Hello and welcome to Day 2 of the Simon Says Stamp And Back Again blog hop! I’m so excited to be a part of this month’s hop, particularly because I was lucky enough to illustrate two of the stamp sets in the release that we’re celebrating in today’s hop- To the Moon (released in December 2021) And Back Again (released January 2022)! You should have arrived here from Dilay Nacar, and your next stop is Jennifer Kotas. You can also start back at the beginning at the Simon Says Stamp blog in case you get lost! I have two lovely lavender projects to share with you today using some of the new goodies, so let’s get started with the details!
The new Pantone Color of the Year for 2022 is a lovely shade of purple called Very Peri. I used that color as my inspiration for both projects today.
My first project uses some of the fabulous stencils to create a mini slimline (3.5″x6″) card. I began by placing one of the Heart Stencil Masks offset on a white mini-slimline card base. I blended some Hydrangea ink using a blending brush, concentrating the color around the edges and leaving the center of the heart lighter. While the solid heart stencil was still taped in place on my card base, I centered the detailed Layering Heart Mandala Stencil over the blended heart, then blended some more Hydrangea ink to add a tone-on-tone pattern to the stenciled heart. Lifting the double stencil away was magical!!
For the greeting, I combined the new Birthday die and Sassy Birthday Sentiment Strips. I die cut the detailed layer of the Birthday die three times from some coordinating lavender cardstock, then adhered them together using liquid adhesive to create a dimensional die cut. I die cut the sentiment halo from some vellum, then adhered the dimensional die cut with some more liquid adhesive. I adhered both the sentiment strips and the word die cut using foam adhesive for lots of dimension.
To create a visual cascade down the front of my card, I adhered some leftover glittery heart die cuts and some lavender gems. I love the added texture and sparkle this adds to the card front!
My second project features the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set that I illustrated that was released for the To The Moon release in December, 2021. I previously created some watercolored projects (you can see them both here), so I thought it would be fun to pull out my Copic markers and do some no-line coloring. I began by stamping the bulk of the Beautiful Bouquet image on a full-size white slimline card base using Hero Arts Contour Ink.
I colored the images with my Copic markers, keeping the color palette nice and cool, and allowing that huge anemone and hydrangea to be the focus of my card front. I used Copic shades BV04, B66, BV02, and BV01 with touches of T7 for the anemone, with B28, FB2, and B12 for the hydrangea. Once I had finished coloring, I masked around the edges of the slimline card front using low-tack washi tape, lining up the edge of the card base with the edge of th washi tape to create a nice thick border. I used a blending brush to lightly blend some Blue Jay ink around the edge, tapering off as it got closer to the center of the card and around the colored image. I peeled the masking tape away to reveal a crisp white frame highlighting my Copic colored image!
I didn’t want to cover up my meticulous Copic coloring with a giant sentiment, so I heat embossed the greeting from the new Friend Greetings on some heavyweight vellum cardstock using white embossing powder. I used a vellum adhesive tape runner to add small dots of adhesive to the back of the embossed greeting and adhere it to the card front. Finally, I added a delicate silver thread bow, tucked beneath the sentiment panel and trailing down the card front, just to add a bit of extra texture and some shine to the card front.
Well, that’s all for my projects today! Now, I have some fun promo codes and giveaway information to share with you!
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Your next stop on the hop is Jennifer Kotas. Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy hopping!