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Cruisin’ — on the Ellen Hutson Bloghop!

Welcome to the February 2017 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new products on my post today!  I also have my own special (and totally unrelated to the new release) kind of theme, based on the weather at my house – I would rather be CRUISING! #ineedavacation! If you’ve come from Lisa’s blog, awesome…if not, start out at the top of the hop HERE!

Before I get rolling – here’s the release list….

Cruise Ship View: Copic Scene

When I saw the “Spa Day” set – I just wanted to color an icy cold refreshing drink. Seriously. I was filming while my Seattle region was buried under snow (I know, I know, a few inches and we’re toast!). And the thought of looking out the porthole of a stateroom on a cruise ship? Oh man. Channel me some warm sunshine!! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Snorkeling View: Copic Scene

The second project I did is an underwater scene using Otterly Awesome stamps and Otter Ware – a coral reef filled with playful otters! I got out my watercolors for this, of course….Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Giveaway!

It’s a good thing you are here because I’m giving away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose any in stock Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter, please leave a comment on today’s post by Tuesday, February 28There is also an AMAZING Grand Giveaway on the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, too, by Tuesday, February 28ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, March 3Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

NEXT STOP:

Go visit the lovely Laurel!

Supplies

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Copic card:

Watercolor card:

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Watercolor a Coastal Scene

 

Watercolor a Coastal Scene

The technique on today’s card using Shine Bright is similar to one I shared at a make-and-take at CHA2017 a few weeks ago. I’ve added quite a bit – the sky, primarily! I wasn’t sure it was going to work and am delighted to report that it did! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

ICYMI

The video mentioned at the end of this was part of a paint-along series I created a while back – ICYMI (in case you missed it):

Supplies

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Otterly Great Birthday – fixing watercolor

Before getting started  – guess what? This Otterly Great Birthday set and all MFT stamps are on sale for 15% off til the 29th! Go forth and shop! Well, after you watch the video, of course. On Instagram today, I’m sharing cards using Forest Friends, Strike Up the Band, and more.

Otterly Great Birthday – watercolor

I wanted to stamp and color ALL the otters. So I did! I cut a long piece of watercolor paper – 12″ x 5.5″, then scored it at 4″ and 8″ to make three panels. Then I got busy stamping! Watercoloring the water was a blast – and I show you in the video a few ways to “recover” if your painting got funky along the way. (A few folks at CHA got to hear the backstory. Shhh! Pinkyswear! lol) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I love that Daniel Smith watercolor is nicely transparent – so it’s easy to make the floating otters look like they’re “in” the water. 

A sentiment on the front panel could be fun too, not just inside. As always, if you CASE my cards be sure to tag me on instagram to share it – I’d love to see what you create!

Supplies

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Foxes in Love

 

Foxes in Love

This stamp set might be a winter one – with scarves and snowmen – but I love getting sets I can also use year-round! I bought this one for the foxes – these two have nothing wintry about them so they can hop into all kinds of cards all year long! I pulled out both my Inktense Pencils plus my Daniel Smith Watercolors to make this card…hope you enjoy it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

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Watercolor Wizard: New Daniel Smith Grounds and Watercolors

CHA starts tomorrow….and since I’ll be at the Daniel Smith booth, I figured I’d show you some of the samples I took with me!

Watercolor Wizard: New Daniel Smith Grounds and Watercolors

Daniel Smith makes grounds – basically gessos that turn almost any surface into a watercolor surface! In the video below I show you how I added texture to mine since I like cold press and especially rough cold press papers…you can give it less texture too, customizing it any way you want. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Doesn’t it look beautiful on the gold too?

The inside of the card carries the sentiment on these cards…

I covered a chipboard box – it had a pattern on it so I covered it in inexpensive gesso first, til I had a basic white surface to add the pearlized ground to. Then painted poppies!

I wanted to see how this worked on tin – it was great!

And this candle came out beautifully. Be careful with this, because the grounds could possibly exude a smell you might not like…I’ll try burning it sometime and see what happens. Didn’t want to try that before the show 🙂And I also had some of the black ground, so used that on a teensy tiny clay pot, using some of the iridescent colors.

Since these are new, they aren’t in-store yet…but they’re coming soon!

Supplies

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  • Stampingbella, Wiz (appears to be no longer available)
  • Gold Ground —- (link coming as soon as it’s available)
  • Pearlescent Ground —- (link coming as soon as it’s available)
  • New Daniel Smith colors — (links coming as soon as it’s available)
    • Lavender
    • Wisteria
    • Aussie Red Gold
    • Raw Sienna Light
    • Burnt Sienna Light
    • Paynes Blue Gray
    • Quinacridone Lilac
    • Rose Madder Permanent
  • Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 25 pk
  • Ranger Ink Blending Tool, 1 Inch Round 
  • ShurTech Yellow Frog Delicate Multisurface Masking Tape
  • ShurTech Green Frog Multisurface Masking Tape
  • Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Jet Black 
  • Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 8
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics, Wonky Stitched Square STAX
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Aligning Art Impressions Watercolor Stamps

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Aligning Art Impressions Stamps

One question I hear a lot – especially heard when I taught in-person classes – was how to get straight things straight. You can adjust a slightly crooked house by using a marker…but how do we avoid that in the first place? I think I have an idea! You’ll need some blocks with grids…big enough blocks to reach at least one outside edge of the paper. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

How was that for easy? Just line things up well first, and you can stamp these like a pro! 🙂  There’s another house in the stamp set too – and I painted it with bricks. 🙂

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Supplies

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Popup Gift Card Holders

 

Christmas will be here SOOOOOON! Ack! And as I am travelling shortly – and personally delivering gifts for my family – gift cards can be the easiest thing to get through TSA. And these sweet cards can go through the mail easily too…they make a last-minute gift look well-planned! The coffee stamps here were sent to me by my friends at Sunny Studio Stamps.

Pop-up Gift Card Holder

Before I get going – I didn’t come up with this myself! Lyssa Zwolanek is an SU demo (her blog post is HERE, video HERE) – and she’s one of many who shared a tutorial that is easy peasy. I made my own adaptations to it based on supplies I have, so be sure to adapt using what you’ve got too! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

While I was making one, I went ahead and made two more in other colors. Cute huh? And so easy and fast!

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While I heat embossed the snowflakes, and watercolored the panels and layered them – feel free to just use some pretty patterned paper. That’ll make them even faster!
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Supplies

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Vintage Christmas Kitsch

Vintage Christmas Kitsch

I was inspired to look at some vintage postcards to figure out a layout for this card…I stamped the deer, added the circle in pencil, then stamped the greens (masking where needed), then drawing in the banner and circle with a black sharpie (waterproof pen). I had some challenges with the purple background, but it was sure a fun experiment – and this is one of my fave cards lately! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

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Supplies

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Nativity Mini TryFold Christmas Card

 Nativity Mini TryFold Christmas Card

I’ve been making a bunch of these Mini TryFold Nativity cards for my Christmas stash…they’re beautiful and simple, very flat – and easy to color quickly! I stamped a bunch using the MISTI – once I had it set up I just kept stamping! Included in the video is an idea for making it easy – using just the droppers and not a palette. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I love the Hydrus watercolors for their intensity – and that they don’t “move” once you go over them with another color. But they also blend with other colors while wet, too. Best of both worlds!

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Color Chart for PhMartins Hydrus Watercolors

The three sets of 12 have different groups of colors – see which ones would work most with the kinds of images you color most.

Sandy Allnock Hydrus Chart

Supplies

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24 Tags of Christmas 2016: Watercolor Tree Farm

Quick note: I’ll be picking the 24 winners Sunday evening…so if you missed any videos this week, be sure to go leave comments to qualify to win! I’ll post winners Monday.

Oh my. It’s already the last day! Well, I’ve got a cute one to top off the week…enjoy!

Watercolor Tree Farm

Sometimes tags just need to be plain old cute. And what’s cuter than a vintage trailer with some animals we can dress up? In the video I’ll show you a little bit on masking – plus some fun watercoloring. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The other three tags came out sweet too….a whole fleet of tree sellers! ha!sandy-allnock-24tags16-6a

You can see all the tags from all years in the 24 Tags of Christmas Gallery!

Giveaway

Tradition is to give away the 24 tags…I’ll pick 24 winners from blog posts and YT comments, so leave some love and maybe you’ll win! Woohoo! I’ll pick winners and announce later next week!

Supplies

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