Remember rocket popsicles? Those red, white and blue striped ones that used to be sold via that little ice cream wagon that drove around the neighborhood? I LOVED those popsicles. A little Google search has taught me a lot more than I previously knew about them, like…
- The idea was born in July 1955 and was originally called the Bomb Pop
- The original flavors were cherry, lime and blue raspberry
- Competitors quickly came on the scene and the 6-finned popsicle goes by the name Bomb Pops, Firecrackers, and Triple Rockets.
Now that we’ve had a little history lesson, let’s get back to what you came for, which is some crafty chat! The design of today’s card was inspired by the popsicles of my childhood, and they were one of the first things I thought of when I saw the Stay Cool stamp set, part of the latest Essentials By Ellen release in the Summer of Stamping. This stamp set has all sorts of fun shapes that can be combined in countless ways, as well as coordinating dies. The summer heat definitely had my head gravitating towards cool treats, so I set off creating a bunch of red, white and blue striped popsicles.
To create my stripes, I used Pinkfresh dye ink in Raspberry Bliss and Misty Coast, as well as Catherine Pooler ink in Fiesta blue. You could do this with many different solid stripe stamps, such as the Essentials by Ellen Painted Stripes or Pinkfresh Studio Pop-Out Straight Stripes. Once my striped piece of cardstock was ready, I used the die to cut out the tops of my popsicles, doing a few more than I needed (you know, just in case!)
The Stay Cool stamp set also has an image of 2 parallel lines, which I thought would be perfect for the vertical highlights on the popsicle. I know mine aren’t 6-finned like true rocket popsicles, but you’ve gotta take some artistic liberties, right?! I decided to heat emboss these with clear embossing powder to create a visual contour effect, and once those were ready, I adhered my little popsicle die cuts that I created with kraft cardstock.
Next up came the sentiment. One of the other products in the new Essentials by Ellen release is a big Yasss die, which I love because if you were to ask me if I want a popsicle, that would surely be my response! I double die cut this – once from glitter cardstock, and again from mint cardstock, then layered them on top of each other with the glitter as the shadow peeking out from underneath.
Rather than assembling my components on a plain white card panel, I stamped a few small dots using the dotted square in the Stay Cool stamp set. (It’s quite faint in the photos but more visible in real life.) I positioned the popsicles in a cascading sort of way down the left side of the panel, followed by the Yasss sentiment across the bottom third, just over the dotted background. To finish, I mounted all these pieces with foam tape, did the same with the entire panel, then completed the card with a few sparkling clear sequins.
If you’d like to check out more inspiration from the Essentials by Ellen release, be sure to head over to my Instagram feed, where you still have until August 6th to enter this week’s final Summer of Stamping Instagram hop. By commenting, you’re entered to win a $25 gift certificate to ellenhutson.com! As always, thank you so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you back here soon!