Monday, December 7, 2015


Hi all and welcome to another week of the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week the challenge is Holly Jolly Stamping! I decided to showcase the pine branches in three different ways.

I love the Pine Needles and decided to explore stamping it in different colors with different colors in the sky.

First I inked it up partially with a green dye ink and overlaid it with Versamark leaving the edges white as if there was snow on the branches.  I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I then sprinkled goosebumps over the surface to create a natural resist and represent the snow. I stamped the Sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed in white.

Then I sponged the distress inks over the background. I mixed in Blue, pink and yellow. I then splattered with a hint of water over the background for water drops.

Next I tried stamping it with versamark and heat embossing with clear embossing powder.  I sprinkled versamark over the surface and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

My last card was with black ink and clear embossing powder. I added some touches of white in the background with the versamark re-inker. 

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

So now it's YOUR turn, come play along and show us your holly jolly stamping. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in


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  1. Love these three techniques, the second one is my favourite card!!

  2. Beautiful cards Suzz, as always your stamping is awesome :)

  3. Great variations. Love your cards and your technique.

  4. Wow Suzz, these are just brilliant! LOVE that stamp, and you really put it to good use here. I think I love the white on the coloured background the most, although all three are stunning! hugs :)

    1. You should really enter these into our Happy Mail challenge this month at Anything But Cute, they're such a perfect fit for our theme. hugs :)

  5. an absolutely fabulous set of cards Suzz, all of them are stunning! I love how you showed off the different effects you achieve with different products, brilliant :-)

    Lols x x x

  6. Wow! each one looks so different! Lovely simple design with a lot of pizzaz! The flecks of white make me think of snow, Suzz.

  7. Love your gorgeous cards, Suzz. the colors you created are fabulous. :)

  8. Love all versions!!!!!! You are so talented! Memory box stamp is wonderful! BArbarayaya

  9. What a treat to see multiple "variations on a theme"! I couldn't believe the difference it made from white to black. And wow- what a totally out-of-the-box background for Christmas cards. LOVE the unique take here and how lovely these turned it. You never cease to amaze and to inspire!

  10. Gorgeous cards and as always, your stamping and techniques are superb! Fabulous work, Suzz... :)

  11. These cards are wonderful Sue! Love those stunning background, and the branches.

  12. These are gorgeous, Suzz! Love the gorgeous backgrounds! So pretty! Hugs, Sandra


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