Friday, February 15, 2013

A Fun Exclusive with Jess Larsen!

Hi Bloggers! Happy Friday! I'm really excited to share a special exclusive card made just for us and our blog readers! The beautiful card made below was made by Jess Larsen! She even made a video to take you on a step by step guide of how to recreate it yourself! How cool is that?!

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Here's some more information on the creative process from the artist herself:
This card was super simple, but tons of fun to make. I love the gradient/ombré look that is so popular right now and thought it would be fun to recreate it with an awesome background stamp from Hero Arts.  I used the Hexagon Background, but this would look great with a chevron background as well! To get a seamless look between colors, I experimented with several different inks until I found three that blended perfectly.  In this case, I wanted a teal-ish color palate, so I used Hero Arts Soft Pool Shadow Ink, Hero Arts Tide Pool Mid-Tone Shadow Ink and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough. Then I carefully inked the stamp, being sure to start with the lightest ink and work to the darkest.

I wanted the background stamp to be the focal point of this card, so I kept everything else pretty simple. I picked a birthday message from the new Hero Arts Set "It's Your Day" and stamped that on the large banner die from Simon Says Stamp. I forgot how awesome that banner die is!  It sets your sentiment apart and works perfectly with nearly any style of card.  Because I am going to be mailing this card, I used adhesive to make the banner nearly one dimensional. Then, I finished off the card with some pearls and gems!  For all the details, you can check out the quick video I shot of the process.  I highlight one of my favorite tools that is currently available in the Simon Says Stamp store!


Check out this fantastic step by step video so you can make your own version of this card:


Thanks for reading today and thanks so much to Jess for this fabulous exclusive!





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104 comments:

  1. what a great card with these fun hexagons! :)

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  2. Beautiful card and lovely design!!

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  3. Very pretty card...love the colours.

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  4. wow!! Gorgeous card! Totally love the colors!

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  5. Love the way that the background stamp is used as a center point! Greetings, Gerrina

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  6. Love the ombre effect. And a great way to maximize the BG using the banner die for the sentiment.

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  7. Great card today, simpel, nice and lovly colors.
    Christina P.

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  8. Great card! It looks so sophisticated!

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  9. Love the gradient look and those hexagons

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  10. Lovely card!! I love the colors!!

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  11. Great card and video! I am loving that folded banner!

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  12. Great card! Love the colors! :-) xx

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  13. Beautiful card, love the colors!

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  14. I love the gradient/ombré look of this card. Thanks Jess for sharing your technique, so that we can recreate this look for ourselves.

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  15. Beautiful inking! And I love that die :)

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  16. Love the effect the gradient color technique gives to the overall look on the card. Beautiful, thanks for sharing the video too!!!

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  17. I love the gradient colors on this and will try it! I don't have a hexagon stamp but have a chevron stamp and will try that! The banner is really neat and that birthday stamp set looks fabulous!!!!

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  18. Very cool card - love the colors!

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  19. What a great card. I love that Hero Arts background stamp.

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  20. Lovely card and great video! Thanks for the technique tips. ;-)

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  21. I really love that background stamp and what a fabulous card!

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  22. Okay I am just going to have to breakdown and buy the hexagon background! I keep seeing and I keep loving it more and more!

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  23. thanks for sharing - more items added to my must have list!
    Sandra ltb

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  24. A really great card here. I love the soft color and the clean and simple lay out on the card as well, really beautiful work, that´ll look great for any occation.

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  25. That's a very pretty card. I love that the gradient between inks is so slight you can't see the shift. Great tutorial video, too. :)

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  26. This is one of my favorite background stamps from the recent releases. Jess did a great job making it the focal point. Love the ombre effect and the CAS card style. The color choice is one of my favorites, too. Nicely done, Jess!

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  27. So lovely clean and simple card.

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  28. Great card! I like the color scheme.

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  29. The more I see this heaxagon stamp in action, the more I think I NEED it!

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  30. Super pretty card, love the colors. Black is always so hard to use.

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  31. AWESOME!! LOVED the card and the video!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

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  32. Love simon says vídeos I always learn something Thanks.

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  33. Love the colours Jess used, very effective technique :)

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  34. Beautiful card and love the background!
    Lynn

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  35. Love this stamp and how you made the gradient look!

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  36. Gorgeous card... Love the background stamps...

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  37. Great card! Love the colors and that hero arts background stamp! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  38. I love this card. Thanks for sharing the video.

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  39. Fabulous card! Love the colors.

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  40. Love the card! Well, I love pool so what's not to love, right? I might have to try this with chevrons. :)

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  41. This is gorgeous graphics with that fabulous background! I love the colors and especially that banner and how it was used! Thanks for the inspiration and video Jess!

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  42. Pretty card ... you make it look so easy!

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  43. I really like the Teal and the banner! I usually don't go for hexagons, but this one with the multiple repeats is a nice design.

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  44. thanks for sharing with us your talent, loved the video too.

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  45. Loved the card and seeing the video. Thanks

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  46. Loved the card and the video. Thank
    you for sharing.

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  47. Lovely card! Love that gradation technique! Thanks!

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  48. Love this clean and simple style!

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  49. Wow, lovely card! I really like the colors and stamp! Hugs, Hanneke

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  50. Great CLean and Simple card. TFS

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  51. Very pretty card,thank you for the video...

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  52. Awesome card and great video, Jess! TFS =)

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  53. WOW--love the background and the color!! It really pops!

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  54. I am going to try the ombre stamping technique this weekend. Your card is so pretty with those soft colours. Great video - perfect demonstration of how to make your card. I love CAS cards and your card is a great example of this technique.

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  55. Such a pretty card! Enjoyed the video as it was easy to follow along!

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  56. your card has an excellent clean design.
    ava g

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  57. Love the gradient effect, it looks beautiful!!!

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  58. beautiful card, i love the background stamp

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  59. Beautiful card. Thanks for the video.

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  60. Really liked your choice of colors and the placement of the pearls. Very pretty card.

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  61. This hexagon background really did an amazing work! This card is so stunning just because of it and the color of choice! Thanks for the video!

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  62. Stunning card Jess! Love everything about it!!!!

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  63. Ombré hexagons! True love for me. Thanks for the video.

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  64. I love ombre'. There is a Harvey's purse I need that is ombre!!

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  65. Such a cute card!! Loving the ombre hexagons....so trendy!!

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  66. Great ombre effect, and I too love that font on the Birthday Wishes stamp!

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  67. love the color choices. wonderful addition of the accents. thanks for sharing and chance to win.

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  68. I love this CAS style card. Thanks for sharing it with us. :D

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  69. Great card! This is a great go-to card layout, love it! :)

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  70. Great card, yummy color! Love that background stamp!
    DeniseB

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  71. Love those colors together! Lovely and quick card!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  73. Cool card! Thanks for the video!

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  74. Love it. And love that stamp.

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  75. Thanks for the video! What a simple way to ge the ombre effect. Lovely card too. TFS

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  76. Gorgeous card, Jess! Thanks for the video too :)

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  77. Such a pretty card Jess, these colors are so nice against the black.

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  78. have to try this one! God bless!

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  79. I love this. Simple yet sophisticated. Rock n roll. Thanks for sharing

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