2 Ocean-Inspired Cards + Simon’s Send Happiness Hop

Today’s post is part of the Simon Says Stamp Send Happiness release blog hop. If you’ve already been hopping along, you should have arrived from my friend, Cathy Zielske’s blog.

I adore the ocean; I’ve grown up around it my entire life. I couldn’t live far away from it – the ocean is definitely “my happy place”! So whenever I get a chance, I always love creating cards – and products – inspired by the ocean.

The two cards I’m sharing today feature two of my newest products that I’ve designed for Simon’s Send Happiness release! One is Be a Mermaid stamp and die set, and the other is Tumbling Shells, which is a background stamp.

The Be a Mermaid set is used in the first card I’m sharing…

If the video does not display, please click here to watch on my YouTube channel.

I used the set to create a see-through window scene. My favorite part about this card is the glittery, rainbow coloring on the mermaid. Be sure to watch the video to see how I did this!

The second card I created uses the Tumbling Shells background. This was so much fun to watercolor!

I white embossed the background so that I could keep the watercolors inside the lines more easily. After watercoloring I added sentiments from the new Happy Days stamp set and a few bright, Blue Lagoon sequins!


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Simon Says Clear Stamps BE A MERMAID…
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CZ Design Stamps and Dies HAPPY DAYS…
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Simon Says Cling Stamp TUMBLING…
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Simon Says Stamp Sequins BLUE LAGOON…
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Simon Says Stamp Sequins STRAWBERRY…
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Copic Sketch Marker RV00 WATER LILY Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker BV000 IRIDESCENT…
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Copic Sketch Marker Y000 PALE LEMON…
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Copic Sketch Marker Y02 CANARY YELLOW…
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Copic Sketch Marker YG21 ANISE Yellow…
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Copic Sketch Marker BG11 MOON WHITE
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Copic Sketch Marker BG32 AQUA MINT
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Simon Says Stamp WHITE CARDSTOCK 120…
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
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Tonic MORNING DEW Grande Nuvo Crystal…
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Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder…
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NEW 2020 Wagner Precision Heat Tool…
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Therm O Web Gina K Designs ADHESIVE…
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Gemini JUNIOR Die-Cutting And…
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Tim Holtz Tonic Craft SHEARS 9.5…
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EK Success CUTTER BEE Scissors EKCB01
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There is tons more inspiration to be seen during Simon’s Send Happiness release blog hop! Your next stop is the talented, Nichol Spohr’s blog; all the hop stops can be found on the Simon blog.

Simon also has a FREE gift offer valid right now for any purchases made through 6/29; use one of the codes in the graphic above to get the corresponding pin as a gift with your purchase!

Throughout the hop you also have a chance to win a $25 gift card, which are being given away at each stop along the hop. Leave a comment at each blog to increase your chances of winning! Simon will announce the winners on their blog July 1st.

208 Responses

  1. Manda Moore says:

    Your colouring on the cards is so beautiful, I love the shell background

  2. Anne McColley says:

    Love the fun mermaid card! Your coloring is amazing! Thanks for the video – always appreciative of those. :)

  3. Lora L Bowman says:

    I love your beautiful card with all the bling!
    Thank you so much for showing us how you did it!

  4. Heather Jacobs says:

    Totally gorgeous cards! I love the mermaid tail so much!

  5. Jan says:

    Your cards turned out sooo pretty! such an elegant mermaid! Great tutorial, I enjoyed seeing how you used your copics. Thanks.

  6. LOVE these!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing!!

  7. Colleen says:

    your cards are stunning. Loving the bright colours!

  8. Vicki K says:

    The colors on the mermaid tail do look holographic and beautiful. Loved the video. That background stamp is on my wish list. Just fantastic water-coloring!!

  9. Mary-Anne V says:

    I just love that this release has a mermaid product- that is one image missing from my collection. Fabulous cards.

  10. Subhashini S says:

    Swooning over the mermaid tail card!! So vibrant

  11. Beautiful cards, I love the mermaid fin one the most. Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. Giselaine Ellison says:

    Love your very colourful cards, Nina-Marie. There are so many wonderful products in this new SSS release.

  13. Oh my! What beautiful cards! Love how you colored both of them! Eye candy!

  14. Liz Eagles says:

    I can never resist a mermaid! Love the bright colors you’ve used and the great video.

  15. gayle says:

    The way the tail is coming out of the card/circle adds a lovely dimension to this card.

  16. gail says:

    I love the shells colored all beautiful colors.

  17. Jennifer Rasnick says:

    Such fun cards! Thank you for sharing!

  18. Hamutal Shafrir says:

    Two gorgeous cards! Thank you for the great video!

  19. Patti G says:

    I love how colorful you made the mermaid tail

  20. Jenny N says:

    Your cards are both gorgeous especially the mermaid tail card. Thanks for sharing your process showing the colouring of the tail.

  21. Mrs Velichka Zheleva says:

    Great cards, thank you for the tutorial :)

  22. Tracy B. says:

    Your mermaid tail coloring technique is GORGEOUS! I’m definitely going to try it!

  23. Carol E. Wortman says:

    I dont know what it is, but mermaids, water, shells, and beachy colors just make you feel better. Loving this kindness release!

  24. Jean Marmo says:

    Stunning cards! This hop is filled with inspiration!

  25. Dawn Tooley says:

    Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing!

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