Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tutorials: Stamping Over Stencils

Welcome to the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Blog Hop!

This hop should  be filled with stampy goodness, so if you stumbled here accidentally, be sure to start back at the beginning at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  

And be sure to hop on over to Anna-Karin's blog next!
For my project, I have to say that I am loving the Simon Says Stamp Extra Large Dots Stencil, which I used to create this notebook cover.

I tried a new technique for this project and that was to stamp over a stencil.  It was a lot of fun and worked better than I thought it would.  Here's what I did:

I started out with a large stamp, a piece of paper, the polka dot stencil and some ink.  

I laid the stencil over my paper, inked up my stamp, then stamped right on top of the stencil.

When I lifted off my stencil, the stamped pattern was in a polka dot shape!  Cool!

Without cleaning my stencil, I moved it over and repeated this process until my paper was filled with the polka dot pattern I'd created.

As you can see, after stamping on top of my stencil a few times, ink had accumulated there.  Instead of washing it off, I put the stencil on top of a manilla tag and grabbed a baby wipe I'd used earlier.

Using the baby wipe, I swiped the ink diagonally across the stencil so that it colored in the holes.  It created a beautiful polka dot pattern on my tag that I could use for another project on another day.  I'd cleaned my stencil and made a second background pattern at the same time.  Multitasking bonus!

Back to my first stamped paper!  I cut it down to size, then smeared some green ink onto some of the polka dots for more visual variety.   I then dribbled watercolors down from some of the dots.

Next I added on some fabric scraps and paper butterflies, which I cut out of a piece of patterned paper.

I inked up the fabric scraps and finished it off with a "Fearless" sentiment from the stamp I used earlier.  I also added a safety pin and another fabric scrap. 

I attached this collage to the front cover of my notebook, which was put together with the Cinch machine.  I added tabs, which I made using a tab punch, and embellished it with a few bits of lace.

I hope you enjoyed my project and I can't wait to see what my fellow Design Team members came up with!  And I especially like how big the circles are in the Simon Says Stamp Extra Large Dots Stencil.  It's just perfect for stamping through!

Here are the materials I used that are available from Simon Says Stamp:

So what will you create using a Simon Says Stamp exclusive product?  Upload your project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog so that we can be inspired and so that you can have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!