Happy Saturday everyone!
Today I am sharing the last of my posts about the June 2018 card kit from Simon Says Stamp. I have not shared everything here on my blog so I thought I’d compile a round up for you.
– Kit reveal video is here.
– Cards #4 – 6 are on my blog here.
Which brings us to today and my six further cards.
Card #10 – Happy Birthday from all of us
I took one of the 6×6 papers and cut it in half. It had a floral design on each side of the paper with blank space in the middle so that’s where I cut it. I roughly cut around the floral pattern then used that valley in the middle to place my sentiment. It probably looks like the sentiment is 3D or something – that’s on purpose. I stamped it in Rose Gold Delicata ink and then in blue, making sure to off-set it. Kind of a fun treatment!
The card was still looking a bit bare though so I stamped one of the floral images from the stamp set three times on the back of another of the papers (being sure to stamp in a section of the pattern that I was sure not to want to use later). After adding a bit of water colour to the stamped images, I fussy cut them out and tucked them onto the card. Drops of Liquid Pearls in both blue and pink finish the card nicely.
Card #11 – Love & Hugs on your day
Here is the other half of the 6×6 paper. This time I did not cut around the flowers. Instead I added a strip from one of the other papers to the left hand side, with a narrow strip of the gold metallic in the middle. Once again pink and blue Liquid Pearls finish it off.
Card #12 – Wishing you JOY on your day
This was the paper that I used to stamp the flowers for card #10. The bottom of the paper had a scene with row houses which I thought I was unlikely to use. Having that bottom section chopped off though made this too small for my typical card bases. No problem! To make the paper span the full height of the card, I added a strip of washi tape along the bottom. Because it’s a dark colour, I stamped my sentiment in navy and added navy mist droplets to the upper portion of the card too.
Card #13 – Happy Birthday butterflies on gold
This was one of the further experiments I did with the Distress Resist Spray – using a stencil. I’d sprinkled a glittery embossing powder over the sprayed butterfly images but it wasn’t perfect so I had the idea of laying the stencil back over top and tracing it with a pen. Once I’d done that I knew it didn’t need much more to make it special. I mounted it on a piece of the gold metallic paper and then embossed my sentiments with gold embossing powder to further emphasize the gold.
Card #14 – Happy Birthday
Before starting to put all the cards together, I’d prepped a few things. One of which was cutting the blue card stock into 4 pieces to be used as backgrounds or what have you. This one I embossed with my 3D embossing folder. I further cut it down so that I could mat it with one of the 6×6 papers and still see the design on the paper.
TOP TIP: When trimming papers embossed with one of these 3D patterns, go gently! I found that if I tried to use my trimmer as I would for a regular piece of card stock or patterned paper, the blade would get caught on the raised bits and tear. But, if I went gently, applying little pressure to the blade, and going over the cut a few times, I got a nice clean cut.
Once the two background papers were in place it was a simple matter of layering up several of my scrap strips to create a pleasing arrangement and then adding a few jewels.
Card #15 – Christmas in June!
If you watched the video showing my further experiments with the Distress Resist Spray and some stencils, then you know the story of this piece of gold metallic paper. It seemed most logical to abandon the stamp set from the June kit in favour of one from an older winter kit (I can’t remember which kit now – January 2016 maybe??) The effect I’d achieved on the metallic paper reminded me of ice formations so adding snowflakes and turning it into a Christmas card just seemed natural.
And there you have it, 15 cards from this kit. My personal mandate is to create 10 cards per kit so I am pretty pleased that I got 15 from this one. I’ve still got enough left to make a few more cards but I’m going to call it a day and move on. Here’s what’s left:
The stamp set and Distress Resist Spray will last me a long time to come. (I’ve also got the 3D embossing folder I just forgot about it so it didn’t make the photo.) There is still paint left on the palette so I could conceivably use it again. In all honesty, I probably won’t. I do not naturally gravitate towards techniques like water colouring etc so … while my intentions may be good, the reality is that this will probably just get lost in the shuffle eventually.
As for papers, I have one full sheet of 6×6 left as well as one that is almost a full sheet and several scraps. The larger scraps I will keep, but the little bits I will recycle. I have one piece of the Peacock coloured card stock that is approximately 4.25 x 5.5″ so it can be used for a card front if needed. And two pieces of the metallic paper that are both about that size too. One you can see has been embossed with the folder – only I accidentally debossed it (the design is indented into the paper instead of being raised above the paper) – whoops! Not to worry, it can still be used! Last but not least is the printed water colour card. Usually I end up giving these to my middle daughter who loves to paint.
Not too shabby if I do say so myself! The reveal for July is already out and the kit looks super fun! As I am writing this, the July kit is still available but these kits sell out fast so if you want one, click to image below to buy one or to start your own subscription. And thanks for the support*!
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Oh, and one last thing before I go … I’ve got something special planned for Monday! A YouTube hop of sorts that will get you in the summer spirit! come back on Monday to find out more.
Have a great weekend everyone!