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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Redefining Simon Says Stamp’s RAINDROPS In Time for Christmas!

Hello everyone! As this post goes live, I am on a short trip with my grandson in gorgeous Vancouver Island for some hiking through the rain forest and strolls along ocean. I spent my formative years in Victoria and always feel the need to return to the ocean. My grandson has never visited my home town and I am excited to show him all the places that are special to me.

So now on with the cards! I fell in love with Simon Says Stamp’s Raindrops stamp set when it was released during their month long, annual event, STAMPtember. When I looked at these oversized raindrops, I was reminded of some beautiful teardrop Christmas ornaments I have. I ordered it …. the mail is painfully slow once again thanks to COVID and it took quite some time for my order to arrive. My enthusiasm for this stamp set was not diminished by the long wait!

I began with ink blended panels using Distress Oxide inks on Bristol Smooth card stock:

  • Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Walnut Stain, Black Soot

  • Festive Berries, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany, Black Soot

  • Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Black Soot

The panels were cut with the largest die in Simon‘s Stiched Rectangles nesting die set.

The plain raindrops were stamped using acrylic blocks with Hero Arts White Unicorn ink as a guide for embossing using the accompanying textured stamps. The textured stamps were stamped with Versamark ink and embossing powder applied:

  • Red Panel - Ink on 3’s Gold Rush

  • Blue Panel - Wow! Metallic Silver

  • Yellow Panel - Nuvo Glacier White

I wanted the ornaments to hang. I drew lines with a Versamarker on the red card and embossed them with gold. For the other two cards, the lines were drawn with a white Gelly Roll pen. A tiny bow was modified from Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Ornaments to top each teardrop. The panels were mounted on sheet foam and then adhered to black card stock slightly larger than the panel for a narrow reveal. The card bases are top folding and measure 4 1/4” by 5 1/2”.

The sentiments were die cut using Simon’s Hope, Peace and Chunky Joy dies. Each were foam mounted.

  • Hope - Neenah Classic Crest 110lb

  • Peace - Tonic Studio specialty paper

  • Chunky Joy - Simon’s Matte Gold

Lots of confetti embellish these cards! I used silver on the blue card, gold on the red and iridescent white on the yellow. The confetti was topped up with Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew … as usual!


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