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Showing posts from October, 2019

The Male Room Challenge #131 - Team Colors - Guest Designer MFT Slider Card

Eco-friendly Reusable Masking

Today I am excited to share how I make and use reusable masks with Essentials by Ellen Art Magnetic Masking Material and the Essentials by Ellen Craft Assistant. No more taping stencils or masks down! The magnetic system holds masks and stencils really well, is easy to use and is really inexpensive.  And you can make masks out of dies you already own! 
I love it!
I hope you enjoy the short video I made to explain all of this in a bit more detail.

1.  Choose the dies of the shapes you mask most often with and die cut them out of the Essentials by Ellen Art Magnetic Masking Material.
2. Die cut one size of that shape die or multiple sizes on the same mask if you would like.  See the video for details on this.
3. You need a metal base such as the Essentials by Ellen Craft Assistant to use these magnetic masks with.
4. I hold the magnetic mask very lightly.  They hold very well if you make your magnetic masks with a 3/4 to 1 inch border past the edge of your card stock.
5. I store my magn…

Watercolor Galaxy Background and Essentials by Ellen Space Out

Watercolor galaxy backgrounds have never been so fun, and pairing them with the Space Out by Brandi Kinkaid Essentials by Ellen stamp set is the best! I know, I will probably be saying this quite often for a while, but thank you Ellen for this fun set!  When she came to visit she brought me so many things to play with. Thank you!
Here is a video of how I made this card.

1.  Use whatever watercolor powder you have. I have Brusho, but I have seen Color Burst with Ken Oliver and if I had them I am sure I would have a lot of fun with them as well. Shimmerz is also on my wish list to try using this technique.
2. I find that the key to the outcome is using a fine mist spray bottle that doesn't put out too much water at once.  I use the Stampin' Spritzer.  I have found I douse my page with too much water using my Ranger Distress Sprayer.
3. Tape your watercolor paper to a firm surface on all sides because it will be bulging, because you use a lot of water.
4. Test the direction that …

Watercoloring Essentials by Ellen Mondo Gerbera Daisy

Watercoloring the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Gerbera Daisy did not go as planned, but what goes as planned in life!  Ellen brought me this stamp set when she came to visit a few weeks ago.  She brought me many gifts you will see me use in upcoming posts:) Thank you Ellen!  I just had to use it before fall was over and where better to use it than the Inkspirational Challenge!
I started out with no line watercoloring, but when I finished it still needed a little somethin', so I added the black stamp outline and a little splatter and it turned out just right. TodayI am joining the Inkspirational Challengewith my fall themed card inspired by this photo:   

I hope you can go make a card and have some fun!

Essentials by Ellen Mondo Gerbera Daisy
Black Ink Pad
Canson Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Daniel Smith Payne's Gray Daniel Smith Quinacridone Deep Gold Daniel Smith Aussie Red Gold Daniel Smith Quinacridone Burnt Orange Daniel Smith Quinacridone Rose Black Velvet Waterco…

Visiting Banff and Jasper National Parks with Ellen and DJ 2019

What a joy it was to travel through Banff and Jasper National Parks this summer. There are so many more stops I wish we could have made.  Here are a few photos from our trip.