Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge January Designer Spotlight

(Note: For my MFT Wed Sketch Challenge post, please click here or scroll down.
Thank you!)

 Happy New Year!
I'm super excited to be invited back in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge
Designer Spotlight for January. It's such a great way to start the New Year!

This week the challenge theme is SOMETHING NEW and we are using Hero Arts
products on our projects. You don't have to use Hero Arts on your projects, but if you
have some, then feel free to use them in the challenge.

For my project, I did the inlay die cutting technique with the gorgeous
Hero Arts koi. After stamping the sentiment on a Bristol card base, I die cut
the koi through the panel. I used a combination of Zig markers and gold
watercolors to color the koi.

Three more koi were cut from white card stock and adhered together with the
colored koi on the top. The panel was adhered to a black card base and the koi
was popped into the negative space. Gold spatters and dots from a black
Gelly roll pen finished off the card.
Visit today's post over at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge blog for
all the details and deadlines and link your "Something New" project!
The prize is a $50 Gift Voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.
Hope to see you in the gallery! 


  1. Hi Donna, so thrilled to have you as our guest this month! (and so fun that we're starting it out with Hero Arts goodies!) This is a real stunner!!

  2. So happy to have you with us this month Donna. Gorgeous card and love the beautiful colouring xxx

  3. Welcome back Donna! It's lovely to have you join us again this month.
    Gorgeous card, love how you've coloured the koi xx

  4. Donna, I can not even begin to tell you how ardently I admire your amazing work...SO happy that you are part of us this month over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! BIG hugs and HAPPY NEW YEAR! xoxo

  5. Wow! I saw this on the SCS challenge blog and had to come and tell you how fabulous your card is. The way you've used the koi is amazing!

  6. Absolutely, STUNNING! Love it!
    Happy New Year!

  7. Congratulations on your guest designer spot at ths SSS January Wednesday Challenge, Donna! This koi is so gorgeous!! I loved your pink & oragne koi, but I love this as much! The color combo is just perfect for the new year. Your coloring is stunning, as always! Hideko

  8. Gorgeous card Donna, the Koi is stunning and I love how you used the inlay technique, this is so clever and absolutely fabulous!

    Welcome back! it is so lovely to have you back with us again :-)

    Happy New Year!
    Lols x x x

  9. Wow, Donna, your koi is so striking. The colors are gorgeous. I like the inlay technique - thanks for the reminder that I need to do it more often.

  10. This guy is the most beautiful in the pond, Donna! LOve it... but still feel really badly for ripping his tail off - think he's forgiven me by now?
    Congratulations on being a SSS Guest Designer - I personally think you belong there full-time! xx happiest New Year, my friend!

  11. What an amazingly beautiful card Donna!!!

  12. Congrats on your well-deserved Guest Designer spot, Donna! Your card is absolutely, positively STUNNING! Your watercoloring and splatters are so striking and the inlay die cutting technique is just perfect with your design!
    Happy New Year to you!!!!!

  13. This is totally gorgeous, Donna! Love how you colored the fish! Thanks SO much for being our first guest of 2018!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. Wow, Donna, this is so amazing! Your coloring is absolutely stunning, fabulous card!

  15. Oh, Donna, what a joy it is to have you joining us all this month!! Your card is simply amazing! Love the design and fabulous colors!!