Monday, May 14, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Tags Using AALL & Create's Quirky Birds Stamps

If you like stencils, then this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is for you!  We were asked to Stencil It!  I love how stencils can add instant texture to a project when used with embossing paste.  That's what I did on the tags below:


I started with Strathmore Mixed Media paper and cut some big chunky tags using Mama Elephants' Tags a Lot die set.  I altered the length of the tags by letting the die edge hang off of my cutting sandwich on the second one so that the bottom line didn't cut.  That way, I could cut the bottom to any length I wanted.  Then I whipped out my Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and troweled it (is that a word?) over some stencils with a palette knife.

When that dried, I colored on the tags with Mermaid Markers and sprayed the tags with water.  When they were still wet, I sprinkled on some Infusions color stain.

As that was drying, I cut some circular die shapes and painted them in tones of black and umber.  I added a bit more white paint to my tags here and then, then glued on my die-cut shapes.  I also cut long thin strips of black paper and glued those on as well.

I added more paint and some bits of patterned paper and ephemera to the tags and they were done!

On both tags, I included one of these wonderfully whimsical birds from AALL & Create's Quirky Bird stamp set.  If you haven't checked out AALL & Create, I love their style of stamps and stencils!

And here's the second tag:

I do need to say that if I was being banished to a deserted island and could only take one set of dies with me, they would be from Seth Apter!  I use his circular dies all the time (his Splat die is featured below). 

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

I can't wait to see how you get your stencil on!  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!

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous tags Andrea :-) the textures and colours are fabulous and I love the quirky birds, very cute :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. You played off the quirky birds perfectly! What a great stamp set,thanks for the intro. And, as any brick-layer or tile setter will tell you, "troweled" is most certainly a word and I think it's a perfect way to describe the technique you used. Now we can call you a troweler!

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  3. Uhm, I don't know if my first comment went through or not, lol!!! in case you will have a double comment!!!I love your projects Andrea, love the color combo , as always you did an outstanding work with the blending! I am also in love with all the texture you created!
    x Zoey

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  4. Gorgeous colors and layers Andrea!!

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the layers and die-cuts all mashed together.

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  6. Wow - grungy brights - who'd have thought it?! The tiny birds are fabulous. Love these, and yes, texture paste is definitely my most-used medium with stencils.
    Alison x

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  7. Such gorgeous bright and beautiful tags, Andrea!

    I love the funky birds... super fun!!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  8. Love the fun and bright colors and the the fabulous texture you created on the background, Andrea. Such a great design! :)

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  9. Awesomely bright and drippy, and I love those birds!! I love how you use old papers like maps, and bring in words and numbers and all into your work, Andrea! Totally fun!! xx Maura

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  10. Fabulous tags and as always, your colour palette is just stunning and such a wonderful combination of dark and vibrant! Amazing work Andrea...I love them! :)

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  11. another master card in colour and texture Andrea and those quirky birds are just adorable, hugs kath xxx

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  12. Great background! Love the stencils, have never seen the Vicky Boutin one before, what a pity it's out of stock, it's so lovely! I like the bold black circles contrasting with your crazy vibrant colors. Hugs, Macarena

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  13. This is stunning, Andrea! Love the texture of the stencils and you're use of color is amazing! Need to give it a try someday! Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs, Sandra

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  14. Another masterpiece! these tags are fantastic, love AAll & Create stamp and how you used it! As always a feast for the eyes! Barbara

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