Hello, crafty friends! I am excited to be joining Simon Says Stamp for Day 2 of the Just a Note Release Blog Hop!
As you can see in the graphic above, Simon Says Stamp is offering their Handcrafted with Love Stamp Set FREE with any purchase! Be sure to use the code ART at checkout. This promotion expires on 7/30 at 11:59 pm EDT.
Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop – woohoo! Leave me a comment for your chance to win. Winners will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, August 2nd.
When you’re finished hopping, and you’re looking for more inspiration, check out the Just a Note Gallery on the Simon Says Stamp blog. There are galleries for each release, and we encourage you to share your creations there, as well!
Note: all supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this blog post.
For my first card, I used a simple technique where I just masked off one of the apples in the stencil with some tape. I ink blended all of the other apples green, and then I remasked the stencils so that I could just color the one apple red. I also came in with some glimmer paste to make the red apple shiny. I added a vellum panel over the green apples, leaving the center open for the red apple to shine even more. I framed the opening with the Stitched Rectangle Frames from MFT. I thought the You Shine word die was the perfect finishing touch for this card.
For my second card, I stenciled the front of this small notecard, using one of my Waffle Flower grip mats to hold it in place, while also masking the back side of the card. I finished this card with the new Just a Note die from this release.
My third card is not actually a card. I created the stenciled panel pictured above and then used it to create a Pillow Box. You can see the finished pillow boxes in the image towards the bottom of this post. To easily mask the apples and make them different colors, I just used a small circle die that was slightly bigger than the apples and cut a circle out of a scrap piece of paper. I then positioned this “mask” over each apple and blended the color. You can see the mask below, but it’s easier to understand if you watch the video!
The other fun thing about this panel is that I flipped the stencils upside down, so the design is reversed – the shadow and the leaf are on the opposite side!
For my last card, I used the Repeating Circles Die to highlight different colored apples. Unfortunately, I did not film this card. This was a spur of the moment idea that I had a couple days after I made the others, and I just dove in and forgot to film. I used the Repeating Circles Die to cut the holes in a panel, and then I used that panel to position my stencil and blend the apples onto the panel below it. I also used my little spotlight mask that I made for the pillow box panel above. This was just to make sure that none of the other surrounding apples would show in the circular openings. I then popped the panel with the repeating circles up on foam tape. I stamped the sentiment in the last circular opening – this comes from the Greetings Mix 1 stamp set.
I am pretty sure that the picture above shows you how obsessed I am with this Layering Apples Stencil set. I also stenciled some apples onto the front and back of some envelopes, which is super cute.
Are you ready to hop along and see inspiration from all of the other designers?
I had a lot of fun creating my cards for today, and I hope they put a smile on your face. If you want to see the other cards that I have made with the Just a Note Release, you can click here to view my blog post from yesterday. And, you can see my other YouTube video! Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. Be sure to hop along and leave some love for all of the talented designers sharing inspiration today!
Wishing you all a crafty day,
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