The 14th of the month means it’s time for the new Simon Says Stamp Card Kit and April’s kit is filled with a wonderful selection of inspiring products including a large Beautiful Day stamp set, 2 of the new Distress Oxide colours with a Distress Blending Brush, Lawn Fawn patterned papers, Gina K Fancy Foil … The list goes on and on! The April 2018 Card Kit can be bought directly for $34.99 per month or you can get a subscription at the reduced cost of $29.99 per month (plus P&P). I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.
SIMON SAYS STAMP APRIL CARD KIT
Let’s have a quick look at what is included in this month’s kit – many of the items are available individually.
- Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day stamp set
- Simon Says Stamp Butterflies stencil
- 12 single-sided sheets of Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow 6×6 paper
- Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade ink pad
- Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Mermaid Lagoon ink pad
- Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Blending Brush
- 1 x Therm O Web Gina K Designs Sparkling Silver Fancy Foil
- 2 x Simon Says Stamp Ultra Heavy White envelopes
- 2 x Simon Says Stamp 120lb White card
- 1 x Simon Says Stamp Island Blue card
- 1 x Simon Says Stamp Doll Pink card
- 1 x Simon Says Stamp Bright Yellow card
- 1 x Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red card
WATERCOLOURING WITH DISTRESS OXIDES
At the moment I’m busily building my collection of Distress Oxide inks and I was delighted to see that the April Card Kit has TWO of the new colours, Mermaid Lagoon and Squeezed Lemonade, included in the kit! I decided to experiment with watercolouring with these Distress Oxides.
I started by stamping one of the leaf images and a few of the butterflies from the Beautiful Day stamp set in clear embossing ink on Hot Pressed watercolour card and white heat embossing. The smooth texture of hot pressed card means that you get the best stamped impression. I then pressed the two colours of Distress Oxide on to an acrylic block to act as my palette. Mermaid Lagoon is a beautiful rich blue and Squeezed Lemonade a bright happy yellow and combined they made a lovely mint green. I was very loose applying the colour but in general, I added the mixed mint green to the leaves, the yellow to the butterflies and the blue in the in-between areas. The white embossed lines of the stamped images resisted the Distress Oxides and the colours puddled and pooled around the raised lines. I applied a couple of layers of colour and then splattered some of the spare mixtures on top. I also splattered a good dose of Perfect Pearls solution too – can you see all that layered colour and sparkle in the photo above?
Once dry I then used the Butterflies stencil and Nuvo Glimmer Paste and dotted sparkly butterflies overlaying the painted and embossed background.
I stamped one of the sentiments from the Beautiful Day set in clear embossing ink on Vellum and white heat embossed before die cutting with a Stitched Oval. I adhered the vellum with tiny pieces of foam adhesive hidden behind the embossed sentiment.
I mounted the panel on a white card base cut from the thick white card included in the kit. As a final embellishment, I added Nuvo drops in Apple Green and Limoncello.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D
Beautiful colors! Makes me smile!
Beautiful card Debby, as always! Love the shimmer embossing paste over some of the embossed images and the wonderful mix of color in the background from the DOX inks.
It’s gorgeous Debby, I love this Kit with all the beautiful colours and butterflies. Thanks for this great card.
Beautiful card. Cant wait to get my kit. I am loving the glittered stenciled butterflies you add. Give a hint of shimmer and beauty. This looks like a fun stamp set and I love that you gave a great beautiful sample of what can be done. Thanks.
Lovely card, the colors are wonderful
Beautiful, delicate card you’ve made, I adore the sentiment you’ve used, just so happy. Butterflies are a favourite of mine, to the point where they are tattooed on my leg from my ankle to my hip and a few on my back with the floral tattoo I have there.
Aaah, so Beautiful!
Hi there. Just love your beautiful card. Am completely in love with this card kit and all you ladies are giving us so much inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
Love it! Support way of using the distress oxides. Aren’t they fantastic new colours? Lou x