Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes!

It’s been a VERY long time since I’ve submitted anything for a card Challenge with the exception of my monthly Design Team submissions.

I decided to give it another go when I saw Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge theme as ‘Anything Goes’. This week the SSS DT are using Hero Arts Stamp’s so I thought I’d give that a shot as well, especially considering my goal over the next several weeks (probably months) is to use my stash.

Here is my submission for this week:

I started off with a sheet of Simple Stories Vintage Garden District Patterned Paper and stamped the rose from Hero Arts Florals Rose Stamp and Die using Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink. Then I cut the flower out using the coordinating die and set aside.

I grabbed a scrap piece of Simon Says Stamp Cardstock in Green Apple and a script stamp from Hero Arts – My Monthly Hero Kit (January 2020 Kit) and Versamark Ink to create my own ‘patterned paper’ for leaves.

Using the Versamark ink on the coloured cardstock gives the look of a shade darker than the cardstock – which is exactly what I was looking for…nearly tone on tone. 

I rummaged through my stash and found Altenew ‘Inked Flora’ stamp set that has a similar sketchy look to it, so the the leaves fit perfectly. I stamped the leaves a few times using Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink and then cut out and set aside.

I wanted to have a bit of detail in the background without overpowering the patterns in the I opted to dry emboss on Simon Says Stamp Cardstock in Fog using Pink and Main ‘Garden Gate’ Stencil. Then I cut down my dry embossed panel to approximately 3.75×5 inches. It’s a very nice background – light in colour without being a stark white. 

I dry fitted my rose and leaves to make sure I liked how it was laid out, then used a bit of press n’ seal to hold it in place while I put the rest of my card together. 

I cut down a panel of Simon Says Stamp Cardstock in Black to measure approximately 4×5.25 inches, then adhered my dry embossed panel to it – leaving a very slight black border. Then I adhered both panels to a white A2 cardbase. 

I used Taylored Expressions  ‘Simple Strips Background’ stamp and die set for my sentiment. It’s a really great stamp and die set which allows you to create several sentiments at a time (which I did and saved them in a little dish on the side so it’s ready to go when I need a sentiment). I used Simon Says Stamp Cardstock in Black and head embossed using Brutus Monroe’s Alabaster White Embossing powder.

Then I placed my flower and leaves onto the card front – I popped up the flower using 3M foam tape, but adhered the leaves directly to the card front. I also popped up the sentiment strip for a bit more dimension. 

For a touch of shine, I used some Pink and Main jewels and adhered them to the center of the flower using Gina K Crystalline Drops.


And …. we’re done! I have really developed a love of stamping on patterned paper for images like this – when you don’t feel like colouring! 🙂

Thanks so much for joining me today!

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