Cardmaking, Innovations With Ardyth

Creating With The Essentials By Ellen Leading Ladies

Have you ever thought of recreating your favorite movie or tv show as a card? Well Ardyth has! Check out her Brady Bunch creation with the Essentials by Ellen Leading Ladies collection!

Creating With The Essentials By Ellen Leading Ladies

Hi everyone, Ardyth here with the July installment of “Innovations with Ardyth”.

This month I used a whole lot of the Leading Ladies stamps along with bright colours to make a card that is sure to bring back a BUNCH of memories!

This card is not difficult to make; no tricky techniques or special supplies, but there’s a lot of work, so even before I started, I knew it would take some time.

I made a detailed plan before I started working – a mock up with measurements on it so I knew how it would all fit together, a list of stamp sets I needed and a list of steps (ie. background, stamping, blending) to keep me organized and focused. With so much to do, I didn’t want to be making mistakes that would create extra work!

I blended ink onto 9 squares of white cardstock for the backgrounds in the grid of people, and then I stamped the same colours of ink onto a white 5×7 inch card base to create a ‘groovy’ border.

 I stamped the heads and shoulders of all the people I needed, then quickly coloured them with Copic markers.

I trimmed each one so they fit on their square and popped the head up with foam tape.

For the sentiment, I used letters from the Block Words die set (and from the word dies included with Mondo Sakura) to create THANKS and BUNCH (I did a little work on a G to make it into the C I needed!). I cut them 3 times and stacked them together before colouring them with the ink pads, using a direct-to-paper technique.

To finish the card, I added some Star Dust stickles to the BUNCH portion of the sentiment.

I hope you enjoy watching how this card came together in this video!


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  • Reply Helen July 20, 2019 at 8:40 am

    This dimensional portrait gallery look is deightful. tfs

  • Reply Maureen Reiss July 20, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Such a Great card!!!!

  • Reply Andre M. July 20, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    This is a fun idea, love the custom background. Thanks for sharing your tips and the technique video.

  • Reply Julie Peddicord July 21, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    This is so creative!!!! Love it!

  • Reply cari July 22, 2019 at 6:42 am

    great card! labour of love!

  • Reply melissaf123 July 25, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Wow, what a fun card – so creative in the background and the people! Perfect card art!

  • Reply Kelly July 27, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Ardyth is such a clever, clever crafter! Such a great idea and so well executed!!

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