Avery Elle February Release Blog Hop with Ellen Hutson

Hi Friends! Thanks for *hopping* by and welcome to the Pops of Paper Blog. Ellen Hutson is celebrating the new Avery Elle goodies with a Blog Hop full of card making inspiration and a Hop Giveaway. Links to the entire hop and giveaway details are below. 

Today, I have not one but three Clean and Simple cards using the newly released Sunflowers Stamp Set; each card showcasing one of the three sunflower images from the set. With all this winter weather, it was so nice to color these bright and cheerful sunflowers and combine them with black and white accents for a little extra pop.

All of the sunflowers were stamped with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink, Heat Embossed with Clear Embossing Powder and colored with the following Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers:

For my first card, I heat embossed the grapevine wreath image with white embossing powder on EH Ebony Black Card Stock. Then I stamped the Happy Everything sentiment to white cardstock and then hand-cut into a banner. I adhered the sunflower image and banner to the wreath along with some pretty clear sequins for a little extra dimension. To complete the card, I added a Black and White Polka Dot Washi Border to a white card panel and adhered the Sunflower GrapeVine Wreath to card panel

For my second card, I focused on the largest sunflower image by creating a bottom weighted CAS card design with offset popped up sunflower images. 

For my last card, I combined the double sunflower image with my favorite Essentials by Ellen Skinny Stripes die for a bold modern look. 

So there we are friends, three clean and simple cards using the newly released Sunflower Stamp Set from Avery Elle. I hope you enjoyed my projects today and have a great time seeing all the amazing inspiration on the hop!!

Hop Giveaway info: One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Thursday, February 13th at 11:59pm PST. Winner will be notified by email.

Blog Hop:

Elena Roussakis 

Ardyth Percy-Robb 

Sandy Allnock 

Ashlea Cornell 

Michele Ferguson 

Emily Mydlowski (you are here)

Carolyn Peeler 

Kelly Griglione 

Caly Person 

Adelina Starace 

Big Paper Hugs!


Miss Ink Stamps: Gardenia Florals with Color-Changing Dazzle Dust.

Hello Friends! Thanks for stopping by the Pops of Paper Blog! Today, I’m to sharing a few more details about my Miss Ink Stamps Gardenia Stamp & Dazzle Dust Instagram Post. Specifically, how to burnish Dazzle Dust to a project using double-side tape.

To create the glitter stripes on my card, I adhered Be Creative Double-Sided tape in both and ¼ thickness to the right and left bottom corners of a white card panel. Then I added Peacock Feathers Dazzle Dust to the tape adhesive. You could leave the glitter as is but I find that burnishing the glitter emphasizes the color-changing effect from green to blue. 

What is burnishing? Basically, you are rubbing down the glitter to flatten-smooth the glitter bits/grit to create a reflective surface. The flatter the glitter bits the more reflective which enables the color change to be more visible when you move your card across the light.

Burnishing Tips:

  • You can use several “tools” to burnish glitter: a rubber eraser, spoon, teflon bone folder or a finger. When using a spoon or teflon bone folder, I add a piece of paper over the glitter and then burnish. After a bit of trial and error, I found that my finger or thumb works the best.
  • If you choose to use your finger/thumb, be cautious of fingertip burn. To minimize this, I use a Finger Cot and it saves my ever so delicate fingertips. They have reusable and disposable versions. I found these Finger Cots at Michaels craft store and they work like a charm. 

After I glittered up my card panel, I stamped and embossed the Gardenia branch with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink and Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder. I water colored the floral with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (Cobalt Blue-031, Light Blue-036, Persian Green-033, Green-040 and Turquoise Green-042). Then I added a little extra dimension to the flowers and leaving using a White Gel Pen and Stardust Glitter Pen. For the sentiment strip, I heat embossed Thinking of You from the Everyday Sentiments with white embossing powder on EH Ebony cardstock. For a little extra pop, I adhered the Gardenia Branch and sentiment strip with foam tape and added a few Sparkling Clear Sequins

So there we are friends, I few more Dazzle Dust Details and floral card inspiration. 

Big Paper Hugs!


A few of the non Miss Ink Stamp supplies that I used in this card are linked below as affiliate links at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!!

Essentials by Ellen: Mondo Chrysanthemum and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers Tips and Tricks

Hi Friends and welcome to my very first post as an Ellen Hutson Design Ambassador! I can’t stop smiling and doing little happy dances. To celebrate, I’ve created a Thank You card … to say Thank You for all your ongoing support of my creative endeavors and to Ellen Hutson for this amazing opportunity.

For the longest time, I was reluctant to create floral card designs and then I met the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Floral Series and fell “head over roses” for floral images. Today, I’m using the beautiful Mondo Chrysanthemum with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and the Big Scripty Thank You Die set.


Zig Colors: Green Shadow-049, Light Carmine-021, Carmine Red-022, Pink Flamingo-222, Pink-025, Light Pink-026, Dark Pink-027 and Orange-070.

I started using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers this summer and I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that I wanted to share with you. These might be obvious to others but it was a game changer for me when I learned of these tips/tricks from several crafty friends:

  • Paper matters! While you can use watercolor paper for Real Brush Markers…I prefer a smoother surface for my cards. This is where BRISTOL SMOOTH SURFACE Paper comes into play. This paper and real brush markers is like Peanut Butter & Jelly or Macaroni & Cheese. 
  • Ink matters! You want to make sure you use an ink that is suitable for watercoloring (hint: Memento Tuxedo Ink is not going to work—it bleeds into the color). My favorite is VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink. Not only does it work incredible with watercolors it also leaves a crisp stamped impression. *Currently, this is not in stock…but it is restocked frequently and well worth the wait!*
  • Embossing Powder Helps! and is a girl’s best friend when attempting to color in the lines. The embossing powder creates a little wall to help keep your water and pigment contained. I usually either emboss my stamped images in White Embossing Powder or Clear Embossing powder. Here’s my watercolor stamped images routine: (1) Prep with Anti-Static (2) Stamp with VersaFine Ink (3) Apply Clear WoW Embossing Powder —I have the Big Jar (4) Heat Set Embossing Powder with Heat Gun (5) Start the magic of coloring.
  • Water Brushes Save Messes! If you are like me and have a tendency to spill EVERYTHING…you’ll want to invest in some different size “self-contained” water brushes. I tend to like a small detailer brush but a medium to large size are also great for quick backgrounds and quick coloring. 
  • Tiny Spaces are painted spaces too! If you need to paint into tiny spaces on an image without too much water, rather than grabbing a small detailer watercolor brush and water pot, I enjoy using a Tombow N00 Colorless Blender Brush Pen
  • Direct vs. Indirect Color Application Matters! I tend to like bold colors so I take a more direct application approach. Instead of placing the color on a palette and then adding water before applying to paper, I add little bits of color to the paper and then apply water directly to the image. Both ways work magic…Direct application gets you bright bold color with immediate dark to light shading while Indirect lets you apply layers of color for more subtle to saturated color control. 

To create my pops of color Chrysanthemum Thank You Card:


Stamping & Embossing: Prep Bristol Smooth Card Panel with anti-static pouch. Stamp two offset floral images on the side of the card panel with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

Coloring: Using the Direct Method and starting from the inside of the flower to the outside petals I added Zig color to the Chrysanthemums. After coloring the Chrysanthemums I added a mint-like soft background just around the edges of the florals…still leaving some white space on the right side of the panel.

Die Cutting: I die cut the Scripty Thank you from white card stock several times and stacked them together for extra dimension. Then I die cut the Scripty Shadow from Lawn Fawn Pearlescent Vellum for extra softness.


Finishing the Card: For a little extra pop, I added Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and then adhered the watercolor panel to an aqua card stock base. 


I hope you enjoyed my card today and it inspires you to take out those Zigs and watercolor your favorite floral.

Big Paper Hugs!