It’s the 14th of the month, so if you’ve been around here for a while, you will know that this means it’s time to reveal the monthly card kit from Simon Says Stamp. The February kit is packed full as usual; if you don’t subscribe to a kit, I highly recommend it as it is a great way to boost your supplies with new products you might not have thought about trying. Of course, there is always a staple of card and patterned paper included in the kit too. I don’t think the post office is entirely over the holiday rush as yet, so my kit is still winging it’s way to me. However, I didn’t want to post without sharing a card so here’s one in my easy watercolour background series inspired by the Modern Watercolor Botanicals book by Sarah Simon (USA and UK). I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
Here’s a closer look at what is included in the February Card Kit:
- Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Inch Window Frames clear stamp set
- Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Trio Window wafer die
- 1 of each design of Polkadoodles Timeless Rose 6×6 Patterned Paper collection
- 1 Square Shaker Trio Pouch from My Favorite Things
- 1 pack of Sweetheart Embellishments from Buttons Galore and More
- 1 mini container of Water Droplets Nuvo Pure Sheen Gemstones from Tonic
- 1 twenty seven yard roll of 0.125 inch Scor-Tape
- 1 Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Metallic Silver Envelope
- 1 Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Metallic Cotton Candy Envelope
- 1 Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Ivory Envelope
- 1 Sheet of 8.5×11 inch Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Schoolhouse Red Cardstock
- 1 Sheet of 8.5×11 inch Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Cotton Candy Cardstock
- 1 Sheet of 8.5×11 inch Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Ivory Cardstock
EASY WATERCOLOUR BACKGROUND
Back to my card for today, at the beginning of the Modern Watercolor Botanicals book (USA and UK) are a range of exercises intended to get you experimenting with your watercolours and learning about how they behave. This background uses a simple wash of pale peach/pink over a piece of Arches Cold Pressed watercolour card with a little wet-in-wet to create deeper tones and dropping in water spots for lighter areas. I kept the colours all very light and airy using Daniel Smith watercolours, and when the first layer was dry, I went in with a second layer to give more interest.
With the background dry, I stamped the Heart To Heart Background in clear embossing ink and white heat embossed. This background is a lovely subtle mix of pinks and whites and what better than to show off ivory and gold accents. I die cut the New Blossom die twice from Ivory card and then again on Ivory card I stamped the Love and Valentine’s Word Mix 2 with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with Antique Gold embossing powder. I used the matching Word Mix 2 die to cut out the greetings.
I adhered a range of the Love And Valentine’s Word Mix 2 sentiments around the card front with and then tucked in the New Blossom die cuts. I trimmed the panel to fit an A2 card base cut from Ivory card and then accented with pearls and Nuvo droplets. Soft peachy pink, ivory and gold is a sure-fire winner in m book!
Talking of books, here’s the book I’m working from currently. The Modern Watercolor Botanicals book by Sarah Simon (USA and UK). If you have some Christmas pennies to spend or a book voucher I’d highly recommend this book. Sarah also has a colouring page style book, The Plant Lady, which I don’t have yet but looks beautiful too. Check out Sarah’s Instagram @themintgardener and feel inspired by her love of flowers and painting.
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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