Monday, May 29, 2017

My Other Creations: Collage Using Tim Holtz's Picture Wheel Die and Seth Apter's Splatter Proof Die

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is all about circles.  I love circles, so this theme was a dream come true.  I made this circle-centered collage with a favorite Picasso quote and used Tim Holtz's Picture Wheel die and Seth Apter's Splatter Proof die to help me out.

I started by cutting the Picture Wheel Die shape out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I laid it on top of another sheet of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  Then I went to town with quick bursts of Dylusions Ink Spray, Distress Ink Spray, and Distress Stain.  I love to smash the Distress Strain bottles down on paper to get tight circular splatters.

Next I added texture paste through a Tim Holtz Bubble stencil.

When I took the picture wheel off, you can see how both pieces look- the picture wheel on top and the background underneath it.  Never hurts to get two pieces for the price of one!

For the rest of the collage, I set aside the picture wheel die and just used the underneath portion (background).  I sprayed the circular shape with more Distress Ink, Dylusions Ink Spray and a bit of water and let it run down the page.

Next was the scary part!  The black!  I painted the whole background above my circle black. 

Once the black paint dried, I went back in and added white paint over a lot of the black. I typed out the Picasso quote on my We R Memory Keepers typewriter and added that to my collage, along with some flowers that I punched out, painted, and outlined with a Sharpie.

The final touch was adding Seth Apter's Splatter Proof die, which I cut out of black paper.  I love this die!!  I also couldn't resist tacking on a number that I cut from Tim Holtz's Ruler Ribbon.

It was a joy to be asked to include circles this week and I can't wait to see what you come up with!  Here are the supplies I used which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

Be sure to upload your circle-y masterpieces to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp Store!

Monday, May 22, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Using Flora and Fauna's Happy Place and Glass Dome Stamp Sets

"Little Critters" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I decided to try out my new Flora and Fauna stamp sets, "Happy Place Woodlands" and "Glass Dome," to make this little critter tags.

You can't go wrong with Strathmore Mixed Media paper as a base, from which I cut tag shapes using the Sizzix Tag Collection die set.  I stuck strips of washi tape to the background, then painted over everything with acrylic paint.  I did some background stamping with Tim Holtz's Sideshow set and Simon Says Stamp's Scribble Flowers set.  I added more paint back in to tone down the background stamping.  Then I stamped the glass containers over my painted background using Ranger jet Black Archival ink.  To make the glass portion stand out, I painted inside the glass shapes with an extra dose of white acrylic paint.

While my paint was drying, and stamped and fussy-cut out the contents for my glass shapes.  The flowers are from a stamp set by My Favorite Things called, Sketched Blooms, and all other critters and sentiments come from the Flora and Fauna sets.

I used a white Signo Uni-ball Gel Pen to add some lines to the domes to make them appear more glass-like.  I love this white pen, which does a great job of writing boldly even over paint.  The only key is that you have to wait for the paint to completely dry (I left mine overnight) in order for the white pen to work well on top of it.  I also added some clear droplets here and there, but being the impatient person I am, I took the photos before the glue dried, so some of the droplets in my pics look cloudy even though they dried clear. 

Here are the supplies from Simon Says Stamp that I used to make this project:

I enjoy crafting with little critters more than encountering some of them (mosquitoes- I'm talkin' to you!) and I can't wait to see what you create.  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!