Monday, August 13, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Tag Trio using Tim Holtz's Scribble and Splat Dies

We have a fabulous theme of "Sprinkles and Splatters" for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  I absolutely LOVE Tim Holtz's Scribbles and Splat die set and used the splat shape as my main focal point on this tag trio.

I started, as usual, with Strathmore Mixed media paper, which I cut into tag shapes with dies and my Big Shot.  Then I unscrewed the tops of some Dylusions Ink Sprays and Marabu Acrylic Art Sprays, took the nozzle part in my hand and flicked the sprays onto my paper.  The long skinny tube that goes down into the bottles is a great "flick-er" that will send little sprinkles and splats of color onto your surface.

Next up, those fabulous splat shapes!  I cut the splats with the aforementioned Tim Holtz die and my Big Shot then used Hero Arts Neon ink and Distress Ink to color them in.  I stamped some text patterns onto them using an Impression Obsession stamp and Ranger Jet Black Archival ink, then I outlined each splat with a black Sharpie.  I also cut black splats to use behind my colored splats (offset a bit to give my splats some dimension and added pow).

I added a little acrylic paint around the edges of my tags, then I went for my American Crafts embossing pen.  I've been a crafter forever and don't know how I've missed the beauty of embossing pens until now!  These pens from American Crafts are especially handy because the 3-pen set comes with pens that all have a different tip shape and they write in pink so you can see where to add your embossing powder.  The pink disappears once you set it with your heat tool.  I doodled some black circles and dots and heat-embossed them with black embossing powder.

You know my addiction to color, so I couldn't leave these backgrounds yet!  I grabbed my Marabu Art Crayons and scribbled some different colors along the edges.  I blended and mixed the colors with a paintbrush and some water and let it bleed and drizzle down the tags.

It is always with some trepidation that I smudge black onto my projects because it's really hard to go back if you add too much.  Nevertheless, I gathered my courage and smudged some black paint down the tags as a base for where I'd be gluing on my splats.  Then I cut some "hi" letters with my Big Shot and Tim Holtz's Cutout Lower Case alphabet.  I left the letters white, but outlined them with a Sharpie.  I glued my splats to my tags, then added the "hi's" to my splats.  I topped these off with Christmas ornament hooks, which is a nice alternative to fibers, yarn or string if you're feeling lazy or minimalistic.  Here's how they turned out:

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

I'm excited to see how you get sprinkly and splatter-y this week!  I truly enjoy seeing your creativity and am inspired by your submissions to our challenges.  The bonus is that when you upload your projects to our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, you are eligible to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.  Sweet!

Monday, August 6, 2018

My Other Creations: Creative Dyary Re-do using Jane Davenport Products

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme could not be better!  It's "Tape it Up" and we're featuring Jane Davenport products.  I am a fan of Jane's whimsical colorful creations and used them to spiff up the cover of my Dylusions Creative Dyary.

I started by gluing some of Jane's collage squares onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  These collage elements are printed on napkins, so it creates some cool texture.

Bring on the Washi Tape!  I added some of my favorite Jane tapes (Faces and Miss Match) and also used a  few pieces from her Strips and Phrases tape set.

I smeared some white paint around all the edges to blend everything into the background a bit more.  I also scribbled in the white areas with Jane's Aqua Pastel crayons.

I used a paintbrush to add water to the sections where I'd drawn with Aqua Pastels.  I also dripped on some of Jane's Inkredible Inks while the paper was still wet.  Color explosion!

I cut a panel of this collage to fit the cover of my notebook and glued it on using Dina Wakley Ultra Thick Gel Medium (had to do some finagling to allow for that black elastic that keeps the notebook closed, but we got through it).  Then I used a palette knife to smear white paint over a Dina Wakley dot stencil.  I added more white paint here and there to tone down the colors.

Next I cut out the elements for the cover.  The girl, who I think is gorgeous, is one that I cut out of the back cover of Jane's patterned paper pad.  I often cut out elements from the front and back covers of patterned paper packs.  I added other patterned paper and half of an Altenew Tree Ring die to create a "dress" for the girl.  I stamped the sentiment ("Start There" from Impression Obsession) on deli paper so that it would be somewhat transparent when I glued it on.

Here's a close-up of her torso once I added it to my notebook.  LOVE that phrase, too!  Impression Obsession has a lot of great sentiment stamps that range from funny to profound.  

I used some other patterned paper scraps to make a scalloped edge on the side and I added a bookmark that you can see poking out of the top in the full-view pic.  I love Jane's drawing style and enjoyed making this notebook!

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

I am so excited to see how you Tape it Up this week!  Upload your masterpieces to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!