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ESSENTIALS BY ELLEN RELEASE HOP – DAY 3

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Thanks for hopping over here from the CLASSroom today!  Everybody’s projects have been so fun!

My project today features these products from the release:

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Bottles of Bubbly Die Set

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Cue the Confetti Stamp Set

 

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This is a larger sized bottle die–I love the presence it has–makes for some really fun options!  Here I just die cut it from the fun Happy Hooray Paper pad that’s part of the Party Bundle.

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I hand-lettered the “Cheers” die and love using it to accent the the bottle!

Methinks this would make fun New Year’s Party invite, too!  I posted a few weeks ago with a project featuring this die set, check it out HERE.

Your next stop:

Audrey Tokach

Thanks for stopping by today!

1Julie

 

ESSENTIALS BY ELLEN DECEMBER RELEASE HOP – DAY 2

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Thanks for coming by!  As always, the hop starts in the CLASSroom–we’ll have another on Saturday as there are soooooo many ideas and projects to share!

For today’s hop I’ll be featuring the Banner Cake and the YAY! die sets on my projects!

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Banner Cake Die

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YAY! Die

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I love that this die cuts out a thick outline image–you can have a lotta fun with this!  Here I just made a simple watercolored background, die cut the cake from smooth bristol and then glued it over the same cut from Craft-a-Board to make my own chipboard type embellishment.  Some of the sentiments from Cue the Confetti are designed specifically to fit in the space between the banner and the top of the cake.

I love cake.

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For this one, I cut the window out of a panel, made a shaker from it and mounted it over the card front where I’d stamped “Cue the Confetti”; the die cut was then mounted a little askew–I love this particular visual effect!

 

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The confetti images and the balloon string on this one lead to the inside of the card where I made a pleat inside the gutter crease so I could pop up the YAY! on clear plastic strips–just a fun variation for doing a pop up card!

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While it’s not a “kit”, the Party Bundle created for this release is super fun and made it easy for me to pull together lots of card designs!  Hope you’ll pop back by on Saturday–more samples are comin’! :)

Your next stop:

JAN TINKLENBERG

1Julie

 

DECEMBER ESSENTIALS BY ELLEN RELEASE:

DIY RAINBOW TISSUE CONFETTI

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It started with wanting to make a confetti flinger card with tissue paper confetti.  But, I only had white tissue paper laying around.  Nobody loves white/white space more than I do, but frankly, for anything but weddings, white confetti is kinda… well… BORING.  And, because I use SO much white space in my card designs, I wanted the punch of color to come from the confetti itself.

Necessity being the motherhood of invention, a ridiculous idea started to form in my head… And the idea quickly became an obsession…

So, I ran with it, and by golly, made a “talkie”, too.  If you watch all the way to the end, you’ll see why there was a lotta off-camera monkey clappin’… *grin*

 

 

In addition to the supplies listed at the bottom of the post, you’ll also need:

  • Butcher paper–the kind with the wax coating on one side (which I like, because not only does it protect my work surface, when I’m done applying all the color, I can easily take the project over to another table to leave it flat and allow it to air-dry a bit while I start on another sheet)
  • Rubber gloves are optional, but if you’re anything like me and the thought of getting your fingers all stained makes you shudder involuntarily… need I say any more???

When the colored tissue paper has dried enough that I know it won’t drip, I usually peel it off the butcher paper (which is then tossed) and move it to a spot where I can drape or hang it;  this speeds up the air-drying process.  Yes, you can always take a heat gun to it (at a safe distance, of course), but I preferred to keep making more rainbow tissue paper while I was waiting for it to dry; I felt more efficient and productive. LOL!

MORE TIPS:

  • Make sure the tissue paper is completely dry before you begin folding and die cutting; when paper is wet or damp , it doesn’t die cut well.
  • Initially, I folded my tissue paper to 8 layers of thickness (why cut one, if you can cut 8 at a time, right?); after die cutting the first sheet that way, I felt folding to 4 layers thick was possibly faster  (This is not a rule, and no, I did not time myself either way–who does that???–I was watching a movie, enjoying a glass of wine and not under a deadline.  It just “seemed” faster at the time–see the next tip)
  • After exhausting numerous methods of ejecting the tissue confetti shapes out of the die, of ALL the many tools I have at my disposal, I discovered the Tombow Zero Eraser worked the best!  Here’s why:

The tissue paper shapes became compacted during the die cutting process; if I tapped the die hard against bin, used a pokey tool, or the Sizzix Die Brush (which works great for ejecting card stock) the shapes would indeed fall out, but the layers of tissue paper wouldn’t separate (resulting in less than delightfully “fluffy” tissue paper confetti, albeit the prettiest confetti I’ve ever seen on the planet and that’s the truth!).

I needed something with just the slightest bit of tack or friction that I could swipe across the shape that would separate the layers.  Yes, I did try the Jewel Picker first; unfortunately, I discovered that unless you are careful and delicate, if the tip of the Jewel Picker scrapes across the die blades, it wears off the tacky coating that makes it so perfect for picking up sequins and then renders it useless for sequin pickin’. Don’t do it.

If you know a better and faster method for separating those little tissue paper shapes, by all means, I’m open. At this point, I’m wondering if just folding it two layers thick will still cut cleanly, but allow the little guys to just flutter themselves out with a tap against the bin… Definitely gonna try this on the next go.  And there will definitely be more go’s; I am addicted to making this stuff.  It’s a sickness, I tell ya’…

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Above is the watercolor-over-wet-tissue paper method.  Yes.  I wanna roll around in it. *cheeky grin*

 

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This is the Heidi Swapp Color Shine-spritzed-over-dry-tissue paper method.  The shimmer makes the colors themselves less vibrantly saturated, but it is every bit as gorgeous as the non-shimmery version.  I wish I could have picked up the in-real-life shimmer on camera.

 

Yes.  It takes a little more time than just rolling out some confetti from regular card stock.  But, did you watch all the way to the end of the video?

 

YASSS!!!

 

*fist pump*

 

1Julie

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