Paper Crafts Crew Challenge 250 – Essentials by Ellen Stay Salty

Paper Crafts Crew Challenge 250 – Essentials by Ellen Stay Salty

Welcome back to the Paper Crafts Crew Challenge! This week we have a tic-tac-toe challenge:

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I got a bit confused, thinking I chose a row with baker’s twine in it, when I had actually chosen the left vertical row, Elements of Water, Boat, Add a Little Sparkle. SO, the baker’s twine is there, and so is the rest!

I don’t have any boat stamps except the one in this set by Julie Ebersole for Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson LLC), which I’ve already used twice, but three times is the charm, right? I find I turn to Essentials by Ellen sets more than once, which makes them a great buy for me, the person who tends to get a stamp set for the ONE IDEA they have for it then never touch it again.

I started out with one idea for this card, which I ended up jettisoning because it was just too much like another card I had made, and it didn’t really work as far as where I was positioning things on the card. Definitely one of those cards with happy accidents! Lookie:

Stay Salty from Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson LLC) by JanTink

GOJUS! I started out by blending the ocean using Distress inks, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch. I was having a hard time getting my inks to blend nicely, when I realized I could use the round shape of the blending tool to my advantage.


You can see where by “stamping” with the very edge, I could get negative wave shapes? Brilliant, no?


Once I figured that out, I used the blending tools for both colors to create those subtle wave shapes. I also went ahead and sprinkled water on the card stock to get the water droplets.


I grabbed some Distress markers to add more wave shapes, in particular the Picket Fence marker which is the bomb diggity, I’m telling you. I dotted it all over the top of the Salty Ocean ink blending to get some foam, and added a few wave crests, which I blended into the rest of the ink with a wet brush. Once I was happy with the background, I used my MISTI and some Versafine Onyx ink to stamp this boat and the life preserver on some Ranger Watercolor paper, colored them with Distress markers and a wet brush and fussy cut them out. I don’t own the dies for this set, but I have linked them below if you are interested. I then stamped the wave stamp from the same set using Versafine ink and used a PenBlade to cut the very edge of the top waves to allow me to insert my boat behind the waves. I colored in the waves with the Picket Fence marker.


I used the MISTI to stamp the greeting in the upper right corner.


This is not an idea original to me, but when I saw it, I kept it in mind for this life preserver, i.e., wrapping the “rope” around the same spots as there is rope on the image.


Added my twine around the bottom with a little bow and for my sparkle, a few sequins.

Stay Salty from Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson LLC) by JanTink


You can just smell the salt air, can’t you?

You can play along with our challenge by clicking on this link.

Below is my list of products that I used, and I have used compensated affiliate links where they were available, as I now participate in affiliate programs for Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, Ellen Hutson LLC,, Gina K, Sizzix, and Blick Art Supplies. Stampin’ Up! links lead to their website, where you can choose your favorite demonstrator or check out without one. Buying through these links costs you nothing extra and helps support my blog and my artistic endeavors, and I thank you.

Enjoy! Ta!

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1 thought on “Paper Crafts Crew Challenge 250 – Essentials by Ellen Stay Salty”

  • How is it that there are no comments for this amazing card!! I love the way you did the water. You may have finally convinced me to invest in some distress inks. AWESOME!

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