Monday, September 18, 2017

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® 2017: Humble And Kind

Hello! I am finally back in the saddle! Thanks to all of you who kept us in your thoughts during Hurricane Irma, I definitely felt the love! The kids returned to school today and internet hasn't gone out in about 12 hours, so here we go!

I'm excited to share the set that we designed for STAMPtember® 2017 available exclusively at Simon Says Stamp while supplies last.

STAMPtember® 2017: Humble and Kind

These tulips are illustrated in the same style as our Modern florals series. This makes them perfect for all coloring mediums, but also for pairing with any of the existing sets you may already have from this collection! For my first couple of cards, I added a few leaves from our Modern Peonies set.

These images look gorgeous in Copics and no-line coloring. However, I wanted to share how stunning these images look with very simple coloring - even no coloring! My new obsessions are mixing colored with uncolored images, and mixing solid with outlined images. I love the modern vibe it brings along with the stark contrast.

I started by stamping several of two of the single tulips along with the leaves from Modern Peonies onto Distress Watercolor Cardstock in Black PURE Color Dye Ink. I watercolored them all using Distress Inks very quickly. Very. Quickly. You can see below that I did not fuss with these at all.

Once they were dry, I used their respective dies to cut them all out and then went to town making several cards. For the first one, I created a cluster at the top and bottom of a panel that I die cut using our 4 Bar Stitched Rectangles Die and then stamped the sentiment from Humble and Kind in our Black PURE Color Dye Ink. I then added a few uncolored stamped images to each cluster in the same ink.

For the next card, I used my favorite sentiment set at the moment - our Southern Sentiments set. I can't get enough of it, and it's perfect to say "thanks" when you're tired of literal "thank you" sentiments.

For this one, I kept all of the tulips the same color and created three clusters arranged in a triangle formation around the edges of the card. You'll notice that I created each cluster in varied sizes from smallest to biggest. I placed the two smaller clusters on the left side of the card and the larger cluster on the right to balance the card.

For the third card in this set, I used purple and red tulips. I used the same basic layout as the previous card, but swapped out the sentiment and stamped it on the right vs. the left this time. I popped some of the tulips up on foam tape for all three cards and adhered some flat for variety and dimension.

I just love this set and could see all of them being put to good use as "thank you" cards.

My final card today also showcases how lined images don't always have to be immaculately colored to have a great impact. Although, in truth, I almost didn't post this card....but....I know some of you will feel my pain on this one.

Have you ever been creating a card and you're thinking to yourself, "oh yeah, this is so awesome! So pretty! It's exactly what I was envisioning!"?Only to have the card mock you, laugh at you, and refuse to be photogenic! Yeah, that's what happened here. In real life, amazing. In photos, not so much. I tried for no less than 4 hours to photographic a few of these (yes, there are several and this was the *most* photogenic of the bunch). I tried dark backdrops, like backdrops, staging, no staging. I went "Happy Gilmore" on these cards. Not proud, but not lying. LOL

So, to create this camera shy beast, I stamped my tulips and then masked them off. I then used our Autumn Leaves set (another of my personal favorites) to stamp some foliage in the background. I removed the masks and added to the most simple and basic Copic coloring to the single tulips and left the tulip clusters uncolored. Aside from the fact that I now have a personal hatred for this cards stubborn attitude and downright refusal to photograph well...I do really love the technique. Maybe it's the color. You know, purple and I aren't really on speaking terms either. Hmm.

Enough of my craziness! I really hope you enjoyed this look at the STAMPtember® 2017 Exclusive set Humble and Kind. I've seen a bunch of amazing projects featuring it already. Be sure to stop by the Simon Says Stamp Blog for more on this set!


  1. Beautiful stamp set and cards too :)

  2. Your cards are gorgeous! You sound like me, trying to get things just right. No one else would even notice what we notice, but we fiddle with things for hours! I have been doing that with what I have learned from you and your watercolor videos. Been practicing and practicing. Finally watercolored your Modern Peonies as only I was satisfied with! Thank you for the reminder of your tips above to do simple watercoloring too. Glad you and your family are all safe and sound.

  3. Gorgeous stamp set, and the cards are beautiful

  4. Such a Beautiful stamp set and Stunning cards!!

  5. I know you don't need advice, or my opinion, Dawn [lol] but what throws me off about that last card isn't the purple, but the navy! Put that beauty on black and see what happens, maybe?
    Apart from that I LOVE this set, and every little card your heart touches! oh so happy to hear you are safe!
    =] michele

  6. BEAUTIFUL WORK on ALL of these cards, Dawn!!!! ;) My heart just pitter-patters for FLOWERS! LOVE THIS SET! ;)

  7. Awesome new set!!! Love your beautiful cards!!!

  8. These cards are beautiful, and so are the photos, too! :) So glad to hear you are doing well after the storm!

  9. These are all just gorgeous Dawn, however, I DO feel your pain in the way of photography. Some card "just won't have it", try as you might, you cannot get a decent pic that will actually translate what it REALLY looks like! However, you have done well for your efforts, on ALL counts! So glad you made it through Irma!

  10. You are always amazing! Gorgeous cards. I love the loose watercolor and love your triangular arrangements. All the cards are awesome.

  11. I really need lessons on choosing colors, i always miss to choose the matching color as you do!

  12. Thank you for all of these great ideas, Dawn! I can hardly wait for my set to get here!

  13. Stunning! Thanks for sharing - even the "shy" one! :)


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