Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Die Cut Florals + Little Details
Hello crafty friends! I’m popping by to share my latest Simon Says Stamp Studio Monday video! I love putting these together for you each week on the Simon blog and hope you have as much fun watching as I do creating them!
This week I wanted to feature one of our newest stamp and die set combos, the Forget Me Not Trio. I was so excited to design these products, which can be either on their own, or together. No matter how you pair them, there are many different things you can do with these products! In the Forkget Me Not Trio collection are the Forget Me Not floral dies, the Friends of Life stamp set and the coordinating Friends of Life dies. I’ll also be touching on adding many small details to your cards; little details go a long way in making a card look truly unique!
The Forget Me Not floral dies allow you to build die cut flowers and leaves into beautiful arrangements. I cut mine from Simon cardstocks, but you could easily cut them from white cardstock and color the petals and leaves with inks, or cut from watercolor paper and watercolor them in. Or, if stamping is more your style, you can use the flowers from the Friends of Life stamp set and color in the outlines, or do some stamp layering with the solid images. The coordinating dies give you the versatility to cut anything you want from the stamp set.
When I die cut the flowers and leaves, I used coordinating ink colors to add just a touch of shading to the edges of each flower and to certain areas of the leaves. This is an optional step and the results are subtle, but I think it adds a nice finishing touch to the final card.
I also swapped out the die cut centers of the flowers for a more embellished look. With a few yellow buttons from 28 Lilac Lane and a bit of Nuvo Jewel Drops, I was able to decorate the inside of the flowers very easily that created a very pretty effect. If you want something a not quite so bulky, you could use the flower center dies that are included in the Forget Me Not floral die set.
For detail on the leaf branches, I added some brown shading to the stems and a bit of green to the “centers” of the leaves. Again, these are small details, but look perfect when combined together with all the other details in the card.
With some Simon inks, I stamped the word “friend” and one of the smaller supporting sentiments (from the Friends of Life stamp set). I also added a few pink half-pearls from 28 Lilac Lane in between my floral arrangement, as well as some more Nuvo Crystal Drops.
After all those embellishments – yes there are quite a few! – I added one more. With a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, I brushed the edges of each flower and certain areas of the leaves to add a hint of sparkle. There isn’t a ton of sparkle all over, so the little hints actually make you take a second look at the card because you *think* you saw something shimmer! This is a very effective way to make your card just a bit more interesting without being over the top. With all that we have going on in this card, having just the hint of sparkle makes more of a statement.
I hope today’s video not only gave you inspiration for creating beautiful florals with the Forget Me Not Trio collection, but also provided some helpful ideas and tips for adding small details to your card to make the perfect statement. Be sure to stop back on Thursday for the Pretty Pink Posh release blog hop; I’m thrilled to be a guest for it!
Thanks for visiting me today!