Sunday, May 25, 2014

My Cards and Tags: Tea Bag Tags

Using an "artsy stamp" is this week's challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog.  I decided to go with the always-artsy Dina Wakley's Collaged Hearts stamp set and created these Tea Bag Tags:

I started by slitting the bottoms of the tea bags and emptying all the tea out.  You can leave the tea intact if you want to create some cool brown speckles when you spray them with ink, but I emptied them so the bags would lay flat and hence be easier to paint on later. 

Next, I sprayed the tea bags with all sorts of Dylusions ink sprays and let them dry.

While the bags dried, I stamped some of Dina Wakley's hearts onto patterned paper and heat embossed them with black embossing powder.

Once the bags were dry, I got out my trusty black Gesso and painted it over some stencils to create different background designs on each tea bag.

When the Gesso dried, I tore off some strips of Washi tape and used them as a background for my heat embossed hearts, which I glued to the bags.

These Tea Bag Tags were easy to make and were a fun way to put some of my favorite artsy stamps to use.  

Here are some of the products I used that are available from Simon Says Stamp:

If you're anything like me, you have way too many artsy stamps than you should, but who am I to call a fellow visionary a hoarder?  :)  So grab some of those artsy stamps and make something amazing!  I always enjoy seeing the creations that are uploaded to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog.  Give it a whirl and you may even win the $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

My Other Creations: Pretty Paint Box

This week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is "Botanical Bliss."  While I simply adore flowers and love this time of the year when they're blooming, I've had a rough relationship with plants.  I had my share of allergies when I was little, not to mention stings and rashes and scratches from our various forest friends.  So for my project, I decided to go with more of an artsy look rather than a realistic nature-y look.

I acquired this fabulous vintage paint tin and attached some Tim Holtz tissue tape to the background for a few subtle images here and there.

I also added the word "Paint" to the background.

I added some cursive script and color to the paintbrush, too, and finished it off with these fabulous flowers, which I colored using Distress Ink and water.

So see?  This project was incredibly fun and it incorporated flowers without my eyes puffing up from a pollen attack.  Can't beat that!

Here are some of the products I used that you can get at Simon Says Stamp:

So how will you interpret Botanical Bliss?  I can't wait to see what you come up with!  Don't forget to upload your work to to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.