Today my "one stamp, five ways" post is using the brand new Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit called Sketched Flowers. I love floral stamps, so this one was right up my alley. I made six cards with the stamp set as the focus, but I also used the other items in the kit for these cards (as I'll discuss below). Here is an image of the kit with the stamp set:
You can purchase the stamp set alone if you only want it and not the full kit - all of my card ideas would work with just the stamp set and it's a beauty! Here are my six cards:
Let me be really honest. I am a long time crafter who has never used Ranger Alcohol Inks before - I don't even own any! So when these three came in my kit, the first thing I did is watch a couple videos to see how to use them. And then to add to the complexity - the Alcohol Lift Ink. I was off watching another video - there was a really good one on how they work by Jennifer McQuire (the queen of crafting). Once I had it figured out, I attempted to make some backgrounds. They were so ugly!!! But the good news is, the inks are very forgiving and with several attempts, I was able to create some pretty backgrounds with them.
I used just the turquoise ink for the background of this card (on the Yupo paper included in the kit). I applied it liberally, but then ended up wiping most of the ink off. I also tried the lift it ink, but it didn't work very well on this one, so you can see the floral images really lightly if you look close. I stamped the large floral stamp on watercolor paper and painted, then used colored pencils to add details and shading. I cut around the edges - I bet there is a die to match this stamp set soon! I attached it to the center of the blue paper and then cut the paper off along the bottom edge of the flowers. I then attached this to a white card base. I added some tonic nuvo drops in Blue Lagoon and Sherbet Shimmer glitter around the flowers. I added some glossy white ones around the blue background. I stamped the sentiment with white embossing powder. I added some dots to my flowers with a white uniball marker.
I also created the background of this card with the alcohol inks and Yupo paper included in the kit. I used the yellow and the blue and ended up mixing the colors all together to create green. So then I wiped most of it off and added a few more drops. To move the color around I used a misting bottle of rubbing alcohol and blew through a straw. I also used an old paint brush to paint it into lines. I played quite a bit before I got these to look decent enough to use. But I (((think))) I'm a pro NOW haha!
I used the Lift It Ink to create this stamp. I stamped it on the background above with the lift it ink and then stamped it on white cardstock (porous surface). You have to use the Yupo paper which is a non-porous surface for the alcohol ink backgrounds and to use the Lift-It ink, but then you stamp the image on regular cardstock with the ink you have picked up off the Yupo paper. I was able to get good images by lifting it off and re-stamping. But I couldn't make good images on the Yupo paper that lifted the ink off and showed the image in white. That part I did not master. I just wiped off the mess I made and added more alcohol ink to get the background the way I wanted it. I colored the stamped image in with Copic markers and then cut around the edges. I added some PPP sparkling clear sequins and clear jewels over the flowers.
For this card, I stamped the large stamp on Fabriano watercolor paper white white embossing powder. I painted it in with Daniel Smith watercolors and tried to keep the color messy (so hard for me to do!). I used the same colors with more water on the background. I flicked some of the fuchsia paint over the background as well.
I stamped the sentiment (thanks) with SSS embossing ink and Cactus Flower embossing ink. Doesn't match perfect, but I couldn't change it! I mounted it on a yellow cardstock base that came with the kit. I used two colors of PPP jewels - Watermelon and Pink Blush. I also added some of the sparkling clear ones over the flowers.
The blue paper on the back of this card is another one of my attempts at using the alcohol inks and the ink - again I tried to remove the flower image, but you can see on the bottom of the paper the lighter images. But they weren't light enough to have them be the focus - just subtle. I'm sure Jennifer McQuire ink is just a pro as she got perfectly which images with this ink! I stamped all of the stand-alone flowers and leaves in the set over a piece of cardstock randomly and then colored them in with colored pencils my new favorite coloring tool (I'm seriously addicted - they go everywhere with me - I even sleep with them haha).
I die-cut the flower paper so it was slightly smaller than the background and mounted it on that. I added the sentiment with Forget-Me-Knot embossing powder on a rectangle from the PPP Stitched Pieces die. I finished the card with some of the new SSS Party Time sequins.
I started this card with a piece of Ranger watercolor paper die-cut with the PPP Hexagon die. I used that to mount my flowers around. I stamped them all on white cardstock and colored them in with colored pencils. I then outlined them with black markers. All of the flowers in this post I stamped with MFT Natural Ink for a no-line look. I decided after these were done to add the black outlines, so I made them messy so they looked doodled. I cut them all out and arranged them around the hexagon shape.
I painted the outside piece of the Hexagon paper with pink watercolor using a wet on wet technique so the color would run outward. I then used Leaf green embossing powder to stamp the sentiment in the center of the hexagon. After this was all done, I decided to add a strip of the PPP Stacked Edges 2 dies in the same Hexagon shape for a little more pizazz. I finished it with Party Time sequins and Marigold Jewels. That large sparkling clear sequin on the bottom left of this photo is not supposed to be there - oops!
For this card, I used one of my pre-made watercolored backgrounds - it is just a wet on wet mix of greens, yellows, and pinks. I stamped the large flower with MFT Natural Ink and colored it in with colored pencils. I cut around the flowers and then attached them to the card front hanging over the left edge. I stamped the sentiment with the Lift It Alcohol Ink from one of my alcohol ink backgrounds - pretty cool, huh?!!!
I finished the card with some Party Time sequins - love this new SSS mix!
That's all for today, but guess what? I'll be back in about 8 hours for a PPP blog hop! I hope you enjoyed these 6 cards with this gorgeous kit. I enjoyed making them, but particularly enjoyed learning about alcohol inks. I think I"m going to build up my collection now as making the backgrounds is really addictive! Have a great weekend friends and thanks always for visiting! Suzy