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Simon Says Stamp - Dream Big Release Blog Hop, Day 1

Updated: Jul 25, 2022

Hi Lovelies!

Welcome in for Day 1 of Simon Says Stamp's Dream Big Release Blog Hop! Layered Stencils are like magic to me; as you add each layer of color, the design becomes more fantastic.

Every time I get in front of my inks, I am always inclined to make a rainbow and this time I could resist taking my primary Pawsitively Saturated Ink Trios to make an ombre rainbow through this Dimensional Cubes Stencil.

Let's review the key supplies for today's card and of course I've got the full supply list linked for your convenience here and in the Supply Gallery at the end of this post.

For the ink blending, we are going with 3 cool "primary" trios:

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YOU DO YOU CARD - Stenciling, Ink-blending and Die-cutting

A2 Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Foiled/Inked Layer: 3 7/8" x 5 1/2"


Confession! When I was editing photos for this blog post, I noticed that I mis-aligned at least one of the 3 stencil layers, but somehow that couldn't stop the pretty on this card!

So let's press on and get to making, if you give this a whirl, no need to copy my error Lovelies. I took lots of photos so hopefully I don't have to drown you in descriptions....:-)



Setting Up the Card for Stenciling

Secure the 1st Layer of the Dimensional Cube Stencil trio to your chosen work surface*.

Tip: My first layer is the stencil with the widest open spaces that will allow the most ink to be applied to the paper. *I am using the Wendy Vecchi Make Art Staytion.

1st Layer of Color: Bubblegum, Seafoam and Lemonade

Use the coordinating Blending Brush to apply color to the cardstock through the stencil as shown, overlapping colors to create the rainbow.

Tip: Use the lightest colors of each trio on this layer, we will add progressively darker colors over this to create the rainbow ombre.

Completed 1st Layer:

2nd Layer of Color: Sweets, Surf and Sunbeam

Repeat the same ink-blending approach that was done using the Large Blending Brushes with the 1st layer but now using the mid-tone set of colors.

Tip: As this layer is a bit darker, use a dry rag or paper towel to clean off excess ink from the stencil before you move to the next color to limit color contamination on your brushes.

Completed 2nd Layer: Notice that I misaligned my stencil here!

3rd Layer of Color - Taffy, Ocean and Citrine

Repeat the same ink-blending approach that was done with the 1st and 2nd layers but using the darkest set of colors from the trio and the corresponding small blending brushes.

Completed 3rd Layer


Die-cutting and Layering

Die-cut the Alstromeria Stem Die out of white cardstock.

Tip: My dies often seem to slide around and I usually use a painters tape to keep them in place, but this can leave an adhesive residue on the paper and because I'm clumsy, occasionally tear it.

So I I tried out Simon Says Stamp's new Very Very Low Tack Tape and there was no wiggling, tearing or undesirable left-overs!

Of course I forgot to take a picture, of using it with the Alstroemeria Stem! But here is a shot of me using it on another project.

Adhere layer with a wet glue like Bearly Art Glue.

Die-cut the Emboss and Cut Folder PINPOINT STARLET out of white cardstock using this cutting sandwich if you are using a Sizzix Big Shot: two Clear Plates and the thick Cutting Platform

Trim the selected REVERSE BE YOU Sentiment Strips.

Apply 3D Foam Squares to the back of the Sentiment Strips to pop them up.

Layer the stencil background, die-cuts and sentiment strips to complete the card.

Tip: I mock-up my layers roughly to figure out placement before I adhere them.