Welcome to the Ellen Hutson design team blog hop. This is such a fun opportunity for each of us to show off our favorite style of paper crafting and to share a couple fun tidbits. Even as a seasoned card maker, I enjoy learning tips and tricks from other paper crafters. My favorite tip/trick to share is that layering die cuts on your card front adds depth and dimension to a scene project. My project today shows my love of creating die cut scenes with an interesting focal set of images that draws the eye in with the layering of die cuts.
Cutting and Coloring the Images and Scene Background
I began by cutting out all the die cut images, flowers, foliage, frame and grass sections for the scene. You can see all the die sets below. The canopy of tree branches was cut using white cardstock and colored using Pear Tarts and Toffee Crunch markers and then I applied touches of Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint ink with a mini applicators to add a depth of color. The mother ducks were cut with white Neenah heavyweight cardstock and the babies were cut using Sour Lemon cardstock. I lightly sponged Wild Honey ink on the baby bodies with a mini applicator and darker shade of the ink to the beaks and feet. The dragonflies (which are very hard to see in the scene) were cut using Essentials by Ellen Vellum, colored using Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint markers and then painted with a clear Wink of Stella brush tip marker.
I created a cloudy background for the scene on a piece of white cardstock using Tumbled Glass ink, an Inky Antics cloud stencil and a Ranger ink blending tool. I applied the Tumbled Glass ink to a second piece of cardstock to create the water layer and hand cut it using my deckle scissors. Hint: I love using my deckle scissors for cutting when I don’t want to have a perfectly flat edge on the paper. The uneven cut creates a more natural appearance like the wavy edge of my water.
Building the Scene
The tree canopy frame, water and grass layers were attached to the blue sky background layer using double stick tape. Next, I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the eyelet frame and attached it to the scene layer. I applied double stick tape to the back of the framed layer and attached it to the card base.
The tall grass sections were cut apart and tucked in behind the grass section and attached with glossy accents. The ducks were popped up and attached to the scene base using pieces of mounting tape. I formed the tiny flowers using my stylus and molding and attached them to the foliage stems with glossy accents. I tucked the the flower stems in behind the layers and around the ducks and attached with glossy accents. I attached the dragonflies to the scene with touches of glossy accents for the finishing touch.
Ellen thought it would be fun for us to answer the questions below.
- Coffee or tea? COFFEE! COFFEE! COFFEE!
- How did you come up with your blog name? I had a part-time county craft business in the 1980s that I named Kittie Kraft and made wreaths and floral arrangements using silk and dried flowers. I thought it would be perfect to resurrect the name for my blog.
- Tell us one silly/random/interesting tidbit about yourself! I love paper crafting but it pales in comparison to the love I have for my puppy and cats. My husband and I are both crazy about our pets and treat them like our babies. My puppy thinks that I hung the moon and my cats just think I’m “staff”! LOL!
I hope you enjoy the hop and getting to know each of the designers on our team.