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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

One Layer Beauty with Simon Says Stamp 'STRONGER TOGETHER'

Updated: Jan 12

Hello everyone! Here is my second card I was able to get done using Simon Says Stamp's March card kit! (I am counting down the days until I join my daughter and grandson for our trip .... 3 -2 -1!) I used a beautiful floral image painted simply but boldly! I hope you like it!

I began this card by ink blending a background on a 4 1/4" by 5 ½" Bristol Smooth card stock. To create the white oval, I used Taylored Expressions' Masking Ovals. Taylored Expressions has a series of stencils, squares, rectangles and circles in addition to the ovals, that make creating negative and positive space blended backgrounds VERY EASY! I began by positioning the mask with an oval cut out over my panel. The mask has 2 sets of etched lines; one for an A2 size and the other if your panel is 1/8" smaller (for a border on your card base). I lined up my panel with the A2 etched lines. I then sprayed the oval insert with Pixie Spray; a light tack, repositionable adhesive for stencils. I inserted the oval into the opening in the mask with the etched lines. When the oval was perfectly aligned, I removed the other mask and lightly rubbed the oval mask to ensure it was adhered. Sounds like a lot? The explanation is more complex than actually doing it!!!

The background was blended using Distress Oxide inks; Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Hickory Smoke. A number of layers of ink were applied using a blending tool, overlapping each of the colours, until a smooth blend was achieved. The oval mask was removed to reveal a perfectly crisp and centred oval!

After the panel was completely dry, a flower image and sentiment from Stronger Together were stamped with Versamark ink to be embossed with WOW! Metallic Gold Rich. The flower image has a fine line so it was embossed once. The sentiment was left in place on the Misti so it could be embossed a second time giving it a dimensional, puffy appearance.

Now for the colouring! I used Zig markers for this floral; Dark Pink for the blooms and Black and Grey Green for the leaves. The colour for the petals was placed at the flower centre and pulled out using a water brush. I had a couple of petals that overlapped the blended background and I did not like the look of after I painted them. I slightly diluted some white gouache paint. This watercolour paint is opaque. By diluting it and blending it with the pink, I was able to lessen the intensity of the dark petal. The colour for the leaves were dark and I didn't worry about the ones that were stamped on the background. The Black was blended into the Green Grey was placed at the base of each leaf and pulled out with the water brush.

The panel was adhered to a Neenah Solar White 110lb card base. I finished the card up with a few Studio Katia's Gold Foil Pearls positioned around the floral image. I hope you enjoyed this post!

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Simon Says Stamp: Stronger Together

Taylored Expressions: Masking Ovals

Pixie Spray

Distress Oxide inks: Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Hickory Smoke

WOW! Metallic Gold Rich

Zig Clean Color Real Brush: Dark Pink, Black, Green Grey

Winsor and Newton White Gouache

Neenah Solar White 110lb

Strathmore Bristol Smooth

Studio Katia: Gold Foil Pearls

Thanks so much for visiting!


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