30 March 2018

Blend those inks - Guest Designing for Simon Says Stamp

Hi Everyone,

I am super excited about today's post - I was asked to guest design for Simon Says Stamp, for their Flickr challenge! 

If you have never heard of that challenge before - Simon Says Stamp organises a bi-weekly challenge on Flickr, where - as per usual challenge requirements - you need to follow a certain theme in order to participate in it. Since the challenge is sponsored by Simon, the additional requirement is to use at least one SSS brand image on the project(s) you're entering - they have a huge range of stamp sets, stencils and dies, so I'm sure plenty of you have their products in your craft rooms already (and if you don't, I really recommend to check them out!). Two random winners are chosen each time, and they receive a $25 voucher to Simon's shop, so it's for sure worth a try! :o)

This time, the theme is "Blend those inks" - so you need to create anything related to ink blending in order to be able to participate. 

I made three cards, using slightly different ink blending techniques:


The first card is a Christmas card (yes, I am working on my stash of Christmas cards already!), with an ink blended sky. I used a SSS stencil, stamp set and some of their dies to make this card, and you can find all of the products at the end of this post. 

I am really happy with how it turned out - I like the combo of blue, white and gold. I think it looks quite elegant. 


This one, I think, is my favourite one of the three, probably because it's so cheerful and spring-like. I blended Distress Inks to "colour" my heat embossed images, before fussy cutting them and arranging them on the card. 

It's a simple and classy looking card, but I love how colourful and sparkly it is! Plus, its unusual shape and size also add to it looking a bit more "special". 


The final card has the whole background panel ink blended. I then heat embossed a leafy pattern on it, using a background stamp. Since the background is rather busy, I opted for a simple sentiment on a strip of vellum, and added a vellum butterfly (which I created from stamps that are meant to be flowers :o)), for additional interest. I finished off the card by adding two sparkly sequins to the sentiment strip. 

I hope you like my cards, I had lots of fun creating them! I am really grateful to Simon Says Stamp for inviting me to guest design for them - I love their products, so it was nice to be able to showcase them for such a special occasion. 

Have a great day, and I hope you will participate in the challenge (and the future ones, too!)!


SUPPLY LIST - in order of appearance on the cards 
(please see affiliate disclaimer & essential supplies info here):

Crafter's Companion: Printable vellum

Embossing Powder: Stampendous, Detail Gold Opaque
Enamel dots - from my stash

Simon Says Clear Stamps STAINED GLASS GREETINGS SSS101768 Making Spirits Bright Simon Says Stamp VILLAGE Wafer Dies sssd111405 Simon Says Stamp STITCHED CIRCLES Wafer Dies SSSD111456 In Stitches Simon Says Stamp Stencil FALLING SNOW SSST121324 Ranger TEXTURE PASTE 4oz INK44444 Mama Elephant LANDSCAPE TRIO Creative Cuts Steel Dies Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel GOLD 1.0mm 207gold Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad SALTY OCEAN Ranger TDO56171 Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad CHIPPED SAPPHIRE Ranger TDP39907 Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad BLACK SOOT Ranger TDP39860 Simon Says Clear Stamps SPRING FLOWERS SSS101595 Simon Says Clear Stamps CHOOSE HAPPY SSS101617 Reason To Smile S5-180 Spellbinders A2 CURVED BORDERS ONE Dies Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad MUSTARD SEED Ranger TDP40040 Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad SPICED MARMALADE Ranger TDP40187 Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad CRACKED PISTACHIO Ranger TDP46776Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PEACOCK FEATHERS Ranger Spring TIM34933 Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad SPUN SUGAR Ranger TDP40194 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PICKED RASPBERRY Ranger TIM34995 Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad TWISTED CITRON Ranger TDP47322 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MOWED LAWN Ranger TIM35008 Memory Box DAPHNE BUTTERFLY POPPY STAMPS Craft Die 1469 Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad CANDIED APPLE Ranger TDP47391 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FIRED BRICK Ranger TIM20202 Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad WILTED VIOLET Ranger TDO56355 Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad WILD HONEY Ranger TDO56348 Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark VM-001 WOW Embossing Powder OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE SUPER FINE WL01SF Tsukineko Stazon JET BLACK INK PAD SZ-31 Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF-82 Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 40 Sheets NH80LB40 Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12 Paper Pad 365096 Simon Says Stamp Sequins ASSORTED MOONSHINE ASMS37 Marvy Uchida JEWEL PICKER Tool 91GRC Crafter's Companion CLEAR OVERLAY Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens SPECNSPACLE3 Ranger .5 Oz. MINI MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Glue Adhesive Paint INK41511 Quilled Creations PRECISION TIP Empty Applicator Bottle 317 Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045 MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit Simon Says Accessories MISTI GRID TRANSPARENCY mistigt Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965 Tonic Studios 6 x 12 INCH GUILLOTINE PAPER TRIMMER T453 Ranger EUROPEAN VOLTAGE HEAT IT CRAFT TOOL HIT27089 EK Success CUTTER BEE Scissors EKCB01
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