Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Leafy Card Set

Hello!
Today I have a card set to share with you. It's a set of 5 cards - all different but all sharing one same focal design - the new Clustered Leaf die, Stencil and Mask from Simon Says Stamp's Valentine's release. And best of all, when I told the lovely folks at Simon that I had made this set, they created a special offer meaning you can now buy the die, mask and stencil as a package for just $19.99 (to buy all three separately would be $31.97!) I just love the Simon folk.
 I made the set as a Christmas gift for my Mother-in-Law, so chose a pretty, floral colour scheme with lots of yellow as she loves yellow. The main colours are Hero Arts' Carnation, Daffodil and Shallows. I kept the sentiments simple, using the new Perfect Love stamp set. I added the Happy Birthday from the From Us set.
Each card features a different technique, so I thought I'd give a little information on each. They were such fun to design and make…
The first card features the Clustered Leaf die. I adhered some white cardstock to the back of a Double Sided Adhesive Sheet, then die cut the leaves. After adhering the leaves to my card, I peeled off the top layer and added lots of Rock Candy Distress Glitter. This Double Sided Adhesive is designed for the Silhouette but works brilliantly in the Cuttlebug too. :)
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Rock Candy Distress Glitter gives such a soft shimmer. It's so very pretty.
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My next card features the Leaves Stencil. I used this stencil with some White Embossing Paste. And before it dried, I added a tiny touch of Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I tried to only glitter the tips of the leaves, but it was pretty hard! :)
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Love the texture this paste adds. It's such a unique product! I'm still a beginner with this technique… hence the slightly rough edges - but I think it adds character. ;)
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Next, a shimmery Thank You card. For this one, I die cut the Leaves from Shallows paper then added LOTS of Calico Shine Mister Huey's.
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Again, the shimmer added by Calico Shine is not too bling-y, but just perfect. I really love this mist. :)
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Next, I used the Mask. I taped the mask to some white card stock, then sprayed it with First Kiss Mister Huey's.
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The First Kiss colour works beautifully with these Hero Hues colours. (Although I am SO EXCITED to see that Hero Arts have just released their own line of mists… can't WAIT to get my hands on some of them!!)
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And my final card…
For this card I used the Leaves die again. First I die cut the leaves from Daffodil paper, then again from white and Shallows. I adhered the negative of the Daffodil die to a Hero Arts Snow notecard, then slotted the white die cut into the negative space. Finally, I adhered the Shallows die cut on top but at an angle for a bit of visual interest.
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I added a gorgeous Doodlebug jewel to the centre of the card. DSC_0043
And that's it. I packaged them into a clear box and added a simple ribbon. I hope she'll like the set. I always feel a bit funny about giving handmade gifts, even though they take a lot more thought and preparation than store bought stuff!
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of these fab products in action. Congratulations to Simon Says Stamp on an awesome release. I love the new products and hope I get more time to play, even after our imminent arrival!!
Here's a final peek at that fab special offer from Simon:
Bye for now. Back soon.
Supplies

12 comments:

Marianne said...

Such a pretty set of cards, Lucy. Love how you've used the different products and techniques to create this set. And a big thank you to SSS. I think I will need to go shopping...

Jenny Bolton said...

Very very good. I only just found your website and it is inspirational. Extremely well done and we'll designed cards.

Lynn Mercurio said...

Beautiful Lucy. I love all the different techniques and ways you have demonstrated the versatility of this product. Awesome job.

Lyngo said...

They are lovely Lucy ... I think I know what I am buying for my birthday .. I love using dies , punches and stencils when making my cards .
thank you for sharing this idea.

diana said...

So many fun techniques! TFS ;-)

Debby Hughes said...

Absolutely awesome Lucy! The leaves are possibly my favourite from the new release and you have just made them shine!

Sue McRae said...

I just love these simple designs so the gorgeous leaves can take centre stage!

Deirdre said...

Love what you created Lucy - they are all fabulous.

Chark said...

wow--you really did a lot with a simple piece!

Brenda Lee said...

Gorgeous cards! What a great set!

Beth Buss said...

Sparkly cards match the holiday
season...Love them all....

stampwithsandy said...

I know this is an older post, but wow! I just purchased this die and I thank you for the wonderful inspiration!