Monday, September 26, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Powder Power

Hi Everyone! It's a beautiful Monday morning and we're ready for another challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  This week our theme is, Powder Power and we're asking you to use embossing powders or pigment powders on your projects. For my project, I used Paper Artsy Infusions and Ranger embossing powder. As always, I have added photos with insructions for some of the elements on my project. Enjoy!

I created a card in bright, bold fall colors with lots of fun elements using Simon Says Stamp's Autumn Blessings stamp set as my theme.

Below are step by step instructions on how I created my three panels and the flowers and leaves for my card:

I used the Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Frame die for my first panel and cut that from Strathmore Bristol paper. I sprinkled on Paper Artsy Orange County and Golden Sands Infusions pigment powders in random areas and spritzed it with water to get the colors moving.

I applied more water in some areas so the colors would blend together and less in others for a more splattered look. I set that aside to complete dry or you could heat it with a heat tool to speed up the process.

While my panel was drying, I created the frame using the same Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Frame die along with the Mover & Shapers Rectangles die.  To create the frame, simply cut a window out of the frame by inserting the largest rectangle die into the center of the postage die frame. This will cut a window out of the postage stamp.

I inked the front of the frame with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink by pouncing on the color using a mini ink blending tool.

I added the Tim Holtz Burlap stencil from the mini layered stencil set #22 using Antique Linen Distress Ink.

After adding the stenciled image, I went over the entire frame with Vintage Photo Distress Ink which made everything pop and really drew out the burlap stenciling.

Now that my panel is dry, I adhere it to the frame I created with 3M Double Sided Foam Tape.

Here, is my completed frame.

Next, I created some fall foliage for my card. I used the Tim Holtz Fall Foliage thinlit die set for my leaves and inked them with Gathered Twigs, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks.

After inking my leaves, I spritzed them with water for a distressed, aged look.

I let the water sit on the leaves for about 30 seconds and then dabbed them with a paper towel.

When the leaves were completely dry, I used my finger to smear on Ranger Glossy Accents in a thin layer onto one leaf at a time and immediately sprinkled Distress Stickles Dry Glitter Clear Rock Candy onto the leaf. I completed this two step process for each leaf one at a time because glossy accents dries quickly.

Here, you can see how pretty and sparkly the leaves turn out using this technique.

I created my next panel with Paper Artsy Infusion Pigment powders in Orange County, Golden Sands and Emerald Isle. One the left is the result of the process I used below. On the right side of the panel you can see this process as it is being completed for the next area on the panel.

1. Cut a panel 4" x 5" from Strathmore Bristol paper.
2. Place the leaves stencil from the Tim Holtz mini stencil set #22 on top of the paper.
3. Sprinkle the powders in random areas over the open areas on the stencil.
4. Spritz with water using the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer. I love this sprayer because of it's fine mist.
5. Roll over the area you just spritzed with a paper towel to pick up all the excess water.
6. Carefully remove the stencil.
7. Repeat this process in all areas to cover the entire panel.

Here, you can see the panel after all the stenciling was complete.

When my panel was completely dry, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I added some leaves with a mini ink blending tool from the same stencil using Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks. By adding more leaves, more dimension is created.

I distressed the edges with the Prima Distressing Tool and tore an area on the top and bottom of my panel. I then reinked the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.

To create my third and final panel, I used the Tim Holtz Leaf Prints stamp set and placed them on a 5" x 7" panel cut from Bazzill Candy Cord card stock while inside my Misti stamping tool.

I close the door of the Misti onto the top of the stamps to pick them up and ink them with Versamark Emboss Ink.

I sprinkle Ranger Gold Embossing Powder onto the images and heat the panel with a heat tool.

Here, you can see how pretty the gold embossing powder is against the deep, rich color of the candy corn card stock.

To create my flowers, I cut several shapes from Spellbinders Carnations Creations die set out of Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card stock.

I begin shaping my flowers using a stylus from the McGill Flower Shaping Kit along with the McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat.

Here, you can see all my petals shaped and formed.

I spritz the petals with a generous amount of water.

I first spray on Fossilized Amber Distress Spray Stain to all the petals covering some with the stain more than others.

I pat off the extra ink with a paper towel.

When all my petals are completely dry, I reshape them with the flower shaping tool.

I ink the edges of all the petals with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a mini ink blending tool.

I begin assembling my flower by placing the petals one on top of the other moving from largest size to smallest size. I adhere them with a hot glue gun.

I continue adding the next smallest petal.

Here, you can begin to see the flower "blooming".

All the petals are attached together and all I have to do is create the center of my flower.

I use Ranger Glossy Accents to create the center of the flower by squeezing on a round dab of glue to the center. The Quilled Creations Precision Tip Applicator Bottle filled with the glossy accents is perfect for this application.

Here, you can see the dab of glue in the center of the flower.

While the glue is still wet, I sprinkled on Prima Black Micro Beads and shook off the excess. (It's important to use something to catch the tiny beads that fall off the flower.) 

Here, you can see my completed flower.

I created another smaller sized flower using Fossilized Amber Distress Spray Stain only along with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Here again is my completed card.

I adhered all my panels together, added the Autumn Blessings sentiment, leaves and flowers to complete the card.

I hoped you enjoyed seeing the process I used to create my card with powder pigments and embossing powder. Please join us in all the fun and add your project to Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 gift voucher to their amazing store.

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  1. This is such a gorgeous creation, Cathie. I love the beautiful fall colors, and the embossing effect on the leaves is amazing! :)

  2. This fall card is so yummy Cathie! I love all the textures, the infusions background and of course the fantastic flowers, with micro bead centers.

  3. Cathie, this is stunning!!! What a drop dead gorgeous card!! Your colors are so rich and reminiscent of autumn, and the flowers are fantastic. Love, love the background you created! xxMaura

  4. Oh! This is absolutely great job! I love every step of your project. The leaves of all kinds are just adorable! The warm colors are perfect and I love the overall of this card! Hugs, Marzena

  5. Ahhhh!! I love Fall so much and you did an amazing job encompassing that with the colors and textures of this card! Bravo, Cathie!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. Wow Cathie...the result is stunning!!! Love the techniques that you used...I think I'm gonna try them all! Thanks...

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment. I'm so happy to hear you're going to try the techniques used. Makes me happy and worth the work putting the tutorial together.

      Cathie ♥

  7. What a great work! Love every detail but the flowers... I adore them! Wonderful! barbara

  8. What a great work! Love every detail but the flowers... I adore them! Wonderful! barbara

  9. I am totally in awe! Stunningly beautiful project--so many elements & details but everything goes together perfectly!

    1. I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave your sweet comments, Greta. Thank you so much!

      Cathie ♥

  10. This is STUNNING! I am in love with the way you nailed those Infusions powders! This is everything I love about Autumn in one project. You always have such great techniques and ideas, too. This has me reaching for my sweaters and tall chunky boots and hot chocolate!

  11. What a fabulous card and as always, I love the creative process you've shared behind it and those flowers are just spectacular! Gorgeous work, Cathie! <3

  12. amazing project how you used the much gorgeous detail and texture...hugs kath xxx

  13. This is totally amazing, Cathie! So many steps! Fabulous tutorial! Love the infusions with the stencil, awesome technique! Hugs, Sandra


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