Every month I look forward to receiving my Simon Says Stamp kit. It doesn’t disappoint and this months is no exception. The following are my first card makes, of many, from this kit.
When I receive a new kit I like to make a few “get to know the stamps” cards just to familiarize myself with how to use them. This kit appeared a little tricky at first. I had never really made a window card in this manner and never with a stamp that surrounded the whole thing, but it was easier than I thought it would be.
I started by die cutting the three-squared die from the kit out of an A2 size white panel (4.25 x 5.50 inches). I put that piece in my Misti and lined up the balloon stamps on either side of the cut out squares then stamped and added the small stamped sentiments on the cross bars between the squares. I colored the balloons with the zig markers. At this time, I decided I wanted to mount my window on the polka dot paper which is layered onto the solid fuschia paper, so I fussy cut the balloon window leaving a small white edge.
Then I realized I had to have the windows cut out of the layered polka dot piece if I wanted my stripe paper to show through. So I set my balloon windows on to the polka dot paper and traced the window openings softly with a pencil. I used the pencil lines as a guide to get the die in the correct location. After die cutting the windows from the polka dot piece I cut a strip of the yellow striped paper to be 1.75x 4.25″ . I also cut a piece of Acetate 1.75x 4.25″.
I die cut the solid orange layer and the small flowered orange layer using Waffle Flower A2 rectangle nested dies. Using my balloon window piece as a guide I adhered the yellow striped piece to my base card so it would be positioned to show through the windows. I then adhered the acetate to the back side of my balloon window piece then glued that to my polka dot piece. To finish it off, I used Scotch Foam Tape to raise the window piece and added large gold and small turquoise sequins into the windows. Finally I highlighted my balloons and confetti using clear Wink of Stella pen and clear Stickles.
I learned some things on my first card and put them into use for the second attempt. I again used the A2 Waffle Flower frames to cut my green and patterned pink pieces for the base. I went ahead and cut the pale pink polka dot piece to 1.25 x 4.25″ and mounted it in the middle of my base card. For this card I used the raised window piece that came in the kit rather than a flat acetate piece. I like these windows because you get much more movement out of whatever you put inside the window.
I also used the same method to cut out my windows then line up the stamp and used my misti to stamp the flowered stamp around the windows. I used the zig markers to color the flowers and highlighted them with Art Glitters Clears Dry Glue and Art Glitters pink azalea glitter to add sparkle to the front of my card. To finish it off I die cut the decorative border piece using the Simon Says Stamp stitched decorative border die and glued them to the back side of my window piece. Finally, I used the Scotch Foam tape to give it some lift and added pink sequins and reflective hearts inside the windows.
For my last card, I followed all the same step as above, but this time you can see that when I lined up the heart frame stamp with the cut out windows, I got the stamp off a little bit and you can see the black lines on the sides of the windows. I decided that didn’t really bother me so I went ahead and made a card out of it. When I use this stamp again though, I will try to correct that. The only thing I did different on this card is the glossy accents on the pink hearts. I like the shine it gives to the overall project.
I hope this post gives you some ideas on how to use the stamps and dies from the February Simon Says Stamp monthly kit. Until next time, have fun crafting!