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Friday Craft, Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit

I am still enjoying my card kits each month. They come with really nice cardstock, enough for 10 standard cards, and a pack of patterned paper, a stamp set, some coordinating stickers or embellishments, and an extra. This month I got a glue pen with a fine tip and some pretty sequins.

This month’s theme is Happily Ever After, and the stamp images all have happy faces.

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I used the cardstock to make a mini card set for KidMakes’ teacher. The inspiration came from this video by Prairie Paper and Ink. The stamps are so cute (almost too cute) that the small size fits perfectly. I used my Zig markers on watercolor paper to color the images, and the stickers and tiny sentiments came with the card kit.

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These simple images were very quick and easy to color and cut out. The stamp set also came with a tiny speech bubble that fits all the sentiments, so you can make your cute images say cute things.

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Friday Craft, Watercolor Love

I am having a great time watercoloring with my Tim Holtz Distress inks. I may have participated in the recent online sale at Joann.com and purchased some additional colors and a couple of storage tins to hold all my tiny ink pads. Now I have them arranged by color family and ready to go.

Recently I also started receiving the monthly card kit from Simon Says Stamp, beginning with the February kit. It is, of course, Valentine’s Day themed, and includes a stamp set, a small paper pad, heart shaped embellishments and card stock to use for card bases.

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit February Valentines Day

Everything on these cards with the exception of the little wood frame on the left most card came from the kit.

Simon Says Stamp Card 01 February Valentines DaySimon Says Stamp Card 02 February Valentines DayAnd I have a lot leftover. So many card makers get this kit and make videos for their YouTube channels, so there’s a ton of inspiration out there. I haven’t made cards in a great long while, perhaps over a year, so this was a great way to get my feet wet. I’ve also been using my watercolor obsession for some cards.

Watercolor card set orchid pansy
I think I’ve had these floral stamps for over 10 years. I stamped them on watercolor paper with VersaMark ink and then embossed them to create a resist.

Watercolor card pansy

For the orchid, I think there’s too much detail in too little space for this technique to really work well. That said, I still think they turned out beautifully.

And finally, the simplest card of the bunch. For this card, I stamped two of the images from the set included in my February kit. I used masking fluid to fill in the little heart, then taped the panel down to a piece of chipboard.

Pink Watercolor Smoosh

 

 

 

I smooshed some ink from three ink pads onto a piece of plastic (spun sugar, picked raspberries and worn lipstick) and sprayed the ink with water. Then I smooshed the panel around in the color and allowed it to dry. When I peeled off the blue tape I got a great border around the color, and adhered it to the card base with this striped background.

Pink Watercolor Smoosh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So. Much. Fun.

I hope you have a lovely love day.

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