I opened the June Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp and there in front of me was the most stunning Beautiful Flowers stamp set. To be honest, I didn’t give the rest of the kit much of a look over before I had the lovely large bouquet stamp from the set and was busy creating this card. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.
Once I’d satisfied my urge to jump straight in and watercolour the bouquet from the Beautiful Flowers set, I took a closer look at the rest of the kit. So let’s have a quick look at what is included in the kit this month and don’t forget that many of the items are available individually.
- Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers stamp set
- Tim Holtz Sizzix Botanical 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder
- Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray
- 12 single sided sheets of Modascrap Fly And Scrap 6×6 paper pack
- Simon Says Stamp exclusive watercolour sample palette featuring Daniel Smith watercolour paints in Quinacridone Red, Prussian Blue And Aureolin Cobalt Yellow
- 1 Simon Says Stamp Metallic Cornflower Blue Envelope
- 1 Simon Says Stamp Metallic White Envelope
- 1 custom Simon Says Stamp watercolour card designed by Suzy Plantamura
- 1 Tonic Gold Pearl Mirror Satin Effect card
- 1 Simon Says Stamp Cornflower Blue card
- 1 Simon Says Stamp White 120lb card
- 1 Simon Says Stamp Smoke card
- 1 Simon Says Stamp Peacock card
Once I had pulled out all the items from the kit, my mind was spinning with possibilities! I’ve been meaning to pick up a bottle of Distress Resist Spray after seeing Jennifer McGuire showcasing it the other day. So I’m delighted to be able to cross that one off my shopping list. The 3D Texture Fades Botanical embossing folder from Tim Holtz is a stunner, and I can’t wait to give that one a whirl. I’m debating whether to run it through with the white card from the kit or the Tonic Gold card. Either would make a stunning background for a card. I could go on and on but for now, let’s get back to the card I made with the Beautiful Flowers set.
NO LINE WATERCOLOURING
My jaw hit the floor when I saw this Beautiful Flowers set, the detail, the elegance … it’s just so pretty! I debated on how to best showcase the large bouquet from the set. As there is a lot of detail to the image, I debated stamping it in black ink and very loosely adding washes of colour over the elements. Or you could stamp the bouquet in black and leave the image uncoloured and simply paint a lovely watercolour background around the flowers. However, I was drawn to my favourite technique with a nice flower stamp, and that is to stamp it in Antique Linen Distress Ink on Arches Cold Pressed Watercolour Card and paint the image with Daniel Smith paints to give a no-line watercolour look.
Antique Linen Distress Ink is light in colour and water reactive so that as you paint the stamped lines fade into the painting. The colours I used were:
- Rose Hips – Quinacridone Coral
- Peach Flower – Quinacridone Gold + Quinacridone Rose
- Purple Flower – Quinacridone Violet + Undersea Green
- Pink Flower – Quinacridone Rose + Quinacridone Gold
- Leaves – Undersea Green + Sepia
Included in the kit though is a sampler of Daniel Smith paints with Quinacridone Red, Prussian Blue and Aureolin Cobalt Yellow. These are three primary colours which means that you can mix your palette from just these three, for example, blue and yellow mixed together to make green for the leaves. These samples are a great way to test out artist quality paints to see if you like them.
I painted the flowers by adding the paint at the base of the petals and then drawing the colour outwards with a brush damp with just plain water. I found it helpful to have two brushes on the go at the same time; one with the paint and one with the water and this way you conserve the paint as much as possible as you aren’t continuously washing your paint away to dilute the mixture towards the petal edges.
I cut and scored a card base from Neenah Desert Storm that was just slightly smaller than a business DL sized envelope. I then trimmed the watercolour piece to be just slightly smaller than the card base and folded one end of the vellum sentiment around to the back of the panel and secured. I then adhered the panel with foam adhesive and just a little more foam adhesive to add the complementary sentiment banner. Finally, I accented with Crystal Reflections sequins. These are one of my all-time favourite sequin packs as the iridescent colours are like chameleons as they take on the colours that they are placed over.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D