• Bonnie Crane

Watercolour Bubbles featuring Simon Says Stamp’s Narwhal Friends

Hello everyone! I have been extremely busy with the house and not getting into my craft room as much as I would like. My house sold very quickly and now I am off to Alberta this weekend to look at homes.

Some more good news ... I was thrilled and surprised to receive Simon Says Stamp's Narwhal Friends in time for the new release, HELLO BEAUTIFUL! The mail situation has been so frustrating that I had given up on things arriving on time. This stamp set is absolutely adorable and I spent some early mornings making three cards. So here we go .....


Watercolour Bubbles

The background for this slimline card began with a colour wash background on Canson XL watercolour paper that was over sized. The colour wash was created with Ken Oliver's Liquid Metals; Metallic Turquoise and Metallic Emerald. This panel was cut with the largest die from Pinkfresh Studio's Slim Stitched Rectangles. The remainder of the background was saved for the sentiments. The large bubbles were traced and smaller ones hand drawn. The bubbles were painted with Mission Gold Watercolour's Peacock Blue and Winsor & Newton's white gouache paint. The panel was spattered with gouache.

The narwhals and sentiments were stamped with Black Versafine ink on watercolour paper and clear embossed. The narwhals were water coloured with blues and greens and fussy cut. Some textured detail was painted on the backs of the whales with the gouache. The sentiments were die cut with Simon's Sentiment Labels.

The background was mounted on white sheet foam and adhered to a card base measuring 3 3/8" and 8 7/8". The whales and sentiments were also adhered to foam and the card was embellished with blue and green bubble crystals and black Nuvo drops were added to the eyes of the narwhals.


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Watercolour Background

The colour wash for this card was also created with Ken Oliver's Liquid Metals; Metallic Turquoise and Metallic Emerald on Canson XL watercolour paper. The blue was applied to wet watercolour paper and dried completely before rewetting it to apply the green. The panel was spattered with the turquoise liquid metals and gouache and cut with the 3rd largest die from My Favorite Thing's Stitched Rectangles. It was mounted on sheet foam and adhered to a top folding, A2 sized card base. The narwhal was stamped 0n Bristol Smooth card stock with Versamark ink and embossed with Simon's Fine White embossing powder. It was coloured with Zig markers; Marine Green (400) and Light Blue (036). The sentiments were stamped with Black Versafine ink on watercolour paper, clear embossed and cut with Simon's Sentiment Labels. The narwhal and sentiments were also adhered to foam. The card was embellished with blue and green bubble crystals and black Nuvo drops were added to the eyes of the narwhal.


Layered Scene

The background for this card was created with Simon's Layered Hills die set (love this scene builder!) and ink blended with Distress Oxide Inks on Bristol Smooth card stock.

Sky Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Chipped Sapphire

Moon Squeezed Lemonade, Chipped Sapphire

Hill Chipped Sapphire

Water Mermaid Lagoon, Chipped Sapphire, Squeezed Lemonade

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with Simon's Fine White Detail embossing powder. The water panel was also stamped with Versamark and embossed with Ranger's Holographic embossing powder. The powder was removed from the areas around the sentiment before heat setting. The hill and water panels were mounted on sheet foam and all the layers assembled on a top folding, A2 sized card base. The narwhal and shooting star were embossed in white and coloured with Zig markers. Deep Blue (035) and Grey Brown (094) were used to colour the narwhal and Pale Yellow (055) for the star. These elements were also foam mounted. The star trail was created with Nuvo Glitter Drops, White Blizzard.


Supplies Used

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