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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit - Let's Celebrate

Hey folks!

I am over the moon excited about the September 2015 Card Kit by Simon Says Stamp. Not only does it feature my most favorite Simon Says colors, but it just has Fabulous (yes, capital "F") written all over it! I'll be honest, it's a rare thing when I look at an entire stamp set and can't decide which one to use first. 

If you interested in any of the products I've used, I will have thumbnail links for you at the end of the post!

I'm a sucker for any stamp set I can color in. I'm a five year old at heart (Ha! Who am I kidding? I'm just a five year old. Period) and I LOVE to color. It's even better when the images are big. The Balloons in this set are just that, and although I plan on stamping them in ink at some point, my first card just had to be watercolored. I like to stick to the Card Kit colors so I went with Ranger Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass was a close match for Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue. 

I love, love, love the Balloons, but I also really dig all of the little images in the set too. I stamped a few of those in Hero Arts Black Ink and then heat embossed the Balloons with Versamark Ink and Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder. I used the same Embossing Powder for the Sentiment from the set on a strip of Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock. 

I masked off the Balloons with Inkadinkado Stamp Masking Paper because I wanted to try something different. Well, different for me anyway. I added some Ranger Distress Paint in Black Soot on to my Craft Sheet and mixed in some water. Then I loaded up my Watercolor Brush and tapped it off on to my card. 

The final touches when I assembled the card, were a strip of Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock, DCWV Fold Foil Cardstock and a few Craft Medley Sequins. Done. Easy Peasy.

Can NOT wait to play with this kit some more. Don't forget peep, Simon Says Stamp Stamptember Release is September 1st! Also, Lawn Fawn recently had one as well and they are so cute, I can't stand it! Follow the link below to check out Lawn Fawn's new goodies, if you haven't already. 

Until next time

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Clearly Besotted and Kraft Coloring

Hey folks!

I shared a card I made, not too long ago, where I used the Rose from the Clearly Besotted Happy Everything Set. The other stamp in the set has been sitting there on my desk staring at me. Well, maybe not, but ya know. 

So, I thought this would be a good time to try out something I've been wanting to do for awhile. None of these techniques are new by any means, but what I really really enjoyed about making these cards was seeing how each one came out on my own. 

If you're interested in any of the products I've used, I will have links for you throughout the post!

Jennifer McGuire and more recently, Sandy Allnock are two that I can think of off the top of my head that have done Copic Coloring on Kraft Cardstock. I started there, but I wanted to try out a couple of other mediums while I was at it. Nothing big or spectacular, but groovy nonetheless.

I stamped the images on Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock in Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink. After the ink was dry, I simply colored it in with Copic markers, just like I would have done on white cardstock. 

To make the Patterned Strip down the side of the card, I taped off a panel of Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock and using an Ranger Ink Mini Blending Tool, I first went over the sections with Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink. After that dried, I went over the sections of white with Simon Says Stamp Ink in Hollyhock and Green Leaf. There are also tiny sections of Delicata Golden Glitz Metallic Pigment Ink.  

Next, I wanted to try out my Prisma Colored Pencils on Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock. This time, I stamped the images in Hero Arts Black Ink. To blend the pencils, I used a Dove Blender Pen.

I changed it up a bit on the patterned paper for this one as well. Again, I used Simon Says Stamp Ink in Hollyhock and Green Leaf, but I also used Sunshine Yellow and Slate Gray.

For this one, I broke out the Derwent Inktense Pencils and used the Dove Blender Pen again. Instead of  stamping in Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink, I first heat embossed the images with Versamark Ink and Simon Says Stamp White Embossing Powder. I was surprised at how light the Inktense Pencils turned out compared to the regular Colored Pencils. 

All three of the above cards have a strip of DCWV Gold Foiled Cardstock.

After doing three cards in Kraft Cardstock, I wanted to do one more, but on Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock.

I went back to the Hero Arts Black Ink and stayed with the Derwent Inktense Pencils. I switched up the colors a lil bit, but I still used the Dove Blender Pen. 

For the patterned strip at the bottom of this card, I taped off a piece of Neenah White Cardstock with Post-It Labeling Tape and used Simon Says Stamp Ink in Hollyhock, Green Leaf, Sunshine Yellow and Black with my Ranger Ink Mini Blending Tool. I also added a thin strip of Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock

No card is complete with out a good ol' fashioned coat of Clear Wink of Stella and because I really really need to break down and order more sequins, I once again used Marshmallow Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh

These were really fun and it's definitely something I will do again. In fact, I'm a thinkin this would be a great start for Fall themed cards. I hope you enjoy!

Until next time!