Hello and Welcome!
Here we are again with the newest Simon Says Stamp Kit for September and is all about the mermaid! I must admit that this is the first mermaid stamp set I actually own. I’ve never had much faith in my coloring talents and pretty much stayed away from stamp sets that required coloring, but early this year I decided to just go for it and do what felt right for me.
I started with coloring pencils and have now branch out to watercolor markers. I find that I have better control with these two mediums and hopefully can work my way up to alcohol markers, like those crazy expensive yet fantastic Copic markers every pro uses! I keep my fingers crossed that someday I can afford them, lol.
Here is the first card I created with this kit and as of today you can still purchase your kit at Simon Says Stamp. You can also buy the supplies separately if you rather; links are at the end of this post.
For this first card I used Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol to blend the colors. This technique I got from Jennifer McGuire and Gina K. Designs who both have videos showing coloring pencils and gamsol. I find that I’m able to blend and smooth the colors with gamsol very well.
The paper is from Tonic Studios and is included in the kit. It’s embossed and I tell you the picture doesn’t do justice to the colors and texture of the paper. Very pretty and I think I need to go check out what other papers Tonic has, lol!
Next card was a little bit more labor intensive but fun to make. It was all about the inks and markers for this next card. I used Tim Holtz distressed inks for the background and Arteza markers to color the mermaid and sea life.
On card three I used distress oxide inks, the new mermaid embossing powder (to emboss the sea plants), and both Arteza and distress markers to color the mermaid and sea life. The hair on this mermaid stamp is fantastic to color because is easy to just color each section in all kinds of colors. Mmmm…maybe I should try a rainbow mermaid next!!!
Next I have a simple card with some this beautiful glitter paper that came in the kit and I think I need to buy some more! I like simple layouts and when you have very nice paper the work is halfway done. I colored the mermaid with tones of blue and orange since those colors go well together.
A little close up for the beautiful paper :).
For card five I created my version of a shaker card and it’s one of my favorites. It took a little time but I think it was worth it and I loved it so much I created another version of it that you will see on my next post. So come back! I don’t make shaker cards ofter but I really like to spice it up and do as much as I can since I’m already putting the effort. I was thinking of a fish tank when the inspiration came for this card and again great paper for the background.
Here is a close up of my version of the fish tank 🙂 and yes I fuzzy cut those little fishies, NOT my favorite thing to do, believe me.
I have 5 more cards to show you so I hope you come visit again! This kit is available for purcahse at Simon Says Stamp and the links are coming up. I hope you got a little inspiration and try your hands at the sea life.
Take care and nourish your creative soul,
Links and supplies:
- Simons Says Stamp Kit – September 2018
- Arteza coloring pencils
- Zig Clean Brush markers
- Arteza water brushes
- Double sided foam tape and double sided adhesive tape
- Recollections 110lb white card stock by Michaels
- Bristol cardstock
- Versafine Onyx Black ink
- WOW clear embossing powder
Products I used from the kit you can purchase separately:
- Beautiful Mermaids stamp set
- SSS Embossing ink
- Aqua Glitter card stock 6×6
- Treasure chest sequins
- Mermaid Blue embossing powder
- Tumbled Glass – Tim Holtz Oxide ink
- Stormy Sky – Tim Holtz Oxide Ink
- Neenah 80lb white card stock