So you all know that I am an ink collector and I have collected all of the Altenew mini inks and just had to have the markers to go along with them. I imagined that they would be super helpful in adding depth to the stamping I did with Altenew inks or adding highlights or depth. I will feature some projects soon and a couple of techniques but I wanted to start with a short video of which colors actually matched which marker.
I also am providing a free pdf of the chart with the stamped and marker colors side by side. Hope this helps! Video and PDF below. Lee Ann
Oh my March! Just getting to the Simon Says Stamp March Card kit and created a stamp collage for you to make a set of cute Easter cards with. I did not think that I could use the Brown and bright yellow cardstocks for this set so added a little pink and blue from my stash and used the green, I picked coordinating patterned paper for each and used the Nuvo Mousse to create some pretty shiny eggs.
It is really easy to make a sentiment collage with existing sentiments that you have and add tiny stamps from other kits to fill in the gaps, like the eggs that are inserted into this one. Using different sizes makes this really easy to do and then you can mass produce cards in different ink colors. You can even color different parts of the collage different ink colors if you mask off different words. I have another example of this here.>
The Nuvo Mousse was also a new product for me and I really liked the metallic smooth effect that I got with it and I found that embossing on it in white was wonderful as well. creating a sweet embellishment for the sentiment collage.
See the video below or on my YouTube Channel here with some of the exploration and showing you how to build the sentiment collage. See you soon- Lee Ann
Hello all and Happy Valentines Day! I have been so busy making valentines that I almost forgot about the February Card Kit, but I knew I had to do my Tag for Tag-A-Month and I needed a Valentine for my sweetie (who is definitely a coffee lover like me), so I decided to steer away from the pinks and blues and make him a masculine valentine card that is also a tag.
This is actually two tags that are hinged together at the top so you can stand up the tag and you can write inside it too!
I used the cute coffee bean-patterned paper from Doodlebug and some kraft paper from my stash for the banners and then stamped some Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with Hero Arts Unicorn White ink to create the patterned background for the tag.
I white heat embossed on the vellum for the sentiment and then folded it around the banners. For the cute love heart coffee cups, I stamped them with SSS dark chocolate ink and used distress ink and copper mica spray for the cup wrappers. I added shadows with a Copic W-1 marker. After adding foam tape to the back of both cups, I glued the hearts on and coated them with glossy accents.
A few of those super cute little enamel coffee beans, a die cut hole re-inforcement and a bit of ribbon from my stash finished it off! I am going to tie it to a latte and deliver it to him after lunch! I have an accompanying video that walks you through making the tag. and don’t forget to join me and make a tag this month and post it here if you can. I have a great prize for someone!
Happy New Year everyone, I know that I missed a month in the hustle and bustle of X-mas but wanted to jump back in with a set of cards from the Simon Says Stamp January card kit as well as a new feature that I am going to try to do every month.
Due to the explosion of people making cards with the kit and consequently they sell out so I have decided to still showcase a project from the kit but with the main focus being the stamp set. I also am announcing a surprise new monthly project that will be a tag of the month from the kit for the next 12 months culminating in a pretty way to bind them up and keep them as a keepsake! The post for January’s tag is here as well as more information on sharing your tags with me, check it out!
So for this months kit I wanted to provide one background pattern design that could be stamped on different colors and types of paper but used in completely different ways to create 5 different cards. I created a layout with the stamps in the Misti to start and then stamped that pattern on Neenah Solar white, white, dessert storm, SSS Audrey Blue, from my stash and the cornflower blue cardstock from the kit. I used Ranger Blue Yonder Dye ink and the new Simon Says Stamp Barely Blue as well as Audrey Blue on the Audrey Blue paper.
I also white heat embossed with SSS Fine detail embossing powder (more detail on this in the video. It has some positive points for detail but there are some tips for using it as it is very fine) on distress cardstock, and the Cornflower blue and the beautiful vellums in the kit .
I used Evergreen Bough, Mermaid Lagoon and Broken China for this Distress Ink Blend.
I also used holographic embossing powder on the vellum and on a white scalloped panel, but ALL with the same pattern. This was so easy and saved so much time!
I used the new Tonic Nuvo Jewel drops to make my own water droplets and love how they compliment the snowflakes. I did use one extra stamp for the cute puppy that I bought before X-mas and didn’t use and I thought he was perfect for the cards, but you could add any critter you like and just color their accessories to match, Copic colors I used were C5 and C3 for the Grey in the Pup and for the Blue Scarf B93 and B95 for the Teal scarf BG23 and BG34. The ground under the Teal pup is B000.
Watch the YT video here or on YT for HD to get more tips and tricks and learn about my new monthly project! Happy New Year. Lee Ann
Hey everyone, Happy New Year! I have a new Paper Hear Scissors Monthly Feature. It seems like as the popularity of the Simon Says Stamp Monthly Kits has grown people have been making alot of great sample cards and I wanted to mix it up a bit as well as inspire each of you to participate with me more so I am going to try out something new.
Hello,Happy Fall! I have really gotten into fall cards this year and when I got this months Simon Says Stamp Card kit I immediately wanted to challenge myself with the big sentiment, but in a new way.
I knew that I could do a lovely emboss resist with watercolor but I really wanted to try out the Delicata ink and do one of my favorite techniques with the embossing folder, which is creating the metallic paper that I then embossed and used to die cut the small leaves out of.
In my usual fashion, I made a bunch of things to use before I worked out all of the designs. I used an inked embossing folder, made embossed and inked vellum and homemade metallic paper and created an ombre stamped sentiment. For the inked embossing folders, you ink inside of the folders by simply adding ink to the raised areas by rubbing or pressing on one of the raised sides with your ink pad or you can use a brayer. This is neat because it presses the ink into the cardstock and almost looks like a letterpress design. For the colored vellum you emboss first and then rub the ink over the vellum and then rub it in with either a mini ink blending tool or a clarity stencil brush. You can also simply blend ink into the embossed card on top for another look. I show all of these in the below video on YouTube.
I hope you got some great ideas from seeing how you can use large sentiments and your embossing folders to create some very different styles of cards.
As always supplies are listed below with affiliate links but at no additional cost to you. I will see you soon! Lee Ann
Wow, I wasn’t sure I could do it but I did. I challenged myself to come up with 5 different cards from 1 stamp set and a few other basic supplies from my stash. I will be completely honest and say that I did use an additional sentiment from Simon says Stamp the “Be” set and a Heidi Swapp wooden letter from my stash, but other than that the rules that I gave myself were orange and brown paper scraps, gold and copper embossing powder and kraft and watercolor paper. I have to say that if you are going to try this, start with some small thumbnail sketches of some rough ideas, and make lots of fun parts to play with in different arrangements and paper. Then jump into assembly and finally add some bling,
I pulled Nuvo drops in copper, hero arts crystals and some metal domed embellishments from my stash and of course added some sprinkles of paint. I hope this encourages you to try the 5 cards from one set challenge with yourself too. Mae sure to share your success with me! Video below and on my YT channel here!
I don’t know about you but I have ALWAYS loved to scratch something off to reveal what is below it. Starting with Cracker Jacks and trivia questions to lottery tickets, it is always exciting to see what is below. So, I was delighted to get the inky antics scratch off stickers in this kit and my mind went a thousand different directions on what could be done with them and all of the cute sentiments.
I also saw this as an opportunity to use stamps from other sets because balloons go with everything! (sort of like glitter)
Anyhow I did two designs for you all with one being only items from the kit save for a different balloon shape from last September’s kit and if you did not have that then you could use just the ones in this set, the second design uses the bicycle from the Beautiful ride set from Simon’s Spring release.
The first design as above, can be used to mass produce even more cards and you can extend this to include different patterned papers in your stash as well as changing up the ink colors to be all in one family or match the season. Even if you use up all the supplies or the kit is sold out you can get the stamps and use whatever you have in your stash to make this cute and easy card with a surprise.
The second card invites you to use your imagination to take a look at other stamps in your collection and think about how balloons could fit in there, outside of the bicycle, I was thinking a park bench, bird or other critter or a wagon could easily be holding the balloons.
The above bicycle card also shows how you can easily vary the amount of coloring you do to create very different cards. You can watch the video here as usual and matching ink colors and supplies are listed below. If you have any questions please leave a comment.
Hello everyone! I saw that there was a call for designers for the Concord and Ninth Design team and since I LOVE LOVE LOVE their stamps I thought I should enter and use some of the stamps in a new way. I had been waiting to get the tree ring background because it was sold out for the longest and so it was the perfect time to design a card that used the adorable Birdie Banners and Alphabits and the script word “loved from the You are Enough set.
Let’s get started! First I stamped the word loved and the banner outlines on a Simon Says stamp piece of fog card stock, then the birdies and cut masks for both of these so that I could clear emboss on top of them and have them look like they were in front of the tree ring.