Friday, April 22, 2022

SSS Happy and Joyful Release Blog Hop

 *This post contains affiliate links to Simon Says Stamp


Happy Friday!  Today I'm part of a hop celebrating the latest release from Simon Says Stamp, Happy and Joyful.  You should have arrived here from Emily Midgett's blog.  If you didn't and have just stumbled upon the hop, never fear, I have the entire hop list at the end of this post.

There's no point in having a hop if there aren't prizes, right?  Simon is giving away a $25 gift certificate at each stop along the hop.  In addition, with any purchase this weekend, use code GRDPTY and you'll get a free Garden Party sticker sheet.


I'm sharing a couple of cards created using my new Lined Background for Simon.

For my cards today, I wanted to try Alcohol lift ink.  I thought this would be the perfect background to use because it's pretty bold and I figured I would get a good effect with it.

I started by creating a background to lift from using Celestial, Citrus, and a yellow alcohol ink which bizarrely did not have a name on the bottle.  I was going to use Tim Holtz Glossy Cardstock for this, but not shockingly, I could not find it so I ended up using Simon Says Stamp White Glossy cardstock.

After my panel was dry, I applied the Alcohol Lift ink to my background, and stamped it on the panel.  I then placed a clean piece of the Glossy White cardstock in my stamp platform and stamped again.  Then I went back to the original panel, buffing it with a paper towel to remove the excess color from the lifted areas.  

This didn't achieve quite the look I was going for.  The stamped image came out a lot lighter than I thought it would.  Reading up a little on the technique (clearly something one would normally do ahead of time) turns out I probably should have stamped on regular cardstock.  Still I actually like the muted colors in my second card (I was having all sorts of trouble with the lighting and reflections when trying to photograph the card, so I ended up photographing it standing up).  


I was more disappointed with the original panel because not enough of the ink seemed to come off, it was a really really subtle look.  

Solution?  I decided to just ink my stamp with Versamark (after cleaning it of course) and then embossed with Rainbow Black Embossing Glitter.

To finish that card off, I used one of the sentiments from the new XL Stacked Greetings set embossed in gold on some black cardstock, backed it with Matte Gold cardstock, and popped it up over my background.


For the second card, I really wanted to show off the dreamy look of the panel and went pretty subtle.  I die cut the Magical sentiment from Matte Gold cardstock with the shadow piece cut from Glossy White.  I added a secondary sentiment from the Magical Wishes Sentiment Strips which was foiled in gold, and added a few gold sequins for some sparkle.


I definitely need to do some more experimenting/working with alcohol lift ink, but mistake or not, I'm loving the muted effect you get stamping it off on the glossy white.  It's hard to photograph, but hopefully you get a sense of how pretty it is!

Your next step on the hop is Alberto Gava, and I also have the entire list below in case you need it.  Happy hopping, have a great weekend!

Simon Says Stamp Blog 

Laura Bassen

Amanda Korotkova

Amy Rysavy

Barbara Tarayao

Emily Midgett

Miriam Prantner

Alberto Gava

Bibi Cameron

Emma Williams

Heather Hoffman

Lea Lawson

Tina Smith

Jennifer Kotas

Sandi MacIver

Seeka

56 comments:

  1. Beautiful cards! I can't wait to add some of these new stamps to my collection! Thanks for the inspo!

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  2. Beautiful cards! Love that stacked sentiment set! Can't wait to try some of these out!

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  3. I like the lighter version of your card, it turned out great.

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  4. I love how you shared both versions, and I love how you "saved" the one you weren't happy with because it is great!

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  5. Beautiful cards and lovely colors. This background stamp is perfect for this type of card design!

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  6. What cool cards!!! Love the colors!

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  7. Wonderful use of that unusual but beautiful background stamp!

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  8. I love the soft look you got - very pretty cards

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  9. Beautiful cards, the stamp looks like candles!

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  10. The last one is my favorite. I love the soft colors.

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  11. Both of your cards are so pretty! I love the two different looks you got with the same background stamp! I have to try that glossy paper!

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  12. Beautiful job on your cards tyfs :)

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  13. Very pretty cards, Miriam! Thanks for sharing your experience with the Alcohol Lift ink.

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  14. I like the subtle look of the second card.

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  15. I love your stenciling! Coolest backgrounds!

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  16. Love these cards and love the Lined Background stamp. I've never had much success with alcohol lift ink, but you've inspired to keep practicing.

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  17. That is such an interesting technique, I love the result

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  18. I love the soft look of your first card! The colours are so pretty and calming!

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  19. Very cool. Your background does look dreamy and magical.

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  20. your cards are very striking. love the sentiments

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  21. I love them both!! Super Awesome!!

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  22. These are great cards and can be used for a guy!!

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  23. Very cool cards!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Such great backgrounds, love your cards!

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  25. Those backgrounds are so fun! Beautiful cards!

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  26. Those backgrounds are so fun! Beautiful cards!

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  27. That is so cool! I have rainbow black powder on my wish list as a wild swing but now I get to see what it looks like on a card- Thanks!

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  28. These backgrounds are awesome.

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  29. I love the Make Today Magical card -- beautiful!

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  30. Gorgeous cards! Love the colorful backgrounds.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Wonderful artsy backgrounds.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  32. Very cool cards!! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  33. Very interesting card. cool technique

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  34. Very nice cards!
    You have shown us that card making is a lot of trial and error and fixing!

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  35. Cool cards! You did such a great job

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  36. I'm crazy about that background! Great cards.

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  37. Ohhhh I’ve not seen that background yet. Such a staple. Loving your creations

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  38. Great cards. I like your experimenting on the backgrounds.

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  39. Awesome cards! Don't remember seeing that background stamp. My favorite is the darker one with the black embossing. I have not had the best luck with alcohol lifting but I love the look!

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  40. I think they are both stunning.

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  41. Love the muted colors very pretty thank you

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  42. How cool are these?! Fantastic ideas, thanks for sharing & inspiring!

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  43. Fantastic! Fabric cards! I like both colors! Great idea. Thank you.

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  44. Awesome design! I love the pretty cards you created!

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  45. wonderful to see more thean one way to use this clever background stamp!Thanks so much for the great inspiration! :)

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  46. BIG bold beautiful sentiments, love em'!

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  47. Fantastic cards! I really love the background on the first card!

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  48. Bob Ross said there are no mistakes, just
    happy accidents. Love the subtle coloring.
    thanks for sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. Two fabulous cards! Love them both!

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  50. Thanks for the inspiration for how to use this large background stamp.

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  51. Gorgeous cards. I love the muted colors!!!!

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  52. Love how you used this new product!

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  53. Nice card shares for the set. I like the background ideas.

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