It’s been a while since the last Essentials by Ellen release over on EllenHutson.com, but today, my friends, is THE DAY. The June release is now live and if you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve likely already seen a few sneak peeks from myself and the other Brand Ambassadors. There’s so much goodness in this one, so today I’m going to walk you through some of the highlights and my favorite things about the new products. I’ll also add in a bunch of photos so you can see them in action, and hopefully you’ll leave this post feeling inspired to create. Let’s get to it!
Beehive Die Set, Honeycomb Background Builder Die Set, and One in a Buzz-illion Stamp Set
I don’t normally do critter cards, but this little bee was too cute to resist. Note that you’ll find the same bee facing the other direction in the previously-released Love Notes Stamp Set. The 3 new products can be combined in endless combinations to make cards, tags, gift boxes – whatever you like!
The Honeycomb Background Builder Die Set is hands-down my fave of the bunch because of its versatility. With just 2 pieces, you can cut honeycomb outlines, tiny hexagons (which you’ll see me use a lot in the cards that follow), as well as a version that only cuts the inner edges of the honeycomb, making it perfect for shaker cards. By running these dies through your die cutting machine multiple times, you can create backgrounds as big as you like. Oh, and those tiny hexagons can be used as filler when you’re creating shaker cards with larger windows. How fun would it be to make glitter hexagon confetti? Yay for multi-use supplies!
Old Spool Stamp Set and Thread Friends Die Set
These are perfect for when you’re creating for friends or family who love stitching, embroidery, or any type of fiber craft. Not only can the dies be used as-is, but you can also add texture by wrapping actual embroidery floss around them. I promise, nobody will be able to look without touching!
The dies in the Thread Friends Die Set are also great for creating white subtly-textured backgrounds that coordinate with a colorful focal point. As you can see in the project below, I’ve stacked multiple white die cuts and adhered them on top of one another, but the eye is drawn primarily to the colorful one.
Positive Vibes Stamp Set, Press Plate Hot Foil Stamp, Sentiment Strips Die, and Way with Words Hot Foil Stamp
These include some of the most common greetings including Happy Birthday, Celebrate, Hooray, Miss You, Sorry, Congratulations etc – truly, the words your crafty stash cannot be without. The Positive Vibes sentiments all come on a single stamp for quick and easy batch creation, and the Sentiment Strips die cuts them all out in a single pass through the die cutting machine. Similarly, the Way With Words Hot Foil Plate allows you to foil an entire set of sentiments at once, and you can cut each one easily with a paper trimmer (or your choice of banner die). With the Way with Words font being a bit larger in size than Positive Vibes, these pair together really nicely – use the larger one as the focal sentiment, then the smaller as a sub-sentiment.
Oh, and there’s a new solid foil plate in town! Yep, the Essentials by Ellen Press Plate will allow you to reverse-foil just about anything, and make your own DIY metallic cardstock as I’ve done here for the honeycombs and tag. When I’m not feeling overly creative, I love batch-creating a whole bunch of sentiments and DIY metallic cardstock, because I know my future self will appreciate having so many options ready the next time I go to craft.
One quick note about the Press Plate – just like other solid foil plates you may have used, I find that this one works best when you give it some extra time on your foiling machine to heat up. Once heated, I like to add 2 extra paper shims between the Glimmer shims before running the sandwich through my die cutting machine. This higher amount of pressure seems to be perfect for getting even foil transfer, but be sure to have a play with your tools to see what works best.
Oval Hoops Die Set
Whether you’re into stitching or not, there are many ways to use these dies. I created a shaker window with one of them, and also used the Essentials by Ellen A2 Piercing Plate underneath on my other card to create a stitched background for a die cut flower. Woodgrain cardstock helps to make them look even more like embroidery hoops, but I think gold looks pretty cute too!
If you’re not really into stitching, these dies can also be used as frames with images stamped inside, as well as simple ovals (if you trim off the “stem” part). There are probably many other applications too, but those are the ones that came to mind for me.
Alrighty, that’s a wrap! If you’ve made it this far, I’m very impressed and extremely grateful to have you here! You can enter the Instagram hop by liking and commenting (details are in my feed), and be sure to check out the new Essentials by Ellen release here. If you create with some of these new supplies, I’d love to see what you make! Be sure to tag me (@mycraftyperspective) on Instagram so I can take a peek at your fabulous makes. See you back here soon!