Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Encouragement Cards for Kids

Hello crafters, welcome back to a new Studio Monday video! Here at Simon Says Stamp we just had two BIG releases jam-packed with products that are perfect for encouraging the ones we love. Today I wanted to feature some of those products in a card set geared towards kids but could also be used for adults too!

Studio Monday with Nina-Marie

There are a few easy techniques incorporated into these cards; one of which is watercolor smooshing. This is a really fun and easy way to achieve a watercolor effect with little thinking or planning involved.

I used a combination of both Zig Clean Color Felt and Real Brush markers with an Art Impressions palette to achieve the smooshing technique; however you can also do this same smooshing technique using any sort of slick surface.

The “yahoo” sentiment was stamped with one of the new Simon Exclusive CZ Design stamp sets; Everett Alphas. In place of one of O’s in the sentiment, I used the adorable Fingerprint Doodles stamp set and added little critters onto each of the cards. You could make this even more “authentic” by stamping your own fingerprint instead of using the fingerprint images included in the stamp set.

The supporting sentiment “so proud of you” is heat embossed onto coordinating colors of cardstock strips. Isn’t it fun to create your own sentiments by making use of letter stamps?

To finish up the cards, I put my stamped and watercolored panels onto card bases that are decorated with Simon’s new Stitched Alphabets stamp set. I wanted a bit of texture and pattern on the card bases, but nothing distracting. Using embossing ink, I was able to get a tone-on-tone effect that coordinates perfectly with the card design. To stamp those alphabet letters I did not remove them from the stamp packaging; this saved time in not having to line them onto a block or MISTI tool!

The watercolor smooshing technique is really fun and in the video I share some other tips and tricks as well… even a fix for a mistake I made during the creation process! I hope you enjoyed today’s post and will check out the video below to see how these cards came together! Thanks for stopping by; I’ll be back again tomorrow with more crafty inspiration to share with you!






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  1. Love how you used your goof to benefit you and it worked out great, love the cards!!! I love those fingerprint animals, they are so adorable!! Thanks for sharing .

  2. Love these cards and especially the little fingerprint doodle critters on each of the cards. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  3. Love the use of the fingerprint critters in the word, what fun. And I would love a grab bag, they feel like Christmas!

  4. This is such a fun idea! Love these cute cards! What child would not be thrilled to be given an adorable encouragement card like these!

  5. Thanks for the “smoosh” technique. The cards are adorable. The critter stamps are on my wish list!

  6. How cute! Love this finger print animals stamp. I also love that you turned a “mistake” into an asset–I do that lots too!

  7. I love the Fingerprint Doodles stamp set too and thanks for showing us that our mistakes can make cards better!

  8. I love how you combine old and new products and that you are using your scraps! I love the set of cards. TFS

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