This is an exciting day as we’re *formally* introducing ourselves and the brand-spankin’ new 2018 Ellen Hutson Design Team/Ambassadors. It’s such a joy to be a part of this team and family. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I’m hoping that you arrived here from Laurel Beard’s blog. Don’t you just love her? ♥
Even as someone who has been a maker of some variety for quite some time (ELEVEN YEARS!!) I always enjoy learning new tips and tricks from other crafters. The latest technique that I’ve learned and love is using Distress Oxide Inks (and some water) on Glossy Cardstock with Distress Glaze. Holy cowabunga, baby!! The finished look is amaaaazing! I’m going to try this on an upcoming blog post and I’m super excited.
For my card today I’m going to share one of *my* favorite techniques., which is watercolor backgrounds. I love to make them bold, loose and as eye-catching as possible. I love the movement of the watercolor and for your eyes to be struck by the colors. This is not a difficult technique. You just have to put your fear aside…and let go.
LOTS of loose watercoloring from my fave Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor set. I know many people have switched to tubes and pans. But I just love this set. It works for me. Plus, I can always buy replacement pans when I use an entire pan of color which I LOVE! They’re super vibrant and you don’t have to buy the large set if you just want to try them out. The pearl colors are just as dreamy.
I used a stencil over the lower half of the card. I simply sponged Versamark through the stencil and then used Perfect Pearls in Sunflower Sparkle. This gives it a beautiful and glowy look.
Of course, I HAD to give thanks to beautiful Ellen, herself. So, I die-cut the Essentials by Ellen Designer Die Many Thanks by Julie Ebersole 3 times using some scrap cardstock and adhered it to each other. Then I die-cut one more piece in gold glitter cardstock. That one went on top. Lovely dimension and perfectly glittery, too.
Embellishments were last and I added my favorite Sparkling Clear Confetti from Pretty Pink Posh. I think they are always amazing on ANY card.
Colorful and technique-y are kind of what I’m kind of all about. I don’t mind getting inky and messy. :)
Here are some fun questions we were all asked to answer… Enjoy!
• Coffee or tea?
Most people that know me (even a little) KNOW that I am a coffee freak and post a TON of coffee memes on IG. ;) ☕
• How did you come up with your blog name?
I am a longtime fan (over 36 years!!) of the rock group Rush. They have an album that is called Grace Under Pressure. On that album there is a symbol of a P/G, which stand for Grace Under Pressure. I loved this so much that rather than calling myself Grace Under Pressure I took the P/G concept and turned it papergrace. An homage to my favorite band and to papercrafts.
• Tell us one silly/random/interesting tidbit about yourself!
I can pop my left shoulder in and out of its socket. Gross, but fun at parties. 😁
All silliness aside, please be sure to hop and say hi to the entire Design Team. These ladies are INSANELY talented!! Your next stop will be at the fabulous and wonderful Lisa Spangler’s blog!
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