Giveaway-Simon Says Stamp's Card Kit

June card kit for Simon Says Stamp
Hello Friends, How have you been? Did you have a nice weekend??
Before we get started I thought you might like to know that I have a Simon Says June Card Kit for a giveaway...yay!

The winner was selected here but, stay tuned for more giveaways :)

(All you have to do is leave a quick comment & I'll announce a winner on Monday:)
If you want to tweet, blog or Facebook that I have a giveaway and link back to me you can add your name again... and again for extra chances to win (for each mention) If you already subscribe or purchased the kit you will be credited for June's card kit.

I loved all the papers and wanted to use everything in this kit so I decided to create a card set where the recipient can get a little crafty by decorating the enclosed card bases with hand made embellishments and sentiments inside this clear box.

June card kit for Simon Says Stamp
June's card kit has TWO stamps sets, a few real vintage papers, stickels, heart brads and beautiful pins and more!! I am always amazed by the value of these kits.

The first card is complete in the gift pack so they can  see an example of what they can do with the hearts and sentiment banners.

I love the way this Spellbinder die really stands out. I did add this kraft paper to the kit's papers and I must mention this thick and delicious white paper that is in June's card kit. The weight of 120 lbs is perfect for one layers cards especially when coloring with markers because it won't show any bleed through of colors. Pretty cool!

June card kit for Simon Says Stamp

I will explain how I created this heart embellishment and the glittery sentiment in the mini tutorial below.

Don't you love these sentiment banners?? This Simon Says exclusive will be available for purchase next month.) I love the weight of this paper and began by stamping the banner with this, this and this chalk ink then I stamped the hearts. When the ink was dry I stamped the sentiments in with this back ink for a sharp and crisp image.


It's easy to select your papers because they are all beautiful. Layer them up and round a few corners. You might notice that I ended up cutting of a few inches from the top and will share what I made with my "scraps" soon. I should mentions that after you layer use this die to cut the center out then mix the center die cuts up and add the new layer on the card bases.


This beautiful iridescent stickles comes in the card kit. I brushed the stickles on most of the hearts and all of the sentiment banners after trimming them. Be sure to rinse you brush right away and it will last a long time.


This photos give you an idea of how pretty the stickles looks on the banners. LOVE these fonts too!


I trimmed the hearts to leave a white boarder so they are larger and stand out more. I applied Glossy Accents to each heart as you can see on the top heart. I recommend you let it dry over night.


These are the card bases in my gift pack.


These are all of the glittery sentiments and hearts in my gift pack. Some of the hearts are tied with the twine, some have glossy accents and some just glitter from the stickles.
The recipient just has to add a heart and sentiment of their choice so this way they feel apart of the creative process.


When you look at the way I decorated the box you will see that I die cut some hearts and used the beautiful vintage paper in the SSS card kit. I wanted to give the doily & vintage papers some body & strength so I brushed on this and let it dry while I was packing the box. Let me know if you have any questions and don't forget to leave a comment so you have a chance to win this awesome card kit. A big thanks to Simon Says Stamp for letting me give June's card kit away! Thanks for popping in and enjoy the rest of the week. Hugs, Kathy



Coloring a shadow stamp & creating a dotted background

Black Cards
Good Morning Friends, Today I have a mini tutorial on coloring a shadow stamp instead of inking for more depth, color and vibrance. What I am excited about showing you is creating another background with dots and lines using a gel pen. 
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I admit I have trouble finding the right ink for shadow stamps...maybe I just need more...more color.
So with today's card this is how I like to use this kinda stamp. Notice on the top card I added dots on the bottom portion too and I discuss it further in the tutorial. 
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I can easily add the dots on this later if I so desire and the same goes for a sentiment too.  However, I like having blank cards on hand that are suitable for most occasions. 
Just had to zoom in...the white is much brighter but, had to tone it down so you could see the white dots. Have you been feeling dotty lately?
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Three nights before bed I would apply a big blob of Glossy Accents. Ready to get started?
Stamp your image with any light colored ink. Outline with a light blue Copic marker (Boo) and on both sides of the vines.
Add some shading to the inside of the petals with a darker marker (B04) and on one side of the vines. 
Color the top part of the background LEAVING A white boarder with your light marker (B00).
Don't worry about good coverage because you will go over this area again to get saturation. 
This is what it looks like with complete coverage after going over the area one more time. 

This photo shows you the area I colored on the background. I tend to stop in the design where there is an ending at the edge of the paper. Know what I mean?
Now the fun begins. Take your white gel pen (see supply list)  and follow the white boarder you just finished THIS TIME LEAVING a boarder of blue. When using a gel pen I always start it on my finger to get it flowing. Go slowly to control the flow when drawing your outline. 
Now you want to add dots creating another boarder leaving some space (between the white boarder).
Give your pen time on the paper to pool the white ink before lifting it up.
Add some color with colored pencils. First I outlined the inside of the petals with red. Then I colored the inside with purple.
After shading the center with yellow & brown trace over part of the petals with a fine tip marker.  Don't be shy about doing can do it and it makes such a big difference. (Trace over all  your flowers the same way and the leaves)
Sharpen your brown pencil and trace over the stems and vines. Add green to the leaves. 
I added dots to the vines, leaves and the center of the petals. I recommend adding three coats of Glossy Accents allowing dry time between each one. That's it in a nut shell and I hope you found something useful. If you have an questions please send me an email. Enjoy your weekend and I am thankful for your visit. Hugs, Kathy


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