Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Week Four


It's my very last post for the February Designer Spotlight. :-( I really enjoyed being a part of the Wednesday Challenge team this month. Challenges are a great way to grow your crafting skills. They push you to try techniques and designs you may not have done otherwise. They also push you to do your best and continually strive to improve. You probably already know this if you're on this page because you came to it from the Simon Says Stamp blog!


This week's challenge is Anything Goes featuring Simon Says Stamp products. I know Valentine's Day has passed, but a love-themed card never goes out of style. My card features the new Simon Says Stamp Love and Quotes set.

To create this card, I first stamped two rows of the smallest heart in the set on the top of the card with the lightest ink color. I then stamped two rows of the second smallest heart in a little darker shade and so on until I got to the bottom of the card. Each time, I used a bigger heart with a darker shade of ink. Then I took the same ink and covered the hearts using my ink blending tool.

Next, I stamped the sentiment onto cardstock and cut it out with the large banner in the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Bundle of Shapes. Here is a trick: The banner was not long enough for the sentiment. To get the banner the right size, I left the top edge of the banner hanging outside of my cutting plates, allowing only the bottom part of the banner to be cut. Then, I re positioned the banner to align with the top half of my sentiment, turned the paper around and left the bottom part of the banner hanging outside of the cutting plate and cutting the top half.

I adhered the banner with dimensional stickers and finished it off with some silver sequins! Bam! Done!!

As I mentioned earlier, challenges are a great way to grow your crafting abilities because they encourage you to try new techniques or designs that you may not have tried otherwise. Sometimes it's good to step outside your comfort zone and grow as a crafter. I encourage you to give it a try. Who knows? You may actually win a prize like a $50 Gift Voucher to Simon Says Stamp!!!



Tracy Freeman said...

It's beautiful Annette, love the rich colours.
I have loved seeing your work this month & havingn you as part of the SSS team.
Sending hugs xx

Lin said...

Love your ombre and graduated hearts background, Annette! Sweet sentiment, too!

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Annette, I love the heart background, I thought you had used a stencil as the placement of those hearts is so perfect! I love the ombre effect, so pretty and the sentiment is perfect, very lovely :-)

Thanks so much for joining us in the spotlight! It has been a real pleasure having you along with us!! See you SOON!! :-)

Lols x x x

Virginia L. said...

This card truly is labor of love! I love the gradient and change of sizes of hearts! Well done, Annette! It's been SO awesome to have you guest designing with us!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for being our Feb guest! Gorgeous blended card with a fab sentiment! Hope to see you in April at Create! :)

Simon Says Stamp!

Gracielalife Design - by Graciela said...

Love this card! hei from Norway


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