This collection is a truly special one from Simon and has been a labor of love for Heidi and the entire Simon family for almost a year. I’m so excited for the release of this special collection, and to personally be a part of this wonderful family!
Let me tell you a bit about this awesome collection! The Masterpieces box is a collection of new stamps, dies and inks from some of your favorite brands, including: Altenew, Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant, Memory Box, Reverse Confetti, Tim Holtz, WPlus9… and of course, Simon Says Stamp! The box is available at limited quantities and once it is sold out, they won’t be restocking… so get yours quick!!!
Also, one of the stamp sets included in the Masterpieces collection is the Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs set. For those of you who already preordered this set from Simon Says Stamp, you can cancel the preorder if you purchase the Masterpieces box.
So let’s check out some inspiration using the new goodies, shall we???
FLORAL CARD FEATURING HAPPY DAY
My first card features the beautiful Happy Day stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I love the beautiful outline floral images included in this set, perfect for coloring with markers, watercolors and more! I decided to do some stamping and Copic coloring to create an almost one-layer card.
I started by stamping the florals and leaves onto an A2 card base using a few Simon Says Stamp dye ink colors. Simon inks are permanent, so they will not bleed when used with alcohol markers like Copics; they can also be used with watercolors.
The outline images I colored completely with Copics; for the solid-stamped images, I added shading only, since they already had a “base coat” of color applied from the stamping. I used the following Copic combinations to color these images:
pink flowers: R11, R21, R22, E31, E35, E29
yellow flowers: Y11, Y08, Y18, E53, E31, E35
dark green leaves: G94, G99
light green leaves: YG23, G07
coral berry clusters: R02, R11
purple clusters: BV08
random berries: R11, R21, BG01, BG53
FLORAL CARD FEATURING FLORAL FRAMES
This next card features the Altenew Floral Frame stamp set. I love the rose image that is included in the set and I wanted to do some watercoloring with this to create a pretty all-occasion card. I also wanted to give this card a bit more of an elegant feel to match the style of the images, so I paired Ranger Perfect Pearl powders with Zig Clean Color brush markers and I LOVE the results!
I started by heat embossing a sentiment in platinum embossing powder; next, I stamped all the images around the sentiment in Simon’s Clear embossing ink. This gave me a sticky impression to apply my Perfect Pearl powder onto. I used one of the brushes that are designed to be used with Perfect Pearls and applied the powder over the clear stamped images. The result was a stunning outline design of florals and leaves…. ready to be colored!
I colored the images with the following Zig marker combinations for those of you interested:
roses: Purple 082
large leaf sprigs: Mid Green 046, Olive Green 043
small leaves: Pale Green 045, Light Green 041
yellow flowers: Bright Yellow 052
berry clusters: Violet 080, Olive Green 043
splatters: Beige 072
background: Light Blue 036, Pale Green 045
I finished off the card using a bit of natural hemp from Hemptique. I really love how the card has such a etherial feel to it; makes me think of a secret garden!
FALL SCENE CARD FEATURING JUMP FOR JOY
My final card features the adorable Lawn Fawn Jump for Joy stamp and die set! These little cuties are SO stinkin’ cute, I just had to make a fun fall scene for them! I colored them with my Zig Clean Color brush markers and I’ll be walking you through how I created this entire card in the video below.
For those of you interested in the color combinations used on this card, I have them listed below and in the video.
fox: Orange 070, Light Brown 061
hedgehog: Flesh Colour 071, Dark Brown 062, Dark Oatmeal 066, Beige 072, Oatmeal 064
owl: Dark Brown 062, Light Brown 061
rake: Beige 072, Dark Oatmeal 066, Olive Green 043
leaves: Orange 070, Brown 060, Yellow 050, Wine Red 024, Olive Green 043
grass border: Mid Green 046
forest border: Olive Green 043, Mid Green 046, Deep Green 044