Simon Says Stamp September 2018 Card Kit | Beautiful Mermaids | Watercoloring and Glittery Stenciled Background

Hello everyone,

Today I’m sharing three cards featuring the Simon Says Stamp September 2018 Card Kit Beautiful Mermaids stamp set.

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Simon Says Stamp September 2018 Card Kit called Sea Treasure featuring Beautiful Mermaids water-colored set against a glittery background created with stencils and Nuvo Glimmer Paste.
Simon Says Stamp September 2018 Card Kit called Sea Treasure featuring Beautiful Mermaids water-colored set against a glittery background created with stencils and Bo Bunny Glitter Paste.
Simon Says Stamp September 2018 Card Kit called Sea Treasure featuring Beautiful Mermaids water-colored set against a glittery background created with stencils and Bo Bunny Glitter Paste.

My three cards feature the mermaid stamped images onto a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat set with black embossing powder.

I decided to pull out my Jane Davenport Watercolor Palettes for these images since it’s been a little while and I absolutely love to watercolor, it is my favorite medium to use!

Simon Says Stamp September 2018 Card Kit called Sea Treasure featuring Beautiful Mermaids water-colored set against a glittery background created with stencils and Bo Bunny Glitter Paste.

For the first card I colored the mermaid using a beautiful purple on the tail and thought that dark hair would complement well.

I used the following colors and palette combinations for the first mermaid: Skin – Buff from the Neutral Palette, Mystic and Royal from the Brights Palette for the tail and seashell, and for the hair I used Cocoa from the Neutral Palette.

Simon Says Stamp September 2018 Card Kit called Sea Treasure featuring Beautiful Mermaids water-colored set against a glittery background created with stencils and Bo Bunny Glitter Paste.

For the second card, I combined a teal color called 70’s eye shadow from the Brights Palette for the tail, Kiss Kiss from the Neutral Palette for the hair and finished the shell with a color called Spice from the Neutral Palette.

Simon Says Stamp September 2018 Card Kit called Sea Treasure featuring Beautiful Mermaids water-colored set against a glittery background created with stencils and Bo Bunny Glitter Paste.

I tried really hard not to color the image like the famous mermaid we all know but once I saw the two colors in the Palette Glitz-Sea called Sea Mist and Ariel there was no way it was not gonna happen. So for card three, I colored up this image just like the little mermaid.

Simon Says Stamp September 2018 Card Kit called Sea Treasure featuring Beautiful Mermaids water-colored set against a glittery background created with stencils and Nuvo Glimmer Paste.

After I finished coloring and fussy cutting the images out, I wanted to create a background worthy of the images and thought I’d create some stunning backgrounds using stencils and glitter paste.
I had a lot of fun creating these cards and I absolutely love the end result of combining the water colored images and the stencils with the glitter paste.  I think it’s simple yet stunning.

Here is a video of how I created these cards!

That’s all for me today, thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

 

 

This card is entered in the following challenges:

Poolkadoodles Digi Chooseday Craft Challenge | Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge | Cardz TV Anything Goes Challenge | Poolkadoodles Crafting Anything Goes Challenge | Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog | Paper Nest Dolls Challenge | Fairy and Unicorn Challenge

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Bristol Smooth cardstock
Bristol Smooth cardstock
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Tonic Studio's Nuvo Embossing Powder in Jet Black
Tonic Studio’s Nuvo Embossing Powder in Jet Black
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Versafine Onyx Black ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
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Jane Davenport Mixed Media Watercolor Set Brights Palette
Jane Davenport Mixed Media Watercolor Set Brights Palette
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Jane Davenport Mixed Media Watercolor Set Neutral Palette
Jane Davenport Mixed Media Watercolor Set Neutral Palette
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Jane Davenport Mixed Media Watercolor Set Glitz-Sea Palette
Jane Davenport Mixed Media Watercolor Set Glitz-Sea Palette
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Echo Park Delightful Bubbles Stencil
Echo Park Delightful Bubbles Stencil
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Hero Arts Sea & Sky Stencil
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Dina Wakley Viney Stencil
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Bo Bunny Glitter Paste in Turquoise
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Bo Bunny Glitter Paste in Rose Gold
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Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Amethyst Purple
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Hero Arts Koi Color layering~Gerda Steiner Bee Strong~Tim Holtz Flower Garden~Kat Scrappiness Design Team Call

Hey everyone,

The cards I created for this blog post are intended to showcase my card making style and writing style for an opportunity to be a part of Kat Scrappiness Design Team.

Without further ado, here are the cards.

For the first card, I used the color layering koi fish by Hero Arts. Stamping the koi fish with the most solid layer I used Hero Arts’ Soft Vanilla, followed by Soft Cantaloupe for the next layer, and finally Hero Arts’ Tangerine Hybrid ink for the final outline layer. The eyes and mouth were stamped using Charcoal Mid-tone ink.

 

Hero Arts Color Layering Koi Bundle stamped with dye ink and ink smooshing background with Distress Inks handmade card.

One of my favorite background techniques is ink smooshing and I thought that it would perfectly pair with the koi fish on this card.
Using Distress ink in Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky, I alternated the inks and smooshed the colors onto a piece of water color paper.
To put this card together, I cut the water colored panel down and adhered it to an A2 sized peach colored card base. I arranged the koi fish as though they are looking at each other and placed the sentiment in between them by heat embossing with gold embossing powder.

Hero Arts Color Layering Koi Bundle stamped with dye ink and ink smooshing background with Distress Inks handmade card.

I tend to favor more of simplistic cards rather than overly embellished cards, and the above card is a perfect example of card styles I tend to make.

Onto card number two. I’m a huge fan of creating cards using critters of all kind and this little bee is no exception. Using Gerda Steiner Designs Bee Strong stamp, I stamped my image onto a piece of Spectrum Noir paper using Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink. Using Copic markers, I colored the image with the following combination:

Gerda Steiner Bee Strong stamp colored with Copic Markers and Distress Ink plus cloud stencil ink blending handmade card.

Bee: Y17 and YR15 (Yellow), C7 and 110 (Black), BG70 and B00 (Wings), I added Wink of Stella Brush Glitter to the wings

Next, I used a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock, a cloud stencil, Salty Ocean Distress ink and an ink blending tool to create the clouds background for the little bee. To complete this panel, I cut the panel down using Gina Marie Designs’ Scalloped Stitched Nested Rectangle Die.

Gerda Steiner Bee Strong stamp colored with Copic Markers and Distress Ink plus cloud stencil ink blending handmade card.

To put this card together, I started with a yellow polka dot patterned paper cut down to 4.25” by 5.5” and adhered to an A2 sized card base. I added the cloud background panel with some fun foam and adhered the bee with foam squares for some added dimension.  I added the sentiment by stamping it on a piece of black cardstock and heat embossing it with white embossing powder. To add a pop of color to the card, I stamped some red hearts and added glossy accents for a little shine.

And my final project that I created to showcase my card making style is a clean and simple one layer birthday card.

Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp colored with watercolor Clean and Simple handmade card.

I stamped the image off center onto a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper using Versamark and heat embossed it with black embossing powder. Using Tombow markers, I added the color in the stem in areas that would create a shadow and then pulled the color out with a water brush to create the highlight.  I used the same technique for the flower, adding more contrast in areas of shadow and more water in areas of highlight.

Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp colored with watercolor Clean and Simple handmade card.

I added a simple sentiment and heat embossed it with black embossing powder and finished the card with some gold splatters all over the panel.
To complete this card, I cut the panel down using Hero Arts’ Nesting Postage Stamp die and adhered it to a lilac A2 size card base using a piece of fun foam for added dimension.

Hope you’re having a wonderful summer and as always thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

 

 

 

P.S. I edit all my projects using Pic Monkey, which allows me to crop my images, add effects, adjust exposures, sharpen colors, minor touch up and add my watermark. Click here for more information

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Maymay Made it Owlton and Owlivia ~ Graduation Cards

Hey everyone,

I’m back this week with another card project, this time inspired by the upcoming graduations.  I wanted to make a several quick and easy graduation note cards to have on hand and here is the end result.

Maymay made it Owlton and Owlivia graduation handmade cards colored with Zig clean color markers.

I started by stamping the cute little owls and graduation cap from Maymay Made it Owlton and Owlivia stamp set onto some Bristol smooth cardstock using onyx black Versafine pigment ink. My intent was to use my Zig clean color markers, which I did, but I feel as though I need more practice to get the blending done correctly.

I used the same colors to color the boy and the girl owls but added more water to some of them. Since there is a boy owl and a girl owl, I choose to create cards for both graduates and color coordinate the backgrounds as well.

Here is the list of colors I used:

Owls: 062 dark brown, 065 mid brown, 072 beige for the boy belly and 026 light pink for the girl belly.
Beak, toes, and tassel: 052 bright yellow
Graduation cap: 010 black

All of the note cards are cut down to 3.5 inch by 7 inches and scored at 3.5 inch mark.

Maymay made it Owlton and Owlivia graduation handmade cards colored with Zig clean color markers.

For this card, I used a stitched square scallop edge frame from My Favorite Things to cut a frame from some dark blue card stock. I also cut stars from the same dark blue and adhered it all to the note card base. I fussy cut one of the boy owls and adhered it with foam squares for some dimension.

Maymay made it Owlton and Owlivia graduation handmade cards colored with Zig clean color markers.

For the second card, I did a little ink smooshing using Distress Oxide ink in Broken China. I cut another frame from light blue card stock and adhered the little boy owl with his cap. Using a sentiment from Neat and Tangled Mermazing completed this card.

Maymay made it Owlton and Owlivia graduation handmade cards colored with Zig clean color markers.

For the next card, I used a pattern stencil and applied Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Peony Pink using Nuvo’s blender brush. Using the brush, allowed me to lightly brush the mouse onto the cardstock to create a soft background. I’ll be honest, this was my first time using the mousse and the brush, and I think I did a good job.

I adhered the owl to a circle background and using a simple Congratulations sentiment from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings stamp set completed the card.

Maymay made it Owlton and Owlivia graduation handmade cards colored with Zig clean color markers.

For the final note card, I used a Heidi Swapp large arrows stamp to stamp the background with Angel Pink Memento dye ink. I added some polka dot washi tape, adhered the owl on foam squares and stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings stamp set to complete this card.

I made several of these to have on hand, as there are many “graduates” that I wanted to give these out to. But for a very special graduate I made this special card using the same boy owl from Maymay made it stamp set.

Maymay made it Owlton and Owlivia graduation handmade cards colored with Zig clean color markers.

To start, I cut some white cardstock just a little smaller than the red base, which is an A2 size card. On the white cardstock I stamped the diploma from Lawn Fawns smart cookie stamp set to create the cute background. By stamping it several times in random places I achieved a look as though they are falling down. I used just a touch of red marker to color the bow.

I adhered a red scallop circle with a white circle base and added the owl with some foam squares to add dimension. Using Lawn Fawns bannertastic stamp and die, I embossed the outline of the banner and the sentiment with white embossing powder.  To complete the card, I stamped and die cut the little diploma and adhered it to the owls little wing as though he is holding up his very own diploma.

Whether your “graduate” completed pre-school, high school, college or anything in between, these are the milestones that we should celebrate and enjoy spending it with family and friends.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

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