Tone-on-tone background (A STAMPtember card project)

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Welcome to STAMPtember®, friends! What is STAMPtember, you may be asking yourself? Well, I was in the same boat this time last year as a new cardmaker and it boils down to this: one month of total awesomeness brought to you by Simon Says Stamp! During the month of STAMPtember, you’ll see not only new products, such as the ones I’ll be using today (designed by yours truly!) but also exclusive collaborations that will only be available until they are gone! And there are some good ones coming!

All of the new CZ Design products, however, will be permanent adds to the Simon Says Stamp store, so even if they sell out, they will be back in stock! I’ll be sharing a few cards over the next few days that are also going to be permanently added to the store! I don’t even know what the collaborations are yet, so I’m super stoked to see what is coming out this month, too!

My cards today feature two things: my brand new Great Things stamp set and coordinating dies, a brand new CZ Design Good Luck Word and Shadow die set, and a cool background stamp from Simon Says Stamp.

The Good Luck word and shadow die are a standalone set designed to die cut a word and matching shadow.

While I created two cards (one for each of of my children who are starting MAJOR transitions today!), I’ll be showing you how I made the Good Luck card in today’s video.

On a personal note, if you are reading this on September 1, Dan and I are in the process of moving Cole into his dorm today and when we return home, we will be stepping foot into a nest that will have just two full-time residents for the first time since March of 1996.

This is big, friends. Big changes for all of us.

I really am sending the biggest good luck vibes to Aidan (who is starting law school this week!) and Cole, who will be going through his Freshman orientation all next week.

Time flies and great things are at hand.


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10 Comments on “Tone-on-tone background (A STAMPtember card project)”

  1. #1
    Teresa Doyle

    Great cards Cathy. I have already seen the new release (from Amy R’s blog) and your designs are fantastic as are all the rest. EXCITED to see the month unfold!

  2. #2

    excellent work, as always.

    I have been purchasing stuff. cos if you buy all the pro gear, it’ll make you into a pro. (or a craftcrap hoarder, one or the other).

    So I got a teflon bone folder! total bargain from Vintage Paper Co in Stromness, Orkney. And already, just from a quick fold of the black postcard they included as a label, it works. I mean you all say it’s a must. but it turns out it is a must and it actually work like you all say. which is good. and bad. cos that must mean all the other stuff is also a must…

    This means I will be able to even out the goosebumps on the die cuts. Cos they do annoy me. I think it might be easier to do if I rub over the die cut when it’s still in the background paper? sort of holding it in place so it won’t distort as you rub?

    and I am awaiting delivery of your paper trimmer. I hired a cat burglar to steal it for me… No, that orange one is out of print, discontinued, kaput, cos how rebranded in the black. I snagged an old one from Amazon. I’m sure the black one is just as good, but you have the orange one, and I like orange anyway.

    I am not buying a heat tool. or embossing ink. or powder. or a misti. I’m not. and you can’t make me. Even if it does look cool.

    1. #3.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Hey Denise, yes. They actually are. The word die is the same size as the stamp. I just created it as a word die and shadow, for people who prefer to just have die cut words!

  3. #4
    Michelle Tercha

    Oh, wow, my best wishes to your kids during this time of transition. My boys start their 2nd year at Pitt. I was so nervous last year. It’s easier this year, I miss them but I’m not crazy worried, just regular worried. Anyway, safe travels. I really love both of these stamp sets and are definitely on my Christmas list. Thank for sharing your cool card! Michelle t

  4. #5

    I love how you did the background. I caved and ordered already! ok so I guess I need to keep my job for a few more years so I can feed my addiction! ha ha Love these cards! Good luck to your two children and their adventures this year! I can tell you the empty nest syndrome gets better – the key is to keeping busy. Oh and I’ve adopted my daughter’s friends who have moved here to work since she lives in Montana now. ha ha

  5. #6
    Leanne in Cali

    Great things indeed! Good luck to both of your children and to you and Dan!! Can’t wait to see more of your creations. Love Stamptember!

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