Hi, today I’m taking a look at the new Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit and making a non-holiday winter card from the kit contents. I’m also taking my first look at the Picket Fence Blender Brush Set. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.
First, let’s take a quick look at what the January Card Kit includes.
- Simon Says Stamp Snow Much 8×6 clear stamp set
- Simon Says Stamp Twirling Ice Skater wafer die
- 12 double-sided sheets of Echo Park Celebrate Winter 6×6 paper
- Sakura Classic White Gelly Roll Pen
- Tim Holtz Ranger Custom Blend Distress Oxide Ink Pad
- Darice white pom poms
- Darice coloured assortment pom pom
- A bobbin of white thread
- A pack of needles
- Ranger Mini Glossy Accents
- Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red envelope
- Three large black tags
- Simon Says Stamp 120lb white card
- Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue card
- Simon Says Stamp Island Blue card
Watch below or in HD on YouTube.
NON-HOLIDAY WINTER CARD
OK, so let’s move on to making a card with this kit. To start, I did make a silly mistake and reach for some precut white card I have next to me on my craft desk when in fact the kit has a sheet of white card included, so I could have used that. So I placed a piece of Neenah Solar White card in the Mini Misti and arranged two of the cute snowman images from the Snow Much kit stamp set. I inked the stamps with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink. I used this particular ink as it is marker friendly and I intended colouring the snowmen with Copic markers. I also stamped the images on masking paper, and fussy cut them out along with a hill and added the masks over the images.
For the ink blending, I used for the first time the Picket Fence Blender Brush set. There are ten brushes in the set which range from a teeny tiny brush for getting into small nooks and crannies right up to a big momma of a brush for large areas. Taking a closer look at one of the brushes and the bristles are like touching velvet! The head of the brush is packed tight with a super soft bristle, and I was excited to see how these work for blending. The black plastic handles of these brushes are at an angle to the head of the brush like a hairbrush rather than coming from above like an old-fashioned shaving brush.
I picked out two colours of Distress Oxide ink for the background, Stormy Sky and Black Soot. I used these on a card recently and loved the soft muted blue of the Stormy Sky with the Black Soot coming in from the edges to form a vignette. I loaded the blender brush with ink and gently brought it over the sides of the card while moving the brush in circles with a light hand. It’s easy to create a smooth blend with Distress Oxides, but I do think the velvety nature of these Picket Fence brushes made it even more seamless and I was really happy with the result.
To finish off this background I used my favourite Perfect Pearls solution, this is a scoop of perfect pearls in a mini mister and then topped up with water, given a good shake, and then I use the tube from the inside to splatter liberally with the sparkly mixture. I lifted the masks, die cut the panel with a Wonky Rectangle die and then coloured the scene with Copic Markers. In the video, you can see how I combated some of the colours bleeding outside of the lines.
I used the white gelly roll marker to add some polka dots to the blue scarf. I’m more used to a Uniball white gel pen which I think must be a slightly thicker nib. I found this pen was great for the fine details of adding a knit pattern to the snowman’s jumper but a little lacking in ink for the polka dots to get an opaque white dot.
To finish the card, I stamped a greeting from the Snow Much set in clear embossing ink and white heat embossed. I then strung a few white Darice pom poms and secured the thread on the back of the panel with tape. I adhered the panel to a white card base with foam adhesive and then accented with a few Girl’s Best Friend sequins and a twine bow held in place with Gina K Connect glue.
Many of the card kits sell out fast, so if you would like to guarantee a kit each month, then you can sign up for a subscription at the reduced cost of $29.99 per month (plus P&P).
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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