Challenge: Wonderful Watercolor



Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Ombre Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

 Wonderful Watercolor

Watercoloring is a very trendy topic right now and there are is a whole array new and exciting products entering the market! Paint Cakes, Pencils, Pens, Ink Pads and much more.  I am sure most of you will have something, if not you can try watercoloring with tea, coffee or whatever else you can think of!

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store



Remember to click on the person’s name to see all of the details of how we made these creations and leave these wonderful girls some comment love

Andrea made a nest out of watercolored paper strips.


I used my handy-dandy watercolors to paint some patterned paper from Prima’s Garden Fable collection and Tim Holtz’s Correspondence collection.  Then I went to town with some scissors to give my bird a nifty nest!

Anna-Karin made a new notebook with a watercolour cover.


Watercolours is maybe my favourite medium and this week I had such fun making a notebook for myself. The cover is made from watercolour canvas. I embossed a Simon Says Stamp background stamp on the cover and used Brusho Crystals to add colour. The title was done with the new Billboard Alphabet die by Tim Holtz and I also used some stamps.

 Barbara loves to use watercolors in a non traditional way!


Today I decided to use watercolors to create my background! With the help of Distress Stain Spray
and Distress watercolor cardstock, I created a background into the Halloween spirit for my card!  Is quite scary my skull ?

Cheiron played around with her favorite watercolor set.

watercolor many thanks by cheiron_


I wanted to take out my Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi set and make a bunch of fall colored thank you notes. I mixed up some turquoise, burnt orange and golden yellow for fall and made a few Watercolor Distress panels to use for future cards. The bold many thanks in Simon Says Stamp/WPlus 9 Many Thanks set was a great greeting to use with it and a spritz of Krylon gold pen adds the perfect finishing touch.

Emma created a vision of blue.


Inspired by childhood dreams of wanting to become a fashion designer, I created a canvas in shades of blue using Tim Holtz’s Runway stamps as the main focal point, stamped onto watercolour card and watercolored with a wash of Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch Distress Stains. To complete my sketchy fashion canvas, I added buttons, ripped pieces of Eclectic Elements fabric and a paintbrush dipped into Broken China Distress Paint.

Lols is discovering a love of watercoloring with Distress Ink Pads!


I  love the Bird Crazy Stamp and Die Set and I recently bought the Crazy Things Stamp Set to go with it, I was just itching to make a Halloween card with them! I used a combination of  Stormy Sky, Dusty Concord and Spiced Marmalade for the background, and Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade for the bird. I hung the lantern on a ‘hook’ and the little black kitten just jumped up onto the broomstick when I wasn’t looking!

Maura is sharing some watercolor sketches from her trip to France.



I took my watercolors, pencils and pens with me on my trip to France, and found time to use them! I loved finding a scene or detail I wanted to record, and sitting down with my materials and creating it right on the spot. I used Strathmore water color paper  with my Koi watercolors and water brush (love these).  I used my favorite Pitt Pens to add the finishing doodles.

Meihsia was inspired to create a Halloween themed art journal page with watercolor effects.

Meihsia Liu Simply Paper Crafts Halloween Tim Holtz Watercolor Simon Says Stamp Monday 600

I always love experimenting different mediums to create watercolor effects. On this journal page, I decided to create the Halloween theme with the watercolor effect using Distress Spray Stain on the background. The images were stamped with Tim Holtz Undertaker Stamps and the yellow splat was die cut using Sizzix Scribbles and Splat Thinlits die.

Michelle has started making her Holiday gift tags.

Simon Says Stamp Hero Arts Holiday Tags

It may seem early to most, but I have to make a lot of Holiday gift tags! This year’s theme is going to be a Woodland Christmas in non-traditional colors, so these sweet Elves by Lila will fit right in. Their long, pointy hats posed a challenge, so I made the tags from  watercolor paper and the Simon Says Stamp Bookmark It Craft Die.  I added doodles with a Signo Gel Gold Pen as well as a Signo Gel White Pen. I love those pens! They glisten like Holiday Magic!

Sandra’s favorite crafting season is Halloween.
I love the creepy season the most and it’s so much fun to create spooky stuff. I began with a piece of Watercolor cardstock and Crushed Grapes and Squeezed Orange Dylusions. The creepy trick-or-treat-ers I inked up with Black Soot Distress Ink, misted it with some water and stamped it to create a bit of a water color look, but also it makes a more solid print on a textured surface like this.

Suzz  loves her watercolor pencils for shading and coloring.


Watercolor markers, pencils or crayons always fascinate me in their effect with a touch of the waterbrush.  Watercolor paper is the key to how your images will stamp, your water will blend and the overall effect.  The Strathmore Watercolor Paper is what I used for this project.  I used circle dies to trace my circles onto the background with watercolor pencil.   I used the fine tipped waterbrush   to add water and blend the color out from the line.   I added a touch of other colors to shadow the circles.  The butterfly and sentiment are favorites of mine from Stampers Anonymous Perspective and Impression Obsession.

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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  1. coffee and tea? how about boiled onion skins and chestnuts or cumin? works great on textiles i’m sure also for watercoloring although i’ve never tried i’l stick to the ground espresso from Distress and tea dye for my coloring ;-)

  2. Happy Watercolor Monday … these are great so fun ! Love the variety of inspiration, so much inspiration ( may have to sneak in some watercolor today )! My favorite was Emma’s (speaks to me ) !

  3. Awhhhhh, watercolor paints, paper and stamps, what a dreamy crafting time. These projects are immensely pleasing to the eye and the soul. Thanks for sharing. Cheers!

  4. LOOOOOOOOOOOVE watercolors!!! The awesome creations by the team are out of this world!!!!
    <3 J

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  5. Thanks for another fun challenge, my favourite one is to use watercolour or watercolour inks, as always great DT inspiration too Karen x

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