And to share my excitement for the folks at SSS, I am personally giving away a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/30/14 telling me your favorite thing about the new site.
By the way, people often email me about winners being announced. I always email winners when they are picked and eventually just mention the winners at the end of a blog post. No matter what – I always get in touch with winners – no worries.
Oh and people ask about international folks winning giveaways. Yep! I ship international. Gotta love stampers no matter where they are!
Hi there. Today’s video shows tips for using intricate stencils and also a look at the newest ink colors from Simon Says Stamp.
[All supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]
I am crazy about all the new stencils out there right now — especially the intricate ones. However, sometimes the intricate ones are tough to work with because they move when doing techniques. I found the best solution and wanted to share it here. I give the back of the stencil (like this Leafy Branches stencil from Memory Box) a light spray of Krylon Repositionable Adhesive which makes it feel like a sticky note. I also tape down anything I can with painter’s tape. Between the two, I find the stencil stays in place enough to allow me to add pastes, etc. (I just leave the spray on the stencil for future use, but you could clean it off.)
In the video, I also give a closer look at the newest ink colors from Simon Says Stamp. These inks have the formulation I like best that gives smooth, even coverage. (Same as Hero Arts Shadow Inks.) I will be using those greys and yellows a lot! They also have matching cardstock. If you are interested in the free ink swatch download for these new colors, click HERE. (For more info on my ink swatch book and other downloads, click HERE.)
Want some more inspiration… including Ferro projects and other random goodness?
What’s a hop without giveaways!? SSS will randomly pick a winner from each stop on the hop to win 2 brand new, not-yet released ink pads and coordinating packs of cardstock from the new collection! So be sure to leave a comment below. The giveaways will close at 6:00pm EST on Thursday April 10, 2014 and a complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday April 11, 2014.
Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Amazon, click AMZ…
And I will be honest – this card wasn’t my first try. I created a piece and wasn’t thrilled with it. (There wasn’t enough room in the center of the rays for the lightbulb.) However, I very rarely pitch anything! So I saved the piece and turned it into this bonus card…
Grab a favorite embossing powder and get stamping! Sometimes simple embossing can create the best impact with a background stamp.
I used Ranger’s Verdigris embossing powder on SSS Mint cardstock for this simple card. I love the mix of golds and greens in this powder! There are lots of great specialty embossing powders out there, but you could also mix your own. I did also add some pearls for interest…
There are a million and one more things you can do with background stamps. If you are interested in more ideas, check these out:
Pop Up Stamping – This technique works great with any background stamp and is a great way to add dimension.
Cut It Up – A simple way to stretch the use of a background stamp is to cut it up. The results can be fun!
Interested in any Hero Arts products? Again – just head over HERE to Simon Says Stamp and use my exclusive discount code “CHA14HERO” for 15% off ALL Hero Arts products! This includes the newest products (HERE – including the co-branded Hero Arts / BasicGrey products) and old favorites (HERE – including their fabulous Shadow Inks). Enjoy! (Code is good through 2/28/14. Thank you, SSS!)
I have some stamps to give to a lucky winner! Up for grabs are the Large Petal, Prism, Flower Symbol and What’s Up stamps. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 2/28/14. I would love to hear which of the new products are your favorites. (You can find them all HERE.) Good luck!
I used just a few of the many new products that Simon Says Stamp just released. So many great things! (You can see them all HERE.) But I had to point out one thing – the new inks and cardstocks. I really like the SSS inks because they have the same properties as the Hero Ink that I love so much – giving smooth results. (I have a video on these inks HERE.) And the new colors? They are the best yet. The cardstocks are perfection, too. I did a QUICK comparison here to other inks I use often… but I will be back with a better comparison soon. (Remember – colors may be off on the screen. But a comparison can still be made. The SSS Surf Blue and Audrey Blue are slightly more blue then the Hero Arts Soft Pool and Tide Pool. I really like them all! But I am a big fan of pools/teals and pinks.)
Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a goody bag to one commenter on every blog in the hop. That’s 17 different chances to win! So leave a comment here by 6:00pm EST on 2/27/14 and cross your fingers. The winners will be posted on the SSS blog on 2/28/14. Good luck!