Hi, friends! I am so happy to be sharing a new project with you today. I have been overdue for a bit of blissful craft therapy and Simon Says Stamp is giving us just that with their new Sunny Days Ahead release. Heidi, the owner of Simon, hopped on their Instagram Stories yesterday to share that Ohio has lifted regulations enough that they can get back to the warehouse and start shipping. She said shipping will be slow as they have split their staff into two shifts to maintain social distancing. They have increased sanitizing procedures for their own safety and that of their customers. They are doing their best to not only allow their business to survive, but that of all the hundreds of brands they carry, as well.
The card I created features A Mama’s Love. The set may have been designed for Mother’s Day or expectant moms, but for me, right now? I couldn’t see much of anything beyond squeezing my four girls and providing an environment for them to be safe, healthy and happy mentally and physically. With a little clever masking, I did just that.
Recreate a project like this by stamping the image to appear in the front with Hero Arts Intensi-fied Black ink on an A2 #110 Neenah Solar White cardstock. Then stamp the same image on a full-stick postie and fussy cut it on the inner edge of the outside border for a mask. Creating a mask that is slightly smaller prevents the dreaded white halo that can appear with ink blending. Repeat with each image remembering the first stamped image will appear in front, and successive overlapping designs will appear further behind.
Turn the two images that appear to be boys into girls by masking off the hair, or a portion of it, and then stamping another hairstyle in its place. Both images on the right of the card have been altered to more closely represent my specific family, with four daughters. It was a bit intricate, but I can tell you this is one of my all time favorite cards. I plan to frame it for my craft room.
Once all the images are stamped, mask any that are not. Mask a horizontal line to appear as a deck. Ink blend with Hero Arts Butter Bar near the deck, then Fresh Peach, Ultra Pink and finally Indigo. Splatter a few white speckles of watered down white acrylic paint with everything still masked to create the stars that begin to shine at dusk.
Remove the horizontal mask that creates the deck and stamp Simon Says Stamp Planks in Cup O’Joe ink. Ink blend deck area with Cup O’Joe at the perimeter and under heinies for a shadow. Then blend further with Caramel.
Remove mask from remaining images and color with Copic markers, varying shades by adding one darker marker or taking one away. I’ve used B97, B95, B93 and B91 for denim. E87, E84 and E81 for khaki. YG63, G21 and G20 for green sweaters. R05, R22, R21, R12 and YR000 – or variations thereof create the red/coral clothing. Y21, E31, E33, E35 for the light hair, adding E37 for the medium. The next shade darker adds E39 and leaves out the two lightest shades. The darkest hair adds E79.
Thank you for stopping by today. You can head to Simon HERE to find more of their newest release! Please be well. Keep yourselves healthy and happy as best you can. Reach out if you are in need. Warm hugs to each of you.
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