Neat & Tangled Release Week: Day 3

Hi there crafty friends! Welcome back to the third day of the Neat & Tangled October release! Are you enjoying this month’s release as much as I am???!!!


Today we are releasing some more fun stamp and die sets and I’ve used the Cowbell stamp set to create a playful birthday card!


Apparently “cowbell” is a popular catchphrase… I never heard of it before though so I had to look it up and find out what it actually meant! Haha!

I stamped the cowbell image multiple times around a piece of watercolor paper and then used my Zig Clean Color markers to create a loose, watercolor look. I think messy watercoloring is really fun to create and adds a lot of interest to a simple design.


There is a lot going on in this card, so I needed to create a way to add separation to the sentiment from the background. To do this, I added some white ink blending around where the sentiment was going to be placed; the ink I used was Unicorn White from Hero Arts.

Doing this allowed me to be able to stamp the sentiment in both blue and gray dye inks and kept the sentiments from becoming “lost” in the background.

To finish the card off, I added some splatters of pewter Distress Spray, and covered those splatters with Glossy Accents for a bit of shine and dimension. The watercolor panel is also mounted onto gray cardstock and a gray cardbase.




Before you go…!

Do you want a chance to win the some of the new goodies from this month’s release??? Leave a comment over on the Neat & Tangled blog for a chance to win! All October release products will be available for purchase starting October 14th and all winners from this week’s giveaways will be announced that same day on the Neat & Tangled blog.



If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible.

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21 Responses

  1. Such a funny card!!!

  2. D.Ann C says:

    What a fab look for those cowbells!

  3. mandalj says:

    Love the watercoloured cowbells!

  4. Christy Q says:

    Gorgeous!!! Love the watercoloring you did and how you made the sentiment stand out.

  5. cardsbymo says:

    This set just makes me smile thinking about Will Ferrell clanking that cowbell. Great card!

  6. Fun card! Love the messy watercoloring!

  7. Miriam Prantner says:

    That background looks amazing! I love the watercoloring!

  8. Sue D says:

    How fun and I like the watercoloring.

  9. jlingraham says:

    Awesome water color cowbells.

  10. Teresa Doyle says:

    You have done a great job on your card Nina, perfect for a SNL fan.

  11. Daria Zender says:

    Love how you colored this card, Nina-Marie!

  12. irisesther54 says:

    Very nice card.

  13. Denise Bryant says:

    Fun look! Love the effect you got with the colors!

  14. BunnyD says:

    I love how the pewter distress spray with the glossy accents looks! I’ve never thought of trying such a technique. It really gives a neat effect. I’ve heard of the cowbell saying, but it never made sense to me.

  15. Sue D. says:

    Great card; I love the effect you got with the Zig markers and all the water splotches.

  16. Teresa Godines says:

    Very cool card. Love the way you highlighted the sentiment with the blue. TFS

  17. Carla Hundley says:

    Cute way to use the
    stamp. Did you know
    that the cowbell is
    used at sporting
    events? Really loud,
    obnoxious sound!
    Love it.
    Carla from Utah

  18. Cynthia Cole says:

    Wonderful card!

  19. Elise Smith says:

    Super cute! I love how the water droplets created a speckled design :)

  20. renee milner says:

    Great card–the cowbell looks wonderful watercolored! I remember this SNL skit and it’s so funny. I love that they made a stamp set from it.

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