Hi there! Today is the day… the Essentials By Ellen August 2019 release is finally available! We have a variety of fabulous autumnal and holiday products to share with you, with lots of inspiration on the blog hop! You should have arrived here from Elena’s blog, and your next stop is Julie’s blog. I have two cute (not spooky!) Halloween/autumn cards to share with you today. (I’ll save my holiday cards for a post for next week!) Let’s get started with the details!
For my first project, I used the darling new Bear Ware 4 to create a little fall scene. I realized when creating this project that I don’t have the original Bear, but luckily the Bear Ware 4 stamp set has lots of elements that make it so you don’t even need the big bear, including a little baby bear! I began by using my T-square to draw a line for the ground, then stamped my little scene with Intense Black ink, using some Post-It notes for quick masking.
I colored the images using Copic markers, trying to keep the colors a bit more pastel rather than the traditional technicolor palette for fall. I also used the Life Changing Blender Brushes and some very light shades of pink, coral, and yellow ink to do a bit of a sunset behind my scene. I didn’t bother with masking the images, because the colors were so pale and the Blender Brushes do such a lovely job of subtly blending the color that I wasn’t worried about the ink blending marring my Copic coloring!
Finally, I added a (super cheeky and super cute) sentiment from the Bear Ware 4 set using some more Intense Black ink.
For my second project, I used the new Happy Haunting stamp set to create a darling panel of custom patterned paper. The images in this stamp set are so whimsical and cute. I don’t go in much for “scary” Halloween, but the sweet little smiles on the skeleton, bat, and ghost made for a sweet little Halloween card! When stamping custom patterned paper, I like to vary the angles at which I orient the individual stamps to create a more seamless and random look. I knew that I wanted the primary color palette to be that pastel palette that I used on the previous card, so I limited the number of bats and made sure to add extra candy corn! 😉
I started by stamping the sentiment from The Last Bite in the center, then stamping my image outlines all around it at various angles and distances apart. After I’d stamped all of my outline images, I went back in and added the little trio of yellow stars, rotating the stamp as I went to make them look more random. Before beginning my coloring, I added a few tiny black dots with a Copic Multiliner pen just to fill in any gaps in the pattern. To achieve good balance on custom stamped patterned panels, I like to start with my largest images (the outline stamps), then the next smallest image (the stars), and finally the tiniest images (the dots) fill in the gaps.
Finally, I colored in my images using my Copic markers in a pretty coral, buttery yellow, and white color scheme, again keeping away from that typical vivid technicolor palette so frequently used on Halloween cards. Perfect to send to my 4 year old niece!
Well, that’s all for my project today. I hope you’ve enjoyed these cute little autumnal projects. If you haven’t checked out the full August Essentials By Ellen release, you definitely should. It’s chock full of fantastic fall and winter holiday products. I’ll share some Christmas-themed projects in the next few days! Your next stop is Julie’s blog.
Now, to celebrate the new release blog hop, we have a few giveaways! We’ve got super fun prizes!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the whole July Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Thursday, August 15th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.
Susan T says
Thanks for the inspiration today. I adore your cards.
Love the pink pumpkins, cute cards!
I love the trick or treat one! Fabulous coloring and design! (email@example.com)
Linda Anderson says
That gourd sentiment cracks me up! TFS.
Cute Card, Cute Characters
Karthikha Uday says
Haha the first one is so fun and cool 🙂 Lovely cards! 🙂
arlenevitarlene D says
Isabel Z says
LOVE what you created!!!
So cute! Love the simplicity of the first card and all the bright stars on the second.
I love what you’ve created! Such fun designs!
Marisela Delgado says
Elizabeth G says
These cards are too cute!!! I’m ready for Fall!!!
Stef Perry says
Both cards are just super cute! So much to love with this release!
Joy Meadows says
Adorable cards, Emily! Love both of them.
Bear card is my favorite!
Jane Crisci says
I have seen several cards now using Bear Ware 4. They just keep getting cuter and cuter!!
Carla Hundley says
Your cards are too fun!
Love the Bear Ware 4
card, so darling. The
second card is so fun
with all the stamping.
Carla from Utah
Janet Durbin says
Fantastic cards, love everything Bear Ware!
Amy Cooley says
Cute and spooky cards for Halloween! These new products are great!
Sue D says
Adorable cards. Love the sentiment and the bear on the first one.
Denise Bryant says
Very fun Halloween cards! Love the cute bear and the props that come in the Bear Ware 4 set! Fun sentiment!
Love that silly bear and the sentiment on your first card!
I love your pretty and sweet card!
You are right your cards are cute and sweet Halloween cards and I think they are perfect! Thank you for sharing!
Kylie Z says
You did such an amazing job showcasing the new EH stamps.
GLenda M Sultan says
I just adore the friendly bear. I just want to squeeze him. It’s nice to see friendly Halloween stamps.
Oh sooooo CUTE!
Adorable cards made with an adorable release!
Pink seems to be the “it” color for fall and I love how you showcase it in your blended background!
Kim F says
Cute cards. I love the way you filled in the background for the Halloween card and that sentiment with the bear makes me LOL!
Jo Malicoat says
Love both of your cards, but that gourd sentiment cracks me up every time I see it!
barbara lassiter says
Both cards are so cute with amazing design and coloring. Thanks for the inspiration!
Ericka Strange says
Great cards Emily and I love all the fun bear wear defiantly on my wish list! Love the fun sentiments too!
Love your cards.
Mary Holshouser says
Darling cards. Love the background
you made with the various Halloween
items. The little bear is cute with
hit witches hat. thanks for sharing
Teri S. says
Oh, I like your Bear Ware card so much! This is a great release.
Janet Sisk says
I just LOVE that “Are you outta’ your gourd?” greeting!!! So fun. Thanks for the laugh and the inspiration. 😀
I love your cards! The little bear with his wagon of pumpkins is so cute. 🙂
Wonderful cards! That bear is on my wish list!
You are so talented. Thank you for sharing your creations.
Mary-Anne V says
Very sweet cards for halloween.
Sharon Youngblood says
Such a cute card, love the little pops of red.
Andrea H says
I would never of put a bear in a witches hat for a card like yours! A brilliant idea, and both cards really are super duper. Thank you for the inspiration. XXX
Adore your cards, so cute!
Your coloring is amazing.
Lisa Byers says
Your cards are amazing. I love the bear, so adorable!! The second one is hilarious. Love the design. As always, love your coloring!!
Patt H. says
Love that adorable bear & the quirky saying is fabulous!
Cyndi Morris says
I usually don’t send Halloween cards, but that may have to change. These images are adorable and the sentiments cracked me up!
Marisela Delgado says
I ate so much candy corn growing up that now I hate it. Cute cards, though. ha-ha
Karen Barkman says
Cute card. I like the way you added the black dots.
Lauryne Cunningham says
Cute cards! I love the patterned paper look on your second card!
Eileen M says
Such cute cards! Love your coloring.
Surekha Galagoda says
Lovely and cute cards. You just reminded me that Halloween is around the corner.