Cardmaking, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen

Good Day with Guest Designer Jill D. Hawkins

Today we’re thrilled to welcome guest designer, Jill D Hawkins to the blog. We’ve been long time fans of Jill’s style and we think you’ll love her as much as we do.

Hello fellow EH Crafty Friends! Jill here today and I am a little over the top excited to be here sharing today. I’m sure I am not alone in going full crafty heart eyes on each new Essentials by Ellen release, and of course this release is no exception. ☺

Anywho—let’s get to it, shall we?

I had the good fortune to work with the new Good Day set—both stamps and dies, All About You, Push Me Pull You and Zipper Pull all by the creative mind of Julie Ebersole. Julie never disappoints—AmIRight? ☺

I started out stamping and diecutting ALL the things a few times over. I especially wasn’t sure which sentiment and which colors I would like from the All About You set, so I figured I’d just make them all and then pick and choose. This keeps things moving for me in the long run, believe it or not.

After I had these all ready to go, I had to add the “You” from the All About You dies and the Good Day images to my pile. While I had lots of the Good Day images ready to color with Copic Markers, I had decided maybe I should mix it up for these cards. With illustrations like these sweet ones, I don’t think we always have to color them. Therefore, I white heat embossed them on some deep blue cardstock and sure enough, awesome just like this!

If you haven’t gathered, I may work best in organized chaos. ☺

I decided I had to narrow down all my choices and start laying out some options. I thought the different trees would make a fantastic background stamped repeatedly, so I started there with a tone on tone light gray look, and paired down my sentiments and die cut images.

…and I added some stitching to the panels, which is always something that makes me hold my breath. I usually stitch things last. Therefore, if things go awry with my machine, it’s hard to come back from without remaking something. And truthfully, I very rarely remake anything, so I’m going to make it work somehow. Ha! (That’s not implied skill, that’s just me not wanting to make things twice because of a mistake I made. I’ll gladly make the same card 5x over, but by CHOICE. Teehee! ☺ Hopefully I am not the only one?)

I then put these together using foam adhesive to give these images a little oomph on the front. I thought they both turned out so fun and truthfully, these would be great to make in bulk! (See afore mentioned disclosure—wink!).

Love these All About You sentiments!

Once I had the fronts of the cards down, I decided to shift to inside thinking. There is nothing more exciting about getting a card with something fun on the INSIDE! What—design the inside? I know, I said the same thing. But I did it! Here’s that scoop: First, I was thinking it would be fun to include a gift card behind one of the Zipper Pull dies. As in, you pull the zipper and boom, gift card! YES! Love it.

As I started working that out, I decided I would have more fun including the fun All About You sentiments x2 and I would save my gift card surprises for another card. I started laying this out.

Using a T-ruler makes your life a lot easier. I penciled in lines to align my sentiments on. Once these guidelines are all set, you can gauge where the Zipper Pulls will lay over top and die cut the Zipper Pull panel accordingly.

This comes together in a snap. The pro tip here is: Remember to erase your pencil guidelines. ☺

I recommend using a strong adhesive tape behind both the actual All About You sentiments themselves AND the Zipper Pull panel. This will keep everything where you want it when your recipient goes to pull the Zips. (*Just remember to not put adhesive behind the Zipper Pulls themselves.)

I had sized the green panel with the same offset to be on each side when adhered to the inside of my cards. Therefore, when I go to adhere this down, it is straightforward to do… but I must get it straight. No pressure. 😉

It worked swimmingly and I decided to white heat emboss the “You” from All About You on the front here. The right side looks a little funny blank in this photo, but that is where I intend to write my greeting before giving. ☺

Funny enough, I could have done that for this photo because I realized I wanted to unzip these to show you all the end final results! *smack forehead moment. ☺

How fun is THIS? I don’t know that I have ever received a card that has hidden messages?

I didn’t photograph, but I was also able to pull out that middle strip between the two sentiments in the end. I don’t think this is necessary to do, but I thought I’d share that that can be done.

Truthfully, the most challenging part of making this card was deciding which sentiments to use—Ha! Good problems, right?

Such fun to make these little ditties! I hope that you enjoy making some jazzy interactive cards with this release too! 

I made a movement card for the Ellen Hutson IG Hop. This one uses the Push Me Pull You die and it was a full round of monkey clapping (for sure) when it worked! ☺

And lastly, I thought I’d share one more card I created with you all today.

I actually used the Push Me Pull You die to create these strips on the bottom of the cards. Love stretching supplies!

Good Day Sunshine! I want to live IN this card about now. ☺

Well, I guess that wraps things up for me here today. It has been a pleasure to be a guest here on the Ellen Hutson Blog today and a true delight to share cards with everyone for this summertastic release. I hope you all have fun creating and enjoying some sweet interactive and non-interactive cards too!

Take care and Happy Creating to YOU!

Jill ☺

To see more of Jill’s wonderful designs, you can find her on instagram at @jilldhawkins


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  • Reply Chrissy June 30, 2021 at 6:15 am

    Jill, wow wow WOW! I LOVE your style and all that you’ve shared with us here – and now my head is *full* of new ideas for my outline stamps! Thank you SO much for sharing your talent with us today – it was SO fun to see and read along about your process! (We all need a little organized chaos in our creative pursuits! hehe)


  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik June 30, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Fantastic cards! Hard to know which One I like best! Those pull tabs are lots of fun!

  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik June 30, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Ps to my earlier comment, I, too, work in organized chaos!

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