Hello friends and welcome to the March Pinsights Challenge hosted by Ellen Hutson over at The Classroom!
So excited to be one of the featured designers for the always inspiring challenge, particularly this month! Are you feeling lucky? Perhaps, the inspiration graphic will help!
All things green and gilded! The images and hues are just so lovely, there must be a pot of gold awaiting somewhere, right? Only if you play along!
You could be the lucky winner of a $50 gift certificate from Ellen Hutson! A random challenge participant will chosen to receive her pot of gold. But to be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo badge as inspiration. You can find the Inlinkz in the challenge post over at The Classroom!
Need more coaxing?
Here’s my take on the challenge!
If you follow my work on Instagram, you may know about my love affair with this diagonal window die! I had no idea prior to ordering it how much fun it would be. For my card, I have united quite a few stamp sets and products to create a unique focal point on the front of the diagonal window.
First off, the clovers– they were created from hearts in the Love You So set, stems from Altenew’s Striped Florals set, dots from Bokeh Dots set, and a little gilded spray from Concord and 9th’s Brushed Blossoms set!
The leaves/stem were stamped in Ranger Pigment Black Tie ink, heat embossed with Ranger Superfine clear powder, and then stamped over with the bokeh dots in Hero Arts Green Hills dye ink. They were embellished with some gold Ranger Stickles.
Below you can see the sheen of the embossed stems/leaves, and the gilded leaves and spray.
The 100# Linen Cardstock from Ellen is probably my favorite paper to use as a card base, and it is lovely as a textured stamping surface. It’s heft creates a substantial and luxe card.
Using a variety of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and Ellen Hutson and black wax twine, I created my signature sequin strands. I love that the gold leaf was included in the PPP Woodlands mix— a complete coincidence that it matched the stems’ leaves perfectly!
I find that the window die works better with some metal grommets if you want the recipient to be able to open and close it repeatedly. I adhered these and cut the diagnoals open after stamping and embossing the images;
Inside, I created a shaker card using an acetate window, more sequins, and some gold glass glitter!
Shake it away to reveal the message, a sentiment from Up the Happy that underwent some stamp surgery to fit my purpose!
It was stamped on the folded card base in Ranger Black Tie Pigment Ink; I added the sequin/glitter mix, and then adhered the acetate. Finally, I adhered the diagonal window layer!
Once the outside was complete, I ran a strip of the new Little B Paper Tape in Jade along the bottom edge of the inner card! It is the perfect green!
You have until March 28th to play along!
Here’s hoping the luck of the Irish will rub off on you this week! Happy St. Patrick’s Day and happy creating!
Other Items Used Available at Ellen Hutson:
Essentials by Ellen Sequins, Iridescent Dill
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, 4mm cupped, Iridescent Peacock Feathers
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, 6 mm Flat Mix, Woodlands
Ranger Stickles Gold
Ranger Pigment Black Tie Ink
Ranger Clear Embossing powder
Delicata Gold Pigment Ink
Hero Arts Dye Ink Green Hills