Monday, July 30, 2018

SSS August 2018 Monthly Card Kit | Two Cards, Two Styles

While making the first card with the Simon Says Stamp August 2018 Card Kit I thought of the second design. I knew each one would have their own style and was intrigued by the differences and I thought it would be interesting to show them together side by side.

Watch the video here.

Card one, was what I thought of when I first looked at the Simon Says Stamp Mandy's Flowers images. The flower arrangements and cute pots had me thinking a greenhouse. Of course knowing that the inspiration for their design is an actual person named Mandy makes sense. I pictured those flower bundles arranged on a wall of shelves.

I stamped the 3 flower pot images in VersaMark and then embossed in gold on a bright white heavyweight watercolor paper. I've seen a lot of chalk painted/ coated mason jars during the seasons so I thought I could get a similar effect with Distress Oxide inks because of their pigment chalky behavior. Which turned into a lovely faded rainbow of watercolor.

The background pattern paper is from the August Kit and I darkened it with 2 colors of Distress oxide. Using another pattern paper (wood grain) from a past Simon Says Stamp card kit. I cut long rectangles then adhered those pieces to a heavyweight  white cardstock for stability. I trimmed the edges and adhered those to the scripty background then placed one of the 3 flower arrangements on each shelf. The tall one I cut down so that it would fit a A2 envelope.

For the second card I went a more modern direction. I used the background stamp from the kit to clear emboss on to a light gray card panel. Then I stamped the circle flower image in a Copic friendly ink, that way I could do a quick alcohol marker blend of color in red and greens on the flower image. (Keeping to the Color Throwdown challenge colors, linked below)

I also used a VersaMark pen to color the ring of the image so that I could emboss just that in silver. Then stamped the sentiment, also I had to fussy cut this image out. I took a darker gray cardstock and cut that down with a rectangle stitch die then cranked that through my die cut machine with a geometric embossing folder. I stacked all those elements on to a white card base and added glittery dark gray sequins. (I guess I do like sequins Haha). I tried to do a bow with the twine but I didn't like how it was turning out so I changed it up in to a more geometric wrap.

The 1st card has been entered into the following challenges.
Work it Wednesday  <-------- click

The 2nd card has been entered into the following challenges.
The Color Throwdown Challenge <------- click
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge <-------- click

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Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month 2018 SUBSCRIPTION SEPTEMBER START DATE

Simon Says Clear Stamps MANDY'S FLOWERS sss101877Tonic POWDER BLUE LACE Luxury Embossed A4 Paper Pack 9837e  Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp MODERN ROSE BLOOMS Background sss101912 BoBunny 6 x 6 EARLY BIRD Paper Pad 7310074 Doodlebug TINY HEARTS Shape Sprinkles Enamel Shapes So Punny 5834 Tonic BUBBLEGUM BLUSH GLOSS Nuvo Crystal Drops 672N May Arts NATURAL Twine String Burlap Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# COTTON CANDY CC16 Simon Says Stamp WHITE CARDSTOCK 120 LB Base Weight 12 Pack 120WCBW

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  1. Beautiful cards, Jessica. I love the one using our colors! I'm so glad you joined us at the Color Throwdown this week!

  2. Your cards are amazing. I love the red flower and all the depth in the coloring. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday's Anything Goes Challenge. Good Luck!

    ♥ Mindy