Hello everyone! Today is the reveal of the newest Simon Says Stamp monthly card kit, Best Birthday! This kit is filled with so many bright and happy products, I don’t how you could look at it and not smile!
If you haven’t seen the kit yet, I encourage you to visit my other post for today that features a walk-through video of the contents in the kit. There are some really fun products in the kit that you’ll want to check out! You can see that post by clicking HERE or by clicking on the image below:
One of the coolest parts of the kit are the fun shaker tags and shaker wells from Jillibean Soup! These make creating shaker cards a real breeze. I stamped a scene using images from the Simon Says Stamp Best Ever stamp set (also included in the kit) and then sandwiched the scene between the tag and shaker wells.
The sequins I used in the shaker are iridescent hearts from Pretty Pink Posh; I love how they compliment the rainbow scene in my card. The are also translucent, so they don’t “hide” the scene underneath. Take a look at the sequins before and after the card is shaken:
The scene inside my shaker was colored in with Prismacolor colored pencils. I first stamped the scene using images from the Best Ever stamp set using Your Next Stamp’s black ink. This is a Copic-safe ink and also great for coloring with colored pencils!
I have a few useful supplies that I love when working with colored pencils… these are some of my favorite organization and tools that you might want to check out:
Having well-sharpened pencils are one of the best ways to get the most out of your colored pencils. I never had much luck with mechanical pencil sharpeners; I have found that this pencil sharpener from Prismacolor to give me the best results when sharpening my colored pencils.
I know this doesn’t seem like much, but having a “cushioned” surface underneath your coloring really does make a big difference. I usually work on the Simon Says Stamp grid pad for most of my cards, and this aids me in getting a much smoother appearance to my coloring.
It’s always fun to embellish our cards; one of my favorite embellishments are the Tonic Studios Nuvo Drops. These drops add so much texture and interest to a card; I love seeing their dimensional finish after they’ve dried.
But have you ever tried embellishing your patterned paper? I thought it would be a great final detail to my card if I put Nuvo Drops over a few of the dots on the patterned paper behind my shaker. Check out the fun dimension:
I had an absolute blast creating with this new Simon card kit and I have a feeling you will too! Make sure you pick up the kit right away, as these kits usually sell out within a week of its release (Simon’s kits are SO popular)! HERE is the link to the kit.
Also remember that there are card kit galleries on the Simon blog that you can reference for ideas, as well as add your own cards that you’ve made with the Simon kits! The link to the September Card Kit gallery is HERE.
And of course, if you want to see all the items in the new Best Birthday September Card Kit, you can visit THIS post on my blog to see the walk-through video, as well as close up pictures of the kit contents.
Thanks for visiting with me today… I’ll see you again tomorrow with some Neat & Tangled inspiration to share with you!