Thursday, August 9, 2018

Avery Elle Fall + Winter 2018 Blog Hop!



Hello friends!

Welcome to Avery Elle's Fall and Winter 2018 Release Party and blog hop!! I am so excited about the latest round of stamps and dies debuting this month!  It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here, and I can't wait to share more ideas with you in the coming weeks!!! 

Today, I am sharing a card featuring the new Fireside stamp set. 


I stamped the fireplace, wreath and garland and colored in the images with Copic markers. I adhered the images to a gray notecard and framed the images with the Postage Stamp Elle-ments die.


Next I decorated the fireplace by glueing small sequins to the garland and wreath. I stamped and die cut the stockings.  I covered them with glue and sprinkled them with coarse glitter. 



My final step was to stamp the sentiment in black in beneath the fireplace hearth. I love this cozy little scene. 


All the new stamps and dies are available in the Avery Elle shop now! 


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Now you can't have a Blog Hop without a prize and to celebrate the Fall and Winter Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  To enter to win just comment on this post and the posts of the other designers participating in today's hop. 



You have until midnight Sunday, August 12 to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, August 13.  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now!!
Happy Hopping!  Thanks so much for stopping by!
Katie

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Big Birthday Shaker Card + Video {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

Katie here with a card and a video to share with you today featuring Avery Elle's Big Birthday Clear Stamps and the Focal Point Stripes Elle-ments die.


I used wire snips to separate the inner stripes of the Focal Point Stripes die from the outer rectangle and die cut a card panel using the stripes portion of the die to create a shaker window.  I stamped the sentiment at the top of the card and added lots of Avery Elle's Coarse Glitter and other shiny things to the shaker pocket.

A few yellow sequins transformed the stripes into birthday candles and a bit of Hemp Twine adds a finishing touch.


I hope you'll take a peek at my video to see how it all came together.   Don't forget to subscribe to Avery Elle's You Tube channel!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Blooming Thank You Card {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

Just popping in with a card and technique to share with you today featuring Avery Elle's Blooming stamp set.  The Blooming stamp set features a beautiful and versatile floral frame that can be customized any way you like from the colors to the sentiment inside the frame.

For my card today, I thought I would share with you an easy technique for adding details to watercolor images using colored pencils.  I love the look of watercolors on stamped images, but being a novice, sometimes I find it a bit challenging to get the brush or the paint to create the effect I want- especially when it comes to adding details to small images!  Colored pencils are a great solution and allow me to add fine details while still blending beautifully with a watercolor base.


My first step, since I am attemping a "no line" watercolor look, is to stamp the image using a light ink that is compatible with a water color technique.  Here I used Distress Ink in Antique Linen.


Next I added a wash of watercolor to the frame using Avery Elle's Liquid Watercolors in Cherry, Fizz, Mimosa, Lemon Grass and Celery.  I started with the greenery before moving to the florals.  Be sure to allow time for the watercolors to dry before switching colors - especially on adjoining images, otherwise the colors will bleed together.

Once the paint has dried completely, I added some details and shading using Prismacolor pencils.  I am still learning, so I focused mainly on the centers of the flowers, shading beneath the petals, and adding veins to the flowers and leaves.  I colored over the pencil lines with a colorless blender pencil to soften some of the lines and blend out the shading.


To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Avery Elle's  Rich Gold Embossing Powder.  I die cut the frame and adhered it to a card base that I covered with the Chevron Mat Elle-ments die cut. A few flat sequins add a finishing touch. 

 
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I hope you'll consider giving this technique a try next time you watercolor! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sending Happy Fuchsia Thoughts {Avery Elle}

Katie - Fuchsia Stamps

Hello friends,

Katie here to share a card featuring the beautiful Fuchsia stamp set and coordinating Elle-ments dies.  Fuchsias are among my favorite summer flowers, and I thought I would try my hand at a little no-line watercoloring.


I stamped the two of the floral clusters onto a panel of watercolor cardstock with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I watercolored the images using Avery Elle's liquid watercolors and then added some shading and detail using Prismacolor colored pencils.

I die-cut the images using the coordinating Elle-ments dies and arranged them onto a white card stock panel cut with the Hatch Mat Elle-ments die.


I stamped the sentiment at an angle with gray ink and added some clear flat sequins as a finishing touch.

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I really love how these flowers look with the soft watercolors and the colored pencil details.  
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Katie

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sweetest Birthday Wishes {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

I have the sweetest birthday card to share with you today featuring Avery Elle's Sweetest stamp set!


First I inked a panel of watercolor card stock and spritzed it with water.  Once dry, I stamped the sentiment from Sweetest stamp set in black ink and framed it with the Oval Burst Elle-ments die.


I stamped the two ice cream cone images onto white card stock, colored them with Copic markers, stamped the adorable expressions onto the ice cream, and die cut them with coordinating Sweetest Elle-ments dies. I adhered the cones to the card and added a few clear sequins as a finishing touch. 

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Thanks for stopping by!
Katie


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Peek-A-Boo Pals Birthday Shaker Card {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

Just popping in today to share a colorful birthday shaker card to share with you today featuring Avery Elle's Peek-A-Boo Pals stamp set and the Focal Point Stripes Elle-ments die.


First I die cut the Focal Points Stripe die from watercolor card stock.  I removed each strip and added color using Distress Oxide inks.  I spritzed the inked stripes with water and allowed them to dry. Next I stamped the sentiments from Peek-A-Boo Pals onto two of the stripes.  The stripes coordinate perfectly with the sentiments in Peek-A-Boo Pals.


I assembled the shaker element, adding some Avery Elle Coarse Glitter and clear star sequins before sealing it closed with foam tape.  I stamped the elephant and panda from Peek-A-Boo pals and colored them with Copic markers.  I nested the animals along to bottom edge of the shaker window and adhered their paws to the card with foam tape.

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Be sure to check out the Avery Elle blog this week for even more inspiration featuring the Peek-A-Boo Pals stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Floating Wishes {Avery Elle}

Hello friends!

I hope you had a lovely holiday weekend!  I wanted to stop in today to share a card using Avery Elle's new Floating Wishes stamp set.  I love these floaty, scripty sentiments and the shaped balloon images are super sweet. The sentiments have you covered with everything from hello to thanks and big celebrations!


I used the 'celebrate' sentiment in place of a balloon string and adhered the heart balloon to the top.  I added a couple more balloons to a blended ink background and finished the card with a few pink and yellow sequins.


Well that's it for me today, but be sure to float by the Avery Elle Design blog this week for even more inspiration using the Floating Wishes stamp set. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Katie

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