Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers Watercoloring

Hello! Today I have a card I created for a friend. I had some fun with my Koi watercolors.

I stamped these flowers on some watercolor paper. I used a travel type watercolor set by Sakura to color the flowers. There are some pearlescent colors in the set so that is used or mixed with many of the colors. The photo shows the middle of the two flowers looking very pearly but it didn’t look that bold in person. After painting the flowers and leaves I created a quick mask. I mixed glimmer metallic ink with water and splattered it over the background with the mask in place. The flowers didn’t stamp super well on the watercolor paper so I went back over it with a pen. For the sentiment I heat embossed using gold embossing powder on the black paper and cut that out with a die. Then I attached the panel to a black card base.


  • Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers stamp set
  • Koi Water Colors – pocket field sketch box
  • Hero Arts It’s Your Day stamp set


Birthday Cards – Flowers and Fun Birds

Just a fun little card for my son’s sister who is a teenager. She is kind of artsy. I thought these two quirky birds were kind of fun. They were in a package of things to color so color I did. Not the greatest coloring but it was more about the fun. As you can see I added clear Nuvo drops here and there. I think the black shiny parts were a glaze pen. For the background I used a stencil and Oxide Distress ink. The sentiment is die cut.

Simon Says Stamp Marilyn Full Card Die

This I sent to a friend. I die cut the background piece. For the flowers I stamped over some paper that I created awhile back by putting the paper down on some ink on my craft mat. The flowers are heat embossed using black embossing powder. The sentiment is die cut.


  • Dyslusions Diamond in the Round stencil
  • Spellbinders Sentiments One die – bird card
  • Distress Oxide ink
  • Copic Pens
  • Nuvo Crystal Clear Drops
  • Glaze pen
  • Simon Says Stamp Marilyn Full Card die
  • Stampendous Fresh Bloom stamp
  • Black embossing powder
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script die

Oxide Floral Birthday Cards

Oxide Floral Birthday

I had a lot of fun making this using a technique I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s blog. I created two cards using this technique she calls Distress Oxide water painting. And there is also just the fact that you use Oxide Distress ink which is enough to catch my attention right out of the shoot.

First I stamped the flowers and leaves and heat embossed them with white powder.

Next I ink blended three Oxide Distress inks on the panel.

Then you wipe the ink off the embossing.

After that I took a water brush and “painted” over the flowers and immediately dab them with a cloth. This removes some of the ink and puts the Oxide ink to work to get the oxide look. I did the leaves also but it is hard to see because of all the embossing.

I die cut the sentiment once out of 110 pound Neenah paper and glued a 80 pound Neenah layer over that to give some dimension. I love the look of layered up thicker die cut sentiments but sometimes it is a bit tedious to get them lined up and stuck together especially if they are small.

I went over the flowers with a sparkle pen also and dabbed it off with a cloth. It still leaves plenty of sparkle.

Flowers & Leaves Stamp – Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden
Embossing Powder – Hero Arts white
Oxide Distress Inks – Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalde, Picked Raspberry
Sentiment – Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday die
Sparkle Pen – Spectrum Noir
Water Pen – Kuretake – small brush

Entered both in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge 94, with a theme of ink blending, located here.

I also entered this orange/pink card in the Love! Handmade Cards April challenge in Flickr with the theme of Spring.

Here is another card using the same water painting technique. I actually made this one first.

Oxide Dragonfly Floral Birthday

So I ink blended on this one too. This also has a layered sentiment. The dragonfly wings and the sentiment are colored over with the sparkle pen.

Flowers & Dragonflies – Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March 2016
Embossing Powder – Hero Arts white
Oxide Distress Inks – Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry
Sentiment – Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday die
Sparkle Pen – Spectrum Noir
Water Pen – Kuretake – small brush

Hero Arts Scramble 157

Hero Arts Scramble 157

The challenge for Scramble #157 is “Frame It”.  LaVon asked us to use a frame or framing technique as part of our creation. LaVon was the host for this Scramble and she showed a card made by Jacqueline that she received a few years back and one that she made and they were both very nice so mine was made from this inspiration.

Here is my card and I went over the 90 minute time frame some.. what’s new. Whenever I use a layered stamp I have to stamp it many times to practice the lining up and get the color combo I want. So when will I learn not to use those during the Scrambles. I think I spent at least 2/3 of the time stamping over and over to come up with the right color combo and have the layers lined up nice.

Anyway.. I first put down three different Distress Oxide green inks on watercolor paper that I wet first. I used Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint and Twisted Citron. I set that aside to dry. The first one didn’t come out right so this is number two.

Then I spent quite awhile stamping the bird. Stored with the stamp set was a die set so I thought great just die cut that bird. Well I just noticed that the die set I put in the same plastic sleeve was not even the one that matched this stamp set. Ha jokes on me. So I hand cut the bird. The stamp set I used is Color Layering Bird (CL866). The die is for the Color Layering Dimensional Bird. Oops! Now I need to get that stamp set. The inks I used on the bird was Color Box Chalk Dark Peony, Colorcube Heliotrope, Distress Ink Seedless Preserves.

The branch is by Tessler (DCL019) and I altered it after die cutting. There was a swirl at the end of the branch and I cut of one grouping of leaves and a single leaf so the bird could sit there. I colored the branch with Oxide inks Peeled Paint and Frayed Burlap.

The sentiment is from a set by Simon Says Stamp called Birthday Messages (SSS101391) stamped with Memories black ink. It is stamped more crooked than I would like it to be.

The circle frame is from Rubbernecker Stamps Freehand Border Circle (955) and also stamped with the Memories ink.

Peony Birthday

I stamped these flowers from the Altenew Peony Bouquet set. I just love this set and have made several cards with it. Since I stamped the flowers quite some time ago I don’t remember the inks that I used. The sentiment which is rather crooked is a Simon Says Stamp die called Happy Birthday strangely enough and is cut out of the same brown that is the background for the panel. I guess I was in a hurry when I laid down the sentiment.

Framed Nutcracker


I just love this nutcracker and the stamp set it is part of which is Retro Christmas by Simon Says Stamp. I recently colored this nutcracker and decided to frame it for Linda’s challenge.

I colored the nutcracker with Copics and a Pen-touch gold pen. I continued the search for a gold pen after using the Pen-touch. I like the gold itself but I am not sure I like the way it colors. Maybe this is not the best use of the pen. Writing or highlighting might be a better use.

The red frame is a Spellbinders Card Creator die called A2 Filigree Delight.

Under the red frame is some cool gold paper I found at Michaels. You can kind of see it has an embossed pattern on it.

Pop of Color with Black and White


I created this card for the monthly challenge at A Blog Named Hero located here The theme was Pop of Color.

For the background I used a Design Objectives embossing folder that was a prize from a Hero Arts Flickr challenge.

The poppies are from Hero Arts set Delicate Blossoms (CL449). They poppy was colored with either Copics or Zig Clean Color pens.

The sentiment was white embossed with Simon Says Stamp set Birthday Messages (SSS101391).

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.

Embossed Rainbow Flowers

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I created this card for two challenges but.. the time went by so I am only entering this in the a2z Scrapbooking March Challenge located here.

For the background panel I embossed white paper using the Sizzix Quilted embossing folder. For the main background I used watercolor paper and Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paint. The flowers are stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink using a Hero Arts stamp set called Fanciful Posies (LL923). The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set called More Sketchy Banner Greetings (SSS101410) also stamped with the Versafine ink. Then I added a few gemstones.


Merry Monday Challenge 196

Merry Monday’s Challenge for this week is black, white and silver/gray.


Merry Monday Challenge 196

I first thought this was a difficult color scheme for Christmas. I mentioned it in passing to my son who sees a lot of the cards I make. He came up with the idea of the scene and looking through the snow at the scene. So.. here it is. He did not see the inspiration image.


To create this card I cut the hills out of textured gray paper with a Taylored Expressions die called Rolling Hills (TE187). I stamped the trees from the Hero Arts set Family & Friends (CL803) and did some masking to create depth with the trees. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink that I got just recently which worked really nice for this. For the snowflakes I used a Memory Box stamp called Snow Flurry and some Encore Silver pigment ink. The greeting is from a Simon Says Stamp set called Retro Christmas (SSS101591). After creating this I really like the color scheme and look of it.

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