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.


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.

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Everything is S’MORE fun with you!

Everything is S'MORE fun with you!

I wish I had noticed that this picture was blurry, but I was in a rush! I always seem to wait until the last minute to make cards. OOPS! For this card, I decided to use a few of the products that we sell in the store. The paper is the new “Adventure” collection from Authentique (which still needs to be posted for sale). I just love that tent! The sentiment and the cute little s’more is from Lawn Fawn’s “Love you S’more” set (Click the photo to purchase in my E-Bay store for the discounted rate of $13.50!). It has so many adorable stamps. I was using a demo set, so I just used the ones that came in that set. This was a quick and easy card to put together and it still let my Dad feel special for Father’s Day. I thought it pertained well to him since he used to take us camping a lot when we were little. Thanks for stopping by!


12 Tags of 2014- March

12 Tags of 2014- March

Here is my tag for March. I might start trying to play along with the 12 tags of 2014, but I am not sure that I will have enough time. Anyways, I used the awesome new Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer with my Heidi Swapp Honeycomb stencil. The gradient was an after thought, so that is why it doesn’t look that great. I plan on re-doing this tag better tomorrow. I just created it as I went along and I think it came out pretty decent for not being pre-planned!

Military Themed Father’s Day Card

My Dad has always been fascinated with Military stuff. You name it and he probably likes it. Tanks, Planes, Ships, Submarines, Helicopters, Machine Guns, Anti-Tank Gunners, Missiles, etc. He has never served but he has always shown an interest in all things Military. I remember him taking my sister and I to these military museums when we were little. I got to see helicopters, crawl around in tanks and move the turret, and I even saw (and heard and FELT) them fire up one of those old silver colored war planes out at Falcon Field in Arizona. I capitalize “felt” because the strong winds of the propellers chucked sand and rocks and it hurt!

Every time Father’s Day has come around in the past I have rummaged through the card aisle in the grocery store hoping and wishing I could find a cool Father’s Day card that didn’t have something to do with Fishing, Hunting, Ducks, or Sailboats. I would always end up picking the sailboat cards since that was something he likes as well. I was never excited to give him his card and it never really bothered me that much since I felt I did the best I could. I’m so happy that I got into card making, so this year I get to give him a card that he will think is cool! My dad is one-of-a-kind and that is the type of card he deserves!

Now, before you look at this card, remember I am new to all of this crafty wonderfullness. I also decided to play around with some mediums I have never tried before. I think if I had more military themed items I could have done this card a little better, but I think it’s pretty cool considering what I had to work with!

Here it is:

Can you guess which side is my Dad’s team?! LOL. The brown army men are surrendering! I had a lot of fun making this and learning new techniques along the way. For instance, I used “modeling paste” to make the mountains. I just put my finger in the jar and used a quick patting motion to put it on my chipboard that was prepped with white acrylic paint. After drying it with a heat tool, I went over it using a cosmetic sponge and some “Tea Dye Distress Ink”. I let that dry and then went over that using some “Spanish Copper Rub n’ Buff” using my finger. After I was done with the mountains I used a sponge with “Forest Moss Distress Ink” and filled in where the grass should be. I hadn’t realized until then that I did not cover all of the mountain terrain with the Tea Dye ink. I noticed because the parts that I missed were now a lighter green color. That is just how the Forest Moss reacted with the modeling paste. I figure that was a technique that I unintentionally learned! Luckily, the effect that happened is something I can live with and I think it gives it even more character 🙂

I will be posting a video about this card either later today or tomorrow. I talk about how I made the stream and the rest of the card. F.Y.I. – The army men you see here were from the Dollar Tree and they came in a big pack. I just carefully nipped off the platforms under their feet using my Tonic Studios scissors (LOVE those scissors by the way!).

I hope you like this card and it gives you an idea of what type of card you might want to make for your Dad. I know if I had used a paper pad or done something more traditional it may have looked a little better, but my only focus on this card is to have my Dad open it, smile, and say “Cool!”.

Thanks for stopping by !