Hello, crafty friends! I am excited to be sharing some new Simon Says Stamp goodies that are part of the new Kisses Release. There are so many fun products in the release, and they play so well with the previous Hugs Release.
My first two cards today feature the new Heart Chain Die. This die is really fun because it creates negative space, an outline heart chain, and solid hearts. It is also long, so you can use it on slimline cards if you want. And that’s what I did with my first card.
Card 1 Supplies
Making the First Card
I used the Heart Chain Die to cut three rows on a pink slimline sized panel of card stock. I also used the die to cut three chains from the new Champagne Matte Card Stock. I LOVE this card stock! I cut a piece of acetate and adhered it to the back of the pink panel. I cut thin strips of foam tape to add to the back of the panel to create a shaker card. I added some small sequins and confetti from my stash and adhered a white piece of card stock to the back to contain all the shaker bits. I then glued the whole thing to a card base, the front of which is covered with the Champagne Matte card stock. To finish the main design, I inset the Champagne Matte heart chains that I had previously cut into the openings on the front of the card. I picked a few openings to add back some of the solid pink hearts.
For my sentiment, I used the Love You Die and cut the words from Champagne Matte card stock and the shadow from white card stock. I stamped and heat embossed the small sentiment onto pink card stock. Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder is the perfect match for this new Champagne card stock!
Card 2 Supplies
Making the Second Card
My second project is a bunch of gift card holders, and it was inspired by the length of the Heart Chain Die. I thought it would make a cute belly band to hold a gift card inside of this little envelope. I first cut my chains out of red and pink card stock. I then cut all of my envelopes using the Gift Card Pocket Envelope Die. I stamped and heat embossed sentiments onto the backs and fronts of the envelopes using both the Hi There Greetings set and the Love You Greetings set. For one of the Kraft envelopes, I stenciled some hearts with white pigment ink and Distress Oxide Ink (Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick) using the Candy Hearts Stencil set. I just randomly placed the hearts where I wanted them.
To make the belly bands, I folded the chains around the back of the envelopes so that the middle four hearts are in front. The fit is perfect! I glued the two ends together and then added one of the cutout hearts on top of where the two ends meet. The chain belly band slides nicely on and off the envelope. I think these turned out super cute!
Card 3 Supplies
Making the Third Card
This card uses just one stamp set – the new Hi There Greetings. With the help of the MISTI and a paper trimmer, it comes together pretty easily. I chose three colors of ink and stamped the solid hello stamp five times in each color. I then trimmed the stamped images down into rectangles. I arranged them into a grid to figure out what size panel to mount them on. (This is not an exact A2 sized card, and that’s okay!) I cut my white panel to size and mounted it to a turquoise card base. I put foam tape on the back of each rectangle and adhered each one to the card base. A t-square ruler is invaluable for a project like this! For the small sentiments, I stamped and heat embossed them onto black card stock. I trimmed them to the same length and glued them on top of the rectangles.
Card 4 Supplies
Making the Fourth Card
For my fourth card, I used the Concentric Hearts Cling Stamp. I used a piece of Kraft card stock for my background, so I had to stamp with pigment inks. For the colored inks, I used Distress Oxides in Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, and Festive Berries. I heat embossed the words using the Festive Berries ink. I cut the design out using the Postage Stamp Edge Frame die and then splattered it with white paint. Finally, I popped it up on an A2 card base with foam tape. This was a really simple card, but I love how it turned out.
Card 5 Supplies
Making the Fifth Card
For my fifth card, I again used the Concentric Hearts Cling Stamp, but in a different way. I stamped just two of the rings onto two different colors of card stock and heat embossed them in silver. I then fussy cut the larger heart out of the teal card stock and the smaller heart out of the green card stock. I popped the green heart up on the teal one with foam tape and then adhered both to a white base that I had embossed with the Spun Glass Embossing Folder. For my sentiment, I used the new Love You Very Much die and cut it from both white and teal card stock. I adhered the white layer on top of the teal layer, making sure to slightly offset it to create a drop shadow look. This die set does have a shadow layer, but I didn’t want to cover up too much of the green heart shape. To finish the card, I added a few enamel hearts around the sentiment.
Card 6 Supplies
Making the Sixth Card
For my last card, I used the new Candy Hearts Stencil set. This set has six stencils, or three sets of two (a base layer and shadow layer for each size). You can make life easier on yourself and use one color for each stencil. But I didn’t do that. I picked four colors of ink and randomly inked up my stencils. For the shadow layers, I used the same color of ink and just blended until it got darker. I then stamped some small sentiments from the Love You Greetings set onto the hearts, again using the same color inks. I wanted the words to be subtle, as if they were engraved in the candy hearts. The small “Love You” sentiment on some of the hearts comes from the Critter Crowd stamp set. You never know where you’ll find the perfect sentiment for candy hearts!
Once I was finished stenciling the background, I used the Love You die to cut the words out of the middle of the panel. I mounted the remainder of the panel to a green A2 card base. I then cut several layers of the same green card stock using the Love You die. I stacked these up with glue, added the stenciled die cut on top, and adhered to the card panel right where I had originally cut it. This effect is known as the “eclipse” technique. I stamped and heat embossed the Happy Valentine’s Day sentiment onto pink card stock and trimmed it down with one of the dies from the Nested Banners die set. I finished the card with a scattering of sparkling clear sequins.
That’s it for my cards today! I had a lot of fun making them, and I hope they put a smile on your face. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. Be sure to check out all of the other fun new products in the Kisses Release!
Wishing you all a crafty day,
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