SSS July 2016 Card Kit Card # 7 & 8

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Here’s the last of the cards I made from the Simon Says Stamp Kit of the Month!

Here’s a list of supplies:

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of The Month JULY 2016 HANDWRITTEN FLORAL GREETINGS CK716

Card #7:

Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF-82
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad DRIED MARIGOLD Ranger TIM21438

Card #8:

Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark VM-001
Hero Arts WHITE EMBOSSING POWDER PW110 Emboss
Hero Arts EMBOSS CLEAR  EMBOSSING POWDER PW104
Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF-82
Martha Stewart BEETLE BLACK 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint 32082
Loew Cornell WATERCOLOR CAKES Simply Art 36 Paint 1021095 (Similar in price to what I used)
ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker 025320

A video will be up in a bit explaining how I made these cards. Make sure to subscribe to us on YouTube! Thank you for stopping by!

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SSS July 2016 Card Kit Card #4

Here’s the most recent card I’ve made using some of the supplies from the Simon Says Stamp July 2016 Card Kit.

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Most of the stamping on this card was done using Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels. It’s super easy to do and the results are awesome! If you would like to see this technique done in a video then make sure to subscribe to us on YouTube. This video will be up in a few days to a week.

Here’s a list of supplies used:

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of The Month JULY 2016 HANDWRITTEN FLORAL GREETINGS CK716
Prima Flowers ARTIST QUALITY OIL PASTEL CRAYONS 814328
Simon Says Clear Stamps CHOOSE HAPPY SSS101617 Reason To Smile

That’s all the supplies! I used mostly what was in the kit except I used a sentiment from the Choose Happy stamp set and used the oil pastels for the stamping rather than an ink.

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SSS July 2016 Card Kit Card #3

As promised, here is the last Birthday Card I made using the Simon Says Stamp July 2016 Card Kit.

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If you would like to see this card close up, you will want to visit my YouTube channel because I have a video going up of the making of this card right now!

Here’s a list of supplies used:

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of The Month JULY 2016 HANDWRITTEN FLORAL GREETINGS CK716

Silver Embossing Powder
Hero Arts EMBOSS SILVER  EMBOSSING POWDER PW101

Versamark

Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark VM-001

Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels

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Simon Says Stamp Birthday Celebration Stamp Set

Simon Says Clear Stamps BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION SSS101538

That’s pretty much it! I really tried to stay with mostly using items that were included in the kit.I will continue to try to mostly use the items that are in the kit as well. I think it shows how versatile it really is. There were some great sentiments in the kit but I really needed Birthday Cards and it was lacking a Birthday Sentiment. Luckily I had other sets on had with some nice birthday greeting and most cardmakers have at least one set like this laying around.

The technique I did here can also easily be done with a different embossing powder color and other watercolor mediums. You can use white embossing powder and watercolor pencils or even black embossing powder and zig clean color real brush markers. Just use what you have! Thank you for stopping by my blog and I will be back soon.

“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!

Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels Review and Techniques

I recently ordered some Prima items and among them were the Water Soluble Oil Pastels. Since one of the boxes came dented up I decided I would keep that one for myself (since the contents were likely damaged- and they were) and write a review about it. 



These pastels come in a box of 24 and retail for $20.00. Simon Says Stamp sells them. We also sell them but by the time this blog post goes up we’ll probably only have a couple left



Once I opened my box I got right to work seeing what these worked well for and maybe not so well for. 



First technique was general coloring. The pastels are very creamy and would even draw on the tip of my finger. I tried scribbling on a thin sheet of non primed paper and it easily took the pastel. I added some water with my paint brush and it easily made the numbers I had written disappear. They are very soluble even on a non primed surface. 



Second technique was mixing with a gel medium. I chopped off the end of one of the pastels with my palette knife and smashed it into some Prima 3D Gloss Gel Medium . It’s not as creamy as a gelato so it took quite a bit of smashing to get it mixed in. I used the red color and you can see the result of me applying it through a star stencil on the picture below on the right. 

On the left side of the picture you will notice some light green dots over a purple wash of color. The purple wash of color was added on top of some dried Prima 3D Gloss Gel to see how it would react. I wanted to see if the water soluble oil pastels would stay on that medium or if it would act as a resist. It dried and stayed on it just fine. Then I was able to scribble the oil pastel on a non porous surface and mix in some Liquitex Gloss Gel Medium to create another colorful mixture to put through a stencil. This blended much easier than chopping off the end of a pastel. 



For my next technique I thought it would be fun to see how they worked on enhancing texture. I added some Golden Molding Paste to my journal and dried it with a heat tool to create some bubbles and get a lunar type of texture. Then I lightly scribbled on top of the texture, squirted some water on it, and blended it out with my finger. Here’s the effect: 

It really gets into all of those small nooks and crannies and really accentuates the texture! 
 
Next I wanted to see how these worked for stamping. This one of my favorite techniques with these pastels and it’s enough to make me happy to own them! All you do is scribble on the back of a stamp and give it a few mists of water and stamp down. You can then use a waterbrush to draw some of the color from the edges to the inside or even grab color directly from the oil pastel to add to your image. Here’s how it came out on 140 lb watercolor cardstock using a photopolymer stamp: 
 
Lastly I tried it on a rubber stamp with 3 different colors to see what would happen and that came out nice too. Here’s what that looked like with a woodgrain stamp: 
 

If you like these techniques then I definitely recommend checking out the Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels



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Here’s a video I put together showing all of these techniques in action! 


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!

Dreamboat Valentine’s Card with Avery Elle Stamps

I had so much fun creating this card and making up techniques as I went along!

This card features the new Stamp set, Dreamboat, by Avery Elle. Remember, our Avery Elle products are currently Buy One, Get One 35% off! You can even mix and match with Memory Box Co. Dies!

On to the card!

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Aren’t they so cute!?

Here’s what I used:

Dreamboat Stamp Set by Avery Elle

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Tim Holtz Distress Markers

Waterbrush

140lb Watercolor Paper 

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Versamagic Black Ink

Teresa Collins Heart Sequins ( Old pack I found at a craft fair. Didn’t see it online)

Lawn Fawn paper from Let’s Polka Mon Amie

The video of making this card will go live tomorrow on our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Thanks for stopping by!

Beary Sweet Wishes Valentine’s Card

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This card was so quick and fun to make! I’ll be posting a YouTube Video showing exactly how to do it. Make sure you Subscribe to our Youtube channel so you can watch the video when it goes live on 12/26/15!

Here’s the supplies you will need:

Avery Elle Beary Sweet Wishes Stamp Set  ($8.00. Buy one more stamp set and the second one is 35% off. That’s like getting them for 17.5% off each!)

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers 

140lb Watercolor Cardstock 

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Waterbrush

Red Pigment Ink

Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka In The Dark Paper

See you on the 26th!

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The sale starts NOW and ends at midnight on November 30th!

Contemporary Christmas Tree Card

This is one of those cards that came out completely different than the way I pictured it in my head. Luckily, it came out looking different in a good way!

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I started off by sprinkling some Color Burst in Pthalo Green and Alizarin Crimson on some thick watercolor paper. I spritz that with water and dry it and then repeat. Doing this step two times gives you completely different results than doing just one layer. (Just one more reason Color Bursts are so awesome! )

After my background was done, I buffed some Black Soot Distress Ink through my Angled Trees Stencil using a sponge dauber. This is where I messed up a little. I forgot to heat set the distress ink and it stayed wet and caught some of my sticky embossing powder. Oops!

The Angled Trees Stencil is a Two Step Stencil that you can stack to get extra effects. I stacked the dotted angled tree on top and then patted my Versamark Ink Pad all over it. (If you do this, please be aware that some of the distress ink will transfer to your Versamark ink pad.) You can also use an Emboss It Dabber, which I ended up doing for the star. Then sprinkle some Sticky Embossing Powder by Ranger all over. Now you can heat that until it gets shiny and quickly apply some Fab Foil or Ranger’s Foil Sheets. Make sure to burnish it well and wait for the Sticky Embossing Powder to cool. Then just rip the sheet off. If you are using Fab Foil, it will result in a distressed look like you see on my card. It’s not exactly what I had in mind, but I think it looks cool!

I just adhered my card front to a black card base and called it done. I am going to white emboss my sentiment on the inside of the card. I thought there was enough on the outside of the card that I didn’t want to make it look too busy.

Here’s what the new stencil looks like (It’s only $3.99!)

20151118_134826Here’s what the entire card looks like. The foil looks best from an angle. When you look at it head on, it can appear to be black. 20151119_214020

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