Thinking of You – Ellen Hutson

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It’s been a tough past couple weeks and I haven’t been in a very crafty mood to be honest. But yesterday, I needed to make several design team cards because there are a couple new releases coming up soon. Because I had to craft, I felt like it helped take my mind off things and get back into a creative groove. Today, I’m sharing a clean and simple card mixing MFT and Ellen Hutson products. All products are available at Ellen Hutson, and there is actually a secret sale on Emily’s blog right now.

In the midst of tragedy, I am thinking about Memorial Day. Both of my parents served in the military so public service is in my blood and I am proud. I decided to use the Pure Poppies stamp set as poppies are a symbol of Memorial Day. Poppies are gorgeous flowers, but they are technically weeds and grow in many inhospitable places. That’s why they represent resilience. Despite the hardship, their beauty can still break through like tiny beacons of hope. It’s beautiful symbolism, and I think we can all use a little hope right now. Without further ado, let’s get into this simple card.

  1. Create a background by stamping several of the MFT Pure Poppies stamps on a piece of white cardstock with black detail ink. If you don’t already know, I love patterns so repeat stamping to create my own background is one of my favorite techniques. I just arrange the stamps randomly and continue stamping until the panel is covered. A black detail ink that I’ve ben loving lately is the Brutus Monroe Raven detail black.
  2. Die cut the panel with an Essentials by Ellen, Essential Rectangles die. Also die cut a piece of red cardstock with the same die.
  3. Die cut the stamped panel with the MFT Thinking of You Die-namics. Make sure to keep the inside of the letters.
  4. Glue the panels together and back with several layers of scrap cardstock. Adhere the inside of the letters.
  5. On another panel, stamp one of the poppies and copic color. I used the following colors: R39, R37, R27, R24, R05, and R01. Add detail with a white pen.
  6. Die cut the flower with the coordinating die-namics. Die cut several layers of scrap cardstock for added dimension.
  7. Tie black twine around the flower stem and adhere to the card front.
  8. Add the completed panel to an A2 card base.
  9. Embellish with small dots from a black Sakura glaze pen for some controlled “splatter”.


May we never forgot those that sacrificed everything for our freedom and safety; freedom is not free. We honor those that have fallen not through our words, but through our actions and service to others. Have a blessed long weekend, friends. Hug your loved ones tight.

Happy crafting,

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