Recessed Background Stamping + Simon’s Masterpieces Hop

Hello friends! Welcome to my stop in the Simon Says Stamp Masterpiece Box Blog Hop! If you’ve already been hopping along with us, you should have arrive from one of my fabulous friends, May Sukyong Park! If you have just joined in the hop though, scroll down to the bottom of the post for the complete line-up of designers participating!


If you haven’t heard of the Masterpiece Box and are wondering what I might be talking about, let me tell you a bit about this awesome collection! The Masterpieces box is a collection of new stamps, dies and inks from some of your favorite brands, including: Altenew, Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant, Memory Box, Reverse Confetti, Tim Holtz, WPlus9… and of course, Simon Says Stamp!  The box is available at limited quantities and once it is sold out, they won’t be restocking… so get yours quick!!!

As a side note, one of the stamp sets included in the Masterpieces collection is the Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs set. For those of you who already preordered this set from Simon Says Stamp, you can cancel the preorder if you purchase the Masterpieces box.

Okay! So now it’s time to check out what kind of awesome projects you can make with the Masterpiece Box!

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For my first card, I have used the Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs stamp set; aren’t the little pups in this set so much fun???? I love the expression on this particular one on my card… it makes me laugh!

I did Copic coloring for the dog, and I used the following marker colors:  E30, E53, E33, E57 (body); E57, E47, E77, W9 (nose and eye brows); R17, R35, Y21 (collar); BG0000 (eyes); W00, W1, W3, W5, W7 (ground). After coloring the dog, I fussy cut him out using fine tip scissors from CutterBee.

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My sentiment is created with two stamp sets included in the Masterpiece Box; Whimsy Alphas from Plus9 and Tiny Ninjas from Mama Elephant. I love how the fonts paired so well together from these two stamp sets! I stamped the sentiments with a combination of dye inks (Schoolhouse Red from Simon Says Stamp and Navy from Hero Arts).

As a note: I didn’t stamp the word “heart” from the sentiment included in the Mama Elephant set, but rather stamped a small red heart from Simon’s Look for the Miracles stamp set; this was done simply to add a bit more fun to the design and be a bit different!

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Finally, I popped the dog up onto my card with foam tape and mounted the panel he is attached to onto a patterned paper-covered card base. I also added a bit of small embellishing details using a white gel pen for highlights and some Glossy Accents for a bit of shine.

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This next card I have features the gorgeous Hero Arts Cardinal Layering stamp set and Memory Box Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament die! While I didn’t use the cardinal in the Hero Arts color layering stamp set, I wanted to show how versatile the smaller, supporting elements of a stamp set can be!

Here I started off by adding a wash of gold watercolors (along with some splatters!) using Finetec’s gold mica set; while I had the watercolors out, I also created a gold swatch on some watercolor paper which I later die cut my ornament from.

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Once the watercolor background was finished, I started adding some stamped details onto my card with the Hero Arts Cardinal Layering stamp set. I temporarily adhered a scallop rectangle frame over my card base and stamped the branches, pine needles and berries onto the card using Hero Arts dye inks. The reason I applied the scalloped frame over the card base prior to stamping is because I wanted the stamping to overlap onto the frame (which was later adhered to the card base). Stamping on both the frame and the card base enabled the scene to be continued across the card instead of being broken up by a plain white frame.

The sentiment is from the Hero Arts cardinal set, and I heat embossed it using gold embossing powder from Ranger (the “&” symbol is stamped in Fossil ink from Simon).

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Next came the building of the poinsettia ornament; as I mentioned above, I had watercolored a swatch of gold onto some watercolor paper to use as the coloring of my ornament.  I also created two more watercolor swatches using green and red watercolors from Winsor and Newton. I then die cut all of these swatches using the Fanciful Poinsettia dies. To make the process more simpler, you could die cut from colored cardstocks instead, but I love the variegated look of the watercolor swatches!

Once the pieces were die cut, I adhered them all together and added them to my card base along with some gold cord; the cord really helps this ornament come to life! For a final finishing touch, I adhered a small gold gem into the center of the poinsettia.

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My final card that I have to share with you features the super cute Reverse Confetti Cute as a Button stamp and die set! I used these two pieces to create a fun recessed background, AND I have a video to show you how I did it!

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This is a really fun way to use your dies and stamps a bit differently and I hope that the video inspires you to try it yourself! In the video, I’ll also give you a closer look at the stamp sets used to create the other cards I am sharing today! If you enjoy, please give the video a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel for more weekly inspiration!



Head on over to Simon Says Stamp to get a Masterpieces box of your very own! But don’t wait long, supplies are limited and once they are gone, you’ll have to wait until later this year to get these fabulous stamp and die sets!




There is lot’s more inspiration to be seen along the hop! Your next stop is the creatively awesome Heather Ruwe… I know she’s bound to have something super clever on her blog to share with you! PLUS, make sure you leave a comment on this post and on all the other stops in the hop, as each blog has a $25 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate up for grabs! All winners will be drawn and announced on Monday, July 18th on the Simon blog.



If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible.

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366 Responses

  1. Sandy Small says:

    Great cards! I enjoy how you used the smaller images to showcase the ornament diecut, to stretch our stamps!

  2. Jennifer K says:

    All your cards are fantastic, I especially love your crazy dog card, the sentiment is so fitting in regards to dogs! Thank you for the great inspiration.

  3. SQUEAL!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Video and the Cards that you’ve Created!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  4. Donna Lewis says:

    Super cute cards. I love the way you’ve combined stamp sets.

  5. Miriam Prantner says:

    Fantastic cards Nina-Marie! I really love all the details. Each is so balanced and well executed, love them all!

  6. Fabulous cards made! The master piece box is just amazing!

  7. Juan says:

    Love the christmas card. Gets me in the mood for holiday cards.

  8. Diane says:

    Love all your cards. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Betty N says:

    Wonderful cards! Your doggie card is super cute, and that is one gorgeous Christmas card!

  10. Susan says:

    Awesome cards. And thanks for sharing the close-up pictures. It really helps to see the multi-dimensions that you created with your designs.

  11. Rosemary D says:

    seriously amazing set of cards!

  12. From cute to elegant!

  13. Carla says:

    I love your videos. I’m biased towards the onesie card because I have a 1 year old that wears onesies. ;) Thanks for sharing your ideas and inspiring us all.

  14. lolyborda43 says:

    All three cards are fabulous! I couldn’t choose a favorite, I love them all! TFS

  15. Christine Lazarides says:

    Your cards are super, TFS!

  16. Rita Allen says:

    Really nice cards so thank you for sharing -such a wonderful inspiring event having so many friends taking part but feel good too -hard to choose a favorite but I love the crazy dogs as they make you smile every time –

  17. Susan Pezza says:

    Love the cards! And the dog card from Crazy Dogs is great!! The Christmas card is just beautiful, great job on that one. The onesie card is just adorable!! I love watching your videos, I found you thanks to SSS and Studio Monday and just love what you create! Keep up the great work!!

  18. Daria Zender says:

    Nina, all three cards are just fantastic! Those Crazy Dogs make me laugh out loud, but your card warms my heart. The ornament card is gorgeous! And I love the black and white twine with those adorable onesies!

  19. Laura Ricketts says:

    Hello, Nina Marie! I love your cards and especially the onesies card. My daughter is having my first grandbaby in October and I know I will be sending tons of cards to her just to tease her…she’s in Scotland and I am missing all of this! But she does send me baby bump pictures! LOL I can’t wait to get my BOX!!!

  20. Love the layering stamps. Just started using them
    and they are so easy and look so great.
    Crazy Dogs is fantastic
    thanks for sharing

  21. Evelyn Vasquez says:

    Wow all cards are wonderful.

  22. Carolyn Roberds says:

    WOW, wow, wee, that would be great for me. OK for real, favorite is the W Plus 9 Whimsy Alpha (letters and then outside stamping of letters) is so cool but also love the Simon Says Oh Happy Day stamp set, I absolutely have to have these two items.

  23. Lisa says:

    Enjoyed how you show using ways to combine and use stamps in interesting ways

  24. Judyt28 says:

    Your Christmas card is simply beautiful!

  25. Nuala says:

    Such fun cards. Love!

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