Friday, May 27, 2022

Yes - It's Brushed Flowers Again

Hi my friends, I'm back to share another 2 cards made using the Brushed Flowers stamp set from Simon Says May Card Kit along with the matching dies and the Arches Stencil from the recent Yay You release.

I began by trimming Distress Watercolor card to 4"x 5.1/4", applied Saltwater Taffy and Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide inks through the Simon Says Arches Stencil and Saltwater Taffy around the edges and to fill in the white gaps using Mini Round Blending Tools.
I stamped the sentiments from Brushed Flowers with Simon Says Intense Black ink and added splatters of Black Soot Distress Paint.
I stamped the flower and leaf images from Brushed Flowers, inked with Saltwater Taffy and Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide inks. I used a black Zig Brush Marker to colour the flower centres and die-cut using the matching Brushed Flower dies.
I fixed the die-cuts to the panel using foam adhesive to create dimension.
I matted the panel on to Simon Says Black cardstock, trimmed 1/8" larger than the panel and fixed to an A2 white card blank.
On the second card, I decided to use the Brushed Flowers dies to create an aperture for a shaker card.
I smooshed Saltwater Taffy and Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide inks on to the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat, spritzed with water and laid a 4" x 5.1/4" panel of Distress Watercolor card into the inks. I dried and tapped the panel back on to the inks to pick up the remaining droplets. I tapped the Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide ink pad on to the Arches Stencil, spritzed with water and pressed on to the panel to create a monoprint effect.
I arranged the Brushed Flowers dies on the panel and die-cut. I stamped the flower, leaf stem and sentiment on to scraps of Distress Watercolor card using Saltwater Taffy and Salvaged Patina Distress Oxides and Simon Says Intense Black ink.
Using the die-cut panel as a template, I fixed the stamped images to another panel of Distress Watercolor card trimmed to be the same size and added acetate and foam adhesive to the back of the die-cut panel.
I added Sizzix Sequins and fixed the stamped panel on top, with my fingers crossed that everything would line up through the aperture.

To finish I matted the panel on to an A2 Black card blank.
Have a great weekend whatever you have planned and I'll be back on Monday to share my DT project for Simon Says Monday Challenge. In the meantime, Happy Crafting.
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Simon Says - Sending Hugs

Hi my friends, I bet you didn't know that this was going to be "Brushed Flowers" week - yes I'm back with another card made with this gorgeous stamp set from Simon Says May Card Kit, this time using just one image, one sentiment from the stamp set, the Prima Painted Florals papers from the kit, the Arches Stencil from the recent Yay You release with Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Texture Paste.

I began by trimming one of the Prima Painted Florals papers to 3.3/4" x 5", die-cut a circle from one of the other papers, fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium and stamped the sentiment from Brushed Flowers inked with Simon Says Intense Black ink. I applied Distress Texture Paste Crackle through the Arches Stencil and stamped the foliage image from the stamp set twice, inked with Simon Says Intense Black ink. I added faux stitching around the circle using a Sakura Black Micron Pen but you'll see from the finished card, I changed my mind and changed it to a solid line.
I fussy cut the butterfly from one of the Painted Florals papers to leave a small white border and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium, only applying the adhesive to the body to create dimension.
I stamped the XOXO from the stamp set with Simon Says Intense Black ink but smeared the ink before it had dried, yes silly billy. I re-stamped the sentiment on to Idea-ology Plain Collage Paper and fixed over the top with Distress Collage Medium. I added splatters of White Gesso, fixed the panel to Simon Says Black Cardstock, trimmed to be 1/8" smaller than A2 and fixed to a white card blank.



I hope you'll bear with me because I'll be back tomorrow to share another 2 cards made with the May Card Kit and then, I promise I'll be moving on to pastures new. Have fun with whatever you are creating.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Simon Says - More Brushed Flowers

Hi my friends, I'm back with two "even simpler to make" cards made using Simon Says Brushed Flowers from the May Card Kit and a fun very easy faux watercolour technique with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

I trimmed Distress Watercolor card to make 2 - 3.3/4" x 5" panels, stamped the flowers and leaves using Bundled Sage, Pine Needles, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold and Carved Pumpkin Distress inks. I spritzed the images with water which made the inks wick out and dried. I stamped the sentiments with Simon Says Intense Black ink.
I used a fine liner black pen to sketch loosely around the petals and leaves and added splatters of Black Soot Distress Paint.
To finish I matted the panels on to Simon Says Black card trimmed to be 1/8" smaller than A2 and fixed to top-folding white card blanks.

They do say that variety is the spice of life, so why not mix up the flower colours and sentiments to make a great stocking filler set of 6 to gift to a friend. Have fun with whatever you are creating
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Simon Says - Brushed Flowers

Hi my friends, it's confession time. I'm more than a little bit besotted with the Brushed Flowers stamp set included in Simon Says May Card Kit and although I don't mind fussy cutting, the matching die set  definitely speeds things up when you're on a mission to make a bunch of quick and easy cards. 

I began by trimming Distress Watercolor card to make 3 - 4" x 5.1/4" panels and working on the textured side of the card, spritzed Kitsch Flamingo, Twisted Citron and Fossilized Amber Distress Spray Stains through Simon Says 4" x 9" Arches Stencil from the recent Yay You release. I spritzed the panels with water, dried and used the ink left on the back of the stencil to create a monoprint effect.

On the first card, I stamped the flower and leaf images from the Brushed Flower stamp set, inked with Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide inks and added Rusty Hinge, Ground Espresso and Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxides to the stamps using a Distress Blending Brush to create shading, re-stamped and die-cut using the matching die set.
I fixed the die-cuts in place using foam adhesive to create dimension and stamped the sentiment, inked with Simon Says Intense Black ink.

On the second card, I stamped the sentiment panel, inked Simon Says Intense Black ink, on to the panel to use as a guide for placement of the foliage. I stamped the foliage inked with Rustic Wilderness and the flowers inked with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide inks.
I re-stamped the sentiment panel and flowers on to scraps of Distress Watercolor card, die-cut and fixed to the panel with foam adhesive.

On the third card,I stamped the foliage, inked with Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide ink, 3 times on to the panel.
I inked the flower image with Wild Honey Distress Oxide, coloured the centre with a black marker, stamped on to Distress Watercolor card, die-cut and fixed to the panel using foam adhesive.  I stamped the sentiment and small flower image, inked with Simon Says Intense Black ink.
To finish I matted the panels on to Simon Says Black Cardstock trimmed to be 1/8" larger and fixed to A2 top folding white card blanks.

I'll be back tomorrow to share another two "even simpler" Brushed Flower cards, in the meantime, have fun with whatever you are making.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, May 23, 2022

Simon Says - Not A Card

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Thank you for joining us for last week's challenge and we hope you can join us this week too because

and the theme for this week is...
NOT A CARD
I decorated a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Card File with Idea-ology Curator Ephemera Snippets and Design Tape Trims to hold Art Collage panels created with Idea-ology Pocket Cards, Flashcards, Snapshots, Photobooth, Stencil Cards, Urban Layers and Botanical Layers, a little box of inspiration for future projects.

I removed the handle from the Vignette Card File, fixed Curator Ephemera Snippets to the sides with Distress Collage Medium.
I applied a light coat of White Gesso using a small Distress Brayer.
I fixed Design Tape Trims on the edges and dividers to neaten.
I dug into my stash of Idea-ology Pocket Cards - these are the originals from way back in the day but I have linked to the latest version below
I laid out a selection on my Glass Media Mat and applied a light coat of White Gesso using the small Distress Brayer.
I arranged a variety of Idea-ology bits and pieces from Flashcards, Gauge Dials, Photobooth, Snapshots, Stencil Cards, Collage Tiles and Urban Layers on the pocket cards and once I was happy with each arrangement, I fixed them in place to create a collage using Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I added Idea-ology Curator and Number Ephemera Snippets
and Botanical Layers

I added more Design Tape Trims and torn sections of Idea-ology Entomology Collage Paper.
I fixed the handle to a scrap of black card, added an Idea-ology Thoughts Label Sticker and screwed the handle back in place on the card file.
Here are some of the finished Art Collage Panels, ready to add to future Art Journal or Junk Journal projects. I had so much fun creating these panels and with loads more pockets cards in my stash and plenty room in the card file box, I intend to repeat this adventure again.



You can find all the products I used over at Simon Says Stamp, just click on the links below


Why don't you pop over to the Monday Challenge Blog and check out the amazing creations from my very talented Design Team mates and as always you have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2pm CET to join in with the chance to win a $25 voucher to spend online at Simon Says Stamp



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I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx