web analytics



Welcome to the Essentials by Ellen November 2017 Release hop!  Everything starts at the CLASSroom, so if you get lost, be sure to check there! :)

My cards today feature the Abstract Paint Strokes, which I adore!  It’s super fun way to create a multitude of backgrounds!

NOTE:  I’ll be over in the CLASSroom on Monday, 11.06/2017(<<this link will become live when the post publishes) sharing some insights about what I love being able to do with this set, as well as the Totally Random Sayings! Be sure to check it out!


Nov 2017 je-03

The initial idea of this set was to be able to mimic abstract paintings–I just think they are so beautiful and usable for both feminine and masculine type greetings all on their own–not to mention how they can be used to compliment other stamp sets!

I can’t wait to recreate the “collage” effect above in more of my favorite color schemes and make sets of notecards for holiday gifts!

If you’re intimidated by actually painting on your cards, or trying to achieve the exact same paint stroke consistently every time,  you can totally fake it all the way with this stamp set, LOL!

Nov 2017 je-07

This made a fab background for this awesome sentiment in Crafty Ladies Say, by Brandi Kincaid!

Nov 2017 je-10

And, heck, you can use paint strokes to spell a thing or two out! LOL!  I used the little tiny heart die from Oh, Frappé! Die set to punch through the “blob” to make my “O”.  Felt so clever over that one… Hah!



Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Abstract Paint Strokes by Julie Ebersole



Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Totally Random Sayings Vol. 1 by Julie Ebersole

Your next stop on today’s hop is:

Brandi Kincaid

Thanks for poppin’ in today and enjoy all the eye candy along the hop!  EEP!



  1. Like the fresh modern feel. Love critters! But nice to get a break from critter inspiration!

  2. Great stuff! Love the modern/ abstract feel.

  3. Love all the creative ways you’ve used these sets, particularly the ‘XO’ card – just brilliant!!

  4. These are fantastic! I just love your smile. That last one is just all kinds of genius!

  5. Love the stamp set! The XO card is wonderful. A lot of versatility in this set!

  6. All kinds of ideas for the abstract background.

  7. I didn’t see the need for random swatches. Can’t I do that myself? No! Not without making a messy messy! And certainly not in a cool repeat pattern background! TFS!

  8. Fun abstract designs.

  9. Love, love your abstract background. Clever use of the brush stroke to make the “XO” on your card, thanks for sharing your technique.

  10. sweettt Abstract Paint on your card Julie
    I am so in love with XO so effective and so clever
    wish I have this set
    great new set Julie

Leave a Reply