Monday, October 18, 2021

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Spooky/Halloween Tag using Impression Obsession's Zombie Sayings and Whimsy Stamps' Monster Parade Die

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is Spooky/Halloween.  I am a huge chicken when it comes to scary-spooky things (I was the teenager who hung out coloring picture pages in the "Pumpkin Patch" area with the 5-year-olds when my friends dragged me to haunted houses), so I always lean toward cute or funny spooky.  This zombie quote from Impression Obsession cracked me up the first time I saw it, so I was excited to put it to use this Halloween season.  And you know me-- if I can add background dots and a pointy hat (like on this cute little zombie guy from Whimsy Stamps), you know I'm gonna do it!

I started with black Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I cut out a tag using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Tag Collection die set (I use this set more than any other dies that I own).  I heat-embossed my quote onto it with white embossing powder.

Bring on the dots!  I smooshed some white acrylic paint through Tim Holtz's Dotted stencil and smeared some of the white paint together.

I colored in some of the circles with Distress Crayons (coloring with any type of crayons is wonderfully therapeutic in my humble opinion).

I blended the colors around with a bit of water and added some Distress Paint and Dina Wakley acrylic paint.

I had some problems at this point.  I liked my tag, but I'd made the background at the bottom of the tag too busy, so I had to tone it down with white paint or else anything on top of it would look crazy-pants.  I also wanted another little pop of color, so I added some pink paint around the tag's edges.  Next I cut out my zombie using Whimsy Stamp's Monster Parade die set and I hand-cut a stripped hat.  I also cut out a picket fence from Papertrey Ink's Haunted House die set.  I used some wood grain paper for that from Honey Bee Stamps' Harvest Festival paper pack.  I also like to outline the edges of my die-cut shapes with a black Sharpie to make them stand out.

Assembly time!  I whipped out my UHU glue stick and got everyone in place and this tag was done!

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

What will you put together for our Spooky/Halloween theme?  Upload your creepy creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $25 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Fall Mood Board Inspiration using Tim Holtz's Retro Oven Die

Hello, hello and welcome to another Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  This week's theme is to be inspired by the Fall mood board pictured below (mood board created by our talented teamie, Zoey).  I loved the black cat and the pumpkins, so those are the two elements I ran with to create my card.

Here is the mood board and here is how this card's journey began!

I started with this great Pumpkins Die Cover Plate by Papertrey Ink.  I cut a piece of light gray cardstock, then darkened it up with Black Soot Distress Ink and glued it to a white cardstock background.  

Next I whipped out a couple of dies from Tim Holtz and went to work cutting and shading the pieces.  The oven is from the Retro Oven die set and the cat and cauldron are from the Toil and Trouble die set. 

Back to the background!  I added color to my pumpkins using Distress Crayons and Distress Paint.  I smeared both onto my background and blended the Distress Crayons with just a little bit of water.  I also added some paint to my oven to make it look more aged.  Then I figured I needed something to be baking in my witchy oven, so I used a third Tim Holtz die set (Frightful Things) to cut out some bones to add to the scene.

The only thing left to do was to assemble!  Once everything was glued down, I flicked on some Dina Wakley Media Gloss Spray in Olive and Lime above the cauldron to make it look bubbly and steamy.  I also added a bit of gray to the bones in the oven.  I typed out the word "trouble" on my typewriter and added it to the pot to make it clear that someone was brewing up something mischievous!

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

How will you be inspired by our Fall mood board?  Do let us see your lovely creations by uploading them to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!  By doing so, you'll have a chance to win a $25 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!