Monday, June 13, 2016

My Other Creations: London Cards Using Penny Black's Tabs and Toggles Die

When I was a delightfully clueless young twenty-something, I moved thousands of miles from home and lived in London for about a year and a half.  It was a life-changing adventure that, even years later, continues to fuel my spirit.  Simon and Garfunkel sang it best: "I gaze beyond the rain drenched streets to England where my heart lies."  Yep.  That's how I feel.  Part of my heart will always be there. 

When I left for London, my older brother gave me an excellent bit of advice, along with a farewell headlock (older brother, you know).  He told me to take pictures not just of the touristy stuff, but also of the common everyday little things because that's what I would miss the most when I came back.  He was right!  And since this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is World Traveler, I have created some London tribute cards that celebrate some of the everyday things I still miss.

Knowing that I'd be making cards for this World Traveler theme, I started by painting three pages of sturdy paper with acrylic paint.  I just streak and blend it with my fingers cause I'm lazy like that.  I also spritzed it with some Dylusions Ink Spray and then went back and covered over some sections with white acrylic paint.

Next I whipped out my Big Shot and Penny Black's Tabs and Toggles die and cut out several of these fabulous file shapes.  Then I added some Tim Holtz Symphony washi tape for some more visual interest.  I also smudge on some Distress Ink with sponges if there are areas that I want to make more colorful.

All that remained was to stamp some background imagery (Tim Holtz's Documented stamp set) with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink.  I also added a Swirlies die from Reverse Confetti and then stuck my picture on top.  I added the sentiment, which I typed in Word.  Last but not least, I outlined the edges with a black Sharpie, then added some more detail with the Bo Bunny Stitches stamp set.

Here are some close-up's of the other cards.  I was there before GPS was really a "thing," so I lived or died by my A to Zed (road atlas).

I didn't think I'd ever miss the scavenger pigeons that hang out in the subway system, but I do.  And hey - good news!  It only took me, an English major and college grad, a mere three months or so to figure out what in the heck all those "mind the gap" signs meant!  Brilliant!

Ah, London!  I have the yen for some fish and chips just thinking about you!  But for now, I'll keep making more tribute cards.  And shopping at Simon, of course, which is where I found all of these great supplies that I used:

I can't wait to see how you interpret our World Traveler theme this week.  Be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!


  1. What a wonderfully creative way to commemorate you stay in London. I love the bright colors and all the little details on each card.

    Cathie ♥

  2. Fabulous cards Andrea, I have just returned home from London and you have captured some of the things I miss most too! the hustle and bustle of the tube, Walkers crisps, I love cheese and onion, black cabs, the pigeons are not on my list though haha ;-) Great project Andrea, LOVE them :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. How great to see London with a traveller's eye (I definitely take it for granted, being on the doorstep), and I love the little things you chose to remember. Fabulous colourful file cards (that's a great die) - I think I'm going to dub them "rainbow grunge"!
    Alison x

  4. I love your whimsical designs and bright use of palette!! So fun!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  5. These are FANTASTIC! I hope you are framing each one and hanging them where you will see them each and everyday! The colors and designs are just spectacular! We were lucky enough to visit London for about 24 hours, and fell in LOVE with the city! We did the most touristy thing, the double decker bus tour--but we saw EVERYTHING, as we were just there for a short period before we ventured out to Wales and Ireland. I LOVE London....mind the gap...I loved "look this way --->" before crossing the streets, so easy to forget! :) Great creations!!! TFS!

  6. Brilliant!! Your backgrounds are amazing and Andrea you are always such a genius with color. Love the circles -- such a great way to tie all the cards together. You really took me on a trip back to London with your imagery. I was there for a couple of weeks and yes ... Definitely some of my favorite things as well. LOL -- Mind the Gap!!!!!. Marvelous makes my friend! -- Mary Elizabeth

  7. Fab cards Andrea! Love your idea to partially cover with white paint the colors on the background! I agree with Mary Elizabeth: you are a genius with colors! Barbara

  8. amazing tribute to London Andrea and it's your fault I'm now munching a bag of Walkers crisps...hugs kath xxx

  9. amazing tribute to London Andrea and it's your fault I'm now munching a bag of Walkers crisps...hugs kath xxx

  10. Acckk! You bowl me over with your creative energy, Andrea! Your brother gave you some awesome advice to photograph the little things, and you must have had an amazing journey to London!! Love your tags!!

  11. These cards are gorgeous, Andrea. Love the beautiful background and bright colors you created. :)

  12. oh these are stunning, Andrea! Love the London theme you gave them. London is such a wonderful city! Hugs, Sandra

  13. These little heavenly snippets of London are fabulous...and you've captured some wonderful iconic images to remember! Wonderful, unique artwork as always Andrea and I love them! :)

  14. This is awesome! I like the crazy colored background. Lovely pieces! I love all of them and all the details. Great job! Hugs, Marzena