Faux Water Colored Poinsettia

Simon Says Stamp | DieCember Release

Hi there!

Wooo Hooo! It’s DieCember!

For those of you thinking I made a typo: nope! Today is the launch of Simon Says Stamp’s special die release – also known as DieCember! I look forward to this release every year! And guess what? It’s not only about dies – they have other amazing products in this release too – like the stunning Holiday Floral stamp set I used to make today’s card!

If you are like me and you are not the best watercolorist, then the technique I used on this card is meant for you! It’s super easy and creates a beautiful watercolor effect, but without the water coloring. Here’s how to make it:

1. Stamp your images using dye or water-based inks (permanent inks will not work) on watercolor paper.

2. Use a bit of water on a brush (or a water brush) and gently go over the edges of the image, one color section at a time, pulling the color out from the image onto the background. Clean your brush between color families so you don’t get a muddy look.

3. If desired, you can also go over the full image like I did on this card. This softens the entire image.

4. Set the panel aside to dry completely.

5. Add some splatter! I used gold watercolor paint (just be sure to let the panel dry again).
6. Heat emboss your sentiment.

7. Trim the panel and pop it up with foam adhesive on your card base.

8. Sit back and admire your work!

I hope you’ll find some time to try this technique and that you’ll check out the amazing new DieCember products over at Simon Says Stamp!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and I hope you have a wonderfully creative day!



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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.

I simply find joy in creating and delight in sharing.

I hope that by sharing my cards and other art with you here on my blog I can inspire you to create something you love!


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