Simon Says Stamp Sunny Days Ahead Release

Hey, hi everybody! It’s day 2 of a blog hop at Simon Says Stamp to spotlight the new Sunny Days Ahead release and I have a couple of cards to share here as well!

I got to play with the Suzy’s Mother’s Day Watercolor Cards set and it is full of gorgeous new florals which obviously, is right up my alley!! They are 12 beautiful designs, cut to A2 size, hand drawn by Suzy Plantamura, and printed on Tim Holtz watercolor paper.

Today I made two cards from one card panel, by coloring, painting and then cutting the panel in half!

I used my Faber Castell watercolor pencils to color the roses and leaves first, then came back in with a paint brush and clean water to blend and shade the colored images.

I love the pace of creating with watercolor pencils, because I can take your time, adding shades of color here and there, and knowing that they will just sit there and chill out until I come back minutes, hours or days later, with a wet paintbrush. And once I have a paint brush in hand, it’s a simple matter of going from one leaf or petal to the next and reconstituting the pigment. For the roses, I colored mostly with a dark burgundy pencil, drawing one strong line underneath the shaded parts of the folds and overlaps, and because of the intensity of the pencils, that was enough pigment to fill in the whole petal shape once wet.

The second card is from the opposite end of the same roses card panel and was colored and painted at the same time with the same colors. Once I finished with the burgundy color on the roses, they felt a little cool to me, so I then just scribbled with my gold colored pencil onto some scrap paper, and used a fairly wet paintbrush to mix it up and create a puddle of color that I used to wash over the blooms, giving them that warm blush.

All of the leaves have 3-5 colors of pencil on them. A dark pine green, a yellow green, grey green, aqua and purple. I love how the water and paper work together to blend those shades so harmoniously!

For the sentiments on each card, I die cut from watercolor paper, but before removing the die cut, I watercolored (with actual watercolor paint) all over the die cut and let it dry. I went back a 2nd time with more paint to add more color and depth to each design. The “hello” is the smaller of the two sentiments in this CZDesigns Hellos Dies set and the “lucky to know you” is this die set from SSS. I used part of a sentiment from the Hello You stamp set to add the “sweet friend” below each die cut.

To assemble the card, I splattered an A2 sized watercolor cardstock panel with leftover watercolor paint then cropped it on all 4 sides. After fussy cutting each end of the watercolored panel, I adhered them to the watercolor cardstock panel and added that to a cream colored card base. I decided against further embellishment, feeling like the cards were already so pretty, they didn’t need anything to distract!

If you love these cards, please check back again on Monday for another 3 cards made with the Simon Says Stamp Suzy Mother’s Day Watercolor Prints! Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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