STAMPtember. When asked by a non-cardmaker “what is STAMPtember, what is the big deal?”. Initially, words fail me because STAMPtember means so many things to me. There’s the product releases of course – the big Simon release on September 1st and almost daily releases of collaboration stamp sets throughout the month. However, it’s not all about stamps now, there are new innovative products too. As an artist that provides inspiration using new products, my creativity goes through the roof as I look at all that will be revealed soon. There aren’t enough hours in the day for me to make all the ideas bubbling away in my head!
However, STAMPtember isn’t just about the shopping, there’s so much community spirit to it too, you can feel the excitement buzzing! There are parties and Facebook/YouTube lives throughout the month, giveaways and prizes to be had too along the way. And let’s get back to the collaboration sets I mentioned earlier. This isn’t just a Simon Says Stamp event, there are so many stamp companies involved. It’s that feeling of a celebration throughout the whole community that makes me glow. Everyone joining in together. A real feeling of camaraderie. That’s what STAMPtember means to me – community.
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The Etched Tall Leaf Spray die that I used today along with the Document It set for the sentiment are part of the new STAMPtember release from Simon Says Stamp. Check Out here what is included in the new release from Simon Says Stamp right at the bottom of this blog post, but for now here’s a few things I love from the release.
My tops picks are:
- New Inks
- Etched Tall Leaf Spray die
- Layered Bats stencil
- Document It stamp set
- Ledger Paper cling stamp set
- Mini Slimline Falling Dots hot foil plate
- Joyous Christmas hot foil plate
- Detail Petal Slim Plate
- Slimline Snowbanks dies
- Printmaking Houses stamp set
- Hand-Lettered Holiday cling stamp set
- Interlocking Leaves cling stamp set
- Reverse Merriest Greetings sentiment strips
- Crystal Distortion embossing folder
- Etched Meadow Flower and Leaves dies
- Etched Layered Daisy Stem die
SIMPLE FALL WATERCOLOUR CARD
When I was looking through all the delicious new products for Simon’s exclusive STAMPtember release, this Etched Tall Leaf Spray die was the one that stopped me in my tracks. The simple elegance of the stem paired with the detail of the etching on the leaves won me over and I knew that I wanted to cut the die from Ivory card to showcase its stunning simplicity. I guess it is no surprise that I paired this with a watercolour background, but hey, you know me, if I can fit a water medium in there somewhere I will LOL. I kept it simple with the watercolour too, a washy gradient of grey-green from deep granulating texture at the base to the palest of washes at the top.
TIPS & TRICKS
- Die cutting from a neutral, solid coloured card is the best way to showcase a beautiful die
- Load a brush with paint, swoosh over the watercolour card, lightly twirl the brush in water, swoosh again on the card and repeat. The colour of the paint will lighten as the water washes away the paint.
- Make sure the surface of the watercolour background is still wet before adding in any extra colour – tip the card to the light and look for the sheen.
- Vellum is a great way to add sentiments without overpowering an elegant design
- Twine is associated with nature and pairs well with botanical cards
I like to add a few details in the form of sequins and pearls. I would highly recommend the selection from Little Things From Lucy’s cards and in particular the Eggshell Pearls I use on virtually every project and also the Iced Sherbet sequin mix – the tone of the subtle shades goes well with most colours.
That’s me for today, don’t forget to check out the new Simon Says Stamp exclusive release and keep an eye out for the Facebook Live that will be going on too.
I’ll be back tomorrow and frequently thereafter as I try and share with you just some of the fun!
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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