Essentials by Ellen July Blop Hop + GIVEAWAY!

Welcome back everyone! I’m so thrilled to be joining in today in the Essentials by Ellen July Blog Hop! There are some fantastic new products that are now LIVE on the website!


If you are here from Adelina’s blog you are on the right track! I will have a full hop list at the end of the post in case you get lost along the long. Your next stop will be Elena Roussakis.


We’ve got super fun prizes!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the whole July Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Thursday, July 18th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.


I have a quick process video that you can view below or HERE on my Youtube channel. I do apologize I had to set it to music as I have a horrible head cold right now and had difficulty doing a voiceover. I hope you still enjoy the video.


My inspiration today is using the new Subbing In stamp set. I’ve mad a lot of underwater cards before but these critters are so unique looking! I don’t have a stamp set quite like it! I think my favorite is the Octopus.

I stamped the images onto Neenah Solar White card stock 80 lb and colored with copic markers. Then used the coordinating die to cut them out with my Gemini Jr.

For my background, I ink blended Blue Raspberry, Pool Party and Key Lim Fizz Hero Hues Reactive Inks.

I took the Snow Flurry stencil, spritzed it with water and laid it down on top of my background. I placed a piece of paper towel over the top and held it there for a minute. Since this ink is reactive with water, when I removed the stencil it left this textured look behind that looks like bubbles.

Once the panel was dry, I trimmed it down and stamped the sentiment in Obsidian Black ink. Then I added craft foam behind my blended panel and added to an A2 size notecard.

I arranged my images onto the card front and attached with liquid glue.

Be sure to head over and check out the amazing new release! There are a bunch of super awesome sets available. I’ll link the release and my supplies below.



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  1. Love the layering of the sea creatures and
    the submarine. Fun card to accompany
    the song I’m singing. thanks for sharing

  2. So much fun…love your under the sea scene!

  3. This is too CUTE!!! Love the fun sentiment and the coloring of the sea creatures!!! GREAT design!

  4. Wonderful colours & colouring on this very cute card Mindy! This is the best release as it is so versatile & each stamp set appeals to me. I love the fun “punny” sayings.

  5. Love this great tip of using the Snow Flurry stencil to create that cool background effect! Your card with all of those cute and colorful creatures turned out great!

  6. Oh Mindy, your use of color and technique combined make for one color creative explosion! This is a burst of creativity! I love the different levels of fun-ness with the sub and ocean cuties combined with the brights – oh I could just stare at this all day! TFS!

  7. I love this rainbow submarine card. Thanks for sharing the way to use a mist of water on the back of the stencil to create that underwater effect. I hope you feel better!

  8. Such a cute card. Pretty colors.

  9. Love your bright color pallet!

  10. Love your bright colors!

  11. You always make such cute cards.

  12. I love your great design!

  13. So CUTE! I love the colorful scene!

  14. Cool background!

  15. Great blend of colors for your underwater scene. I really like this fun and unique new set.

  16. Beautiful card! Love the color for that background, awesome blending 😉

  17. What a fun card! I love the colors you chose for the background, nice blending 😉

  18. oh so CUTE! Love your fun card!

  19. Love this whole release. This set is the best

  20. Love love love your coloring and the colors juat pop!!

  21. Such a cute scene!! Great tip of using the Snow Flurry stencil for the background. I hope your cold clears up soon.

  22. Fantastic and eye catching card! The colors are perfect! These undersea characters are so fun!!

  23. Wonderful background, love your blend of colors. Your design is precious!! That octopus cracks me up!!

    1. Such a fun and colorful card. The background technique is simple and unique at the same time. Just perfect!!!

  24. That is an adorable card!! Love your colors!!!

  25. Such a cute card. I love those critters and your background is really nice. I love that technique. Feel better soon!

  26. Loving that submarine and your card!

  27. Love the bright colors of this fun underwater scene. I enjoyed your process video.

  28. Just love that submarine, great card

  29. Adorable card! Love the effect you got from using the stencil that way.

  30. Adorable card! Love the underwater scene.
    Thanks so much for sharing…

  31. Your card is so cute! I love the way you used the stencil on the background!

  32. Those faces are so adorable! Wide eyed sweeties! Loving the nautical theme!

  33. Love the coloring and your background is fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

  34. Your cards always make me happy. Love the way you did the sea scene

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