Yep - you read that right! We have done a really fun collaboration with Ellen Hutson to show you how Concord & 9th and Essentials by Ellen products work well together! I had a lot of fun playing with all these products - and may have gotten a little carried away crafting...and creating...and a little more crafting!
I used products from Concord & 9th's August NEW release and Essentials by Ellen Summer 2016 release. First, let's start with Stay Salty by Essentials by Ellen. When I first saw these, I thought fun-nautical! So, I had to pair these fun Stay Salty stamps and dies with our Stripe Builder stamp set and Thanks Card dies to make this "thanks, you're a lifesaver" card!
I die cut the "thanks" first with a piece of white card stock so the card will interlock. Not sure what I mean? Check out the video linked to the Thanks Card dies page! I know the 'thanks' isn't white. I'll explain that in a moment. I masked off the 'thanks' on each end with post it notes, then stamped the large stripes on to the white card stock using my MISTI so that I could repeat stamp the large stripes with 3 passes of ink to make them solid & crisp! I removed the post it notes and interlocked the thanks together. With the 'thanks' being white, it didn't pop enough for me, so I stamped the smaller stripe from Stripe Builder stamp set using coral ink on to coral card stock. I then die cut the 'thanks' from that scrap piece (needing the letters only) and attached it to the white 'thanks' on the card.
The rest was easy! I used the Stay Salty stamps & dies to embellish the card by adding the greeting, waves and die cutting the stamped lifesaver.
I couldn't stop there because I wanted to use that cute little Mr. Seagull! So, I stamped him on white card stock, die cut him out, and colored him with Zigs. The background stripes are from our JOY stamp set. That stamp set is way more versatile than it appears to be. Think outside of Christmas when using that set! I loved the stripes in JOY. They were a perfect line weight to coordinate with Mr. Seagull!. I stamped the greeting from Stay Salty and clipped the end with my scissors. It wasn't enough so I created my own little shipping tag ends with our Bags & Tags dies. It's two of the little rectangle tags glued together at the circle top and cut short. Perfect to tie the twine through. This card is a 3" x 3" size. Perfect for writing a short note to brighten someone's day!
On to the next set of products! I saw the Mondo Peony stamps and dies from Essentials by Ellen and I knew I had to try those out! WOW! They are mondo! And, they are gorgeous!
Should I let you in on a little secret? GREG made this next card! Yes, Greg crafts! Sometimes out of necessity because we are still only a two-person team and I don't have time to make all the projects myself, but secretly I think he enjoys it too! Shhh! I didn't tell you that! :)
Greg stamped down flowers and leaves in Versafine Onyx Black ink on to white card stock. He then stamped and die cut this large flower, and leaves, and colored them with Copic markers. He stamped the sentiment from our Beautiful Words stamp set. I think the flower and sentiment were meant for each other! The finishing touch is the white sequins from our exclusive Birthday Bling sequin mix.
Greg didn't get to have all the fun with the Mondo Peony. I wanted to play too. I created this card with Mondo Peony and Lovely stamp set by Essentials by Ellen, our Barnwood Background stamp, Stripe Builder stamp set and Wonderful Words dies.
I stamped our Barnwood Background stamp on to kraft card stock using Versamark ink. The greeting "you are a whole lot of" comes from Lovely stamp set by Essentials by Ellen. I finished off the sentence with our 'lovely' die cut from Wonderful Words dies. It was a perfect fit to that greeting! Again, meant to be together! I stamped and die cut the flower from Mondo Peony on watercolor paper. I used distress inks to watercolor the flower and leaves. It's hard to tell, but I added some clear Wink of Stella on the word 'lovely' and on top of the flower. In person, it shimmers in all the right places :). But, it was missing something. I honestly thought of getting out my sewing machine to stitch around the outside of the card. It needed that little pop of white. I can't decide if I was lazy to skip the sewing machine, or crafty to pull out my Stripe Builder stamp set and white pigment ink instead. I stamped the wavy, crossed lines to create my faux-stitched borders. Just what it needed!
But, I couldn't stop there. I wanted to make an even more mondo (is that a thing?) flower. So, here is what I crafted up...it's a card that slides in to it's own envelope pocket. For obvious reasons this card isn't mail-able, but is perfect to hand-deliver. Here the pocket and card are shown apart. The next photos will show the card tucked away in the pocket.
The pocket is made from tissue paper. Can you see the shimmer? It was a package of tissue paper with a pearl finish that I picked up at Michaels. It had just the right amount of sheen to go along with my Wink of Stella shimmer. The pocket itself was easy to make. I kept the fold of the tissue paper to be the bottom of the pocket. I then trimmed the tissue paper about an inch wider AND taller than my card. I folded the tissue paper 1/2" in on each side and adhered it down with Sookwang adhesive. I wanted the top of the pocket to be cute (of course!) so I die cut the top off with our Bags & Tags dies using the scallop piece. I wanted the pocket to match the card so I stamped those same wavy, crossed lines from Stripe Builder stamp set on to the tissue paper with black ink. Set that aside to dry so it won't smear!
Now - on to that mega-mondo peony! I stamped and die cut 3 flowers on to watercolor paper. Watercolor them all, including the leaves, with distress inks - same as the card. Dry the pieces completely. I then used a bone folder to curl the edges of each flower, and the leaves. I wanted the flower to have a lot more dimension. So, break out your hot glue gun and get ready! Leave the base layer of the flower flat (with curled edges). The second and third layers of the flower require you to cut a slice from the outside edge of the flower to the middle. You then fold the flower in to itself. The second layer is folded in about 1/2" or so and then hot glued to stay. The third layer is folded in about 1" or so and then hot glued. The tighter you fold it in, the taller it will be. I then hot glued the second layer to the first, and the third layer to the second.
I had watercolored the middle of the flower yellow, but it felt empty. I need a center that was as large as the flower is now. I used one of the leaf dies from Mondo Peonies and die cut 6-7 pieces. I curled each individual leaf with my bone folder as tight as I could. I then hot glued the pieces together in a circle - doing the outside layer first, and adding more to the middle to fill it in. I also added some Wink of Stella to the yellow flower middle. That is really tricky to explain, so I hope this all made sense!
Whew! That was a really long post. I hope you made it all the way through! And, I really hope you like what we created! It was SO fun to collaborate with Ellen Hutson and team to make these projects come to life!
We just love the Ellen Hutson team and designers!