A Cheery Card for a Gloomy Day

Simon Says Stamp | Smitten Release


Hi there!

Whenever the days gets short and I’m stuck inside more than usual (which is typical in Wisconsin during the Winter), I like to create using bold and cheerful colors.  So, today, I’m sharing a super easy and colorful card that brightened my day and is sure to brighten the day of anyone that receives it.

This card uses the Flower Burst background cling stamp that is part of today’s Simon Says Stamp “Smitten” release.  This cling stamp is fun because the sentiment can be removed so the stamp can be used with it, without it, or in a new configuration.  For my card, I chose to remove the sentiment when I stamped the background, then stamp it separately as a popped-up element.

To make this card:

  1. Heat emboss the background florals in white on watercolor cardstock.
  2. Mist the panel with water, then use watercolor brush pens, watercolor markers, or regular watercolor paints to drop in color.  
  3. Let the panel dry – or dry it with a craft tool, then add in more color here and there to intensify the colors and get additional contrast.  If you’re using watercolor brush pens (like I did) or watercolor markers, you can color areas in directly without adding more water.
  4. Let the panel dry completely, then trim it down as desired.
  5. Stamp the sentiment in black on a piece of white cardstock, then cut it out using a stitched circle die.
  6. Cut out a piece of vellum using a stitched circle die that is just slightly larger than the sentiment circle.
  7. Once your watercolored panel is dry, adhere it to your card front with foam adhesive.
  8. Adhere your vellum circle with foam adhesive.
  9. Adhere your sentiment with more foam adhesive (if all this foam adhesive gives you more dimension than you want you can omit any/all and still get a beautiful card).
  10. Add a few gems for some sparkle!

If Winter makes you feel a bit gloomy like it does me, I hope this card inspires you to create something colorful and that doing so brightens your day!

Have a wonderfully creative day, everyone!



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  1. Lori Spitzer

    Wow, that IS a cherry card. And it IS a gloomy day! Nailed it!
    So pretty!
    Lori S in PA

  2. Denise Bryant

    So pretty! I love your colorful card!


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I fell in love with card-making many years ago and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. I love trying out new techniques and finding the perfect color combination for whatever I’m creating.

By nature, I am an uber-organizer and a steadfast planner, but as you’ll see, my creations are much more fluid. And while I love color theory, the concept of lights and shadows, and the importance of depth and perspective – these are not things I worry about when it comes to my creations.

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