Monday, September 27, 2021

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Touchy Feely (Add Texture) using Simon Says Stamp's The Neighborhood Dies

It's time to get touchy feely this week with Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge theme!  Yes indeed- adding texture is the goal and I went with layers and ripped paper scraps to accomplish this noble purpose.  What emerged was three scrappy tag notebooks.

I loved Simon Says Stamp's The Neighborhood dies the second I saw them.  It was one of those immediate "add to cart" reactions (anyone else out there have those reactions?) and I haven't regretted my purchase.  I started by cutting some of these houses out using my Sizzix Big Shot and some Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I whipped out one of my favorite watercolor sets (Jane Davenport's Brights set) and painted my house bases.

I decided to make my own pointy roofs (rooves?) out of patterned paper and washi-covered paper scraps (there are some great AALL & Create washi's in the mix).  I stamped the houses with Simon's corresponding stamp set called Printmaking Houses to outline their doorways and windows.

But what to do for the background?  Since we are focusing on texture, I grabbed more patterned paper scraps and sewed them onto some kraft tags.

I liked this background, but knew it would be too busy and colorful if the colorful houses were on top of it, so I toned it down with some white paint.  I added just a touch of orange and turquoise paint, then I flicked on some of Dina Wakley's Gloss spray.  I made another tag in this style as well.

After my tags were painted and splattered, I ripped them up and glued the houses to them.  I wanted some random words scattered around, too, so I stamped text from Inky Antics' Encouraging Words stamp set onto a piece of white cardstock, cut out the words, and glued them on as well.  This is a fantastic stamp set (she said with bias since she created it).

Now I had some backgrounds and houses and still didn't know what to do with them!  I decided to attach them to the front of some tags to make tag books....even though I had already built the backgrounds onto tags that I just ripped up.  I'm rolling my eyes at myself as I write this, but there you have it.  This is the downside of not having a solid plan when you begin a project!  Oh well.  We'll just pretend that I wanted to add yet another layer.  And so I took out three more kraft tags, folded them in half, and painted them.

Now I was ready to attach my house scraps to my tags.  And that's what I did.

From here, I gathered some ledger scraps, book scraps and filler paper and cut it to size.  Then I used my trusty Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the spine and bound the paper to the inside of my notebook covers.

I ended up adding some dark brown and darker teal paint around the edges of the covers to give them a little more definition.  I also added a little white paint and a bit of color to some of the houses.

Here's a close-up of each one:

I quite enjoyed this project even though it came together in a round-about sort of way.  I'm just glad when things come together at all!

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

Don't be afraid to share your touchy-feely-textural creations!  Upload them to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $25 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.  And don't forget to check out the last few days of Stamptember!