Colored Pencils + Stencils + Simon’s STAMPtember Release Blog Hop!

Colored Pencils + Stencils + Simon's STAMPtember Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

Woohoo, the big day is here! The first day of an entire month of stamping fun… Simon Says STAMPtember! And today is day one of Simon’s STAMPtember release blog hop!

Colored Pencils + Stencils + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

If you’ve already been hopping along with so-very-talented Amy Rysavy’s blog! Or if you are just joining in, you can find the entire hop list down below.

Colored Pencils + Stencils + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

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…!

Colored Pencils + Stencils + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

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.

Colored Pencils + Stencils + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Colored Pencils + Stencils + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Colored Pencils + Stencils + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

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…

Colored Pencils + Stencils + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

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!

Colored Pencils + Stencils + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Colored Pencils + Stencils + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Colored Pencils + Stencils + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

SUPPLIES USED FOR THESE CARDS


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No Line Watercolor Leaves + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

I also created another card using the new STAMPtember release, and that is this colorful, autumn design…

No Line Watercolor Leaves + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie 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).

No Line Watercolor Leaves + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
No Line Watercolor Leaves + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

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.

No Line Watercolor Leaves + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

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!

No Line Watercolor Leaves + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

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

No Line Watercolor Leaves + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

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.

No Line Watercolor Leaves + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

SUPPLIES  USED FOR THIS CARD


MY NEWEST DESIGNS + THE STAMPTEMBER RELEASE

I am THRILLED to share my newest stamp and die designs with you: the You Got This stamps and Prettied Up Gift Card dies!

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.

If you’d like to see how to build the Prettied Up Gift Card die, you can find a “how to” video that I did HERE.

No Line Watercolor Leaves + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
No Line Watercolor Leaves + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

There are SO many fabulous products from this new release! Everything from stamps, stencils, dies, paper, envelopes and even a new embossing plate! You can see all the new products below:


KEEP HOPPING & GIVEAWAYS!

Colored Pencils + Stencils + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

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:

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Kristina Werner

Yana Smakula

Kay Miller

Yoonsun Hur

Kathy Racoosin

Amy Rysavy

Nina-Marie Trapani – that’s me!

Kelly Latevola

Heather Ruwe

Anna Kossakovskaya

Bibi Cameron

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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STAMPTEMBER INSPIRATION!

Colored Pencils + Stencils + Simon's STAMPtember Release Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

Don’t forget that you can see more STAMPtember inspiration in the Simon Brand Galleries! And you can add to the gallery too! When you great something with our new STAMPtember release products, be sure to link up your projects to the gallery! We love seeing what you create!

670 Comments

  1. Joanne Travis September 4, 2017 at 11:42 am - Reply

    I love the bright, cheerful colors here. Sure to bring a smile to the lucky recipient.

  2. Andrea D. September 4, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

    WOW You made beautiful cards with the new stuff from the release.

  3. Carolyn E September 4, 2017 at 11:24 am - Reply

    So colorful and bright!! Love the sentiments stamp set, just perfect!

  4. Mary Sara P. September 4, 2017 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Never thought to use a stencil for coloring which I am into recently. Great cards and love the technique. Thanks for sharing this. Beautiful cards.

  5. Larissa Heskett September 4, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

    SQUEAL!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the New Release and ALL of the AMAZING Inspiration!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS Labor Day Weekend!! =)

  6. Lyn C. September 4, 2017 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Lots of colorful inspiration here!

  7. MariaV. September 4, 2017 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Wow, your care would brighten anybody’s day! I love it!

  8. Glorie September 4, 2017 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Wow! The bright colored pencils with the stencil is beautiful.

  9. Wendy September 4, 2017 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Stunning! Love the colors!

  10. Danielle Dietz September 4, 2017 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Wow! I need sun glasses. Awesome bright colors!

  11. Patricia September 4, 2017 at 5:19 am - Reply

    Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous, tfs!

  12. Tracey- Leigh Mazzarella September 4, 2017 at 4:22 am - Reply

    I AM ABSOLUTLY MESMERIZED.
    I have watched this for days and I just get totally intranced in the colours.
    I am in love. And must get one of those styluses with that magic liquid. Just gorgeous.
    T xx

  13. Lorraine September 4, 2017 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Your cards are stunning! Beautiful colors.

  14. Elizabeth Simpson September 3, 2017 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    The blue card is so beautiful and what a really cool card technique.

  15. mary nelson September 3, 2017 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    I love these encouraging sentiments.

  16. Roberta S. September 3, 2017 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    Love the bright cheery colors you used. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Laurelin Andrade September 3, 2017 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Pure rainbow joy! Thank you for the inspiration!

  18. Nikita September 3, 2017 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    I REALLY love the blue monochromatic card!! Just stunning!!

  19. Stacy September 3, 2017 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    So colorful but so simple! This is just my speed!

  20. Miriam Prantner September 3, 2017 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Such bright and bold cards! I am loving the coloring!

  21. Terri Mariani September 3, 2017 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    I love your videos! Thanks for sharing and the inspiration!

  22. Naghma Husain September 3, 2017 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Those colors are gorgeous!

  23. Ina Nelson September 3, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Love the card you make and I will try this. thank you. Love your videos.

  24. Carrie R. September 3, 2017 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    I loved all your cards. The You Got This set is one of my favorites from this release. I know I will be reaching for it often.

  25. Janet September 3, 2017 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Great cards, so colorful, the blue is my favorite!

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