Simon Says Stamp’s latest Wednesday Challenge is called Hip to be Square, and that is SO me. Yup, I’m a total square… nerd… dork… geek.. LOL. But I also LOVE squares. My planners are now all graph paper composition books, and I’m addicted to spreadsheets, which are basically just a bunch of squares. I think it might have to do with my obsessive-compulsive tendencies – I like things straight, and even. (Of course, thanks to this challenge, I can’t seem to get that Huey Lewis song out of my head, LOL. There… now you’ll have to suffer with me, too. You’re welcome.) 😉
For my card, I wanted to use the gorgeous new Simon Says Stamp September 2016 Card Kit, which positively screams BIRTHDAY CARD! except… well, this might sound silly, but I love the patterned paper in this kit so much that I’m having trouble getting myself to actually cut it up. It’s too pretty to use!
So I started with just some cardstock from my stash. I liked the contrast of black with the bright colors in this kit, so I started with a black card base – 4″ square. (As much as I love squares, I don’t actually do very many square-shaped cards… but I probably should.) To add to the square theme, I cut out a few different square frames in bright colors. I actually cut out a bunch of squares, and played around to see what worked best. In the end, I decided that the magic number three was best.
This was one of those cards where I really had to plan it out first, before I glued anything down. Once I had a plan, I made some pencil marks to indicate where the squares would go, so I could stamp the sentiment and balloon first. I heat embossed the sentiment in white, and just used a white pigment ink for the balloon, thinking I would color over it. In the end, I decided to add dimension by cutting out a balloon and popping it up with foam. The squares are all sort of interlocked – I made tiny cuts in the squares exactly where the square on top would cover it. Again – measure twice, cut once. 😉
I stamped the puppy on white cardstock, colored him with pencils, and fussy-cut him out. And then I forced myself to cut out just a tiny bit of that luscious patterned paper. I cut a simple square for the present, and a triangle for the puppy’s party hat. Wink of Stella on the gift’s bow & top of the hat, Glossy Accents on the balloon, a puffy sticker from the kit, a few dots of white Enamel Accents, and one rounded corner… and I called it done. The balloon string was just hand-drawn with a white gel pen. (Remember how I mentioned the importance of placement? The balloon’s string was the most challenging, and didn’t really come out like I wanted.) Here’s more of a close-up:
This card was really fun to make. And there’s so much more in the September kit that I just can’t wait to play with! And yes, I WILL cut up more of those papers… as much as it’s going to hurt, I know I’ll end up with some really fun cards. The paper is just so happy!
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