Watercoloring with Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Products!

Hi friends!! Happy Wednesday! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please welcome special guest Gayatri Murali! She has made TWO gorgeous and unique cards showcasing some watercoloring in both! Be sure to read on for more details and enjoy!


This is Gayatri Murali with you today sharing couple of cards as Simon’s guest designer for this month. I am humbled to be guest design for Simon Says Stamp blog and thank you so much for giving me the opportunity.

With Easter on its way next month, I decided to make an Easter card using Simon Says Stamp’s older sets called Melody’s Easter and Springtime Critters stamp sets and a newer die called Floral Dot Collage die from December collection. I stamped the images from both the stamp set on watercolour paper using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink and mini MISTI to get clean crisp image on watercolour paper. Then coloured the image using Zig clean colour brush pens. To add shading to the watercolored images, I used Prisma colour pencils. Then I fuzzy cut them out using the scissors.

For the background, I die cut a stitched rectangle panel using the largest die from Simon Says Stamp Stitched rectangle die and die cut the window using the Floral Dots Collage die. I used the same watercolour paper I used for images which is Strathmore watercolour paper.

I adhered this background panel on the Neenah Desert Storm card base using foam adhesives. Then adhered the stamped watercolored images to the bottom of the panel. Some of the image were glued down and other using foam to give dimension.

Sentiment is white heat embossed on a strip of black card stock and adhered on the top left corner of the panel. Finally I embellished the card using the sequins, brushed the eggs using Wink of Stella clear shimmer pen and added glossy accent on the centre of the flowers.

easter blessings

I made a second card because I had this unopened stamp set from Simon called Shine On which I wanted to ink up. I combined the image from this set with Stacked Stars die also from Simon Says Stamp.

You Are My Sun My Moon And All of My Stars

The images from the stamp set needed a beautiful inked background. So I sponged a white panel using distress inks – Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough and Chipped Sapphire. I started with a light hand to spong the inks, then came back with two more layers of ink to get an even blend. I die cut this panel using a stitched rectangle die from MFT.

Then I stamped the Moon and Sun from the Shine On stamp set on watercolour paper using Simon’s Intense Black Ink and watercolored using Zig Clean Brush pens. Then used the coordinating dies to die cut them out.

I also used the white glitter paper form DCWV glitter paper pad to die cut the stacked stars die. I kept the negative stars that fell out of die cutting. I adhered a piece of the stacked stars die cut on the sponged panel with Multi Medium Matt. Then the watercolored Sun image using foam adhesive on the middle of the panel. The moon image on the top right of the Sun using foam adhesives.

I randomly adhered the negative stars around the images and stacked stars die cut. The sentiment from Shine On stamp set is white heat embossed on the a strip of black card stock and adhered below the Sun and Moon cluster.

The finished panel is adhered on white card base and embellished the card with Sparkly Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.




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  1. Beautiful cards! Love the colors on the moon and sun card and the other card works well with the different stamp sets!

  2. The coloring in these cards are exquisite. I also like how you incorporated the floral and star dies into the backgrounds. They add so much to the overall design. Thanks for sharing these.

  3. I love the ink blending on the second card a lot. Those colors speak to me. The first card is so adorable.

  4. I love the coloring on the eggs. They look like real dyed eggs. The moon and stars card put a big smile on my face.

  5. Both cards are just wonderful – bright and happy! Thanks so much for sharing your talent!!

  6. Nice! A little late for Easter as I’ve got most of my Easter things completed. But I love the Artsy Flowers!

  7. Ok, you did it! I am now inspired and ready to get off work and get busy in my craft room! Thanks, I need the inspiration.

  8. The sun, moon, and stars card is PERFECT to send to a loved one, especially my grandchildren! Colors are beautiful, design is gorgeous, love it!

  9. Love the coloring and shading on the cards. I need lots of practice on this. But you inspire me not to give up. Thank you

  10. I actually just ordered the Youre a fungi stamp set from hero arts. I saw it in Jennifers video and just had to have it. It should be here by tomorrow! I hope to be using it this weekend along with my new distress oxides! I can’t wait!

  11. I love both these cards, and I really like the results of starting with a light hand to spong the inks, then coming back with two more layers to get an even blend for the background of the second card.

  12. OMG! Both of these cards are awesome! I especially love the moon and stars card because I love all things celestial! TFS!

  13. Your cards are beautiful!! Great color combinations on both cards. The results you get using the Zig watercolor markers are amazing, the wash on the Easter card and the intense color on the Sun & Moon card…Simply Stunning

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