Monday, April 8, 2024

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Spring Flowers Tag using Simon Says Stamp's Fine Floral Stem Dies and Tracy Evans' Quirky Birds Stamp Set

Snow is falling outside my window (it really is), but the daffodils are still managing to peek through all the gray.  That's perfect for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme, which is "Spring Flowers."

I started with the flowers themselves, which were cut out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper using my Sizzix Big Shot and Simon Says Stamp's Fine Floral Stems dies.  I colored them using Daniel Smith watercolors.

While that dried, I worked on my background tag.  I cut a tag out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper using my Sizzix Big Shot and the Sizzix Tag Collection die set.  I got some dots going in the background by using Tim Holtz's Gradient Dots stencil and some Crushed Olive Distress Oxide spray.  Then I tore up some patterned paper (American Crafts' April and Ivy collection) and glued that down.  I also found a scrap of newsprint paper that I'd stamped some text onto and added that, too.  I made a bright red arch with paint to frame out my design a bit and added white paint to tone down the dark patterned paper.

I added more acrylic paint and tore off some of the patterned paper I'd just glued down at the top of the arch (I know, I know -- so pointless-feeling sometimes, but it's just how the process goes).  I also did some scribbling with a black Distress Watercolor Pencil.

With my watercolor-painted flowers now dry, I cut them up and glued them around my arch.  Next I wanted to try out Tracy Evans' Quirky Birds stamp set, so I stamped this cute little birdie onto white paper, fussy-cut it out, then painted it.

With my bird now in place among the flowers, I spritzed on some Dina Wakley Gloss Spray and this tag was done!

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

We'd love to see your Spring flower 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.