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!


Monday, October 1, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Tag Trio using Tim Holtz Paperdolls

It's a Tim-tastic tag challenge this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I made a tag trio will some of my favorite Tim Holtz products.

As usual when I don't know what I'm doing on a project, I start by die-cutting the tag shapes and stamping onto them with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink.  I used Tim Holtz's Halftone and Rings stamp set here.

Next I rubbed acrylic paint onto a Remnants stamp, then spritzed it with water.  I stamped it onto my tags.

Using my fingers, I painted some of the circles in with acrylic paint.

I was not loving the colors and these were looking a bit crazy (even for me).  Whenever I feel like this, I whip out the white paint and a palette knife.  I covered over a lot of the areas to tone them down a bit.  I ripped scraps of patterned paper from Tim's Correspondence set and glued them in place.  Then I cut a scribble circle out of black paper and Tim's Scribbles and Splat die.  I only cut one scribbly circle, but I cut it up into three sections and glued one of each to my tags.  I also added some Tim alphabet Washi tape strips to the bottom.

I added a little more white paint, then I grabbed my Prima Oil Pastel Crayons. I scribbled around the black circles, blending the colors and pulling them down a bit into the tags.

Last but not least, I added some paper doll characters.  I cut pointy hats for the ladies and crowns for the gentlemen.  I glued on some big bold Quote Chip words to the bottoms of the tags and outlined everything with a black Sharpie.



Though my journey from Point A to Point B often surprises me, I do like how these tags turned out in the end.  Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:


I'm excited to see your tag-tastic creations 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!