Simon Says Stamp March Release Blog Hop

Hi, crafty friends. I’m excited to be a part of the Blog Hop celebrating THIS new release from Simon Says Stamp. I used several new goodies on these three cards…

I’ve recently joined the alcohol ink band wagon and have been experimenting by making backgrounds. I wanted to share a few ideas on how to use portions of the backgrounds that you aren’t happy with.

The first background was created using THIS alcohol ink with THIS blending solution on THIS paper. I applied drops all over the paper and found that I was too heavy handed with the ink so I grabbed another piece of YUPO paper and laid it on top of the first to soak up some of the ink. I pressed it down and gave it a little wiggle. When I pulled them apart, I noticed lines that resembled ripples that was perfect for the water scene that I was trying to create…

After the piece was completely dry, I stamped the greeting from THIS new stamp set with THIS ink and sprinkled on THIS embossing powder. Then I carefully taped it down to a cutting board. I did this to prevent so much warping from the heat gun when I embossed it. YUPO paper is plastic so it is very sensitive to heat. I let my heat gun get very hot before bringing it to my paper and did short bursts of heat. You don’t want to leave the heat on it for too long. I finished off the card by adding THIS adorable walrus to the top of the card. I sandwiched him between the piece and the fun foam behind it to secure him. I trimmed down my card to make sure it would still fit in a standard size envelope. I finished off the card with a few embellishments created from THIS die and THIS glitter cardstock. I’m using that die a lot for embellishments these days.

For the second card…

I die-cut THIS die from another alcohol ink background I wasn’t happy with. I didn’t like it as a whole, but I love the little pieces it created. I did a die-cut inlay technique where I die-cut the same die from white cardstock panel and applied adhesive underneath. Wherever there is an opening, the adhesive is exposed and I dropped in the pieces like a puzzle. I die-cut one of THESE circles from the center and placed another portion of that alcohol ink background inside to create a focal point for THIS cute new lamb die.

I stamped a sentiment from THIS new stamp set with THIS ink and adhered the piece to a gray note card after rounding the bottom corners with THIS.

For the last card…

I decided to die-cut another background that I was going to toss in the trash since it didn’t turn out the way I hoped. It was a rainbow background where some areas turned brown from too many colors mixing. However, there were a few bright spots left that created fun balloons…

I tied the die-cut balloons to the mouth of THIS new alligator die. I added googly eyes for some fun and some of THESE stars for added interest to the background. I finished off the card by stamping a sentiment strip using THIS new awesome stamp set.

I hope this has inspired you to salvage your backgrounds that you aren’t happy with and use them in other ways.

Click HERE to see the entire Best Days Release.

There is much more inspiration to see. Click HERE for the next stop on the hop and visit my friend, Sarah Moerman.  Click HERE to start at the beginning of the hop. Here’s the complete blog hop list…

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Kristina Werner

Cathy Zielske

Nina-Marie Trapani

Kelly Latevola

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Suzy Plantamura

Jean Manis

Heather Ruwe

Sarah J. Moerman

Lorraine Aquilina

Amy Kolling

May Park

Kathy Racoosin

Looking for even more inspiration? I shared a blog post HERE using different products from the release.

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 gift certificate at each stop on the hop! Comment below for your chance to win. I would love to hear which card was your favorite from the three cards I shared today. Winners will be announced on the Simon Says Stamp blog onWednesday. Good Luck!






  1. Johanna Shepherd
    March 12, 2018

    Such cute ideas!!! Loving that the alligators mouth is tied up with the balloons, added safety is always a plus 🙂 . The lamb surrounded by the flowers too, so adorable for a baby shower card, or Spring/Easter.

  2. Anja curvers
    March 12, 2018

    So, so cute those storybook dies are so sweet and cute. Love all the alcohol ink backgrounds.

  3. Lisa B
    March 12, 2018

    The walrus peeking over the top is adorable!

  4. Teresa Godines #6857
    March 12, 2018

    Beautiful and fun projects. Love those balloons. TFS

  5. Sherrie Johnson
    March 12, 2018

    Oh my goodness. Such cute cards! I guess I’ll just have to begin experimenting with inks…especially alcohol inks. I love how unique the backgrounds and balloons look. And love that alligator!

  6. Di Wong
    March 12, 2018

    These are wonderful. Thanks for the ideas! Cute new SSS release.

  7. Kristin McCann
    March 12, 2018

    Love your cards and ideas! I, too, have been super~obsessed with alcohol ink backgrounds lately! I love your ideas of repurposing different parts of backgrounds that I don’t love into card elements that I love!

  8. Tracy
    March 12, 2018

    Love them all!

  9. Megan
    March 12, 2018

    Love the balloons!

  10. Anna Tracy
    March 12, 2018

    Last week I did some die cutting with alcohol inks and loved my results! It’s great to see how some other people use the same technique and especially love that sweet lamb card!

  11. Vidalia Pimentel
    March 11, 2018

    Love all your cards, you’re very talented!

  12. Helen
    March 11, 2018

    Love the creative way you’ve incorporated the creatures into these creations. tfs

  13. Tracy Chambers
    March 11, 2018

    Hi Heather,
    I just love your Croc, with the balloons, he is just adorable. I haven’t tried Alcohol inks yet, but you have given me some great inspiration, can’t wait to get started.
    Take care

  14. Carrie Yoder
    March 11, 2018

    Love these cards! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Michelle Watson Christ
    March 11, 2018

    I’ve never tried alcohol inks but you have inspired me to give it a try. Beautiful


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