Monday, February 19, 2018

My Other Creations: Notebooks Using Dina Wakley's Abstract Figures Stamps

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is, "Grunge it Up."  I loved using some new products on these notebook covers:

Interestingly enough, this project started out as tags.  I cut the tags using a Tim Holtz/Sizzix tag die and some Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  You know I love me some polka dots, so I slathered some black paint on through Tim Holtz's new Dotted stencil.  Once I'd stenciled the dots, I finger-painted all around them with more black paint.

Next I layered up some strips from Heidi Swapp's fabulous new paper collection called Hawthorne.  It's filled with rich raspberry shades, grays, woodgrain patterns and even a touch of navy.  I outlined the strips with black Sharpie and glued them to my tags. 

I stamped some figures from Dina Wakley's new Abstract Figures stamp set and inked them up with Hero Arts ink and added some touches of paint.  I have to say that I debated about this stamp set because I didn't know what to think of the figures at first.  I am not really an abstract figure type of girl.  But each figure has a different pattern and I think those patterns keep these figures bold and energetic-looking, which I like.  I also gave them plenty of color.

I punched circles out of some colored collage paper I'd painted on a different project and glued that to my tags before gluing on my figures.  After the figures were in place, I added just a few more scraps of paper here and there to finish it off.  I realized at this point that I didn't like the proportions of the artwork on the tags (I had too much wasted space at the top and bottom of each), so I ended up trimming down the tags into mini notebook covers.

That patterned paper with the orange polka dots has been a favorite of mine for about a million projects now!  It's from Bo Bunny's Believe line.

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

I can't wait to see how you get grungy 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.

16 comments:

  1. LOVE these little notebook covers Andrea! The colours look absolutely fabulous with the black and the figures are awesome! Love how you layered all of the papers, very artsy and gorgeous :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. I love these notebooks, Andrea! Those new images from Dina Wakley are so cool and I love how you layered everything. And of course, I love your beautiful colors as always.

    Cathie ♥

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  3. Again, what an amazing set of notebooks Andrea!!! Love watching how you achieve these looks and everytime I am amazed then I turn my wowzer into...I AM GOING TO TRY IT! then...NOPE, not the same. Can't even get closer to your awesomeness!!!!

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  4. Fabulous looking notebook covers Andrea! Saw those DW stamps on You tube and know that I must have them :)

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  5. Love your grungy notebook covers Andrea, they are right up my street! Love your style of artwork, it is soo me. Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog xx

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  6. I alway admire your brave compositions and all the little pieces of different patterns and colors, all together. I wouldn't know how to join them to look still fab. You know that. Amazing! Hugs, Marzena

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  7. I love how you started with a darker base and used neon to really POP up the punch of color! So pretty! : )

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  8. The call of the mini notebook is so hard to ignore! Love how you went from tags and turned them into these funky little notebooks, Andrea! hugs, Maura

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  9. Hi Andrea, These notebooks are amazing and full of grungy goodness! I love that these started out as tags and morphed into the notebook covers! The power of creating! :) So cool! Wonderful!
    Stacy :)

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  10. Such fabulous grungy notebook covers! I love your colourful take on the grunge theme - amazing 😁. Happy Weekend! J 😊

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  11. Wow I love it, how you started with a tag and then finish with a notebook cover, they're wonderful and I like a lot how you've played with the abstract figures they fit perfectly with the background. Hugs.

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  12. I love these fabulous little notebook covers Andrea, they are just awesome and I adore how you've interpreted the grunge theme with so much colour and vibrancy ~ wonderful work, as always!

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  13. These notebooks are fabulous, Andrea. Love the beautiful colors and patterns you created. :)

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  14. you are amazing my friend, love how you started off with such a dark background and brought it all to life with your wonderful use of colours, hugs kath xxx

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  15. These are super cool Andrea! I love the colours and all the bright colors on that dark background. The silhouettes are fantastic.

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  16. These are fabulous, Andrea! Love the black and white base with the stunning colors! They're amazing! Hugs, Sandra

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