Newton’s Nook Designs Reveal Day #2

Hello everyone! Welcome to day #2 of the January release week for Newton’s Nook Designs! Today we are showcasing the adorable Darling Duos stamp set and the coordinating Darling Hearts die set.

I have two posts up today; if you are looking for the post for the Pretty Pink Posh 2nd Birthday Blog Hop, please visit this link.


So for today’s reveal, I have created a set of Valentines that are easy to mass produce for sending to all your loved ones using both the Darling Duos stamps and the Darling Hearts dies.

Darling Duos_1

To create the backgrounds for my cards, I used Tim Holtz distress inks and ink smooshed the color onto my watercolor paper. Once I had ink smooshed my colors onto the background, I flicked on a bit of Heidi Swapp gold color shine to add some additional sparkle.

For those of you new to the “ink smooshing” technique, you’ll find it’s a very easy way to create beautiful watercolored backgrounds on your projects. I have a You Tube playlist on my channel (visit this link) or you can watch the entire playlist below:

My watercolor panels (a total of four) were die cut from a stitched rectangle die and I matted each of them on top of gold glitter cardstock.

I chose to use the birds from Darling Duos, but you could use any of the images included in this stamp set to replicate this design. I simply stamped them onto cardstock, colored them with Copic markers and fussy cut around the images with fine tip scissors and a craft knife.

Darling Duos_4

I then layered my birds (with foam tape) onto a vellum heart, which is die cut using the Darling Hearts set. The vellum heart helps soften the background around the birds and lets them pop off the background nicely.

Finally, to finish the cards off, I added a simple sentiment using the love die cut from the Darling Hearts set and cut four of them from glitter cardstock (one for each card in the set).

Darling Duos_2

These are very easy cards to make multiples of and I made all four of them in under an hour… perfect for making a few Valentines or even just a cute card set to give as a gift to someone!



I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s cards! If you’d like more inspiration using the Newton’s Nook January release, make sure you check out the card I posted yesterday for the reveal of our Hoppy Days stamp set; click on the picture to be taken to the post.

Hoppy Days_1

Would you like to win the Darling Duos stamp set? This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!


Here’s how to win:

Comment on the Newton’s Nook blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective blog release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, January 14th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 15th.

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs
Lydia Evans
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Crafty Math-Chick
Jess Gerstner
Stephanie Muzzulin
Danielle Pandeline
Nina-Marie Trapani — you are here! :)
Kimberly Rendino
Yukari Yoshioka



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Copic Sketch Marker BV04 BLUEBERRY Blue berry
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Copic Sketch Marker BV0000 PALE THISTLE Purple Lavender
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Copic Sketch Marker RV00 WATER LILY Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker R85 ROSE RED Medium Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker R81 ROSE PINK Pastel

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Copic Sketch Marker Y000 PALE LEMON Light Yellow Pastel Subtle Cream
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Copic Sketch Marker Y21 BUTTERCUP YELLOW Light Pastel
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Bazzill 40 LB VELLUM 8.5 x 11 White 25 Sheets

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23 Responses

  1. Eva Bussom says:

    Wow… loved your design!

  2. Dianchik says:

    I guess that’s my favorite stop on this blog hop. I LOVE the bright background you’ve created and that you used the same colors on the birds to make them fit into it. Amazing job!

  3. Your background is so gorgeous! And I love the birds!

  4. Indy says:

    Oh lovely! The pastel colors, vellum, gold touches…wow!

  5. Sally J says:

    Such a beautiful design. Love the inked background along with the vellum heart to accent the beautifully colored birds!

  6. Jen says:

    so Gorgeous! Love the “smooshed” watercolor with the touch of gold ;)

  7. Brandi R says:

    Gorgeous card! Love the colors and love that darling image. Those birds are so sweet ♥

  8. Virginia L. says:

    How adorable is this release! You make the stamps shine, Nina-Marie! Love each one of them!

  9. Wow! Your cards are so stunning! I just love that pretty, soft, feminine color and the beautiful way you’ve blended the great color and the touch of gold! Very pretty and sweet!
    Take Care!

  10. Teresa Godines #6857 says:

    Elegant card. Love the watercolor background. TFS

  11. D.Ann C says:

    So precious! Love how you colored them!

  12. Love the pastel colors of the background and the birds.
    the smooching really blends the colors together so well.
    thanks for sharing a wonderful card.

  13. Yvonne C. says:

    Oh my your card is so pretty!!!! Love it!!

  14. beautiful cards love the technique too

  15. Teresa Doyle says:

    Oh Nina-Marie, this is just adorable! Love the smooshing technique! I would LOVE to win this set!
    My first Grandson is starting school next fall and I am in Valentine mode! I am starting NOW to make SUPER cute Valentines for him to give his class. My goal is to start this year and have enough made by the time he needs them next year.

  16. Sue D says:

    Great technique. I like the soft and pretty colors with the touch of gold.

  17. Elise S. says:

    I LOVE this card! The birds are so sweet and the background that you created is gorgeous! I also like the subtle detail of the vellum heart.

  18. I honestly couldn’t love this any more, the colours, the gold and the vellum heart are all totally perfect x

  19. Lori S says:

    Awww soooo cute!

  20. irisesther54 says:

    Beautiful card. Love the colors, so soft.

  21. KT Fit Kitty says:

    Both cards are gorgeous! I especially love the background on the top card! You are a talented designer – I enjoy your cards very much!

  22. Alicia says:

    I absolutely love this card. It is gorgeous!

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