Hello! Today I'm bringing some bright and cheerful cards to hopefully lighten the mood during these tough times! This post will showcase the 10 cards that I created with the Simon Says Stamp April 2020 card kit. I absolutely fell in love with this kit as soon as I saw all of the amazing rainbow pattern papers and that adorable little girl with the umbrella. These cards are sure to bring a smile to your recipients face. I think these are great encouragement cards that can be given to nurses and first responders!
All of the coloring was done with my zig clean color real brush markers. The paper that the coloring sheets were printed on were perfect for watercoloring! Most of the girls on these cards were paper pieced with the beautiful pattern paper that came in the kit. Apart from card four, she was colored in with zigs. You'll notice that I used tiny rainbow hearts as embellishments on some of my cards. I created those by cutting them from a die that cuts out a bunch of small hearts at once. I die cut them from black and white card-stock. That way, I can color them in with my copics to get the exact color that I wanted. Please leave me a comment down below letting me know which card was your favorite, and thanks for stopping by!
I tried to find imaginative ways to use the coloring panels from the kit. I decided for this one, that I'd replace the printed hearts with some die cut hearts in my stash. I cut the hearts from some of the pattern paper from the kit. I cut the outlines of the hearts with black card-stock to help them stand out. To embellish the card, I just sprinkled a few clear gems. I also die cut the panel from a dashed rectangle die in my stash. It added some nice interest to an otherwise simple card!
I think this card would be fantastic to mass produce and send to healthcare workers right now. It was very simple to create and took very little time to put together. I first started by stamping the girl in my Misti onto some white card stock. I left the stamp where it was on my Misti and placed a rainbow die cut heart on top of the stamped girl. I made sure that the heart laid over most of the umbrella portion. Then I stamped the girl again. This time, part of the umbrella stamped onto that die cut heart. I liked the contrast of the black and white with the rainbow, so I opted not color the girl in on this card. I really liked the bold outline. I embellished them with some rainbow hearts and added my sentiment to the bottom left. I stamped "Thank You" onto the left of the panel and colored the words in with a blue and purple copic marker. Below the thank you, I glued a white heat embossed sentiment, which I stamped onto a black die cut banner.
For card three, I fussy cut around one of the rainbow coloring panels from the kit. I glued it on top of a grey ink blended panel, which I created with the cloud stencil from the kit and some black soot distress ink. I ink blended black soot onto grey card-stock. By doing that, I only had to use one ink while still achieving a two toned gradient. This card was embellished with a few of those die cut rainbow hearts to add a whimsical touch to the card.
In my kit, I received a pack of yellow inks. I put them to good use by creating a custom cloud background using the stencil that came in the kit. I ink blended onto pale yellow card-stock, again to create two yellow tones without using two inks. I ink blended the yellow clouds first. Then, I created some larger solid clouds with an orange ink and the same stencil. I stamped the girl onto the yellow panel and onto a sheet of Bristol paper. I colored her in with my zigs and fussy cut her. I popped her up onto the girl that was stamped on the yellow panel. I love how you can still see the puddle and rain around her. The sentiment on the card was white heat embossed onto a black die cut banner. This card was completed with a few small black and red die cut hearts. This one is quite eye catching with the bright red umbrella and her Louis Vuitton heels!
One way to use up those beautiful rainbow pattern paper scraps is to die cut from them. In this case, I die cut them from a die that cuts out a bunch of small hearts. (These are the same hearts I used to embellish a lot of my other cards). I used the tiny rainbow hearts as shaker bits for this card. The shaker window was created using an oval die from my stash. Another way you can use up those rainbow scraps is by paper piecing the girls dress and umbrella, which is what I did here. I love the clean look of paper piecing, I think she turned out great! As usual, I white heat embossed the sentiment onto a black die cut banner and added it to the bottom left of the card.
I was determined to use up every last scrap of the rainbow pattern paper I had left. (I really didn't want to cut into another 6x6 sheet, they were to pretty!!) In turn, I die cut some hearts with my remaining scraps. I white heat embossed sentiments inside the two larger hearts and arranged them around a stitched rectangle panel, which I cut from the ink splatter rainbow pattern paper. This card was finished off with a few iridescent gems. This one was super simple and quick to put together!
For card seven, I colored up one more of the coloring panels that came in the kit with my zigs. The background behind the couple was created with a dark blue zig. I concentrated most of the dark color from the marker below their feet. Then I took a water brush and moved the pigment upwards to create a gradient. I went over the area a few times with that same zig and my water brush to get the dark color I wanted. Once the panel was dry, I die cut it from a stitched oval die in my stash. The panel had some cute heart raindrops printed on it. I decided to mimic that by gluing some white enamel hearts around them to look like raindrops. I popped the oval up onto a rainbow card panel. As usual, I adhered a black die cut banner with my white heat embossed sentiment to the bottom left corner. Just for an added touch, I glued another white enamel heart to the side of the sentiment.
Onto my favorite card in the bunch, card eight. I started by ink blending my background panels with the cloud stencil that came in the kit. For the grey panel, I added black soot to my clouds. For the yellow panel, I used the inks that I received in the kit to create the clouds. I stamped the umbrella girl onto the yellow panel. Like my other cards, I decided to paper piece her umbrella and dress. I made sure to clear heat emboss the stamped lines to ensure that I wouldn't get any smudging. The pattern paper is slick, and I'm impatient! To add dimension, I popped up the girls umbrella and her dress using foam tape. I didn't bother to paper piece her shoes, I just colored them in with a red marker. To accent the yellow panel, I adhered a few clear hearts to look like raindrops. Then, I stamped a sentiment onto the grey panel. I colored the word "Friend" with a red marker to match her outfit. Finally, I popped up the yellow strip over the gray one with foam tape to add even more dimension to the card.
I just had to create one last card using that beautiful girl. For card nine, I started by ink blending that cloud heart. I used the cloud stencil and a heart stencil to create this. The blue clouds were ink blended with Salty Ocean distress ink. For some sunshine, I blended on some yellow ink to the top of the heart using an ink cube from the kit. After everything was dry, I stamped out my sentiment. Again, the girl was paper pieced using the pattern paper from the kit. Both the umbrella and the dress was popped up with foam tape. It had been a while since I used those white hearts as embellishments, so I sprinkled a few of those around her. I love how this made it look like it was only raining on her! I made sure to color the hearts in with coordinating colors in her umbrella!
My final card showcases some more of that beautiful rainbow pattern paper. Oh how I loved working with that paper, I NEED MORE!! I die cut some clouds from a rainbow panel and then glued some vellum to the back of the clouds. I thought it would be fun and different to use vellum as my shaker window. This will fade out the color of your shaker bits slightly. For my shaker bits, I die cut some more tiny hearts from my remaining scraps of paper. The vellum, I feel, really made the clouds look super etherial, I love it! I white heat embossed a sentiment onto a vellum stitched heart. I love the vellum on vellum look. I added two smaller clouds to the vellum heart, and then scattered a few left over die cut hearts around the panel. I kept the rest in a small baggy. As these 10 cards have demonstrated, they're perfect embellishments!
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Items sold separately
- Simon Says Stamp “Follow the Rainbows” Clear stamp set
- Whimsy Stamps “Rainbow” 6x6 paper pad
- Simon Says Stamp “Island Crush” Hybrid Ink cube set
- Simon Says Stamp “Clouds for Days” stencil
- Simon Says Stamp “White” detail embossing powder
Tiny Heart Embellishments
Embossing Powder (Used on most of my cards)
- CottageCutz “Love Hearts” die
- Elizabeth Craft Designs "Stitched Hearts" dies
- Elizabeth Craft Designs “Dashing Rectangles” dies
- Trinity Stamps “Fairy Rocks” rhinestone embellishment mix
- Lawn Fawn “Large Stitched Ovals” lawn cuts
- Trinity Stamps “Sweet and Tart” heart sprinkle embellishments
- Elizabeth Craft Designs “Dashing Rectangles” dies
- Tim Holtz “Black Soot” Distress ink
- Simon Says Stamp “Energy” hybrid ink cube set (I used sunshine & orange peel)
- Trinity Stamps “Boiled Sugar” heart embellishments
- Trinity Stamps "Layered Heart" 6x6 laser cut stencil: http://shrsl.com/27ia0
- Tim Holtz “Salty Ocean” Distress ink
- Simon Says Stamp “Energy” hybrid ink cube set (I used sunshine)
- Fun Stampers Journey “Vellum”
- Memory Box "Cloud Bank" dies
- Elizabeth Craft Designs "Stitched Hearts" dies
This blog post is a submission for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Add Texture"
This blog post is a submission for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge "Spring Mood Board"