Monday, September 1, 2014

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Release

Not long ago, a wonderful online store called Simon Says Stamp offered an wonderful opportunity for some of us crafters who use Instagram.  They were going to do a drawing - the winners would get something from their new release to play with.  The only requirement was they asked the winners to post a picture of what they made on their Instagram page. 

Well, needless to say, I was super excited about that and put my name into the hat.  And guess what?  I was one of the names chosen!  To say I was excited was a huge understatement! 

I have to admit, when I got my package, I was a little intimidated by what I found inside.  A STENCIL! Eek!  Over the years, I had worked with lots and lots of stamps.  But my stencils?  Well, they were in my craft room collecting dust.  LOL!  Luckily, awhile back I had taken an Online Card Class called "Stenciled".  So, I was finally able put some of the tips I learned to good use! ;)

For both of these cards, I used a masking technique.  As you can see from the picture, the stencil came with three stars on it.  I chose to use the smallest for both cards.  (although I think I may still make a shaped card with the largest star...wouldn't that be fun?!)

I created a mask by inking up one stamp and leaving a small white border around it when I cut it out.  Then, I traced it onto a post it note (the ones that have the sticky all over them) and cut it out.  I did this five times to give me five different masks.  This was especially helpful when I was using different colors. 

**Sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn Life is Good stamp set which can be found here.

On the Christmas tree card, it didn't matter quite as much.  If I got some ink where I didn't want it, I simply layered my stencil over my "oops" and inked over it.  Since my background was all one color, it allowed me to fudge a little. ;)

**I opted not to put a sentiment on this one for now as I knew SSS was releasing some new Christmas stamps that I would probably want to use. **

So there you have it.  My cards made using the Simon Says Stamp Mosaic Star stencil.  If you are interested, you can find this and more of their fantastic new release here.

And thank you Simon Says Stamp for the opportunity!  I had lots of fun!

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