New Designs from Mama Elephant

Hi readers! TGIF! I’m so happy to be sharing with you this adorable card using new Mama Elephant stamps and dies by our guest designer of the day, Elena Roussakis! I love the texture she added to the background, and her coloring is just flawless! Enjoy!


Hi there! I’m so excited to be guesting on the Simon Says Stamp blog today. I crafted a fun card using new Mama Elephant stamps sets: tandem ride and tandem extras. I just love these fun critters with their huge heads!  I decided to create a little scene for the bike riding friends, by way of a sun ray stencil and some embossing paste.

If you decide to try and re-create this card, just be warned that the stencil’s rays don’t actually reach to the edges of the card. But the fix is simple: just let the first layer dry while you color images, and then come back and stretch them out with a second coat of paste.

Once all of the layers of embossing paste were dry, I used a very light blue Copic marker (BOOO) to add shading between the rays. I also used a colorless blender (O) to soften the edge of the blue streaks.

For the focal image, I did some masking to make it look like the little mouse (with her gigantic ears) were at the forefront. Then, I used the partial die-cut technique to have the whole image cut out as one unit. I love how clean it looks without the white border around each critter!

To finish things off, I created a mint-green hill for the bike to roll on, and stamped the sentiment (from Tandem Extras) directly on it.

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!



Thanks for reading today, and a big thanks to Elena for being our guest today! We hope to have her back!


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  1. Amazing!! Love this – I’m inspired to get out my embossing paste and stencils again & just play for fun.

  2. This card is so stinking cute and I love the rays. I may have to purchase these stamp sets. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  3. I just love the little critters from Mama Elephant. And it was so clever to use the stencil to create the textured rays. I’ve used the stencils to make colored ink rays, but the texture is so much better. Thanks for the ideas.

  4. I have to say, this is the first time I have seen a card using this stamp and die set where the little animal’s tushies are actually touching the bicycle seats. It’s great that you were able to accomplish this, and I love all aspects of your design.

  5. Such a sweet card! These little critters are just adorable! Really like the way you put this all together. Thanks for the tip about the suns rays! TFS

  6. What an Awesome card!!! Love the design and the colouring. The sun rays in the background is so clever. LOVE it!!

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