We are so excited to be collaborating with Ellen Hutson this month. Have you seen their new release? Have you seen their old releases? Have you shopped with them? The most excellent customer service, fast shipping, great selection. Just love them. And I am lucky enough to have met Ellen Hutson at CHA a few years ago. Wow. She’s even nicer in person than you can possibly imagine. 🙂
I wasn’t sure of my crafty plan when I sat down to create, I let the stamp set speak to me. Grabbed a sheet of heavyweight Neenah cardstock and just started stamping. Once I realized I was making a background, I decided to just make a full sheet, and hopefully get four cards out of it.
I stamped the pineapple itself randomly in small sections of the paper. I kept the crown in mind so I could stamp that later. I ended up gold embossing the crown, and I love that pop of glam that the embossing adds to the pattern. I filled in some white spaces with two of the smaller flowers from the same stamp set.
After the pattern was complete, I die cut the pineapple from some scrap paper. Then I used the negative as a mask so that I could color the pineapples with two shades of distress ink. I love the way they came out, sort of a retro funky wallpaper.
I wanted to keep the rest of the cards simple, so I die cut them with a rectangle stitched die, just for a finished edge. I gathered some word dies from the Essentials by Ellen line and layered up three pieces of black cardstock for each. Then used versamark and clear embossing powder to make them sturdier.
Since I’d stamped the sentiments on vellum, I layered them on white cardstock to make them stand out a bit more. I wanted to use my sewing machine with gold thread, but realized too late that my gold thread isn’t meant for sewing machines. Ahem. I ended up using my tiny attacher to make this work, and to make it a bit more rustic. Now, here’s a hot tip for you.
You can see that where I stapled the die cuts to the vellum, the staple went into my many layers of clear embossing powder and cracked it. This did not make me happy. Then I had a lightbulb moment and thought “hey, run your heat gun over that and see if it goes away”. And it does! So, if you ever have that issue, you now have a solution.
Thank you so much Ellen, and Ellen Hutson for working with us this month. We are having so much fun, and my wallet is getting a workout.
Be sure to join us in our challenge this month, the prize is sponsored by Ellen Hutson, and I know you’ll love it.