Today I have a card using some products from Simon Says Stamp and I love how this card turned out. I used the Spring Flowers 4 stamp set to create this card. Simon Says Stamp kindly sponsored this post and sent me their products to use for this post. Affiliate links are used when available.
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I used a sneak peek of a 3D embossing folder on the background of the card and I absolutely love it and it's so easy to use.
I started with a piece of Neenah 110 lb. Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock cut to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4. I used my trusty Ranger Ink Blending tools to blend on some Distress Oxide inks ink Rustic Wilderness, Mowed Lawn, and Twisted Citron. I started with the lightest color making my way from the outside edge of the cardstock blending towards the middle. I left a little bit of white showing in the very middle before moving onto the next lightest shade, Mowed Lawn. I finished the very edges with the darkest shade, Rustic Wilderness, leaving the brightest greens in the middle to act as a highlight for my card panel.
Once the color was added to my card panel. I used the 3D embossing folder from Simon Says Stamp to emboss the leaf silhouettes into my green ink-blended background. This folder is super thick, much much thicker than a traditional embossing folder. You MUST check your machines capabilities and plate sandwiches before using this type of folder. You NEVER want to stress your machine and force a sandwich through the rollers. For my machine, a Spellbinders Platinum 6 die-cutting machine, I simply used the base plate the folder, with cardstock panel inserted, and three additional pieces of cardstock on top of the embossing folder. I used heavy weight cardstock, which is NOT recommended for the detailed 3D embossing folders but I think it turned out ok. You could spritz your paper with water before running it through your machine but I didn't want to activate the ink I had just blended on, so I didn't spritz mine.
I stamped my images from the Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers 4 stamp set using Intense black ink onto Heffy Doodle Alcohol Marker paper and colored them with my alcohol markers. I have made a Kolour Map listing the markers used on this image. I fussy cut the images because I don't currently own the dies to this set.
For the sentiment, I stamped the "just cause" circle sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Just Because Word Mix 2 stamp set using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. This particular sentiment set comes as one big stamp to make it easier to stamp a ton of sentiments at once. It also has a coordinating die set to cut them all out at once. I don't always need so many sentiments, so I have cut my stamp set apart. I cut out just the one circle sentiment using my 1" circle punch.
Assembly + Embellishment:
To put it all together, I popped up the green ink-blended and embossed panel using craft foam and tear tape adhesive. Before adhering the panel down I added a little ribbon on the left side of the card between the panel and the card base. I folded the ribbon in half and stapled it together using a tiny attacher. I then used regular old scotch tape to adhere it in place. The card base is a piece of Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock cut to 4 1/4 by 11 and scored at 5 1/2 in a top folding portrait orientation. I then used some foam squares to pop up my main focal image justified to the lower third of the card panel. The leaves were added flat to the card panel using liquid adhesive. I also popped up the circle sentiment using the same foam adhesive. To finish off the card, I added a few black enamel dots to the background.
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