Challenges · Making Cards · New Products

Thank You- Simon IG

Whew, even working from home, it’s still work. I’ve had some of the busiest weeks, the last few weeks. I’m so blessed to be in an industry that is essential, and can also stay safe at home. But it is still work.

Today I’m sharing a card I am really excited about, along with some cool new products from The Greetery. I have to say, almost every release they have had includes items that catch my eye and inspire me. This most recent release was no exception.

This card is for Simon Says Stamp’s IG challenge for April, Use a Stencil. And boy, did I use an awesome stencil.

This card features the Print Shop:Fresh Floral Stamp & Stencil set. There are coordinating dies that will be available soon. This set features a combination of ink blending with a stencil (the blue flowers and small yellow flowers) along with layered stamping (the leaves, details on the blue flowers, and coral flowers). The inks I used are Altenew Fresh leaf, Buttercream, Industrial Diamond, Pink Peark, Shadow Creek, Dew Drops, Aqualicious and Teal Cave.

This background was my first attempt, and there is definitely a learning curve. It’s not complicated (there are fabulous guides included) but more just getting the hang of it, like any layering stamps.

For the sentiment, I use a couple more cool new products from The Greetery, Alphabuds Slim Backer Dies, Alphabuds Slim Stamp Set and Slim Alphabet dies. I die cut the Alphabuds Slim Backers from Gina K Designs Sea Glass cardstock. I stamped the foliage stamps from Alphabuds Slim Stamps with Versamark ink and embossed with Wow Opaque Bright White detail powders. I stamped the coordinating flowers from the same set with Versamark and embossed with Wow Holographic Sparkle powder.

I die cut the Slim Alphabet dies from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and layered them over the Alphabuds Backers. Next time I will use double sided adhesive before I die cut, and not liquid adhesive like I did here. The letters are so thin I made a mess.

At this point I realized the background had so much going on, and the sentiment needed help. I die cut the Alphabud Backers three more times from the same cardstock and layered them together. Using a third really cool product from The Greetery, the Alpha Alignment Guide, I added my sentiment to the card panel. Another lesson learned here, be more careful with the letter spacing. Because of the spots where the flowers on the letters but up against each other, even though I spaced the letters evenly, it’s not really even (the H and the A along with O and U). I wrapped the card up with a Sea Glass card base.

Still, even with all of the lessons learned, it’s still a striking card. I love the Fresh Floral Stamp and Stencil, along with the Alphabuds products. Every card I see on Instagram using these products is stunning. And, I haven’t even had a chance to play with the Brick Layer die yet…

Have you had a chance to check out The Greetery’s March release? Their products are so great. I wish my wallet had a little more room for me to pick up more.

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe!

Nicole

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