Monday, September 18, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Cards using Tim Holtz's Noble Gent and Dina Wakley's Text and Scribbles Stamp Sets

The month of September rages on and Simon Says Stamp has really nailed STAMPtember! So many fun things to see and buy!  

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is "Shimmer and Shine."  I added a shiny silver-embossed edge to my trio of cards that pay homage to clever adventurous women.

I started by stamping images from Tim Holtz's Pathwork and Mixed Media 2 stamp sets onto Strathmore Mixed media paper.

Next I smeared on acrylic paint. 

I wanted some texture, so I cut some panels out of an old book and Tim Holtz's Crosshatch die.  I glued them on to my backgrounds.

This was a little TOO much texture/patterning, so I toned it down with more paint.  When the paint dried, I stamped on a circle from Dina Wakley's Text Scribbles stamp set.  I then stamped and fussy-cut the elements I wanted to add to the front.

I didn't want to lose all sense of the plus-sign design, so I outlined some of them in black. All of the women are from Tim Holtz's Photobooth Vintage Photo set and the words are from his Noble Gents set.

I heat-embossed the edges with silver embossing powder before I glued everything down.  I left the embossing a bit "texturey" rather than blending it completely.

At this point, you may notice that none of my original stamping is even visible.  Why bother stamping stuff that I end up painting over?  I've asked myself the same question.  I think it just gets the old gears turning-- I stamp something to start the process even if that stamping disappears later on.  To me, it's a starting point that is much less intimidating than white paper.

I do love images from the past and I hope these cards give a little bit of the spotlight to these women and what their stories may have been.

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


I'm excited to see how you add some shimmer and shine this week, so don't forget to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  You'll inspire others and will be eligible to score that sweet $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!

Monday, September 11, 2017

My Cards and Tags: STAMPtember 2017 Tim Holtz Exclusive Stamp Set


SooOOoOOo much exciting stuff going on during Simon Says Stamps' STAMPtember celebration!  This week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is, "It's written in the stars."  What better way to celebrate than a star-topped Christmas tree tag featuring the STAMPtember 2017 exclusive stamp and stencil set by Tim Holtz?
To start my tag, I cut a tag shape out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper and stamped on some images.  Then I splattered on some Distress Stain and colored some areas with Distress Ink.

I smeared some acrylic paint onto my tag next.

I wanted a more pastel look for the holidays, so I added more white paint and added a layer of stenciled white star bursts.  I love this stencil!  I also stenciled a candy-cane stripe on another piece of white paper, which I cut out and added to my tag and blended in with white paint.

I had a lot of fun with the tree ring stamp.  I cut the rings apart, using the largest outer ring as part of my tag's central image.  Then I stamped one of the trees, fussy-cut it and added it in front of the ring with a star on top.  This set has great sentiments, so I added "Peace on Earth."  I used the inside parts of the ring stamp along the edge of my tag.  I cut them in half and used them as scallop designs.

I added a 25 to the bottom of the tag and it was done!  This stamp set has so much potential and I can't wait to see what else STAMPtember brings our way!

Here's a close-up of Tim's exclusive set:
Here are the other supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:


I can't wait to see your rendition of "written in the stars"!  Be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!