Welcome to the STAMPtember® Blog Party presented by Simon Says Stamp! Have you ever been to a party that lasts all month long??? Today is just the start but I hope that you will keep checking in with Simon Says Stamp throughout September for updates on releases and special offers.
Speaking of special offers, as a member of the Simon Says Stamp Design Family, I have one for you today, please keep reading for details. I've also shopping links for the products I used at the bottom of the post in the Supplies section.
I don't know what happened, but I ended up making SEVEN cards with this stencil set, so I hope that you will be inspired to have fun too.
I will take any excuse to use a stencil (*see below), so I was super happy to open my Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Design Package and see a stencil. To be more accurate, not just one stencil, but THREE, in the cutest set called Simon Says Stamp Simple Patterns Trio.
Stencils were one of the first crafting products that I fell in love with, here are 5 reasons why:
1.) They are easy to use
2.) They are inexpensive
3.) They can be used with a variety of media - ink, paint, glitter, pastes, sprays, the kitchen sink...
4.) They can be layered to produce new patterns
5.) They are durable - wipe/wash and go
Ready to explore the cards?
Card 1 - "Love You" Glitter Stripes Rainbow
Let's get started. I don't know about you, but I bring rainbows and glitter to my parties...hence my first card.
I love an opportunity to ink blend and the Diagonal Stripes stencil told me that it wanted to be a rainbow. As we are drifting towards Fall, I selected some deeper hues of Distress Inks for the rainbow - Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick.
I got to work on ink blending, starting from the bottom of the stencil with Seedless Preserves and worked my way to the top, finishing with Fired Brick.
Once I was satisfied with my ink-blending, I left the stencil in place and added a thin layer of a white transparent glitter paste. I then removed the stencil, dropped it into a my Stencil Bath (fancy name for shallow dish with water) and then set aside the glittery rainbow to dry.
I kept this dish handy throughout the day to drop my messy stencils into so that that my pastes and other media would not dry onto the stencil and distort it for future use.