Monday, September 18, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Cards using Tim Holtz's Noble Gent and Dina Wakley's Text and Scribbles Stamp Sets

The month of September rages on and Simon Says Stamp has really nailed STAMPtember! So many fun things to see and buy!  

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is "Shimmer and Shine."  I added a shiny silver-embossed edge to my trio of cards that pay homage to clever adventurous women.

I started by stamping images from Tim Holtz's Pathwork and Mixed Media 2 stamp sets onto Strathmore Mixed media paper.

Next I smeared on acrylic paint. 

I wanted some texture, so I cut some panels out of an old book and Tim Holtz's Crosshatch die.  I glued them on to my backgrounds.

This was a little TOO much texture/patterning, so I toned it down with more paint.  When the paint dried, I stamped on a circle from Dina Wakley's Text Scribbles stamp set.  I then stamped and fussy-cut the elements I wanted to add to the front.

I didn't want to lose all sense of the plus-sign design, so I outlined some of them in black. All of the women are from Tim Holtz's Photobooth Vintage Photo set and the words are from his Noble Gents set.

I heat-embossed the edges with silver embossing powder before I glued everything down.  I left the embossing a bit "texturey" rather than blending it completely.

At this point, you may notice that none of my original stamping is even visible.  Why bother stamping stuff that I end up painting over?  I've asked myself the same question.  I think it just gets the old gears turning-- I stamp something to start the process even if that stamping disappears later on.  To me, it's a starting point that is much less intimidating than white paper.

I do love images from the past and I hope these cards give a little bit of the spotlight to these women and what their stories may have been.

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


I'm excited to see how you add some shimmer and shine this week, so don't forget to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  You'll inspire others and will be eligible to score that sweet $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!

15 comments:

  1. Fabulous cards Andrea :-) the women are gorgeous and I love how you layer the colours and patterns, even if some of them get covered it is still nice to see the process :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. Love the use of the Nobel Gent stamp set - it is one of my favorite sets! Super cute!

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  3. Love these, Andrea! Your backgrounds are always so amazing and have the pretties colors. Love how you put hats on the ladies, so fun!

    Cathie ♥

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  4. What a lovely set! I lije them all and the strong women too! The texture you made with the old book pages and the die is so cool. I am impressed of ho this thin ppaer made such a great texture! Love this. And the most I love the edges, what a fantastic effect! Hugs, Marzena

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  5. These are fabulous Andrea, love the layers of 'pluses' and your lovely ladies and their fabulous hats! Thanks so much for sharing your process, Deb xo

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  6. amazing project Andrea...in your fabulous unique style...hugs kath xxx

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  7. Absolutely love them all Andrea! love your use of colors as always so bright and bold!

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  9. Love your gorgeous project, Andrea. The collaged background is fantastic. :)

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  10. These are wonderful Andrea! I love the backgrounds with the circles and plus signs. The hats are so much fun and Tim's word stamps work really well here.

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  11. Great cards, love them all! Very beautiful contrast between bold colours and deep intensity of black!

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  12. Fabulous project Andrea and I love how you've created those backgrounds, that wonderful shimmery edge and adore how you've used Tim's Photo Booth images, they just look amazing! Wonderful work, as always... :)

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  13. Awesome!! I feel like I could belong to all three of these groups! I love it when your "lit nerd" side emerges with the great word ideas! Those ladies hats are great, especially the propellor one - I actually had one of those at school that I would pull out and wear when we had hat day! hugs, Maura

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  14. This is so cool, Andrea! love the cards, the background is amazing and love the darling gals! So fun! Hugs, Sandra

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  15. Love all of them Andrea! adore to see when you mix the vintage feel with bright colors! Barbara

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