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. Thanks for sharing this bright and fun project.

  2. Adorable! Loved the idea of using the stencil to create a textured background.

  3. What a fun and adorable card! Love your coloring and the background 🙂

  4. This is really cute! 🙂

  5. Great card! Love how you made what look like bubbles with the stencil and water. Very creative!

  6. OMG the bubble technique worked perfectly! So creative!

  7. What a fun card! I love the underwater scene you created, and that octopus is adorable. 🙂

  8. I had never seen the technique of using the wet stencil over water reactive inks. I do wish someone could tell me the difference between HA water reactive inks and Distress/Distress Oxide inks.

  9. super card – LOVE the background sponging – love the ‘texture’ you created 🙂

  10. Thank you for sharing the colors you’ve used. Shading and Blending are not my specialty 😉 You’ve done both beautifully on this adorable card!

  11. I really love the color you used for your background. Beautiful!

  12. Cute card!

  13. Super underwater scene, your jelly fish are so cute. Love the gradation of color in the background. Looks like a must have set for summer cards.

  14. Thanks for sharing this great card–I’m in love with that octopus!

  15. What a huge display of awesomeness!!!! Great cards! So many goodies in this newest release. My wish list is long. Thank you so much for sharing all of your beautiful work.

  16. Awesome card! Love how you used the stencil. Very creative 😃

  17. Super cute!!! I love that octopus!!!

  18. Sooo Super CUTE!!

  19. Fun and colorful underwater scene. I like how you made the water. Hope your cold is better.

  20. I love the background as well as the coloring you did! Cute sample!

  21. Your card is super cute! Love your colorful background!

  22. Super cute card! I love your colorful background!

  23. I love this fun colorful card. Those sea creatures are adorable.

  24. Such a bright colorful card. Thanks for the stencil tip!

  25. Your coloring is FABULOUS! I love that purple octopus!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Really neat how you spritzed the stencil with water and created a textured ocean background. Adorable card!

  27. Adorable card. So many great products in this release.

  28. That octopus IS THE best! Those googly eyes! Great card and thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Adorable card–your purple octopus is so sweet!!! I love the way you used your stencil in reverse to make your bubbles darker. Very creative!!! TFS

  29. Sorry you’re not feeling well. Summer colds are the worst. Thanks for the tip on using a stencil for the background. Plus using a “winter” theme stencil, getting multiple uses from our products is always a plus!

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  31. I love your work just amazing!!

  32. So cute! Loved the music accompanying the video, too

  33. Cute card. Really like the background. Great job.

  34. So lovely with those fun fruity colors

  35. This is such a great card, love this release!

  36. Lovely coloring, the style of illustration is so cute on this set.

  37. Love all the stamps in this release! That Leading Lady.. time and time again, just awesome!

  38. Love this super cute card! Those sea creatures are adorable!

  39. Such a cute design! Love these adorable faced creatures.

  40. Love your color combo! The submarine and ocean creatures are just so fun! Awesome card!

  41. The octopus is hilarious! I imagine MY eyes looking like that if I were to see an octopus, wide open in shock! Love the crisp clean colors you used, really great!

  42. Really really fun card!!

  43. Your card is so fun! I am loving that little set! The octopus cracks me up and I adore the sub!

  44. Your card is so fun and cheerful–I like the colors you used! The cute submarine makes me think about the Yellow Submarine song 🙂

  45. Mindy, sorry about your head cold but the music was fun. Your Copic colouring just mesmerizes me, you are SO good! I am in LOVE with this new release and this stamp/die set is my favourite. Those eyes!! That yellow submarine stole the show though. Hope you feel better soon ❤️🇨🇦

  46. Its not difficult to understand why you love this subbing stamp set ,its fun and bit quirky !!I loved your card with bright colors .

  47. I too thin the submarine stamp set is fun. Thanks for sharing your card design.

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