*** Please note that this is 1 of 2 blog posts today. For the Mama Elephant April Photo Challenge card & video, please click HERE.***
Today I have two new cards showcasing brand new Simon Says Stamp Mothers & Fathers 2014 Release products!
My first card features the Summer Garden Stamp Set and coordinating Summer Garden Dies, a collaboration between Simon Says Stamp and Mama Elephant! I love when two of my favorite companies work together to create amazing new products! You might remember the Filled With Love Stamp Set and coordinating Filled With Love Dies that SSS & ME created for the Valentine's Product Release. It was one of my favorites from that release! (To see how I used these products, check out THIS post and THIS one.)
I stamped the florals and leaves from the Summer Garden set using SSS Black Ink and colored in the designs with Prismacolor Colored Pencils, blending the colors with Gamsol. I added some glitter detail to the center of each of the flowers with the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Marker and added Glossy Accents on top for subtle dimension. I used the Wink of Stella White Glitter Brush Marker to add some additional detailing out from the center of each floral. I love how the marker goes on clear but as it dries the white detail shows up.
For the background of my card I stamped a border from the Artful Borders Stamp Set on the SSS Audrey Blue Cardstock using SSS Sea Glass Ink. I chose to use the lighter ink instead of the same ink color as the cardstock so that the background while still having the interest from the design wouldn't overpower the focal point and would be more muted. I stamped my favorite 6x6 background MFT Text Background Stamp over the border stamping using the same SSS Sea Glass Ink. I added the greeting using SSS Black Ink. I added glitter "dots" to the center of the stamped borders using the Sakura Stardust Clear Glitter Pen.
I still love butterflies, don't you?! For my second card share I'm using this brand new Butterflies Stamp Set featuring gorgeous butterfly designs. I stamped these winged beauties using one of my favorite springtime pallettes: mint + lime + lilac. The SSS Green Apple Ink, SSS Mint Ink and Hero Arts Soft Lilac Ink were the perfect combination for my card.
I added glitter detail over the top of the solid and small detailed butterfly in mint using the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Marker. I added sparkle "dots" to the stamped layered polka dot butterfly with the Sakura Stardust Clear Glitter Pen. I added a greeting from the Butterflies Stamp Set in SSS Black Ink. I used the striped border stamp from the Only Have Eyes For You Stamp Set by stamping it on SSS Mint Cardstock with SSS Mint Ink. Then I added the stitched border from the same stamp set in black right along side it. Enamel dots and gems finish the card.
Be sure to check out the entire Mothers & Fathers Day 2014 Release:
We will randomly pick one 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! There are 10 stops in all, giving you 10 chances to win!
The giveaways for the ink/cardstock will close at 6:00pm EST on Thursday April 10, 2014. A complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday April 11, 2014.
Your next stop on the hop is the incredible Kathy Racoosin!
Thanks for hopping with me today!