Sandi MacIver, Paper Craft Artist -

Simon Says Stamp Magic Stars

Hi cardmaking friends and welcome to the Simon Says Make Magic Blog Hop.  I have 3 new cards for you today created with the Simon Says Stamp Magic Stars background stamp.

Also, today’s video includes  my “Painting with Embossing Powder Technique for cardmaking”.

It’s also the second day of the Simon Says Stamp Magic Stars Blog hop – and there are specials and prizes, leave a comment at the end of this post for a chance to win and  read on.

handmade greeting cards created with new cardmaking products just released from Simon Says Stamp


three handmade cards using the painting with embossing powder technique

The Painting with Embossing Powder Technique:

Todays video walks you through creating three cards using the Painting with Embossing Powder Technique.  A regular Slimline Card , a Mini Slimline and an A2 sized card.

Once the embossing is done, the card is finished with the Resist Technique by ink blending Distress Oxide Inks over the card fronts to create these pretty backgrounds.

handmade slimline Christmas card created with new cardmaking products from Simon Says Stamp

The Slimline Christmas Card:

Wow Embossing Powder is used on all of the cards today:  Strawberry Daiquiri, Copper Fire, Pearl Gold Sparkle, Colour Blend Verdigris, Opaque Bright White, Powder Oceanic and Glitter Persian Indigo. (all linked below for you).

Distress Oxide Inks Used:

Firstly, for this Slimline Card, use Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch over the Violet, Evergreen Bough and Antique Linen

Next, Ink blend a scrap of white with Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet to die cut the top layer of the sentiment.

Simon Says Stamp Wishing You Joy Die is used for this one.

Finally, the other two layers are cut from the Blue Violet card stock, which is the same as the card base.  Glue all three together to stack.

Use Vellum for the background piece to allow the color to show through.


Card Base:  Simon Says Stamp Blue Violet 7 x 8-1/2, score on the 7″ side at 3-1/2″

Mat:  Hammermill White 3-1/4 x 8-1/4″

Card front:  Hammermill White 3-1/8 x 8-1/8″

handmade mini slimline card using new papercrafting products from SImon Says Stamp

Mini Slimline Greeting Card:

Mini Slimline Cards are all the rage right now and I’m really enjoying the 3-1/4 x 6-1/4 size of them.

Similarly, the technique for this one is the same as the above Slimline card.

Use Distress Oxide Ink:  Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet and Salty Ocean for the resist technique.

Next, the sentiment is Simon Says Stamp You Shine.

Finally, the stars are cut with the Shoot for the Stars die set from Tonic Studios


Card Base:  Royal Purple:  6-1/2 x 6-1/4″ Score and fold at 3-1/4″

Mat:  Hammermill White  3 x 6

Card front/Art Piece:  Hammermill White 2=7/8 x 5-7/8″

Visit My How to Make a Mini Slimline Card Page here for more card ideas and tutorials
handmade greeting card using the painting with embossing powder technique and new cardmaking products from Simon Says Stamp

A2 sized card Paper Hugs:

This third and final card in today’s video is the A2 sized card.

Start by cutting the sentiment with the Simon Says Stamp Paper Hugs Die three times.

Use Bearly Art Glue to stack them together.

Next, use the Picket Fence Studios Clear Paper Glitz to cover the top.

Use your finger to add a light coating to create a beautify sparkly shine.

Finally, add a few more of the stars I had left over from the last card.


Card base:  Simon Says Stamp Blue Violet 4-1/4 x 11″ score and fold at 5-1/2″

Mat:  Hammermill White 4 x 5-1/4″

Card front/art piece:  Hammermill White 3-7/8 x 5-1/8


Here is today’s video.  You can view it on my YouTube Channel, and subscribe while you are there to receive notification each time I load a new video:


video of three handmade cards created with the Painting with Embossing Powder Technique


This new Simon Says Stamp Make Magic release is full of fun new products to tickle your creativity.  It’s such a fabulous release there is certainly something for everyone.  I would love to hear what your favorite is.

Simon is giving away a $25.00 Coupon to every stop on the hop from your blog comments.  They will choose the winners and post on the Simon Says Stamp Blog on Wed. July 28th.  If you win, you e-mail them to claim your gift.

Earn a FREE Art Supplies Die set with your $40. plus order through SImon Says Stamp

Use code:  ARTMAGIC – good through July 25th or while supplies last.

Need some inspiration?

I shared another video and 4 card ideas using other products from this release here:

handmade greeting card with distress oxide inksto go with all these fabulous NEW PRODUCTS – Check out the Simon Says Stamp Make Magic Gallery over on their blog.  The design team load our projects there to share and you can too.  There was also a blog hop yesterday, so it’s already full of creative goodness for you.


Time to hop:  your next stop is Tina Smith and if you get lost along the way, here is the entire list of Designers.


Simon Says Stamp Blog

Laura Bassen

Debby Hughes

Bibi Cameron

Keisha Charles

Emma Williams

Vicky Papaioannou

Yoonsun Hur

Mindy Eggen

Barb Engler

Norine Borys

Sandi MacIver – You are here

Tina Smith

Adelle Emery

used for the Simon Says Magic Stars Cards:

Want to find the products I used?  I have them listed below.  Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you.

Thank you for your support, it helps to cover my blogging and video expenses.







179 thoughts on “Simon Says Stamp Magic Stars”

  1. Rachel Macleod

    These cards are amazing – the heat embossed stars seem to glow and really twinkle. You’ve definitely made magic here. Thanks for sharing your unique idea and for the chance to win.

  2. Love the Northern Lights color of your backgrounds! I’m especially inspired by Christmas slim line card!

  3. Nancy K Rodeberg

    Your color blending and choice of colors used in this trio of cards is spectacular! I love how you show these colors in a Christmas card “Wishing you Joy”…sure to pop out and brighten someone’s day during the Christmas season!

  4. Dear Sandi – I just subscribed here and will on my phone for IG. Thanks for the easy to understand video instructions AND the written ones here. I often watch / read these things while the hubs and I have TV on in the evening and to watch the videos is not always convenient, so thank you for going to the trouble of writing all the info out. I love the way Evergreen Bough looks in that first card – I would not have guessed that that color came from Evergreen Bough. It looks awesome! I love oxides – they just look so great when blended for a background. Love your use of vellum, too. All the cards – and the bonus one! – are just beautiful. I tend to like green/blue/purple palettes the best, so your work got some “oooh”s and “ahhhh”s here in PA!!
    Lori S (in PA)

    1. thank you Lori, and you are welcome. When I first started out I really wished that people had shared more info about the cards they created, so I do try and do that either with a video or a PDF tutorial

  5. Heike Carlson

    Your cards are so, so pretty. They just jumped right off the page when I scrolled down. Love the colors you used.

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