Cards, Distress Ink Techniques, Stenciled Background, Thank Yous, Tips and Tricks, Watercolor

Easy Distress Backgrounds (Part 2): Let’s Make Cards

Hello friends. In part 1 of this post I showed how I created six backgrounds using distress inks, markers, and crayons. It’s time to make some cards with these. I kept them pretty simple to show that you don’t need to always make complicated cards (even though I tend to).

For the first set of backgrounds, I started the cutting a piece of Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create the two card bases. I cut the watercolor paper panel down to 4 x 5-1/4″ and left the Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper one 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″.

Watercolor Paper Panel

For this card I decided to make a shaker card. I diecut a stitched rectangle from the center with the Catherine Pooler Scallops & Dots Dies. Then added a piece of acetate and 3M Foam Tape behind it, added some pink, black and white sequins from my stash (I tried to pick flat ones) and adhered the panel to the card. I diecut the sentiment from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and the shadow from Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Cardstock using the Honey Bee Stamps Thanks Die (this is an older die and I don’t think it’s been retired). I finished it off by adding some additional black sequins.

On the inside, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″ and stamped another sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Thanks Thanks Thanks stampset with Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink.

Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper

I diecut the sentiment from the panel using the same die and a second two more from Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Cardstock and stacked them. (If you do this diecut technique make sure to save the pieces from the insides of the letters to add back. I just used put some post it tape over the whole sentiment before popping it out from the panel.) I stamped the rest of the sentiment onto some Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Cardstock with Versamark Ink using the Lawn Fawn Thanks Thanks Thanks stampset, embossed it with WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White Super Fine, and cut it down to 7/16 x 2-5/8″. I finished it off by adding some Tonic Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops.

On the inside, I stamped another sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Thanks Thanks Thanks stampset with Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink.

Dimensions


For the second set of backgrounds, I started the cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create the two card bases. I cut both panels down to 4 x 5-1/4″.

Watercolor Paper Panel

I diecut one set of letters from the Honey Bee Bold Alphabet Dies from Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash Metallic Jewels Kraft Stock (the dark gray or black) and two sets from Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Cardstock and stacked them. I stamped the rest of the sentiment onto some Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Cardstock with Versamark Ink using the Lawn Fawn Thanks Thanks Thanks stampset, embossed it with WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White Super Fine, and cut it down to 1/4 x 3-3/4″. I finished it off by adding some Tonic Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops.

On the inside, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″ and stamped another sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Thanks Thanks Thanks stampset with Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink.

Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper

I started by diecutting the sentiment from the panel using Honey Bee Stamps Thanks Die which turned out to be an epiq fail because I ran it through two times becuase it wasn’t cutting and it shifted so then I had to cover it so I cut a piece of purple metallic cardstock from Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash Metallic Jewels Kraft Stock to 2-1/8 x 4″ and added some Love From Lizi Black GlitterPeel-offs. Then diecut the 2x from Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Cardstock with the Honey Bee Stamps Thanks Die and the shadow from Vellum. Then stamped the rest of the sentiment onto some Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Cardstock with Versamark Ink using the Lawn Fawn Thanks Thanks Thanks stampset, embossed it with WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White Super Fine, and cut it down to 1/4 x 2-3/8″.

On the inside, I stamped another sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Thanks Thanks Thanks stampset with Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink.

Dimensions


For the third set of backgrounds, I started the cutting two pieces of Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstocktock 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create the two card bases. I cut both panels down to 4 x 5-1/4″.

Watercolor Paper Panel

I diecut a scalloped circle (measuring 2-1/2″) from the center with the Stampin’ Up! Layering Circles Dies. (Just a note about these layering circles as well as the other layering dies from SU!. I never thought I would get so much use out of them but I actually have so they kinda paid for themselves by now, And that’s crafty win in my book!).

Then added a piece of acetate and 3M Foam Tape behind it, added the Catherine Pooler {Portland Sequin Mix as well as some larger green sequins from my stash (I tried to pick flat ones) and adhered the panel to the card.

I stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn Thanks Thanks Thanks stampset with Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Ink onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and then die cut it using the coordinating word dies. I also stamped the rest of the sentiment from the same stampset onto some Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock with Versamark Ink, embossed it with WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White Super Fine, and cut it down to 9/16 x 3-3/16″. I finished it off by adding some Tonic Dark Walnut Nuvo Crystal Drops.

On the inside, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″ and stamped another sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Thanks Thanks Thanks stampset with Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Ink. I also added two pieces of the leftover scalloped cirlce from the front.

Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper

I started by stamping the sentiment from Lawn Fawn Thanks Thanks Thanks stampset onto some Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock with Versamark Ink, embossed it with WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White Super Fine, and then die cut it using the coordinating word dies. I stamped the rest of the sentiment onto the card panel with Versamark Ink and embossed it with WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White Super Fine. I finished it off by adding some Tonic Caribbean Ocean Nuvo Crystal Drops.

On the inside, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″ and stamped another sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Thanks Thanks Thanks stampset with Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso Ink.

Dimensions


Supplies

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give these easy cards a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Cards, Distress Ink Techniques, Tips and Tricks, Watercolor

Creating Easy Distress Backgrounds…(Part 1)

Hello friends. I had some fun playing with my distress inks and other products and created several backgrounds. Sometimes it’s nice just to play with mediums and not think too much. I love distress inks because they create cool effects when water or other mediums are combined with them. I ended up with 6 backgrounds I will later turn into cards. Stay tuned for that post…

For these backgrounds I decided to test out the reaction Distress Oxides and Distress Crayons had with water and also salt plus white vinegar. I also tested Cold Press Watercolor Paper and Strathmore Bristol Smooth Multimedia Paper. I was actually surprised at the reaction of the watercolor paper to the salt and vinegar.

For the first set of backgrounds, I started the process by ink blending on both the Cold Press Watercolor Paper and Strathmore Bristol Smooth Multimedia Paper. I used Kitsch Flamingo, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Inks. I sprayed water onto both panels with the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer, let it sit for a few minutes and pat dry with a paper towel.

I then used Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin, and Worn Lipstick Distress Crayons and smeared them with my finger (Tip: Wet your finger a little to smooth). Then sprayed more water again.

Left = Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper; Right = Watercolor Paper

Observations: One thing I noticed is that the distress crayons are much harder to move and blend out on the watercolor paper. They require a lot more water then on the Strathmore Bristol Smooth Multimedia Paper. But the colors look more saturated and vibrant on the watercolor paper.

Once all the ink was dry, I mixed some Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls by Ranger with water and randomly added splashed and went around the edges of one of the panels.

Once all dry, I used the Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz – Ledger Script Stamp with Ranger Archival JET BLACK Ink to both panels. I used the Stampin’ Up! Timeless Textures Rubber Stampset (retired) with Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Inks on the watercolor paper panel and stamped using the Tim Holtz® Stampers Anonymous Wildflower Layering Stencils (THS035) with Ranger Archival JET BLACK Ink on the Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper panel.

Left = Watercolor Paper; Right = Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper

Finished the panels by adding splashes with watered down white Gesso on both and black ink on the watercolor paper panel.


For the second set of backgrounds, I started the process by ink blending on both the Cold Press Watercolor Paper and Strathmore Bristol Smooth Multimedia Paper. I used Scattered Straw, Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Inks. I sprayed water onto both panels with the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer and sprinkled Coarse Salt, let it sit for a few minutes and pat dry with a paper towel and rubbed off the salt. Be very gentle with this because you can tear you paper if it’s still wet.

I then used Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Mustard Seed, and Vintage Photo Distress Crayons and smeared them with my finger (Tip: Wet your finger a little to smooth). I reinked the panels with Mermaid Lagoon and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Inks to brighten them up a bit. Then, added more salt and water to see if it would react again.

Left = Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper; Right = Watercolor Paper

Observations: I didn’t see much of a reaction to the salt on either papers. Not sure if I didn’t leave it on a sufficient amount of time or if only the regular distress inks react to the salt. Again, the distress crayons are much harder to move and blend out on the watercolor paper and the colors are more vibrant on the watercolor paper.

Once all the ink was dry, I mixed some Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder by Ranger with water and randomly added splashed and went around the edges of one of the panels.

I used the Kaisercraft Postmarks Background Stamp with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink and Stampin’ Up! Timeless Textures Rubber Stampset (retired) with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Ink on the Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper panel and Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz – Ledger Script Stamp with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Ink and Tim Holtz® Stampers Anonymous Wildflower Layering Stencils (THS035) with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink on the watercolor paper panel.

Left = Watercolor Paper; Right = Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper

Finished the panels by adding splashes with watered down white Gesso and Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink on both panels.


For the third set of backgrounds, I started the process by ink blending on both the Cold Press Watercolor Paper and Strathmore Bristol Smooth Multimedia Paper. I used Milled Lavender, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire, Cracked Pistachio and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Inks. I sprayed water and white vinegar onto both panels with the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer and sprinkled Iodized Table Salt (fine grain), let it sit for a few minutes and pat dry with a paper towel and gently rubbed off the salt.

Left = Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper; Right = Watercolor Paper

Then I did some ink smooshing with a few of the colors above, added water, white vinegar and salt again and let it sit for a few minutes.

Observations: Again very little reaction to the salt on either papers, But when rubbing off the salt from the watercolor paper panel, some of the areas of the paper pilled and rubbed off. Not a big deal; it just adds to the texture.

Once all the ink was dry, I used some Lindy’s Magical Shakers in Alpine Ice Rose, Magnolia Magenta Gold, and Time Teal Travel with water and added to some areas of the panels.

I used Stampin’ Up! Timeless Textures Rubber Stampset (retired) with Seedless Preserves, and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Inks and the Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz – Ledger Script Stamp with Ranger Archival JET BLACK Ink on the watercolor panel. Then, on the Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper panel, I used the Stampin’ Up! Timeless Textures Rubber Stampset (retired) and the Kaisercraft Postmarks Background Stamp with Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Inks and the Tim Holtz® Stampers Anonymous Wildflower Layering Stencils (THS035) with Ranger Archival JET BLACK Ink.

Left = Watercolor Paper; Right = Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper

Finished the panels by adding splashes with watered down white Gesso and black ink on on both panels.

Stay tuned for another post creating some quick and easy cards with these panels in the near future.


Supplies

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give these backgrounds a try for yourself. They are lots of fun to make! Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Cards, Distress Ink Techniques, Emboss Resist, Encouragement, Hello, Just Because, Love & Friendship, Spring

A Quick Emboss Resist Background Featuring Catherine Pooler Designs Bloomin’ Wellies

Hi friends. I don;t know about you but I love a cute pair of wellies! And this stampset from Catherine Pooler Designs, Bloomin’ Wellies, is adorable. For this card I tried creating a completely covered distress resist background but I didn’t like it in the end so I diecut it into a circle and I think this works so much better. So if you make a background and you don’t quite love it, use only a portion of it and that usually solves the problem.

I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base and a top panel to 4 x 5-1/4″ (which will get diecut later). I used Versamark Ink to stamp the rain drops from the Catherine Pooler Designs Pitter Patterns Stamp Set, added some WOW Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder and heat set it. Then I used Ranger Tim Holtz Broken China Distress and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks and water to create a watercolored background.

I set that aside to dry and stamped the wellies image from Catherine Pooler Designs Bloomin’ Wellies stampset onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink. I also stamped additional flowers from the stampset which matched the ones in this wellies pair. Then colored it with Copic Markers. I used RV 63 + RV55 + RV66 for the wellies, YR31 + YR23 for the polka dots, YG25 +YG17 + YG67 for the leaves, BV17 + BV13, BG45 +BG05, RV52 + RV63, and YR16 + YR07 for the flowers. I diecut it with the Bloomin’ Wellies Dies.

I diecut the background panel with a 3-3/4″ circle with the Sizzix Framelits Die Set and another from Simon Says Stamp BLACK 100# 8-1/2 x 11″ Card Stock and adhered both to the card base. I adhered the wellies and additional flowers to the card, using some Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop them up.

I stamped a sentiment from Catherine Pooler Designs Bloomin’ Wellies stampset onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink and fussycut it out before adhering it to the card. I finished it off by adding some sequins from the Catherine Pooler Designs Porland Sequin Mix.

I left the inside of the card blank.

Dimensions


Supplies

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Distress Ink Techniques, Easter, Holidays 2020, Multimedia, Tags

Distressed Easter Tags featuring Simon Says Stamp’s Hello Easter Stampset

Happy Saturday friends! Hope you are all doing well and are safe. To go along with the cards in my previous post using the Hello Easter stampset from Simon Says Stamp, I decided to make some multimedia tags. I also dug up some items from my stash that I forgot I had (yeah that’s how old they are. LOL, Anyone else have this problem?) to use on the tags.

For the first tag, I started by adding distress ink to a Ranger Inkssentials Surfaces Manila Craft Tag (6-1/4 by 3-1/4-Inch). I used Tim Holtz MERMAID LAGOON Distress Ink and Tim Holtz SEEDLESS PRESERVES Distress Ink. I sprayed some water droplets using the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer. Then I stamped the Catherine Pooler Composition Notebook Background Stamp with Ranger Archival JUMBO JET BLACK Ink. I didn’t stamp the whole background; I stamped a few areas. On the back of the tag, I added Simon Says Stamp 100lb COTTON CANDY Card Stock and used some of the same distress inks to add some color, sprayed some water and again used the Catherine Pooler Composition Notebook Background Stamp with Ranger Archival JUMBO JET BLACK Ink to add some texture. I set that aside and got to stamping and coloring the images.

I stamped the bunny, basket, tulips and daffodils from the Hello Easter stampset from Simon Says Stamp onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Memento Tuxedo Ink.

I colored them with COPICS. I used C000, C1, and 0 for the bunny and R81 and R85 for its ears; Y06, Y13 and Y18 for the bunny’s bow; YG06, YG07, and YG09, YR07 and YR16 for the egg the bunny holds; YR07, YR16 and R29 for one tulip; BG01, BG02, and BG05 for the second tulip; Y06, Y13 and Y18 for the daffodils and YG06, YG07, and YG09 for the stems; and Y00, Y06, and Y21 for the basket, V04, V06 and V09, YR07, YR16 and R29, BG01, BG02, and BG05 for the eggs inside the basket, R29 and R32 for the basket bow. Once I finished coloring the images, I fussycut them all out.

I stamped “Hello” with Versamark Ink and WOW OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE Super Fine Embossing Powder, making sure to prep the surface with my EK Success Powder Tool beforehand. I added two strips of Doodlebug’s Fancy Frills ‘Sugar & Spice’ Adhesive Border to the bottom of the tag. I adhered the images to the tag, using 3M Foam Tape behind the basket to pop it up. I added some shimmer to the bunny’s bow, the flowers and the eggs in the basket with my Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen and I added a yellow and aqua piece of grosgrain ribbon to the hole in the tag. And that completes the tag.


For the second tag, I started by adding distress ink to a Ranger Inkssentials Surfaces Manila Craft Tag (6-1/4 by 3-1/4-Inch). I used Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn Distress Ink, Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink, Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, and Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. I sprayed some water droplets using the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer.

Next, I used Simon Says Stamp Stencil WAVES and Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink to add waves to the background. Again, I didn’t add it to all the background. On the back of the tag, I added Simon Says Stamp 100lb Mint Card Stock and used some of the Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink to add some color to the edges. I set that aside and got to stamping and coloring the images.

I stamped the ducky with the umbrella and the large Easter egg from the Hello Easter stampset from Simon Says Stamp onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Memento Tuxedo Ink.

I colored them with COPICS. I used Y06, Y13 and Y18 for the ducky body, YR07 and YR16 for the feet and beak and R81 for the cheeks, V04, V06 and V09 for the bow; R32, R37 and R29 for the umbrella and V04, V06 and V09 for the umbrella bow; Y06, Y13 and Y18, YR07 and YR16 for the medallion; R81 and R85, BG000, BG01 and BG02 for the large egg, and YR07, YR16 and R29 for the egg’s bow. Once I finished coloring the images, I fussycut them all out.

I cut a piece of scallop sticker from Doodlebug’s Fancy Frills ‘Lily White’ Adhesive Border and colored it with Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress Spray Stain and Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke Distress Spray Stain. Once it was dry I adhered it to the right side of the tag. I stamped “Hello” with Versamark Ink and WOW OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE Super Fine Embossing Powder, making sure to prep the surface with my EK Success Powder Tool beforehand. I adhered the two images to the tag and found some paper butterflies from my stash which I inked with distress inks and adhered to the tag. Then I added some shimmer to the images with my Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen and Nuvo Drops in Ivory Seashell. To finish off this tag, I added a piece of Lawn Fawn Lime Single Cord Twine and May Arts PINK Baker’s Twine Twisted Ribbon.

Supplies

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give these tags a try for yourself. Have a great Easter! Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Cards, Distress Ink Techniques, Encouragement, Just Because, Multimedia, Spring, Tags

We are always Stronger Together…

Now more than ever we all need to stick together to get through these tough times. And this card kit from Simon Says Stamp embodies that. This is the perfect time to send someone a card to let them know you are thinking of them. I decided to make a tag as well as a card that can be paired together. I’ve been neglectful in my tag making and it’s high time I got back to it!

This kit includes:
Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Stronger Together clear stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Bold Hello wafer thin die
ModaScrap Spring Flowers 6 x 6 paper pack
24 piece watercolor pencil pack
Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue
3 Suzy Plantamura custom floral watercolor cards
Simon Says Stamp 6 x 6 inch glitter paper
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Lavender envelope
Simon Says Stamp Mint envelope
Simon Says Stamp White envelope
Simon Says Stamp Mint 8.5×11 cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Lavender 8.5×11 cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Cornflower Blue 8.5×11 cardstock
Simon Says Stamp White 120# 8.5×11 cardstock

Multimedia Tag Featuring Simon Says Stamp’s March Card Kit

When I was thinking about creating the tag I knew that I wanted to have different textures and coloring mediums. That’s the fun of multimedia – no commitment to one medium. LOL I mixed papers from the card kit, ink, watercolors and embossing to do this.

Multimedia Tag

I started by pulling out a craft tag from Ranger Manila Tags #8 Craft by Inkssentials. This tag measures 6 1/4″ by 3 1/8″. I adhered a piece of the purple watercolor DSP and a torn piece of the purple floral DSP from the ModaScrap Spring Flowers 6 x 6 paper pack to the front of the tag with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and trimmed off the excess. On the back I adhered a piece of Simon Says Stamp Lavender 8.5×11 cardstock and trimmed off the excess. I had to reopen the tag hole using a craft knife.

Next I used Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad WILTED VIOLET by Ranger, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Faded Jeans by Ranger, and Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Ground Espresso by Ranger and my Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools to add color and distress the tag on both sides. While the ink dried, I stamped some of the flowers from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Stronger Together clear stamp set with Midnight Ink Pad by Catherine Pooler onto a piece of Canson Montval Acid-Free Cold Press Watercolor Paper, 140 lb, 18 X 24 in, Natural White. I set that aside and prepped my tag with my EK Success Antistatic Powder Tool. Using Versamark Ink I stamped some of the flowers and stems from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Stronger Together clear stamp set and heat embossed with WOW OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE SUPER FINE Embossing Powder. I used Champagne Gold No.904 from my Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi STARRY COLORS Set and my Angelduck Paintbrushes to add splashes over the front of the tag.

Multimedia Tag Closeup1

Next I colored the floral images I previously stamped with the Studio 71 Colored Pencils included in the card kit and my Angelduck Paintbrushes. I let them dry (I cheated by drying it wth a heat gun because I have no patience 🙂 ), fussycut them out and adhered them to the tag using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I also stamped one of the block sentiments from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Stronger Together clear stamp set onto a piece of Simon Says Stamp White 120# 8.5×11 cardstock with Midnight Ink Pad by Catherine Pooler. This sentiment comes together so I just cut the phrases apart once stamped so I can adhere them separately onto the tag. I used 3M Foam Tape to pop them up. I added a little bit of Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Ground Espresso by Ranger around the bottom edges, over the floral images. Lastly I added a piece of yellow and purple Embroidery Floss to the tag.

Multimedia Tag Closeup1

Watercolor Card Featuring Simon Says Stamp’s March Card Kit

This card came together pretty quickly with the use of Suzy Plantamura’s custom floral watercolor cards.

Card Front

I started by cutting down the piece of Simon Says Stamp Cornflower Blue 8.5×11 cardstock that came in the kit in half (5-1/2 x 8-1/2″) and scored one piece at 4-1/4″. I created a 1/4″ frame using the Simon Says Stamp White 120# 8.5×11 cardstock and the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables and Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables. I used the largest die from each and nested them together with some washi tape.

Next, I colored one of the three Suzy Plantamura custom floral watercolor cards included in the kit with the 24 piece watercolor pencil pack and my Angelduck Paintbrushes. I added some shimmer with Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Fine Glitter Brush Pens to the flower petals. I then stamped a sentiment and two hearts from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Stronger Together clear stamp set with Midnight Ink Pad by Catherine Pooler onto the card. I use a stamping platform to make sure I didn’t mess this up after I spent so much time watercoloring the card.

I adhered the watercolor panel to the card base and the frame to the watercolor card with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I finished it off by adding some self adhesive purple and clear gems from my stash. These are so old that I have no idea who made them or where I purchased them. Sorry.

Anyway, for the inside of the card I used the leftover inside piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ from when I cut the frame, measuring 4 x 5-1/4″, and adhered it. I stamped another sentiment from the Stronger Together stampset with Midnight Ink Pad by Catherine Pooler and that completes the card.

Card Inside

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Supplies

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