Introducing Daybreak – Simon’s Newest Color Collection!

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We are so excited to announce the Daybreak collection – the newest colors in the Simon Says Stamp color family!

The new collection features 7 colors, including Slate, Smoke, Fog, Lemon Chiffon, Lavender, Soft Navy and Burnt Orange. All of the colors are available now in the Simon Says Stamp online store!

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We are so happy that so many of you have been using and loving our ink and cardstock! This newest release fills in some of the colors we’ve been missing! Hello gray!

To celebrate the new release, I have a card to share that uses both new and previously released colors. Don’t they all look great together!?

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This release doesn’t just include the new colors! We also have new sequins available in both a round design and an adorable flower design!

We can’t wait to hear what you think of the new colors and sequins!

Stephanie Klauck
Marketing • Wife and mother of two pretty awesome kiddos • Loves to get crafty, read books and watch TV • Nascar and hockey fan • Out-going and loves to laugh!

Lost World Copic Airbrushing: Part One

Hi readers! I have an awesome tutorial for you today by the fantastic Sandy Allnock!

Enjoy!

Hello crafty friends!

It’s Sandy Allnock here with have a special treat for you….airbrushing! I’ve been trying to learn more ways to use my Copic Airbrush System; I’ve had it a while, but have been lacking time and confidence to give it a whirl. I know a lot of you have wondered about it. I had a dream recently, and woke up with a dinosaur scene in my head – with a gold and red sky – and I decided to get out my Lawn Fawn Critters From the Past stamp set, my Simon Says Falling Stars Die, and that good old airbrush….and tried it! I videotaped it while doing it for the first time – so I was just as surprised as anyone that it actually worked out well. Whew!

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The die-cutting of the stars was done first, so that I wouldn’t have to run an airbrushed piece through my die-cut machine – if you’ve tried that before using plates that are as well-loved [read "scratched"] as mine, you might know that you’ll end up with slivers stuck to the airbrushing. So die-cutting first works much better. After the coloring was completed, I covered the red layer behind it completely with adhesive – then when I put the stars back in, they stuck right in place! The stars are all the same size in the die, too, and that really makes piecing it back together easy.

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Now, this card has so much mojo packed into it, that it wouldn’t even fit into one video! So below you’ll find the video with the airbrushed sky…and I’ll talk through some of the details on the card below that. There’s a second video over on my channel with the rest of the coloring – the animals and ground.

For the animals, I colored each of them first in their solid green colors (this technique will work with most any colors) – YG93, YG63, 3; then I used W7 and W5 markers to add the shadows (use W5 and W3 if you’re scared of going as dark as W7). You could also use the C series markers for cool color shadows, too.

I followed the coats of grey with one final coat of the same color used underneath it, which makes it then look like a dark shade of that color. Pretty nifty trick, especially if your color collection is limited; this can really stretch your markers to be used for a lot more!

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The ground was created by first adding a base coat of YR14, then the shadows with W7 and W5 – and then creating the pebbles with dots of greys plus dots of the 0 marker! Yes, that 0 marker can be a lot of fun…it isn’t a blender pen in the way you may be used to with other mediums. It pushes color *away* from itself, so think of it more as a bleaching pen and you’ll come up with all kinds of creative uses for it!

If you’d like to see the coloring of the dinos and trees plus the pebbles on the ground, hop on over to my channel to see it – and be sure to leave comments for me on this blog post if you have suggestions on what you’d like to see for Copic videos here on Simon Says Stamp!

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Thanks so much for reading and thanks to Sandy for this fantastic tutorial!

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Stephanie Leykauf
Marketing Director • Enjoys photography, interior decorating, crafting, and laughing! • Music enthusiast • Loves to smile!

May 2014 Card Kit REVEAL!

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SSS101416_AllBoy_c Hi all! Today is the 14th of the month so that means we get to reveal another card kit! The May 2014 Card Kit is packed with fun and interesting supplies to create cards for every person in your life–especially all the males in your life!

The May 2014 Card Kit includes: All Boy stamp set and Stars & Dots stencil from Simon Says Stamp, 6×6 patterned paper from Fancy Pants, enamel hearts, a Mini Distress Ink pad in Peacock Feathers, the new round blending tool, blending foam refills, and coordinating cardstock in various colors.

We hope you’ll love the kit! You can pick up the May 2014 card kit HERE for just $24.95 + shipping. Or if you’d like to receive this kit and future kits for only $19.95 + shipping per month, you can SUBSCRIBE HERE. When you subscribe you will receive kits delivered to your door automatically!

Ready to see some cards made using the kit?

We have two cards to share with you, and one has a video…

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by Lucy Abrams

And then we have a card and video from Stephanie Klauck

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You can pick up the May 2014 Card Kit HERE! We can’t wait to see what you create! :)

If you are a subscriber who used Paypal to purchase your subscription, please be sure to pay the invoice that we send you within 3 business days.  We have a limited number of this card kit in stock and don’t want you to miss out.  For easier and quicker monthly processing, please contact us via email or telephone and we will put your credit card on file as a courtesy for you.  Card kits bill and ship between the 17th and 24 days of every month.

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Bouquets of Love

Hi readers! Happy Sunday to you! Thanks for stopping by today!

We have some fresh inspiration for you from our wonderful pal & Wednesday Design Team member, Mandy Stacey! If you love the way she embellishes her cards like I do be sure to check out her blog called: Sprinkling of Glitter! Do you love these stamps? They’re from a newer Magnolia collection called Lost & Found!

Enjoy!

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Thanks so much for reading and thanks to Mandy for this gorgeous inspiration!

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Stephanie Leykauf
Marketing Director • Enjoys photography, interior decorating, crafting, and laughing! • Music enthusiast • Loves to smile!

Art Journal JOY in my Heart

Hi everyone, it’s Shari here with my April art journal feature. This one is all about texture and soft Spring colors.

For this entry, I played with my Distress inks on Gesso, something I hadn’t tried before. After spritzing the inks with water this amazing thing happened… it’s like batik in a way.. the background white really showed through, like raindrops!

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By coating the paper with Gesso first (and letting it dry completely) it allows the inks sit on the surface rather than soaking in. I kept my journaling and title simple… it has a lot of personal meaning for me as today is my moms birthday, her name was Joy. You could say I have all sorts of joy of life in my heart. :o)

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I’ve shot a process video showing how to do the technique, as usual, I sped it up to fit it in the time frame needed. Enjoy!

Hope you were able to follow. I have the supplies listed below in case you missed them.

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Thanks for stopping by today, hope you all are having a fantastic week-end!!! Oh but before I go, I have a BLOG Candy Alert! Follow our blog via email and comment on this post for a chance to win a special blog candy!

Shari Carroll
Creative Director • Designs Simon Says Stamp exclusive products • Card maker • Art Journaling • Mom to many • Loves good friends, photography and gardening