Good morning! I’m super excited to be a stop on the hop for the Simon Says Stamp Sending Sunshine Release blog hop!!
Have you checked out the new release yet? It’s AMAZING!
I’ve already shared a card using the new release here and I’m sharing a trio of easy cards today using different techniques to feature one of the new release stencils with shimmer powder!
I’ve been sick for a few weeks and it really took a toll on my creative mojo. As in, my mojo up and left the building…so when I was feeling a little better I decided to just try playing with something new to see if it helped spark anything! I’ve had these Tonic Shimmer Powders for awhile but hadn’t found time to play with them until now! They’re similar to colorburst powders but have a gorgeous metallic shimmer which I really love! I tried them three different ways (some slightly more successful than others) and ended up with three very different looking cards!
My first card is probably my favorite and my most successful use of the shimmer powders (and honestly, it was the easiest, too!). Whenever I use products like these powders I place everything inside an old box so that the powder is contained. Makes for a much easier clean-up. 😉 I simply laid my stencil on top of a piece of watercolor paper and sprinkled some of the Atlantis Burst powder over it. Then I spritzed the paper with water and allowed the powder to spread out and move across the paper. After it had a few seconds to move around I lifted the stencil and blotted off the excess water and set it aside to dry.
Due to the nature of the powder the results are not perfect but I love the hint of the stencil with that shimmery color all around it! To finish the card I stamped a sentiment from Playful Messages onto black cardstock and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder. I trimmed that down to a label and adhered it to the card with foam mounting tape.
This was my second card and, honestly, probably my least favorite. I decided to try using the distress resist spray with the stencil and I’m not a fan. I can see how that would be fun to use with certain designs but it didn’t work here. I laid the stencil on top of watercolor paper, sprayed it liberally with the resist spray, and then lifted the stencil and let the resist spray dry. After it was dry I sprinkled it with the shimmer powder and spritzed it. You can still see the stencil but it’s definitely a much muddier look. The spray didn’t smooth out as I thought it would…definitely needs more experimentation! 😉
Finally my last card gives me the effect that I expected the distress resist spray to give me! I laid the stencil over a piece of watercolor paper and then pressed a versamark pad ALL over the paper. I lifted up the stencil and heat-embossed the paper with clear embossing powder. Then I placed the paper back in the box, sprinkled it with shimmer powder, and spritzed it with water. I blotted off the excess water and used a baby wipe to wipe off any powder that was sticking to the embossed areas!
I really love this fun stencil and all the different looks you can get with it! Check out the Sending Sunshine gallery on the Simon Says Stamp blog for even more crafty inspiration! And we have a special gift for all of our blog hoppers this weekend!! Use the code SUNSHINE on any purchase at Simon Says Stamp for your gift!
To celebrate the Sending Sunshine release every stop on the hop is giving away a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp! To enter, leave a comment on all the hop stops before 11:59PM ET Sunday, May 20th! Winners will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp store blog on Wednesday. Your next stop on the hop is the talented Lisa Addesa!! If you get lost or encounter a broken link, here’s a list of all the stops on the hop:
- Simon Says Stamp Blog
- Jennifer McGuire
- Cathy Zielske
- Amanda Korotkova
- Nina-Marie Trapani
- Nichol Spohr
- Jessica Frost-Ballas
- Lisa Addesa
- Suzy Plantamura
- Anna Kossakovskaya
- May Sukyong Park
- Heather Hoffman
- Anna-Karin Evaldsson
- Gayatri Murali
Thanks so much for stopping by, have a fabulous day, and enjoy the hop!
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