Monday, July 4, 2016

Red White and Blue...

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "Tic-Tac-Toe" challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

Happy 4th of July to all our American friends 
and no surprise then that the theme for this week is...

you can use one...two or all three colours
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I decided to decorate a chipboard tile using the butterflies and sentiment from the Floral Fantasy stamps...
I covered the tile with a thick layer of gesso applied with a palette knife and while it was still wet I fixed the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Mixed Media die cuts in place.
Once the first coat had dried I pounced on more gesso with a scrunched up paper towel to create a rough whitewashed stone garden wall effect and then applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte all over.
I scribbled over the die cut areas with a Chipped Sapphire Distress Crayon and spread it around with a damp finger to lighten and to remove some of the colour from the recessed areas.
I used the Walnut Brown Faber Castell Big Brush Pen to create shadows in the recessed areas and around the edges of the tile...smudging it with a cotton bud to soften the colour and help it to blend.
I then used the Picket Fence Distress Crayon to lighten these areas...
I stamped the butterflies from the Floral Fantasy Stamp Set on to Ranger Watercolor Paper using Black Archival...coloured with the Candied Apple and Chipped Sapphire Distress Markers using the Ranger Detailer Water Brush...added some accents with the Signo Uniball White Pen and fussy cut with my trusty Fiskars Scissors.
I die cut the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Wildflowers from Ranger Watercolor Paper and fixed to the tile along with one layer of the butterflies using Distress Collage Medium Matte. I stamped the sentiment on to black card using Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder and cut out to create individual word tiles. I then used the Walnut Brown Faber Castell Brush Pen to create shadows around the Wildflowers...Butterflies and sentiment.
I added the second layer of butterflies with just a dot of Glossy Accents on the body only to create dimension...created splatters with Black Soot and Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain and finished off with a double bow created from Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon coloured with Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain and a double twine bow.
I used the Black Soot Paint Dabber to colour the edges of the tile.

You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...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 our Guest Designer for July...the lovely and amazingly talented Aida. As always you all have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

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I'm looking forward to seeing what you all create this week
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Lovely Red/White/Blue project Kath.
    I love the colour combo and all that fabulous texture.
    Toni xx

  2. As always Kath, a sheer work of art from you, love the textured feel it gives....xx

  3. Ooooh, this is gorgeous Kath, I love the texture you created with the scrunched up paper and those beautiful butterflies are delightful! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Fabulous, love the texture and pretty butterflies.
    Linda xxx

  5. Kath, this is gorgeous! Love the wonderful, textural background you created for your beautiful butterflies! I had to add that Sizzix die to my wish list!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous creation Kath! the textures and colours are fabulous and I love the butterflies, the whole design is stunning! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  7. This is beautiful Kath, love the texture and those pretty butterflies xxx

  8. A great layout and design Kath x love the textures and beautiful butterflies
    TFS and hugs
    Annie x

  9. Gorgeous piece, Kath! Love the red, white and blue butterflies! The background is amazing with all that texture! Love it! Hugs, Sandra

  10. You took the tile and made it perfect! I love everything about it, from the texture and colors to the beautiful red and blue butterflies. I love this project and your taste of beauty. Hugs, Marzena

  11. Love these butterflies, Kath! What a great way to incorporate the color!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. Where I live (southwest US), the texture you created with gesso would be called Stucco and every house in my neighborhood has this finish on the walls. I particularly admire the look/technique as well as your delicate balance of colors. It's really lovely.

  13. This is stunning!! Beautiful tutorial!

  14. Love your stunning creation, Kath. The texture on the background you created is awesome. :)

  15. Oh my goodness! Patriotic colors and butterflies? What a clever and brave one you are! I would never have pulled that off, but your finished piece is quite remarkable. Love this interpretation of the colors!

  16. This is gorgeous Kath...the texture of the background is stunning and I love those butterflies, fluttering around on the canvas ~ so pretty! xx

  17. Kath, this creation is just gorgeous! I love all the texture and beautiful butterflies.

    Cathie ♥

  18. Kath this project is amazing! Love how you used colors: they are so delicate!And obviously I admire your great technique! Fantastic piece! Barbara

  19. Kath this project is amazing! Love how you used colors: they are so delicate!And obviously I admire your great technique! Fantastic piece! Barbara


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