers and makes a stunning background.
This technique is super easy!
Good Wednesday morning and welcome to the CLASSroom. We’re focusing on markers this week and I’m showing how I used them to apply color to die cuts. My project today was made using the Penny Black First Blooms, Hero Arts Paper Layering Hummingbird Pair, My Favorite Things Leafy Greenery and Poppystamps Leafy Frame. The flowers, foliage and hummingbird were cut using Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper.
Mist the watercolor paper lightly to prepare it to receive color.
Color the stems of the flowers using the brush tip of the marker.
Apply ink on an acrylic block or craft sheet, pick up the color with a waterbrush and apply it to the tulip heads.
Allow the flower to dry slightly and then apply petal marks on the tulips using the brush tip of the marker. Use the waterbrush to blend the lines.
While the foliage is still wet use the green and yellow markers to add variegated color to the leaves.
Mist the hummingbird, apply green and teal ink on the acrylic block and use the waterbrush to apply it to the hummingbird.
Apply clear Wink of Stella to the tulip heads and humming bird and allow to dry.
Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attach it to the card base.
Arrange the tulips and foliage a few stems at a time and attach together using glossy accents. Continue adding the pieces to complete the bouquet.
Tuck a few extra pieces of foliage in the arrangement and attach using glossy accents.
Apply a piece of mounting tape to the back of the hummingbird and attach it to the frame.
I have used Distress markers for years and have just recently had the opportunity to work with Memento markers. I decided I would do a little experiment to compare the two markers so you could see them side by side. Both performed equally well in coloring my tulips and foliage.
In the sample below (Distress on left/ Memento on right) I show two examples using the markers. The first sample shows ink applied to hot pressed watercolor paper using the brush end of the marker and then washed with a wet brush. The Distress ink blended and spread much better than the Memento ink. The second sample shows ink that was applied on the acrylic block and picked up using a wet brush and then brushed on the watercolor paper. Both inks performed equally well using that technique.
If you would like to see a more in depth comparison of these markers check out the May 2012 In Touch article “Distress Markers and Memento Markers - Are There Any Differences?”
I hope you enjoy my framed tulips. I love making flower projects and these tulips were so much fun to color and arrange.
Hi friends! This is marker week here in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom and I (Carolyn Peeler) am really happy to walk you through a few techniques with Distress markers.
First, let's walk though some basic 'getting to know you' questions about the Distress Markers (please tell me I"m not the only one who now has the "getting to know you, getting to know all about you" tune running through my head after reading that sentence, lol!):
Q: What kind of marker are Distress Markers?
A: They are water-based dye inks which are also water reactive.
Q: What is the nib type?
A: Distress Markers have a brush and fine tip.
Q: Do they have any special properties?
A: They are totally blendable and also water reactive.
Q: What kind of surface do they work best on?
A: They work on any porous surface, but if you are using the markers with a great deal of water, watercolor paper is the best bet.
Q: What techniques do Distress Markers work best for?
A: You can use Distress markers for many different techniques including: direct to stamp, watercolor, creating backgrounds, and coloring images.
Q: Are Distress Markers difficult to use and would you recommend them to a beginner stamper?
A: Just like any coloring medium, Distress markers take a bit of shading know-how in order to get the best results. However for backgrounds, watercolor or direct to stamp applications, Distress markers are great for every level of crafter from the newbie to the seasoned vet.
Q: What colors would you recommend to someone just starting?
A: I think that the answer to this question is different for everyone. You should purchase the colors you use the most. If you color a lot of dogs and cats, purchase the browns and blacks. If you color a lot of flowers, then you'll want to pick up the greens and your favorite shades for blossoms. I will admit to owning the whole collection and I enjoy having the entire catalog of colors available to me.
Q: Why do you like these markers?
A: I am currently enjoying a love affair with watercolor - or watercolor looks - and I love using Distress markers in those applications. I have also used them extensively in direct to stamp applications.
So now that we have the basics of Distress Markers under our belt, let's jump into today's project!
This adorable card features imagery and a greeting from the Essentials by Ellen "Sock Monkey Surprise" stamp set. Using the Tea Dye Distress ink marker, color the image lines and stamp it onto watercolor paper.
Next, I used the Distress marker line to watercolor paint the monkey. First, I colored the markers onto a paint palette - you could also color onto plastic or the Ranger Craft Sheer. All these surfaces create the perfect base for picking up the ink with your paint brush. In this first time lapse, I am using the Tea Dye marker.
Before filming the time lapse shown below, I used Worn Lipstick as a watercolor to color the mouth and cheeks of the monkey.
In this time lapse I added the blacks directly with the Black Soot marker.
The balloons were the next card element that I tackled and they were also colored with the Distress Markers, but this time using a different technique. For each of the balloons first I stamped them by coloring with the Distress markers directly onto the stamp. Then I colored directly onto watercolor paper with the markers. Notice that I only colored onto part of the balloon. The area I colored will be the darkest area of each balloon and the other areas ends up lighter when the color is dragged over to them. After coloring, use water and your paintbrush to spread the color as seen in the timelapse shown below. The balloons were colored with Fossilized Amber and Picked Raspberry.
Next we'll work on the sky background. This one is simple and fun - Using a Ranger Craft Sheet color with your markers directly onto the sheet. Color going dark to light, top to bottom. The colors I used were: Salty Ocean, Broken China and Tumbled Glass. After coloring, mist with water then drag your paper across this water/ink mixture. Set aside and allow to dry (or dry using a heat tool).
Cut a strip of this awesome striped paper from the Cute Girl 6x6 paper pad and glue down the left side of your card front. Then, using the Mama Elephant Borderline Trio dies cut a piece of vellum and attach on top of the striped paper using a sewing machine and white thread.
Using Tuxedo Black Archival ink stamp the 'cheer up' greeting on the front right of the card as seen here. Then, using thin (low profile) 3d foam squares or mounting tape attach the balloons to the card front. To attach the monkey use normal profile 3d foam squares
or mounting tape.
Thanks for your visit, here are the direct links to the products used in today's project:
(click on the pics to enbiggan)
Today I'm sharing how I use Copic Markers to quickly color and shade images!
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Today's project features very basic coloring techniques and only two hues of similar colors (one lighter, one darker). This is primarily the way I tend to use alcohol markers, but there are other fun, more advanced techniques you can explore.
After coloring and assembling my card, I coated the smoothie cups with Pico Clear Embellisher, added some Stickles, Washi Tape, and made my own enamel dots by applying Black Ebony Nuvo Crystal Drops directly to the card.
Join us this week as we celebrate scribbly, colorful, magnificent markers! Each day will fresh inspiration from our team and lots of info about some of our favorite markers! Did you know that Copic Markers are 25% off every day on our site? Through March 26ht, 2017 get an additional 10% discount on all in-stock markers no coupon code needed!
This week we are talking markers here in the CLASSroom! We will talk about the different types of markers and what we use them for, compare tips and so much more. Stay tuned each day here in the CLASSroom as we talk about the different types of markers we carry in our store. Today we are excited to have Sandy join us to share a quick overview in an "infographic" format that you can pin or print to help you figure out which marker style is best for you.
Hello marker lovers! It's Sandy Allnock here, the one who loves all things that color....and a little birdie told me it's time to celebrate markers here at Ellen Hutson! Wheee! I've put together some basics on a few marker types that might help you understand the differences between the types of markers. There are many not listed - this is just an overview!
Over on my blog I show you how I store my markers - the basic rule: See what kind of storage solutions the manufacturer offers. If they store them horizontally, you should store them horizontally. If they store them vertically, follow suit. My general understanding is only Distress markers must be horizontal; everything else is optionally stored either way but to be on the safe side think horizontal.
I'll also be celebrating marker week with a few videos on my blog this week - go over on Monday for Copic, Wednesday for Sparkle pens, and Friday and Saturday for two ideas using the Art and Graphic Twin Tip markers!
Have a great week!
Welcome to the Charity Bloghop! You should have arrived here from Jessica's blog - isn't Jessica amazing?! Her projects always inspire me!
I'm so excited to share my little project with you today and talk a little about the charity organization I have selected. For the past 15 years we have sponsored a sweet little girl through World Vision. Our little girl lives in Uganda and each year we receive little notes and pictures from her. To see her grow, learn and remain healthy is such a blessing! So today, in honor of Lucy, our family is donating a sheep to help provide nutritious milk for essential protein, vitamins and minerals, plus plenty of wool to knit warm sweaters and blankets. You can learn more about this program by going to this link - World Vision: Ways to Give.
After deciding on our gift I went in search of a stamp set and came across MFT's Ewe are the Best and decided to make a penny slider using Julie's Swing N Slide die to create the little hill for the sheep to leap over.
Please continue along on the hop list below - I encourage you to visit ALL the blogs and leave comments - you can qualify to win some prizes! We are thrilled to be offering a $25 gift to our store! So please leave a comment and share your favorite charity with us here below.
Be certain to head to Sandy's blog for all the details. I'm so excited to have been included and we hope we have inspired you to help give a gift to someone in need! As well, I am excited to learn about so many amazing charities. Please continue along your way now and head over to Julia Stainton's blog to see which charity she has selected and how she chose to represent her charity in her card.
Thank you for joining me today!
It's another fun week here in the CLASSroom, using some of my very favorite papercrafting tools, dies!
I used Distress Oxide Inks to create the backgrounds, which I think turned out to resemble a soft faux watercolor look! Here's how I created them:
Let's start with my first blue notecard, which measures 3-1/2" x 5". I decided to keep this one simple, without a greeting, so it could be used for anything. It's the perfect size to present a gift card!
Next, I took a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" panel of Neenah Solar White 110 Lb. cardstock and dipped it into the ink. I prefer a heavier weight cardstock when using a water technique such as this. For this particular panel I didn't have as much water on the ink, so the colors didn't move around as much and sank into the cardstock quickly, which resulted in a more separated look to the colors:
If you want to add more color in spots, just dip the paper into the remaining inks again, until you are satisfied with the results. Dry the panel with your heat tool between dippings, to achieve different looks. I love that this technique always creates such different and varying results! After I finished with the first panel, I was able to spritz the remaining ink on my craft sheet two more times, to create two more backgrounds! The more water you add, the lighter the results will be:
I chose the center panel above because I wanted softer muted colors. I die cut it with the second largest Lacy Layers 5x7 die, which is a beautiful scallop edge with pierced holes all along the edges. I adhered the blue panel to a notecard I created with the largest stitched Lacy Layers 5x7 die, which measures a generous 5" x 7", and scored it in half:
I used my favorite new tape runner to adhere the panel to the card base, X-Press It's Tape Runner. I know many of you were equally as distraught as I was when Tombow's Stamp Runner was discontinued ... I have found this tape to have a fantastic hold, even with this warped background I created!
After assembling the background, I die cut the Doily Circle from Neenah Solar White cardstock. Do yourself a huge favor and use a lighter 80 Lb. weight cardstock with this intricate die and you'll achieve a nice cut. I would also suggest using a layer of wax paper between the die and cardstock and using a Metal Adaptor Plate in your die cutting sandwich, until you find out how your die cutting machine's pressure interacts.
My next card uses the die cut negative, to create a mosaic look!
For this card, I started the same way I did with the blue background, using these Distress Oxide Inks (I apologize for not getting a photo of the inking process): Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, and Fossilized Amber. Then I die cut the inked panel with the Doily die. This was actually the first time I had used the Doily die, used 110 Lb. cardstock and did not use the wax paper or metal adaptor, so all the pieces lifted out of the die together. This was both a good and slightly bad outcome -- a few of the pieces were not cut all the way through, which I decided to make work in my favor.
I placed the die cut right side down onto some Glad Press 'N Seal wrap (found at your local grocery store). This wrap has a tacky surface, yet removes from paper easily! Then I slowly and gently removed the die cut (shown on the right below) from its negative space on the Glad wrap (on the left below), finishing the cuts with a craft knife on a few pieces as needed:
Next, I applied Matte Multi Medium onto the back side of the die negative pieces (still attached to the Glad wrap), then turned the wrap and die cut pieces over and positioned them on my scalloped die cut background (made from the second largest Lacy Layers 5x7 scalloped die).
I love the raised mosaic effect! The Congratulations sentiment is from Julie's 12 Days Companion Greetings. It was gold heat embossed. The scalloped panel was adhered to a Neenah Solar White card base.
Since I wanted to use this as a wedding card, inside I adhered the leftover white doily from my first project and stamped a Mr. & Mrs. sentiment (also from the 12 Days Companion Greetings stamp set) in Delicata Gold ink:
I think this Distress Oxide background technique lends itself very well to all types of Spring and Easter cards, don't you? (I apologize -- As of this writing, some of the Distress Oxide inks are currently out of stock, but more are expected soon. So please click the "Notify Me" button on the product page and you'll receive an email as soon as more are received in the store! Meanwhile, you could achieve similar results with your regular Distress Inks or Refills!).
Happy stamping! :)