It’s a blog party at Simon Says Stamp! We are celebrating crafting together – uniting as a community – to help us get through this pandemic called COVID-19. No matter what, our crafting will help us through these challenging times. If we can help inspire each other to enjoy our craft, art, hobby, we can help people get through this together. If we find things to do that help ease our mind and focus on something that brings joy, we will be able to manage through this difficult time easier. I hope I inspire you today.

Today, I’ve got two cards to share with you featuring Simon Says Stamp products. I tried a new color combination and fell in love with it as a I was working on it. I used citrine and aqua together with a few accent colors, too. I hope you like it!

To find more inspiration go to the Simon Says Blog for a list of designers featuring projects today. You can also go to Instagram and search on #SSSUnitedWeCraft and/or #SimonSaysStamp for more ideas and inspiration from your creative friends!

Card 1: Miss You Slimline Card

My first card features the following Simon Says Stamp products:

Eucalyptus Leaves die

Clustered Leaves die

CZ Design Miss You die

To create this card, I first ran the eucalyptus leaves die through my die cutting machine using a rubber mat in the cutting “sandwich” in order to create impressions (i.e., embossed images v. cuts) in the aqua background piece that measures 8-1/2″ wide X 2-1/2″ tall. Next, I die cut the leaves in citrine-colored cardstock and also die cut a clustered leaves design in the aqua cardstock. I added copic coloring to the leaves and stem for more contrast. I layered the leaves, added sequins in gold and teal and glue everything together using Gina K Connect Glue.

Next, I die cut three “miss you” cuts in white cardstock and one background in a navy color. I layered and glued them all together to create a dimensional phrase for the front. I placed it to the right of the leaves. I adhered the front to a white card base measuring 8-1/2″ wide X 3-1/2″ tall to complete this slimline card. This card fits perfectly into a business-sized envelope for mailing. I happened to have a citrine and a teal envie that matched perfectly. Yay!

Card 2: In My Thoughts

My second card features the following Simon Says Stamp products:

Be Kind stamp and die sets (combo set here)

CZ Design Everyday Clean Lines stamp set

Ranger Alcohol Inks

Ranger Yupo Paper

Icy Sparkle Crystals

To create my second card, I used Ranger Alcohol Inks  in Sunset OrangeButterscotch, and Pool and Yupo paper to create the background. Yupo paper is a synthetic water-resistant paper. When used with watercolor or alcohol inks, your paint will dry only by evaporation and there will be no absorption by your paper (as would be with regular watercolor paper). I love using it because it feels like a plastic and presents beautiful colors when used with alcohol inks. It maintains the color intensity of the ink after it is dried.

To make the background, I simply added dots of ink in rows and then used an inexpensive small watercolor brush dipped in Isopropyl alcohol (available at Walgreens or Target) and ran the brush across the paper to create the horizontal ripples. The ink will create these amazing lines of color. The background should be set aside to dry completely before applying the embellishments.

I stamped the Be Kind leaves in Versamark and heat embossed using metallic gold embossing powder on vellum paper. I die cut the foliage and added them to the front using Connect glue. I also heat embossed the phrase from Everyday Clean Lines on white and popped it up with  3M dimensional foam tape. Icy Crystals were added to the front as well as a citrine mat. The card front was attached to a 5″ X 5.75″ white card base to finish the card. This card fits in a 5″ X 7″ envelope for mailing. This is an easy to card to make in any size. Make your card to fit envelopes you already have!

Remember – To find more inspiration go to the Simon Says Blog for a list of designers featuring projects today. You can also go to Instagram and search on #SSSUnitedWeCraft and/or #SimonSaysStamp for more ideas and inspiration from your creative friends!

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Bobbi Hartmann Lemanski,

Bobbi Hart♥ Design

Adding h♥art into every design