• Bonnie Crane

Wishes for a Beautiful Christmas featuring Simon Says Stamp’s WINTER BIRDS

So this gorgeous stamp set, WINTER BIRDS, from Simon Says Stamp’s PEACE ON EARTH release last month just arrived!!! Saying I am a little late is an understatement. I think the mail service must have shipped the parcel South instead of North to Canada … hope it had a pleasant trip around the world! The upside is Halloween is over and it is all about Christmas … in that sense, this beautiful stamp set arrived just in time!

The cards are 6” by 6” using Tonic Studio‘s Card Blanks and Envelopes. All of the birds were stamped on Canson XL water colour paper and embossed with either gold or silver embossing powder. The birds with the Happy Holidays sentiment were painted with Distress Oxide inks Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord and Hickor Smoke. The other two birds were water coloured with Mission Gold paints. All of the birds were fussy cut.

Bristol Smooth card stock was ink blended with Distress Oxide inks Faded Jeans and Peacock Feathers. It was die cut with a circular die and temporarily tacked on the card base. The branches were stamped with Versamark ink and extend across the ink blended panel on to the card base and embossed in gold. Simon’s Falling Snow stencil was used to apply Iridescent Glitz Glitter Gel. The ink blended circle and the bird were mounted on foam before being adhered to the card. The sentiment was embossed on white card stock and mounted on foam. Clear iridescent sequins embellish the card. They were finished off with Nuvo Jewel Drops Steel Blue and Sea Breeze.

Bristol Smooth card stock was ink blended with Distress Oxide inks Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Shaded Lilac. It was die cut with a square die with rounded corners die and temporarily tacked on a black card stock panel measuring 5 3/4” by 5 3/4”. The branches were stamped with Versamark ink and extend across the ink blended panel on to the card base and embossed in silver. Simon’s Falling Snow stencil was used to apply Silver Glitz Glitter Gel. The black card stock panel was adhere to the card base followed by the ink blended square and the bird that were mounted on foam. The sentiment was stamped directly on the ink blended panel with black Versafine ink. Clear lilac sequins embellish the card. They were finished off with Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew.

The top of the card base was die cut with a circular die. The die cut opening was used to position the same die on a piece of 6” by 6” masking paper. The frame was tacked down to the inside of the card and it was ink blended with Distress Oxide inks Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet. Two pieces of 6” by 6” black foam were also die cut in the same manner. The foam was run back and forth through the die cutting machine a couple of times to reduce the thickness. They were trimmed down just shy of 6” by 6”. A black card stock panel measuring 6” by 6” was die cut with Simon’s Thin Circle Frames. It is slightly smaller than the circular die used on the other die cuts. This die was also used to cut gold foil card stock and the frame was dotted with Tombow glue and left to dry until tacky. Heat resistant acetate was adhered to the back of the black panel and the fold frame attached. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink on the acetate and embossed in gold. On one of the foam panels a branch was adhered across the opening on top while the other was adhered on the back of the panel. The bird was attached to the branch sitting on the top of the panel with a foam square. The other foam panel was adhered to the front of this panel and they were attached to the front of the card. The branches were embellished with lilac sequins topped with Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew and left to set up. The acetate window frame was adhered to the foam stack.



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