Hey lovelies, I do hope you are all having a great week.
Today is the start of something new to my blog, Simon Saturday !
I am going to be doing this twice a month on a Saturday and It will all be based around Simon Says Stamp products.
It will include tutorials, videos, reviews and maybe even some sneak peeks of new releases.
As this is the first Simon Saturday I decided to give you all the chance to win a $25 gift card to Simon Says Stamp, make sure you read to the end to find out how to win.
For this post I wanted to share a couple of ideas for using those small accent stamps you get in stamp sets. They are often neglected but there really is lots of different ways to use them and what I am going to show is just two quick and easy ways to use them.
For my first card I am going to be using a small element from the Frozen Fractals set that Simon released at the start of the year…yep it is a winter set but you would be surprised what you will find when you really look at those seasonal stamp sets.
All supplies are listed and linked below.
I am going to be using 3 Simon inks for this- Clementine, Apricot & Coral Reef. All 3 are yellow/orange toned inks that go well together.
I have taken a piece of Neenah card and trimmed down to 4.1/4 x 5.1/2 and drawn a light pencil line halfway across the piece, you can skip this step but I find it works well as a guide, just make sure you erase the line as you go.
I have started stamping with Clementine and then moved onto Apricot and then Coral reef.
AS you can see from the image above the small Snowflake also works well as a flower.
This is the stamped piece finished, it was nice and quick and having that guide line helped me with the flow across.
To finish the card off I have stamped a sentiment from another Simon Stamp set that is now retired and added some small sequins to random flowers in the centre.
The card base is create from Simon’s Orange Peel card and is A2 top folding, I trimmed the stamped panel down so it would fit nicely on the card base.
For the second card I am going to be using the glasses from Simons Some Bunny Stamp set along with the Fruit Hybrid Ink Cube set that was recently released.
For this card I have again trimmed down some Neenah card to fit an A2 card base and starting with the Lemon Zest, then Orange Slush I am going to randomly stamp the glasses.
I *try* to always stamp odd number of times when doing cards like this as it tends to look better.
I then stamped Watermelon and lastly Key lime.
I decided it still needed something so in the Hope Blooms Stamp set from Simon there is a solid small dot stamp, I used that to fill in some of the gaps and add some more interest.
I added some Glossy Accents to the Glass lenses to add some shine and whilst that was drying I started working on the sentiment.
I decided to use Simons Painted Friend Die which I cut from Simon’s Slate Card stock once and then Neenah 3 times and adhered these all together to create some Dimension.
The card base was created from Simons Sunshine card stock so I trimmer down a piece of the same card and stamped the “You’re So Cool” sentiment from the Ice Cream Dreams Stamp set in Simons Black ink.
Once the Glossy Accents was dry I added it to the card base and only trimmed down the sides leaving a strip of the Sunshine card showing on both sides.
I then adhered the sentiment and Friend die to finish the card off.
Both these cards were so much fun to create and I love getting that bit more out of stamp sets.
I hope I have inspired you to look through your stamp sets and use some of the smaller stamps.
To be entered for a chance to win the $25 gift card all you need to do is comment below with what your favourite Simon Product is and also what you would like me to cover in Simon Saturday Features.
The winner will be picked at Random and announced next Wednesday on my Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge post
You have until midnight Tuesday 9th GMT to enter.
The prize will be randomly drawn.
This is open worldwide.
If the winner does not contact me within 48 hours of being announced then the prize will be redrawn.
Good luck ! and thanks for stopping by.