No Line Watercoloring With Simon Says Stamp Stamptember Set

Today I have a no line watercolor card for you. Well it didn’t turn out completely no line but this was pretty much my first attempt at watercoloring everything and attempting no line watercoloring.

Cas-ual Fridays/Catherine Pooler Die

So first I stamped these flowers with a light brown ink on watercolor paper. I just started painting each flower, leaves and berries. After you do the first flower of each kind you start learning what to do to make it look better. I need to watch a few more videos but not bad for a first time. I splattered some metallic ink around to break up the “white” space. The sentiment is die cut from Tim Holtz copper metallic paper. I was in a big hurry when taking the photo… so not the greatest.


  • Simon Says Stamp/Pink Fresh Studio Stamptember 2019 stamp set
  • Cas-ual Fridays Stamps/Catherine Pooler Birthday die
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors
  • Tim Holtz Metallic paper


Hero Arts Scramble 148

Hero Arts Flickr Scramble 148

For Scrambles you need to use Hero Arts images, dies, embossing folders or stencils. You have 90 minutes to create your card or project. LaVon did a 24 hour Scramble which is nice so we end up with more people creating.  In this case you select a 90 minute time frame that works for you.

The challenge LaVon chose for this scramble is to make a background. You can use whatever technique you would like to create an interesting background panel.

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Ok let me just say I had an idea and I tried to do something I haven’t really done before. This is probably not wise during a Scramble. So the panel on the left is my first pass and it doesn’t look very good. So I started all over again and I am happy with the second panel.

On the first panel I tried to paint on the watercolor paper without wetting the paper first and after doing the embossing with gold glittery powder. No bueno!

So for the second panel I painted on the colors before embossing. The good thing about the first panel is that it was the map for where to place each color. I wet the watercolor paper before laying on the color on the second panel.  I am not sure about the extra bold sentiment but others seem to think it looks ok.

Background – Watercoloring with Gansai Tambi
Flowers and leaves – Hero Arts set You’re So Lovely (CL949), which is brand new to me, and JudiKins Egyptian Gold embossing powder (my favorite even though I don’t do a ton of glitter stuff).
Sentiment – Hero Arts set It’s Your Day (CL661) stamped with Versafine Onyx Black.

Hero Arts Scramble 145

Hero Arts Scramble 145

The theme for Scramble 145 the last for 2016 is use everything in one stamp set. This Scramble was hosted by Cindy and was a 24 hour one so that hopefully more people could participate. You still have 90 minutes to create the card but pick your own bucket of time.

This is the set I used. Hero Arts Earth Flowers (CL428).

First I created the background on watercolor paper using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paints. Then I stamped the background grasses/plants with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and Hero Arts Charcoal ink. The flowers and stems I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black for a more bold look. This could become a birthday card or a sympathy card.

Coffee Thank You Card

My hubs family runs a coffee business. They buy green coffee beans and roast them. They sell at a few Farmers Markets and have some of their coffee at cafes. It is a family affair. My hubs brother-in-law does have a full time job but he loves the coffee business and works at it too. Their coffee is Zolo Coffee Roasters. So what does that have to do with me?? They are very kind to give us green coffee beans. I roast them in a small home roaster. They have a blend they call Farmhouse French which is the best. It is a little side hobby for me just roasting for our use. So.. I made this card for our nephew to thank him for the beans.

Front of Card

Inside of Card

My card was inspired by this card from The Ton.


For the front of my card I stamped the top of the coffee cups and embossed with white embossing powder. The stamps for the coffee cup and latte art are from The Ton set Hug in a Mug. I colored in the coffee and handle with Gansai Tambi watercolor paint which I love using. When that was dry I stamped the latte art using Hero Arts white pigment ink. For the center coffee cup I stamped the sentiment using brown embossing powder. The sentiment is from an Avery Elle set called All Squared Up. I also created a second center cup and popped that up with foam tape. I did some shadowing kind of with watercolor. I have not tried that much at all. It is a bit heavy in the left lower corner but that is where the coffee spilled. Then I splattered a bit after masking off the cups.

For the inside I used a a cup from a The Ton set called Tea Party. I customized the cup by embossing Zolo. Considering I only had one o letter and couldn’t really see the letters I stamped first with Versamark it came out pretty good. The cup is painted with watercolors and the steam coming out is from a Stampin Up set from many years ago.



County Fair Cards

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My son mentioned quite awhile back that I should enter some cards at our local county fair. He brought it up again recently since our fair is coming up next month. I decided why not try it out. So I registered for the birthday category and the holiday category. This would be my first time doing this. The floral card I made for entering at the fair specifically. The Christmas card I made recently for Merry Monday and for just making Christmas cards ahead of time. It was some pressure for me since I think I need to make the perfect card. I had plenty of time but I am particular about what I make for something like that. So I finally got it done and got it turned in with plenty of time to spare (not last minute like usual).  We will see how I do when I actually go to the fair.

So for the birthday card I embossed the background with a Cuttlebug embossing folder called divine swirl. The purple strip is watercolor painted on watercolor paper using Gansai Tambi paint. It took me a few times and colors to get it looking how I wanted. The flowers are stamped with a Hero Arts stamp called Small Striped Flower (CG256) and embossed with Ranger Queen’s Gold powder, which seems to be the gold I use the most. I colored the flowers with Copics. The centers of the flowers is done with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Dandelion Yellow. The greeting is embossed with the same gold powder and is from a Hero Arts set Many Everyday Messages (CL954).

For details on the Christmas card see this post.

Hero Arts Scramble 132

Janet was the host of Scramble 132 and her theme for us was silhouette. I really liked her theme. She recently went to Africa and mentioned the skies were nice with the animals in silhouette. So cool. I would like to see that some day.

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For this Scramble I managed to make 2 cards. Miracles do happen once in a great while.

For the first card I created the background with Distress Inks and a blending tool to color the watercolor paper. The flowers are Hero Arts stamp Newspaper Tulips (K5576). The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Good Friends (CL578). The ink for the flowers and sentiment is the Intense Black ink from one of the My Monthly Hero kits. The enamel dots I recently found at a thrift store. I got several packages with some gone for only $1.

For the second card I painted with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paints on watercolor paper using a wet on wet technique. I used the Hero Arts stencil Night Flower (SA012) and inked over it with Black Soot Distress Ink. I liked the blue and black a lot and I wanted the watercolor a bit more bold so I made two more panels that will become very similar cards.


Sympathy Flower


This sympathy card is very similar to a card I created recently. This flower is from The Ton from a set called Large Peony. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set Everyday Sayings (CL342).

  • I stamped the flower with Memento ink Danube Blue on watercolor paper. I colored it in with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.
  • The leaves I did similar stamping them with Memento ink Bamboo Leaves.
  • I covered the watercolor panel with vellum and stamped over the flower with Versamark ink and embossed with white.
  • The greeting is from Hero Arts and stamped with the Danube Blue ink.
  • The flower panel is raised with foam tape.

I entered this in the April monthly challenge at A Blog Named Hero here. The theme this month is Clean & Simple.

Balloon Birthday


I was making a card for someone, trying to go away from feminine and trying to make this for the Simon Says Stamp challenge in Flickr. For challenge 43 the theme is ink blending. I got out the Simon Says Stamp stencils called Balloons & Patterns. I was trying to blend some inks and put a pattern over the balloons but that wasn’t looking right. So for the big balloon I blended 4 different Distress inks. For the other two balloons I used the blending tool to apply 2 of the 4 Distress inks on them. I hand cut all of the balloons. I added the little touch of white on the balloons with a white Wink of Stella pen. The strings are hand drawn. I had one background in mind but that wasn’t looking right so I happen to see this laying on my table and thought it worked nice for this card. For the sentiment I used the Simon Says Stamp stamp set and the matching die called More Sketchy Banner Greetings. I watercolored some watercolor paper, cut it out with the SSS die and then stamped the sentiment with Versafine ink in Onyx Black which I recently got and really like. For the watercolor background I embossed it first with an embossing folder called Quilted by Sizzix and then watercolored that.

I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge 53.

Hero Arts Scramble 131

Scramble 131 was hosted by Cat in Flickr. The theme for her Scramble was two different sketches and using your favorite stamp. Well picking a favorite of all my Hero Arts stamps is a challenge. I love many of them.


I have been wanting to try this technique that I recently saw on Jennifer McQuire’s blog. She made a nice card from vellum. I just put the vellum over my painted panel. For this card I started out by stamping the flower in blue ink on watercolor paper and I used green ink for the leaves. I painted in the flower and leaves using Gansai Tambi watercolor paints. I then stamped only the flower on some vellum and heat embossed with white embossing powder. What I did not realize is that the vellum was slightly yellow. I would have preferred that it was white. The flower is not colored in on the vellum. The leaves were only done on the panel under the vellum. The sentiment is stamped with the same blue ink as the flower. The stamps that I used are Hero Arts Stencil Flower (CG194) and the sentiment is from Many Everyday Messages (CL954). The leaves are from a set by The Ton called Large Peony. I attached the panel with foam tape to raise it a little bit.

I am entering this in the following challenges.

A Blog Named Hero April Challenge – Clean and Simple

a2z Scrapbooking April 2016 Challenge – Watercoloring

Hero Arts Scramble 130

Today’s Scramble was hosted by Chark. The theme was mix it up, meaning use stamps and stencils from different sets and/or wood stamps. I managed to use 3 different sets and a stencil.


For the background I used the Hero Arts stencil Long Leaves (SA062) and sprayed over it with Heidi Swapp spray in teal.

I started out stamping the flowers first and then trying to watercolor paint with Gansi Tambi watercolor paints but the black ink wasn’t drying fast enough and I got mud color. So I wet the watercolor paper first then laid on the color. I helped the drying along with a heat gun. Then I stamped over the watercolor areas. I hand cut all of the flowers. The My Monthly Hero flowers have dies to match but I wasn’t sure if you get the border around the edge and I didn’t want that for this card. For the flowers I used the two different sets My Monthly Hero March 2016 and Color Me Flowers (CG133). The flowers are only glued in the middle and I tried to shape them some which is hard to see in the photo. The two smallest flowers have pop dots under them.

For the greeting I used Hero Arts Set It’s Your Day (CL661).

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