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. JMN says:

    Great release. I enjoyed your video and your wonderful art piece.

  2. Jenny N says:

    Great release. I enjoyed your video and your wonderful art piece.

  3. Nanette Leiker says:

    This release has a wide variety of items that strike my fancy. From the layering leaves stencil, to the word dies that relate to magic! I also love the stencil that have the moon and stars. It is difficult to keep my mind on one idea, but I love it all!!

  4. Tarenthea says:

    I’m really enjoying this release! There are so many products I can keep as a staple.

  5. Cheriese H says:

    omg this is such a fab project!!

  6. Joan says:

    adorable project. So colorful. Love that’s it an altered item.

  7. Judi Knecht says:

    Wow Nina the colors just Pop! Thank you for sharing your art!

  8. Candy Clay says:

    Wonderful colors and project

  9. Shar Zar says:

    Great imagination and so colorful.

  10. Donna Walls says:

    Great project and Congrats on your designs being included in the new Release!

  11. Judy Inukai says:

    What a delightful project. I can almost hear lovely sound of the xylophone.

  12. Kelley Clarke says:

    OMG the xylophone is amazing!

  13. Laraine says:

    Fabulous! Love the xylophone!!

  14. Vinessa Buckland says:

    Great creative inspiration. Love the color and the whole project!

  15. Ruby Marchand says:

    The projects are very pretty

  16. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Wow! This is awesome and so colorful! I love it!

  17. Preetha Strand says:

    So fantastic! Colours are amazing!!

  18. Karen Erickson says:

    Love the xylophone,the colors and the colors of the box

  19. Bunny says:

    Lovely and colorful. Great story on why you created the stamps. That’s so fun.

  20. Dee Earnshaw says:

    omg what a wonderful piece of art – love it

  21. Beth Menna says:

    This is so unique and inspiring – Thank you for sharing this great project!

  22. Nancy Lake says:

    What an original project! I love how unique and colorful it is! TY

  23. Laura says:

    What a cute, colorful project — perfect for the musical person in your life — especially if you’ve got a percussionist!

  24. Roxanne Tellini says:

    I love the colors inside the box. Gorgeous work.

  25. Marie Hansen says:

    This is so cute! It would be great to figure out how to incorporate a little music box mechanism. Love this!

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