Simon Says Stamp - Rainbows Release Stencils



This is not the first time that I have fallen down the stenciling rabbit hole, check out my 2020 STAMPtember blog post for the evidence!


I am always happy to see a stencil as they are easy, inexpensive and soooo versatile and Simon Says Stamp just released a new range of Slimline ones perfect for my lastest favorite card size.


In this post, we'll use use Distress Ink, Distress Sprays, Distress Texture Paste, Stickles, Glitter Gel and Deco Foil Transfer Gel Duo to make some fun Slimline cards!


I love how stencils do all the heavy lifting for you when making a card. I selected 5 of the 6 stencils from the Rainbows release for today's cards.



In addition to the above stencils, you will need:


Key Supplies

Distress White Heavystock

Distress Texture Paste

Distress Inks

Distress Oxides

Distress Sprays

DecoFoil Transfer Gel Duo

DecoFoil Watercolor - Lapis

Stickles Glitter Gel - Solar Flare, Moon Dust


Most of these cards require drying time, so I recommend starting other designs while some cards dry.




SENDING HAPPY THOUGHTS CARD - Pastel Distress Oxides over Texture Paste

Size: 3 1/2" x 8 1/2"

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I am starting with this card as it needs to be prepped and requires drying time before you can start working on them. I actually tackled this and and the base for the "Bigger Than the Ocean" card together as you will see below; use the Slimline Waves Stencil for the the Ocean card.


I've take a few photos as prompts for you in the event that you would like to make these cards.



The Texture Paste dries relatively quickly and the Transfer Gel Duo in about 1 hour. I left them both alone for about 90 minutes while I worked on other cards, so you can skip ahead now and come back to the rest of this card later.



All that is left is to embellish with the Butterfly Diecuts and the "Sending Happy Thoughts" Stamp from the XL Greetings 2 Set.





BIGGER THAN THE OCEAN CARD - Foiling a Stenciled Pattern

Size: 3 1/2" x 8 1/2"

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Be warned, if a perfectly stenciled image is important to you, it may be hard to achieve with a stencil as intricate as the Slimline Waves, but I like the rustic texture and the foil is so beautiful that even when I went outside the lines, I did not care.



I did the stenciling in the previous card so we will pick up with the application of the foil from here:



To apply the Foil Sheet to the stenciled background, you can use pressure (a die-cut machine) or heat (a laminator). Once done, peel off the sheet and clean up the background with a sharp tool if you have gel in spots that you don't want.





Embellish with (3rd smallest) heart diecut and sentiment from the Seas and Greetings Stamp Set.



Endless Summers Card - Stickles Glitter Gel Stenciled Over Distress Ink Blending

Size: 3 1/2" x 8 1/2"

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The card base needs some Distress Ink blending before it is ready for stenciling. As a 1st step I marked lightly in pencil where the sun's "face" would be and then did some messy circular ink blending. Don't get too precious about it being smooth, the stencil will make it all look magical when done!



Next, I positioned the stencil over the card front and stenciled the Sunburst pattern in Black Soot Distress Ink, followed by the Solar Flare Stickles Glitter Gel. I then peeled back the stencil, set it aside to dry and clean my stencil. While it dries, I suggest skipping ahead to start the next card (or another project) and coming back to this one later.



This is my unexpected favorite card, but I will try this gel with a larger stencil that allows me to see the stars that are in this yummy mix. :-)



Once dry the card is ready for embellishing with a heat-embossed gold sentiment, "Wishing You Endless Summers..." from the Tropical Silhouettes Stamp Set and a gold Tim Holtz Metallic Droplet.





You Shine Card - Stickles Glitter Gel Stenciled Over Distress Sprays

Size: 3 1/2" x 8 1/2"

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After setting up my Splat Box to limit the mess, I got started with generously spraying the card front and then setting it aside to dry:



Once dry, I was ready to stencil with the Moon Dust Stickles Glitter Gel, which I also set aside to dry :


Once dry, time to embellish with the You Shine diecut and the clear jewels.






So Happy For You Card - Two-toned Distress Ink Rainbow Stenciling

Size: 3 1/2" x 8 1/2"

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