Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I was recently reintroduced to the Gel Press, a reusable gel printing plate.

I’d seen the Gel Press in action a few years ago and even briefly tried my hand at it.

The Gel Press is a fun and creative way to make backgrounds.

This month, the Eileen Hull Teams collaborated with Gel Press

to create some awesome samples.  Check out Eileen’s Blog Here.

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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for Gel Press.  I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own. 

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Materials Used:  (*affiliate links)

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Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I watched several Gel Press videos online before jumping right in.

I was impressed with the idea of using die-cuts to make backgrounds

and used a few of Eileen’s Dies to make mine.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Here’s how I made the Snowflake Background:

  • Start with several colors of acrylic paint and use a Brayer* to blend the paint onto the gel press.
  • Place the Snowflake die-cuts (cut using the Wreath & Snowflake Thinlet Die Set*) directly onto the paint.
  • Place a white piece of paper onto the gel press and press over the cardstock to remove the excess paint.
  • Remove the snowflake die-cuts.  Place another piece of cardstock over the Gel Press to pick up the remaining paint and patterns.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I die-cut another snowflake in blue and adhered it to the background to create this card.

I used the Eileen Hull Sweater Embossing Folder* to create the background layer.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I also tried the same technique using dye inkpads instead of paint.  

I used small inkpads and dabbed them all over the gel press.

Use a Brayer* to blend the inks before adding the snowflake die-cuts.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Use the Xyron Creative Station* to adhere the snowflake background paper

to Mat Board*. Die-cut the mat board using the Tiny Book Die to create

this sweet little album.  (This tiny album measures 2 1/4″ x 3″.)

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

The perfect mini-album to add those snowy day pictures.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Create a simple accordion out cardstock for the inside pages of the album.

Interested in learning more about using the Gel Press?  Check out this video.

Sizzix January Mega Sale

Up to 80%* off
Enabler Alert(because I love sharing a good deal)

Sizzix is having their January Mega Sale!!!

Christmas Letter Box and a Cup of Christmas Tea-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 6592

You can get dies like the Eileen Hull’s XL Post Die* on sale for only $11.50 (regularly $45.99.)

There are a lot of discounted dies available from Top Designers.

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Top 3 Favorite Paper Crafting Projects of 2021

2021 Top 3 Paper Crafting Projects-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com

My Top 3 Sizzix/Eileen Hull Paper Crafting Projects.

As part of the Eileen Hull Educator Team, I post projects every month using her dies.  

This month Eileen asked us to pick our three favorite projects for 2021.  

These three projects are my top three favorites.  

Click on the pictures or links below ↓ to go to the original post with all the details.

Winter Fun Folio Album

The Winter Fun Folio Album was made with the Eileen Hull Folio Journal Die from Sizzix*.

If you like an album with a lot of options, then the Folio Journal Die is for you.  

You can see the full project details here.

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The Sweet Life Tiny Book

Good Things Come in Small Packages.

The “Sweet Life Tiny Book” was made with the Eileen Hull/Sizzix Tiny Book Die*

and Hershey Peanut Butter Cup Wrappers.  You can see the full project details here.

Simple Vintage Fall Memories Scrapbook Album

The “Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album” was made with

the New Full-Sized Journal Die* from Eileen Hull and Sizzix. 

This was probably my most favorite one.  I love this die because of its impressive size. 

The finished album measures 6 1/4″ x 8 3/4″.  

You’ll need to have a Sizzix Big Shot Plus*or Sizzix Big Shot Pro* to cut this.

You can read all the project details here.

Making a Christmas Putz House

Making a Christmas Putz House

Christmas Putz houses are little cardboard or paper houses.

Sometimes illuminated, they are usually decorated with mica flakes

and glitter to make festive Holiday Villages.

Making a Christmas Putz House
Last year, the Eileen Hull Teams got together to bring everyone a little

Comfort and Joy during a rough Christmas Season.

Everyone seemed to enjoy it, so we decided to do it again.

My Christmas Putz House, made with Eileen’s House Ornament Die*,

is my contribution to this year’s “Comfort and Joy” collaboration.

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Making a Christmas Putz House

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Making a Christmas Putz House

Directions:

  • Cut two 6″ x 8″ pieces of Christmas Scrapbook.
  • Run both pieces of paper design side up through the Xyron Creative Station®*. As the paper moves through, it adds adhesive to the underneath side. You get complete adhesive covering.
  • Cut two pieces of Sizzix Matboard* 6″ x 8″.
  • Adhere the Christmas Scrapbook paper onto each one of the mat boards. (Underneath will be plain)
  • Lay covered mat board on top of the House Ornament Die*. Sandwich the die and mat board between the cutting plates. Run the die, matboard, and cutting plate through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine*. The Big Shot will cut out the house shape and two tiny houses you can use on a later project.
  • Cut two of the house shapes.
  • Carefully fold on the scored lines.
  • Cut off the top tab with the two holes on both houses. (It is for making the house into an ornament.)
  • You will also need to cut the bottom flap from one of the houses.
  • Use Rapid Fuse Adhesive* to assemble the house. Glue all sides of the house together before gluing the roof tabs.  

Making a Christmas Putz House

  • For the Roof: Cut a piece of Kraft Corrugated paper 2 1/4″ x 4″. Fold in half and glue to the top of the roof.
  • Place two small pieces of white mat board over the window section of the ornament house die and run through the big shot die cutting machine. Trim around the matboard to create two small windows. Cut two small pieces of gold paper or vellum to fit under the window frame and glue them into place. Glue the windows frames onto the house.  
  • Cut a tiny piece of mat board to use as a door.  Glue a small piece of corrugated paper over the door for the roof.
  • Use a 3″ x 4″ piece of mat board as the base for the house. Cover the mat board with scrapbook paper.
  • Glue the putz house, bottle brush tree, and mini snowman ornament to the base.
  • Decorate your Christmas Putz House with small wreaths, snowflakes, glitter and mica flakes.

Warm & Cozy Snowflake Christmas Card

Warm & Cozy Snowflake Card-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 6066

How to make a Warm & Cozy Snowflake Christmas Card 

using the Sweater Embossing Folder* from Sizzix* and Eileen Hull.

I have a “thing” for cable-knit sweaters. (just ask my family)

So it comes as no surprise how much I love this new embossing folder.

It’s perfect for creating quick and easy cards.

Sizzix Eileen Hull 3D Sweater Embossing Folder       Sizzix Big Shot

Materials Used:

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Warm & Cozy Embossed Sweater Card

Directions:

  • To create the embossed sweater layer, place a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of cream cardstock into the Sweater Embossing Folder*.  Place the embossing folder onto the Sizzix Big Shot* platform.   Crank the handle of the Big Shot* to run the embossing folder through the machine.
  • Adhere the embossed layer onto the blueberry cardstock layer. Adhere those layers onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cream cardstock base.
  • Add adhesive to the back of the wood snowflake and adhere to the front of the card. Add the adhesive pearl to the center of the snowflake.
  • Tie a small bow and glue it onto the top of the snowflake.
  • Using a computer generated font, print the words “warm & cozy” onto a piece of cream cardstock.  Cut the cardstock into a strip with a v notch on each end. Place thin foam mounting squares under the cardstock strip and add to the front of the card under the wood snowflake.

FYI…This is a thick card.  You will need extra postage to mail it.  (It might be best to hand deliver.)

Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album

Simple Vintage Fall Memories Scrapbook Album

The Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album is the perfect place for your Fall Memories.

The album uses Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest Collection*

and the New Full-Sized Journal Die* from Eileen Hull and Sizzix.

Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album

Materials Used:     (*affiliate links)

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Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album

One Important Thing to Note…

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest Collection Kit

Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album

  • I folded six 8 1/2″ x 11″ pieces of cardstock in half to create little “stories” to insert inside your album.  
  • I used thin twine to add my “stories” to the spine.

Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album

Simple Vintage Fall Memories Album

I’m happy with the way the album turned out…

and I love the size of the New Eileen Hull Full-Sized Journal. 

Now I’m off to take More Fall Photos.

 

Make it Merry Notecard Folio

Make it Merry Notecard Folio

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

Are you looking for a Fun Project to make for the Holidays? 

The Make it Merry Notecard Folio made using Eileen Hull and Sizzix’s Folio Journal Die*

and the adorable Simple Stories Make it Merry Collection*

The Notecard Folio would make a great gift.

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Make it Merry Notecard Folio

Did you Hear?

I will be teaching a Special Holiday Class on Saturday, November 6th,

and Wednesday, November 10th, at The Paper Forest in Washington, Illinois.

Both classes will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Contact the store at 309-745-3440 to sign up or for more information.  

As many of you know, Tammy announced that the store will close at the end of this year.

It makes me sad to lose this store. It is a great store!

I’ve enjoyed shopping there for many years.  

Tammy will continue to offer Holiday Classes throughout November.

These Holiday Classes are their last Hurrah!  

Make it Merry Notecard Folio

Class Description:

Join Sue Eldred and learn how to create a Holiday Notecard Folio using Eileen Hull’s Folio Journal Die from Sizzix and Simple Stories Make It Merry Collection.  You will be using the Xyron Creative Station and mat board to create the folio and six Holiday notecards.  Perfect for gift giving or to use yourself.  

Make it Merry Notecard Folio

There are several ways to use the Eileen Hull Folio Die. 

I will be bringing additional samples to share with you.

Make it Merry Notecard Folio

We will make six cards with envelopes that fit into the Notecard Folio.

Please join me this November at The Paper Forest.  www.thepaperforest.com

Cable Knit Snowflake Ornament

Cable Knit Embossed Snowflake Ornament

Cable Knit Embossed Snowflake Ornament…

The moment I saw the NEW Cable Knit Sweater Embossing Folder* from

Eileen Hull and Sizzix, I knew I had to have it.  (I may have gasped!)

I have had a LOVE ♥ for Cable Knit Sweaters for A LONG time.  (just ask my kids)

Cable Knit Embossed Snowflake Ornament

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Cable Knit Embossed Snowflake Ornament

The ornament is a simple project to make.  

  • I used the Xyron Creative Station Lite* to add adhesive to the back of my white cardstock before embossing it with the cable knit embossing plate*.
  • Adhere the embossed cable knit to a piece of mat board and cut out a circle using the Ornament Box Die. For extra thickness, adhere to a second circle to the back of the ornament.
  • Hot glue craft pine stems* around the circle.
  • Add a red snowflake, adhesive pearls, and ribbon to finish off the ornament.

Chapter 4 Eileen Hull/Sizzix Release Party

It’s time for a New Chapter 4 Release with Eileen Hull and Sizzix!

The Eileen Hull Teams have created some wonderful projects using Eileen’s

new Chapter 4 Sizzix Dies and we have a little blog hop for you to follow to

see all the inspiration!

There is a GIVEAWAY too – leave a comment on each of the designers’ blog

posts and you will be entered to win one of the new dies!

LET’S GET GOING ON OUR RELEASE PARTY BLOG HOP…

Click on the next link below to see all the projects.

Comment on each designer’s blog post to be eligible to win!

Eileen Hull Designs
Julia Aston
Jennie Atkinson
Sue Eldred
Maggi Harding
Lisa Hoel
Tonya Trantham
Sarah Lizzie Dodd
Karen Bearse

DIY Vintage Pumpkin Truck

DIY Vintage Pumpkin Truck

For the Love of Old Trucks…

When I first shared Eileen’s New Vintage Truck in June, I said, “Can you imagine it as an old

rusty pickup filled with miniature pumpkins?” Well, here it is.

Except it’s not rusty looking and old…

instead I tricked it out with a shiny new paint job.  (so to speak)

Vintage Pumpkin Truck

How to Create a Vintage Pumpkin Truck with Eileen Hull Vintage Truck Die* from Sizzix.

  • Instead of painting the pieces of the truck, I used adhesive vinyl on the truck parts before die-cutting them.
  • Cut a piece of mat board slightly larger than the shape you are going to die-cut.
  • Apply vinyl on both sides of the mat board and die-cut the shape using the Vintage Truck Die* and the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine*.

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Eileen Hull's Vintage Truck Die

Materials Used:       (*affiliate links)

Vintage Truck Parts and Pieces

  • When all the pieces have been die-cut, go around the edges with a black calligraphy paint marker. Adding paint to the edges will cover up the white core of the mat board and give the pieces more detail.
  • Adhere the pieces of the truck together using Rapid Fuse Adhesive*.

Vintage Truck

Adapting the truck to carry a wider load.

  • I wanted the truck to have a wider body, to carry a larger load.  
  • After die-cutting the bottom piece for the truck bed, cut the piece in half.  
  • I cut a second piece of mat board 2″ x 6″.  (or you could even cut it a little wider than that)
  • Glue the scored die-cut pieces to the bottom of the larger mat board using Rapid Fuse Adhesive*.

Vintage Pumpkin Truck

Vintage Pumpkin Truck

A Fun Fall Décor Piece.

Eileen Hull’s New Vintage Truck Die

Vintage Flower Truck

I’m excited to share with you Eileen Hull’s New Vintage Truck Die*

that is part of the New Chapter 3 Release Dies from Sizzix.

It is one of the cutest dies for so many different Holidays.

Can you imagine it as an old rusty pickup filled with miniature pumpkins? 

And of course, think of all the cute things you can do for Christmas.

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Here’s What I used:    (*affiliate link)

Tips:

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Cardinal on Wreath Ornament

Another project made using the New Chapter 3 Dies is this Simple Holiday Ornament

using the New Ornament Box Die*  and the Wreath and Snowflake Thinlets Die Set*.

There’s a limited supply of these dies currently, so make sure to get yours today.

Eileen Hull/ Sizzix Chapter 3 Dies

Eileen’s Teams have joined together to give you even more ideas on these creative New Dies.

LET’S GET GOING ON OUR RELEASE PARTY BLOG HOP…

Click on the next link below to continue on your way. Comment on each designer’s blog post to be eligible to win a prize!  (see Eileen’s Blog for details)

Eileen Hull Designs
Julia Aston
Madeline Arendt
Jennie Atkinson
Sue Eldred
Maggi Harding
Lisa Hoel
Elizabeth Robinson
Tonya Trantham
Pam Bray
Jenny Marples