We have one incredibly talented designer hosting the blog today! I am sure you have seen her work before, if not, where have you been?! Take a look at what she designed for us today:
I started by painting some small dots as my background on the card base. I stamped the butterfly outline from Painted Butterflies in versafine black. I then stamped the shadows in light and dark yellow and trimmed the butterfly out. The sentiment is also from Painted Butterflies.
For my second card, I did the same dotted background but in Delicata gold ink. This time, I trimmed the scripted “thanks” sentiment from Many Thanks.
I ripped up some white tissue paper and instead of glueing it down and attaching some sewing thread, I decided to stitch it down with my sewing machine. I attached the script “thanks” and the longer sentiment onto the card with some foam tape.
Thank you Jen and Tasnim for having me over!
Thank you Pamela!
To see more of Pamela’s work, stop by her blog mia0-a design blog.
Today we are collaborating with Add a Little Dazzle. They carry beautiful metal sheets in a variety of colors that are perfect for adding accents to a card.
Here is an example where I added Metal leaves in Precious Pearl color:
I started this card by first stamping the sentiment from the Super Script set. Then I used the solid floral images from the Whimsical flowers set and used an Ombre stamping technique to stamp the flowers around the sentiment. This technique is very easy, here are the steps that I followed:
- Stamp the solid image in a light colored ink.
- Ink the stamp in darker ink.
- Wipe off ink from around the edges.
- Dab a paper towel/tissue paper around the inked edge to soften the transition.
- Stamp over the previous impression.
Here is a video by Jennifer Mcguire where she used this technique.
To finish the card, I added die cut leaves from Precious Pearl metal sheets, and glued them using glossy accents.
My next card has a very simple and easy to execute design:
I stamped the tree from our Festive Silhouettes set on a white card base. Next I used two whole punchers (1/4″ and 1/8″) to punch out the ‘ornaments’ from Glimmer Gold metal sheet. The back of all the metal sheets have a silver finish, so for the star, I simply die cut a metal sheet using the back side as the front. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, and is embossed in silver. To finish the card, I scored lines .25″ from the edges.
Please head over to Add a Little Dazzle blog to see how Monica combined our stamps with her metal sheets.
We will give away Two stamp sets of choice to one lucky winner.
Please leave a comment by midnight Wednesday November 26th to be eligible for the prize.
Make sure to stop by the Add a Little Dazzle Blog as they are having a Giveaway as well!
Before we get started, I just wanted to thank our pal Jennifer McGuire for the feature she did for this most recent release! You can check out her video by following the link below to see each of the sets up close!!
Thanks again, Jennifer! Today’s feature is Festive Silhouettes:
On this card, three ornaments were stamped in dark pink ink, then cut out before getting adhered to a white cardstock banner. The strings were drawn in with a fine tipped pen, leading up to the strip of teal patterned cardstock- I love those colors together! The sentiment was stamped onto the lower edge of the banner, and the whole thing was mounted to a lovely shiny card base.
This card shows how you can take some simple sentiment stamps and turn them into an amazing background! The four words were mounted together onto an acrylic block , then inked up in varying shades of grey for a cool gradient effect. The deer was stamped in red ink and cut out before getting mounted to the card. Metallic embroidery floss finishes off the card!
For this card, the tiny star image in the Festive Silhouette set was used to create a Christmas tree shape. Vellum embossed (in gold) with the sentiment was layered on top to soften the tree. I didn’t have detail embossing powder, so the banner in the sentiment didn’t look as clear as I would have liked To fix this, I re-stamped that portion of the sentiment onto white cardstock in dark green ink, and adhered it on top with foam tape.
This was such a quick and easy card! The patterned paper already had that lovely polar bear image, so I wrapped some crochet thread around the top and adhered it to a card base. Next, the sentiment was stamped onto a circle die cut and popped up with foam tape. Simple and lovely!
Don’t celebrate Christmas? Or would you like to stretch your stamps beyond the holidays? The tree image in this stamp set is just perfect for masculine cards! The addition of some wood veneer shapes around the sentiment (from Birthday Bash) just adds to the woodsy feel of the card.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and we just can’t wait to see what you create with Festive Silhouettes!
Happy Friday! We are kicking off our stamp focus series for this release with Poinsettia and Pine!
Design Inspiration: Holiday and winter greenery/florals
For this card, the poinsettia image was stamped and embossed in white onto vellum, then fussy cut and layered onto the corner of a plaid patterned paper. I love the crisp white against the plaid! The sentiment (from Lyrical Script) was stamped onto white cardstock and the end was cut into a banner shape. To add a bit more holiday sparkle, a smaller glitter banner was layered underneath.
This is a great example of how you can use different techniques with your Altenew stamps! The pine branches were stamped onto watercolor paper with Distress Ink. Once they were all stamped, it was quick and easy to go over the images with a waterbrush- giving a lovely hand painted look! These branches are the perfect complement to the sentiment ornament!
Here, the poinsettia was embossed onto kraft cardstock. I used Copic markers to color in the image, going right over the veins in the leaves and flower. This allowed them to pop with vibrant color! (If you try this technique, just make sure to scribble off onto scrap paper so you don’t ruin your marker nib with the embossing)
This card might be my favorite- clean and simple! The mistletoe image from Poinsettia and Pine was stamped onto white cardstock, colored with Copics, then cut out. A little bow of embroidery floss and striped paper in the background add a nice festive flair. The sentiment is from our new set, Sketchy Landmarks.
For this simple elegant card, the Poinsettia was stamped in Momento Tuxedo black on Neenah Solar white card stock, colored with Copic markers, and trimmed. The colors used were R22, R35 and R37. The ferns were stamped and trimmed leaving a thin white edge. The cream card base was dry embossed using a brick embossing folder. The sentiment was stamped on a 2″x4″ piece of white card stock, and everything was adhered over the card base using a tape runner/glue, except for the Poinsettia, which was popped up with foam tape. For the finishing touch, the center of the Poinsettia was covered with gold glitter dots.
We have a fabulous guest designer joining us today. She can do magic with floral images! Wait till you see the projects she made for us!!
To begin, I distressed the bottom of the white card base first, then stamped the sentiment “just saying hello” from Painted Butterflies stamp set. Next, I added some ink splatters and let it dry. Next, I stamped the flowers/leaves on a separate white card stock from Vintage Roses and the butterfly from Painted Butterflies, then fussy cut. I then adhered the fussy cut images with dimensional foam tape. To finish of the card I added a strip of stitched scallop border from Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Border1 die. Also added some Sparkling Clear sequins in 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm.
Here’s the full view of the card.
For my second card I used the gorgeous Vintage Roses stamp set. Let me tell you this set is just Beautiful, you can easily create your own vintage feel to any of your project. To begin I first distressed the card base only on the top part. Then stamped some of the flowers on a separate white cardstock, fussy cut, and adhere on the card base with a dimensional tape. The sentiment is from Many Thanks stamp set. Next, I adhered the strip of patterned paper on the bottom of the card, and adhered some Raspberry sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish off the card.
Here’s the full view of the card.
I hope you enjoyed these gorgeous products.
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Well, wasn’t that a delicious treat! Thank you Joni for being here today!
Time to get creative for our November challenge!
This month’s theme: From the Craft Room: Scraps to Arts
This time I pulled out some scraps from my scrap box to create the inspiration board. The only thing that wasn’t a scrap was the metal frame.
Here is a card based on the photo:
I stamped the flower and swirls from our Peony Scrolls set in Archival black ink on water color paper. Next I used Gansai Tambi water colors to paint the floral images. I mixed colors and painted in a slightly loose manner. Once everything was dry, I adhered some star glitter, and adhered the panel to a 3.75″ x 5″ card base. The sentiment is from our Label Love set, and it was stamped on a separate piece of card stock, trimmed, and adhered.
The leaves were painted with a shimmery bronze water color!
Make a card, a tag, a layout or any other project based on the inspiration photo above. You may use either the colors, the composition, the elements, the texture or any combination to create your project.
- Make a new project for each challenge and post it by 11:59 pm EDT November 30th.
- Use at least one Altenew stamp
- Link back to Altenew November Challenge in your post
- When uploading your project, make sure to link to your entry post, not your entire blog
- You may enter as many times as you wish!
After the challenge closes, Three winners will be selected, and one random winner will be drawn. Each will receive a $20 store credit at www.altenew.com. Winners will be announced at the beginning of the next month.
We can not wait to see where this month’s inspiration takes you!
Today we are announcing the winners from our October challenge.
Thank you everyone for playing along! As usual, it was very hard to select just three cards, but after some consideration, we finally narrowed them down to these three:
We love Sindhu’s elegant card! The beautiful texture in the background, together with the dimensional floral images makes this card one of a kind!
Neha’s card is right on spot! We think her card screams chocolate delight! All that elegant embossing, the white splatter, and the red flower centers make this card quite irresistible!
We love how stylish this card is! The mix of patterns and colors makes this card a delightful wonder!
Congratulations Sindhu, Neha, and Tenia!
And our lucky winner (drawn from random.org) for this round is…
The flowers with their colors and arrangement look very pretty, but that stunning vellum background really steals the show! Well done, Jenny!
Thank you everyone for participating!
Winners, please email us at email@example.com with the subject line “October winner” and we will set you up with your $20 store credit.
Thank you everyone for your positive feedback and support!
It is time to announce the three random winners who will each receive 5 stamp sets of their choice!
Congratulations winners! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘October blog hop winner’ to claim your prize.
The designers who participated in the hop will each announce a winner on their blogs, so make sure to visit their blogs to find out if you are a winner!
Good morning, and welcome to our October release blog hop! As of now, all the new stamps are available for purchase at our store, and you can pre-order them at the Simon Says Stamp Store. We have gathered an amazing group of designers to celebrate this release! Join us and hop along for some inspiration and fabulous prizes!
Jen and I designed some cards using the new stamps, so let’s get started with them :)
With a bit of masking, the Whimsical Flowers set can be used to create one-layer floral arrangements. To add a bit of flair, the sentiment and the centers of the flowers were embossed in gold.
In this card, a flower and some swirls from the Lacy Scrolls set were all heat embossed in gold on a a piece of black card stock. To add a little color, some leaves from the Vintage Roses set were added. The sentiment is from the Scribbled Flowers set, and was stamped on a strip of cream card stock, and adhered to the black panel.
Stamps from the Doodle Blooms and the Painted Butterflies were combined on this card. One of the leafy branches was stamped twice in pool colored ink, then colored in using a matching Copic marker. The butterfly was then stamped starting with the outline layer, then using it as a guide to stamp the solid layer and the detail layer. A simple sentiment from the Painted Butterflies set finished this card clean as simple.
These multi-step flowers from Painted Poppy were stamped in 3 different colors to create a lovely mini poppy field! The main flower was stamped onto a separate piece of cardstock and added with foam tape. The sentiment was stamped in two different colors to highlight the different fonts.
Our Halftone Hello set allows you to create an instant gradient with a single ink. Here, it was inked with dye ink- although you will get a more crisp and accurate image with pigment or chalk ink (due to the extreme detail! The dye ink makes the dots bleed together a bit). To add a bit of emphasis to one “hello,” the coordinating outline was stamped over it in black ink. Star wood veneers were colored with black and white gel pen before getting adhered to the card.
Stamping the letters from Invisible Alpha onto patterned paper gives such a cool 3D effect! The letters are super easy to line up on your acrylic block, so creating your own sentiment is a breeze! Flowers and leaves from Peony Scrolls were stamped onto white card stock and cut out- no coloring necessary!
This card shows how beautiful the Westminster Abbey stamp from Sketchy Landmarks looks with a colorful watercolor wash behind it! Once the watercolor was dry, the church was stamped in VersaFine ink to ensure crisp details. The sentiment, from Lyrical Script, was also stamped in the same ink, and the watercolor panel was then mounted onto a white card base.
The poinsettia image from Poinsettia and Pine looks artistic and beautiful on its own, but even more striking with extra dimension! It was stamped 3 times and layered with foam tape for a really cool look. The rest of the card features a bit of patterned paper, a black die cut frame, and a sentiment from Lyrical Script, which was embossed onto vellum.
A wreath was created using one of the pine branches from Poinsettia and Pine, which was curved onto the acrylic block and inked up in two shades of green. The pine cones were stamped in brown ink and carefully cut out before popping up with foam tape. The sentiment from Lyrical Script was stamped, then that portion was die cut with a tag-shaped die and popped up for some cool dimension! A bit of string and rhinestones finish it off.
To make the lovely sky background, Distress Ink was blended onto white card stock, then a bit of snow was drawn on with a white gel pen. The sentiment from Festive Silhouettes was stamped in black ink to allow some of the sky to show through. Next, a forest of trees was stamped, cut out, and adhered with foam tape to finish off the scene!
Contrary to the popular way of embossing in white/clear, the Peonies and the swirls from the Peony Scrolls set were embossed in black and then water-colored. The embossed outlines makes water coloring very easy, as the raised edges prevent the colors from mixing between adjacent areas, and give each a distinct look. To finish the card, a sentiment from the Many Thanks set was stamped in black, and the water-color panel adhered to a black card base.
The leafy branches from the Doodle Blooms set were stamped in gray on white card stock, and fussy cut leaving a white edge. The flowers were embossed in white on water color paper, and colored in, then trimmed at the outlines. A sentiment from the Many Thanks set was stamped directly on the card base, and the the cut out foliage were arranged around it.
The Roses and the leaves from the Vintage Roses set were all stamped on white card stock and trimmed. They were then arranged on a gray card stock and topped with a ‘hello’ sentiment from the Halftone Hello set. The outline ‘hello’ was stamped on white card stock and trimmed using precision scissors and a craft knife. Everything was adhered using foam tape, except for the leaves, which were adhered using strong adhesive.
I hope you found some inspiration in our featured cards! Now hop along to see what our amazing designers created:
Your next stop is our own designer Jen Rzasa! She has more gorgeous cards in store for you!
And here is the complete list of the designers participating in the hop:
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The winners will be selected and announced on Saturday, November 1st at 10:00 am EST!