Sunday, September 30, 2018

An "Out Of My Comfort Zone" Trio

Hi folks, I'm back to share another 3 cards made with the gorgeous Sketched Flowers stamp set from the Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit. The kit has sold out and the stamp set is currently out of stock but if you click on the "Notify Me When Back In Stock" button HERE, Simon Says will be in touch when it is available.
I decided to step right out of my comfort zone (colouring expert I am not) and have a little playtime. The challenge I set myself was to make 3 cards using the same section of the stamp, inked with 3 different inks, stamped on to 3 different surfaces and coloured with different mediums using a limited palette of 3 colours. So here's how it went...
I trimmed from L to R Strathmore Bristol Smooth Card, Neenah Desert Storm and Distress Watercolor Card to 4.1/4" x 5.1/2" and stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Detail Powder and Antique Linen Distress Ink. I stamped the sentiment on all three with Versafine Onyx Black.

I coloured the image on the Strathmore Bristol Smooth card using 3 shades of Brown Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, scribbled the darkest marker on to my glass mat and added water to create splatters.
 I added dots and highlights with Sakura White and Black Gelly Roll Pens

I used 3 shades of Brown Arteza Color Pencils and the White pencil to create highlights on the Neenah Desert Storm card
 and added white dots with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen

 I used Watercolor paints on the Distress Watercolor card, my attempt at no line watercoloring 
which I have to admit did not turn out as well as I hoped but hey you know me, I'm a warts and all kind of person, so I'm sharing my mega fail with you all. Life is a journey, a constant learning curve so if at first you don't succeed, don't give up. The lesson I've learned from this particular adventure is...I need to keep on practising, I also need to invest in some good quality proper watercolor paint brushes and at the end of the day, one small piece of Distress Watercolor card and 30 minutes of my time isn't a big deal and two out of three ain't bad.

I die-cut the panels with Simon Says Stamp Wonky Rectangles Die and matted them on to A2 White Card Blanks.
Enjoy what's left of the weekend and I'll see you all tomorrow with my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. You still have time to join in this week's Monochrome Challenge with the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Well I love them all, even the one you don't like. And the three together make a great sampler for what can be done using different stamping and colouring media.

  2. Well I love them all Kath, they all look gorgeous..have a lovely Sunday.x

  3. Beautiful set of cards Kath love the colours


  4. I think these are all beautiful, I love them all and the colouring is gorgeous. Tracy ❤️❤️

  5. These are just beautiful, Kath. The colouring looks perfect to me! xx

  6. The cards make a beautiful trio of samples; the autumnal colors are gorgeous. My favorites, from left to right are the first and third card. The third card offers such a beautiful ethereal softness that the other two cards don't have. All so well done and lovely!

  7. WOW! WOW! and WOW! ..... I love them all, and I think your no-line watercolouring looks amazing Kath.
    My lovely postie brought me this kit last week, and after seeing these beauties I feel inspired and can't wait to give it a go. Thanks for sharing Kath xx

  8. WOW Kath these are gorgeous, love the colours and designs. I hope you and Buddy are well.
    Linda xxx

  9. You definitely gave yourself a challenge Kath, but you carried it out beautifully, all three cards are stunning! Hugs, Anne xx

  10. I enjoyed this post (you had me at "out of comfort zone"). Regarding the H2O coloring--consider this:

    Perhaps the only reason you are less satisfied with this version is because it lacks the hard lines (delineation) that are present in the other two (your technique, brushes, etc. are just fine).

    Sure, no-line watercoloring is a valid technique but, IMHO, the beauty of most stamps is in their lines and when you take them away, the character is lost.

    When I plan to watercolor a stamped image, as a substitute for a black or white line, I'll use a gray or some other mid-value. The line still shows but in a subtle way.

  11. Love the colouring variations Kath, x

  12. Found your post on Pinterest this morning and love what you did on all three cards. I am trying different coloring techniques on this beautiful stamp design as well. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards!

  13. These are fabulous! I love the colors you chose to use, and they all look amazing. Thank you for sharing the details. That's a terrific challenge you set for yourself.

  14. These are great, and I love this challenge!! I am definitely going to give it a try myself!! :)

  15. I am in love with all three of your cards, Kath!! These are amazing and bring such a sense of organics and nature!! Even your "fail" to you is one that I'm in love with....awesome work!!

  16. I really love your color combos! Very beautiful cards!!

  17. I think your cards are beautiful. You are very talented... Your color combinations are stunning! Congratulations!