SSS July 2016 Card Kit Card #2

Here’s my second birthday card that I made using mostly the items that were provided in the Simon Says Stamp July 2016 Card Kit.

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I started this card off using a piece of 4.25 x 5.5″  120 lb white cardstock that was cut down from a 8.5 x 11″ piece that was included in the kit. These are a nice heavy weight cardstock and they take ink very nicely. They are also super smooth. I was again very impressed with the Simon Says Stamp paper.

I inked up the cardstock using Salty Ocean Distress Ink, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and the included Hybrid Ink in Slate Grey. Ink it in this order too. Ending with the darkest color just on the edges of the paper. I used a Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool to get this effect. Dry the cardstock completely with a heat tool or leave it to dry. You need the cardstock bone dry so the next step works the best.

Now you will ink up some of the solid image stamps from the Handwritten Floral Greetings Stamp Set using Versamark ink and stamp them to create a frame. Heat emboss them with white embossing powder. Don’t forget to use an anti-static powder tool before you do this!

Here’s where the magic happens! Now we will color over the white embossed images with alcohol markers. I used Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers to do this, but you can use Copics, BIC, Sharpie, or whatever alcohol based markers you have. This technique will not work with any other kind of medium since we’re essentially coloring on top of enamel. This creates these beautifully vibrant images on your card and it’s a really fun technique!

Lastly, I stamped using one of my all time favorite stamp sets (Seriously, I find myself reaching for this one over and over again!) Handwritten Notes by Avery Elle. The “Happy Birthday To You” stamp was all in one line but all I had to do was selectively ink what I wanted on each line. Looking at the card now I wish I was a little more particular and slid the “To You” over to the left a little bit, but it still came out nice.

I hope you give this technique a try and I’ll be back very soon with another Birthday Card using the July 2016 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit.

To subscribe to the card kit for $24.95 a month, just click the link below.
Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month 2016 SUBSCRIPTION JULY START DATE

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SSS July 2016 Card Kit Card #1

Today I’m sharing the first of 3 birthday cards that I have already made using this card kit. It tried to stick to mostly what was included in the kit and use only a little bit of my supplies I already had on hand.

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This was the quickest of all of the cards I made and I just made it up as I went along. I started with one of the beautiful patterned papers from the kit and ink blending the border and the flowers using a Judikins Color Duster. I used various yellow inks including the one hybrid ink that was in the kit along with some distress ink. 

The sentiments that came in the Handwritten Floral Greetings Stamp Set were all nice but I specifically needed Birthday Cards so I used my stamp from the Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings stamp set. I embossed that on some black cardstock using versamark and white embossing powder. Don’t forget to run an anti static tool over the paper before embossing!

I layered that on top of some vellum and taped it down to the card front. I added some glass domes to the top left corner to finish it off. Glass domes are also sold by Pretty Pink Posh under the name Clear Droplets. Mine are just a little larger than theirs. I mounted the card front onto Simon Says Stamp Slate Cardstock that I turned into a card base by cutting it at 5.5″ and scoring it at 4.25″. If you haven’t used Simon Says Stamp Cardsstock before, I definitely recommend you give it a try. I was super happy with how heavy weight it was and it made me realize I’ve been making some very “light” card bases. It made it feel much nicer.

That’s it for today! I will be back really soon with another birthday card I made using this month’s Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. Thank you for stopping by!

 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month 2016 SUBSCRIPTION JULY START DATE

Making 3-D Flowers for a Card

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This card was pretty time consuming, but I’m very happy with how it came out. I have a video on youtube of the making of this card if you are curious how it was made.

Here’s a list of supplies:

Spellbinders Rose Creations Die Set
S5-050 Spellbinders ROSE CREATIONS Dies
140 Lb Watercolor Cardstock

Ranger Non-Stick Craft Mat
Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677
Adirondack Color Wash by Ranger in Purple Twilight and Wild Plum
           
Spray Bottle for Water ( not used, but recommended)
Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414

Distress Stain in Mowed Lawn
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stain MOWED LAWN Ranger TDW36159
Ken Oliver Color Burst in Pthalo Green

Smooch Spritz in Mixed Berries

Luster Mica Powder in Hawaiian Orchid

McGill Paper Blossom Tool Kit

McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat

Mariposa Matstack by DCWV

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Tim Holtz Cling Stamp Set Phrases 1 ( I couldn’t find my stamp set since it’s old, but I found one with this same stamp)
Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps WAY WITH WORDS cms165
Glossy Accents in a syringe (worked great to control the flow of glue!)
Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042

Black Brads (from a local craft store)

Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets OR Glass Dome Seals from http://www.8seasons.com. The ones I used are actually 10mm and 15mm, so they are much larger than the Pretty Pink Posh ones. 8seasons.com is overseas and the shipping is not usually worth it unless you place a large order. The 10mm Glass Domes are only $2.83 for 100. The 15mm Glass Domes are $2.83 for 50. If you click the pictures below you can get 200-225 4mm clear droplets for $3.00 or 75-100 6mm clear droplets for $3.00. Not a bad deal.
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM CLEAR DROPLETS (small)Pretty Pink Posh 6MM CLEAR DROPLETS (medium)
ATG Gun
3M Scotch PINK ATG ADVANCED TAPE GLIDER 1/4 Inch Adhesive Glue Gun
Sizzix Big Shot

Card Bases and Envelopes
DoCrafts CREAM A6 Cards & Envelopes 150101

Crazy About You Card – Foiling & Vellum

This card went in a completely different direction than I had sketched out. Originally it was going to have a foiled frame and some 3-D flowers. The frame ended up being too big and then I ended up making it a somewhat masculine card so I decided to not use the purple 3-D flowers I made.

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Here’s a clickable list of Supplies I used:

Black Coredinations Cardstock

Core'Dinations HOCUS POCUS 4.25 x 5.5 Black Magic Cardstock 80lb 40 Sheets

White Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp WHITE CARDSTOCK 120 LB Base Weight 12 Pack

Vellum
Bazzill 40 LB VELLUM 8.5 x 11 White 25 Sheets

Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SALTY OCEAN Ranger Summer TIM35015

Dots Embossing Folder
Sizzix DOTS 7 Embossing Folder Textured Impressions 660405

Rose Gold Cord (This was in a 3 pack that I got from Michael’s)

Simply Said: Crazy Stamp Set by Avery Elle
Avery Elle Clear Stamps SIMPLY SAID CRAZY Set 023413

Also currently available in our store for $6.00

Stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento TUXEDO BLACK INK PAD Full Size me-900

Rose Gold  MINC Foil
Heidi Swapp ROSE GOLD MINC 6 Inch Reactive Foil Roll 312104

Applied using the Heidi Swapp MINC Mini Machine (Click picture for this bundle on Amazon)

Flower Embellishment that was foiled is from the Anna Griffin Minc Bundle. We were selling them and we sold out and won’t be getting any more. Here’s a link to that bundle:

There’s also some floral elements sold in this bundle if you already have the machine:

Here’s what the flower looks like at an angle so you can see the shine of the foil

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I also added this little heart on the inside using an old Sizzix die to die cut some Toner Paper. The arrow was from the pieces that came in the Heidi Swapp Minc Mini Set. I didn’t have my heat on the machine turned up enough so I was left with some black spots.

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That’s it for today! Make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel so you can see the video of making this card when it goes live. Thank you for stopping by!

Laser Cut Stencils -20 Designs Available!

I’ve been making stencils for well over a year now. I will get into a creative roll and then get stuck in a rut. Lately I’ve added 3 new stencils and one old one for a total of 20 different stencils. I will try to continue making more and let you know when I have a bundle of them ready. The best selling stencils are the Pretty Face and Pretty Lady stencil. these are very helpful for adding a face to your art journal. I favor background stencils to use with my cards. If there’s something you are looking for, let me know and I might be able to design it!

To buy a stencil just click on the picture below and it will take you to the auction. To see all of them on one page, just click here!

I should also mention all of our stencils are 4.25 x 5.5″ and they are $3.99. We have a store wide sale of 25% off right now so the stencils are just $2.99. That’s a great deal for a plastic laser cut stencil!

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Chain Link Stencil

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Omega Abstract

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Snowflakes (includes masks)

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Rectangle Flow

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Moroccan Tile

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Arrows

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Large Mesh

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Small Mesh

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Abstract Flower Background

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Flower #2

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Barcodes

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Pretty Face

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Pretty Lady

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Floral Frame

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Scalene Trapezoid

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Herringbone

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Scallops

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Pinwheel

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Quilted

There’s all of the stencils for now. Hopefully you found something you like!

“Stronger” Orchid Encouragement Card

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This card came together after I was left with a beautiful watercolored orchid from my last blog post and video. To see how I made the watercolored image using Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels head over to that blog post.

After cutting out the orchid, from the Stampendous Orchid Greetings Stamp Set, I misted it with some spray mist in a nice light tan color to make the paper look aged and add some shimmer.

I adhered it to a piece of brick patterned paper from Authentique’s “Accomplished” collection. I proceeded to put the orchid image on my background paper with the bricks vertical rather than horizontal (oops!). I didn’t realize this until the very end when I was looking at my card and by then it was too late to remove anything. We’ll just pretend I was trying to be edgy and different!

The sentiment is from a 12×12″ piece of paper that is supposed to look like newspaper ads but has all these awesome sayings. It says “Everyday Moments” at the top. Sadly I threw away the strip with the information and I have no idea who makes it or where I bought it from. I think I may have got just this single piece of paper at one of my local scrapbook stores so who knows what company it was (sorry!). I popped that up with some thin foam tape for a tiny bit of dimension. I sprayed this cardstock with the light tan spray mist to match the background of the orchid.

Lastly, I inked the edges with some Donna Salazar Mix’d Media Inx in the color “Vintage”. These inks are by Colorbox and they are sooooo juicy! I don’t really ever see them for sale at the online craft stores or brick and mortar stores but they are really nice. I was able to find this color and many others on Amazon though.

I always forget to make encouragement cards for my stash so I am glad I have one ready to go now. When you have a friend in need you want to be there for them right away and that means no time to make a card. Now I’ll be ready the next time I need a card for this. Even if it’s just a friend trying to get a raise or save money! It doesn’t always have to be a sad situation to get a card like this.

Thank you for stopping by!

We’re Expecting Card with Authentique Classique Pretty

This card was a quick one and it showcases some gorgeous papers by Authentique! The papers I used on this card are all from the Classique: Pretty set. We have them for sale on our e-bay store right now. The set we have usually retails for $30.40 but after the already discounted price along with the extra 25% off we have running right now, it’s just $15.75 which is almost 50% off! 

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To make the letters on the front that say “We’re Expecting” I used the Amperzand font and cut them out of the Authentique paper using my Silhouette Cameo 2. The inside of the card says “a Baby Girl”. I popped the front of the card up using some adhesive fun foam so when the card gets squished going through the mail you won’t see the outlines of foam tape. Such a cool little trick!

This card came together pretty quick and I’m excited for more of my family members to know about our little bundle of joy that’s on the way! Thank you for stopping by.

Thankful Avery Elle & Authentique Card

This card was quick, easy and fun to make! I pulled out some pieces I had previously cut on my Silhouette Cameo 2 and this card was born.

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The Authentique Papers are from Classique: Pretty 

The Avery Elle Stamp Set is called Handwritten Notes. I love this stamp set because it has the tiny arrows with words to add as if you were writing it and wanted to add something extra. All of the sentiments are long and horizontal but you can stack them like I did by just inking up the area you want to stamp.

This is what the stamp set looks like:
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I used Versamark embossing ink and some brassy gold embossing powder to make the sentiment really pop.

As always, thank you for stopping by!

Lawn Fawn Mom + Me Mother’s Day Card

Here’s a card I made last night for my Mom. This card took me about 35 minutes which is a good time frame in my opinion. There’s times that a card can take me over an hour to complete. This one hit that sweet spot where there’s still coloring and detail but it didn’t take me an astronomical amount of time to complete. A list of supplies will be listed below the pictures.

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Here’s the clickable list of supplies I used:

•Lawn Fawn Mom + Me Stamp Set (25% off in our store right now!) Also available at Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
Lawn Fawn MOM AND ME Clear Stamps LF1134

• Lawn Fawn Celebration Scripty Sayings (for inside sentiment) (25% off in our store!). Also available at Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.

Lawn Fawn CELEBRATION SCRIPTY SAYINGS Clear Stamps LF1059

• Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Paper (discounted in our store as a set) . Also available as a set from Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
Lawn Fawn PERFECTLY PLAID 12 x 12 Collection Pack LF1115

• Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
Zig CLEAN COLOR 12 set Real Brush RB-6000AT

• Water Brush from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
Sakura KOI MEDIUM WATERBRUSH Water Brush Watercolor #6 xqr-m

• Staedtler Ergosoft Watercolor Pencils from Amazon by clicking the picture below.

•Colorbox Petal Point Pinwheel for the Purple and Blue inks used on the front and inside sentiment from Amazon by clicking the picture below.

• Colorbox Cateye Ink in Brown for the Tree Trunk from Amazon by clicking the picture below.

• Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain used on the owl stamp from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WALNUT STAIN Ranger TIM19534

• 140 pound watercolor cardstock from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below. (Also a great item to buy with a coupon at Michael’s)
Strathmore WATERCOLOR PAPER PAD 9x12 Bound 360109

• Scotch ATG Gun to adhere everything firmly and securely from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below.
3M Scotch PINK ATG ADVANCED TAPE GLIDER 1/4 Inch Adhesive Glue Gun

• Card Bases and Envelopes to make assembly and sending easy from Amazon or Simon Says Stamp by clicking the picture below. (Tip: I also like to buy the bulk sets at Hobby Lobby with a coupon!)
Core'dination WHITE Smooth A2 Cards And Envelopes GX800079

That completes the list of necessary supplies. This card came together so nicely and I had a lot of fun making it. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel so you can see the making of this card when the video is posted! Thank you for stopping by!

We’re Expecting a Baby Girl Card #2

Here’s the second card I made to announce to family in other states that we’re having our first baby! This card came so naturally to me. I find that I have the most fun making card with spray inks and using my fingers. If it leaves my hands messy then I probably had that much more fun making it!

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Here’s a list of the supplies I used:

Cardstock Stencil made using Amperzand Font on Silhouette Cameo 2  traced with Fude Ball Pen 

Ken Oliver Color Bursts in Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine Blue

Luster Mica Spray Mist ( I stopped selling these due to the time they take to make. I still have the powders and bottles available if you are interested. I can post them for sale.)

Floral Frame Stencil used with Distress Paint in Spun Sugar , Gel Medium mixed with Mica Powder, and Silks Acrylics. (apply using a palette knife)

Tim Holtz Dot Fade Stencil used with Inka Gold in Champagne. (rub with your finger. Such a fun effect!)

I thoroughly enjoy making mixed media cards. I hope you give this one a try! Remember, subscribe to us on YouTube so you can get notified when the video for this card goes live!

Many of these products can be purchased at Simon Says Stamp as well as our e-bay store.