I love Stacy Hutchinson, and her card using the new Speckled Egg Distress colour just blew me away! Stacy has a great step-by-step photo tutorial to her card, and I followed many of the steps to create my card, only using new supplies from the Send Happiness release from Simon Says Stamp. The card didn’t photograph as lovely as it is in hand, but if you scroll down to the detail shots, then those are more true to life. I’ve linked all supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
SIMON SAYS STAMP SEND HAPPINESS RELEASE
Before we get onto the details of the card, here’s a closer look at the new Send Happiness release.
CALMING VINTAGE CHIC
- Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful Flowers
- Simon Says Stamp Thank You Text
- Distress Inks – Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Tumbled Glass both normal Distress Ink and Oxide Ink
STEP BY STEP HOW TO
- On a slick craft mat, smoosh Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and spritz with water.
- Dip a piece of Fabriano watercolour card into the beads of wet colour and dry with a heat tool, while dipping the card into the puddles a bit more until you have a subtle but complex background.
- Ink the Thank You Text background stamp with the same colours, spritz with water and partially stamp over the background.
- Take the buttercup stem from the Thoughtful Flowers set and stamp it in Frayed Burlap multiple times, each time varying the height and angle slightly.
- Liberally splatter with Perfect Pearls solution and White Gouache.
- Stitch around the edges of the panel.
- Rub Frayed Burlap ink gently around the edges and then wrap the panel with twine.
- Take a piece of patterned paper (I used a Simple Stories one from a recent card kit) and brush white acrylic paint around the edges to mute the colours.
- Adhere the stamped panel to the patterned paper with a glue runner.
- Foam mount the panel to a Neenah Desert Storm card base.
- Stamp the Thank You So Much greeting from the Thoughtful Flowers set in Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on a watercolour card and trim to two pieces. Rub around the edges with Frayed Burlap and add to the card with foam tape.
- Embellish with Nuvo Duck Egg enamel dots and pearls.
Oh, there are so many takeaways from this card. It has been an age since I stitched on a card and the extra texture is so fun. The subtle background drips and dribbles with the slightly indistinct text adds a lovely vintage feel. The colourway, the type text, the patterned paper muted down with acrylic paint … I could go on and on! The card didn’t photograph that well, and I need to work on how to capture the subtleties more. The last two photos are more real-to-life where you see the sparkle from the perfect pearl splatter and more of the ebb and flow of the text background with the stamped flowers over the top.
You know what, I was scrolling through the pictures of the cards I’d made previously, and none came to mind. I can’t think of an example I’ve made which is like this, and I find that exciting! I am finding a real buzz from mixed media in my pared-back way. I haven’t felt a rush of desire to create like this since I discovered watercolour and have been madly ordering new-to-me products! So watch out for more from my mixed media journey, and I hope you enjoy seeing these projects as much as I am creating them.
Over the next two days, there is going to be a hop to celebrate the new release. I’m on day two and here’s a tiny sneak peek of my card using the Chillin’ Gnomes set which is a sure-fire winner! If you like the gnomes line from Simon, then this is a must and I’d buy it now before it sells out!
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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 card, love these colours!
I look forward to your water color cards! You have such talent!!