Birgit Koopsen 30-day printing-challenge with the Gelli Plate from Gelliarts

Natalie EllisBlog

Birgit Koopsen started a 30-day-printing-challenge this month of September. I’ve been having soo much fun with it so far, I nearly forgot to blog lol! I must admit, I hardly used my Gelliplate and it needed to come out to play. Taking part in this challenge has given me more … Read More

‘Fancy dress’ – Artist trading card set

Natalie EllisBlog

ATCs (artist trading cards) are making a bit of a come back. I have seen lots of gorgeous mini artworks over the years and had never made an ATC myself. It’s a brilliant idea because they’re small and you can keep lots of them as keepsakes – which doesn’t take … Read More

Men’s mixed media Birthday card

Natalie EllisBlog

mens blue mixed media card

I know men are difficult to make a card for. When you don’t want the common football, gardening or car card (which is not everyone’s taste), this blue mixed media card is something different. I made this for my dad. It turned out really well and he really liked it. … Read More

A more masculine geometric card – Greens, blues and yellows

Natalie EllisBlog

Men need inspirational cards too. Its not very often I make men’s cards but I had a geometric stencil in my stash which I hadn’t used yet. I got out my distress inks and blended away. I built up the background using Indigoblu texture stamps then matted and layered with … Read More

Little black book – handmade note book from scratch

Natalie EllisBlog

Handmade books are just beautiful. I’ve never made one and was always curious. I’m normally quite ambitious and do something quite challenging, but I knew a few things can go wrong along the way (also, I didn’t want to ruin the designer paper sheet I have lovingly kept for years). … Read More

Words of encouragement – Ink and stamp card

Natalie EllisBlog

I love a good sentiment and ‘Mamamakes’ sentiment stamps are some of the best out there! So I chose ‘Don’t let anybody dull your sparkle’ sentiment from ‘Shine Bright’ jumbo stamp set and started there. I’m sure everyone has some Tim Holtz distress inks and I can’t blame them! They … Read More

‘Adore the roses’ – mixed media card

Natalie EllisBlog

Roses mixed media card

I made this card for a ‘I love Indigoblu’ Facebook page giveaway. The criteria was to use Indigoblu products to create anything I wanted. Using my most loved rose, butterfly and texture stamps, I created a mixed media piece. The colours I chose were completely down to the fact that … Read More