Sunday, June 21, 2015

My Other Creations: Fly Collage

The challenge this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog is to use mist and stamps.  I wasn't sure where I was going when  I started my project, but here's where I ended up:

I started my collage with a piece of Strathmore's Mixed Media paper.  I've got to give props to this paper, which holds up very well to lots of water and spritzing!

Using Simon Says Stamp's Scribble flowers stamp set (a favorite of mine), and Ranger Jet Black Archival ink, I made some circles on my paper.

Bring on the misting!  I sprayed only two colors on this: one spritz of Dylusions Fresh Lime and two spritzes of Dylusions Bubblegum Pink spray ink.  I grabbed a spray bottle and sprayed water in horizontal swipes across my splotches of spritzed ink.  The water made the colors spread and blend and create totally new shades.  The yellow from the green made some cool shades of orange and peach when it hit the pink.

I wanted flowers on my piece, so I punched several Hydrangeas out of white cardstock using Martha Stewart's large Hydrangea punch.  I wanted them to have a pattern, so I inked up the entire Alleyway Gabfest alphabet (without removing it from its acetate backing) and stamped it a few times over my laid-out flowers.  

I sprayed my flowers with Dylusions Fresh Lime, Bubblegum Pink and Lemon Zest and added several spritzes of water so the colors would blend.

When my flowers dried, I outlined them with a fine-point Sharpie pen, glued them to my background and curled the petals up just a bit.

I thought it needed a hint of another color, so I drew some small Sharpie circles and inked them with Peacock Feathers, cut them out, and added them to my background.  I also smudged just a bit of Peacock Feathers onto my background.  But what else did it need?  I turned to my husband, whose opinion I always ask when I'm crafting and get stuck.  He usually says macho things like, "Do some rivets," or "Mod Podge it onto a shovel," but this time he told me to add a plane.  I rolled my eyes and was ready to discard that suggestion (bless him), but then I thought a little paper airplane would be perfect!  Thanks to my brother and my dad, I knew how to fold one.  I made a mini version and stamped the word, "Fly," on it.  I attached it to my background using black Prima Wire Thread in a coiled spring-shape so it's sproinging off the page.

I have to say that this collage was a lot of fun and I'm proud of myself for leaving a lot of the background white.  I know!  Amazing, huh!  I usually feel the need to have every inch colored, but I forced myself to leave some white this time.  I used a thick black Sharpie to color a border around my page and I was done!

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

So what magical tricks can you work with stamps and mist this week?  Your pieces always inspire me and make me think!  Upload your creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store.


  1. I think we need your hubby to have running commentary or maybe you could let us post our crafty questions and he can give us inspiration too. :) Love your beautiful misty flowers and background. The airplane is the perfect touch of whimsy!

  2. Stunning piece and thank you for sharing exactly how you created this one Andrea - love it! I need to make myself some sprays and try this out. I've only recently been able to leave a little white on my backgrounds so I know exactly what you mean about leaving it white. Must have a word with my OH to see if he knows how to fold a plane too Karen x

    1. You helped me, Karen. I didn't think of MAKING sprays to mist. That helps me with this challenge. Thanks!

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  4. Good idea with the mist. I haven't used mist much. I only have 2 or 3 bottles. When I saw the new challenge, I thought, "What can I do?" I didn't have a clue until I saw your share. I love the bright colors you used. That's a unique idea to stamp letters on the flowers. I'm going to do that. Funny thing.....I have such a twisted imagination....when I first skimmed through the line of sample cards, I thought your bright pink was a melting elephant! :-)

  5. love the vibrant colours and the little plane x

  6. Fab design! Love the vibrant colors :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Totally fun collage! It has a wonderful sense of play with the design and color. You and your husband make a great team, love the paper airplane!!

  8. Such a cool page, Andrea! Love the paper plane! Amazing idea from hubby for sure! Love the gorgeous colors too! Hugs, Sandra

  9. You are always an inspiration! love your works, love your colors, love your style! Barbarayaya

  10. So vibrant, so beautiful and so much fun!! As always your style is so unique and so individual and I love the added touch of the paper plane ~ brilliant idea from hubby!! Stunning work as always... :)

  11. Love the beautiful background you created, Andrea. The colors are awesome. :)

  12. Gorgeous piece Andrea! Love the background, flowers and the fun little plane.

  13. Misty-Goodness!
    I have a confession. I've seen you use the drips before and I love your results. It's awesome. So I tried it. Huge mess!
    I am now more impressed than I have ever been. Beautiful work!

  14. This gives me such pleasure - the rainbow colours misting and dripping down the page are just lovely and the tiny flowers are delightful - a beauty!
    Alison xx