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EBE Feb Release Part 1 // Mondo Gerbera Daisy + GIVEAWAY!

It may be February but it feels like SPRING around here, all thanks to the new Mondo Gerbera daisy stamps and coordinating dies!

Mondo Gerbera stamps and coordinating dies! Or go for the combo — you know you want to!

I love the whole Mondo lineup, and these are no exception! My favorite thing to do is to stamp a bunch of ’em and then sit down and color away. So relaxing!

Of course that means that you’ll end up with a bunch of cards! The daisies were so cool that I decided to make 4.25″ square cards and let them take center stage.

Then I added sentiments on the insides. I LOVE the sentiments and fonts that come with these! And that new butterfly sequin mix — you’ll see it again because I just can’t stop using it!

I thought I’d share some closeups of each daisy and give ya some ideas for coloring. Would anyone out there be interested in a video? Let me know! And what color would you like?

Here are some overall tips:

  • High quality watercolor paper is key for these — I used my trusty Arches! I tried it on student grade paper and it looked so bad I didn’t post it, ha!
  • I stamped the image in black and embossed with clear powder so I didn’t have to worry about opaque colors mucking up the stamping. It also helps with controlling your colors.
  • I like to work on one petal at a time. After I finish one I move on to an opposite petal — I find that this makes my flowers look more natural.
  • I used sap green for all of my stems, and added a little hansa yellow light to the right side of the stem (from the Daniel Smith Essentials set) for shading. If you don’t have these colors in your toolbox yet you totally should — find a full writeup on the set here.

I started off with a classic orange gerbera. The key for this is one is Daniel Smith organic vermillion — it’s a rich, semi-opaque orange that’s just perfect for gerbera daisies! I also like to add in some new gamboge, Hansa yellow light and pyroll scarlet here and there from the Daniel Smith Essentials set.

Next up, a classic pink gerbera! This one just called out for Daniel Smith Opera Pink! Note that this color isn’t lightfast, so if you plan on using it on artwork that you’ll hang in your living room you wouldn’t want to use it for that. But it’s perfect for cards!

I also added in bits of quinacridone rose from the Essentials set and even bits of quinacridone coral — this warm red really contrasts with the cool pinks!

Last but not least, a pastel version! I think the key here is Daniel Smith Naples yellow — it has a little bit of white in it and makes such pretty shades when mixed with the opera pinks.

Since this is a warm yellow, I added a little Hansa yellow light from the Essentials set for contrast.

GIVEAWAY!

Guess what!?! I have a Mondo Gerbera stamp and coordinating die to giveaway — yeah!!!! To enter, just leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, February 13th and I’ll announce the lucky random winner on Valentine’s Day! Please note that the giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only — so sorry! Hope you all understand xoxo!

Supplies

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First up: Mondo Gerbera stamps and coordinating dies! Or go for the combo and save — you know you want to!

Mondo Gerbera stamps and coordinating dies! Or go for the combo — you know you want to!

More From the February Release!

I have a release roundup post for ya right here — I got a little carried away making cards and putting them all in one post made it way too loooooong LOL! Here are the other posts — PS there’s one more giveway…!

Thanks so much for joining me!

24 thoughts on “EBE Feb Release Part 1 // Mondo Gerbera Daisy + GIVEAWAY!”

  1. I just love the Mondo series too, but unfortunately missed out on a couple. I would love to be able to add this awesome Gerbera Daisy to my collection! You always do such a fabulous job watercoloring, but I have to say I am partial to the last pastel version! Of course I would love to watch you “create your masterpieces” and try to pick up a trick or two. Great cards!

  2. OMG! That Gerbera Daisy is awesome. Thank you so much for explaining the colors you used on each one and the tip about doing one petal, then an opposite petal. All of them are gorgeous, but I think my fav is the pastel one. I love how the sentiment on the inside is on colored paper.

  3. I’m in love with this Mondo Gerbera Daisy!
    The square card and the color combos are brilliant!
    I would love to have this pretty stamp/die in my collection. So glad you showcased different watercolor mixes.

  4. Your cards are beautiful! I love bright colors, so the oranges and pinks are my favorites. I’m really enjoying your information on watercoloring! You’re so talented!

  5. Lisa! I love love love these. They’re absolutely fantastic, and I appreciate the chance to win. I had a no spend January, and February is having a hard time keeping up. :)

  6. I really enjoyed looking at your flowers! My goal is to find the Daniel Smith “try it ” sample booklet one of these days so I can check out lots of his colors .

  7. Beautiful cards! I love Gerbera Daisy’s. You could use so many different color combinations with this stamp set. I really like the orange/yellow one. Wonderful giveaway. Thank you.

  8. i’d love to see a video of you painting one of these. The red/orange is my favorite although I love all the brilliant colors of gerberas. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway.

  9. I think these are all lovely, but the orange one is especially gorgeous! I have a gerbera daisy that is a tangerine color that my parents gave me, and it has been coming back for a couple of years. Fingers crossed that it’s back this year!
    I’d love to see you do a video of it. I’m still working on my watercoloring and appreciate seeing how it’s done by others. I’m putting the Arches paper and some Daniel Smith colors you suggest on my EH wishlist–the colors are so pretty! The color chart you made and linked to is impressive! I wouldn’t have thought all those colors could be made from a set on only 6 colors. I need to learn a bit more about them before I dive in. I noticed you said a pink one wasn’t lightfast, for example. I hadn’t even considered that aspect of the colors. Thanks for sharing your tips and creativity!

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