It’s time for another egg-citing day of previews for our newest Essentials by Ellen release! Hopping your way this Friday, February 24th, our Spring release is full of fabulous new stamps, dies, and hot foil stamps.
As a reminder, each day this week we’ll be introducing new items from the release and sharing egg-cellent tips, tricks and inspiration. To celebrate the release, we’ll be having a egg-citing Instagram Hop on Friday, complete with a GIVEAWAY!
Introducing the latest shape to join our line of essential shapes: EGGS!
Today, we invite you to join design ambassador Angela Simpson as she shares a closer look at our new Essential Eggs and a few fabulous ways to use them in your next project. Whether die cutting, hot foil, or stitching is your game, we’ve got you covered!
Join Angela below as she shows how our essential shapes are designed to work together. Plus, follow along as she creates two fun, spring-themed cards that are perfect for sending to someone egg-stra special!
Hi friends! It’s Angela here, and today I’m super excited to give you a peek at a few products coming in the new Essentials by Ellen release this Friday, February 24th. As you may know, the lineup of Essential Shapes has grown over the years and covers rectangles, circles, arches and more. Hopping in just in time for Easter are the Essential Eggs, which are available as regular nested dies, stitching dies, and hot foil stamps. Today, I’m going to share 2 projects that incorporate all three products, and a few tips for success along the way.
Hello Spring Card Tips
- When using stitching dies like I’ve shown in my first card, I like to use very thick (100lb+) cardstock so that the piece doesn’t get too bent or curled as I stitch back and forth. If you run out of heavy cardstock, you can also adhere 2 identical thinner die cut pieces together, then start stitching.
- I wanted to incorporate 5 colors of embroidery floss on my shape card, roughly in equal amounts. To do this, I recommend making small pencil marks on the back of the egg die cut before stitching, dividing it into 5 roughly-equal sections. (There were about 50 holes around the perimeter of the egg, so that’s roughly 10 per color). This provides your start and stop marks for each color.
- A needle threader is a super inexpensive, very handy tool to have. If you do lots of stitched cards, save yourself the time of fiddling with a needle and thread, and treat yourself to one!
- If you notice that some of your stitched strings aren’t quite as tight as others, don’t worry! I noticed a few places where this happened on my card, so before I mounted it on my egg-shaped card base, I simply tugged from the back side of the stitched panel to pull those strings tightly, then placed foam tape on top to hold them in place. Nobody will ever know!
Happy Easter Card Tips
- The new Elegant Eggs Stamp Set isn’t just for decorating eggs – you can create abstract backgrounds with it too! I used the spots to add some color to the trimmed white panel, and you could absolutely do the same with the matching hot foil stamps too. This brings me to my next tip…
- You’ll notice in the video that I stamped the spots over my foiled frame. Be careful when doing this – especially if your ink pads are very wet. To avoid any ink on the foiled areas from smearing, gently blot (don’t rub) over the top with a tissue or cloth.
- Like the other Essential shape dies, the Essential Egg Dies cut a thin frame and coordinate with the hot foil stamps. To cut the egg “window” inside my foiled egg frame, I like to use my electric die cutting machine. This is because there’s a magnetic plate in the sandwich that allows me to keep the die exactly in place. However, if you don’t have a magnetic mat as part of your die cutting sandwich, a little temporary tape works too – just try not to get it on the foiled area, as pulling it back can dull the foil’s shine.
I can’t wait for you to see the rest of the release, so be sure to set your alarm for this Friday, February 24th at 9am PT. In the meantime, stay tuned on Instagram for more product reveals and inspiration coming up in the Ellen Hutson feed!
Stay tuned all week long for more previews of our EGG-CITING new release, coming your way this Friday 2/24 at 9 AM PST.
Follow along with the fun and find us @ellenhutsonllc us on Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok!
- Essentials by Ellen Essential Eggs Die Set
- Essentials by Ellen Essential Eggs for Stitching Die Set
- Essentials by Ellen Essential Eggs Hot Foil Stamps
- Essentials by Ellen Elegant Eggs Stamp Set
- Essentials by Ellen Sweet Spring Stamp & Die Set
- Essentials by Ellen Ears to You Stamp Set
These egg dies are soooo cool! I LOVE the stitching!
Really love your cards! I need to get back to doing some stitching, so thanks for the tip about getting the needle threader!
Such cute cards. Nice work!
Beautiful samples! I love the texture with the stitching!