Envelope & Card Ensembles

I never thought to decorate my envelopes until I stumbled upon the Envelope Mail Art stamp set from the Ink Blot Shop. Not only is this a great set to add pop to your envelopes, it also makes for some quick and easy card fronts…and how cute to have both matching card and envelope “ensembles”…it makes me feel like a stationary artist. The possibilities are endless with this set. The Ink Blot Shop is a new to me stamp company and happy to have found them!

I also combined the Bee Friends Stamp set from Pretty Pink Posh for a little mix and match. This is a small but mighty set and one of my favorites; the sentiment alone is worth it! The first ensemble that I’m sharing today combines the Floral Design from the Envelope Mail Art Set with the Thinking of You sentiment from Bee Friends. 

Envelope & Card Ensemble in 5 Fun Steps:
Step 1: Stamp floral images to envelope front & back. Stamp border image on envelope front. I used a stamp position tool (MISTI) to help line-up the images. 

Step 2: Insert a piece of scrap card stock into the envelope. This will help keep color from bleeding through to the other side of the envelope if using Copics.
Step 3: Color in images on Envelope. Yellow and Purple roses have always been my favorite flower & color combination. I challenged myself to only use two markers per color. Yellow: Y00, Y02; Purple: V12, V15; Green: G12, G14; Blue: B95, B99; Grey: C1. 
Step 4: Stamp card front. Color in image; change up yellow and purple flower order from envelope. 
Step 5: Add some pop with jewels, sequins and little dots. Glue to card base. Stand back and Smile.😀

Envelope Mail Art, The Ink Blot Shop, Bee Friends, Pretty Pink Posh

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Round Cards & Mondo Flowers: The Sakura

Round cards! I found round cards and I am in love; especially when matched with a beautiful, bold floral stamp like the Essentials by Ellen: Mondo Sakura. I’ve never created a round card front before so it took me a couple practice “rounds” on scratch paper to get the feel of the new design shape.

Floral Round Card in 10 Steps 
Step 1: Find Round Card Bases! Thank you Paper Source!
Step 2: Stamp first Sakura impression. Mask. Stamp Second Sakura impression. Mask. Stamp Third Sakura impression.
Step 3: Color with Copics, Color Pencil and Gold Pen.
Step 4: Create a big oops with your Copics (not a required step).
Step 5: Stamp Fourth impression on separate card stock, color–again—Fussy Cut—add some foam tape and place over the “oops!” and smile at the added pop to the card.
Step 6: Stamp sentiment.
Step 7: Die Cut “beautiful” from the Mondo Sakura matching die set.
Step 8: Add some little dots and sparkly jewels in “just the right—let’s hope this works” places.
Step 9: Glue another round card base to the back to hide the Copic bleed through.
Step 10: Stand back from the craft table—add a few more dots–and Smile 😀

Product Images: Ellen Hutson

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Background Splash Card: Birthday!

Here’s a “tiny” tidbit…I love all those extra, coordinating small/tiny images on stamp sets. They are my go-to card making tool to create one of my favorite types of card designs that I like to call: Background Splash Cards. Throw in a sentiment and maybe some die cuts and a Background Splash Card is complete. The tiny/small images from the Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware by Julie Ebersole & Celebration Lady by Brandi Kincaid helped create two fun Birthday Cards to add to my stash. 

Background Splash Card in 7 Fun Steps:
Step 1: Pick background splash theme: BIRTHDAY!
Step 2: Find tiny images: Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware  and Celebration Lady.
Step 3: Die cut Happy and stamp on a birthday sentiment.
Step 4: Randomly stamp “tiny” images on card front (I try to stamp at least three of the same image to the card in a triangular pattern— and if that doesn’t happen I just wing it and hope for the best).
Step 5: Color in images with random selection of Copics—for me that’s the best part. Add little dots and confetti for some POP!
Step 6: Add pattern paper to the back of the die cut image for more POP!
Step 7: Adhere card front to card base. Stand back and Smile 😀

Product Images: Ellen Hutson

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