Monday, October 31, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Thinking of You

It's time for a new challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week our theme is, Thinking of You. Do you have someone in your life that you think about often? I do. My daughter has been in Peru for almost 6 months volunteering in a orphanage and teaching children English. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about her. I can't wait to see her and wrap my arms around her and give her the biggest hug (and kiss) she's ever gotten. It is with that, that I was inspired to create my mixed media panel using our theme this week.  I hope you enjoy seeing how I created some of my elements for the panel.

To create my flowers, I stamped the flowers from the Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set on Neenah Solar White 110 card stock and colored them with Copic markers, R85, R83, R81, YG67, YG63, YG25, Y15 and Y26.  I outlined the flowers with a pencil for an easy way to fussy cut them out. I love to fussy cut, but sometimes I just don't have the time. This is a time saving way to fussy cut out an intricate image.

Here, you can see the flowers and stems I will be using for my project after I fussy cut them out using this easy method. I set those aside and begin working on my background.

On a 6" x 6" piece of white chipboard, I ink on some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink using a mini blending tool in random areas.

I add some Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the left over white areas on the chipboard piece.

I stamp the Tim Holtz Cracks stamp in random areas on my background using Potting Soil Archival Ink.

Next, I stamp on the Tim Holtz Type stamp in random areas on my background using Garden Patina Archival Ink.

To complete the stamping portion of my background, I stamp on the Tim Holtz Newsprint stamp in random areas on my background using Potting Soil Archival Ink. I leave some of the areas on my background empty. I set that aside to completely dry.

I want to add some texture to my background. I use the Tammy Tutterow Picnic embossing folder to emboss a #8 tag and ink the embossed image with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I rip the tag into several pieces.

I adhere a few of the torn tag pieces onto my background using Ranger Multi Matte Medium and set it aside to completely dry. (You can use your heat tool to speed up the process.)

When the glue is completely dry, I add Vintage Photo Distress Crayon pigment to the embossed areas and edges of the tag pieces and rub the pigment in with my fingertips.

Here, you can see all the torn tag pieces colored with the pigment.

My metal piece sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Word Bands set, I want the sentiment to stand out, so I color over it with an Antique Linen Distress Crayon making sure to get the etched letters completely filled with pigment.

When the etched letters are all filled with pigment, I gently rub the excess pigment off the flat part of the metal piece with a dry towel or rag.

I add a strip of burlap to the bottom of my panel and adhere the flowers and stems with Scotch 3D foam tape cut in appropriate sized pieces. I create a bow out of burlap twine and add a metal key trinket to the center of the bow and attach that to the bottom of the flower stems. To add my metal sentiment, I poke holes through the panel with a Tim Holtz Pick Needle tool and attach the piece using Tim Holtz Hex Fastners.

I hoped you enjoyed seeing the process I used to create my Thinking of You mixed media panel. 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. Absolutely gorgeous panel Cathie! I love how you made the background, the colours and decoupage are fabulous and I love the pretty flower, the whole design is stunning!

    Lols x x x

  2. Exquisite, stunning and oh so beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration x

  3. Just perfect! I thought the brown pieces are made of a golden foil or something, I wouldn't say it's an embossed cardstock! Really stunning. I lovethe combination of colors, the warm golden brown with the blue background and those sweet pink flowers! Hugs, Marzena

  4. Love this!! The sentiment you picked is perfect for the scene :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  5. Your flowers look stunning on the grungy background... Wonderful composition. Thanks again for your support for my October guest posts.... Life suddenly got very busy round here so sorry I haven't commented every week! Nikki xx

  6. Love love love the gorgeous background you created, Cathie. The flowers are so beautiful! :)

  7. What a beautiful card in honor of your daughter, Cathie! I love how you use the pinks and blues against the rich browns. Gorgeous textures! hugs, Maura

  8. This is GORGEOUS! I love the way that you created your own map in the background and how much dimension and depth it has! Those colors are so dreamy and I really liked the way you personalized this card to match your daughter's situation. LOVE how the flower pops, too. And for the record, there is NO WAY you are old enough to have a daughter teaching!!! You are such a cute spring chicken yourself!

  9. this is one amazing project the gorgeous wildflowers against your home made map background...very clever...hugs kath xxx

  10. Such a beautiful card and I love how you've used the delicate flower garden stamp against the textured, rustic looking background, it looks amazing! <3

  11. I adore this background! Love the colors and as always I'm so happy to see your tutorial! Wonderful project! barbara

  12. Fabulous panel, Cathie! It's gorgous love how you've incorperated the texture of the tag. Love the pop of colors with the blue and the pink! Hugs, Sandra

  13. This is lovely! Thank you for the tutorial.


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