My granddaughter, Kassidy, had a birthday in November, so she is now fourteen years old. This past summer Kassidy participated in the Simon Says Stamp Kid’s Challenge. The Design Team members were impressed with her work, so they asked her to be a guest designer in the Designer Spotlight during the month of December for their Wednesday Challenge. She was thrilled to be asked and feels so excited to do this. Most of the materials she crafts with come from Simon Says Stamp, so it is an honor for her AND me for her to be spotlighted on their blog.
This week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge theme is Ice Inspiration. My Favorite Things is being featured in this challenge, so Kassidy used a couple of My Favorite Things stamps.There is also a color scheme for this challenge by Design Team member, Jenn Shurkus.
The sample photos in this color scheme challenge are so pretty. Kassidy went through my inks to find the closest matches. To achieve getting matching colors for a couple of the sample colors, she had to mix inks to get the right hue. The ink colors on Kassidy’s card look slightly different photographed than they do in real life. Here’s the card she made. I photographed the card for her, but Kassidy made the card herself.
Now for the details on this card. Using Ranger Watercolor Paper, a pencil and a ruler, Kass drew lines to represent the siding on a house. Then she mopped Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen Ink mixed with a little water over the background panel with a #270 Maxine’s Mop Brush. After allowing this to dry, she went over the pencil lines with a Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen Marker. She then added marks between the lines with the same marker to give a textured look. She pleasantly surprises me with some of the looks she creates.
Simon Says Stamp Christmas Cats stamp set was stamped on Ranger Watercolor Paper with Versafine Onyx Black Ink, using the MISTI Stamp Tool. The fireplace was made with Simon Says Stamps Stitched Squares. The small stamps for the fire and the stockings are planner stamps from Strawberry Jude Stamps, Don’t Forget Church and Don’t Forget Christmas. Laying down a Ranger Craft Sheet, Kassidy smeared Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad colors on the sheet as she needed them. A spray bottle of water was nearby to spritz the ink a little. The ink pad colors were
- Forest Moss mixed with Pine Needles
- Pumice Stone
- Hickory Smoke
- Faded Jeans
- Fired Brick mixed with Seedless Preserves
- Black Soot
- Brushed Corduroy
- Ripe Persimmon
- Barn Door
Kassidy wanted to have a Christmas scene showing the winter weather outside and the warmth and comfort of home inside, so she created a window. She used vellum for the window pane. I thought it was quite clever when Kassidy chose Pinpoint Main Street Tags Matrice De Decoupe for her window when going through my dies. I wouldn’t have thought of using a tag die for a window. She used the Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine to cut out the window pieces and the stamped images. After gluing the pieces on the card background, Kass wanted to create snow. So she used My Favorite Things Myriad Dot Background Stamp. Instead of masking off the window, and stamping the background with even rows of dots, Kassidy pinched the large stamp between her fingers and inked it up with a VersaMark Sticky Ink Pad. She then laid down dots of sticky ink here and there around the outside of the window. This was followed by sprinkling the sticky ink with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder and melting it with a heat tool.
To make snow and ice, Kassidy used Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops. For the snow resting on the frames, Gloss White was used. Glitter Drops in White Blizzard was perfect for the icicles.
Using a palette knife, Aleene’s Glitter Snow was spread on the ground section to make snow.
Something was missing, so Kassidy added Tonic Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard to the top edge of the card to make more icicles. She also made dots of snow on the window pane and cat with a Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen. This is my favorite photo of the bunch.
To tie things together, Kassidy wanted to use a sentiment from My Favorite Things Christmas Labels and Tags. The tag she wanted was a little too large for the area she had to work with so she trimmed it down with scissors. The tag was made by using the MISTI, a VersaMark Sticky Ink Pad, Recollections Ebony Embossing Powder, and a heat tool.
Thank you for dropping by and taking a look at Kassidy’s card and how she put it together. We will be looking at your Icy Inspiration on Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Hope to see you there!
Tricia Ann and Kassidy