Watercolor and Copics + Hop

Hello everyone and Happy Thursday! Thanks so much for joining me today for a fun look at some brand new products from both 28 Lilac Lane and Simon Says Stamp!


This post is part of a special debut blog hop showcasing the new 28 Lilac Lane button/embellishment kits designed by my friend May Flaum! She’s such a talented artist and cardmaker; most of you have probably seen her name out in Blogland over the years. This year she has released her very own button line entitled 28 Lilac Lane in conjunction with Buttons Galore and More. I’m so happy for her success and that I can help support her endeavors!

My card for this hop showcases the half pearls and seed beads that are included in her button kits; these beauties are from the Love Story collection. I love the reds and pearl colors that are in this kit; very elegant and classy. I used the color palette of the kit to help me choose the colors I wanted to use for my card.

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To create my card, I’m using the new Simon Says Stamp Sketched Ranunculus stamp set, which was just released in their online shop today (be sure to check out my other post for today which features another project using one of their new stamp and die sets, as well as links to the entire release)!

I started off by stamping the images from Sketched Ranunculus onto watercolor paper (die cut with a handstitched rectangle die), using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink (Copic-friendly and waterproof). The choice of paper and ink for this project is critical because I will be doing both watercoloring and Copic coloring on this card.

Once I had everything stamped, I colored my images with Copics. I have the colors broken down for you below as reference and also linked to Simon Says Stamp at the bottom of this blog post.

  • large ranunculus: YR00, YR61, YR02
  • small ranunculus: R35, R56
  • buds: Bv0000, BV31, BV23, BG10, BG34
  • berries: RV95, YR23, Y21
  • leaves: YG61, YG63, YG91, YG95, YG97, G99

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Once my Copic coloring was finished, I moved on to watercoloring my background; I used Tim Hotlz distress inks in Antique Linen, Cracked Pistachio and Gathered Twigs. I started by applying a wash of Antique Linen and once that dried, I mixed Antique Linen and Cracked Pistachio together to create a soft green tone. I did not apply this green color over the entire background, but rather in random areas to create a layered and variegated look. Finally, when that layer was dry, I added ink splatters using all three ink colors and a Distress Splatter Brush.

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For a sentiment, I used a stamp set from Whimsy Stamps, as I wanted this to be for a mom-themed occasion; this sentiment is perfect for not only Mother’s Day, but can also be used year round. The word “mother” is heat embossed in gold and the rest of the sentiment is stamped in black onto a small strip of cardstock.

Finally, I added my half pearl and seed bead embellishments all around my card using PPA Matte adhesive (my favorite liquid glue!).

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As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I’m one of the stops in a special debut blog hop for 28 Lilac Lane’s new button embellishment kits! Be sure to check out the other stops in the hop and leave everyone a little bit of love!

Also, Buttons Galore has a giveaway going on over at their blog for this hop, so make sure you check that out too!

May Flaum
Ashli Oliver
Audrey Pettit
Chari Moss
Emma Williams
Nina-Marie Trapani … that’s me! :)
Buttons Galore & More


If you enjoyed today’s card, here is another one (includes a video!) I have up on my blog today featuring the newest stamps and dies from Simon Says Stamp!

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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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24 Responses

  1. Avatar Lisaerica says:

    Nina Marie, everything you make is always beautiful, you always just the right amount of well everything, lol. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  2. Avatar Rita Tong says:

    Love your colouring. May’s 28 Lilac Lane range were the perfect added touch to your gorgeous card.

  3. This is a beautiful card. I love that stamp. I love the colors and the way you placed the pearls were perfect!

  4. Avatar gabmcann says:

    The pearl beads are so perfect here!

  5. Avatar Janis Ford says:

    Very pretty

  6. Avatar jlingraham says:

    Takes my breath away. Thank you for introducing me to Buttons Galore while enjoying the Simon blog hop to get here.

  7. SQUEAL!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the New Release and your AMAZING Creation!! =) THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

  8. Avatar Amante del Papel says:

    your card is super beautiful, I love the waterclor!!!

  9. Avatar onecraftystamper says:

    Gorgeous card, Nina Marie! Love the little details with 28 Lilac Lane.

  10. Avatar jlingraham says:

    I’m so impressed with your talents. A Bam retro card, and gorgeous flowered stamp!!!!

  11. This card is simply GORGEOUS!

  12. Avatar Marcie Lovett says:

    Beautiful coloring! Love those sketchy flowers and May’s embellishments add the perfect touch!

  13. Avatar Sandra L. says:

    Beautiful card and love the colors you have chosen. The half pearls are so sweet.

  14. Avatar simplysandy2 says:

    So gorgeous! Perfect embellishments for your gorgeous card!

  15. Avatar Indy says:

    What a gorgeous card!!

  16. Avatar Marie says:

    Stunning, a work of art xx Marie xx

  17. Avatar Denise Bryant says:

    Totally amazed by this beautiful card!

  18. I love the little half pearls.
    When you use regular beads you can
    often see the hole and that bugs me.
    Your cards are beautiful.
    thanks for sharing.

  19. Avatar Sheila King says:

    A lovely card.

  20. Avatar may says:

    so beautiful, love how you’ve used the embellishments!

  21. Avatar Mary Anne Perlmutter says:

    This is the perfect Mother’s Day card. The pearls and seed beads makes this card very elegant.

  22. Avatar audreypettit says:

    SO gorgeous, Nina! Love every little detail!! <3

  23. Avatar Amanda Pink says:

    A lovely card ! Wonderful colouring and use of those lovely gem beads . x

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