SSS Card Kit: Handwritten Floral Greetings

Those cards that are piling up? Here’s one I made last month using the July card kit from Simon Says Stamp. The kit is unfortunately sold out, so here’s a link to the stamp set, Handwritten Floral Greetings. This was one of my favorite card kits since I started subscribing last spring. I’m such a sucker for florals.
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To make this card, I first stamped and embossed the flowers and leaves in white, and then filled in with some of the other smaller floral stamps using clear embossing powder. I love tonal embossing like this. Then I embossed the “grateful” (from My Favorite Things) onto velum, trimmed it and attached it to the gray cardstock. I layered that onto a yellow patterned paper from the kit using a piece of craft foam.

I’m hoping to make more cards with this kit soon. It’s perfect for thank you notes, and I actually have a “thank you” note war going on with my mom. This stamp set will have to make an appearance soon, I think.

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time!

 

Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit

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Woohoo! Three posts in one week! Thanks post-scheduling thingy!

Today I have a couple of cards to share with you using the (sold out) ย April 2016 card kit from Simon Says Stamp. For the first card, I was inspired by one of the cards on the inspiration sheet (funny how that works) included in the kit. I really loved how the designer, Suzy, created the water color custom background look on her card, so I tracked down her blog post about it and set about trying it myself.

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I applied distress ink (festive berries, and I can’t remember which blue – mermaid lagoon, maybe?)ย ink to the outside edge of the stamps and stamped the image onto watercolor paper. Then I used a water brush to pull the color in and fill the image. Suzy has some beautiful examples. I really enjoyed this technique. Yay craft community sharing itsย talents!

For the next card, I challenged myself to use the papers and embellishments from the kit.

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Seriously. I had to double dog dare myself. I am not an embellishment girl. I just don’t love them. I’m fine with the occasional ribbon or thread accent. Maybe a wood veneer sticker here and there. But I prefer to just say no to cute stickers and clips and such. There’s nothing wrong with them, they’re just not my style. For this card? I used three (THREE) stickers AND a clip thingy. Wha?

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And you know? It turned out cuter than I thought it would. This kit has a lot of scrapbook-friendly things in it. It leads to cards that are busier than I generally like, but it’s good to try new things. Right? Right.

Let’s party with raccoons!

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Hi everyone! Today I have a(nother) birthday card, but this time I actually gave it to someone, haha! I made this card for my dear friend Rebecca, who just celebrated a birthday a few days ago. I also made her a fun gift, but that will be a different post.

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I made this card using patterned papers from a Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm 6×6 pad I got from Paper Source. I used the smaller balloon dies from this Simon Says Stamp set (which happen to be the very first dies I bought!).

I then stamped, colored, and die-cut the little adorable raccoon from Lawn Fawn’s Festive Friends set (or as I like to call it, the Party Animals expansion pack). Then I took my tiny craft knife and cut around the raccoon’s paw so that I could tuck in the black embroidery floss balloon strings.

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To finish it off, add a tag with an embossed sentiment and layered it all over some more patterned paper.

My favorite part is probably the balloon strings. It’s sort of an unexpected bit of texture, and now I’m looking for ways to add embroidery to my cards. Do you use supplies from your other hobbies in your card making?

Thanks for stopping by!