Designing with the Ellis Island Die
What to do with the newest graphic style die, the Ellis Island Die? At first glance, all I could see was a Union Jack! So I cut several of the die cuts to play around with on the grid. Do I go with a design or something else? Because it is a Square Die, that’s where my search began, with mostly squares patterns, I’ve chosen Pattern #141. What photos do I use? Well, it’s May and Mother’s Day, spring flowers and warmer weather…why not combine them?
I don’t particularly care for using a die like this as an overlay or cutting a photo into many pieces, I do love it for creating a pattern, a design element with various colors. This time I thought I’d go a bit more abstract and very colorful. I’ve printed 8 photos of flowers in an Ombre rainbow of yellows, oranges, and reds.
After I’ve cut each with the Ellis Island Die I arrange the colors in the quilt like patterns inside of the white cut die pieces. By grouping four squares together I can create a larger block. The bottom pair of squares in this pattern form a half square of a quilt block of color.
I was planning this on a black grid paper and hadn’t decided what my base grid would finally be. I rejected several grid color combinations and settled on one of the specialty collections. I found the perfect match in the Sunset Grid from the Ombre Grid Collection.
For the hand cut 1” x 11-1/8” strip a scrap of peach cardstock blended fairly well into the grid, but it needed something, more. That’s when I decided I could use some of our newest flower dies to add what this strip needed. A bevy of colors and multiple flowers were strewn from one end to the other. Each is attached with a glue dot and finished off with a coordinating dot of liquid pearls.
I decided it might be a nice gift for Mother’s Day and thought the large 4×6 block would be a good place to include a poem that’s been making the rounds on the internet along with a photo of my daughter’s girls at Easter. The poem was done with a digital scrapbook page background that worked well with the colors already on the page. To dress it up a bit I created a mat for the poem with the Scallop Dot 4×6 Die. Cut in white and mounted on white I wanted a bit of separation and foam mounting tape gave it just what it needed.
So if you’d like an interesting way to include some of the colorful flowers in your garden or gift bouquet in a layout you just might like to try the new Ellis Island Die and fill each triangle with beautiful colorful flowers!