Ellen Hutson Mix it Up Challenge!

image.jpgEllen Hutson is having another fun Mix it Up Challenge featuring their products combined with Paper Smooches that runs until March 14th.  The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Ellen Hutson.  (I need to give a shout out to Ellen Hutson here for having 2 contests every month that give everyone a chance to win a very generous prize!)

I took a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of Canson cold pressed water color paper and ran it through the Essentials by Ellen Silver Linings die.  Each die was turned the opposite way it’s normally used.  I was aiming for a diamond/gem faceted look–which as you can see didn’t turn out the way I expected once I colored it, but you have to keep moving forward.  I was able to rescue it from myself, but it appears more tie-dyed in appearance.  So this card is more hippy-dippy than classy and elegant, lol!  (Maybe I should draw a peace sign on the balloon and put a headband on the bunny, haha!)

I masked off the 4 sides of the die cut image with Post It Notes then colored the “facets” of the background with Zig Clean Color Real brush markers using 030 Blue, 030 Cornflower, 032 Persian Blue, and 030 Cobalt. I used water to blend and blotted with a dry paper towel.  After it was dry, I shellacked it with Clear Wink of Stella. When that dried, I went over the score lines with a white gel pen (since some of them lost visibility when I colored them in with the markers and removed the Post It Notes..

I stamped the balloon and the bunny from Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware stamp set and cut them out as well as white craft foam (that had Stick It on both sides) with their coordinating dies.  Zig colors for the balloon are:  025 Pink, 028 Pale Pink and 026 Light Pink.  I shellacked the balloon in Clear Wink of Stella and adhered the craft foam balloon to the back..  I colored the bunny with Copic Markers N0, N2, and N4 and adhered the craft foam bunny to the back.  He is the matte focal point, lol!  (I have a horrible addiction to Wink of Stella and sequins.  I need a 12 Step program for my bling addiction–no card goes unscathed!)

I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches Fun and Flirty set in Majestic Blue Versafine ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  This is such a fun set with upbeat messages, and I love the fonts!  I adhered the card front to a piece of 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 pink card stock.

I tied a piece of gold cord to the balloon and adhered the balloon to the card front (putting a dot of Ranger Matte Medium on the knot of the cord to hopefully prevent it from coming unknotted).  I adhered the bunny to the card front and glued the end of the cord to his hand with Ranger Matte Medium, placing a 3 mm sequin on top.   I finished the card with 3, 4, and 6 mm. clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh which I glued on with Ranger Matte Medium (I need to buy this stuff by the gallon, it is my go to adhesive when I don’t use tape of any kind).

Thank you for stopping by my humble blog and sharing my misadventures in card making yet again!  🙂





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