Cardmaking, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen, General, Stamping


Geometric shapes, like those in the newly released “Stay Cool” can be used in so many interesting combinations and they’re perfect for thinking “outside-the-box”, as Julie is sharing today!

Hello, everybody!  Julie here on the blog today! Hopefully you saw on release day how “Stay Cool” was designed as a builder set for summery ice cream and popsicles, which I adore!  But, as I was illustrating the set, the wheels kept turning and was so excited to be able to use these basic images in ways beyond their original intention. I’m sharing 6 card designs with the exact same shapes, but not one drip or drop of ice cream in sight! This notecard set is sized to 4-bar notecard size, making the perfect framework to showcase these abstract collages!


  • Don’t be afraid to reduce the size of your card to better suit the image sizes you are working with; in this instance 4-bar note cards, which measure 3.5 x 5” when folded, are the perfect scale to keep the focus on the collages!
  • Notice how the visual elements are kept closer/tighter to each other; this draws the eye in, creating a nice flow and a sense of continuity.
  • Use water-based dye inks in a limited palette to keep the notecard set cohesive throughout.  The use of black in this palette gives the whole set a modern influence; when deciding on your palette use darker/more dominant colors more sparingly, as a supporting accent.  This creates more visual “pop”!
  • Shift your paradigm; ocean “waves” don’t always have to be aqua hued; on one of these examples, Julie used black ink and it works well here.


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  • Reply Yolande Bergeron August 7, 2021 at 8:08 am

    I love these Geometric shapes on a card. They remind me of a magnetic shape game I had given to my granddaughters to learn how to create with shapes.

  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik August 7, 2021 at 10:42 am

    love what you did with those geometric shapes!

    • Reply Julie Ebersole August 7, 2021 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you, Barbara-Jean!

  • Reply Engineered Baker August 8, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Wow 🤩 what a fun style and color combo!

  • Reply Tammy B August 8, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Absolutely love these cards! Awesome!

  • Reply Susan T August 9, 2021 at 8:54 am

    Your colors are so on par. Love the graphic design along with the simplicity. It made my heart sing.

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