Simon Says Stamp Pinecone Background

Simon Says Stamp Pinecone Background

Wow! Jan is posting a card (made with Simon Says Stamp’s Pinecone Background)! Where has she been? What has she been doing?

I have been painting up a storm, honestly, and my cardmaking addiction has been quiescent. I have not really felt like making cards until yesterday after I picked up my Christmas stamps at the post office. That doesn’t mean, though, that I have not BOUGHT new stuff to stamp with. I just haven’t used it. I’m sure you can sympathize!

So I had the GORGEOUS new Pinecone Background from Simon Says Stamp plus a bunch of stuff from the Cheer and Joy release, so I decided just to do a card that I wanted to do!

I also had purchased the new Karin Brushmarker Pro markers for myself for Christmas, and they have been sitting here unused. I needed to play with them! If you’re unfamiliar with these markers, they are a water-based brush marker which are meant for lettering, graphic design, or illustration, but they also are marvelous for stamping. They blend really well, and you can create blends very easily, either by touching the tips of the markers together and then coloring until the “borrowed” color dissipates or by picking up color from a plastic surface or by using the blending pens that come in the large set or the smaller set. You can also use water to create washes. There are 60 gorgeous colors, and the sets come in a great box for storage.

Karin Brushmarker Pro Chart

For those of you looking for a color chart for these markers, I found this nifty chart that fits in the marker box here.

So made this card. Lookie:

Simon Says Stamp Pinecone Background

GOJUS! What I did was stamp this background onto watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black. I then colored directly on the paper with the markers, using 281 (Olive Green), 385 (Praline), and 272 (Rose Wood). After I got all the colors on the pine cones and pine needles, I washed over the whole thing with water.

Simon Says Stamp Pinecone Background

This softened all the harsh lines, but it also darkened the tips of the pine cones and made everything look a bit muddy. So I went back and added some white paint marker and white gel pen to bring the pine needles and tips of the cones forward. I then added 305 (Egyptian Blue) to the spaces between the needles and cones in small dots, washing it out quickly. I then spattered white gouache all over the card front to create a snowy look.

Simon Says Stamp Joyful Frame Die

I cut out the new Joyful Frame die from white card stock and vellum, using the negative part of the die to help line up the letters. I used some Scotch Vellum Tape to adhere this to the card front. It is truly invisible and I use a bone folder to burnish it down before peeling the backing off carefully.

Simon Says Stamp Pinecone Background

My last step was to add some tiny sequins to add a little sparkle and to pop the piece on the base of the card using white fun foam. I love the watercolored look I got with the Karin Brushmarker Pro markers! I have seen so many beautiful cards made with the Simon Says Stamp Pinecone Background, and I think I managed to add another one!

Below is my list of products that I used, and I have used compensated affiliate links where they were available, as I now participate in affiliate programs for Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, Ellen Hutson LLC,, Gina K, Joggles, My Favorite Things, Ranger Ink, Hero Arts, My Sweet Petunia, and Blick Art Supplies. Buying through these links keeps your purchase price exactly the same, but I get remitted a percentage of your purchase, which helps me continue to run this blog and buy new stuff to show. It’s a win/win/win!

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