Monday, January 31, 2022

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Bookmark using Spellbinders Big Dot Slimline Embossing Folder and Dina Wakley's I Am Stamp Set

Happy last Monday of January 2022!  January is so...long.  And...cold.  And...gray.  And did I mention L-O-N-G??  But we're hanging in there and trying to keep the creative juices flowing instead of freezing, right?  And with that goal in mind, this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is to use an embossing folder.  I made a bookmark using Spellbinders' Big Dot Slimline embossing folder and Dina Wakley's I Am stamp set.

I decided to try a new embossing folder technique, which was to spray Distress Oxide and Dylusions Shimmer Spray on the folder itself, then add paper, then run it through my Big Shot.  I got some good splotchy color as a result!  I also liked the indented side (de-bossed?  Is that a word?) rather than the raised/embossed side, so that's the one I went with for this project.

I thought, as I often do, you can never have too many dots, so I got out my Altenew Halftone stencil and added another layer of white dots.

I needed a focal point and I thought this silhouette from Dina Wakley's I Am stamp set filled the bill nicely.  I stamped it onto my background with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink.  I added some torn strips of text that I stamped (Tim Holtz's Theories stamp set) and some plus signs (courtesy of Altenew's Positivity washi tape).

Next I colored in the silhouette using Scribble Sticks and a bit of Dylusions paint.

I drew some background elements and stamped some vertical lines and designs using Birgit Koopsen's Mixed Media background stamp by Carabelle Studio.  I added the word "powerful" to the top and this bookmark was done!

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

Dust off one of your embossing folders and give it a go!  Upload your project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $25 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Tag Folio using Trinty Stamps' Slimline Tag Dies

The theme for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Furry Friends.  Yipes!  I had a traumatic cat/allergy incident when I was a kid, plus a hamster disaster when I was a tween, so furry has not always equated to friends in my book.  But I know that furry friends bring a lot of meaning and joy and companionship to this world.  With that in mind, I decided to incorporate some furry bunnies along the side of this folio/envelope I made with Trinity Stamps' Slimline Tags die set.

I cut a nice long tag with the Trinity Stamps die set, Strathmore Mixed Media paper, and my Sizzix Big Shot and folded it into a folio shape.  I always use a scoring board when my fold lines need to be nice and crisp.

I got out my Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks and wrote some loopy words and doodled across the front and flap of my folio.

I used a water brush pen to smear things around and I also spritzed the whole thing with water.  Since my surface was wet, I shook on some Infusions color stain (Emerald Isle) and also smeared on some white paint.  When that dried, I stamped multiple bunny images along the fold line of my folio.

I thought that was a lot of bunny eyes looking at me, so I decided I would white out most of the bunny faces and have just one face instead of several.  I added some paint dots in Fuchsia.

When that was dry, I re-stamped just one bunny face and added some more scribbles and a few scraps of patterned paper.

I had to think of a way to close this folio, so I sewed on a button (backed by some cardboard for a little more stability) and a long strip of fabric.

This allowed me to wrap the fabric scrap around the folio, and then around the button, to keep it closed. 

So far, this is blank inside, but it's ready to be filled with paper scraps or ephemera or notebook pages, etc.  And no real fur = no traumas for me!

How will you celebrate furry friends 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.