card making


Black and a natural white + hints of copper . . . I’ve been on a neutral kick lately, not sure why, really—just that I keep gravitating towards it.

Clear embossed the cups and coffee makers/pots from A Breve Note all over black card stock and then filled in any gaps with the coffee beans to make this background—LOVE!!! —it’s such a chic look! This black card stock is quite loverly—a nice rich black and 100# weight.

The copper embossing powder I happened to have for the sentiment and the cup looks so good with that Rose-Gold Washi Tape •heart palps•

To-Go Cup was heat embossed onto watercolor paper and watercolored with Clean Color Real Brush Markers + a Pentel Aquash. By the way, if you haven’t seen it, my favorite way to use these markers is demonstrated in the video on this blog post: Neon Watercolor

The Clean Color Markers come in sets (there’s a nice variety of different sized sets), but you can also get the colors individually from Ellen’s, which I love because then I can easily replace the colors I use the most frequently, without having to buy a whole new set.

I know, I know—another messy thread nest. What can I say? When I like something, I use it until I’m sick of it . . . Even tho it’s been a number of years, I am still not sick of messy thread nests, thank you very much. •hair flip•

Such a clean, simple and satisfying card to make . . . •happy sigh•



I loved the “highlight” idea in these cards by Therese Calvird and it was one of the first things I wanted to try with the Mondo Gerbera Daisy when it arrived. I love the simplicity!

Although the flower is an open line design, I didn’t want to color it (the whole point of the design is to take a small aspect and highlight it with color) so to soften the starkness of the black and white a bit and add just a smidge of texture, I added a few fine spatters of black acrylic paint.

Then I cheated. •insert shocked eyeballs•

Therese uses a straight edge paper trimmer to cut out a panel in the center; I grabbed my Hero Arts Infinity Rectangle Dies. •sheepish grin• Mounted the outer “frame” to my base card, and then 3D mounted the center panel.

Sweet li’l ladybug was stamped onto a scrap of white card stock and colored in with pencil. After she was popped up on the card front, I gave her a nice coating of Glossy Accents, and Bob’s yer Uncle! •fist pump•

In other news, my “Meet the Maker” page over on the Ellen Hutson website very recently published—you can check it out HERE. •chinkle•

Cheers and hope you have a fab day!


Want to learn some fun tips for making lovely clean and simple cards? Live in the Sacramento area? I’ll be teaching March 1-3 at my dear friend Stephanie’s Paper Garden Boutique and would love to have you join me!

Here’s the details:

Paper Garden Boutique
565 Pavilions Lane
Sacramento, CA . 95825


5 of 10 class projects shown here

5 of 10 class projects shown here

TAKE TEN - $40

Each of these clean and simple designs have an extra element of fun, but take only 10 minutes to create and feature easy tricks to simplify your card-making! Please bring a basic tool kit of your preferred adhesive, a small paper trimmer and detail scissors.

  • Friday, Mar 1 10am-12pm

  • Saturday, Mar 2 10am-12pm

  • Sunday, Mar 3 10am-12pm

5 of 10 class projects shown here

5 of 10 class projects shown here


Charming little details are what make clean and simple cards extra special. I’ll be sharing those little extras that I love to use on these 10 festive creations! Please bring a basic tool kit of your preferred adhesive, a small paper trimmer and detail scissors.

  • Friday, Mar 1 2-4pm

  • Saturday, Mar 2 2-4pm

  • Sunday, Mar 3 2-4pm

We have a lotta laughs and you make a lotta cards! Hope you can join me!