Monday, July 2, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Blue ATC's using Darkroom Door Mesh Stencil

Red, White, and/or Blue is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I made a couple of ATC's in various shades of blue.

I started with Strathmore Mixed Media paper cut to ATC size.  I sprayed my Darkroom Door mesh stencil with a few spritzes of Marabu Caribbean Art Spray then flipped the stencil over and pressed it onto my paper like a stamp.  This gave me some nice lines and some "smooshy" areas.

For some color contrast, I drizzled some Jane Davenport Hydrangea ink onto the same stencil, then stamped it again (drippy ink side down).

Next I cut out some frames- one in the shape of a house and the other with a rounded top.  I inked them and stamped text on them (Paper Artsy stamp for the text).  I outlined my shapes with a black Sharpie and glued them on.  Then I sprinkled some Infusions powder (Royal Blood) onto my cards and spritzed them with water. 

From there, I scribbled around the edges with Prima Oil Pastel crayons and smudged them with some stumps.  Then I added some great stamps and die shapes.  For the one below, I used a figure stamped with Dina Wakley's Abstract Figures stamp set (fussy-cut and glued on) and surrounded the head with one of Seth Apter's Strands die shapes.

On the one below, I added some black wildflowers cut with a Tim Holtz die, then used one of the bigger Seth Apter Strands dies for the focal circle.  Both cards have scraps of some black patterned paper I made by stamping images onto the black paper, then heat-embossing it with white powder.

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

Darkroom Door Large Mesh stencil
Dina Wakley Abstract Figures stamp set
Seth Apter Spellbinders Strands dies
Paper Artsy EEG18 stamp set
Jane Davenport Hydrangea Inkredible Ink
Infusions Colored Stain: Royal Blood
Marabu Art Spray: Caribbean
Prima Oil Pastel Crayons
Strathmore Mixed Media paper
Sizzix Big Shot
Spectrum Noir Blending Stumps
Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink
Ranger Jet Black Archival ink
Acrylic Blocks
Ranger Non-stick Craft Sheet

I'm excited to see your interpretation of this week's theme!  Be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store!


  1. Gorgeous ATC's Andrea :-) Blue is my fave colour and I love these, absolutely fabulous 💙

    Lols x x x

  2. Lovely set! The deep blues mixed with black details are awesome. I love the vibrancy and the depth of your ATCs. Hugs, Marzena.

  3. Blue is my favorite color and I absolutely love the deep of these ATCs!!!

  4. Wowzers! These have so many shades of blue - cool! Love your description Andrea of "smooshy" - very apropos! Love the different ways you layered with the stencil, and then how you go bold with the black! hugs, Maura

  5. Beautiful ATC's, Andrea! I love all the variations of blue!

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  6. These are gorgeous Andrea!! I love all those shades of blue.

  7. Wow Andrea ! Your use of blue shades is amazing, you created a fantastic vibrant work! Fabulous use of colors and stencil, black touch is the perfect addition!

  8. wow Andrea, I love the vibrancy of the blues against the black and white and those Abstract Figures are gorgeous, yet another addition to my ever growing wish list, hugs kath xxx

  9. These ATC's are fabulous, Andrea! The shades of blue are amazing, and love that it's still bold and bright like you amazing style! Hugs, Sandra