Techniques with Spritzes and Sprays

This week on the Monday Challenge we are spritzing and spraying! It is such a fun way to create your own backgrounds and you never know exactly how it is going to turn out! There are lots of brands to choose from or you can make your own, the possibilities are endless!

Once you have made your creation just go ahead and upload it into the linky on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog! We can’t wait to see what you make!

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Below are three projects created by the design team, that showcase this weeks theme! You can visit the challenge blog to get all the details and see the amazing cards and projects that the design team has created this week. If you click on each designers name, you’ll be taken directly to their blog where you’ll get more details about their project! Be sure to give these talented ladies some comments!

Barbara Yaya created a colorful rainbow with Distress Sprays!


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Cheiron Brandon made a distress stain tag for her art journal:
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Maura Hibbitts made a Valentines card for her sweetie:
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Memory Box Dies: Watercolor Embossed Background

Happy Monday everyone!! It’s Shari here with some fun Memory Box dies and a cool background technique.

First, let me admit that I’m loving this color scheme for spring cards… They are my go to colors for flowers and backgrounds. I just can’t help myself! They are complementary which make them pop when put together.

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I started out by embossing the Jourdana Collage die from Memory Box onto a panel of watercolor card stock. Then I added a wash of color using Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers and Broken China Distress inks. These steps gave me a colored textured background for the flower. Once the background was dry, I die cut the panel using the Pinpoint Main Street tag die where I cut two and put them together at the top to create a mini tag shaped card.

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About that flower… it’s unique in that it has inner and out parts that you can put together. I watercolored the blossom with Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks. The leaves were painted with Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint Distress inks.

I have created a video of the process which you can view below or on our YouTube channel.



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

Two Color Background Inking Techniques for Stamping



Hi readers! Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a great weekend! I’m pleased to welcome back the fabulous Yana Smakula as a guest to our blog today! She’s sharing with us a really fun two color background inking stamping technique using some Simon Says Stamp exclusive products, and a few different ways to accomplish the look! Be sure to watch the video for a full tutorial and enjoy!


Love the background stamp? It’s our Leaf Background cling stamp!

Watch the video:



Thanks for stopping by, and thanks again to Yana for being our guest!


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

Weekender with Wanda – What’s Brewing?!

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Hey crafty pals! Happy Saturday! Welcome back to this edition of Weekender with Wanda on the Simon Says Stamp blog! SO happy to have you here again with me for a bit of your weekend. Great to see you!  What have you been brewing up in your home studio lately? Are you getting organized? January and February for me always seem to be a time for nesting and cleaning. I like to recover from the holidays, and get ready for the new year… When I’m home and it’s cold outside, I also like to drink lots of coffee! LOL. Today’s card was inspired by my love of coffee, and also inpsired by a fun retro color palette. I used our Simon Says Stamp Exclusive stamp set called “What’s Brewing” to create a card that would be perfect for a friend. This set reminds me of a cool, retro kitchen theme and that’s why I chose the aqua and pink color scheme.

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The main image in the stamp set is this big coffee mug! It has lots of smaller items that you can use to customize it. LOVE that! I made a pretty pink stripe on the bottom and then used the hello stamp too. I gently added some Antique Linen Distress Ink to the handle and the coffee part. I also stamped my steam image in the Antique Linen Ink for a soft feeling. I like these pretty colors with the deep black accents.


I used the same paper pad for all the patterned papers. It’s a favorite of mine – I AM by Simple Stories. I think I bought three packs of it!! I stamped my sentiment on a banner and cut an extra banner to use underneath for another pop of color. The heart/circle stamp is part of the set too. I cut it out and mounted it on my twine to kind of look like a button.


Here’s a trick I use a lot: Make your own background paper! I love taking the smaller stamps in a stamp set and creating my own repeating pattern. Here I stamped the small mug several times on my top layer. My paper is cream color. Don’t worry about getting it exactly perfect – just have fun! I stood up to stamp this so I could look down on my images. This is the perfect retro mint green ink….


I used a corner rounder to smooth out all the edges on my layers. Another fun tip: Cut a piece of patterned paper to use as your card base. Here I used a pretty floral on black paper. I cut it to A2 size and adhered it to the front of an A2 card base. Adds a little bit of something to the final card!




So that’s what’s brewing over here! Thank you, as always, for coming by to check out Weekender with Wanda! I love sharing with you. Have a great weekend! Happy Crafting!


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Wanda Guess
Creative Team • Enjoys photography, crafting, and coffee • Loves to spend time with friends laughing!

Ink Blending and Die Cutting with Prisma Glitter Accenting

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Hi friends! TGIF! It’s always a pleasure to welcome the sweet and talented Laura Bassen to our blog as a guest! She has whipped up a sparkly masterpiece just in time for Valentine’s Day, but this design is really great for any old time! The sentiment is from our Hello Beautiful stamp set and those sweet heart borders are the Heart Banner from our latest You Have My Heart release! The BAM of sparkle on this die border is made with Prisma glitter.


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Watch the video:

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Thanks for reading and thanks to Laura for being our fabulous guest as always! See you tomorrow for the newest addition of Weekender with Wanda!


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