Fun with Watercolor + Simon Says Stamp New Beginnings Release

Fun with Watercolor + Simon Says Stamp New Beginnings Release | Nina-Marie Design

Hey everyone! Did you know that Simon Says Stamp has revealed their latest release New Beginnings?? It is full of Spring themed goodies (along with a few other things!), and I thought it would be fun to play around with my Zig markers and create a few cards!

Fun with Watercolor + Simon Says Stamp New Beginnings Release | Nina-Marie Design

This first card features one of the new Suzy’s Watercolor Cards. They are A2 sized illustrations printed onto a single sheet of watercolor paper. I used a few yellow, pink, green and blue markers to color in the images. I mixed colors at times to get different colors such as purple and peach.

Fun with Watercolor + Simon Says Stamp New Beginnings Release | Nina-Marie Design

I really love the new Handlettered Encouragement sentiment set. I stamped the “tomorrow is a new day” sentiment with Doll Pink ink and fussy cut it out before popping it up off of the card.

The card is created from white cardstock (cut to an A2 size), and I had die cut the watercolor card with a Simon’s Stitched Rectangle die.

Fun with Watercolor + Simon Says Stamp New Beginnings Release | Nina-Marie Design

I enjoyed watercoloring the coloring cards so much, I decided to do another one! These watercolor cards are really fun to take on the go or just color as a relaxing activity at the end of the day.

Fun with Watercolor + Simon Says Stamp New Beginnings Release | Nina-Marie Design

I used the same colors I had used on the previous card. After coloring I sprayed the entire piece with some Shimmer Spritz; because I had used Zig Clean Color markers to color the flowers, they reacted with the markers and created some fun water spots.

Fun with Watercolor + Simon Says Stamp New Beginnings Release | Nina-Marie Design

For the sentiment I used one of my favorites from a previous Simon release; the Painted Friend die. I cut it with some teal cardstock four times, stacked them together with adhesive and covered the entire sentiment with Spectrum Noir glitter.

Both of these two cards turned out so fun and I love how bright and happy they are! One more card for the day…

Fun with Watercolor + Simon Says Stamp New Beginnings Release | Nina-Marie Design

This next card was a fun experiment! I created an underpainting first… usually an underpainting is  subtle layer of color in which the rest of the painting is layered over top of. But I love bright, bold color and I wanted to see what would happen if I used stronger colors.

I started off by taking a blank piece of watercolor paper; using similar colors as I did for the previous cards, I created a messy background. Once the background was created and dry, I prepped the paper for heat embossing.

Fun with Watercolor + Simon Says Stamp New Beginnings Release | Nina-Marie Design

The pretty flowers are from the More Spring Flowers stamp set. I white heat embossed them before watercoloring all the images with the same Zig markers I used in the background. For the sentiment, I again used the Handlettered Encouragement set; this time I gold heat embossed “be yourself” onto the watercolor panel.

Finally, I cut down the panel with a Stitched Rectangle die and popped it up off of an A2 card.

Fun with Watercolor + Simon Says Stamp New Beginnings Release | Nina-Marie Design

One more thing to share! There is an adorable stamp set called Funny Food; it features a variety of food characters with cute smiles! I haven’t made any cards with them yet, but I thought I would share the progress of my project with you for something a bit different!

Fun with Watercolor + Simon Says Stamp New Beginnings Release | Nina-Marie Design

I’ve colored them with Zig Clean Color markers, this time using a different palette of colors. After coloring them, I fussy cut everything out. I do have the coordinating dies, but at the time I was coloring these, I was away from my studio. I enjoy fussy cutting; my favorite scissors to use for fussy cutting watercolor paper are the Tim Holtz Snip scissors. They cut through the thicker watercolor perfectly! Here are a few close up images to see of the images…

Fun with Watercolor + Simon Says Stamp New Beginnings Release | Nina-Marie Design
Fun with Watercolor + Simon Says Stamp New Beginnings Release | Nina-Marie Design
Fun with Watercolor + Simon Says Stamp New Beginnings Release | Nina-Marie Design

SOMETHING EXCITING!

I’m really excited to share that I have two new stamp sets that I designed in this month’s release for Simon Says Stamp! I created the Some Bunny Special and Friends of Life stamp sets.

Friends of Life

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31 Comments

  1. Carolyn Pokorney March 11, 2017 at 1:10 am - Reply

    your vibrant colors are so bold and beautiful!

  2. Jennifer Coughran March 10, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    These are beautiful cards…just amazing use of color!

  3. Vicki March 10, 2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Love this cards. So bright and cheery. Love using Zig markers

  4. Tracy hawkins March 10, 2017 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Wonderful cards! Love the beautiful watercolour gorgeous colours ! The fun food is so cute also the bunny set you designed looks wonderful x

  5. Sandy N. March 10, 2017 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Totally love your cards and the bright and happy colors you used.

  6. Candy March 10, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    So bright and cheerful

  7. Janice T March 10, 2017 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous cards – love the colors

  8. Sharon March 10, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    As always, your work is amazing! I’m really pleased to discover you designed the Some Bunny stamps! They are too sweet!

  9. Janet March 10, 2017 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    So vibrant and cheery, my favorite is the Be Yourself card!

  10. Ana March 10, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Bright happy colors! Love them! And your designs for this release are amazing, I especially love the bunny stamp set!!

  11. Angela V March 10, 2017 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Your floral cards scream Spring – beautiful, happy cards!

  12. Tami Elliott March 10, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Nina-Marie, you always put so much detail into the tiniest of places in your work! You are amazing.

  13. Pam L March 10, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Great release. Such fun and bright colors. Fun Food.. way to go.

  14. Soumya Nambiar March 10, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Love all the vibrant colors you chose! Thanks for sharing!

  15. craftawaywithme March 10, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Love your bright and colourful cards! And the way you play with watercolour!

  16. Shirley Qu-wannabecre8tive March 10, 2017 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Your cards are just beautiful. I love the bright colors and your use of the ZIGS. I have them, but my end product looks as wonderful as yours. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Eunyi March 10, 2017 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Such beautiful cards!

  18. Pattyrae March 10, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Lovely cards, Nina. I’m new to water color markers and watching you is helping me learn. Thanks/

  19. Carol Doggett March 10, 2017 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Oh where to start! All of these are amazing! You are a master of the zig water coloring! So beautiful and vibrant!!! LOVE!

  20. Bonnie E March 10, 2017 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Beautiful cards. I love the coloured haloing around the flowers, and those food stamps are too adorable!

  21. Kim Bennett March 10, 2017 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. hobbitnoll March 9, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    You can use Zigs like no other designer that I know. I cannot get mine to look like yours!! All of your cards are AMAZING!!

  23. Carolyn S March 9, 2017 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    The card with the underpinning is just breathtaking!

  24. Carla Hundley March 9, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Glorious coloring on all
    these cards, so pretty!
    And I love your Some
    Bunny Special stamp
    set.
    Carla from Utah

  25. Magee March 9, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Love your creative cards. The new stencils and Shimmer Sprays are great. Love the hand written sentiments too.

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