It’s Day 1 of a blog hop for the brand new Sending Happiness release from Simon Says Stamp. Today, I’m sharing a few cards featuring my brand new Happy Days stamps and coordinating dies and sharing an easy tip for keeping your painting contained inside the lines.
Using clear embossing powder on a stamped image creates a nice little ledge to contain your color.
I am not the world’s most accomplished crafter with a brush in hand, so this technique helps me to say inside the lines.
Here is a video showing you how I created the cards:
Thanks so much for watching and stopping by. Now, onto more hop fun!
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Cathy Zielske—you are here!
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Patricia Wilson says
Great tips and glad you went over the dry embossing again as tried to do it the other day and couldn’t get it to work. Duh, me!
Lauryne Cunningham says
Awesome cards and color choices! I love the CAS look along with the subtle dry embossed backgrounds!
Great cards! I always love brighter colors!
Beth Goldstein says
Another great card. I love the embossed look and keep forgetting to do that. I love the stamp/die set you used. Great for so many occasions.
Miesje Flach says
Wonderful tip – and great cards. Can’t wait to get my goodies, I already ordered so waiting for ship notice!
Susan Richter says
This is awesome! I definitely need to get me one of those waffle flower media mats! I’m adding it to my wish list now!
Wanda S Radler says
Great cards – I love the new stamps and dies that you created!
Thanks for the tip. Will definitely use this for these great stamps!
Laura Budke says
I’m always amazed at the creative minds behind these products. Cathy, you do not disappoint us!
Sabrina Radican says
Lovely cards , thanks for the tips.
Christine Miller says
As always, it’s fun to join you when you craft. Your cards are such fun, and that’s the ONLY way I watercolor. Kind of like bowling with those little rails. Take care, Cathy!
Carol Wehner says
No one rocks a rainbow palette like you, Cathy! Great cards and I love your new set of designs! Thanks for sharing your wonderful and funny video, too.
Kimberly Cole says
So beautiful, i love your designs and ur videos!
Sherri Little says
Love the embossed texture behind the simple card designs.
Penny Klie says
Great cheerful cards… I love your designs!
Barbara Martin says
Cathy, your videos are awesome. I’ve learned so much! Your designs are out of this world, and I can’t wait to order from this release!
Linda M. says
Love your CAS designs! Putting this stamp set on my wishlist!
Jody V says
Great cards. Love your videos. Thanks for sharing.
Jeanne Beam says
Such a great release! Love your designs.
Thanks for sharing…
Toni Kwaiser says
You knocked it out of the park with this release! I love these chunky words!
CAS perfection! I Love how the rainbow lettering just POPS from the cards!
Very cool. I love your chunky letters. Hope I get one before they are all sold out.
Brandy J says
Love the trick for painting in the lines and I think I’ll be dry embossing some stencils this weekend 🙂
Pam Boedeker says
I love all the color with the black background. Classy!
Judy Grinnell says
Thank you Cathy! I love your colorful and clean designs. So fun to work with.
Tami B says
I LOVE your designs! Heat embossing was what drew me into stamping (30 yrs. ago!-holy cow, I would have been better not figuring that fact out.)
Lara Read says
Simply amazing!! Thank you for sharing your creative mind!
Chia Yuan Hou says
Beautiful cards! Love the techniques you used.
Carol Dubois says
Always love your techniques and products. Thank you.
Allene Frederick says
Love learning from Cathy! I can’t wait to get me HAPPY die so I can try this out!
Monica Linerode says
Thanks for sharing the beautiful cards.
Titus Debbie says
Love this tip for watercolor! Thanks.
What great products. I love the clean look of the word ‘happy’.
Heat embossing before coloring/painting is my go to technique! I do love your clean and simple cards as well as your new stamps and dies for the release! I need to get my hands one these soon!!
Rose Johnson says
Thank you for all your tip videos and appreciate your designs as well!
Jana Yeager says
Love what you did with the chunky letters. I love these! Thanks.
Candice Cleveland says
Embossing with stencils – that blew my mind! I can’t wait to try it! Your cards are beautiful!
Lisa Byers says
I love that embossing tip and found it to be an important one. It’s so much easier. Great card!!
Paula Haller says
Great tip! Love the clean, colorful cards with the embossed panels.
Joy Meadows says
Love this video and your cards are beautifully done, Cathy! So simple, but so striking.
Cheryl H says
Love this stamp set and your cards…simple, yet beautiful!
Karen Erickson says
Love the colors and great tips
Ana Korban says
Your videos always make me laugh. Pretty CAS card!!
Maureen Reiss says
Fantastic cards Cathy!!!! I love all the new CZ Design products you created, keep them coming!!!
Tracy Timm says
Beautiful! Love the watercolor look of the letters 🙂
Beautiful cards thank you for sharing them.
Barbara Chmura says
Great job with the watercoloring!! I love the graphic lettering and rainbow colors-so bright-so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your beautiful designs with all of us!
Cathy, several great techniques and tips in this video, and great “simple” cards for summer card making ! Thank you so much! Excellent release!
sharon gullikson says
I like how you paired it with green. That is a gorgeous green.
Kathy b says
Love the bright colors
Bethany Stover says
I love all the new CZ design products! Thank you for sharing!
Cyndi Morris says
I so love these clean, beautiful cards. This is such a fantastic release and your Happy Days stamps and dies are definitely at the top of my wish list.
Merrill P says
What a great idea to stay in the lines; I really should get a heat embosser
Phyllis Freese says
I love this new stamp & die set you created, especially the chunky lettering which is perfect for painting or paper piecing. There are so many possibilities with these products.
Mirella Rogan says
These are so fun, I love these new dies – they’re really versatile!
Lori Lehnen says
Elegant cards, the Black and White really makes the Love you card pop!
Nancy Roth says
Love your designs and your cards. Simplicity but bold.
Tiesha McKinney says
Great cards! I didn’t think about coloring this way! Can’t wait to try this technique. Great cards! Nice, simple, clean, and bright! Love it!
Sue Rosa says
Great cards! Love the bright colors.
Sunshine HoneyBee says
Luv how the chunky dies r used and how wonderful they look.
Bonnie E says
Great fun, and bright cards!
c clabaugh says
Very pretty and easy to make. (I love that.)
Lovin’ all the beautiful colors!
Really love the colors you used for the lettering!
Nandini Karmarkar says
I absolutely love the new sentiments. They are so clean and beautiful.
Lindar C says
I started using a lint roller about 2 years ago, it’s great for cleaning up glitter or embossing powder on my work surface (and my cat appreciates me not using the vacuum) Very nice release.
Karen Walker says
Two absolutely perfect CAS cards; love them!
Janet Durbin says
I love the bright, happy look of your cards!
Katherine DeLozier says
Loved your video and ideas.
Juanita Richardson says
Great use of stencils. I appreciate any ideas that stretch the use of my existing tools.
Your cards are so vibrant and cheery! Thanks for the coloring tips!
Barbara Walborn says
Simple and colorful. Love your cards!
BECCA YAHRLING says
Such fun cards! Love how you colored the sentiments.
Lynn Conlon says
Love these cards. I always like using pattern paper on my cards. This is a rather
simple way to get a really bright and happy card. Thanks for sharing.
Very nice card. Great stamp set and great tips for ink edge in your video.
Zlatka K says
I love the clean design of these cards! They are just perfect!
Mary Kay Ross says
Love your new designs!!! I’ve already placed my order!!!
Debby Green says
Great cards! Always love your clean and simple designs.
Cindy Holmes says
Crazy cute cards! I love how you embossed the black lined part of the letters in a clear gloss. Gorgeous!
Casey Thrush says
Love the simplicity!!! Love the embossing with stencils trick too!!
Holly Lau says
Beautiful cards!!! Love your stamp and the designs! Sold out tho, have to wait until next round. 🙁
Christy Malone says
These are great. I love the dry embossing.
Judy Inukai says
Wonderful cards. They are so bright and cheerful. Thanks for the great video and inspiration. Can’t wait until I get my orders.
Karen Hale says
Cheerful cards, lots of bright colors. Thanks for the great embossing tips and sharing your inspiration.
Margarita Navarro-Rivera says
Beautiful card, Cathy! I love that stamp set!
Love your card!! You are one of my favorite designers. I love your clean and simple style. Your stamps and dies are always so cute!!
Nicole Bell says
Love this stamp set and these clean and simple cards are gorgeous 🌼
Always love your designs. I like a clean and simple card.
Joy Brimingham says
Great cards Cathy! I love your cas card designs and your videos always make me feel like “I can do that!” Thanks for sharing great card designs and tips!
Cheryl Stauffer says
Can’t wait to get my order and play with your new, wonderful creations. As always, Cathy, I enjoy your tips and creativity! Thanks.
Thanks for the tip. I’ll have to try that. Love your cards.
Retta Lutte says
Love how you jazzed up the simple sentiments with dry embossing. Thank you for sharing!
Lisa Achilles says
I love the new set you created. It is in my cart. Can’t wait to make some happy cards.
Mel H says
I love this tip. As I get older and my hand is not as steady as it used to be, this is a great help!
Very nice cards! I love the rainbow colors. Thank you.
Michelle Hackett says
Cathy I always love to see what you’ve designed for the new releases, and this one makes me very HAPPY!!
Renee Drew says
Your cards are so amazing, Cathy! I love those bold letters, and your bright paintings!
Cindy Aguirre says
Cute cards! Thanks for the inspiration!
Kim Clark says
Oh, I like this! Thanks for the inspiration.
Enjoyable video with inspiring techniques
Kristine Boydstun says
Clean and simple! Love these cards!
Enjoyable video with inspiring techniques. Thank you
Nice, colorful CAS cards! Liked the use of stencils for dry embossing.
I love the cards you made. Thanks for sharing the great tip to keep the color in the lines.
Amy Cooley says
Love these card! Clean, simple and colorful…all my favorites!
Lyn Finley says
Jeanne Jenner says
Love your card ideas and stamp designs.
Jean Bronk says
Cathy, great suggestion for keeping the mucky muck off the embossing mat. I hadn’t thought of a link roller! Will have to try that with my cutting plate that has fine residue from cutting black card stock.
I love cheery, colorful cards like yours. I have never embossed with a stencil so I will be giving that a try.
Love your card!
As always, love your clean and simple (but elegant) cards.
Leanne in Cali says
These cards are so great! Thanks for sharing your awesome video!!
Diane Hillstrom says
Love your tips and techniques!
Toni K. says
I love your Chunky dies from this release.
Keri C says
You’re my favorite video maker! I love how you share design theory in plain language. Please keep sharing! So excited to play with these new products.
Sweet beautiful cards, love how colorful and happy they are!
Love that embossing trick, I just got a water pen and can’t wait to use it!
Andre M. says
CAS perfection on these bright happy cards.
Marisela Delgado says
Kim smart says
Love the simple and colorful designs of your cards. Thanks for the tips too!
Jenny B says
Those cards are so fun!!!!! Very nice and bright.
Lisa w says
Love love love your designs. You never disappoint.
I am not the best at colouring so I really appreciate your tips! I love how clean your cards are!
Cheriese H says
great cards! so bold and so fun!
Julie Wexler says
Cathy- love your cards, and especially your designs (stamp set, stencils, etc) for this release. The clean crisp lines with the periodic whimsical tilt of a letter are just perfect for sending a bit of happiness.
Valerie Hayden says
Cute cards and good for the guys as well as the girls, always a plus!
Dorothy A says
Great cards. I really like the boldness and simplicity (though still takes much skill) of them.
I always enjoy watching you play with your own products. There’s something so fun about seeing you work with things that are so specifically within your style. Actually, that’s something else I enjoy about you: you have such a clear style, and your cards always reflect that. I’m still kind of wandering through figuring out what my style is, and I worry about getting boring; it’s very encouraging seeing how you find all your variation within your look. I learn so much from you, and I really appreciate your videos and work!
Denise Bryant says
Pretty colors on your cards! Love these awesome sentiment stamps and dies!
KELLY Hunsaker says
I love this new release. Your stamps and dies are so versatile!
These are so fun – love the rainbow look
Shawn Wenrich says
Enjoyed the video as always and your products in this release are amazing!
Sally Sherfield says
Fabulous cards, love the bright rainbow coloured letters!
Helen F says
Super bright, happy cards, Cathy! I love these wonderful stamp and die words!!! Thanks so much for sharing and for the great video!
Daniela Polidoro says
I love your style and your colors.
Kathryn T says
Cute cards thanks for the tips you share
Debbie P says
Great cards.love the new release.
Edith D says
Cathy! I just love your style! Fun, colorful and beautiful! I am hooked! And am so excited to have subscribed to your YouTube channel! Thank you for all the great tips!
Tina Anderson says
Love the new Happy Days stamp and die combo!
Laura Budke says
Love the neon green card…so happy to have this new release!
Tamala Priebe says
Sweet and simple, love it!! This is another wonderful release.
Susie Sonnier says
What a fun release….so many ideas
Great clean & simple cards. I need to use this technique
Kathy J in Ellicott City says
What a fabulous card!
Yvette Novak says
Your cards are beautiful, with incredible colored detail!
Nice tip for easy coloring.
Debbie Scassera says
Great stamp set! I love the cards and this release.
Lindsey F-NY says
What! I can paint within the lines! Wow. So many tips you have given in this video. I didn’t know about half of the products you used. Love blog hops because I learn so much. Your stamp set is great. I am definitely doing this watercolor card.
Megan Niergarth says
My embossing mat is covered with loads of mucky muck! Thanks for the tip!
Mary Holshouser says
Clean and simple cards – the
best kind. thanks for sharing
Kathleen Dippner says
Beautiful sentiment set and cards!
Nana Griffin says
Lovely cards and a great tip about using the embossing.
Stacey Kowbel says
Fantastic cards! I love the happy and thank you sentiments! Wonderful CAS designs with them.
Kathy Thisted says
thanks for the fun cards and great tips!
Kelly B says
Love, Love, Love these cards!
KARALEI EVANS says
Love the bright colors! Nice sleek design!
Patty A Eifert says
Love them!! I’m loving the dies and stamps you created & definitely to snatch some before they’re all gone!
Love these stamps and dies! great tips, too.
Simple yet beautiful cards.
Dee Earnshaw says
love your card samples – thanks for the ideas
Love the bright summery colors
Anneleise Hampson says
Wow such talent! Lovely!
Danyelle Dillon says
I love your cards! They are simple but great! Love the bright colors! I love that you showed us some simple card examples because some times I want a card but don’t want to spend all day but I want it to still look like a million bucks. So these card examples really fit that for me. Thank so much for sharing!
Sheri Kempke says
Awesome cards using awesome stamps and dies you designed! Congrats and thanks for the inspiration.
Teri S. says
Love the look of your CAS cards with the watercoloured letters within the black embossed borders. I also really like your Happy stamp set you designed & the HAPPY die is on my list now.
Debbie McKelvey says
I love these dies especially the Happy die as it can be used for so many occasions. I also love the bright colors you used to make them pop by embossing and coloring them in.
Jacqueline Hoggan says
Love the happy days stamp set – lovely cards
June Swart says
Wonderful cards! Love this new release.
Amy Davis says
That’s a great tip. I’m still learning watercolor so that will definitely help. Love the cards.
Peg Frushour says
This release is wonderful! Thank you for the tips on embossing and painting inside the lines!
Jessica Monte says
Your xards are so cheery and happy. Love them
Denise M Freeman says
Simply Plain and Simple Pretty!! Thanks, Denise
Cherry Robinson says
Love your cards Cathy! They make me feel so happy. This is an excellent technique to have in my toolbox of techniques! Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial! 💗💗💗
Tammy Hanson says
Love the beautifully simple greetings.
Miriam Prantner says
I really love these sentiments with the open spaces and your CAS cards!
Annette Gordon says
Cathy your cards are amazing, and you designed such amazing products! SSS is lucky to have you. It is why so many of us keep buying SSS releases!
Dawn Tooley says
Thanks Cathy for sharing your hints this cute card! I love this simple but beautiful card!
Jean Marmo says
Stunning card! This hop is filled with inspiration!
Carol E. Wortman says
This is the best kind of ca4d…. beautiful, easy, colorful, a statement, and cheerful! Really love this. The embossing is such an easy yet fabulous technique! Great release!
Laurie King says
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your designs!! I LOVE ‘em!
Mrs Velichka Zheleva says
Great cards, thank you for the tutorial 🙂
Jenny N says
Enjoyed your video process, a fantastic card!
Jennifer Rasnick says
Fantastic cards! Love the clean and simple design and colors!
You are correct, die cut first. I also have made oops mistakes and ruined a project.
I appreciate the bold bright colors against the subtle white backgrounds.
Liz Eagles says
Thanks for the great ideas! Love these products and your designs!
Jill A Figley says
What cute little cards. I love how much color they have in them. Thank you so much for sharing with us.
Giselaine Ellison says
Love your cards and video Cathy. Great release!
Melanie Barrett says
I just love the Happy Days stamp and die sets! I love what you did with them as well!
Subhashini S says
Yes, heat embossing does the trick well!
Mary-Anne V says
Fabulous cards…I really like you set because you can totally customize the colours on the sentiment.
Vicki K says
What a fun and colorful way to get your message out. Love the bold lettering and embossing tip.
Larissa Heskett says
LOVE these!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing!!
Great tips and great cards! Thanks for the video.
Heather Jacobs says
Great tip to make it so easy to color!! Love the cards!
Lora L Bowman says
Love how the sentiment is set apart on the white cards, background cardstock pull it all together and makes it stand out even more😃
Anne McColley says
Love your new chunky dies and what you created for this release! And as always – love, love, love your videos. 🙂
Manda M says
This set is my favourite in the release. Thanks for the video, I would never have thought of the embossing to keep the colours in place.
Sara Richardson says
Love your cards!
Love this stamp set! Thanks for designing it – can’t wait to get it and create with it.
Connie Johnson says
Hi Cathy 🙂 I love these bright, vivid, dynamic cards!!! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂
tina z says
I love your CAS.
Kim Stewart says
How fun are these!