• Bonnie Crane

Creating Stencils with Simon Says Stamp’s Wafer Dies


Hello everyone! So here's the thing ... I live in Canada but order a lot of my card making products from the United States ... mainly from Simon Says Stamp. I live close to the States, and so prior to the health crisis, I would pick up my orders and Design Team products at a depot just across the border. I would get things so much quicker than waiting for a shipment to my Canadian address. With the border closed, I find myself anxiously waiting for deliveries! And not one package from the States has made it my way to date! I am left to looking at the stamp sets and dies I have to come up with new ideas on how they can be used. Not a bad thing, right?! I am all about getting more mileage out of my stamps and dies! I pulled out a number of Simon Says Stamp's wafer dies ... my main criteria was the silhouette of the die cut had to be clearly recognizable ... and started making simple stencils.

The Stencils

I used copy paper to make the stencils. The downside is the stencil is really only good for one application but the upside is the stencilled image has a crisp edge. I was not planning to make multiple cards with the same image so I elected to use the copy paper. After die cutting. the stencil was sprayed with Pixie Spray, a repositionable adhesive. For two of the cards, I used the negative die cut and for the other three, the positive.


Picture Book Critters

For the first card, I created and underwater scene using Simon Says Stamp's Picture Book Wafer Dies. The wave background was stencilled with My Favourite Thing's Drifts and Hills using Distress Oxide Inks, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass. I used both a small and mid sized paint brush to sprinkle water on the panel to create 'bubbles' The stencil was placed over the panel and the sea creatures were stencilled with:

Fish - Carved Pumpkin, Ripe Persimmon

Crab - Candied Apple. Abandoned Coral

Turtle - Twisted Citron, Forest Moss

Leaves - Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade

The die cut sentiment was stacked with 3 layers each of teal, pale blue and white card stock. The die cuts were sprayed with Pixie Spray. The secondary sentiment was stamped

with black Versafine ink. The card was finished off the Crystal Nuvo Drops Morning Dew. I also had to use a green marker to draw in the stem for the leaves ... aka seaweed! The panel was adhered to a A2 sized card base.


Bikini (Sea You Soon)

The rainbow, ink blended background was created with Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Twisted Citron, and Squeezed Lemonade. The bikini stencil was placed over the panel and stencilled with Hero Arts White Unicorn Ink. A second bikini stencil was created using chip board to apply Faber Castell's Glass Bead Glitter Gel over the white bikinis. The sentiment, Simon Says Stamp's Summertime was die cut from both white foam and teal card stock. The panel was adhered to an A2 sized card base.


Outline Clustered Leaves

The background for the this card was ink blended after the stencil, created with Simon Says Stamp's Outline Clustered Leaves, was in place on the panel with Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Pine Needles. This panel was die cut with a scalloped rectangular die. The sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Thanks and Leaves was embossed twice and the secondary sentiment was stamped with black Versafine ink. Blue confetti topped with Morning Dew Nuvo Drops was tucked in amongst the leaves and around the sentiment. The panel was mounted on sheet foam and adhered to an A2 sized card base.


Sunflower Stem

Colour, Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron, was inked on the panel prior to the stencil created with Simon Says Stamp's Sunflower Stem was put in place. The background was ink blended with Abandoned Coral, Bundled Sage and Twisted Citron. This panel was die cut with the scalloped frame die from Simon Says Stamp's Frames. The sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Thanks and Leaves was embossed with Nuvo Embossing Powder, Golden Sunflower. The panel was mounted on white sheet foam and adhered to an A2 sized card base. The frame was attached. Several sequins topped with Morning Dew Nuvo Drops finish this card.


Cottage Stems

The stencil die cut with Simon Says Stamp's Cottage Stems was placed on the panel prior to ink blending the background with Antique Linen, Old Paper, Weathered Wood and Faded Jeans. The panel was debased with Altenew's Dotted Scales. The sentiment was was die cut with Simon Says Stamp's Hello Crafty Friend; the shadow was die cut from both foam and card stock inked with Weathered Wood and script was die cut from white card stock. The panel was adhered to an A2 sized card base and finished off with white Nuvo Drops.


The Products

Simon Says Stamp: Picture Book critters - Crab, Fish, Turtle, Four Seasons, Summertime,

Outline Clustered Leaves, Thanks and Leaves, Sunflower Stems, Frames, Cottage Stems, Hello Crafty Stems

Altenew: Dotted Scale Debossing Cover Die

My Favorite Things: Drifts and Hills

Distress Oxide Inks: Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Carved Pumpkin, Ripe Persimmon

Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral, Twisted Citron, Forest Moss, Squeezed Lemonade,Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Pine Needles, Bundled Sage, Antique Linen, Old Paper, Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans

Hero Arts: Unicorn White

Versafine: Black Onyx

Nuvo Crystal Drops: Morning Dew, Simply White



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