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ESSENTIALS BY ELLEN DECEMBER RELEASE HOP – DAY 1

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Hi, everybody!  Welcome to the December hop for the latest Essentials by Ellen Release!  All the fun starts in the CLASSroom and be sure to scroll down to the end of my post for a link to your next stop for today’s hop!

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ebe-201712-dies-confetti-flinger-fw50 Confetti Flinger Die Set

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I’m sharing a few projects with Cue the Confetti Stamp Set and the Confetti Flinger Die– I must admit, these are two of my most favorite products I’ve ever designed–they’re just so…. ME! Hah!

 

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For this card front, I die cut the YAY!” from different colors of card stock and also from glitter paper and then glued them in offset fashion.  The little sesame seed sequins are just sooooooo perfect for this card design–they literally look like they’re being tossed–such a great effect!

 

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Inside, I just had to use the flinger for the inside of this one–it’s just too stinkin’ FUN!  CONFETTI FLINGER ASSEMBLY VIDEO

I love using the glassine paper for the confetti holder–it’s translucent, so no color matching worries AND it’s very lightweight; perfect for releasing the confetti as the card opens.

By the way,  in case you didn’t see my earlier post, I’ve tried the confetti flinger with some DIY Rainbow TISSUE Paper confetti and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way it *poofs* out of the card when it’s opened–FLUTTERY!!!  I couldn’t stop playing with it!

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Mixed Cue the Confetti in with the YAY! die set –the front is a clear cellophane envelope I had laying around–I slipped a piece of acetate into it so it would have some body and then slipped some confetti into it, sealed it, and then sandwiched it between two balloon die cuts (the one on the outside of the card was watercolored and die cut from watercolor paper.

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I had made a top-folding card and then whacked off the front so there was only about 1/2″ or so remaining past the score line–I sandwiched that flap between the two die cuts after I adhered the top of the cellophane envelope to it so the card had a nice finished look on the inside.  This is such a fun option for making shaker cards where the front is almost entirely clear.

 

Hope these ideas inspire!

Now, on to the next stop:

BRANDI KINCAID

 

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy all the eye candy along the way!

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

SUPPLIES:

HOW TO MASS PRODUCE HOLIDAY TAGS

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Truth:  Mass producing *anything* can be tedious and often times, dare I say it, boring. GAAAAH!!!  I’ll admit that I designed the Concertina Tags Die with that in mind.  I’m a busy gal. How ’bout you?

I did a process video to show you how I busted these babies out, using the aforementioned die and some watercolors. ENJOY!!!

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Hope you’re enjoying some crafty time for the holidays!

 

1Julie

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