Stretching your Supplies Saturday with Essentials by Ellen: Aloe You Vera Much!

Hi Friends and Happy Saturday! I really enjoy stretching my supplies and using my stamps and stand-alone dies in fun new ways. When I saw the “Aloe You Vera Much!” Sentiment in the EBE Succulent Sentiments, I knew I wanted to pair it with the Aloe Plant from the EBE Modern Succulent Stamp Set for a Punny Valentine-Themed Card. 

To turn the everyday Modern Succulents into a Valentine Card Set, I combined elements from the Confetti Kisses & Tic Tac Toe EBE Die Combo and added bright pinks, reds and purples into my coloring and accents.

Card-Making Details


  • I prepared my images for Zig Clean Color Brush Marker Coloring by stamping on Bristol Smooth Paper with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink and then heat embossing with Clear Embossing Powder. I like adding the clear embossing powder as it helps me color in the lines when water coloring.
  • I colored the images by directly applying ink from the Brush Markers to the paper and then using my detailed water brush to fade out the colors. After the images dried, I added white gel pen elements for a little extra POP!

 Die Cutting

  • I ran the Confetti Kisses die through my die cutting machine with a piece of red glitter paper that I had in my stash. Then I added the die cut hearts to the center of each Aloe plant.
  • To stretch my supplies even further, I used the Tic Tac Toe Die to create the “quilted” stitched square background on my purple card. I started in the middle of my card with the first 9-Box Grid and then added the additional grid lines around the middle being sure to carefully line-up some of the grid lines that would overlap (Hint: I missed perfectly matching up one of the grid lines but I covered it up with the Aloe Plant)

Finishing the Cards

  • For the Purple Valentine Card, I added the Aloe Plant to the quilted stitched background with foam adhesive and then added some red glitter Confetti Kisses X’s and O’s using liquid adhesive.
  • For the Red Valentine Card, I added Red Stripe and Black Polka Dot Washi tape to the background. This is my favorite trick to “ground” images to a Clean and Simple Background. Then I added the Red Aloe Image to the center of the card with thin foam adhesive.
  • I created two sentiment strips with Ebony Cardstock and White Embossing Powder and the sentiment to each of the card designs. 
  • To finish the cards, I added the decorated panel to an Ebony Cardbase.

So there we are friends, two Punny Succulent Valentine’s Day Cards. I hope you enjoyed my post today and it inspires you to stretch your cardmaking supplies in fun new ways! Big Paper Hugs!

The Supplies:

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