Monday, January 15, 2018

My Cards and Tags: City Cards using Jane Davenport's Aqua Pastels

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is "Birds of a Feather."  After a not-so-fun week at work, the first thing that came to mind was the desire to fly beyond the confines of the cubicle farm!  I tried to capture that feeling with this trio of cards.

I started by cutting out some card shapes with the Reverse Confetti Kindness Cards die set.  Then I smeared white paint through some Tim Holtz stencils: Dot Fade and Bubble.

I was anxious to try out the new Jane Davenport Aqua Pastel crayons.  Once my white paint dried, I colored over the card surfaces with the crayons.  Then I dipped my finger in some water and just sort of smeared all the colors together.  Some colored pencils and crayons that are supposed to be "blendable" with water don't work very well, but these crayons did not disappoint.  The colors were bright and mixed beautifully when I added water.  Here are the cards after the Aqua Pastel crayon treatment:

While those dried, I cut out some buildings with the Tim Holtz Cityscape Skyline die and colored them with Hero Arts Neon inks and Distress Inks.  The Hero Arts Neon inks were new to me and I already adore them.  I stamped some months on the buildings with a Paper Artsy stamp.

I covered my card backgrounds with some stamping and brushos, but most of this step got covered up by the end.

I glued the buildings to the background and then toned everything down with some white acrylic paint over the top.

You can see on the finished product that I also added black paint around the edges and outlined parts of the buildings with a black Sharpie.

For the sentiments, I cut off little pieces of notebook paper with a perforated edge and stamped onto them with Hero Arts alphabet stamps.  I also added some numbers to the buildings using Tim Holtz's Label Letters.

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

I can't wait to see how you interpret our challenge this week.  Upload your projects to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store.

Monday, January 8, 2018

My Other Creations: Scrap Tag Notebooks Using Tim Holtz's Wildflowers Dies

"Winter Blues" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, so I made some scrap tag notebooks with wildflowers on them to combat the gray and the slush.  AND, I made a tutorial video for these, which you can see further down in the post.

I started  by cutting some tags out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I painted them with black gesso and then a layer of black acrylic paint and folded them in half.

Next I smooshed white acrylic paint through a Dot Fade stencil onto the tags.

Using my fingers, I smudged on some acrylic paint in different colors.

I added scraps of patterned paper here and there and some wildflowers.  Then I brushed some more acrylic paint over the top once I was done.  I also added a little stamping in black ink.

Along the way, I also added some ring dies from Seth Apter and Simon Says Stamp and closed the notebooks with paperclips.

I used scraps of paper for the inside of the notebooks, too.  I cut the pages the same size as the tags, laid them out flat and sewed the booklet down the middle with my sewing machine to keep all the inside pages in place.

And here's a video of the process for those who are interested:

You know I'm a crazy notebook-a-holic and these were fun ones to try my hand at.  Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see your artwork this week!  Upload your crafty creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store!

I'm also playing along with--

Mini Album Makers Challenge: