Monday, March 20, 2017

My Cards and Tags: A Tribute to Paint

Layer it Up is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I made a trio of textured tags celebrating all things paint-y!

I started these tags out on Strathmore Mixed Media paper (my go-to paper anytime I know things are going to involve paint).  I cut the tags using Tim Holtz's Sizzix Tags Collection die set.  I painted streaks of color in the background using Dina Wakley heavy body acrylic paint.

I used an old book page and Tim Holtz's frameworks dies to form some texture in the background, then I painted over everything with a thin layer of white paint.  When the paint dried, I felt like they were looking a little too pale, so I went back in and added some color using Distress Ink that I sponged and smeared on to different areas.

Next I added some fabric scraps and some paint brushes.  I always have a few cheap paint brushes in my stash for projects like these.  I cut the handles shorter and then I wadded some embroidery floss around the tops of the paintbrushes to replicate the look of dripping paint.  I added sentiments I cut from an old children's book, did some random stamping here and there and I was done!

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

I know you all can layer it up in bold and beautiful ways, so 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!

Monday, March 13, 2017

My Other Creations: Houses Using Tim Holtz's Tiny Houses Die

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday theme is "Handmade Flowers."  I made some flowers out of Tim Holtz's crinkle ribbon and added them as embellishments to these two little houses:

I started by coloring some crinkle ribbon, which is easily done with Distress Ink and/or Distress Stain.  I like to dab ink directly onto my craft mat, spray the ink with a bit or water, then wipe it up with my ribbon.  To create sections of ribbon with greater color intensity, I dab Distress Stain right onto it in a few places.  

I have a clip tool from Stampendous that I use to do any sort of spiral-wrapping, though a quilling tool would also work well.  I clipped the end of the ribbon, then spun it in a circle to form the flower shape.

Once I had the flower shape I wanted, I glued the end of the ribbon down with hot glue.  Then I went to work on the houses.  I did some stenciling and stamping on the house components before assembling them.  

I added some more stamping, some white paint over the top, some bits of patterned paper, a strip of washi, and the flowers with green yarn for the stems. 

Being the remedial math person that I am, I hoped the assembly of these houses wouldn't be too complicated with lots of tricky angles, etc.  But they were really easy to put together. I also trimmed the roof pieces down a bit so there wasn't as much of an overhang on the sides.  I like the ease and versatility of these dies and they're already among my Tim Holtz favorites.

I found this "good house" sentiment in an old book and tacked in on to finish up this project. I always love an iconic house shape and these were a fun project!  

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

I'm excited to see all of your glorious floral creations, so be sure to upload your projects to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store!