Distress Ink Watercolor Holiday Card with Simon Says Stamp

My friends at Simon Says Stamp sent me (affiliate links used)  this new stamp set – and immediately my head was filled with visions of ‘wreath’ type designs.

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If you’re in my Tried & True cards class you’ll be treated to a video explaining this very soon- if you’re not be sure to check it out and register here! Class is packed with inspiration and live now.

To make this card you’ll need some distress ink (or watercolor medium), white and clear embossing powders, sequins and rhinestones, watercolor paper, and of course the stamp set. The black stitching is optional – I just like the pop it gives! steps1

Step 1: Stamp 3 of the circles at the top center of your card in watermark or embossing ink. Then coat and heat set with white embossing powder. This will give you your base, and create the circle form to work with.

Step 2: Next you’re going to dab some distress ink onto a piece of plastic or non-stick surface and pick it up with a water brush or damp paint brush. With the watercolor paper gently misted with water prior, now just dab the colors on as you please.

optional: at this point you could stitch around a bit in black as I have here – I just did this to add contrast and add to the ‘messy’ look. It is totally optional.


Step 3: The final step is my favorite! Stamp the snowflakes in one or multiple distress ink colors and coat with clear embossing powder. Heat set then cut out and place on foam adhesive. Mount as a trio onto your card and add sequins and rhinestones around the circle as desired.


I just love how this came out! I mounted my card onto a blue card base (5 1/2 x 4 1/4 is finished closed size) and I love it. The circle stamp set I used is available here exclusively at Simon Says Stamp. I used Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, and Blueprint Sketch Distress ink colors.

Thank you again to my friends at Simon for getting my holiday crafting kicked off with this stamp set. I love that it’s  perfect for a winter blues type card – it was such fun to make!

5 thoughts on “Distress Ink Watercolor Holiday Card with Simon Says Stamp”

  1. I love your card. It’s so pretty, the colors are amazing. Nice stamp set, too, I like there are so many different things to do with this stamp. Michelle t

  2. HI MAY ~ THIS CARD is absolutely stunning!! you chose 3 of my favorite distress ink colors…just love how they blend so nicely together. the black stitching totally makes the card pop ~ well done.

  3. Just beautiful May – those colours are gorgeous. And I love the softness of the water colour look

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