Monday, October 22, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Halloween Tags using Tim Holtz's Halloween Hangouts

Time is flying and I can't believe that Halloween is right around the corner!  That means that this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is Spooky/Halloween.  I went with a couple of tags that utilize some of my favorite dies.


Interestingly enough, I was inspired by some Christmas patterned paper when I was making these tags.  I decided to go with that and glued some scraps of it to my two tags cut out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.

I added acrylic paint in white, pink, blue, teal and green.

To spook-i-fy it, I added gray paint and lots of black smudges and lines made with Prima Oil pastel crayons.  Then I stamped on some images from Dina Wakley using Ranger Jet Black archival ink.

What to add next?  I cut some circular shapes out of black paper using Seth Apter dies.  I filled in the circles with some scrap collage pieces I had.

I glued these onto my tags and embellished each.  For the bigger tag, I added bats (folded in and out for a dimensional effect) made from Tim Holtz's Halloween Hangouts die.

I looped a piece of black embroidery thread through the tag hole at the top.

On the smaller tag, I added an "October 31" sentiment.

I really love the "smudge-a-bility" factor of the Prima Oil Pastels!

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

I'm excited to see all of your spooky Halloween creations!  Upload your projects to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp!


Monday, October 15, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Inky Antics Brave and Good Stamp Set

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is "Starry Night."  Several months ago, I drew this "bun princess" for a May the 4th celebration card I made.  I decided to add this image to my line of Wonder Girls stamps, which are produced by Inky Antics and sold through Simon.  I thought she'd be the perfect focal point for my galactic greeting card.


The background is a piece of 6x6 galaxy paper by Brutus Monroe.  Then I stamped, colored and fussy-cut my princess image.  I added some of my painted collage scraps around her face and a white die-cut star.  I painted around the edges of the card with black paint and added some black smudging inside the image with Distress Crayons.

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

I'm excited to see how you interpret our Starry Night theme!  Upload your creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

Monday, October 8, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Travel Tags made from Postcards

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is, "Cityscape."  I decided to make tags out of some landscape postcards.

I started with a set of postcards that came with Altenew's Reflections Scrapbook Kit and some tag dies from the Sizzix Tag Collection.

I cut some tag shapes out like so...

I wanted to add some different colors into the mix, so I painted over some sections with white Gesso and added some scraps of patterned paper.

I brightened them back up by coloring/smudging Prima Oil Pastel Crayons on them.  These crayons are a favorite tool of mine because while they are oil pastels, they're water-soluble so you can blend them nicely with just a touch of water.  I also stamped along the horizon line with some border stamps by AALL & Create.

I typed some travel sentiments, "wander on" and "adventurer" and added those.  I smudged some black and grey oil pastels around the edges and gave the tags a pop of color with some neon pink ink.

On this tag, I also added a squiggly circle stamp by Dina Wakley to the background.

I couldn't decide whether to go vertical or horizontal with these and think they look cool either way.  This also inspired me to see what else I could cut tags shapes out of.  :)

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


I'm excited to see how you interpret our Cityscape 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!