Cardmaking, Die Cutting, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen

The New Mod Floral Three Ways with Guest Artist Kelly Griglione

Today we’re thrilled to welcome Kelly Griglione back to the blog. You’ll be delighted to see how she works her magic on some of the new Essentials by Ellen products that will be available on April 30th at 9 am pacific.

Hi folks! I’m excited to be sharing three different ways to use the beautiful new Essentials by Ellen Mod Floral stand-alone die set, due to be released on Friday, April 30th!

Let’s take a look!

1) Use As Intended

This new Mod Floral die is a great size to cover most of an A2 card front, so let’s start by using it that way. It’s so pretty it doesn’t even need to be colored. As you can see here I’ve just colored the middles of the flowers yellow/orange, and the leaves green, taking care not to color where the white flower petal would be.

I cut an extra layer of chip board for dimension on the dies. One nice thing about this set is that, although most of the flowers and leaves are all connected for ease of use, the set comes with a few individual flowers and leaves so you can fill in where needed, or even layer them on top of the main die (which now I’m totally wishing I would have done!) For this card I used one of the additional flower dies to put below the “my” in the sentiment.

Another set that will be released on Friday is the Mondo Hello stand-alone die set. It comes with “hello,” “hey,” and “hi” dies. These basic greetings are great all by themselves, but I like to combine them with other sentiments I have in my collection to make the card seem a little more custom.

One other thing I’d like to draw your attention to is the frame around the white panel. This is from the Pinkfresh Essentials Collection: Stitched Scallop Rectangle Dies and what I love about this set is all the practical options available. I’ve just made one cut of these dies, and it’s given me all the frames I need for these THREE cards! This card features the inner frame from the largest die. 

2) Use as a Filler for a Solid Die

If you look at this die as a pattern, much like you would if this were a stamp, it opens up a whole lot of doors. I’ve used this Mod Floral die as a “pattern” on the Altenew heart die, simply by cutting the Mod Floral, and then making a second cut with the heart die. 

TIP: cut a second gold glitter layer for more interest (shift where you cut on the pattern so the design shows through). You can even cut a third solid layer to frame it all.

TIP: when you are lining the flower die cut under the solid heart die, try to make sure to have paper (vs. empty space) around as many of the cutting edges of the solid die as you can. That way when you make the second cut with the solid heart die, it still looks like a heart. 

For this case it doesn’t matter as much because there is a solid yellow heart underneath. 

For the framed panel, this card uses the interior section of the larger Pinkfresh Essentials Collection: Stitched Scallop Rectangle, and the entire smaller rectangle frame. Gives a ton of texture behind the heart, but it’s still white and doesn’t distract too much. 

The “Hey” sentiment is another one from the Mondo Hello die set, again paired with other sentiments, this time in the form of alpha dies (Essentials by Ellen Classic Block Alphabet), and strip sentiments (the new Mondo Tulip).

3) Use Pieces To Frame a Scene

Just because the die comes as one big piece doesn’t mean you have to use it that way! I thought cutting pieces of this Mondo Floral die would be a great way to fill in a background for a large floral die, like the new Mondo Tulip stamp and die set here.

This panel is framed by the final piece of the Pinkfresh Essentials Collection: Stitched Scallop Rectangle die. Underneath this frame, I adhered pieces of the Mondo Floral die all around the tulips.

TIP: take a look at the smaller stamps in your sets and see how you can use them as a background. I used the small “Hello” stamp from the Mondo Tulips set to add interest behind the tulips because I thought it looked a little plain.

Again, adding different sentiments is a nice way to customize your card. Even if you seem to have run out of room on your cards, these sentiment strips are great to place right over your elements. 

TIP: emboss a tall sentiment on vellum if you don’t want to hide elements of your card.

Hope you enjoyed seeing how versatile this new Mod Floral die is; there are so many other ways to use it on your cards! If you’d like to see similar articles with creative ways to use products, I’d invite you to follow me at my blog Notable Nest, or Instagram.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

– Kelly


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  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik April 27, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Like the cards and the idea of cutting up the die pieces! The 3rd card is my favorite!

  • Reply donna mikasa April 27, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Kelly always rocks the different ways to use a single product. Can’t wait for the Mod Floral die!

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