Simon Says Stamp Hello Gorgeous Blog Hop – Day 1

Hello friends! Welcome to the Day 1 Blog Hop with Simon Says Stamp, showcasing the latest release, called Hello Gorgeous! If you are arriving here from Cheiron Brandon’s blog, and if not you can click back to the start of the hop at the Simon Says Stamp Blog. Also, be sure to check back tomorrow for Day 2 of the blog hops and even more beautiful inspiration!

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Mother’s Day is coming soon, so I made a card using the Mom’s Spring Flowers stamp set. When I opened the box of products sent to me, this stamp set immediately flew to the top of my favorites list and I knew I wanted to give it a little extra attention with some no-line watercoloring!

I stamped the image onto watercolor paper using the palest of pale Distress inks – Old Paper. I chose it because of it’s water-reactive properties and so that if any outlines remained, they wouldn’t stand out.

I can’t really give you any particular painting tips – as I’m usually just feeling my way myself, but I can tell you that the color of paint I used on the petals was one particular color – Daniel Smith Moonglow – and all the other shades of the petals were that color mixed with other paint colors – blue, black, purple and even a little orange on the warm toned petals.

I re-emphasized some outlines with a tiny paint brush and a dark color of paint, and with black paint to define the flower petals. I used a fine tip black pen to add in the stamen details.

To add some additional detail, once the paint and splatters were dry, I laid the Fanfare Stencil over the card front and blended the very palest of ink shades over parts of the background, going over top of the leaves and petals in some places. I stamped the Mother’s Day greeting from the same stamp set with embossing ink and heat set with Platinum embossing powder.

Finally, I die cut the shape with the Heffy Doodle Imperial Stitched Rectangle Dies (which weren’t the exact right size for this 5″x 7″ card, so I die cut different portions of the outline in separate passes).

Thanks for stopping by today! Your next stop on the hop is Yoonsun Hur’s blog. Simon Says Stamp is giving away $25 gift cards drawn from comments left on each blog participating in the hop, so be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win! Winners will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, Mar 3o and if you see your name there you can email SSS for your prize!

And don’t forget to use the HBD322 code for the free Birthday Wishes stamp set, free with a purchase until 3/27 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Also, remember to check out the Hello Gorgeous release gallery and add your own work to it once you’ve created something using the products from this release.

Blog Hop Order:

Simon Says Stamp Blog 

Nina-Marie Trapani

Caly Person

Nichol Spohr

Jennifer McGuire

Kristina Werner

Cathy Zielske

Suzy Plantamura

Sidnie Des Jardins

Lisa Addesa

Keisha Charles

Heather Ruwe

Mindy Eggen

Barb Engler

Cheiron Brandon

Norine Borys – You are here.

Yoonsun Hur

Anna-Karin Evaldsson


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