Monday, June 26, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencil It

Happy Monday everyone! I'm so happy you stopped by for the new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where our theme this week is, Stencil It. I did some experimenting with this challenge for my background and I hope you like it. I haven't gotten my Dylusions paints out in a while so I thought I'd take them down from the shelf and start playing. I had so much fun just letting the art go in whatever direction it wanted to go. I hope you enjoy the tutorial I put together and that you pick up a few sparks of inspiration for your next project.

Also, did you see our amazing guest designer's project last week? Anne created an amazing beach scene with so many adorable elements. I can't wait to see what she creates this week as I really enjoy the awesome inspiration she brings to the challenge.

I begin creating the background by covering a 5" x 7" piece of Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card stock with Dina Wakley white gesso. I allow that to completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Now that the gesso is dry, I use a medium sized dauber to blot on some Dylusions Calypso Teal paint in random areas of the surface.

I continue to add paint using the same technique. Here, I'm adding Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise.

The next addition of paint is Dylusions London Blue.

For the final layer of paint, I switch to a small sized dauber and blot on Dylusions After Midnight paint in random areas.

Now for the fun part. I take a clean baby wipe and gently swipe downward pulling the paint to the bottom of the panel. Next, I get another clean baby wipe and swipe downward next to that section and then turn the panel over so the swipes go in a different direction and do the same on that side.

Here is the result of my experiment. It is very important to use a clean baby wipe with each swipe and to use gentle pressure when pulling the paint downward. You can see above where I applied too much pressure pulling off too much paint on the right side of the panel. But remember, I'm having fun and letting the art take me where it goes so I don't start over.  I allow this to completely dry.

Next, I add some stenciling and stencil on the Grid Dot stencil from the Tim Holtz Mini Stencil Set #27 with Dylusions Lemon Zest paint. I allow that to completely dry.

Now that the first stenciled layer is dry, I stencil over it with the Dot Fade stencil from the Tim Holtz Mini Stencil Set #8 with Dylusions White Linen paint. I allow that to completely dry.

I splatter on some diluted Black Soot Distress Paint with a splatter brush all over the background and let that completely dry.

When the background is completely dry, I stencil on the flowers from the Paper Artsy Jofy PS008 stencil set with Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste. I allow that to completely air dry.

Now that the flowers are dry, I begin to color the centers with Fossilized Amber Distress crayon pigment and rub it in with my fingertips.

For the petals, I color them with Barn Door Distress crayon pigment and blend it in with my fingertips leaving the area around the center darker than the outer portion of the petals.

To brighten the white dots, I paint them with a Molotow White Paint pen.

I add the sentiment from the Tim Holtz Big Chat sticker set and outline the words with a black gel pen creating decorative lines. I set the panel aside to completely dry because I've had trouble in the past with the gel pen smudging when I haven't given it enough time to dry. You can use a heat gun to speed up the process.

To complete the background, I go over the edges with Black Soot Distress Paint.

To finish the card, I adhere the panel to a 5-1/2" x 7-1/2" piece of Simon Says Stamp Black card stock and my project is done.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the process I used to create my card for the Stencil It 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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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

One of A Kind - Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Release

One of a Kind Collection

Have you seen the new Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Collection, One Of A Kind? It's a collection of beautiful products for summer. I used the new Heart Sprinkle Trail die set to create this sweet card. You can find the entire collection by clicking on the photo above.

I cut a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" stitched rectangle from a piece of Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card stock and die cut the Heart Sprinkle Trail die across the card panel. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Miss You die set cut from Simon Says Stamp Black card stock. I added a heart and heart button with a black burlap bow. I then attached the card onto a 4-1/2" x 5-3/4" piece of Bazzill red card stock and then adhered that onto a 4-3/4" x 6" piece of Simon Says Stamp Black card stock.
This was an easy and fun card to make and there are so many other combinations of sentiments that will go so well with this beautiful die set. The leftover pieces after cutting make beautiful shaker pieces for a shaker card which I plan on doing for my next card.

You can find the Heart Sprinkle Trail die set by clicking on the photo below. Enjoy!

Simon Says Stamp HEART SPRINKLE TRAIL Wafer Dies S431 One Of A Kind

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Floral Pocket Card - Tammy Tutterow Designs

Hi Everyone! I hope you're having a good week. Today, I created a fun pocket card using some of Tammy's wonderful products. I have always loved making these kinds of cards but they were very labor intensive because I would have to measure, cut, score and figure out the sizes for the large pocket and small envelope to fit inside. Well, not anymore! Tammy has several different pocket and tiny envelope designs which make them so simple to create. For my project, I chose the Library Pocket. These steel rule dies can cut through many different types of material so the pocket can be cut out of not only paper but leather, wood and chipboard.  I've put together a small tutorial below, but really it's just a matter of cut, decorate and attach. Simple, right? I thought so too. Enjoy!

To get started on my pocket card, I cut the Tammy Tutterow Library Pocket die from Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card stock. In the top left corner I stamped on the Flower Swag #2 stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink using my Misti tool.

I colored the image using Copic markers BG01, BG02, BG05, Y13, Y17, Y19, V04, V12, YG61, YG93, YG97 and the Milled Lavender Distress marker.

After forming the pocket, I realized that the bottom was too deep for the Deco Envelope that I wanted to tuck inside so I had to cut off a small portion from the bottom so it would fit.

I cut off 1-1/8" from the bottom.

Having cut a little off the bottom, my pocket is now the perfect size where I can tuck in a small envelope and have it just peek over the top. 

I cut the Deco Edge Envelope from Neenah Solar White card stock and ink the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

To complete the card, I color and fussy cut some flowers from the Choose Joy stamp and adhere them to the bottom corner of the pocket. I adhere the pocket to a 4-1/4" x 6" piece of My Favorite Things Plaid Patterns card stock and adhere that panel onto a 4-1/2" x 6-1/4" piece of Bazzill Jelly Bean card stock. My secret note is tucked inside the envelope that is sealed with a small piece of Velcro and decorated with a small orange button. I hope you got some ideas for a fun pocket card where the message is only between you and the recipient. Have fun!!

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