Monday, April 15, 2019

My Cards and Tags: Tags Using My Favorite Things' Rolled Rose Die

This past week my garden (and I use that term loosely) showed off its first Crocus of the season!  I have to believe that Spring is getting closer (despite the hail storm that followed my Crocus sighting).  To give us all hope, the theme this week for our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is "Beautiful Blooms."  

I started with two tags cut from Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I inked up a Jumbo Plaid stamp from The Stamp Market with a few different colors of Distress Ink, then spritzed the stamp with water and stamped it onto my tags.

I followed that up with more stamping using The Stamp Market's Criss Cross stamp and Flora and Fauna's Texture 5 set (the plus signs).  I added in some different colors with Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels, then I made some dots with a polka dot stencil and white paint.

I love color and patterns, but I wasn't liking how these tags looked, especially when I knew I'd be adding more colorful flowers on top.  So, as I always do when things are looking too crazy, I covered up most of my work with a palette knife and white paint.  I know, I know.  Why do all that work only to cover it up?  I didn't intend to, but when I don't like how something's going, white paint saves the day.  And all that work I did does still contribute to the layering and overall visual effect.

While my tags were drying, I made my flowers.  I cut them out of some collaged paper I had made for another project and after I rolled them into their rose shapes, I smooshed them down a bit so they didn't look so perfect and uniform.  Then I cut some hydrangea petals out of text paper to use as leaves for the roses.

I added some color back to the edges of my tags with acrylic paint and glued on my flowers, cutting thin stems for them out of black cardstock.  I also added a bit of stamping back on with the Criss Cross pattern.

I added some pink and white paint to my roses and then used some Infusions powder stain on the bottom of my tags to represent dirt.  I also stamped on some tiny-print words by my stems using a Paper Artsy stamp (EEA03).  I added some Bingo-style numbers from Inky Antics' Circles and Frames stamp set.

Here's a closer look at my flowers:

I hope wherever you are, there are signs of beautiful blooms on their way!

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

I'm excited to see your interpretation of our theme this week!  Upload your masterpieces to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp.