OCC: Watercolor for Card Makers: CLASS GIVEAWAY!

You don’t have to be an Impressionist painter to create watercolor masterpieces! Explore the many different (and easy!) ways to create beautiful watercolor effects in Online Card Classes’ Watercolor for Cardmakers.

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Join Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Jennifer Rsaza, and friends, for a fun-filled, all-video, two-week course packed with inspiring, approachable techniques. Starting with easy soft sky washes and progressing to darling hand-painted images, this class is tailor-made for the both the aspiring artist and the cardmaker who wants to add to her go-to collection of on-trend techniques.

Class includes over 30 videos and even more card ideas from top artists with a variety of styles. Visit Online Card Classes to sign up for Watercolor for Cardmakers today, and discover for yourself the fantastic looks you can create with watercolors! (Class begins May 5 but you will have lifetime access to the content.)

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Follow our blog via email and comment on this post for a chance to win a SPOT IN CLASS! If you win and have already signed up, your registration will be refunded to you! Winner will be announced soon! Good luck!

Stephanie Leykauf
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Have you seen the NEW SimonSaysStamp.com?

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NEW + Improved!

We’ve relaunched our website!

Some things to note in this change:

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

Summer Garden Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to a blog hop to celebrate the newest Simon Says Stamp & Mama Elephant collaboration – a stamp and die set called Summer Garden!

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The Summer Garden stamp set is full of beautiful floral and leaf images that can be stamped and colored with pencils and markers, or even paper-pieced. The sentiments in the set go with the flowers perfectly and add beauty and elegance to any card.

I created a card that uses almost all of the images from the set to create a floral bouquet. See below the card for a little more information on how I created it. ;)

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To create the flowers on the card, I first created a multi-colored, watercolor background using Tim Holtz Distress Ink and watercolor paper. Once the ink was dry, I stamped the images on top with black ink from Simon Says Stamp and then cut them out with the coordinating dies. I arranged them onto the front of the card and once I was happy with their placement, I adhered them all down with glossy accents.

I used a Viva Decor Graphite Paper Pen to add some detail to the center of the flowers and also added some silver Wink of Luna to the bottom area of the yellow sprigs. I completed the card with one of the sentiments from the set and added a strip of black cardstock along the top and bottom of the focal area.

We have some great designers who also created a project using this great new stamp set. You can hop along to each of the designers blogs, to see what they’ve created. The next stop on the hop is Laura Bassen!

If you get lost anywhere along the way or encounter any broken links, you can head back here for a list of all of the hop participants:

Laura Bassen
Emily Leiphart
JJ Bolton
Nichol Magouirk
Elena Roussakis
Kryssi Ng (Mama Elephant Blog)

GIVEAWAY!

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 GC to one lucky winner on the hop!

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Just leave a comment on any of the blog posts (including this one!)  to be entered in the random drawings. The giveaway will stay open until Friday April 25th at 6:00pm EST.

Good luck & happy hopping!

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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!

Magical Mermaid Layout

Hi readers! How’s your weekend treating you? Can you tell I’m daydreaming about the beach again? I am loving this layout by Sharon Laakkonen using new Prima products! There are so many stunning details!

Enjoy!

Come create your own magical vacation layout with sand & water effects, a sparkling custom-colored mermaid, and shimmery golden seashells! I combined a few fabulous products on my summer-filled page, perfectly framing my favorite summer vacation photo of my granddaughter, Amariah!

Prima’s new paper collection, Sea Shore, makes me feel like I’m on a tropical beach! I wanted to add that same beachy texture to the paper. Start by stamping sea shell patterns with gesso right on the paper. Dry. Mix Color Bloom sprays with gesso (go light to dark-Gold Foil, then Antique Gold, then Worn Leather.) Dab the colored gesso on the page with a sponge to create various shades of sand. Dry between each color. Lightly rub Inka Gold over the “sand” and on the paper edges with your finger.

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Isn’t this new wooden mermaid by Julie Nutting divine? I started by painting her with Color Bloom Sprays and a paintbrush. (See step 2.) The color will bleed slightly so be extra careful.  Color her hair with the Gold Metallic Chalk Edger, a paintbrush and touch of water. Color the wood seashells and resin clock with Gold Foil spray. Dab the resin lightly with paper towel to let some of the white to show through.

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Glue gold sequins on her top, waistline, and flippers for extra sparkle. (We know all mermaids look like that in real life, right?)

Adhere everything to page as shown raising your 5×7 photo off the page slightly with foam squares. Dry brush a touch of gesso on flowers for a shabby chic touch.

Once you have your layout together add touches of Glass Bead Gel across the sand to mimic foamy water. (Cover your photo with scrap paper to protect it.) I applied it with a paintbrush and let it dry overnight. The Glass Bead Gel will sparkle when the light hits it…just like real water!

I will be teaching this page, from start to finish, on Live With Prima, April 29th at 11:00 PT right here! Thanks for letting me hang out with you today! :) Sharon

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Thanks for reading today and thanks to Sharon for this gorgeous scrapbook layout inspiration!!

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

It’s Your Day!

Hi readers! Happy Saturday! Today I’m pleased to welcome back Lawn Fawn‘s Chari Moss back to our blog as a guest designer! I love the dimension of this card and the fact that it’s a shape. (Other than square or rectangle! Ha!) It adds such interest and would be sure to make anyone’s day!

Enjoy!

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This card is inspired buy the spring blossoms starting to pop up everywhere.  It’s refreshing to see the bright colors of spring after the dead brown of winter.  I used the bouquet of flowers image from Penelope’s blossoms and stamped it in the light green color.  Then I used the individual flower images in the set to stamp out the colors of the flowers and die cut them out with the matching die cuts.

The single flowers match the one in the bouquet so it works perfectly to layer them like I did on this card. I also used a darker green and stamped over a few of the leaf images to create a little more variety in the colors.  I used a piece of gray card stock from my stash for my background.  I wanted to use something neutral and solid so the flowers would pop then I used the pink polka dot paper to create a nice frame.

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Thanks for reading today and thanks to Chari & Lawn Fawn for providing such lovely inspiration!

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