Hello, hello, and welcome! I knew as soon as I began seeing reveals of the Earth Has Music feather set by Stephanie Low exclusively for Simon Says Stamp that I had to have it. I ordered within minutes of it being released, no kidding. It’s been glaring at me all week waiting ever so patiently to be played with. The dishes can wait, it says. The kidlets don’t need new school clothes, it says. They need to eat, again? It says. Last night, I finally agreed and said your turn!
When first stamping this set it looks a bit busy and maybe hard to decipher. Once the easily identifiable parts are colored, the others begin to make sense too. Don’t be intimidated! Stamp the images in Intense Black ink and color with peacock shades for the feathers and summer sunset colors for the flowers. These cards feature Arteza Real Brush markers, but Zigs work pretty interchangeably, on smooth bristol paper.
As of now, this stamp set does not have coordinating dies. If you use a Scan N Cut, be very careful. I generally don’t have issues with my SNC, but you know because I was trying to hurry and it was after midnight, my machine decided not to scan the image fully and cut off some of the filler detail on the lower right. It was an area with very little coloring thankfully. I restamped a new image and fussy cut just that area tucking it below the main feather. Now it just looks fancy schmancy!
My next fail: I passed the intricate Marilyn Full Card die through my trusty and reliable Gemini… my heart sank a little when the center area did not cut all the way through. I knew I was well overdue to replace my warped top cutting plate and plastic shim. They had been in bad shape for a long time, but it kept on working, so I kept using it… Thankfully, I had a spare set on hand knowing this day was coming, but decided to use the panel anyway, just as it was. If you look closely you can tell, but overall I think it is a success! Yay for happy accidents!
To prevent issues with the Scan in Cut on these beauties, I placed the stamped images on the SNC mat and then washi taped a piece of tracing paper over the top of the images. I traced their borders quickly with a black fine tip marker (think Sharpie or Micron) and then allowed the machine to scan. This alleviates mistakes by offering more contrast for the machine. Technology is awesome, but sometimes we still have to outthink it. Once scanned, remove the tracing paper without unloading the mat. Add a .04 border and then press cut.
The images trimmed out fantastically and I popped them up over the white Diamond Pattern die cut that was adhered to black cardstock. I added the Playful Messages sentiment, gold embossed on black, and a few sequins. This sentiment set is awesome! It’s snarky and right up my alley. Sometimes I just need a little sass in my life. I’m looking at you, Kelly Latevola!
I obviously loved this sentiment set so much that I ordered it 2x. Gah! That’s what happens when you shop faster than you craft. I had forgotten that I had this still bundled with the last shipment I had yet to put away. Oy vey!
I am GIVING AWAY the extra sentiment set over on my Instagram page, for USA residents only (sorry). This giveaway is super casual and I’ll let it run until, I’m guessing midweek maybe, to give everyone the opportunity to enter. This is the catch: since we are all about sharing kindness, a person nominated will be the winner, not the commenter. Kindness, it starts with one, without expecting anything in return. Nominate a winner HERE on Instagram.
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