Monday, November 29, 2021

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Sparkle Mode using Stamping Bella's Oddball Edgar Allan Poe Stamp

When I heard that this week's theme for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge was Sparkle Mode (we're also highlighting the Stampendous brand), I decided to find the most NON-sparkly thing I could think of and try to give it some pizzazz.  So what did I land on?  Edgar Allan Poe!!  As an English major and former English teacher, my heart has always gone out to Poe.  Holy cow (or should I say holy raven?) to the life he had.  I couldn't help but think, "Give this man something happy!"  And so my tag was born.

As usual, this tag came together in a round-about sort of way.  I started by cutting a tag out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper, then I stamped Poe onto my tag.  I colored him in with alcohol markers, but did not like how it looked.  To solve the problem, I did what I always do when I don't like something's vibe: I painted over it with white paint. 

I went back to my roots and colored him with acrylic paint and added some polka dots to his jacket.  I added some shading and black tones with a Distress Crayon and a graphite pencil.

And now for the background!  I stenciled some stars on with white paint, then smeared on some blue, teal and purple paint.

I added some olive green tones and drew around the edges of the tag with an embossing pen, then heat-embossed the lines with sparkly silver embossing powder.

To complete this idea of a happy Poe, I made a pointy party hat.  The "happy" sentiment on the brim is cut out of a strip of washi tape.  I also added some text stamping at the bottom and top of the tag and splattered on some Dina Wakley Gloss Spray in Lemon.

I'm not sure what Poe would think of his chipper alter ego here, but I enjoyed thinking about him as I made this tag. 

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

It's the perfect time of year to go into "Sparkle Mode," and we'd love to see what you create this week.  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $25 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.