I recently got my order from Simon Says Stamp which included the new Distress Oxide ink colours, and I decided to challenge myself to use these new colours for today’s card. The Picture Book die series from Simon Says Stamp is as popular as ever, and in the latest release, there are some cute dinosaur options. I paired the new Distress Oxide colours with the Picture Book Dino. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.
I started with the background, and on a piece of Bristol card, I blended Crushed Olive over the panel. From the edges, I brought in Mowed Lawn and finally to add depth a little Ground Espresso. I splattered the panel with water droplets and soaked up some of the colour with a paper towel before sponging Simon Says Stamp White pigment ink through the Waves stencil (used vertically I think this stencil gives the impression of foliage). I used a pouncing motion with my sponge rather than aiming for a smooth blend to create more texture. I then splattered the panel with Lemon Grass and Celery liquid watercolours from Avery Elle which had also arrived in my order. I finished with a splatter of white gouache, which interestingly reacted with the Distress Oxides and turned to a soft light green colour. Once dry I cut the panel with a Wonky Rectangle die.
I blended Ripe Persimmon, Spun Sugar and Dusty Concord Distress Oxide inks over pieces of Bristol card and cut from them the Picture Book Dino die. I assembled the pieces on a scrap piece of card and finished with a googly eye and Crystal Glaze for the purple pattern on this cute guy’s back.
From a White card, I die cut the Leafy Frame die and trimmed away one edge to use on my card. I foam mounted this to the background panel before adding toning strips of PinkFresh patterned paper and the Picture Book Dino with more foam tape. The blue patterned paper tones with the new Stormy Sky Distress Oxide in the latest colours and the pink and orange patterned paper pulls out the Spun Sugar and Ripe Persimmon colours used on the card.
For the sentiment, I blended Dusty Concord Distress Oxide ink onto a piece of Bristol card and die cut the Big Happy die from it. I also cut the outline from white card and adhered one to the other before foam mounting at the top of the background panel. To complete the sentiment, I stamped a birthday greeting from the Happy set in clear embossing ink on card blended with Ripe Persimmon ink and then white heat embossed before trimming to a skinny banner and foam mounting over the Happy die cut.
Finally, I added the panel to a white card base and accented with a trio of Amethyst sequins.
Check out the new Distress Oxide colours here, and the Picture Book Dino die here.
The winner of the three Simon Says Stamp dies from my recent watercoloured die cuts video post is…
Hi Debby, you create a gorgeous card as usual!. It makes me imagine going out for a pic-nic in the countryside, and picking summer flowers after lunch.
I love watching you watercolouring, for how many videos you make they are never enough! Thanks for sharing this beautiful card!
Congratulations Sonia. I’ve emailed you with details; please check your spam/junk folder if you don’t see it. Many thanks to everyone for joining in and leaving comments.
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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
Gorgeous card! Fun, vibrant and full of depth – amazing background.
Totally awesone card!
This is so sweet Debby, apparently I need to challenge myself to try new things, this is fantastic!
Congratulations to Sonia!
It’s a great card Debby and I think your background is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing.
Super cute card!!
Debby you know me and critters, I wish SSS would stop bringing out these picture book characters because I have to keep purchasing them. I haven’t got the dinosaurs or sea creatures yet but they are on my WISH LIST. I love what you have done with the dinosaur in your project though. Could i ask a question though, what does gouache do please, I haven’t got any and I wondered if I needed to get some. TFS :O) xxx
Hi Lorraine, the picture book dies are fabulous aren’t they?! As for gouache, it is an opaque watercolour. I always keep a little white gouache in my palette and use it to add white splatter or highlights to things. As it is opaque you can see the splatter over the top of other colours :D