Hi friends! I am so excited to be share some inspiration with you using Simon Says Stamp’s brand spanking new Rainbow Splash products from STAMPtember! This gorgeous array of products features a cheerful, bright color rainbow color palette, stamps, embossing folders, and perfectly coordinating colored cardstock, and it is curated specifically for newer crafters. While these products may be intended for newer crafters, I have been having a ton of fun creating lovely, yet simple, cards using these marvelous products. You all know how much I love color, and the super bright colors in this collection are divine! I have a trio of projects to share with you today to introduce these new goodies, so let’s get started with the details!
When it comes to rainbows, I tend to take a bit more of a non-traditional approach. I don’t really love red, orange, and yellow… my chosen color palettes tend to gravitate more towards the cool end of the color spectrum, so for these initial cards, I kept my color palette to a cooler rainbow, focusing on the Sea, Lake, Heather, Ballet, Princess, and Crimson shades of the Rainbow Splash palette. I was channeling my inner rainbow queen: the incomparable Laura Bassen! She chooses the most beautiful and unique rainbow color palettes, and I just adore her clean and simple style.
For my first project, I used several colors from the Rainbow Splash colored cardstock to create this colorful striped background. I began by trimming down several 1/4″ strips of Sea, Lake, Heather, Ballet, Princess, and Crimson cardstock from the Rainbow Splash cardstock sampler pack. After cutting lots of colorful strips of cardstock, I covered a panel of plain white cardstock with very strong double sided adhesive, then started layering the cardstock strips in an ombré pattern at a diagonal over the adhesive. After I had finished covering the entire panel with the colorful cardstock strips, I trimmed the panel down and mounted it on an ever-so-slightly larger piece of Rainbow Splash Black Cardstock, creating a thin black frame around the striped panel.
For the greeting, I kept things super simple, stamping a sentiment from the Bold Messages stamp set with black pigment ink and clear embossing over the top. I love the chunky font on this stamp set, and the price point and versatility of the sentiments included cannot be beaten! I trimmed the sentiment down and matted it on a slightly larger piece of black cardstock. I wanted to keep this card super simple in both technique and design, so I simply popped up the sentiment with some foam tape and allowed the colorful striped background to be the star of the show!
My second card allows the gorgeous inks to take center stage with an ink blended and embossed background. I began by blending Sea, Lake, Heather, Ballet, Princess, and Crimson inks on the diagonal using blending brushes on a panel of white cardstock, first doing a light layer to establish the spacing between my colors, then going over the first layer with another layer of the same shades of ink to smooth the blend and completely saturate the card front. After I had completely saturated the card front with color, I ran the blended panel through my die cut machine using the new Rainbow Splash Tiny Florals Embossing Folder. These delicate little flowers worked beautifully with the cool, feminine color palette! To enhance the embossed details, I swiped my white pigment inkpad over the top of the raised areas. I think it creates such a pretty, delicate pattern on the colorful background with very little effort involved.
After I had finished my background, I stamped a greeting from the Happy Blooms stamp set using black pigment ink and clear embossing over the top. I trimmed it down, then centered it on a slightly larger panel of Rainbow Splash black cardstock to frame it and help it pop from the colorful background. I also stamped the smaller of the two flowers from the Happy Blooms set using Princess ink and adhered it in the corner of the sentiment piece. I added some teeny pink gems from the Rainbow Splash gem pack to the center of the embossed flowers and a larger pink gem to the center of the flower accent! Such a simple but effective card.
My final project today is super simple, but would be so easy to replicate for an inexperienced stamper and can be done in a ton of colors. This project perfectly illustrates how closely the Rainbow Splash colored cardstock matches the Rainbow Splash ink line! To create the two-tone pink blooms, I started by stamping the blooms from the Happy Blooms stamp set first using Ballet ink. I then lightly tapped my Princess ink pad around the outer edges of the flowers and used the Rainbow Splash Ink Pouncers to soften the interior edges of the deeper pink, so that it would fade nicely from light in the middle to the darker edges of the petals. I used the same technique with the foliage, first stamping the image completely in Grass ink, then adding some Emerald ink around the edges and softening the lines with the ink pouncers. This creates some lovely two-tone images with an easy gradient for extra interest!
To keep things simple, I trimmed down a panel of Rainbow Splash White Cardstock and ran it through my die cut machine using the beautiful Folk Flower Embossing Folder. I matted the embossed panel on a slightly larger piece of Rainbow Splash Princess colored cardstock, then mounted both on an A2 card front. I heat embossed one of the delicate greetings from the Everyday Greetings stamp set using white embossing powder on some more Princess colored cardstock. I arranged the flowers and sentiment on my embossed card front, then added a few Rainbow Splash Gems to the center of each flower for some sparkle!
Well, that’s all for my projects today. This new Rainbow Splash collection from Simon Says Stamp may be geared towards newer stampers, but the simplicity of the products allows room for experiements for the experienced stamper, as well, enabling them to put their own spin on things! I highly recommend that you check out the entire Rainbow Splash collection! The ink pads alone are worth it; they are the very similar to the Pawsitively Saturated ink line, with the cushy foam pad and super bright, saturated colors that you love. I have been playing with these new products all week and I can’t wait to share some more inspiration with you!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy STAMPtember!!!