Monday, May 14, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Tags Using AALL & Create's Quirky Birds Stamps

If you like stencils, then this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is for you!  We were asked to Stencil It!  I love how stencils can add instant texture to a project when used with embossing paste.  That's what I did on the tags below:

I started with Strathmore Mixed Media paper and cut some big chunky tags using Mama Elephants' Tags a Lot die set.  I altered the length of the tags by letting the die edge hang off of my cutting sandwich on the second one so that the bottom line didn't cut.  That way, I could cut the bottom to any length I wanted.  Then I whipped out my Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and troweled it (is that a word?) over some stencils with a palette knife.

When that dried, I colored on the tags with Mermaid Markers and sprayed the tags with water.  When they were still wet, I sprinkled on some Infusions color stain.

As that was drying, I cut some circular die shapes and painted them in tones of black and umber.  I added a bit more white paint to my tags here and then, then glued on my die-cut shapes.  I also cut long thin strips of black paper and glued those on as well.

I added more paint and some bits of patterned paper and ephemera to the tags and they were done!

On both tags, I included one of these wonderfully whimsical birds from AALL & Create's Quirky Bird stamp set.  If you haven't checked out AALL & Create, I love their style of stamps and stencils!

And here's the second tag:

I do need to say that if I was being banished to a deserted island and could only take one set of dies with me, they would be from Seth Apter!  I use his circular dies all the time (his Splat die is featured below). 

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

I can't wait to see how you get your stencil on!  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. Gorgeous tags Andrea :-) the textures and colours are fabulous and I love the quirky birds, very cute :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. You played off the quirky birds perfectly! What a great stamp set,thanks for the intro. And, as any brick-layer or tile setter will tell you, "troweled" is most certainly a word and I think it's a perfect way to describe the technique you used. Now we can call you a troweler!

  3. Uhm, I don't know if my first comment went through or not, lol!!! in case you will have a double comment!!!I love your projects Andrea, love the color combo , as always you did an outstanding work with the blending! I am also in love with all the texture you created!
    x Zoey

  4. Gorgeous colors and layers Andrea!!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the layers and die-cuts all mashed together.

  6. Wow - grungy brights - who'd have thought it?! The tiny birds are fabulous. Love these, and yes, texture paste is definitely my most-used medium with stencils.
    Alison x

  7. Such gorgeous bright and beautiful tags, Andrea!

    I love the funky birds... super fun!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Love the fun and bright colors and the the fabulous texture you created on the background, Andrea. Such a great design! :)

  9. Awesomely bright and drippy, and I love those birds!! I love how you use old papers like maps, and bring in words and numbers and all into your work, Andrea! Totally fun!! xx Maura

  10. Fabulous tags and as always, your colour palette is just stunning and such a wonderful combination of dark and vibrant! Amazing work Andrea...I love them! :)

  11. another master card in colour and texture Andrea and those quirky birds are just adorable, hugs kath xxx

  12. Great background! Love the stencils, have never seen the Vicky Boutin one before, what a pity it's out of stock, it's so lovely! I like the bold black circles contrasting with your crazy vibrant colors. Hugs, Macarena

  13. This is stunning, Andrea! Love the texture of the stencils and you're use of color is amazing! Need to give it a try someday! Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs, Sandra

  14. Another masterpiece! these tags are fantastic, love AAll & Create stamp and how you used it! As always a feast for the eyes! Barbara