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Love You Always-Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge

Hello! Boy, I am sooooo very excited about this card. It’s a sneak peek into a future post sharing the technique I used for this card. You’ll see it’s a technique I fall back on often, but with a little twist. I’m going to keep this post brief, but I promise more details in a few weeks.

Oh, this card is for this week’s Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday challenge, which the title gave away 🙂

This week, the challenge is card & matching envelope. I used to decorate matching envelopes for all of my card, but I stopped sometime last year, because I wait until I have a bunch of cards completed to add my personal stamp and pick envelopes. At this point, all of my stamps are cleaned up and it’s a pain to get them back out. However, I’ve been thinking about going back to decorating envelopes, but picking out the envelope when I make the card. This challenge helped me practice.

This was actually my test panel for this technique and I was so happy I didn’t mess it up (I did end up messing one up down the line lol). I started out by taking a panel of Distress Watercolor cardstock, and heat embossed Simon Says Stamp’s Center Cut Heart background stamp in Versamark ink and embossed with Wow White Embossing powder.

To create the rainbow, I shook Brusho Crystals in Scarlet, Orange, Lemon, Leaf Green and Ultramarine, across the front and spritzed them with water. I did it one color at a time, drying each color enough that there was no pooled water on the cardstock when I applied the next color. I also tried to keep the colors separate, but didn’t do any masking. I had to be really careful not to burn the embossing powder as well. I mostly succeeded.

Oh, a note, don’t let the cardstock get too wet. You’ll see a piece on my bigger post, where I wasn’t paying attention to how saturated the cardstock got. I was drying the surface puddles, which was misleading. The color ended up seeping under the embossing and hiding it.

The sentiment is from SSS’s Love set. I die cut the shadow from vellum, and the top piece from Lawn Fawn’s Pixie Dust glitter cardstock ( layered on 4 white die cuts for dimension). The sub-sentiment is from teh same set, stamped with Altenew’s Jet Black ink.

I added the sentiment to the card panel with liquid adhesive (I’ve been using Gina K Design’s Connect Glue, finally getting the hang of it). The Clear Iridescent gems from Lucy’s Cards were also added with liquid adhesive.

The card base is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, and the envelope is Gina K Design’s Lemon Drop. I stamped the heart from the center of the background stamp with Altenew’s Buttercream ink.

I don’t think I’ve gone into detail about my paper trimmer, but my most use trimmer is this Trimmer and Score tool from We R Memory Keepers.

I cut my own card panels using it, both decorated like about, and the precut panels I cut in batches. I also use the board to score all of my card bases.

This trimmer was one of the first tools I bought, back before I was even making cards. I started out in this adventure making exploding card boxes. So, I needed something to help me score paper. Almost two years later and it’s still my main trimmer. I have a second, rotary We R Memory Keepers trimmer that I use to clean up card bases that are not cut evenly, or trimming off slivers of paper. That trimmer was part of an envelope tool set, along with an envelope score board.

Well, that’s all I’m sharing so far. But, I promise you a more in depth look at the watercolor technique I used in a bigger post, hopefully before the end of the month. I made some gorgeous backgrounds I won’t be able to sit on for too long!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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