STAMPtember 2023 Blog Party! Distress Mica Stains

Hello crafty friends! Welcome to the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Blog Party!!!! We have so much inspiration to share with you today! To check everything out, be sure to visit the Simons Say Stamp Blog


You can watch the video tutorial down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.

I am using the new set of Distress Mica Stains from Ranger/Tim Holtz to add some serious sparkle and shimmer to my die cuts.

I started with two pieces of Watercolor Paper each measuring 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. On one, I sprayed Yuletide and Sugary Gumdrop. Then I sprayed water over it and let the colors collide and mix. On the second panel, I sprayed Frosty Mint, Tree Lot and Juniper Berry. Again, I sprayed with water and let the colors mix.

After the panels are dry, I die cut out the Holly Sprigs from each. So my branch has a beautiful mix of greens and blues and the berries have a mix of light and dark colors. Super shimmery too!

For the background, I die cut the Rhythm Link Pinpoint Plate from White cardstock and trimmed down each edge by 1/4″ so that the final piece measures 3 3/4″ x 5″. I backed it with another piece of cardstock measuring the same size for add dimension. Next I added this panel to an A2 size card front using Schoolhouse Red cardstock.

For the sentiment, I’m using the new Holiday Typewriter Trio die set. I die cut the word Merry from Matte Gold cardstock and layered it three more time with White cardstock.

I finished off the card by adding a clear lacquer over the top of the berries.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card project and it has given you some more ideas on using the Mica Spray Stains.

Now check out this amazing SPECIAL I have for you!

This is a fantastic die and a great staple to have in your collection.

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  1. So pretty! I love the colors you got with the Mica stains – those holly leaves are perfect!

  2. Wow it is amazing how much depth the mica stains make, Beautiful card

  3. GAH-reat card! Inspired!

  4. I love this card. And the red base just peeking out at the sides makes the whole thing pop. Beautiful.

  5. Love the mica spray. Adds.a.nive pop.

  6. Beautiful card. I love the simplicity of it.. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Killing me with all this inspiration – you ROCK Mindy. Its as simple as that.

  8. Wonderful inspiration. May have to order that holly & berries.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  9. Holly’s are one of my favorites for Christmas greetings. Beautiful card Mindy.

  10. Great video to explain your easy technique! Thanks.

  11. Thanks for the video! I often buy products and don’t know where to start to use them. I am definitely going to play with my mica sprays now.

  12. I love Micah! Your card has a simplistic pop that is so elegant

  13. Wow, Mindy!!! That Holly Sprig has to be a favorite die – it is gorgeous the way you used it on your card. I’ll watch the video on YouTube so I can give you a GIANT THUMBS UP!!!

  14. Gorgeous card! You sold me on the mica sprays (it wasn’t a hard sell).

  15. Holly is one of my favorite things about Christmas, the red is gorgeous

  16. What a beautiful card. Love the colors.

  17. I love this clean and simple yet elegant design. Thanks for the video showing us how you got the beautiful variations in color on your diecuts.

  18. Beautiful! I love the pierced background!

  19. I am going to have to use Mica stains. Your card is beautiful!

  20. A merry card for sure.

  21. LOVE this CAS card : the colors, the shine, the simplicity — it’s really just perfect IMHO.

  22. Love this… it’s got a few things going on but it doesn’t overwhelm. Love the red/white/green, the pinpoint coverplate and the classic holly motif.
    Lori S in PA

  23. Absolutely wonderful as always!

  24. Thank you for showing how you make this card. I now need to add this die to my list. While I am waiting- I will spray some backgrounds- I like the water idea.

  25. Your card is beautiful! The color turned out so pretty!

  26. Elegant card! I love the red border on the sides.

  27. Beautiful card. Thank you.

  28. Simply beautiful

  29. Love the details! Such a simple, beautiful card.

  30. This is soooo Beautiful!!!!!

  31. Very pretty live the mica sprays

  32. great cards Mindy!! love your designs

  33. It is safe for me to say I love everything about your card !!! It is bright & festive and would convey MERRY CHRISTMAS wishes or Season’s Greetings to any recipient.

  34. Very pretty design; love this!

  35. Love your clean and delicate card! So crisp and beautiful!!

  36. I love the simplicity of your card and the colors are so striking,

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