Welcome back! Today I’ve got the second half of my post sharing the cards I’ve made from my July 2018 card kit from Simon Says Stamp. If you missed the first 5 cards, please check out Monday’s post.
Diving right in …
Card #6 – Stuck on You (stickers)
As I said in Monday’s post, I’d set myself the extra challenge of using every stamp in set this month. One of the stamps is of a cactus which goes along with this ‘Stuck on you’ sentiment. I’d pulled both off to use on this card but … things change! I knew there were several cactus stickers in the Amy Tangerine sticker book too so before I stamped the cactus I pulled all those off and stuck them onto a piece of scrap white card stock. I then fussy can them out and when I laid them onto my card base realized I didn’t really have room for a stamped cactus as well. So I left that one for another card.
Needing a new plan, I flipped through my embossing folders until I saw this one with the sun rays. I thought it could work with the green card stock as it felt a bit ‘old West’ to me. Adding a border of the multicoloured wood grain patterned paper gave me a place to add my stamped sentiment and also ground my cacti. Some of these are glued flat to the card, some are popped up with foam squares for added dimension. My final touch was to add several of the hearts from the sticker sheet.
Card #7 – Be a Flamingo (pink)
I’d already used the flamingo die and the ‘be a flamingo’ sentiment stamp, but I hadn’t used the flamingo stamp so that was next on my agenda. I stamped it three times in Versamark ink and then embossed the images in white. To fill them in and give them a bit of interest, I pulled out some Nuvo paste that came in an older kit. Then I popped up one of my die cut, sparkly flamingos so there could be one that was different. I’d originally cut my pink card stock to fit the full card front but decided it would be nicer to give it a scalloped edge and then stamp my sentiment onto the top of the white card base. A whole lot of pink sequins and pink Liquid Pearls finish off this very pink card.
Card #8 – You Bring the Sunshine
Next stamp on my hit list was this cheery sunshine stamp. It’s actually two stamps – a solid circle with the face and rays that you can layer over top. I tested out a couple different yellow and orange inks before settling on two from Simon Says Stamp – Lemon Zest and Melon. Following a technique that has been working for me with this kit – I stamped the sun images randomly all over a piece of the yellow card stock and then built the rest of the card on top. The sentiment was stamped with Melon Mambo ink from Stampin’ Up as I like the colour match to that patterned paper. A bright card like this was screaming for me to dig into the yellow sequin mix in the kit. A scattering of them was all it needed.
Card #9 – Stuck on You (stamped)
I was running out of stamps I’d not used yet so I returned to this cactus stamp. This time I did indeed stamp it and colour it. A few scraps of patterned paper, one thin strip of complimentary washi tape from my stash, and a green heart sticker from an old Shimelle sticker book finished this card off. Sometimes it’s nice to remind myself that a card doesn’t have to be complicated to be impactful.
Card #10 – Fishing you a Happy Birthday (stamped)
At this point I’d pretty much used all the stamps from the set. But since I had quite a few cards with an allover stamped pattern on card stock, I thought I’d revisit the fish image to create my final card. And keeping it very simple and unadorned means this can be used as a masculine card – something I struggle with!
Well, there you have it, 10 cards from this kit. I’ve still got plenty of paper left (I’ll try to post a pic to Instagram) but I know my August kit is waiting for me at my US post box so for now, this one is getting put away. Thanks for joining me today. I’ll be posting my August kit reveal to YouTube as soon as I film it and then you can see my cards on Instagram as I make them.
Enjoy the rest of your week everyone!