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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Working with Patterned Paper … all of it! … featuring Simon Says Stamp’s Hoppy Days Ahead

Hello everyone! I love and admire patterned paper and have amassed quite a collection. Why? Because I don’t use it! When Simon’s March card kit arrived with a gorgeous paper pack, I was determined to use it all! And that is exactly what I did! I have three cards featuring Hoppy Days Ahead just in time for Easter … it is time to get HOPPING!

For two of the card fronts, I selected three papers for each and trimmed them to 4” by 5 1/4”. The 3rd card would incorporate a domed arch die cut from one of the other two cards and just one panel of the patterned paper. For the first two cards, two of the panels were cut with 3rd and 4th largest dies from the Nested Domed Arches die set. Over sized foam was also cut with the smaller of the two dies. The panel with the larger dome opening was adhered to the one with the smaller arch creating a frame. The arch on the panel was lined up with the foam opening and adhered. When dry, the excess foam was trimmed off. The foam backed panels were adhered to the 3rd panel of patterned paper and then onto A2 sized card bases.

For the third card, one of the larger arch die cuts was adhered to a foam die cut and mounted on a panel of the patterned paper that had been cut with a scalloped rectangle. The nesting set I used is an older one from Simon and has been discontinued … sadly! The card front was adhered to an A2 sized card base.

I stamped all the bunnies! Yes, all of them! So adorable! Again I used patterned paper … I told you, I was committed to using all the paper that came in the kit!!! Two of the bunnies were stamped on a pink marbled paper. The bunnies heads were oriented to the lighter section of the print. The rest of crew were stamped on a light floral. Some shading was done with Copic Markers. For the pink bunnies, I used R20 & 22 and for the floral ones W0. They were mounted on foam and fussy cut. If you are not a fan of fussy cutting, dies are available!

One of the smaller domed arches was used to die cut more patterned paper. They were stamped with secondary sentiments using Simon’s Intense Black ink and mounted on foam die cuts. These small arches were centred in the larger domes. The main sentiment, Easter, was die cut from white card stock and mounted on foam. They were given lots of texture and shine with a combination of Sprinkle’s Chunky Glitter and Diamond Dust. On one the small dome panels, the hearts were coloured using R20 and highlighted with Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew. Studio Katia’s Pastel Rainbow Confetti finished off with more Morning Dew completed these cards.


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