Hello and welcome back! Today I am participating on a very special blog hop for Simon Hurley over at InklipsHe is 13 years old with an amazing cardmaking and stamping skills. I love when younger generations join our crafting community and share handmade cards and love! So, Simon just hit 1000K subscribers on his youtube channel, which is a great milestone! So we are celebrating today by joining together on a blog hop.


If you are hopping along already, you probably came from Laura’s blog. If you are just starting with me, no worries, keep hopping along with us until you make it to the full circle. You can find the full hop list on the bottom of this post.

Today I am going out of my comfort zone with color combinations and trying some different colors together; gray and green. Let’s see how it turned out!

So this color combination has been stuck in my head for a while. I love gray when I use with blue color family, but not for the flower much. It kinda reminds me of sad occasions. So I thought I would turn it around and make it in to a nice, elegant thank you card!

The stamp set I used today is from Winnie & Walter called Elsa’s Flora. This is one of their newest release which I am in love. I am also sharing more inspiration over at my online class and we just started a class focusing on this release. I really hope you will check it out and join us!

When doing the technique I am sharing today, make sure to do it with small amount of water. If you add too much water, you end up mushing all the color layers together and there won’t be any definitions left.


For the sentiment I used Thanks die from W&W as well. Just popped it out with some foam tape, dressed it up with few clear sequins and the card is done!

I hope you enjoyed my creations today and take some time this weekend to do some watercoloring. Don’t forget to check out Simon’s blog for fun giveaways!! Next stop on the hop is my good friend Laurel Beard. Let’s see what she has created for us!


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click SSS for Simon Says Stamp, or AMZ for Amazon. All the products were personally purchased, otherwise noted. Enjoy shopping and happy creating!


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  1. Enjoying this watercolor blog hop with lots of techniques and tips! Beautiful shading of neutral grays, love this floral creation with bold thanks, perfect amount of sequins placing!

  2. I love your beautiful coloring. I like the flowers in that stamp set, and the die cut gives the perfect “pop”.

  3. Beautiful card! I love your color choices! I’m new to your blog so I’ll be sure to subscribe. Thanks so much!

  4. Very interesting colour choices. Love it. And I love how you shade it. I’m pretty new to cardmaking, and watercolours in general, so this is helpful as well as inspirational. Subscribed to your site too. Thank you. 🙂

  5. Don’t find this color combo to be depressing at all…love grey with pops of color and this card is one of the best I’ve seen with these tones. Beautiful.

  6. Wow, grey isn’t a color I would normally use for flowers, but this color combination is simply stunning. I really like the stamps you chose for that sentiment.

  7. Lovely card. I love the subtle colors. Looks great against the rich gray color of the sentiment die cut. Well done.

  8. Never would have thought grey flowers could be so beautiful, the green leaves sure make them pop. Love your card, Nicole.

  9. Loving the blog hop! I’m having a great time taking in all of the wonderful watercolor!!! Don’t stop 🙂

  10. Hi Nicole, So happy to see you on this blog hop! To be honest, I have not seen many of your posts or your blog, but that will change now! I will look for your periscopes, too. Your video today definitely has a lot to offer to new crafters like me. I am just learning how to water color, so this one helped me. I have been following Simon for a while on Utube and Periscope, and am thrilled for him to reach 1000 subscribers. Supporting younger crafters is important!

  11. Very beautiful! I love how the grey flower turned out, never would have done that until I saw it, tfs!!

  12. I love your card. I don’t think I would have thought of that color combination, but I love it.

  13. One of my fav colors is Gray. My home is decorated in gray, white and yellow. It’s calming. I love it on your flowers. It’s pretty.

  14. I love the look and the simplicity of your card–just what I needed to inspire me to get out my watercolors!

  15. Gorgeous card. I wouldn’t have thought to use gray either, but it turned out really well. A great foil for the bright green leaves and sequins. Thanks for all the tips in the video. Really useful information.

  16. I never would have thought that grey roses would be pretty, but they are! You’ve done an outstanding job with the layering. Beautiful card!

  17. I really admire the unusual colors. They are really stunning. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Thank you for being so supportive of Simon, I agree that it is wonderful to see such a young and talented man joining the ranks of the card making and paper crafting community. I love this card you created. Not only do I think it is beautiful, but I love that you challenged yourself to do something with colors that you don’t usually do. It paid off because this is stunning.


  19. GORGEOUS card Nicole!!!
    WOW – your grey & green colour combo is BEAUTIFUL and your card design a DELIGHT – LOVE IT ALL!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and tutorial … I really need to try my hand at watercolouring with Distress Inks, feeling much more confident about it now 🙂

  20. Kindred spirits – I have really been into repetitive floral backgrounds and using gray as well. Would never have guessed that you were using Black Soot for your gray – beautiful! I really like this card and it definitely doesn’t look sad. I think it is very sophisticated.

  21. I wouldn’t have thought to put these colors together. But I love how this turned out – it’s very elegant! Thanks for sharing in the hop-along fun!

  22. I’m so glad you stepped out of your comfort zone! Such a beautiful and soothing color combination, and lovely card! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Hi Nicole ~ All I can say is WOW!!!! This is such an elegant card you’ve created with the Distress Inks. Like I said on your YT channel, I probably wouldn’t have put those colors together but the results you attained are stunning!!! I got my goodies from W & W today so will try my hand at this technique later on. Thanks for sharing!!

  24. I would have never thought to use grey for flowers but the look stunning. The bright green for the leaves is a great accent. This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  25. I would never have thought to do grey flowers, but they look terrific! Love the dimensional look, too.

  26. Definitely elegant, and I love the sequins. They just add that little extra sparkle of detail. Thank you for the inspiration!

  27. Wow, your flower background is stunning! I love the pops of green against the muted colors, thanks for the inspiration.

  28. Loved seeing you watercolor this in your video! And I really like the out-of-your-comfort-zone color combo! 🙂

  29. Your card is lovely and very elegant with this color combination. I enjoyed watching your water color technique and learned some things that will help me in my water coloring. Thanks!

  30. When you started coloring the flower grey, I thought, uh-oh…but it turned out so gorgeous! I love how you layered the colors and that big bold sentiment die.

  31. Nice stamp set and die. I am not familiar with that company, but am always interested in learning about new products.

  32. Thanks for the video – I would not have guessed it was so easy to make. It turned out beautifully – love the stamps you chose!

  33. I love wearing gray with different colors but haven’t thought to use that combo on a card but this is so pretty.

  34. I absolutely love that color combination! I’m so glad you stepped out of your comfort zone! And I’m really happy to see you supporting such a fine, young talent as Simon. In addition, I also want you to know how much I really appreciate your videos. I really enjoyed the classes you did or Altenew !