10 Cards 1 Kit / Simon Says Stamp November 2017 “Kind Flowers” Card Kit

Hello Folks!  Scott here with my 10 card posting for the Simon Says Stamp November 2017 “Kind Flowers” Card Kit. I made it just under the wire to get this posted on WORLD KINDNESS DAY!! This kit is unfortunately sold out, but I will provide links to individual products if they are available. Featured here is a big 6″ x  8″ ‘Kind Flowers’ stamp setsss11-17.jpgwith a flower arrangement around a block lettered “KIND”, lots of individual flower and leaf stamps, a lovely script “kind” and “kindness” stamps, block letter “KIND” and “NESS” stamps, a border stamp and (of course) a couple of small heart stamps, and a plethora of kindness sentiments. We also get a KIND bold outline wafer die that matches the “KIND” on the flowers and the “KIND” stamp. This is paired with 16, 6″ x 6″ single-sided pattern papers and a 12″ x 12″ accent sticker sheet from Pebbles, Inc. ‘Heart of Home’ collection, and get a bag of Darice Large Leaf Gold sequins, We are also treated to 1 sheet of Silver embossed paper, 1 sheet of Bronze embossed paper, and 1 sheet of Gold embossed paper. All three of these papers are heavily textured and outright beautiful! To finish up the supplies in this kit, we get 4 sheets of SSS 100# card stock in Green Apple, Green Leaf, Dark Chocolate, and Cream. I haven’t ever seen such a large stamp set included with a card kit, so that is amazing, and there are lots of products featured this month. I guess I just have to resign myself to the fact that Simon Says Stamp Card Kits will almost always have some pink in them. LOL!! I did feel like the pattern papers and sticker sheet, though perfect matches with each other, did not really match the card stock colors, and (with the exception of one ‘kindness’ sticker) even matched the stamp set. Granted, flowers go with everything, but the stickers and pattern paper were very ‘home’ and ‘family’ oriented and had very little to do with the “kindness” stamp set. Ce la Vie! To get started on this kit, I decided to do some water-coloring this month, so I stamped the large flower grouping on Strathmore 140# cold press watercolor paper four times – twice with VersaMark ink  embossed with gold embossing powder, and twice with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I reached for my Zigg Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the “KIND” sentiment for this first card and was able to achieve a really nice ombré effect using just pale green and yellow. I was so pleased withIMG_4079how my shading came out – and how well it matched the Green Apple card base – that I stopped right there and didn’t add any more color to the stamp! I cut the water color paper and the gingham pattern paper with my Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies (large and small) and used a Green Apple card base. The water color paper is foam taped to the pattern paper which is attached directly to the card base. I trimmed the “kind” from the end of one of the sentiment stamps and stamped that in VersaFine Onyx Black ink on a scrap of watercolor paper, trimmed that down to size, and mounted that with foam tape above the colored “KIND”. The liked the fact that the gingham pattern paper is kind of a magenta-ish pink and went very well with the green card base. A few sequins of mine add a touch of sparkle, and “Be Courageous and Kind” is a great encouragement card.  For my second card, I used one of my gold-embossed stamps and added the “KIND” stamp (also gold embossed) and die-cut with the included die on top of the flower group.IMG_4080Using the Green Leaf card base, I once again, die-cut the watercolor paper and pattern paper with my Stitched rectangle dies and added a small ‘intermediate’ mat of gold glitter paper between them. I used the sap green color on the Daniel Smith watercolor pallet that was part of the Simon Says Stamp June ’17 Card Kit to create another ombré effect on the sentiment which is foam taped on the flower grouping. I also cut the “kind” word from the end of the “YOU ARE ONE OF A KIND” sentiment, stamped that with VersaFine Onyx black ink on watercolor paper and mounted that on foam tape above the KIND sentiment. The gold embossing is very reflective and shiny, so, no sequins required here! I like that that the large stamp is so intricate and detailed,  it hardly needs any color! Though very similar to my first card from this kit, I think this feels very earthy and (dare I say) much more masculine! But enough of that… let’s watercolor those flowers!IMG_4081Since there was a good deal of gray on the pattern papers, I decided to supplement the card stock in the kit with a piece of gray card stock from my stash. I water colored the stamp with my Pelikan Opaque watercolors and fussy cut the image to mount on foam tape to that lovely gray and gold-foiled pattern paper. Each of the 6″ x 6″ pattern papers has a complimentary strip of different paper along the top of each page, so I cut the thin strips from the top of this gray pattern paper and used them to define the edges of the pattern paper. I did create the “IT’S COOL TO BE” sentiment in my Silhouette software in the Arial 9pt. font, and was thrilled to discover that my watercolor paper would piggy-back through my printer with no problem! I like the pop that the gray affords the colored flowers, and with a little Spectrum Noir sparkle pen on the “kind”, and clear embossing on the stamp, and the gold foiling on the pattern paper, no further glitz is required! But enough of that stamp!!  Let’s move along to those embossed papers and the sticker sheet and see what I can come up with… It didn’t take me long to dive into some simple punsIMG_4083with this kit. On top of my gray card base, I have that gold embossed paper (I swear it looks like granny’s wallpaper..!) and die cut a ‘frame’ from the bronze embossed paper with two of the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies. A scrap of black card stock provides a background for the silhouette sticker from the accent sticker sheet, and the frame is mounted up on some foam tape for dimension. I created and cut the sentiment in my Silhouette using the Ballerina Script font. I cut 5 copies and glued them all together to make a nice chunky sentiment for the bottom of the card. I fiddled around quite a bit with a bunch of the stickers before I settled on the silhouette as my ‘art’. I really like the fact that the flower on the silhouette echoes the embossed paper. Both pretty and funny! The accent sticker sheet featured a variety of styles from silhouettes to black-and-white line drawings to colored flowers and leaves and trees and interesting house stickers. There was one sentiment featured on the sticker sheet AND on one of the pattern papers IMG_4085so I chose to use that “you are my home” sentiment (the one on the pattern paper was larger than the one on the sticker sheet, so I used the larger one). That sentiment is on some wood-grained pattern paper so, (after having such good results stamping on wood with my last card kit) I snagged some wooden coffee stirrers at my local coffee shop and used them for accents on this Cream card base. I stamped the border stamp on one of the stir sticks with Distress Oxide Walnut Stain ink, and paired that up with two more to make a little ‘foundation’ for the house sticker. I split one of the tree stickers in half to provide some foliage behind the house, and I cut a couple of rectangles from the silver embossed paper to be ‘stone’ walls in front. I paired up 7 pieces of the stir sticks on a piece of scor-tape and cut them out (scissors cut the sticks easily) to be a bit of a mat behind the wooden heart. I did use my Distress Crayon in Picket Fence to ‘whitewash’ the heart mat, and added another stick (cut to size) to the top of the card for balance. A gold heart from the sticker sheet and a few sequins from my stash adds a nice sparkly touch. I like the clean symmetry of the scene set off with the asymmetrical placement of the hearts. The stir sticks are so thin (I have foam tape that is thicker!) that they lend themselves extremely well to card-making. I really LOVE this sentiment, and I will be looking for ways of using (and stamping on) wood in my cards every chance I get! FUN!IMG_4086Now here’s where the stickers and the pattern paper and the stamp set came together to make a truly wonderful card. I stamped the script-y “kindness” stamp on watercolor paper with VersaMark ink, and embossed that with the Love From Lizi Emerald City embossing powder. That is really gorgeous embossing powder – so smooth and shiny – I thought it worked very well on the Green Leaf card base. I used the pattern paper that matched the flower stickers for the background of this card, and I did trim the pink stripes from the top of that pattern paper for top and bottom accents behind the sentiment strip. I created the “MATTERS” sentiment on my Silhouette in the Sign Painter font and managed to match the color of the embossing powder pretty well..! I assembled two bunches of sticker flowers (a perfect match!) and attached them with foam tape to both sides of the sentiment and let a little bit come over the edges of the watercolor paper. I added two of the Darice gold leaves to the sticker arrangements and a few spots of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Carnation Pink on top of the sentiment paper. I was a little surprised that we didn’t get a stamp that said “matters” since it seems to me that ‘Kindness Matters’ is at the heart of the whole kindness movement… nonetheless, I love that stamp and I actually enjoyed using the pink flowers and pattern paper together… pink and green will always be a go-to combination for me! Great sentiment! Lovely card! As I continued to search through the pattern papers, there was one of the square sentiments that kept catching my eye and my funny bone, so I decided to use that piece with the Dark Chocolate card base and ignore all the kindnesses and family sentimentsIMG_4087for at least one card! A smart, simple masculine hello card is the result. I mounted the ‘hi’ square from the pattern paper on foam tape to a different square from the pattern paper as a mat and glued those to the gold foil stripe pattern paper. I added two strips of the bronze embossed paper to the sides and used my peel off stickers in chocolate brown and soft gold for some delineation between papers. A few sequins from my stash, a gold heart sticker from the kit, and I’ve got a very snazzy, fairly simple hello card for anyone!  I do still have one more of the large stamps embossed in gold on my watercolor paper, and I wanted to see if I could disguise or even just cover up the KIND sentiment in the middle of the flowers. I stamped the two largest single flowers from the stamp set on watercolor paper and gold embossed them to match, and, lo and behold, no more wordsIMG_4090 in the middle of the flowers! I water-colored the flowers with my Pelikan watercolors (to match the gray/daisy pattern paper), and glued the 2 individual flowers right over the KIND in the middle of the flowers. To highlight the ‘new’ bouquet, I used it vertically on this Green Apple card base. I did a kind of half-and-half fussy cut with the flower piece and foam taped the whole thing up on the card. I did use that grey pattern paper with the daisies for a mat behind the rectangle part of the watercolor paper, and used the silver pebble embossed paper as a mat behind that. I cut that sentiment stamp into three pieces and stacked them to make the sentiment here – stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed that with clear embossing powder. I did use some Ranger Enamel Accents in Electric Lime to add the green dots to the stamp and the card. With the gold embossed stamp and the enamel dots, we’ve got plenty of shine on this ‘adapted’ spray of flowers! Now I still haven’t used the block print “NESS” stamp, so I paired that up with it’s natural predecessor “KIND” to make a trendy ‘sentiment only’ card. I simply adore this card.IMG_4096I stamped both stamps with Versafine Onyx Black ink, clear embossed them on the watercolor paper, painted them with my Pelican opaque watercolors, and fussy cut them all apart. I love this sentiment! It is the moral from The Lion and the Mouse fable by Aesop. I used my Silhouette to print the “A    IS NEVER WASTED •AESOP•” on the Cream card base. IMG_4099Without even owning a machine, you can use the Silhouette software to outline your card and place whatever sentiment you wish to print anywhere on your card. Check out my “Printing Sentiments for Cards” posting for even more information on my ‘piggy-back’ printing technique. I used the Arial Black font in a blueish-green and attached all the letters to the card with foam tape. (I actually mixed up the Ns at first, and couldn’t understand why the rainbow looked so weird, until I realized that I had the yellow and the blue in the wrong place!) And can we talk about those leaf stamps in the stamp set that that come in pairs – mirror image pairs! LOVE those stamps! One set of those leaf stamps is stamped on either side of the “A” at the top of the sentiment and lightly colored with a dark green colored pencil – don’t want to use watercolors on the Cream card base..! (Those leaf stamps are going to get LOTS of use!!!) I did use some of my Wink of Stella pen to add some sparkle to the letters, and an old heart brad (with the tabs cut off) glued underneath the sentiment ties everything together for one of my favorite cards of all time! The big reason this card came about was when I realized that the open block KINDNESS stamp was SO large (actually 4.25″ across on this card) that I figured it should really be THE focal point of the whole card. And that great sentiment from Aesop lent itself so nicely to this idea. LOVE IT!! I can see me making a lot of these…! Since I have only dabbled with one pun-y card so far, I thought that I needed to wrap this 10 Cards 1 Kit posting with with one more. (I’ve been holding back on this one till now..!)IMG_4094YES! It’s my ‘Random Axe of Kindness’ card!!! LOL!!! I recently got an axe die from the Spellbinders Lumberjack Days Collection “Camp Out” dies (discontinued, so I got it on a great sale!). I used my Sticky BARC wood sheets to cut out the handle of the axe and some silver mirror card stock for the blade. Of course, this is the Dark Chocolate card base, the bronze embossed paper for a mat and that lovely gold foiled pattern paper (both cut with the lawn fawn stitched rectangle dies). I actually printed the speech bubble and sentiment (again using Arial Black font) on the back of one of the pattern papers and fussy cut the speech bubble and cut the sentiment out with another LF Stitched Rectangle die. All of the background papers are glued flat to the card base and everything else is attached with foam tape to the front of the card. A little bit of a frame on the sentiment with my soft gold peel off stickers highlights it quite nicely. This card gives me the giggles every time I speak the sentiment! A perfect finish for this card kit and a nice heartfelt laugh to celebrate WORLD KINDNESS DAY! Thank you so much for sharing your time with me today – please post a comment if you like, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to go to the CONTACTS page and send me an email! Happy Crafting!!!

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