Hi Crafty Friends,
I am completely in love with Simon Says Stamp’s Picture Book dies – they are so cute and add so much interest to any card. So, when I saw the Ink Blot Shop’s Botanical Borders stamp set I thought it would be perfect to use with Simon’s picture book characters.
Images and Coloring
For this card, I decided to use Simon Says Stamp’s Hippo, Monkey, and Koala picture book dies. I die cut each character out of Neenah Solar White, 110 lb, cardstock and colored them with Copic markers.
I wanted to tuck the picture book characters behind the tropical border so I stamped the border in the middle of a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock using Ink on 3’s Blackout Detail Ink and then embossed it with Hero Arts’ Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder. Next, I colored the border using a combination of Zig and Arteza watercolor makers and then fussy cut around the leaves.
To create the sentiment I used a combination of products including Simon Says Stamp’s Big Happy Wafer Die, Lawn Fawn’s Happy, Happy, Happy stamp set for “birthday” and Hello Bluebird’s Jungle Littles for “Go Wild”.
In order to create a uniformed design, I used one of the dies from MFT’s Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 2 to add stitching detail to an A2 (4.25 x 5.5) card panel and then die cut the tropical leaves panel with the same die. Doing this makes it appear as if the stitching goes around the entire card design.
Next, I used Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink to lightly add color behind the picture book characters and then glued each character directly to the design panel. Once this was done, using foam tape, I popped up the tropical border panel on top of the characters which makes them appear to be peaking out from behind the foliage.
To make the Hippo, Monkey, and Koala really come to life I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black to their eyes and I added Glossy Accents to the Koala’s nose. I wanted Simon Says Stamp’s Big Happy Wafer Die to stand out so I added a thin layer of Glossy Accents over it. I finished by adding a few Nuvo Crystal Drops in Woodland Green around the card design.
I hope you enjoyed this card! Thanks for stopping by!