I received my October Card Kit (my first one!) from Simon Says Stamp this week and unfortunately with working this week, I had to wait until today to play with it.
I chose the bigger coffee cup stamp and stamped it on the Basic Grey patterned papers that came in the kit. I fussy cut them out and then used a Sharpie to color the edges to get rid of the white raw edges from my cutting it out.
I used a piece of Bazzill brown (not sure the exact color) and then made a top folding card (4 1/4 X 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″) using the cream colored cardstock that came in the kit to adhere the brown piece onto it. I stamped and embossed the greeting using white Zing embossing powder. I cut a small strip from the patterned paper to add a bit of interest to the left side.
I then used foam dots to add dimension to the coffee cups. I filled in the “coffee” with a Distress Marker. I then used foam tape to pop the whole card front up off the card base. Finally I added a heart (from Doodlebug) using the Khaki Ink from Simon Says Stamp that came in the kit. I stamped it twice to get a totally filled in heart.
The inside of the card is stamped with the sentiment (You’re the Best!” that came in this stamp set.
Hope you enjoyed! I am looking forward to trying out new combinations with this kit soon!
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I just can’t get enough of this adorable Lawn Fawn Love you S’more Stamp set and die set. I created another birthday card in preparation of a bunch of summer birthdays we have in my family.
I started with some Strathmore 300 series watercolor paper. I used faded jeans, chipped sapphire, and peeled paint Distress Inks to create my background. I started with chipped sapphire at the tope, faded jeans for the middle and peeled paint for the bottom. I sprayed it with water numerous times and then placed my watercolor paper into it. I dried it with my heat gun, and layered more color onto my craft sheet with my ink pads and did another layer of color. I had trimmed my watercolor paper down to fit onto my A2 notecard. I trimmed it so that a small border would be around the notecard.
I then stamped my images onto the same watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx black ink, and used my Derwent Watercolour Pencils to color it in. I shaded the animals so the color would be lighter towards the camp fire, since that would be how they would like in real life…assuming animals could roast s’mores over a camp fire. 🙂 The Derwent pencils have a very creamy texture and color. A little pencil goes a long way, so there are portions that I did not even sketch in any color and only used my paintbrush to create a light color. A light hand with the color is definitely a key tip to getting more subtle variations in color.
QUICK TIP: Sally Beauty Supply Stores have great papercrafting supplies. I got my squirt bottle there for super cheap, they have cute decorations for nails that could easily be used for cards, and they have nail files, buffers that can be used to distress items. If you sign up for their saver card you get coupons in the mail. Of course, their selection of nail polish makes your shopping trip a double win!
I used the coordinating dies and cut them out with my Big Shot machine. I then started to attach my images. I cut out some trees in black cardstock and made some hills with black ink and the hill stamp that comes in the set. I wanted a night time scene so the trees are black to represent more of a shadow. I embossed the stars with White sparkle Recollections embossing powder to add some dimension as well. The sentiment is embossed with black American Crafts embossing powder. I used glossy accents on the flames to make them stand out and I really like the effect it made.
I am really happy with the way this turned out. I am still perfecting my coloring and shading techniques….so more practice makes progress!
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Summer makes me think of flowers and brilliant colors. I made a sparkly flower card for Mother’s Day, but this card could easily be transformed into a thank you, birthday, or just a general hello card with a switch of the sentiment.
Die cutting and glitter are really popular right now, and I found another way to achieve those looks, especially if you are in a hurry. I found some gorgeous glittery paper from Michael’s, and I used my Martha Stewart flower punch to create a glittery die cut look without sprinkling any glitter. I also used my Spellbenders floral ovals dies to help create the sentiment.
The glitter stays put and you get a dramatic statement for your card. The nice thing about using glitter is that the rest of your card can be pretty simple since the main attraction is that glittery element.
Last, but not least, I used silver embossing to create the sentiment and the hearts. I die cute the hearts using my Big Shot, and then double embossed the hearts using Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. I just used my tweezers and embossed the heart once and the let it cool and them embossed it again to get a more textured raised look to the cardstock heart. You could also temporarily adhere the hearts to cardboard and emboss that way so the hearts don’t move on you. I couldn’t resist adding a bit more bling and adhered two jewels to the hearts.
QUICK TIP: When double embossing make sure the embossing has time to dry. If you touch it too soon you will smudge and crease the embossed area and it will ruin the nice smooth image. This was part of the reason why I added the jewels. I learned this the hard way. Although I will say it was a happy accident. 🙂
I used a pre-made 5X& notecard, but you could easily use any notecard or create your own notecard using cardstock and the Martha Stewart Score board. I love using floral designs in my cards and they add a touch of elegance to any project. Give it a try!