Welcome to Day 2 of Simon Says Stamp's Blog Hop for the Rainbows Release. I am ridiculously thrilled to be invited to inspire you and I hope you like what I have in store!
The full supply list for today's projects is at the bottom of this post, so when you shop for the items you want, remember to use the ENVIES code when you check out so that you can get a FREE* pack of Holographic envelopes with any purchase!!!
Also, our BFF's at Simon Says Stamp are giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from each blog's comment section.
I know....this is a lot, but it is a special card to celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime moment. So whip out your patience and let's make something beautiful.
There are so many goodies in this release but I am focused today on a few key things for these two cards.
This is a two-fer project where we put in a bit of effort to color the background stamp and get two cards out of it. So let's get started!
Prepping the Background
Cut the Simon Says Vellum Cardstock down to 5.75" x 5.75"
Rub the Anti-Static Pouch over one side of the vellum and then secure to the inside of the MISTI base or similar stamp positioning tool with a strip low-tack tape. Tip: You can use the tape as a handle for when you are embossing
Ink the stamp with Simon Says Stamp Clear Ink and stamp on the vellum
Dust the inked cardstock with gold embossing powder and heat emboss
Coloring the Background
I am fond of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers because even though they water-based, they blend beautifully and have a pretty low learning curve.
Gather your preferred colors. I used color numbers:
028 Pale Pink
230 Pale Rose
260 Deep Red
052 Bright Yellow
053 Yellow Green
046 Mid Green
049 Green Shadow (not shown above).
Tip: I recommend swatching them on the vellum so you can see exactly how they look on the vellum cardstock and how they look as an overall color scheme
Yellow Flowers: One petal at a time, start with the darker yellow (052) in the part of the petal that is closest to the center of the flower and color about 1/3 of the way down the petal. Starting at the edge of the first yellow, use the lighter yellow (050) to blend the color out towards the edge of the petal. Rinse and repeat until all the yellow flowers have been colored.
Flower Centers: Color as shown in pictures 5, 6 and 7 using 063, 260 and 230
Pink Flowers: One petal at a time, start with the darker pink 260, in the part of the petal that is closest to the center of the flower and color about 1/3 of the way down the petal. Starting at the edge of the darkest pink, use the 2nd lightest pink 230 to move further down the petal. Continue with 028 and finish with 021 to blend the color out towards the edge of the petal. Rinse and repeat until all the pink flowers have been colored.
Leaves: Color the thin spiky leaves in 053. Color the stripy leaves with 046 and 049, alternating segments of those leaves with each color. Starting with the darker green, color the last type of leaf with 041 and finish by blending out with 053.
When you are all done, it should look something like this:
Two of Our Favorite People Card
With the background done, each Card comes together relatively easily. I loved the font of the Simon Say Stamp "Congratulations" Die so much that I wanted to use it on both cards even though it's too long for the A6-sized format of this card. My solution was to perform a little surgery to make the diecut fit!!!
We'll get to all that shortly, but let's work on the other elements first.
Preparing the Card Base and Front Panel
Diecut the white cardstock and vellum background as shown and using the Simon Says Stamp Nested Oval Die
Prepare an A6-sized card base (4.5" x 6.25" folded) using Simon Sunshine Cardstock
Using clear ink, stamp the Simon Say Stamp Delicate Flowers Background Stamp in Simon Says Stamp Clear Ink onto the front of the card base
Layer the vellum oval on top of the white cardstock oval, adhering with tape runner such as Tombow Permanent Mono Adhesive
Add foam tape to the back of the oval and set aside until you have prepared the other embellishments.
Embellishing The Card
Diecut the white cardstock twice using the Simon Say Stamp Floral Bundle Die and adhere the diecuts on the stamped card base
Diecut the white cardstock using the Simon Say Stamp Slimline Congratulations Die and snip the word into 3 sections as shown
Cut the Simon Say Stamp "Our Two Favorite People are Getting Married" Reverse Wedding Sentiment Strips
Assemble and layer all elements as shown to finish the card
Meant For Each Other Card
A little bit of color goes a long way in this Standard-sized Slimline card that takes full advantage of that gorgeous Simon Say Stamp Slimline Congratulations Die.
Decorate the Simon Says Stamp Slimline Card Base as shown with the 2 Floral Bundle Diecuts diecut from white cardstock
Trim the strip of colored vellum to 3.50" tall for the front of the card
Diecut the Simon Say Stamp Slimline Congratulations Die twice: once out of white cardstock and then out of gold foil
Layer these diecuts on top of one another with a very slight offset to reveal a hint of the gold layer on the bottom
Cut the Simon Say Stamp "You Were Meant For Each Other" Reverse Wedding Sentiment Strips and add foam tape to the back
Assemble and layer all elements as shown to finish the card
That was easy! :-)
Coloring on vellum with Zigs is very rewarding for me as I find it to be very forgiving. And forgiveness is very important with my level of coloring skills. LOL
Let me know in the comments if you like which card you preferred.
Okay, I've got the bit of homework for you:
Comment below to be entered for the $25 coupon that Simon Says Stamp is giving away at every stop on the hop Winners will be chosen and posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, the 9th of June. Please email Simon Says Stamp to claim your prize :-)
Be sure to check out the AMAZING Gallery that is packed with inspiration from this release!!!
This is Day 2 of the Hop, so be sure to check out all the other wonderful projects from Day 1!!!
Full supply list below for your shopping convenience.
See you soon Lovelies! Go and check out what Yoonsun Hur has in store for you!