Create Your Own Background for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

SSS_Wednesday-Challenge-Blinkie-3Today I have a card featuring the Lawn Fawn Bugs and Kisses stamp set.  First, I created a background with these adorable little images.  When creating a background, it is a good idea to choose a stamp set that had large, medium, and small images so you can create balance on your project and fill up empty space with the smaller images.  Second, I traced the lines with a Sakura Glaze pen in clear ink.  You could just heat emboss them with a clear embossing powder.  After the ink was dry, I used fingertip sponge daubers and Distress Ink to color my images.  The Glaze pen resisted the color so the black lines were still visible after applying the Distress Ink.  What a cute background!  Third, I matted my background image with black cardstock that had been trimmed with a victorian edged blade to give more interest to the card and make it a bit more fancy.  Fourth, I adhered the panel to my card-base, which was a pre-cut and folded card from a set I purchased at Michael’s over the holiday.  You can find it on Amazon too.  Fifth, I cut out the word hello using the Hero Arts Stamp and Cut “Hello” set from another card of the same color which I can use to make a second card after removing the die cut from it.  I matted the colored hello die cut with a black hello die cut to create a shadow for the word.  This makes it more defined against that busy background.  Finally, I heat embossed the bottom sentiment, “love bug” in black embossing powder.  You can find a list of supplies below the YouTube video.  I am an Amazon affiliate.  Enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day card with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers on Vellum

Happy Early Valentine’s Day! Today I have a subtraction technique with alcohol markers on vellum.  First, I laid down some color on my vellum after cutting it to the size I needed.  Then I used a heart stencil and some q-tips with rubbing alcohol to remove the ink.  This created cute little see-through hearts on the vellum.  As you can see below, I cut a heart-shaped window on the front of my card with Sizzix Framelits heart dies and adhered the colored vellum behind it to create a window card.  The hearts were cute, but I wanted them to stand out more, so I traced them with a Sakura glaze pen and then added some doodles with a Uniball Signo white gel pen.  These last steps are totally optional.  Enjoy the video below the image.  The products I used are listed under the video (I am an Amazon affiliate).

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Simon Says Stamp Picture Book Images

I received a postcard from Simon Says Stamp which had printed on it these adorable little Christmas images of Santa, a reindeer, and snowman.  I used them to create this Christmas thank you card.  Upon researching at their website, I found that they are actually wafer dies, not stamps, and there are a bunch of other characters in this line such as a monkey, a hippo, a bear, and more.  Check them out if you’re interested.  I think they can be used for lots of other types of cards.  (I am not a Simon Says Stamp affiliate, just love their products.  I am an Amazon affiliate.)  Links for the products I used can be found under the video I’ve posted below.

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The products I used on this card (I am an Amazon affiliate):

Simon Says Stamp Picture Book Dies (I used the postcard which was printed with these images instead of the dies): https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/search?currency=USD&q=picture+book

Poppystamps 1262 Shasta Oval Frame craft die: http://amzn.to/2qe8rhu

Stampendous Make it Pop Cutting Dies: http://amzn.to/2DL5YgH

Art C Thanks Stamp and Cut set: http://amzn.to/2CctFOk or https://goo.gl/dmA9eT (limited stock)

Craftsmith Precut, Folded, Textured cards and envelopes: http://amzn.to/2BGqPlm

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Tool: https://www.scrapbook.com/store/ac-663007.html

Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents, 2 ounces http://amzn.to/2CsF7c0 (You could also use a glue pen such as the ELMERS Craftbond Fine Line Glue Pen): http://amzn.to/2BRwsx6

Cricut Cuttlebug Embossing and Die Cuttting Machine: http://amzn.to/2rZkmfQ

Tsukineko VersaMark Pigment Inkpad: http://amzn.to/2ymmLoR

Anti-static tool “Inkadinkado Embossing Magic”: http://amzn.to/2xFbJZz

Hampton Art Basics Embossing Collection: http://amzn.to/2yl5xYN

Darice Heat Gun: http://amzn.to/2fUrx89

Plus Glue Tape: http://amzn.to/2qoAnLt

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers with Wild Rose Studios Singing Penguin Stamp Set

Here is an adorable thank you card for all those penguin lovers.  Although I am not a coloring specialist, I love coloring.  So, I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color the image after I had stamped it on Spectrum Noir paper with memento dye ink in tuxedo black.  The markers I used come from the basic sets as well as the expanded ones.(lights, darks, brights, pastels).  Here is a link to a chart which shows which sets the markers come from (https://goo.gl/Un3MPR)and there is a list below the image and video which shows the exact markers I used to color the image.

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The products I used on this card (or similar items) are listed below. (I am an Amazon affiliate).
Spectrum noir paper: http://amzn.to/2C4C9qL

Spectrum noir Alcohol markers(I used markers from this set as well as from the brights, lights, darks, pastels): http://amzn.to/2EsjcQB
Please visit my blog for a link to a chart of all colors and which set they are in: https://www.greetingstar.org

Fiskars Sure Cut Paper Trimmer: http://amzn.to/2D0PZdE

Wild Rose Studio Clear Stamp Singing Penguins: https://goo.gl/XML5NL

Hero Arts Thanks Stamp n Cut Set: http://amzn.to/2CrtemJ

Correction Tape(I used a different brand, but this one was available at Amazon): http://amzn.to/2DJEnfE

Memento Dye Ink in Tuxedo Black(choose your color: http://amzn.to/2BdbE28

Uchida Snow Marker: http://amzn.to/2DKrbap

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Tool: https://www.scrapbook.com/store/ac-663007.html

Cricut Cuttlebug Embossing and Die Cuttting Machine: http://amzn.to/2rZkmfQ

Zig memory system archival with twin tip: http://amzn.to/2DK5JCl

ELMERS Craftbond Fine Line Glue Pen: http://amzn.to/2BRwsx6

Craftsmith Precut, Folded, Textured cards and envelopes: http://amzn.to/2BGqPlm

The silver snowflakes I used to embellish the card (not shown in video, but in the stills) were made using Poppystamps die set 1262 Shasta Oval Frame: http://www.poppystamps.com/1262-Shasta-Oval-Frame-craft-die_p_292.html

Coloring Guide:
Music sheets: GB1(lights), GB2 (pastels)
Feet, beaks: OR1(yellows), OR2(brights)
Tongue: DR1(reds)
Bodies: IG5(lights), IG6(cool greys), IG8(cool greys)
Hats and Scarf of Last Penguin: DR3(pinks), DR5(reds), DR7(reds)
Scarf of middle penguin: JG5(darks), JG6(greens)
Sky: TB8(darks), TB9(blues)

Stitched Snowflake Cutouts Christmas Card

My second Christmas card uses another Poppystamps die, the Stitched Snowflake Cutouts die.  I couldn’t find it for purchase on their website, so it must be retired, but it is still available online at other retailers with a quick search.  This is a fairly quick and simple card.  I used the die to cut out the snowflakes from the front panel of a pre-scored blue card.  I saved the die cuts for use on another project.  Then, I glued a piece blue foil on the inside, front of the card so it would show through the snowflake cutouts on the front of the card.  To give it more pizzazz, I cut out some more snowflakes from another blue foil piece and adhered them over the snowflake cutouts on the front of the card at a different angle.  I was very pleased with the look.  Finally, I chose three different ways to apply a greeting to the front of the card:  heat embossing, die cut and ink, and plain ink.  Hope you enjoy!  The image is below followed by my YouTube video and finally the links to the products I used on the card (I am an Amazon affiliate).

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Poppystamps 1305 Stitched Snowflake craft die (retired but still available online with a search)
ELMERS Craftbond Fine Line Glue Pen: http://amzn.to/2BRwsx6
Hero Arts Merry Stamp & Cut DC170: http://amzn.to/2Dj8uv8
Craftsmith Precut, Folded, Textured cards and envelopes: http://amzn.to/2BGqPlm
We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter and Piercing Tool: http://amzn.to/2skUdr0
Foil paper (not thermal) from Oriental Trading Company (I couldn’t tell if the pack has a yellow or gold foil paper): https://goo.gl/123NKc
Fiskars Sure Cut Paper Trimmer: http://amzn.to/2D0PZdE
We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Tool: https://www.scrapbook.com/store/ac-663007.html
Cricut Cuttlebug Embossing and Die Cuttting Machine: http://amzn.to/2rZkmfQ
Darice Heat Gun: http://amzn.to/2rFdcjP
Hampton Art Embossing Powder: http://amzn.to/2rnkVTI
Anna Griffin Pigment Ink Pads available on HSN

Christmas Card with Poppy Stamps’ Basilica Ornament Die

Merry Christmas to all!  My card for today is made using a die cut from Poppystamps called Basilica Ornament Die.  I used dollar store foil paper and some double-sided adhesive to make the ornament for the card.  You can see in the image below that I used two colors of foil and laid the “barebones” die cut over the whole die cut to get a two-colored ornament.  I chose to use blue with silver, purple with silver, and then also a gold with red.  Your imagination is the limit!  The YouTube video is below the image and I’ve listed the products I used below that (I am an Amazon affiliate).

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Hero Arts Merry Stamp & Cut DC170: http://amzn.to/2Dj8uv8
Poppy Stamps 1272 Basilica Ornament craft die: http://www.poppystamps.com/1272-Basilica-Ornament-craft-die_p_302.html
Craftsmith Precut, Folded, Textured cards and envelopes: http://amzn.to/2BGqPlm
ELMERS Craftbond Fine Line Glue Pen: http://amzn.to/2BRwsx6
We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter and Piercing Tool: http://amzn.to/2skUdr0
We R Memory Keepers Quick Stick: http://amzn.to/2Bbt9Qk
Fiskars Sure Cut Paper Trimmer: http://amzn.to/2D0PZdE
Darice Heat Gun: http://amzn.to/2rFdcjP
We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Tool: https://www.scrapbook.com/store/ac-663007.html
Cricut Cuttlebug Embossing and Die Cuttting Machine: http://amzn.to/2rZkmfQ
Plus Glue Tape: http://amzn.to/2qoAnLt
Baby Wipes (to clean stamps): http://amzn.to/2qoy3E4
Versa Mark Embossing Pad: http://amzn.to/2qlGy2w
Anti-static embossing tool Inkadinkado Embossing Magic: http://amzn.to/2Dh7DuF
Hampton Art Embossing Powder: http://amzn.to/2rnkVTI
Memento Dye Ink (choose your color) summer sky & cottage ivy : http://amzn.to/2BdbE28

Foil paper (not thermal) from Oriental Trading Company (I couldn’t tell if the pack has a yellow or gold foil paper): https://goo.gl/123NKc
Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive Paper: http://amzn.to/2BbOdWO

Final Fall Card

My final fall themed card uses the leaf die cuts from the previous card I made (see post below this one).  To color the leaves, I used distress ink in mustard seed, fired brick, frayed burlap, and dried marigold.  I “smooshed” the ink pads onto my craft mat and then spraying them with water.  By dragging the die cut leaves through the water activated ink, I was able to get all those gorgeous fall color onto the white cardstock leaves.  Tip:  add the light colors first…yellow being number one, and brown last.  Otherwise, you’ll never get the yellow to show through the darker colors.  Once they were dry, I used a brown Zig Clean Color Brush pen to flick some brown dots onto them…but you can use any water based marker you have.  Finally, I arranged the leaves into a circle shape to create a fall leaf wreath.  I used Glossy Accents to adhere them to the brown front panel.  I matted the front panel to an orange cardstock and then adhered them both to the card base. I used lightweight cardstock for the colored backgrounds and Neenah solar white 110lb for the cardbase.  Colored paper would work just as well. The sentiment is from a Words to the Rescue stamp set.  It was stamped using Versamark ink and then I used gold embossing powder and a Darice heat gun to set it.  Finally, I added some inexpensive glittery embellishments called Beads in a Bottle by Tulip. Now, onto Christmas cards next!  Please see the YouTube video below and the products I used are listed below that.

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Products I used on this card (or similar items):

Distress Ink Mustard seed: http://amzn.to/2yJZCMr

Distress Ink Fired brick: http://amzn.to/2hCUCWD

Distress Ink Frayed burlap: http://amzn.to/2zJRr3N

Distress Ink Dried marigold: http://amzn.to/2iilgRK

Fine Mist Spray Bottles: http://amzn.to/2ALWvEV

Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock: http://amzn.to/2yHwsNN

Darice Heat Tool: http://amzn.to/2A1nbo4

Glossy Accents Adhesive: http://amzn.to/2hBfUUp

Hero Arts DI315 Color Layering Leaves Die Cuts: http://amzn.to/2APBb1m

Tulip Beads in a Bottle: https://www.walmart.com/ip/I-Love-To-…

Words to the Rescue Sentiment Stamps: https://www.katscrappiness.com/produc…

Happy Fall Y’all

This fall card has…surprise….leaves as the focal point.  The Hero Arts Color Layering Grateful Leaves stamp set and coordinating dies are so beautiful, I had use them to create the leaf windows on the front “cover” panel.  The sentiment, “Happy Fall Y’all,” comes from a Sizzix framelits die set with stamps by Jen Long.  I cut it out using an Art C stamp and cut set and then popped it up using foam tape.  The background panel was created by taking some inexpensive ink pads directly to the cardstock to create the fall colors.  They included all the “earth-tone” colors I love.  I then added the “vines” on the leaves by stamping them in gold ink.  Finally, I used a brown Zig Clean Color Brush pen by Kuretake to flick some brown spots onto the back panel to make the leaves look like they were deteriorating…just like real fall leaves.  Enjoy the YouTube video below the image. The products I used are listed below the video.

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The Products I used on this card:

Sizzix 661630 Framelits Die Set with Stamps, Happy Fall Y’all by Jen Long (5/Pk) http://amzn.to/2i6LWnA

Art C Stamp and Cut:  http://amzn.to/2ioh1E5

Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock: http://amzn.to/2yL4AYT

Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock: http://amzn.to/2zq0A10

Hero Arts CL987 Color Layering Grateful Leaves Stamp Set: http://amzn.to/2xFtI22

Hero Arts DI315 Color Layering Leaves Frame Cuts Die Set: http://amzn.to/2yo75CU

Apple Pie Memories Acrylic stamping blocks: http://amzn.to/2ynVLqt

WRMK Precision Press Stamping Tool: http://amzn.to/2xWWvkp

Foam Tape: http://amzn.to/2xFCduh

Darice Heat Gun: http://amzn.to/2fUrx89

Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Watercolour Brush Pens: http://amzn.to/2iEgssD

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 2-Ounce, Walnut Gold Metallic: http://amzn.to/2zR5vs1

Anna Griffin ink: https://www.hsn.com/products/anna-gri…

WRMK Magnetic mini cutting mat: http://amzn.to/2z9xtlE

Ink pads: http://amzn.to/2wOMK8U

Tsukineko Full-Size VersaFine Instant Dry Pigment Ink, Onyx Black: http://amzn.to/2zG6H0mhttp://amzn.to/2ioh1E5

Autumn Card with Leaf Windows and Metallic Vellum

Autumn leaves are so beautiful and vellum is a unique medium, so it wasn’t too difficult to form the idea to combine them for this card.  As you can see, I used leaf dies to cut three “windows” out of my front panel.  Then, I backed the windows with three different colors of metallic vellumred, green, and purple.  However, I used gold vellum on top of each of the three colors to give each leaf a bit more shimmer and warmth.  I love how it gave the perfect autumn tone to each color.

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Products I used on this card are listed below (or similar items):
Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock: http://amzn.to/2yL4AYT
Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock: http://amzn.to/2zq0A10
Hero Arts CL987 Color Layering Grateful Leaves Stamp Set: http://amzn.to/2xFtI22
Hero Arts DI315 Color Layering Leaves Frame Cuts Die Set: http://amzn.to/2yo75CU
Cricut Metallic Vellum Sampler: http://amzn.to/2gEOWY7
Assorted Colors Vellum Pack: http://amzn.to/2gEPOMn
Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents: http://amzn.to/2yodf6c
Anti-static tool “Inkadinkado Embossing Magic”: http://amzn.to/2xFbJZz
Hampton Art Basics Embossing Collection: http://amzn.to/2yl5xYN
Tsukineko VersaMark Pigment Inkpad: http://amzn.to/2ymmLoR
Apple Pie Memories Acrylic stamping blocks: http://amzn.to/2ynVLqt
Gold Washi Tape: http://amzn.to/2gED0FU
WRMK Precision Press Stamping Tool: http://amzn.to/2xWWvkp
Darice Heat Gun: http://amzn.to/2fUrx89
Foam Tape: http://amzn.to/2xFCduh
Darice Heat Gun: http://amzn.to/2fUrx89

Merry Christmas Recessed Panel Card

Greetings!  Today I have a Christmas card for you.  It features a recessed panel and starry sky to accommodate Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.  The inspiration for the recessed panel came from Handcrafted by Helen on YouTube.  Links to the products I used are below.  Hope you like it :0)

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I used a text background stamp by Stampendous with gift tissue paper to create the background, which is also the recessed panel (because it’s behind the blue panels that create the frame).  A little Golden matte medium to adhere the tissue paper to some tan cardstock, and then some Ranger Archival ink to stamp the image and I was ready to color it with Faber-Castel PITT artist brush pens (really more like markers).  The Hero Arts sentiment was heat embossed with Wow embossing powder.  I used some peel off stickers from the Paper Studio to line the edge of the blue starry sky panels.  The star is also a peel off sticker that I put on some cardstock and then colored it in with a Uniball Signo silver gel pen, which I also used to add some light rays coming from the star and to color Mary and Joseph’s headbands.  Happy early Merry Christmas!  Enjoy the YouTube video below.

The products I used on this card:

Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock: http://amzn.to/2yL4AYT

Cardstock 65lb: http://amzn.to/2xkB0Za

Ranger Distress Ink Salty Ocean: http://amzn.to/2xkxAFy

Ranger Distress ink Stormy Sky: http://amzn.to/2xleyUA

Ranger Distress Ink Dusty Concord: http://amzn.to/2z0ZBUN

Ranger Archival Ink: http://amzn.to/2xXm5Ga

Pearlescent Watercolor:  http://amzn.to/2z1hMJY

Golden Matte Medium: http://amzn.to/2y2VgC9

Paint Brush(I found these awesome paint brushes for gesso or matte medium): http://amzn.to/2y3A2Er

Uniball Signo Silver Gelpen(includes white and gold): http://amzn.to/2y4dOST

Paper Studio Silver Classic Border Stickers: goo.gl/jMNZLA

Hero Arts Celebrate Everday Sentiment Stampes CL498: http://amzn.to/2fVw7TJ

Stampendous Dream Text Background Stamp:  goo.gl/57yF7a

Oriental Trading Nativity Stamp:  Unavailable

Alternative Nativity Stamp by Stampendous:  http://amzn.to/2ythnDd

Foam Sponge Daubers (with case and ink pads!): http://amzn.to/2xkDpml

Foam Tape: http://amzn.to/2y35zpM

Wow Embossing Powder: http://amzn.to/2xkUzAx

Darice Heat Gun: http://amzn.to/2fUrx89

Anti-Static Tool: http://amzn.to/2y2T1yN

Gift Tissue Paper:  http://amzn.to/2fUDQBk

WRMK Quickstick: http://amzn.to/2xl4jL1

WRMK Precision Press Stamping Tool: http://amzn.to/2xWWvkp

Faber-Castel PITT Artist Pens: http://amzn.to/2ggqH2k