Simon Says Stamp Die-Cember Rounded Alphabet Small
The Die-cember release at Simon is now live, and I was privileged to receive Rounded Alphabet Small to use for my projects! I love small alphabets, and the first thing I always think when I see one is the ability to personalize i.e., adding names to things. At this time of year, I think of place cards for dinners, since the holidays are when people break out such things. Of course, my little family doesn’t use them because we are lucky if we are sitting at the same table at dinner. My husband likes to eat in front of the television, if Emily is home she retreats to her room and eats at her desk, Laurel and I are usually eating at the table, and Will just rarely eats anything I make (though he did eat turkey this year!! And he liked it! Hey Mikey!)
So I decided to not use my family’s names but just to pick some names since I was going to send these off to Simon anyway. Which names to pick? I have a lot of friends who all love the show Breaking Bad as much as I do. Why not use names from Breaking Bad? It seemed just the sort of crazy shenanigans that I like to get up to. Lookie:
STINKIN’ CUTE! One thing I like about Breaking Bad is the deep character development. When I decided to do this, I thought about Breaking Bad and realized that they never showed Christmas happening on the show. It was not mentioned, alluded to, nothing. So many characters die by the end of the show, kind of like Lost, another one of my favorite binge-worthy shows. In Lost, the characters create a place in the afterlife where they can be together, so I imagined that happening with Breaking Bad too. They would all have Christmas dinner together and each would have a place card. There are so many characters, and I didn’t have time to do them all! So I chose to do Walt’s family including his wife, Skyler; his son, Flynn (Walt Jr.); his daughter, Holly; his brother-in-law, Hank; his sister-in-law, Marie; and then I tacked on Jessie Pinkman. Because I love Jessie with the force of a thousand suns and could NOT leave him out. He must come to dinner too! “These are great green beans, Mrs. White.” BAHAHAHAHAH!!!
I used lots of other dies including the Critter Sweaters stamps and matching dies, the Rina Snowflake, Sentiment Labels, and Stitched Rectangles. I also grabbed Carta Bella’s Santa’s Workshop 6 x 6 pad. I’m on a mission to actually use the many patterned paper pads I bought for Christmas projects instead of hoarding them in the event of a zombie apocalypse. I chose the papers based on each character’s personality, which I will detail below.
I chose the blue snowflake paper for Walt because he is known for making blue crystal meth. I used the Critter Sweaters stamps and tried something different with them to work faster. I put half the stamps at the bottom of my MISTI, leaving spaces between each one. Then I positioned the other stamps at the top of my MISTI so that they would fit in the spaces between the first bunch. That way I could stamp in Lipstick Red, rotate my MISTI, move the paper, then stamp in Audrey Blue in the spaces between. This still left some bigger gaps than I would like, so I grabbed a Tombow marker and drew some green lines to help fill that in and bring that green color in that is present in some of the papers but not others. I also used a Sakura Black Glaze pen to add some dimension to his nose, eyes, and I drew on the glasses too.
When we first meet Skyler, she is Ebaying some really hideous knickknacks that she found in garage sales. Walt’s salary just never seems to stretch, so Skyler is doing whatever she can to bring in some cash. So I chose this paper because I could imagine Skyler Ebaying all these holiday items. I added some Wink of Stella Clear to all the letters, the snowflake, and the cheek spots on the female characters.
I can imagine Flynn (Walter Jr.) being really pissed because there is this rabbit on his card instead of a bear. Flynn wants to be an adult, even though his parents have a hard time seeing him that way. He wants to drive a cool car, so I imagined him wanting to drive Santa’s sleigh, which is the coolest ride ever! I also added some Sakura Stardust pen to the men’s bow ties and some of the lines on the sweaters for a little sparkle.
Holly is just a baby, so she’s perfectly happy with a rabbit. And naturally, she would have the holly paper on her place card.
Hank is a man’s man. He brews beer and collects rocks (they’re MINERALS Marie!) so I imagined that a plaid paper would be most suitable for Hank. I added the Doodlebug Sprinkles down in the right corner of each place card to create a visual triangle.
Marie loves purple, so I made sure to add some purple lines to her sweater. She’s also attracted to and often steals shiny objects like these ornaments, so I decided this paper would suit her very well.
And then there is Jessie. Jessie would not be caught DEAD in a bow tie, and getting him in this sweater would have been hard too, but he did it for me because he had no choice. I chose the red snowflake paper because Jessie cooks meth with chili powder in it which he calls “Chili P.” I used the Sakura Quickie Glue pen to glue all the letters down on the name banners that I cut out with the Simon Sentiment Label dies.
I love these place cards! If I ever decide to make place cards for a Christmas dinner, these are the ones I will make, and Rounded Alphabet Small is the die set I will turn to to create those names. I have left all the letters connected rather than cutting them apart. I figure I can just cut the whole alphabet at a time anyway, and this way they don’t get lost. What’s interesting is that when they are all connected you can cut 2 full sets of letters out of a quarter sheet of card stock.
Below is my list of products that I used, and I have used compensated affiliate links from Simon Says Stamp.