Hiya, so today is that time of month again when we dive into the Simon Says Stamp monthly card kit. We are a little early this month because it really was very much a Valentine kit and therefore I wanted to get the cards done prior to Valentine’s Day for you. So as always here is a picture of the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit showing you what the contents are. Although for more info on that take a peek at the list of products, with their links, at the bottom of the post.

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As always with these monthly card kits I am doing a photo card post and a video card post using, as much as possible, only the contents of the kit. Today is our photo post and I have a simple yet elegant card project for you that can easily be reproduced many times if you were selling these cards plus the basic technique can be used with an infinite variety of stamps, and not just these valentine ones.
So what I did was take first was take the waterfall hearts stamp from the set, place it on my stamp block and then ink it up in a colour blend using three distress inks that toned really well together.
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When inking my stamp of hearts I took the first the picked raspberry distress ink, which was our middle tone and inked that across the middle of the stamp. Next I took the spun sugar distress ink and inked the top of the hearts, then finally I took the worn lipstick distress ink and inked the bottom of the stamp. The reason I did it in that order, rather than starting say at the bottom and working my way up or vice versa, was that it meant when I added the top colour and the bottom colour it automatically blended with the middle colour (picked raspberry) that we had already applied. If you did the blend by working top to bottom for eg you would need to reapply the spun sugar for eg to really get that blend working nicely. So this way just saves a bit of time and effort.

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Next I added the sentiment stamp and with that I inked all over with picked raspberry distress ink with a little of worn lipstick around the edges. This just gave a small hint of a blend because obviously I wanted the sentiment to be clear and readable.

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Finally I used the half inch corner chomper on the two edge corners just to round those off and add a nice finish to the card. So here is the finished card – the first one from the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit

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And that’s it I hope you like this card I actually really like the clean and simple look of it but then you look a little closer and start to see just a few little extra details that make it just a little bit more. So come back tomorrow for the video post from this kit and in the meantime have a great craft day, hugs

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Amanda Evans

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