Essentials Challenge

September Color Trends Challenge


First, we’d like to announce our August Color Trends Challenge WINNER! Using, determined our winner. We’d like to give a big CONGRATULATIONS to Erin T, @homemadecardsbyerin on Instagram! Please send us an email at to claim your prize.

Check out her beautiful submission below!

We’re coming your way with another fun color challenge!

Each month, we’ll be sharing a color palette that we’re inspired by. You’ll be invited to let your creativity fly and make a project using the palette colors. For each project you create and post to your social media, you’ll be entered for a chance to WIN a $20 gift card to!

This month, we were inspired by cute and cozy Halloween vibes, with a touch of pink! Explore our inspiration and mood board full of fun spooky season projects to try.

Design Team member Tiffany Pryce Russom is helping us kick off the challenge by sharing some tips and tricks for how to maximize color in your fall themed projects. Check out her colorful cards below!

Do you ever have trouble adding enough depth with shadow with your alcohol markers? Try using complementary colors!

Realistic shade isn’t a darker color, but a desaturated color. For the orange pumpkin, I used the complementary color (the color directly across the color wheel) – blue – to lay down shadows first.

I layered the darkest orange, YR27, on top of the blue to desaturate the color. A little goes a long way with creating shadow!

Another easy way to add color to your papercrafts is stitching!

I found a leaf cross stitch pattern online and tweaked it to fit the largest Oval Hoop die.

Use different color thread for different segments of your stitching to introduce even more color to a simple design!

Now’s the fun part where we invite you to play along!

To make it easy to share your project, this post will be “pinned” to the top of our blog from September 7th through the 30th. We always look forward to seeing what you’re inspired to make, and we welcome all to join along in the fun this September (with a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to!

Here’s how to enter!

To participate in the challenge, please follow these guidelines when linking-up your tags with the InLinkz Link-Up tool below:

  • Using any Essentials by Ellen product, create a handmade project using the color palette above, and share it in a blog post, social media post, or online gallery. You can post as many projects as you like. You’re not limited to just making cards!
  • Each project must be new, created especially for this challenge.
  • Tag us on your social media using the hashtag #SEPTEMBEREBECHALLENGE
  • Each post or gallery description must include that your card was created for Ellen Hutson’s September Color Trends Challenge
  • Once you’ve posted, come back and add a direct link to your project at the end of this post using the tool provided
  • Winner will be chosen randomly using
  • Deadline to enter the September Color Trends Challenge is Friday September 30, 2022 at 11:59PM PST. Your posts must be linked by then to qualify for entry
  • HAVE FUN! We can’t wait to see what you create!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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