Simon Says Stamp !!! TWO cards & a tutorial

Hello Friends, How are you today?? Since September is almost over so is STAMPtember at Simon Says Stamp :(  Have you had a chance to take advantage of all the specials in the Simon Says store?? I have a feeling they might be giving away some stamps today on their blog... I don't know a store that is more generous with their giveaways!!
Holiday Cheer
Every blue moon I design a card that I  just have to keep?? It's very rare I keep a card ...but, this one I maybe...just might..keep for a while. I had so much fun making the flower pot with this Spellbinder Die and coloring the flowers from Penny Black called "Christmas Star". When I have time I always enjoy stamping a background too.

Holiday Cheer
After the next card is a tutorial and I explain a little about the white edging called Edgeabilities from Spellbinders that you see on the front & the inside of the card.
Happy Birthday
Don't you love it when you have some stuff laying around and it makes it's way onto a card that you are working on? The vellum flower UNDER my colored flower did just that. I recently just posted two vellum features on my blog.( here and here) I always loved vellum and it gives your cards such a different and appealing look.

By now you all know that I love SRM stickers and I love how some of their stickers are white! The scallop is one of the new Edgeabilities them!

Here is a tutorial for the first card and how I colored three of the flowers with Copic markers. 

I always start with my lightest color in this case RV11. I use my Copic color swatch book to select the colors that I will be using on my card. 
Feather in or "sweep" in some color with RV23 on the points inside & outside the flower. I like to call it sweeping because the weight of your marker is heavier on your paper when you begin your stroke and at the end you have a lighter stroke ...just like when you sweep
Swirl some color (RV17) into a palette or on a acrylic block. Use your lighter color RV11  to pick up the color and brush the color down onto your tips of the flower again. This way you get less color and it's easier to blend I think.
Add some RV69 in the area that you think some shading will look good. It doesn't have to be correctly shaded. The idea is to create and have fun.
This time I put some RV69 into my palette and picked up the color with RV17. So you will be using the lighter color in this case (RV17) as your brush. Place the color down next to your dark highlights to soften the boldness of it.
All this blending is what yields a colorful image in the end. :) This is how it look after I have softened my darkest color RV69. I also added some more to the tips of the flower petals. 
See the tip on the front of the image. This is how it looks. 
 Now you can go over most of your image with  RV11 to blend it all together. This way always works best for me and you will find what works best for you. 
Now it's ready to add some details. I like to go over my lines with a fine tip black marker. 
Use a white gel pen to add highlights down the middle as you see in the flower in the back of the photo. 
You can use a blade to cut into the tiny spaces between the petals can cut around your petal. I might add tape to the back of the flower petal when I am finished. 
I always use a marker around the edges and for the tiny areas I flip my image over and add color to the edge this way. 
I have this flower three ways. After applying my white down the middle I traced next to the white lines with a fine tip black marker. The flower below I did add the black lines next to the white so you can see the difference. 
I like this look too. 
This image I fussed with the shading more as you see in the tutorial and you can see there is a lot more color. I traced the line down the middle with black instead of white. Looks more dramatic don't you think??  
The three different versions. 
Time to think about leaves for the flower.  Any green will do but, I selected YG07, YG17 and YG67.
I like to mix these two flower softs together. Add glue to your center then sprinkle on the flower soft. Do NOT shake off the remaining until the glue is fully dry. Wait several hours. You might notice on my large card I added Glossy Accents on top of my flower soft for even more dimension.
I love the endless possibilities of this Spellbinder flower pot. Add some color with Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire. Always start with your lightest color first then build your color. Add some brown for a weathered look. I added Frayed Burlap or Brushed Corduroy. 
Before stamping cut off the folded edge of your pot so the pattern will line up then Ink up your background stamp called Delicate Pattern by Penny Black with Crushed Olive. 
To create a soft background I used Holiday Cheer with Summer Sky ink on the Penny Black mix and match paper. To fill in the spaces and add interest I stamped a tiny snowflake from the Crystalline transparent set.  Plan where your ribbon and twine will go. Top with an antique button.
Add white dots to the centers of the snowflakes. Cut two green stems and place your green "leaves". 
Use scrap dots to adhere your flowers.IMG_3988
I can't wait to make more flower pots. This really was so much fun!! Have you see the new Spellbinder Edgeabilities?? I must point them out below. The versatility is endless and the price can't be beat!! Spellbinders doesn't pay me I really just love their product. Basically each package comes with 3 dies and they are all interchangeable. Each one is carefully measured so they fit together from all of their different sets.  This video shows you many of the combinations and explains the Edgeabilites much better than I can. I forgot to mention that you can emboss each edge which really makes them stand out!


I am thinking you might want to buzz over to Simon Say's Stamp's blog but, before you go I have to thank you from your visit. I am so thankful.
I also would like to give Simon Says Stamp a BIG THANK YOU for featuring me on their blog today. I am so honored and at a loss of words. One thing I am not is a writer.Hugs,Kathy

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