Good morning! Today is the day… the new Essentials By Ellen release is now available! Ellen knows how much you all love the Leading Ladies… and we have three new Leading Ladies (and coordinating dies) and a new pattern building set being added to the lineup! I’ve worked with two of the ladies today to create some super cute little cards with these fabulous chicas!
For my first project, I wanted to work with the Woodsy Lady and Woodsy Lady Dies. I have really been trying to practice my Copic shading lately, trying to add lots of extra depth to non-floral images (ha!). These ladies and their accessories were perfect for getting in a little practice! For the Woodsy Lady, I first stamped her in Hero Arts Intense Black Ink, then used various Copic markers to color her in. After I had colored her vest, I used my T10 marker to add tiny little dabs of dark gray to the corners of each individual “puff,” then used my maroon Copics to really work the color to blend out the dark gray. Just those small dabs of gray made a huge difference! I will definitely be trying that technique again.
After I’d colored my happy camper and her little squirrel friend, I began working on the background. I began by die cutting some Ellen Hutson Slate Gray cardstock using the Honey Bee Mountain die and adding a bit of snowy texture paste to the tops.
I die cut a few of the Poinsettia and Pine pine boughs from some green card stock to add to the top of my card front. I blended some blue sky, then adhered the pine boughs to the top with liquid adhesive. I added my (now dry) mountains and hiking duo with dimensional foam adhesive, then added a quick sentiment from the Woodsy Lady stamp set using black ink. Super cute and lots of texture! Scene-building has never been my forte, but I’m trying! 🙂
For my second card, I wanted to use the City Lady and City Lady Dies. I love the top that this chic chickie is wearing… looks like something I might wear myself haha! I again stamped the City Lady, her purse, some shopping bags, and a bouquet of fresh flowers using Intense Black ink, then added coloring with my Copics.
After I’d colored all of the elements, I added some Crystal Lacquer to her sunglasses to really help them pop. While they were drying, I die cut one of the beautiful Stitches cover plate dies from some plain white card stock. I wanted the colored images to really pop off of the page, so the subtly textured monochromatic background was a perfect fit.
I clustered all of my Copic colored images together on the card front, then adhered them using dimensional foam adhesive. I stamped a sentiment from City Lady on a piece of white card stock, then trimmed it down to a rectangle and adhered it to the stitched card front using dimensional foam adhesive.
Isn’t this release just so darn cute?! And I haven’t even had a chance to play with the new Beach Lady or Pattern Play set yet! I hope you’ll go check out all of the new goodies! Thanks for stopping by! Have a marvelous Sunday!