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. Very cute cards. Beautiful colors. My fav would have to be the sun and stars. Love this. Curious how you decide which distress inks to use on your background? This card reminds me of the 70”S tie die!!!!

  2. Gorgeous cards! I really love the card you made with the Shine On stamp set. Thank you for taking the time to share.

  3. Beautifully done, Gayatri! That is the sweetest Easter scene ever. Love the galaxy vibes to your second card, too.

  4. Love your beautiful coloring on both cards. Especially love your background on your second card, thanks for sharing your distress ink colors!

  5. Both cards are beautiful! The first one is simple adorable and the second one is stunning, those colors make the card so unique! TFS

  6. What lovely cards. It will be fun to see if we get older girl stamp sets as the real Melody grows up! No hurry of course! I know Shari is enjoying her this age!

  7. Gayatri your work is followed around this card world and these two are just as lovely. Love your watercoloring. This little girl is so sweet.

  8. Gorgeous cards, I love the sun, moon and stars set and that background is so gorgeous and rich. I love your watercolored adorable girl and bunny scene too.

  9. WOW Gayatri, both cards are awesome. I love the colours on the 2nd one. Great dies as well and the 1st one is just precious!

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