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Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit 2018 First YouTube Live Cards and Tricks

I don't know about you but it is always a sore spot for me when I go to purchase a kit and they are all sold out.  The Simon Says Stamp April Monthly Card Kit was sold out online when I was creating the video and blog post for it but thankfully I am able to provide y'all with a complete supplies list of components so you can create your own kit. Check for that down below :)
Check out my first YouTube live where I talk about making these cards.  Forgive me I was really nervous :) It's not perfect but I will learn. Watch at your own risk!  Please, please, please comment if you have any problems or suggestions.

 I love the flight trail stamps included in this stamp set.  I thought it would be fun to play by combining them and this fun watercolor striped paper to create this card.  I matched up the colors with inks I have.
  I cut a strip of the patterned paper and then held it to the card front while I positioned where I wanted to stamp.  I then removed it before stamping.  At the end of the flight trail I stamped a matching butterfly, alternating between patterned and solid butterflies.  When I was done stamping I attached the patterned paper to the front of the card lining it up over the flight trails.  I then ran a line of gold gel pen along the edge of the patterned paper to create an interesting transition between it and the white paper.  I stamped the sentiment and rounded the corners with a corner rounder and the card is complete.  

Who doesn't love a beautiful blue sky!?! This was an experiment of applying Prisma Color Pencil first, then blending it out with a blending pencil and then going over it with a BG000 Copic Marker.  I'm pretty happy with how this background turned out.

Before I created the blue sky I randomly stamped the leaf branch on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel, alternating between the left and right side.  Using YG03, YG06 and YG09 I colored each of the leaves section by section.  First the lightest color, then the darkest in the bottom corner, and then the medium about a third to a halfway up the section and then the lightest all over it again to blend it.  When I was done with all the leaves I randomly colored over some with the Y06 marker to create some extra interest because no 2 leaves are ever alike. My butterfly was colored using the same technique as the leaves but in BG32, BG34, and BG13 for the blues and RV02, RV04, and RV09 for the Pinks.

I cut my colored panel into 3 pieces.  Cutting right below and right above the sentiment.  This center, sentiment panel will be attached to the inside of the card.   To create the window I took a the top colored panel, lined it up with the top fold, and drew a line across the front of the card base.  I then cut the front on this line.  The next step was to attach a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of acetate to the front of the card base by applying Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to the top remaining section and then lining up the acetate with the top fold.  Some of the glue was then put on the back of the top colored panel and it was adhered over the top or the acetate.  I took the piece of card stock I had left from cutting the front panel, and created another panel the same size as the bottom section of the colored panel.  I then attached the white panel on the back of the acetate at the bottom and the colored panel on the front.  Finally I opened the card and lay it flat inside up.  I put the center, sentiment panel over the clear acetate facing down and put tape runner over the back.  I then folded the back towards the front and pressed down so that the sentiment would be stuck to the inside panel and show through the window. 

Tone on tone coloring and masking to the max were the order of the day to create this A2 sized, almost one layer card.  I used the Post It Notes that have sticky all over the back to create three masks of each stamp by stamping on the top Post It Note and then removing the two below it as well.  I then cut out all 3 at the same time to speed up the process.  I will also be saving them for future projects so it was well worth the time it took me.

I started by preparing a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel.  The colors I used are Guava, Lavender Field, Lemonade, Carrot, Celery Stick, and Merman from Lawn Fawn. I stamped three of each butterfly starting with the largest and masked off after each was stamped.  I then took the leaves and stamped them to fill in some of the white spaces.  I then took a Tombow Blending marker, and starting with the lightest color I dipped the marker on the ink pad and colored in the butterflies in the matching ink, going darker and darker until everything was colored in.

The sentiment is from the stamp set and was heat embossed on a piece of vellum using Ranger Ultra Fine Gold Embossing Powder.  I cut a banner end and adhered it to the front of the card by putting Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive behind the words.  The completed panel was then attached to the front of an A2 sized card base.

I created this card by taking this rainbow patterned paper and cutting it in half both ways.  This gave me four 3" squares which I then cut in half on the diagonal.  I took  4 of the squares to create my square by matching them up in the middle and then adhering them to the front of an A2 card using my tape runner.  I cut a 1 1/4" square of white card stock which was just big enough for the "I adore you" sentiment, which I stamped in Onyx Black Versafine Ink. I popped my little cube up using 3M Foam Tape.

To create my pretty little butterflies I chose the stamp I wanted to use and stamped the butterfly on the remaining triangles.  I lined the paper up with the card first and then stamped the butterfly so that the lines would coordinate with my rainbow square.  This gives the illusion that the butterflies are jumping off the page from the pattern.  I colored in the body with black ballpoint pen, fussy cut them,  and then glued them down in the center with my Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  I popped up the sides of my butterflies to create some really cool dimension.  The last step was to stamp the adorable "You Are Simply The Best" stamp from the set.  I really love these tiny sentiments.

This card is stenciled by using the stencil, Distress Blending Brush, and the 2 pretty Distress Oxide colors included in the kit, Squeezed Lemonade and Mermaid Lagoon. I'm kind of lazy when it comes to stenciling so I just hold the stencil down and cover up any spots I don't want to color through with Post It Notes.  I colored with each of the colors alone and then combined them to create the green. Using black card stock scraps, I die cut the Thanks die from the Big Thanks set, from Simon Says Stamp, and glued them together to create a dimensional sentiment for my card.  After adhering it I punched out 3 butterflies using the Tim Holtz Small Butterfly Punch and attached them and some sequins to the front of my card for added interest and dimension.

And there you have it 5 pretty cards created using the April 2018 Simon Says Stamp card kit.  I hope you are feeling inspired and even if you don't have the kit, have some fun and make some cards.

If you make a project inspired by this post please tag it with #perkypennypapers 
on Instagram and I will be able to see it :)  

Until next time :)

Joanne and Penny

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