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Simon Says Stamp - Smitten and Sweetheart Release Blog Hop, Day 1

Hi Lovelies!

Welcome to Day 1 of Simon Says Stamp's Smitten and Sweetheart Release Blog Hop! I love tools that have multiple ways to use them and a stencil is always near the top of my favorites list.

Today's card is a Valentine's Card but can also be used to offer someone comfort or support. To create it, we will not only ink blend with the Heart Blooms Stencil and also cover it in Texture Paste for a dimensional effect.

Of course, you can make two completely separate cards with each technique but it's fun to bring them together in the same card and have the layers "echo" each other.

Let's get started by reviewing the key supplies for today's cards:

Supplies are linked throughout the post and then again in the Supplies Section at the end of this post. Check out the entire Smitten and Sweetheart release by clicking the image below:

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Valentines for EVERYONE!!!

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

Texture Paste Layer: 3 3/4" x 5"



Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain - Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose, Dried Marigold, Crushed Olive and Salvaged Patina


  • Secure the Hearts Blooms Stencil over a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Distress White Cardstock

  • Use a palette knife to evenly spread a layer of Opaque Distress Texture Paste through the openings in the stencil

  • Quickly lift up the stencil when complete to reveal the stenciled design and place the stencil in water and clean and dry it thoroughly

  • While the Texture Paste design is drying, secure the stencil over a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock

  • Ink a large blending brush from a Distress Lost Shadow ink pad and ink blend the color through the openings in the stencil onto the white cardstock

  • When complete adhere this layer to a card base with Craft Glue

  • If the Texture Paste design is dry, place it inside a Splatter Box or a cardboard box and spray with the selected Spray Stain colors and set aside to dry

  • Die-cut the "Sweetheart" sentiment out of white cardstock two times

  • Layer and adhere the sentiment with Craft Glue

  • Trim and ink the sentiment strip reading, "I am always here for you" with Lost Shadow Ink

  • Pop up the sentiment strip with foam tape

  • Adhere the "Sweetheart" die-cut with Craft Glue to the dried Texture Paste Layer and then add the sentiment strip

  • Pop-up the Texture Paste layer with foam tape and adhere to the grey stenciled card front to finish

  • Add a heart from the Altenew ROCK COLLECTION Enamel Dots to finish


The grey stenciled layer is a subtle touch, but I think it offsets the intensity of the Spray-stained Texture Paste layer well!

Yes, snuck in another rainbow card but I choose mostly more muted colors that I don't use as much as I'd like to.

Layering the Sweetheart die-cut in the same color almost makes it look like the sentiment has been embossed. Inking the sentiment in grey to echo the base stenciled layer allow us to tie them together!

I hope you'll give this a try to brighten someone's day!


I want to make sure that you get the most of today's blog hop, so please take note Lovelies:

  • Be sure to explore the Smitten and Sweetheart release galleries that are packed with inspiration from this release!!!

  • Don't forget to snag your Hearts and Stars Stencil by following the steps below:

  • Comment to on this post to be eligible to win a $25 coupon from Simon Says Stamp. Winners will be chosen and posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, the 17th of January. Winner should email Simon Says Stamp to claim their prize

  • Check out the full supply list below for your shopping convenience

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon Lovelies! Now, do go and check out what the masterful Mindy Eggen has in store for you!





I listed the products that I have used below. Please note that these are compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support. Simon Says Stamp's Sweetheart Release products were provided as part of my Design Team package. Click on the icons below each product picture to shop with


I love how beautiful this turned out, really love the stencil with the paste, gorgeous results!


Love the background. You have inspired me to use the Distress Stains I have and even some paste. I've not experimented with either yet....


This card has fantastic dimension! Love the texture paste and these new products!


Beautiful card!!!


Andre M.
Andre M.
Jan 16

Lovely palette to showcase your stenciling on this card.

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