Yippee for Yana: Graduation with DIY Tassel

Hi friends! Happy Monday! It’s that time of year where we are starting to celebrate graduations! Check out this fun idea by Yana Smakula and be inspired! (Please note; our dear friend Yana is Ukrainian, to show support to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, please see Yana’s post HERE.)

Hello, crafters, this is Yana Smakula for Simon Says Stamp! Welcome back for another Yippee For Yana video!

In this video, I’m sharing a CAS graduation card with a DIY interactive tassel using the Grad Party stamp set from Cathy Zielske.

I started working on my card by figuring out a simple way to make a thread tassel for a graduation cap. The image in this stamp set is a completely solid one, so if you stamp it in black ink, everything ends up black – the cap and the tassel. I wanted to have a different color tassel so I did a little bit of experimenting.

First, of course, I stamped the cap image in Versafine Onyx Black ink onto white cardstock. I cut the cap out using a coordinating die and that’s where the altering started. First, I used scissors and cut the tassel off. In this image there’s a gap between the tassel and the cap, so that allows for a very clean cut. There’s no leftover black ink and it looks like it was meant like that. I then poked a hole in the center – that’s where our tassel is going to go.

I used yellow DMC floss to make the tassel. Watch my video tutorial for a simply how-to. The process is similar to making a pop pom.

I threaded the tassel through the hole in our graduation cap and secured the end with a foam square. A perfect mini graduation cap and colorful movable tassel!

I made 7 caps and positioned them somewhat randomly onto my background. I picked a light blue background as it goes well with the yellow tassels. I tried to keep the caps in 2 rows, but rotate and flip them, to add movement to this design. I stamped my sentiment – “Congrats On a Job Well Done” and another one that reads “You Did It”! I adhered this panel onto an A2 card base and stamped small filler images in between the caps – little stars and dots. You can use any small images you have in your stash to add this type of filler to the card. Or you can even use a pen and draw some yourself. It is pretty easy! Have fun stamping!

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💙💛Ways to support Ukraine:

If you are looking for ways to support Ukraine, we encourage you to visit this page on Yana’s blog:

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

Barkworthy News

Mixed Media Butterflies

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! Please join me in welcoming special guest Cheiron Brandon with this gorgeous mixed media card! Read on for all the details and enjoy!

Hi there crafty friends! It’s Cheiron Brandon here and I am thrilled to be back here on the Simon Says Stamp Blog today to share a fun Mixed Media card with you using some of the newest Distress Colors and products from Tim Holtz. I kept my palette simple with Saltwater Taffy, Salvaged Patina, and Frayed Burlap with a hint of gold.

To begin I sprayed a panel of Distress Watercolor cardstock with a bit of water, then Distress Spray Stains in Saltwater Taffy, Salvaged Patina and Frayed Burlap. I dried the panel with a heat tool, and then stamped some writing from the Ledger Script set on top of it using Frayed Burlap Distress Archival Ink. Then I took the Bouquet Stencil and used a palette knife to apply Translucent Grit Paste.

I applied Distress Embossing Glaze in Saltwater Taffy and Salvaged Patina. To do this I put my panel onto a piece of scrap paper, then sprinkled the Distress Embossing Glaze by taking a pinch at a time and sprinkling it over the paste. I sprinkled the Saltwater Taffy on the areas where the underlying color was Saltwater Taffy and did the same for the Salvaged Patina areas. Then I set the panel aside to dry completely. Once it was dry, I heat the glazed paste with an embossing gun and the glaze turned into an almost glass like look.

Then I created the Brushstroke Butterflies. I cut them out of Distress Watercolor Cardstock and then dipped the large cut out pieces into Distress Ink that I had sprayed with water in Saltwater Taffy and Salvaged Patina and dried them with a heat tool. I adhered the other layers of the butterfly with Distress Collage Medium. To add some gold to my card, I painted the raised areas of the butterflies with Gilded Foundry Wax and then embossed them with a heat tool. To create gold splatter on my card, I added a few drops of isopropyl alcohol to the Foundry Wax then used my paint brush to splatter it all over my card panel, and then embossed that as well. I also took my paintbrush with the wax and went around the outside of the card, and embossed that as well.

To assemble my card, I adhered the panel to a white notecard, added the butterflies and a simple sentiment from a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Sticker. I just love all the fun texture on this card and hope you enjoyed it too!

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and thank to Cheiron for being our guest!

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Card kit reveal and Inspiration: Happiest Wishes

Introducing our June 2022 Card Kit Happiest Wishes!
 
This playful kit features six Simon exclusive products: the new Happiest Wishes 6×8 stamp set, the Sunburst stencil, Scripty Big Hugs die, a Pawsitively Everything 6-inch T-Square Ruler, and Micro Dots adhesive sheet—all of which fit in our Citrine Mesh Bag.  
 
In addition, we’ve included patterned papers from Paper Rose Studio, 1 jar of Ranger Starshine Stickles, 6 Simon brand Holographic envelopes, 2 sheets of Simon brand cardstock, plus one sheet of Neenah Solar White cardstock.
 
Our Happiest Wishes kit gives you that euphoric school’s-out-for-summer feeling!

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The NEW Happiest Wishes 6×8 clear stamp set and the NEW Pawsitively Everything 6″ T-Square Ruler and 4×9 Sunburst Stencil are available for individual purchases in our store!

Learn more about our T-Square Ruler… included in this kit!

Don’t forget! We have LOTS of gorgeous card kit inspiration to access and add to in our Card Kit Galleries!

You can purchase the kit at $39.99, or you can subscribe to our kit of the month program for just $34.99 (plus S&H) per month to have our kits delivered right to your door each month!

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