Cardmaking, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen

3 Card Ideas With Essentials by Ellen Squeeze The Day

How do you like to start the week? We like to start on a creative note, with a little cardmaking inspiration! Our wonderful EH Design Ambasssador Emily Mydlowski is here today to bunches of cardmaking eye candy! Prepare to be inspired!!!

Hi Friends! I’m so excited to share with you a fun way to stretch your stamps by creating three fruit-themed cards using one stamp set. Just by changing the colors of a few images in Squeeze the Day, you can create a lemon (yellow pigment), lime (green pigment) and a tangerine/grapefruit (orange pigment). I colored my stamped images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

While all three cards are one layer and embellishment free, I used a few color, texture and white space “tricks” to add extra pop and dimension to the card designs:

  • I “enclosed” the fruit images in vibrant contrasting colors so the citrus images would pop off the card. To create the vibrant color on the page, I added the marker pigment directly to the paper and then moved the pigment around with a small amount of water from a self-contained water brush.
  • For extra depth and interest, I added polka dots of black, white or a darker hue of watercolor to image edges and background open spaces.
  • I used white space to create dimension and movement by pulling the stamped images and color down or to one side on the card panel. The contrast of the extra white space allows the color to pop off the card.
  • For little extra dimension/texture, I heat embossed the crisp ink impressions with clear embossing powder.

Zesty Lemons

Great Grapefruits — Orange Oranges

Lovely Limes

So there we are friends, a bright and cheerful trio of fruit-themed cards using the Squeeze the Day Stamp Set. I hope you enjoyed my card designs and it inspires you to stretch your stamps in fun new ways.

Special Note: If you don’t already have the versatile Squeeze the Day Stamp Set in your stamp collection, if you purchase the set from the Ellen Hutson shop and forward your emailed receipt to you will receive Sandy Allnock’s Flower Power 2020 Class for FREE!! You can find more details on the Flower Power Card Making Class here.


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  • Reply Helen Budz June 8, 2020 at 6:35 am

    Great citrus cards! Thanks for the 3 designs–they are so summery. Stay well.

  • Reply On My Desk or In My Heart June 9, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for sharing your great use of the stamp set

  • Reply Nozomi Design June 10, 2020 at 6:58 am

    Very summery and mediterranean!

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