Simon Says … Add a little texture.



Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the All Creatures Great And Small Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is


We are showcasing our very own SIMON SAYS STAMP EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTS this week. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store


When I thought of texture I was immediately drawn towards my embossing pastes and stencils.  Then I thought I’d go and dig about in my stash and came across some jars of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) that I’ve had sitting about for YEARS.  I haven’t really played with it in forever and I even found I had a jar of white UTEE that I’d never even opened!!  I took my Simon Says Stamp Large Tag dies and cut one from thick coaster board.  I used Versamark and gave it a good coat of ink and then poured on my first layer of white UTEE.  I heat embossed it and then repeated it 4 more times.  I wanted to “impress” my image into the UTEE so I took the Summer Garden stamp set and inked up one of the flowers and leaf images with Simon Says Stamp Mint dye ink.  I then heated the UTEE again so it was liquid and then carefully (but quickly) stamped the images on it in one go.  You then have to leave the stamps in place while the embossing enamel cools and then you can carefully peel them away. This technique isn’t the easiest to do as you need to be quite quick with your stamp block to get a deep impression – the UTEE starts to cool down quite quickly!  I love the finished look you get – I think I’ll be playing a bit more with my enamels in the future!  Incidentally, you can achieve the very same effect with normal embossing powder – you just need to add few more layers!

Texture SSS

For the rest of the card I created a white A2 card base from Neenah white card and cut a panel from Simon Says Stamp Mint cardstock.  I splattered the card with some Mister Huey Calico Shine to try to mute the colour down a bit.  It was still a bit vibrant for the effect I was after so I cut a piece of vellum and tore one edge to reveal the card stock underneath.  This softened the Mint colour  so it didn’t overpower the focal point of the card.  I finished with some enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye 🙂


So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
No backlinking allowed, Only 5 new creations will be eligible in the prize draw




  1. Greta H says:

    Just wanted you to know I did pull out my ultra thick embossing powder thanks to your inspiration. These are the posts if you have time to see what I made: http://ggnursecreations.blogspot.com/2015/03/retro.html
    Enjoy your w/e!

  2. Claire G (HamnMule Designs) says:

    OMG this is stunning. I love the sound of the UTEE..scares me a bit right now, later in the year perhaps… Cx

  3. This looks fabulous, Caryn!

  4. Birgit says:

    Beautiful card, Caryn! I love the tag, it looks like ceramic.

  5. Beautiful card Caryn! Such a wonderful design!! So pretty!


  6. Darnell says:

    I only have on thing to say: THUD! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Darnell

  7. Stunning card Caryn. Great to see an “old” technique brought back. I didn’t even know you could get white UTEE ! Love the colours you used, so fresh. x

  8. Tuyen says:

    This is so stunning. Any possible way you could do a video on this? 🙂

  9. Stamped by C says:

    Ooooh, I love this flower on the tag! I love flowers (can’t you tell?)! Awesome card! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  10. Linda Beeson says:

    Your tag idea is brilliant and turned out so stunning! LOVE it.

  11. Stephanie says:

    Absolutely stunning, Caryn! I love this minty color…just gorgeous!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. Stunning card Caryn, such a beautiful tag and I love the technique you used. Stunning colour too! xx

  13. It’s a beatiful card, Caryn! I love your embossed tag! It looks fantastically!!! Great job!!!

  14. Debby says:

    Oh this is beautiful

  15. Cindy H. says:

    Just so gorgeous! Looks like icing on a cake – yummm!

  16. Mandy says:

    Beautiful card Caryn! I love your card it’s so soft and pretty, and the colours and techniques look gorgeous
    Mandy xx

  17. Klara says:

    This is such a good idea… Nice colors… Love your card.

  18. A gorgeous card Caryn, lovely colours and I use the technique you’ve used with the stunning tag!!!

    Heather xx

  19. Greta H says:

    My jaw dropped when I saw this on the SSS Wed Blog & had to come take a closer look. I’m so glad I did as I have LOTS of UTEE that hasn’t been used in years–I just keep looking at it & then grab something else. You’ve inspired me–I’ll be entering something with it thanks to you!

  20. ️️Chriss Blagrave says:

    OhMyGoodness, this is gorgeous! I am definitely going to try this. The colours that you designed with are soft and dreamy and the Summer garden flower impression is beautiful! It is one of my favourite sets that I own and I will try to CASE this lovely piece of art!

    • Caryn Davies says:

      Thank you so much Chriss – you’re very sweet. I’ll need to see your creations once you’ve had a chance to play!

  21. LauraJane:) says:

    OHHH gonna get my UTEE out again after seeing this AMAZING card:))

  22. Barbara Campbell says:

    I absolutely love this amazing card. I am going to get me some Utee! Love the soft summer colors.

  23. What a beautiful design, Caryn! Thanks for explaining the process – I’ve never tried that technique before but the results are wonderful!

  24. Marianne says:

    Saw your card on the SSS blog just now and just had to come over to see how you made it. Such a cool effect, and I also love the design and soft colours of your card.

  25. Lorraine A says:

    Fabulous card Caryn :-)I love the tag, so pretty the mint colour and whole design of this is gorgeous 🙂

    Lols x x x

  26. love how you embossed the flower and leaf on the tag – will have to give this a try!!

  27. Sue McRae says:

    I love how this turned out! The white UTEE with the soft mint impressions is so pretty!

  28. popscards says:

    Hi sweetie this is so soft and pretty and simply stunning, love the soft colours so dreamy, hugs Pops x

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