Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit

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Hi Everyone! You’re in luck today. This is the second time I’ve tried to post this card, and this time it will be much shorter. Earlier I spent an hour writing a long, detailed post about this card. I saved it several times, but it was deleted when I tried to publish it. Ugh! So, this time it will be much shorter.

I will admit that I didn’t know what to do with this Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit when it first arrived. I’ve only been making cards for about a year, and I’m typically drawn to traditional stamps and card styles for holidays and celebrations. I don’t feel comfortable yet planning cards with several different graphics and papers. So I thumbed through this kit and quickly stored it away. Only after seeing another card on the Simon Says Stamp blog was I inspired to pull it out and forced myself to create at least one card. I had so much fun that I even made two!

I like the pinks, gold, and butterflies in this card. There is so much involved that I’m just going to list the materials with notes on how I created this card.

1. Cardstock, paper, and pocket cards from SSS October kit.

2. Victorian Velvet Distress Ink with Gold Perfect Pearls on card base, background paper, and vellum.

3. I fussy cut the butterflies from kit paper. I used a black Copic marker to outline the butterfly (I learned this trick from Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire. You’ve heard of them, right?) and color the back.  It started to bleed through to the front! (This I did not learn from KW or JM!) I added Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents. I almost threw them out because of the bleed-through, but decided I liked them too much. It can just pass for dark shading. Right? LOL

4. Finally the floss also is from the kit.

The only other problem I had with this card is that I decided to cut the antennae. They were too tiny to cut well. In the future I might try some very thin floral wire colored with the copic, molded, and glued onto the butterflies. This time, though, I decided they looked okay.

So, what do you think? Take a look at the other gorgeous cards at the Simon Says Stamp blog. Hopefully, you will be inspired to step outside your creative comfort zone just as I was! I can’t wait to see more cards posted this month. This will be the first time for me to add mine to the blog. So exciting!

Happy crafting!

Erin

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