Monday, April 24, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - We've Got Your Number


Hi Everyone! It's time for another Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. The theme this week is, We've Got Your Number, and we're asking you to put a number somewhere on your project. Simple, right? I love adding numbers to projects. They don't have to have any significance, I just think they look cool. I chose to create a beautiful garden scene in an old and rusty garden. Below is a tutorial, with photos, on how I created my rusty garden background. Enjoy!

Also, don't forget to stop by our lovely guest designer for the month of April, Amy, from Amy's Card Obsession. This is April's last week with us and she's been amazing. I love her artwork and plan on following her for a long time to come. Check out her website to see her unique style. You won't be disappointed.








I start by cutting a 5" x 7" piece of Strathmore Mixed Media Board and stencil on the Simon Says Stamp Leaves Stencil with Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste. I set that aside to completely dry.





I embossed a 5" x 7" piece of Neenah Solar White 110 lb. cardstock with the Tammy Tutterow Horsehair Embossing Folder and tear it along two of the corners.





I attach the two torn pieces to the dried stenciled leaves panel.





I use the Tim Holtz Trellis Frameworks die to create small pieces that I want to add to the panel. These pieces are cut out from white chipboard. I use the trellis along with the leftover cutout pieces.





I adhere the trellis pieces to the panel in random areas.





After the pieces are securely adhered to the panel, I cut off the excess from the edges.





I cover the entire panel with Dina Wakley White Gesso.





(If you're wondering why there is a slight pink hue to the background, it's because I sprayed it with Distress Spray and hated the way it looked so I went over the entire panel again with white gesso. I wasn't worried about the pink left behind because I was going to cover it with Distress Crayon but if I didn't want the pink hue left behind I would have just covered it with another layer of white gesso.)

Now back to the tutorial.....I cover the leaves with Peeled Paint Distress Crayon by drawing it on around the lines of the leaves and move the pigment around with my fingertips.





I cover the trellis pieces and rest of the background with Gathered Twigs and Wild Honey Distress Crayons. I color on the pigment in random areas and move it around with my fingertips until I'm pleased with the way it looks.





To get the rusty hardware look, I use Prima Rust Effects Paste on the trellis pieces. See below on how to apply the Rust Effects Paste.





To create the window frame for the panel, I cut out the Tim Holtz Stitched Ovals as shown above.





Here you can see what I have left over after cutting two ovals inside each other. I will save the one on the right for a future project and use the one on the left for this project.





To apply the Rust Effect Paste to the frame, I start with the darkest brown color. I dab it on with a paint brush until the piece is completely covered. (There is no need to dry the paste between layers.)





Next, I dab on the rust colored paste using the same paintbrush in random areas around the frame. (There is no need to clean the brush between applications. You can use the same brush throughout the process.)





Next, I dab on the yellow colored paste to the frame.





For the final step, I return to the dark brown paste and dab that on over all three layers in random areas. You can repeat the three layer process as many times as you want until you're happy with the way it looks.





I adhere the oval frame with 3D foam tape to the center of the panel and my background is complete.





To complete the project, I create two butterflies, one from the Tim Holtz Detailed Butterflies thinlits dies and one from the Mini Detailed Butterflies thinlits dies. They are colored with Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Oxide Inks. The flowers are from my stash and the ruler pieces are from the Tim Holtz Dapper Stash that have been distressed around the edges and inked with Black Soot Archival Ink. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Paperie Quote Chips with Vintage Photo Archival Inked edges. I adhere the completed panel onto a 5-1/2" x 7-1/2" piece of Simon Says Stamp 100 lb. black card stock and my piece is done.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the process I used to create my We've Got Your Number project and that you join us for this fun challenge by adding 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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Monday, April 17, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Splash It On



Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had an amazing weekend and you're ready for a new challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Our theme this week is, Splash It On. We're asking you to use water or watercolor on your project. I chose to use the Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Markers and created a fun background with some beautiful flowers. I hope you enjoy the tutorial I put together to show how I created the background for my project. Enjoy!

Also, don't forget to stop by our lovely guest designer for the month of April, Amy, from Amy's Card Obsession. You won't be disappointed with her amazing talent. Her last two projects with us have put a huge smile on my face and made me chuckle out loud and I know they will do the same for you. So please, check out her website to see her unique style.








I want a lot of texture on the background so I decide to use the Tim Holtz Lattice Frameworks die. I use the lattice piece and also the small triangles pieces that are left behind after cutting.





I cut the lattice piece apart so I have open triangles to go along with the closed triangles that were left over pieces of the die. I lay the pattern onto a 5" x 7" piece of Strathmore Mixed Media board to get an idea of what I want the background to look like and where the flowers will be place.





Before adhering the lattice pieces, I decide to stencil on the Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil to the background in random areas and let that completely dry.





Now that the stenciling is completely dry, I adhere the lattice pieces onto the background using Prima 3D Matte Gel.





I go over the entire piece with Dina Wakley White Gesso. I set this aside to completely dry while I create the flowers for the project. (Discovery: After I apply the gesso, I realize it would have been better to gesso the background and the triangle pieces separately before adhering them to the panel. You can see in the photo above, the gesso clumps around the triangle design. This frustrated me, but I learned a valuable lesson for future projects.) 





I stamp one of the flowers and one of the stems from the Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set with Versamark embossing ink and Hero Arts clear embossing powder.





I watercolor the flower with Aged Mahogany, Spun Sugar, Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey Distress Markers. I apply the color onto my craft mat and pick up the color with a water brush and apply the color to the flower.





After coloring the flower and stem, I fussy cut them out with a Tim Holtz Snips scissors. I create another flower for the project while my background is drying.





Now that the background is completely dry, I spray Broken China Distress Spray to the bottom of the background and Tumbled Glass Distress Spray to the top of the panel.





Before the background is dry, I dab a little of the color off with a paper towel.





I continue to add color and dab off color until I'm pleased with the way the colors turn out and I allow that to completely dry. You can dry it with a heat tool to speed up the process.





When everything is dry, I stamp on one of the stamps from the Tim Holtz Etcetera stamp set with Black Soot Archival Ink.





I go over the edges with Black Soot Distress Paint. I use the bottle with the dauber top.





Next, I decide to add more texture with Prima Crystal Glass Beads and add them in random areas of the background. I paint over them with Black Soot Distress Paint.





For the last step to complete the background, I splatter on some Black Soot Distress Ink mixed with water using the Tim Holtz Splatter brush.





To finish my project, I adhere the flowers to the background in the center and add the "Thinking Of You" sentiment from the Tim Holtz Sentiment Thinlits set. I dab on some Broken China Distress Ink that has been diluted with water using my fingertips and ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. I add some small, thin pieces of ribbon from my stash for interest and my project is done.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the process I used to create my Splash project and that you join us for this fun challenge by adding your project to Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 gift voucher to their amazing store.



For more inspiration, tips and tricks for all types of papercraft creations, follow Simon Says Stamp on:


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