Wednesday, October 8, 2014

♥ Simon Says...Use Watercolors! ♥

Hi everyone! Sorry I have been MIA! Had some personal issues to take care of. :) It's time for a brand new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog! This week we want you to Use Watercolors!  There are so many options for this challenge, you can use watercolor paints, pencils, crayons, gelatos, distress inks, whatever you can think of.

For my card, I first added some color to some Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock using some Distress Inks by spritzing the cardstock with some water and using a brush added strokes of ink to it. When dry, I used the balloon stencils from the Simon Says Balloons and Patterns Stencils Set and just using my finger, spread some Gesso onto the cardstock. When the Gesso was dry, I outlined the Gesso balloons with some Distress Markers. Using a wet paint brush, I spread the inks to fill in the balloons, giving it more of a watercolor effect. When it was all dry, I matted it onto a Kraft card base. 

I also used some May Arts Natural Twine and some Melissa Frances White Pearls. The stamped Happy Birthday is from the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Messages Clear Stamp Set. To keep the twine where I wanted it, I used little dabs of Glossy Accents to hold it in place. 

And don't forget, the super sweet and generous Heidi will give the random winner of this challenge a $50 Credit Voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Superstore! Good luck everyone!

Have you seen the new Simon Says Stamp Store Website?? You can see it for yourself HERE! Happy Shopping!! :)

Have a wonderful day!



Lin said...

Love your brush-strokes background, Melissa! You got a true pastel watercolor look this way!

Jingle said...

Adorable card! I love the bright, happy colors!

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Melissa :-) I was wondering how you colored the balloons and the background, this looks fabulous !
I must remember to use gesso, something I always forget I have ! :-)

Lols x x x

Unknown said...

I love the simplicity of this colorful card which will certainly make someone happy to receive it. The pearls you placed on the twine balloon strings is a unique idea. I'm going to do this. Thanks!

Janeen said...

hey Melissa, just had to stop by and say as I was scrolling through the samples on SSS site, when I saw your card, I said right out loud, Awww, THATS beautiful.

Chriss America Real said...

This is so simple but lovely!

Heather said...

Beautiful Melissa - I love your techniques, pretty colours and lovely details!!

Heather xx

Caryn said...

Gorgeous colours - love this technique - never tried it but it looks fantastic.

Stephanie said...

Lovely design!! Festive & fun :)

Simon Says Stamp!

debby4000 said...

Love those balloon and the pretty colours, fabulous card.

Becca Cruger said...

This is such a sweet and inspired card!

Teresa Kline said...

hey Melissa! darlin watercolored background...luv the balloons too! hope you have a super weekend!

sparkle & shine *~*