Hello everyone!! I am so excited to be a part of the Simon Says Stamp Falling For You Blog Hop, in celebration of the new fabulous Falling For You release. I love the name of the release and the stamps, stencils and dies are wonderful and very versatile. Don't miss all the inspiration and there is a prize to be won on each stop of the hop. You should have arrived here from the wonderful Wanda Guess.
I had so much fun that I made two art journal pages and one card. The first journal page is also a stepped tutorial.
The Falling series of dies and stencils (Falling Hearts, Falling Snow, and Falling Stars) are favourites of mine and I was so happy to see them in the form of 6 x 6 in rubber stamps. These stamps are so versatile, I'll be using them a lot since they work for many different techniques and projects.
I like to now and then use photos in my art journal, and since we had a new addition to the family very recently, I've been all about baby photos lately. Big brother had has a bit of a hard time adjusting to having a sibling, and I wanted to include him on this page so that he would know just how much he matters. I did a fun batik resist technique on this page and the technique works just as well on any type of project.
These are the Falling For You products that I used: Falling Hearts, Falling Snow, Falling Rain, Circle Sayings, and Solid Falling For You Backgrounds.You can find the whole release here.
Start by clear embossing the three background stamps on Ranger's Specialty Stamping paper.
I used Simon Says Stamp inks, love these colours. Use the direct to paper technique to quickly cover the paper with ink, by dragging the ink pad over the paper. Immediately smooth out the ink with an ink blending tool. You need to be pretty quick to get a smooth and even look.
Now we are going to remove the embossing powder with an iron (no steam). Place the paper between sheets of printer paper and iron. I normally have two sheets of printer paper over the paper, to protect my iron. The embossing powder transfers to the paper. You need to change the paper frequently; otherwise, you'll transfer the powder back to the inked background again.
When I ironed my first background, I was a little impatient and didn't bother changing the printer paper fast enough. The result was a halo or shadow effect around the dots. I sighed and almost started over again, but decided that I really liked the shadow effect, and did the same thing on the other two backgrounds. It is a little hard to control, but gives fun extra dimension to the background. I love these types of happy accidents.
Cut three strips large enough for your project. I worked in my Small Creative Journal. This would work great as a background for a card too.
I temporarily adhered my backgrounds to a piece of paper, and stamped with the sentiment stamps in the Circle Sayings set. Slate ink was used instead of black for a softer look.
Here you can better see the subtle effect of the Inksheet word, and the cool shadows from the batik technique.
I was real happy with these chevron clouds. They aren't perfect and I might experiment with other sandwiches later. But I thought the clouds were pretty cool nevertheless.
The white Inksheet words stand out best on the blue background.
I also added some stamped sentiments with Jet Black ink to make them stand out better from the background. This one, from the Friendly Flowers set, was perfect for my page.
Then I made a card:
For the card, I used the Solid Falling For You Backgrounds set. I stamped them with the same inks used on the journal page, but on Neenah cardstock. It can be hard to get good impressions with clear stamps that have large solid areas, if you struggle, try using the Sizzix Stamper's Secret Weapon, which provides a great surface for stamping, especially for clear stamps.
I had some leftovers and made a quick journal page:
Don't forget that there are prizes to be won! If you leave a comment, you have a chance to win a price on each stop of the hop. The winners will be drawn on 28 April and Simon Says Stamp will contact them.
Next stop on the blog is the fabulous Kathy Racoosin. Don't miss all the inspiration!
If you get lost, head back to the Simon Says Stamp blog again.
Thank you so much for stopping by today!