Lots of Inky Techniques! Rainbow Xylophone Vignette + Blog Hop!

If you are participating in Simon’s Make Magic release blog hop, you can find all the hop details at the bottom of this post.

I’m really excited about the vignette project I made with Simon Says Stamp’s new Make Magic release– and in particular, the Build a Xylophone die set! My rainbow scene features not only the xylophone die, but I also included a lot of other cool details with many more Make Magic release products. While this project is a bit more involved than a card, I hope it inspires you. Even if you don’t create this exact vignette, maybe even just one aspect may inspire you to make something with this new release from Simon!

This project is best explained in the video, so be sure to watch that for full details. But I will touch on some of the highlights here…

The background of my vignette was created by ink smooshing Distress Inks onto Bristol paper. I then trimmed the paper to fit inside my vignette. Simon’s Build a Xylophone die was also colored with Distress Inks after cutting it out.

Inside the vignette I adhered some Tim Holtz Typography Findings, which are colored with Alcohol Inks. Around the xylophone are music notes from the Xylo Phone stamp and die set (also part of the Make Magic release)!

I painted the facing edges of my vignette with white acrylic paint and then added a layer of Simon’s Unicorn Confetti on top of that for extra sparkle.

The outside of the vignette is covered with pattern paper from Waffle Flower; on top of that I added splatters of white acrylic paint. On the side of the vignette are a couple of sentiments from the Magical Word and Xylo Phone sets. I sprinkled some of the new Magic Stars around my greetings, which are die cut from gold glitter cardstock.

This vignette turned out exactly how I envisioned it, which makes me SO happy. A fun fact to share with you all – I actually designed the Build a Xylophone and Xylo Phone sets for Simon! They were created specifically because my friend, Heidi Crowl (the owner/founder of Simon Says Stamp), has a daughter named Abby who adores the xylophone. Abby wanted a xylophone set to be able to create with and that lead me to illustrate these fun new products! I hope you all enjoy creating with them as much as I have!


Tim Holtz Idea-ology VIGNETTE…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology VIGNETTE BOXES…
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Simon Says Stamps and Dies XYLO PHONE…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps XYLO PHONE…
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Simon Says Stamp XYLO PHONE Wafer…
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Simon Says Stamp MAGIC STARS Wafer…
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Simon Says Stamp MAGICAL WORD Wafer…
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Tim Holtz Layering Stencil CONCERTO…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology TYPOGRAPHY…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock ASSORTED…
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Dina Wakley Ranger WHITE 1OZ Media…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FESTIVE…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PICKED…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CARVED…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SQUEEZED…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TWISTED…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad 2021 New…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad July 2021…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILTED…
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Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain WILTED…
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Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain 2021…
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Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain WILD…
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Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain KITSCH…
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Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain July…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium…
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4…
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Waffle Flower JJ’S RAINBOWS Paper Pad…
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Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12…
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Simon Says Stamp Cardstock GOLD…
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  • Your next stop of the Make Magic release hop is Caly Person! If you would like to reference the full hop list, be sure to visit the Simon Says Stamp Blog!
  • Would you like a FREE gift when you shop at Simon Says Stamp this weekend?? Use code ARTMAGIC at checkout! You’ll receive the exclusive Art Supplies die set for FREE with a purchase of $40 or more.
  • Simon Says Stamp is GENEROUSLY giving away a $25 gift card at every stop in the hop! Just leave a comment here and at each blog to increase your chances of winning. Simon will pick the winners and announce them Wednesday, the 28th of July on their blog.
  • Don’t forget that this is just Day 1 of the Make Magic release blog hop! There will be another hop (Day 2), on Saturday 7/24, at 8 am ET. Visit Simon’s Blog on Saturday to start the hop!
  • Are you looking for even MORE Make Magic release inspiration? Simon has an entire gallery of ideas for you to peruse. I love checking them out and seeing what other crafters have been creating!

Thank you Simon Says Stamp for inviting me to participate in today’s blog hop!

144 Responses

  1. Teresa Hall says:

    Oh my goodness! How cute is that!

  2. Diane Zalusky says:

    Love how inky that box is.

  3. Trish Cox says:

    Love the brightness of this card

  4. Kristin Rigsbee says:

    Really beautiful with the rainbow colors

  5. Elaine Laws says:

    This is just amazing!

  6. Gab says:

    This is so fun!

  7. What an amazing project, wow! It’s a true keepsake & decoration!

  8. Sue D. says:

    Love this die set; what an awesome job you did designing it! Love your amazing project too! Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Patricia Coleman says:

    What an awesome project, love it!!

  10. Sue D says:

    This is so fun and colorful!

  11. Julie A Wexler says:

    Loving all the bright colors- such a happy feeling to it!

  12. Giselle D. says:

    Such a fun project! I like that you showed something other than a card.

  13. Adrienne O'Keeffe says:

    Thank you for the inspiration. I love the Xylophone set. It is a reminder that was one of my children’s and grandchildren’s toys.

  14. Cindy M says:

    This is such a cute project! The xylophone brings back memories from when my kids were little.

  15. Susan Young says:

    Wow! How fun is that! Love all the color!

  16. Tammy Hanson says:

    This reminds me of the Fisher Price baby toy from long ago. Good memories!

  17. Lara Read says:

    So many great ideas come from you! Thanks for sharing!! I saw you on the live on Friday and I was not aware you designed product along with what you make. So talented! Love your designs!

  18. Donna Griffin says:

    What an amazing project! And I am sure Heidi’s daughter, Abby loved that you designed this set for her!

  19. Rachel Macleod says:

    What a cool project and so many great techniques showcased. I love the little die cut musical notes on the back and sides of the vignette box. I don’t own any vignettes yet but they are on my list! Thanks for sharing your immense talent and for giving us the chance to win. Fingers crossed!

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