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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

NEW RELEASE … Creating Backgrounds with Sentiments featuring Simon Says Stamp’s BOLD SMILES


Hello friends! Season of Wonder, Simon Says Stamp's new release, is fabulous! I am a huge fan of sentiment sets. For me, they are the backbone to card making. Admittedly, I am a bit of a sentiment collector but I love having lots of choices so I can choose the precise message I want to convey to the recipient. Bold Smiles is a beautiful mixture of main and secondary sentiments. For something a little bit different, I have created sentiment backgrounds in three card examples.

  • Ink blended backgrounds were created with Pawsitively Saturated Inks on Bristol Smooth card stock. The inks were applied with blending brushes. On one card, Peachy, Grapefruit and Peony were used on the background. For another card front, Celery, Limelicious and Sunbeam were used. The final background was done with Amethyst, Surf and Seafoam.

  • The sentiments were grouped for each background so they worked together. Three or four sentiments were stamped at once using a Misti so they could be double stamped deepening the tone of the ink. For the yellow card, Pearfection was used and Pucker for the pink toned one. The final card was stamped with Ocean.

  • For the card above, Mid Century Ethereal Plate die was used to cut both the stamped panel and white sheet foam.

  • The panel was adhered to an A2 sized card base.

  • The die cuts were stacked on foam and paper pieced onto the card front.

  • The Big Scripty Hugs die set completes the card with a vellum shadow topped with a pink word die cut.

  • For the yellow card, the stamped panel was cut with the circle die from Thin Frames. The frame was discarded.

  • The panel was adhered to an A2 sized card base.

  • The circle was mounted on foam and centred in the die cut opening of the panel creating a white frame.

  • The shadow die from Fancy Thanks was used to cut vellum and THANKS was cut from white card stock.

  • For the final card, the stamped panel was cut with a rectangular die from Thin Frames.

  • Gold foil card stock was adhered to an A2 sized card base. The outer portion of the stamped panel was adhered and then the rectangle centred in the die cut opening.

  • The shadow die from Miss You was used to cut vellum and the script from gold foil.

  • Stained Glass Bird was cut from blue card stock and tucked slightly behind the top of the die cut sentiment.



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