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STAMPtember is a much-anticipated event for all of us, and a lot of prep works goes into this fabulous month of celebration! All of us at Simon have been extremely busy over the past few months gearing up for the festivities and I hope you have a ton of fun this STAMPtember! Stay tuned for upcoming new releases, exclusives, prizes, social media action and some big surprises!
Now, onto some inspiration…!
I was really excited to play with the new Stained Glass 1 stencil, as I really loved the pattern of it. There are a couple of other new stencils that I loved from the STAMPtember release as well; Debra and the Holiday Tree Medallion.
One evening I was relaxing and watching some TV and while I did so, I broke out my colored pencils. I at first thought of coloring a stamped image, but then had the idea of using the new Stained Glass 1 stencil. So I taped it to a white card base and colored away! The result was this gorgeous rainbow-background that I absolutely love.
The next day, after creating that background, I knew I wanted to do it again. This time I filmed the process and chose a new color scheme. Instead of bright rainbows, I went with a more calming selection of blues…
If you watch the video below, I’ll take you through the steps I took in creating the background – as well as the rest of the card. As with the first card, I used the Stained Glass 1 stencil.
The beautiful script sentiment is stamped in Blue Violet ink using the new Together stamp set. On this blue version, I white heat embossed a supporting sentiment using another new STAMPtember set called You Got This. I’m particularly excited to share this stamp set because it’s the my latest of stamps designed exclusively for Simon!
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I also created another card using the new STAMPtember release, and that is this colorful, autumn design…
The weather has been on the chillier side here in Maine of late, and it inspired me to think of the crisp, fall days that will soon be upon us. I really love the geometric design of the new Fractal Leaves stamp set from the STAMPtember release. There are also two gorgeous collections of Daniel Smith watercolor dot charts Simon released, one of which I used to watercolor this card (the Shari Carroll palette; there is also the Debby Hughes’ palette).
These dot charts are great for testing out new colors to see what you might like to add to your collection of watercolors. I have a couple of Daniel Smith’s colors in my palette, along with many from Winsor and Newton. One of my favorites from Simon’s Daniel Smith dot charts is Sap Green; something about this green makes me happy! That color is included in the Debby Hughes’ palette.
I started by stamping the entire set of images from Fractal Leaves in Barely Beige ink from Simon. I chose this ink in particular because it will not show up after the coloring was finished. I then proceeded to watercolor all the leaves; the paper I used was some 100% cotton watercolor paper. I just recently found this paper and have loved using it!
After coloring the leaves, I also painted a very light version of Yellow Ochre into the background around the leaves.
My panel was cut down with a Simon Wonky Rectangle die; I also layered some yellow cardstock cut with the same die behind the panel before attaching the two panels to a purple card base.
I then cut a red sentiment with Simon’s Grateful word die and attached it onto the coordinating outline (die cut in cream). The entire sentiment I then layered onto some vellum. To make the vellum match the watercolored leaves, I used an ink blending tool and brushed on some Caribbean Blue ink
The colors from the Shari Carroll palette work so well for autumn, and I was really pleased with how they turned out! If you don’t have the Daniel Smith watercolors and instead have Winsor and Newton colors, I did some comparing for you.
I personally have mostly Winsor and Newton watercolor in my palette, with the exception of a few Daniel Smith colors. As I find new colors I love, I’ll add them to my collection. But if you wanted to recreate this card and have the Winsor and Newton paints (or prefer them over the Daniel Smith), these are the Winsor and Newton colors you can use to get the same colors I used on this card:
Quinacridone Red (DS) = Alizaran Crimson Hue + Permanent Rose (W&N)
Quinacridone Coral (DS) = Permanent Rose + Cadmium Red Light + Alizaran Crimson Hue (W&N)
Perinone Orange (DS) = Cadmium Red Light (W&N)
Permanent Orange (DS) = Cadmium Orange Hue (W&N)
Indian Yellow (DS) = Gamboge Hue + Cadmium Yellow Light (W&N)
Yellow Ochre (DS) = Yellow Ochre (W&N)
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine (DS) = Turquoise + Indigo + Emerald (W&N)
Rose of Ultramarine (DS) = Mauve + Sepia (W&N)
Note: DS is Daniel Smith and W&N is Winsor & Newton. All colors are linked below in the supply list.
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The You Got This set was inspired by the fact that I love creating encouragement cards. Often I want something more than just the usual simple greeting though. So I came up with a whole assortment of encouraging sentiments and designed them in a clean font that could be used on just about any card.
Prettied Up Gift Card is a die set that is perfect for using in a variety of ways to dress up a gift card. The set includes a scalloped gift card holder, a set of dies to make a bow, and a “belly band” to wrap around the gift card. The gift card holder can be used on its own, or mounted onto (or inside!) an A2 card. You can also make the gift card holder with or without the bow. My goal was to make this die be versatile for any type of card.
KEEP HOPPING & GIVEAWAYS!
There is SO much more to see in the STAMPtember release blog hop! Your next stop is my amazingly talented friend Kelly Latevola! You can also find the entire hop list here:
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Simon is also generously giving away $50 gift certificates at EACH stop in the hop! Leave a comment here on my blog, as well as everyone else’s blogs, for a chance to win!
And remember that tomorrow Simon is hosting a second blog hop! Make sure you visit the Simon blog for additional details!
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