SIMON SAYS STAMP INSPIRATION
Need a kick start to your shopping? I’ve got a few videos and product suggestions for you listed below! You might find something here you *need* to add to your crafty stash. Although, I think we all could easily say we *need* just about everything, right?!
With such a great sale happening, now is the perfect time to pick up items on your wish list from Simon’s newest release One of a Kind! Have you seen all the new products from the release? If not, check out this video I created that takes you through each product … plus a demo of the new Circle Doodles embossing plate!
If you like using sequins, then you’ll want to see how I paired many of Simon’s exclusive stamps and dies with three unique techniques! All the techniques feature a different way to incorporate sequins into your projects. From shaker cards to filling in a shape… you’ll be sure to find some inspiration in this video! Many of the products used are from Simon’s Cherished release.
A unique technique that I cannot wait to do again is creating backgrounds with a Gel Press! The Gel Press is a slick, flexible surface that allows you to add ink on top of to use as a working palette for making impressions. Most often this press is used with acrylic paints, but almost any wet medium could be used with it! I used Distress Inks with my Gel Press and the results are fabulous! See it all in the video below…
The stamp sets you see here are also from Simon Says Stamp; the animals are from the Wild Cuddly Critters set and the birthday elements are from the Cuddly Critters Accessories set. These are definitely WILD cards!
MY FAVORITE SIMON BRAND PRODUCTS
I’ve always loved incorporating faux stitching into my cards; I like using the Wonky Rectangle dies for an extra special twist to the normal straight stitching dies. The stitching lines are uneven, which give a more playful and whimsical feel. There are multiple sizes of these stitching dies included in the set, so they are definitely worth the investment.
To stamp with clear stamps, you of course are going to need a bloc to adhere them to! My go-to blocks are from Simon Says Stamp. They carry two sizes; a 2.5 small block and a 3.5 medium block. I find most of my stamps fit on either one of these blocks perfectly; larger stamps I tend to place in my MISTI. I especially love the scalloped edges of these blocks because this makes them easier to grab and hold while stamping.
No-line coloring can seem challenging but when you use the right ink, it really isn’t that hard! My choice of ink for no-line coloring is always the Barely Beige ink from Simon Says Stamp. The lines show up well enough to see, but don’t over power the image. The ink reacts uniquely with certain mediums and becomes a darker version of the color placed over top. To see an example of this in action, check out THIS VIDEO.
Arguably one of the most important aspects of stamping is stamp care. While this seems like such a small thing, the differences between a clean and a dirty stamp can be quite profound! My favorite cleaner for a good deep cleaning of a stamp is the Ultra Clean stamp cleaner from Simon. I usually pair it with the Hero Arts Scrubber Pad, but you could also spray the cleaner into a microfiber cloth. Either way, your stamp will receive the nice, moisturized bath that it needs!
I have two brands of cardstock that I use pretty much exclusively in my studio; one of them is the Simon brand of cardstock. I LOVE the quality of this cardstock and the range of colors they come in! The cardstocks are 8.5″ by 11″ and are 100lb, so a nice sturdy weight that will hold up to just about anything. If you are looking for a new cardstock brand, this would be my recommendation!
I hope today’s post has given you inspiration in both finding new products that you want to add to your stash, as well as some fun card ideas! Remember that you can get 15% off your ENTIRE Simon Says Stamp brand product order… but hurry! The sale ends on July 4th!
Thanks for visiting with me today… I’ll be back on Monday with a new video tutorial!