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Birthday Wishes | Simon Says Stamp Hello Gorgeous Release Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway

Hi there, I hope you’re having a lovely day!

I’m so excited to be part of day two of the Simon Says Stamp Hello Gorgeous release blog hop, and I’m so glad you’re here! If you’ve arrived from Jennifer Kotas’ blog, you’re right on track. To start today’s hop from the top, visit the Simon Says Stamp Blog.

I have a number of cards to share today so let’s dive right in!

Birthday Wishes

My first card features the new Daisies and Leaves stencil and a sentiment from the new Bold Birthday Sentiment Strips.

Instead of using the stencil traditionally, I used it as a stamp. I began prepping a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of white cardstock which placed onto a cushioned surface (I like to use the back of my Misti for this, protected by a piece of scrap paper), then I set this aside. Next, I placed the stencil onto another piece of scrap cardstock and used foam blending tools to tamp Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide inks onto the stencil. I misted some clean clear water onto the stencil from about a foot away and then placed it wet-side-down onto the panel of white cardstock which I’d prepped earlier. I placed another piece of scrap paper over the stencil and rubbed over the paper to make sure that the stencil made complete contact with the cardstock below it. I carefully removed the scrap paper and cardstock to reveal the “stamped” image.

I trimmed the panel down and glued it to a larger piece of Sunshine cardstock. Then I used the We R Memory Keeper Layer Guides to trim the Sunshine cardstock, using the 1/16″ guide to create a perfect fine frame (these layer guides are so handy, no more worrying about cutting two perfectly sized pieces of cardstock to layer together!). To finish, I used foam tape to adhere a sentiment and to adhere the panel to an A2-sized card base.

You’re On My Heart

My second card features the You’re On My Heart die and Delicate Floral Mandala background stamp.

For this card, I used alcohol inks to create a background on Yupo paper and then used Wow! Embossing Pad and Wow! Gold Pearl Embossing Powder to heat emboss the background stamp onto the panel. I was cautious with the heat to minimize warping, taking sure not to linger in one spot for any longer than needed to melt the embossing powder.

Next, I used the die to cut the sentiment from white cardstock. I rubbed the embossing ink pad directly onto the die cut and then dipped it into the same embossing powder. I melted the powder and then repeated the process to add another layer.

To finish, I trimmed the background down to about 4″ x 5.25″ and then glued the sentiment to the background. Then I used foam tape to adhere the card front to a card base.

Thank You

My last card features the same Delicate Floral Mandala background stamp along with the Swoopy Thank You die which is from a previous release.

For this quick and easy card, I ombre stamped the background in Guava, Taffy, and Royal Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Saturated inks. I trimmed the panel and then added the die cut sentiment which I cut from Doll Pink cardstock and adhered to the shadow layer which I cut from vellum. To finish, I used foam tape to adhere the card front to a card base.

Thank you so much for visiting! I’m the last stop in the hop today, so if you want to start from the top, head over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog! Please scroll down for giveaway information and the full blog hop list.


Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from the blog comments section. Winners will be chosen and posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, March 30th. The winner can email Simon Says Stamp to claim their prize.

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91 thoughts on “Birthday Wishes | Simon Says Stamp Hello Gorgeous Release Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway”

  1. I am really liking that Mandala stamp as a background. And I need to try your idea of using stencils as stamps. I don’t use my stencils enough. Thank you!

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  2. WOW!
    Luv your background ideas! The color combos are fabulous!
    The stencil idea is so pretty!
    The yupo paper technique is something I’ve been wanting to try.

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