June 21, 2018

SSS Good Vibes Release Blog Hop!

Hello dear friends

Welcome back to my blog.

Today I am excited to be part of Simon Says Stamp Good Vibes release blog hop.

Today is Day #1 of the blog hop. If you have come from Heather Hoffman‘s blog on the hop, then you are on the right track. But do not worry, I will have the list of all the participants of the blog hop towards the end of the post.

Now, my post is photo heavy because I have three cards to share today. I have used the large floral cluster stamp from Strangeness stamp set on all the three cards and used three different mediums to colour them. I used copic markers, watercolours and colour pencils. For the sentiment I used the same sentiment on all three cards. The sentiments are from Vacation Time stamp set.

Lets start with my favourite technique of ink smooshing on the background and copic colouring of the image.

This technique is my current favourite. I smooshed distress ink on the background panel. The background panel is bristol smooth cardstock. Then I used MISTI to stamp the large floral image using Simon’s Intense Black Ink. Then I coloured the image using copic markers. The shading colour depends on the background colour behind the image. Using shades of those colours, I highlighted the image by adding shading and highlighting. For highlighting I used white gelly roll pen.I added a few gold spatter on the background as well by covering the image. I stamped the sentiment from the new Vacation Time stamp set. I stamped the bold primary sentiment using MISTI to get even coverage. The secondary sentiment I stamped vertically. I love doing vertical sentiments. Makes the card a bit quirky and edgy. Then I trimmed the panel and added two strips of gold glitter cardstock on the top and left side of the panel. Adhered this panel to a black card base using foam adhesives and added a few clear droplets. Here are some closeups of the card.

The colours of distress inks I used here are Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Seedless Preserve, Mermaid Lagoon and Shaded Lilac. I did three layers of the distress ink smooshing. A light wash on the first, a second darker shade using less water and third layer is textural using very little water give more spatter kind of look. The layers give lots of depth to the background.

For the second medium, I used Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils to colour the large floral cluster from Strangeness stamp set.

I stamped the image on Neenah Solar White panel using Simon’s Intense Black ink using MISTI. Then I coloured the image using Polychromos pencils. I did layering technique to achieve good blending, shading and depth. Each area has about five layers. Yes, five layers minimum! I started colouring the image at about 8pm. At first I thought I will do only the leaves and come back to it next day morning. But I got so involved in colouring that I kept going through the night and completed colouring the image at 2am! Its my first craft that late. I normally do not craft at night. But the flow was so good that I was afraid that if I stop half way through I will not be able to continue in the same manner next day.

Here are some closeups.

I added a few highlight dots on the image using Sakura white gelly roll pen. I also added shadows aroung the image using copic markers because I was done with colour pencil layers LOL! Everything else on the card is similar to the first card. I added the gold spatter, gold glitter strips to the panel, stamped the sentiment similar to the first card, mounted on black card base using foam adhesives and added clear droplets.

For the third card, I used watercolour as the medium, precisely Zig clean colour brush pens.

So here I gold heat embossed the same image from Strangeness stamp set on Bristol smooth panel. Then I coloured the image using Zig Clean Colour Brush Pens. I also added shading to the background using grey colour.  I added gold spatter to the background and everything else is exactly the same as the previous two cards. Here are the closeups of the card.

Getting the pink and yellow to blend was not too bad. I started with a light wash of both the colours, blended them using water brush. The added the darker shade of the same colour and  blending them into the previous layer loosely. Love how it turned out. I will list all the supplies used to make these cards below. Since the colouring mediums were the only think different in the three cards, I think its best to have all the supplies into one.


There is a special promotion going on. Use the code word: PUFFY with your purchase to receive Pebbles Flowers Puffy Stickers. The code will expire Sunday 24th June at 11:59 pm ET.

This is not all, Simon Says Stamp is giving away $25 gift certificate on every stop in the blog hop. So make sure you leave your comments on every blog in the hop. The winner will be chosen on the weekend and announced on Simon Says Stamp Blog on Wednesday.

Here are the list of all the participants on today’s blog hop.

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Kristina Werner

Cathy Zielske

Nichol Spohr

Nina-Marie Trapani

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Amanda Korotkova

Suzy Plantamura

Kathy Racoosin

Anna Kossakovskaya

Bibi Cameron

Elena Salo

Heather Hoffman

Gayatri Murali (that’s me!)

This is day #1 of the blog hop with designers showcasing projects using products from the new Simon Says Stamp Good Vibes Collection. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.

Happy Hopping!

June 20, 2018

SSS Good Vibes Release!

Hey everyone,

So excited about this new collection from Simon Says Stamp called Good Vibes.

Fantastic new summer themed products released today. I have a card to share with you using a few of the new products from the Good Vibes Collection.

On this card I have used the new Debra die on the background. I embossed the die on the panel for interest and texture. The birds are from Strangeness stamp set which I watercoloured and hand cut them out. There are dies for the set but I don’t have them yet. These birds are swallows but I coloured them in rainbow colours like parrots because I wanted colour on the rather black and white background. The sentiments are from Vacation Time stamp set. I stamped the large sentiment directly on the embossed background. Love the patterns on the sentiment from the embossing. So cool! I also love placing the sentiment vertically. Vertical sentiments feels a bit edgy to me. The secondary sentiment is white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock. The bold black large sentiment, the black strip of cardstock from the secondary sentiment and the black outline of the bird images all tie in together. I finally filled in some of the white space with clear droplets so there is dimension yet there is lots of white space.

Here are some of the closeups of the card.

All the supplies used to make this card are listed below. And all the Good Vibes release products are also listed below for your convenience.


Here are all the new release products from the Good Vibes Collection.

Good Vibes Collection

Make sure you visit Simon Says stamp Blog for more inspirations.

Happy Shopping!

June 18, 2018

Happy Birthday! A Winnie & Walter Card!

Hello everyone, Hope you has a wonderful weekend! I have a simple yet colourful birthday card to share with you. I am also on Winnie & Walter Blog with this came card.

I have used Winnie & Walter’s Happy Dance stamp set to make this card. This set has a balloon cluster which I have been wanting to colour in rainbow colours for a very long time. I had a chance to do it over the weekend and made a birthday card using it.

So I stamped and coloured the balloon cluster  in rainbow colours using copic markers. Then die cut the image using coordinating die. I also had a watercolored party hat left over from a previous project. I am using it as it is in rainbow colours as well.

Since the card is simple, I added lots of layers. The first layer is Slate cardstock which I die cut using the largest rectangle die from Katharine Cutaway and a white cardstock layer die cut using the second smaller  rectangle die from the same Katharine Cutaway. I glued the grey panel flush to the card front.

ON the smaller white panel, I stamped the streamers from the Happy Dance stamp set in pastel rainbow colour randomly. Then stamped the sentiment on the bottom right of the panel using Versafine Onyx Black ink and MISI.

The balloon cluster and the party hat are adhered using foam adhesives. This entire panel is adhered on the grey panel on the card front using foam adhesives. Finally added a few clear droplets for extra die mention.

Here are some closeups of the card.

All the supplies used to make this card are listed below. Hope you are inspired by my card today. I think the rainbow balloon cluster and the party hat elements are the highlight of the otherwise simple card.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful week.


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