If you’re following my Instagram page you’ll have seen some sneak peeks of my Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit creations. Well, the teasing is over! The video is finally here! You can find it on my YouTube channel or below in this post. I’ll be honest, at first I was at a loss as to what to do with this card kit, but in the end I had a lot of fun with it, and really enjoyed making the cards that I made.
I started my first card by clear heat embossing a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Crafty Friends stamp set onto a piece of Tim Holtz watercolour paper. I then used MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink to stamp the paint tube onto the paper.
I used the water brush pen to first sketch out the shape I wanted to paint using clear water, then started dropping in colour from the Daniel Smith watercolour palette. Once I was happy with the watercolouring and it had dried I used double-sided tape to adhere it to a slate grey card base.
HLS Watercolour Challenge – Anything Goes
I started with an Audrey Blue card base for my second card. I stamped the stitch/cut line using Altenew Lagoon ink to create a pattern across the card base. I also stamped the scissor stamp using the same ink.
I die cut two patterned paper circles from the Echo Park I’d Rather Be Crafting paper pad using Sizzix Circle Framelits. I cut out the centre of the larger circle so that I could use that portion later. I then adhered the orange circle flat to the card base, and popped the patterned circle up with foam tape.
Finally I coated one of the wooden embellishments from the kit with silver pigment ink and adhered it onto the circle using the Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue.
I used the smooshing technique to create a background for my third card, using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide. I dried in between layers and kept adding ink until I was happy with how it looked. I then placed the panel in my MISTI and stamped a sentiment (partially masked off) and two images with the MFT ink. The texture of the paper was making it difficult to get a good impression so I coloured over the inked areas with a black MozArt watercolour pen.
I used the Studio Katia Cupid’s Kiss crystals as the ‘paint blobs’ on the little palette, adhering them into place with Glossy Accents. I then trimmed the smooshed panel down. I used the MFT ink to stamp the diagonal line border stamp onto my slate grey card base, then adhered the smooshed panel on top of it. Finally I added a scattering of more Studio Katia crystals.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Make Your Own Background
Card four is a one layer card using the Banana card stock as a base. I stamped the paint brush, pen and pencil using Lemon Zest, Orange Slush and Watermelon inks repeatedly across about three quarters of the card base. I then used the MFT ink to stamp my sentiment into the top left hand corner. For a bit of added interest I scored lines in between the squares of my pattern.
Time Out Challenges – Hobbies and Optional: One Layer
I kept card five very clean and simple. I stamped several of the stamps onto a card base made from the Burnt Orange card. I then heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.
Crafty Gals Corner – Add A Heart
The House That Stamps Built – Words as Focal Point
I returned to the patterned paper for card number six. I adhered a strip of the camera patterned paper across my card base, then used the wood grain paper in panels above and below it to finish covering the card front. I gold heat embossed a sentiment onto the wood grain paper, and topped the card with another wooden embellishment. This one I coloured up with a bronze ink pad, and backed with a piece of vellum.
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Use Patterned Paper
Uniko Challenge – Something Old, Something New (Old – the ink used on the wooden camera, new – everything else!)
Card seven also uses a lot of patterned paper. I chose the square patterned paper as my base panel on top of my Audrey Blue card base. I used squares of dotty paper for my image panels, stamped the images onto them with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, then matted them onto some orange paper. I used the same orange paper as a strip for my sentiment. I used double-sided tape to adhere everything together.
Sketch Saturday – Sketch
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
I used three die cut circles to highlight my elements on card eight. First I gold heat embossed the thanks sentiment on black card stock and popped it up on foam squares across my middle circle. I embellished each of the other two circles with a wooden embellishment coloured with gold pigment ink.
CAS-ual Fridays – Sketch
HLS Anything Goes With Dies Challenge – Use Dies
I white heat embossed the thanks sentiment onto a panel of blue paper and matted it with some of the woodgrain paper. I then adhered a narrow strip of coordinating blue and white letter patterned paper to the left hand side of my card base, completing the right hand side with a type writer patterned paper. I used a long, narrow snippet of woodgrain paper to cover the join between the papers, then added the thanks sentiment.
Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Use Snippets
YNS Sketch and Color Challenge – Sketch
My final card uses a pink patterned paper as a base panel. I then created a banner strip with two other card bases and adhered them into place. I fussy cut a camera from the camera patterned paper and popped it up on foam squares to a circle of vellum which I had embossed with the Tim Holtz Gridlock Embossing Folder.
Digi Choosday – Anything Goes
As I said at the beginning of this post, I initially drew a bit of a blank with this card kit. Once the ideas started flowing though it was a lot of fun! I really enjoyed making card number 1 and 3. 9 and 7 are also amongst my favourites. I’d love to hear which you like best!