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Simon Says Stamp (SSS) has the largest selection of craft and art supplies in the World!
It sells a large range of supplies from smaller stamp companies and designers as well as it's own range of stamps, dies and stencils. They also have a monthly card kit which can be bought on subscription or as a one off.
SSS operates totally online and it's international shipping costs are on a par with other overseas suppliers and are fixed for the amount you spend.
SSS has recently added VAT for UK buyers but this is a requirement of the British Government.
I've never had any extra postal costs so what you see in the checkout is what you pay (not sure if this is just the UK). This is a relief as sometimes ordering from an overseas supplier there's a nasty sting with extra shipping costs.
There have been complaints about their slow shipping in the past especially from overseas customers. So, it's weighing up whether it's worth the wait for products you can't buy in your own country. Speed of postage is always an issue when ordering out of you home area.
I'm a fan of their own brand background stamps and stencils as they are so versatile and can be used with a range of mediums. The background stamps are 6 x 6" and are made of red rubber - so designed to last!
Let's look at some examples......
This lovely background stamp can be used for a variety of techniques.
For this card I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx black ink and coloured with Polychromos coloured pencils.
For the sentiment I used "Happy Birthday" from CZ design. The Shadow is die cut from vellum and the word is in black card.
Another example of the same stamp set - this time coloured with alcohol markers (Copics).
The Floral Mix Background stamp is a beautiful stamp that I've coloured many times. Just using a different colouring medium and turning the stamp image around 90 degrees each time gives a completely different picture.
This time I used Zig Clean Color markers on Bristol Smooth paper to create a delicate effect with the different flowers.
One of my favourite stamps!
I've used the Outline Butterflies background stamp on numerous occasions.
Like all the background stamps it can be used in multiple ways.....coloured with pencils, alcohol markers or water coloured. Alternatively, simply heat emboss and use the ink smooshing technique or distress sprays for a more subtle background.
Here I've combined heat embossing in white and coloured with Zig Clean Colour markers.
This simple Christmas/Happy Holiday card was created using the ink smooshing technique with peacock feathers distress oxide ink.
The image was stamped with Versamark embossing ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.
The "Joy and Love sentiment is from the Christmas Friends Pets stamp set and the die cut is from "Holiday Frames".
The Tumbling Leaves stencil can be used for a variety of occasions throughout the year. It makes a super background for your cards.
The first example was coloured with two Zig water color markers blended together with a water brush.
The second example uses Aquamarine Nuvo Embellishment Mousse from Tonic Studios.
The mousse creates a wonderful shimmery texture on the card. It's easy to apply with a palette knife and drys without cracking.
The card was completed with a simple "Thanks" die cut from Simon.
For more ideas on using this stencil....Check out Stencilling Techniques.