Monday, June 17, 2019

My Cards and Tags: Paper Scrap Cards and Envelopes

"Transport It" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I decided to make some paper scrap cards and some envelopes to transport them in.

I started with the envelopes.  I used a Simon Says Stamp Gift Card Envelope die and cut the shapes out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I spritzed them with Distress Ink spray and then added some white paint through a falling snow stencil.

Next I tore some scraps of Stamperia Wonderland paper and glued the scraps to the envelopes.  I added some dark shades of paint.

While those dried, I started working on the cards.  I started with random scraps of patterned paper.

I layered the scraps onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper and sewed them on with a sewing machine.  I did some freestyle sewing to form some wonky oval shapes.

I added acrylic paint to my cards and added some stamped-text paper to the center of the ovals.

To finish my envelopes, I sewed together some mini-piles of paper scraps and glued them to the front.

I flicked some Teakwood alcohol ink onto my envelopes, then typed some words on my We R Memory Keepers typewriter and added those to the front of the envelopes.  I folded and glued the envelopes shut and cut off the curved tabs at the top so they were rectangular in shape.

I put my cards and envelopes together and this project was done!

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

I can't wait to see how you interpret this week's theme!  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! 

Monday, June 10, 2019

My Other Creations: Dylusions Creative Dyary Revamp using AALL and Create House Stamps

"Vacation" is the theme of the week at our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I went with a travel notebook, which I made out of a Dylusions Creative Dyary.  The Creative Dyary has pre-printed calendar pages inside (as opposed to blank sketch pages), so I thought it would serve nicely to chronicle any sort of adventure and keep track of when it happened. 

As is the case sometimes with my unplanned-ahead projects, this thing went all over the charts and I changed my mind a lot, so process pics fell by the wayside.  I basically glued a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media to the cover, stuck on some washi tape, then sprayed it with Dylusions ink sprays, then spritzed it with water.  I also added in some stenciled dots, then painted over different areas with gouache paint.  

For those of you unfamiliar with gouache paint (like I was), it's kind of a mix between acrylic and watercolor and dries opaque.  It's similar to an acrylic in its general look and consistency (kind of "slicker", though, if that makes any sense), but it's like a watercolor because if you add water to your page after the paint has dried on it, you can still move the color around.  It comes in handy if you've ever thought to yourself, "I wish acrylic paint didn't dry so fast and was easier to blend."  Those are some of gouache's qualities without having to add anything to it.  I don't think gouache is a replacement for acrylics or watercolors, but it's a fun and unique type of paint to experiment with.

After the paint dried, I did some stamping on the cover with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink and some stamps from AALL and Create and Inky Antics.  I also added in some buildings that I cut with a Tim Holtz cityscapes die.

I typed out one of my favorite travel quotes on my We R Memory Makers typewriter and added that to the top of my notebook.  Now on to the adventures so I can fill up these pages!

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

As always, it's a treat to see what you create with our weekly themes.  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.