Monday, September 6, 2021

Stamptember 2021: Simon Says Stamp "Merry Christmas Trees" Cards

Happy Stamptember to one and all!  What a great time to be alive and stamping!  Stamptember means that all month long, there are exclusive Simon stamp sets and collaborations and a ton o' creative inspiration.  And to help kick it off, this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is stamping.  I decided to make some Christmas cards using Simon's new Merry Christmas Trees stamp set.

I used a stamping and painting technique on these little babies that started with Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I made a text stamp using sentiments from the Merry Christmas Trees stamp and Simon's Clean Line Christmas stamp.  I stamped the words with embossing ink and heat-embossed everything with black embossing powder.

Next I laid the tree stamp onto my card and traced the outline of it with pencil so I could see a rough estimate of where the trees would be when I stamped them.  I painted the area above the trees with blue paint.

I moved the stamp and painted the rest of the white space with a few different shades of green, plus a yellow section at the top of one of the trees where the star would be.  At this point, I added some snow by using Simon's Falling Snow stencil and white paint.  After everything was painted and dry, I stamped the trees with embossing ink and heat-embossed them with white embossing powder.

At this point, I decided to turn my long card into three smaller cards.  I cut my picture into thirds (which only slightly terrified me) and then I added some dots of colored paint on the trees to replicate ornaments or lights.

I wanted the trees to stand out even more, so I outlined the white embossing lines with a black ballpoint pen.  I also finished off the edges of the cards with a black Sharpie.

Here's a close-up of each:

Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

Upload your own stamped creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $25 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!  And ENJOY STAMPTEMBER!!!!