Simon Says Stamp - Quick Ink-blending on Watercolor Print Cards

Each month Simon Says Stamp releases 6 new line art designs conveniently printed on watercolor paper.

Usually I will use my watercolor paint or markers to bring the image to life. But what if you don't feel like some leisurely coloring? What if you want to make a card in a hurry? What if you and your watercolors are not getting along and have decided to see other people for a while?

In this post, we'll use use Distress Ink in some soft or bright shades and add a touch of shine with Metallic Distress Spray Stain, Foil Cardstock, Stickles and Studio Katia gems!

Particularly when you are limited on time Printed Watercolor Cards can jump start your card-making and with some quick and easy blending the focal point of your card is complete.

In addition to the above Sun and Sea Watercolor Print Cards, you will need:

Key Supplies

Simon Says Stamp Reverse Sentiment Strips

Simon Say Stamp White A2 Sidefold Cards

Distress Inks

Distress Tarnished Brass Spray Stain

Ranger Stickles

Gold Foil Cardstock

Studio Katia Gems

Let's get down to the details for each card. We'll start with the card that requires a little drying time.

HUGS CARD - Ink-Blending Pastel Distress Inks, Embellishing with Stickles & Pearls

Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"


I am starting with this card as it requires drying time before it can be assembled. The Pre-scored card bases another time saving convenience that I adore!

Key Steps:

  1. Create a vertical border along the left and right side of the front flap of the card base and set aside to dry

  2. Ink-blend the four colors vertically in the following order onto the "Octopus" printed Watercolor Card

  3. Lift some of the color from each of the "sea creature" images to lighten them relative to the background by running a wet brush over them and dabbing off the color onto a rag or piece of paper towel. You can see more about this technique in this post