2 Ways to Use a Stencil + Simon’s Sending Sunshine Blog Hop!

Hello crafters! Have you been enjoying the Simon Says Stamp Sending Sunshine release blog hop so far? You should have arrived from the talented, Amanda Korotkova’s blog! If you are just joining in, you can reference the entire hop order below!

For my inspiration today, I created two cards using the new, Leafy Frame stencil I designed for the release! In the video above, I will show you how I made this cute scene, which also incorporates the darling monkeys from the Hello There stamp set!

2 Ways to Use a Stencil + Simon's Sending Sunshine Blog Hop!

Those darling monkeys make me smile! Aren’t they cute? I thought it would be fun to have three of them hanging from some vines… the Heart Stream die worked perfect for that!

2 Ways to Use a Stencil + Simon's Sending Sunshine Blog Hop!

There are some fun greetings in the also-new Playful Messages stamp set; I used one of them here, paired with a “holla” greeting  from Hello There!

Be sure to watch the video above to see how this whole card came together! The supplies I used can be found below:

supplies used

Simon Says Stencils LEAFY FRAME…
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Simon Says Stamps And Dies HELLO…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps HELLO THERE…
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Simon Says Stamp HELLO THERE Wafer…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps PLAYFUL…
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Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES…
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Simon Says Stamp HEART STREAM Wafer…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
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Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS…
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Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12…
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Therm O Web PURPLE TAPE Easy Release…
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4…
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Simon Says Stamp WHITE CARDSTOCK 120…
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Neenah Environment 100 LB SMOOTH…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#…
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MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping…
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE…
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Simon Says Stamp CRAFT TACKY GLUE…
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2 Ways to Use a Stencil + Simon's Sending Sunshine Blog Hop!

The monkey card utilizes the stenciled leaves as a silhouette… but I envisioned this stencil being able to be used for coloring, too! In this card, I blended a bit of light blue around the leaves, which left white, negative silhouettes behind. This is perfect for bringing in your favorite medium and add coloring exactly as you’d like! Here I did some Copic and colored pencil detailing.

2 Ways to Use a Stencil + Simon's Sending Sunshine Blog Hop!

The beautiful sentiment I stamped in the center of these tropical leaves is from the new CZ Designs Love You Like stamp set. I also accented the backgrund with sequins from the new Pool Party mix and vellum butterflies (cut with the previously-released Flickering Butterflies die set from Simon).

Both of these cards that feature the Leafy Frame stencil perfectly illustrate how you can achieve a wide spectrum of styles (anything from cute to realistic). I hope you love working with this new product, and the entire Sending Sunshine release!

You can find all the products I used for this card below:

supplies used

Simon Says Stencils LEAFY FRAME…
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CZ Design Clear Stamps LOVE YOU LIKE…
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Simon Says Stamp FLICKERING…
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Memory Box WRAPPED STITCH FRAMES Open…
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Prismacolor 150 PREMIER COLORED…
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Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp WHITE CARDSTOCK 120…
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Canson XL BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12 Paper…
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Simon Says Stamp VELLUM SSSVEL12
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Simon Says Stamp POOL PARTY Sequins…
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Tonic MORNING DEW Grande Nuvo Crystal…
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE…
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keep hopping

There is TONS more inspiration to see in this Sending Sunshine blog hop! Your next stop is the amazing Nichol Spohr! Don’t forget to leave a comment at every stop in the hop for a chance to WIN $25 Simon gift card (there is one being given away on each blog)!

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Cathy Zielske

Amanda Korotkova

Nina-Marie Trapani – you are here!

Nichol Spohr

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Lisa Addesa

Suzy Plantamura

Anna Kossakovskaya

May Sukyong Park

Heather Hoffman

Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Gayatri Murali

2 Ways to Use a Stencil + Simon's Sending Sunshine Blog Hop!

218 Comments

  1. Andrea Hastilow May 24, 2018 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Great video as ever Nina thank you for the two different card looks x

  2. Janet May 22, 2018 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Great cards, I love how the backgrounds turned out, gorgeous!

  3. Vicky C May 22, 2018 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Beautiful, sweet and adorable cards! Love the different ways of using the stencil, and I especially love the second card! Wish there was a video to show us how the second card came together – it’s stunningly gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Sonia W May 21, 2018 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    The first card is so cute !! Love the way you colored the second card !!

  5. Irene May 21, 2018 at 5:07 am - Reply

    Fabulous cards! The coloring on the second card is stunning!

  6. Miriam Prantner May 20, 2018 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    I love these cards, especially that second card, the variation in colors on the leaves are just so pretty and also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope you had a great day!

  7. DUMONTIER Marjorie May 20, 2018 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Two pretty different cards but equally awesome !!
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  8. Stacey May 20, 2018 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    super cute cards.

  9. Lois John May 20, 2018 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    AaWESOME CARDS!!=lOve them both!!! TFS!!

  10. Denise Bryant May 20, 2018 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Love the stencil and the monkeys! Beautiful color combo on your second card!

  11. Traci Nickerson May 20, 2018 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Hi Nina, I love the summery colors, paired with the swinging monkeys it makes me want to go visit the rainforest at our zoo!!

  12. Sharon O May 20, 2018 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Very cute cards with darling monkeys and beautiful leaves! Love the versatility of the stencil; thanks for sharing.

  13. Lauryne Cunningham May 20, 2018 at 9:54 am - Reply

    I always love your cards! You always give me such great ideas! These monkeys are so cute!

  14. Annalisa May 20, 2018 at 2:29 am - Reply

    I always love seeing a designer use products, because we get a glimpse into what you’re thinking. I love how you did both positive and negative versions of this stencil. What a useful, versatile stencil! Thanks for sharing your fabulous cards.

  15. Terrie D. May 20, 2018 at 1:58 am - Reply

    You cards are great! I love how you used the stencil on the second card :)

  16. Tracy Chambers May 19, 2018 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    I adore these cute monkey’s and I can’t wait to try the leaf technique.

  17. Valerie Hayden May 19, 2018 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Way cute and cheery!

  18. Lindsey-NY May 19, 2018 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    Nina, your first card really made me smile. Then the colors on your leaves on the second card made me sigh to haveyour talent.

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