Monday, June 12, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Touchy Feely

Hi Everyone! Thanks for stopping by. It's a brand new week and a brand new challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week our challenge is, Touchy Feely. What is that you ask? Well, it's a fun challenge where we ask you to put some texture on your project. I created a fun card and experimented with a technique that I have never tried before. I hope you enjoy the tutorial I put together to show you how I created the background for my card.

Also, please stop by our amazing guest designer for the month of June, Anne Redfern. She's amazing! 

See all the inspiration from the DT, by clicking on the link below ↓ 

To create the background for the card, I begin with a 4-7/8" x 6-7/8" piece of Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card stock and brush the entire surface with Dina Wakley Black Gesso. I allow that to completely dry before moving on to the next step.

When the gesso is completely dry, I add Ranger Texture Paste with a toothbrush using downward strokes. I apply thicker layers in some areas and thinner layers in others. The process is totally random, just have fun creating texture with the paste. I allow that texture paste to completely dry.

Here is a close-up of the texture created with the paste and toothbrush.

Now that the texture paste is completely dry, I add color using Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire and Stormy Sky Distress Crayons. I color the pigment on in random areas over the textured areas in small patches.

Next, I spritz the background with a little water and begin moving the pigment around with my fingertips. I try to keep some of the colors separate and others I blend together. Again, this is a totally random process, just have fun with it.

Now that the Distress Crayon pigments are completely dry, I add some white on the panel with my fingertips. I apply Paper Artsy Snowflake Fresco Finish paint over the areas that have the most raised texture. I allow the paint to completely dry before moving on to the next step.

I place the Simon Says Stamp Circular Lace stencil over half of the background and tape it down so it doesn't move while I apply the embossing paste.

I carefully apply Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste over the stencil.

Here, is what it looks like after removing the stencil.  I set the panel aside to completely air dry.

Now that the texture paste is completely dry, I distress the edges using the Prima Distressing Tool.

To give the background panel some depth, I ink on Chipped Sapphire to the distressed edges using a mini ink blending tool and this completes the main background for my card.

To finish the card, I add some Petaloo flowers and some pretty ribbon from my stash. I ink the "You are cherished" sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful Messages stamp set in Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink using the Misti tool and when the ink is dry I cut out the sentiment following the lines of the words. I ink the edges of the sentiments with Faded Jeans Distress Ink. I adhere the top panel to a 5" x 7" piece of card stock from the Tim Holtz Dapper paper stash and adhere that to a 5-1/2" x 7-1/2" piece of Blueberry Sour Bazzill card stock. I add a few crystal sequins and my card is done.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the process I used to create my card for the Touchy Feely challenge 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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  1. Gorgeous card Cathie :-) the background is fabulous and I love the stencilled design, very pretty :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Such fabulous works ! Love this deep blue and lots of textures you creates. Thank you for sharing your work in detail.

  3. WoW! This is PERFECT! What a fantastic idea to make this background on black gesso and the texture made with toothbrush is stunning. I love all the shades of blues on black. The stencil looks really amazing here! Hugs, Macarena

  4. Wow, the texture is gorgeous! I would never have thought to use that much paste on one piece of paper. Great inspiration!!

  5. Stunning work, Cathie! That background is just over the top gorgeous! LOVE the texture!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. Another beautiful card Cathie, and another awesome idea for the background to try as soon as possible!!! ❤

  7. What a fantastic project Cathie, I absolutely find great the use of toothbrush!! I want to try aswell!!!

  8. Oh my goodness Cathie, your card is absolutely stunning!! I love the gorgeous background you created (I need to try that soon!) and the stencilling looks so beautiful and sets the flowers off wonderfully well. Thank you so much for your visit and lovely comment there - and here too! Anne xx

  9. Cathie, wonderful technique with the toothbrush! It looks so much like weathered wood - thanks for sharing it. Your card is stunning!! The delicate lace and gorgeous flowers are a delightful contrast to the background. hugs, Maura

  10. wow Cathie your background is the toothbrush technique and the colours are stunning...another masterpiece...enjoy your weekend my friend...hugs kath xxx

  11. A really beautiful card and each layer is just fascinating to see ~ I especially love the way you've used the stencil to create such wonderful texture to the project! Gorgeous work, as always Cathie... <3

  12. Fantastic card Cathie! I love the black background with all the layers of color on top. I haven't worked on a black background in a long time. Thank you for the inspiration!

  13. Love the gorgeous background and the stenciled pattern you created on this piece, Cathie. Such a fantastic design! :)

  14. Fab card Cathie, background is amazing and the flowers.... you know I think you're the Queen of Flowers! Even if they aren't handmade by you, you are able to arrange them in a fabulous way! I have to learn so much!!! Gorgeous as always! barbara

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