Monday, February 13, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Collaged Tags

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is to use your favorite tool(s) on a project.  My go-to tool is the Sizzix Big Shot and the die set I use most often is Tim Holtz's Tag Collection die set.  I used both of these to make these two tags:

These were made with hashing and re-hashing quite a few layers in a mad blur of ink and paint and die shapes.  I always start with Strathmore Mixed Media paper if I know things are going to get wet or inky.  I cut these tags out, then glued on strips of text paper.

Next I stamped, colored and cut some hexagons using Tim Holtz's Patchwork stamp set.  I glued them to the tags, then painted over them with white paint.  For the "kind" tag, I added some circle stamping using Tim's Halftone and Rings stamp set and painted again.  I followed-up with some patterned paper scraps and a circle with an X in it from Seth Apter's Drip Drop die set.  I added a bubble wand shape I drew and made into a stamp.  I added a Tim Holtz ruler ribbon number and stamped around it with a cool wonky stitched circle stamp from Simon Says Stamp called Sparkle and Shine.  I also added just a few small sketched circles from Simon's Scribble Flowers set.  The "kind" sentiment is a Tim Holtz Elementary Flash Card.

For the "hello" tag, after I painted and layered with the patchwork stamp as described above, I added a sprinkle of stars cut with Neat and Tangled's Seeing Stars die set.  I added more patterned paper scraps, a bit of text paper, and threw on another bubble wand.  I used the same Simon sets as described above and a Tim Holtz "hello" flash card.

Here are the supplies I used, which you can find in the Simon Says Stamp store:

I can't wait to see what some of your favorite tools are!  Upload your masterpiece to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!

Monday, February 6, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Using Simon Says Stamp's Hello Sunshine die

"Young at Heart" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and we're focusing on using Simon's own exclusive products.  I made an easy-peasy heart card with three, yes THREE, basic elements: hearts, a frame die-cut and a postcard.  Behold!

I usually have about a million layers of paper and paint and ink on a project, but I was pleasantly surprised at how simple this card was to make, yet I still think it looks fancy.  Here are the main components involved:

I started with the hearts.  I smeared Distress Ink onto white paper, then gave them some texture by adding texture paste through Tim Holtz's Bubble stencil.  But you could eliminate the texture paste if you want to make this card even faster!  

When the paste dried, I stamped hearts onto the textured paper using Simon Says Stamp's Roses for You stamp set.  I cut out the hearts.  Next I cut the die frame (Hello Sunshine by Simon Says Stamp) out of woodgrain paper from Simple Stories and put pink paper behind the "sunshine" word to make it stand out.  I did add just a little stamping (Bo Bunny's Stitches and some ink blots from My Favorite Things' Distressed Patterns set) along the horizon line of the postcard.  I glued all of my elements to a postcard (which I turned vertically) from Altenew's Reflections scrapbook kit.

I outlined the frame and some of the lettering with a black Sharpie pen and this card was done!  I absolutely love these postcards that come in the scrapbook kit and can't wait to find even more uses for them!

Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

Be sure to upload your love-able creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!