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Simon Says Stamp June 2018 Card Kit

Today I will be sharing four cards I made while creating with the Simon Says Stamp June 2018 Card Kit Fly Away and other products from my stash. 
I love the beautiful Flowers Stamp set from the kit.  The main image is almost 4” x 7” in size -- huge!  It comes with three matching flowers so that you can color and build up dimensional flowers on your projects.  And some great sentiment builders in many different sizes -- I love the outlined words that you can color to match your project.

This stamp set inspired each of the four cards I made with this kit.  I really love the dimension created when you cut out this image and I decided to play with the papers in the same way.  The patterned papers in this kit are wonderful whole but a few of them begged to be butchered.

I used this stamp set as the main feature of my first card.  Using the Simon Says Stamp masking paper from last month's kit, I created a mask of the main stamp.   With such a large stamp, this did take a bit of time but this masking paper is sturdy so I know I will be able to use this mask more than once. 

My idea for this card was to create a top folding horizontal card with a partially cut out front.  I stamped my first image on my card, applied the mask I had created, and flipped the card to stamp the image again.

I then took some scissors and cut around the flower image to create this unique card front.  It turned out exactly how I wanted it.  Interesting, dimensional, pretty, and fun!

I did some quick Copic coloring on the image and background.  To color the flowers, I colored several petals in the lightest shade, went in with my darkest color to highlight the darker areas that were easily found by the shading on the stamp, then applied some of the medium shade over the dark, flicking up to the light and then covering the entire image again with the lightest color to blend.  I repeated this process for each flower and leaf until everything was colored and then added some stamens with my white gel pen and centers with an orange Copic marker.  I used the same technique on everything but the background which I just colored in with the teal marker.

For a sentiment, I chose the painted thanks die from Simon Says Stamp, I cut one from the Tonic Gold Pearl Mirror Satin card stock from the kit and another from white card stock.  I placed the gold on the top of the card and the white on the inside directly behind the gold to provide support.   I love how it hangs over the edge to create interest.  This card wouldn’t have been complete without adding some Spectrum Noir shimmer pen to the pretty flowers of course.

I embossed a white panel with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Botanical 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder and attached it inside the card. I topped it off with a stitched oval (to write a message on) and applied some gold sequins (can be seen when the card is open or closed) around the floral arrangement.





My second card is a 6" x 6" card made with this beautiful piece of patterned paper.  Like my first card, I wanted to cut the images out to pop them up on the card to create shadows and dimension.  I stamped the sentiment “Tomorrow is a New Day” from the Simon Says Stamp Hand Lettered Encouragement set on white card stock with Gold Delicata Ink and cut a slightly larger rectangle of the Tonic Gold Pearl paper to frame it.  This month I also ordered these fun Circle Loop dies.  I can see so many uses for them.  For this card, I used I cut two sets out of the Cornflower Blue card stock.

I took my 6" square card base and attached the two patterned pieces to either side of the top and bottom of the card using 3M foam tape.  Because I had cut the middle out, I was able to position these to allow for a small border without any additional trimming.  I then took my sentiment and, after gluing it to the frame, I created a double layer of foam tape so that the sentiment would be another layer above the patterned paper. 

And now for my circle loops.  I decided to try cutting them in half which created these adorable half moons that I then positioned around the sentiment.  Gluing them was a little tricky as they are so thin. I solved the problem by just putting glue on the tips that I then hid under the sentiment. To add some shine, I finished the card with some iridescent sequins around the card -- just the right touch.

I love the size of this card and the elements I included but it still feels like it is missing something.  I think if I had to do it over again, I would add a small cornflower blue border around the cut edge of the flowers to help them pop more.  Let me know your suggestions in the comments below.

The next pattern that I worked with is this beautiful hot air balloon with a spray of flowers just begging to float across my card.  Using a paper trimmer, I cut up to the edge of the bottom of the image on both sides and then fussy cut out the flowers and basket. Then I cut a straight line just above the top of the hot air balloon.  I trimmed the piece down to 5 1/2” wide so it would fit on a top-folding horizontal card. 

To make the panel pop, I applied a sliver of gold to the top and bottom using dotted tape runner applied to the very edges of the underside of the panel and trimmed the ends.  Before removing the foam tape backing and attaching the panel to the card base, I used it in my MISTI to position the sentiment from the Beautiful Flowers stamp set that would be under the panel.  I then removed the panel and stamped the sentiment in Gold Delicata ink.  I removed the backing paper and adhered the panel to complete card # 3.  This was quick and simple at its best.
Card # 4 features two different papers from the kit.  I fussy cut the balloons out of one and cut a 5 1/4” x 4” panel out of the watercolor paper, focusing on the pink/purple portion.  My white mat is a simple piece of copy paper trimmed down to 5 3/8” x 4 1/8”.

I cut this fun Thanks (On A Line die from Simon Says Stamp) three times out of card stock and glued them together to create a sturdy sentiment for the front of my card.  I then attached the large hot air balloon top behind it to start my configuration.  Using a combination of the hot air balloons and some clouds die cut out of white paper, I put together a scene of varying levels of clouds and balloons.  I blinged out this card with some more of the Spectrum Noir shimmer pen on the clouds.  I wish you could see how shiny they are.  This card turned out beautifully.

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

All the best,
Joanne and Penny 

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