Hello Sunshine – SSS Hopping Along Card Kit

On Friday I spent some time playing around with the Mod Flower background stamp that came in the Hopping Along card kit from Simon Says Stamp. It’s my first background stamp and I had a few different ideas for it that I wanted to try out.

I made three similar but different versions – all were clear heat embossed, two onto watercolour paper and one directly onto a card base, and coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. I ink blended over the card base and added some water splatter for interest. For one of the watercolour panels I used the ink smooshing technique, drying between layers to build up some texture. And for the other I loosely watercoloured, first adding water to each of the areas I wanted colour, then using a paint brush to drop colour in to the wet area and allowing it to spread as it would.

Once they were done I set them all aside to dry. Today I finally got around to making a completed card with one of them, and I decided to use the smooshed version. I picked out a bright orange card base (husband was very helpful in choosing the colour!) to go with it, and cut the floral panel to the same width as the card base. I then took one of the scallop dies from Pink and Main’s Scallop Wave Dies and cut away the bottom third or so. I also used a circle die to cut a window in the panel.

Using the floral panel as a guide I stamped one of the sentiments from the Simon Says Stamp Easter Greetings stamp set, which also came in the kit, directly onto the card base and heat embossed it in white. I took another of the sentiments as well as the solid rabbit stamp and white heat embossed them onto a snippet of yellow. I then cut each down to create a couple of banners.

I used foam tape to adhere the yellow banners to the floral panel, then more foam tape on the back of the floral panel to adhere it to the card base. As a final touch I took the bottom third of the floral panel and adhered it on the inside of the card.

I really like this card. It’s so bright and happy! I wanted to make something that would highlight the lovely floral background stamp and I do feel like I managed to do that. The smooshing technique added some great texture and interest to the panel. The sentiments seem to fit nicely with the card. I did wonder if the rabbit might seem like a bit of an afterthought, but actually it ties in nicely.


Lady Joyful

Challenges included:

Addicted to Stamps and More – Holiday

CAS Mix Up – Stamping, Smooshing and Your Choice (I chose heat embossing)

Inkspirational – Watercolour Smooshing

MFT Sketch Challenge – Sketch/Layout

The Flower Challenge – Flowers and Anything Goes

Uniko Challenge – Spring and Optional: Easter



32 thoughts on “Hello Sunshine – SSS Hopping Along Card Kit

      1. Oh, thank you 😀 I’ll read pretty much anything, depending on my mood. Preferably not Mills and Boon-esque romance though… I am fond of fantasy stories though. My novel (that’s been about 80% written for several years now…) is Arabian night’s inspired fantasy.

        Liked by 1 person

  1. This is truly a joyful card, Charlotte! Love how you’ve smooshed over the embossed background and made an aperture! So pretty! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This is so beautiful, Charlotte. And it really is a happy card. LOVE the emboss resist with smooshing … great combination of techniques. The yellow banners add even more brightness and fun. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. So, so gorgeous!!! love this cards, so beautiful in one of my favorite shades of distress inks, Spiced Marmalade. You made me change my mind about background stamps, this one you used for your cards is lovely.
    Thank you for sharing over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, hope you join us again next time.
    Maria Rodriguez.DT

    Liked by 1 person

  4. The stamp is adorable your coloring technique so lovely
    I love the cutting area too
    the bunny as banner is sweeett
    Lovely orange Easter card
    Many thanks for joining with us this time at ATSM
    Monika (DT at ATSM)

    Liked by 1 person

  5. This is so beautiful….love all that gorgeous orange and your floral design is amazing! Thank you so much for playing along with us at ATSM!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.