Monday, February 19, 2018

My Other Creations: Notebooks Using Dina Wakley's Abstract Figures Stamps

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is, "Grunge it Up."  I loved using some new products on these notebook covers:

Interestingly enough, this project started out as tags.  I cut the tags using a Tim Holtz/Sizzix tag die and some Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  You know I love me some polka dots, so I slathered some black paint on through Tim Holtz's new Dotted stencil.  Once I'd stenciled the dots, I finger-painted all around them with more black paint.

Next I layered up some strips from Heidi Swapp's fabulous new paper collection called Hawthorne.  It's filled with rich raspberry shades, grays, woodgrain patterns and even a touch of navy.  I outlined the strips with black Sharpie and glued them to my tags. 

I stamped some figures from Dina Wakley's new Abstract Figures stamp set and inked them up with Hero Arts ink and added some touches of paint.  I have to say that I debated about this stamp set because I didn't know what to think of the figures at first.  I am not really an abstract figure type of girl.  But each figure has a different pattern and I think those patterns keep these figures bold and energetic-looking, which I like.  I also gave them plenty of color.

I punched circles out of some colored collage paper I'd painted on a different project and glued that to my tags before gluing on my figures.  After the figures were in place, I added just a few more scraps of paper here and there to finish it off.  I realized at this point that I didn't like the proportions of the artwork on the tags (I had too much wasted space at the top and bottom of each), so I ended up trimming down the tags into mini notebook covers.

That patterned paper with the orange polka dots has been a favorite of mine for about a million projects now!  It's from Bo Bunny's Believe line.

Here are the supplies that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see how you get grungy 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.