Monday, May 8, 2017

Simon Says...It's A Frame Up

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

and the theme for this week is...
I decided it was time to look out my art journal again and have some "off the wall" fun with Distress Oxide inks to create a Rogues Gallery page featuring some of my favourite Hipster characters.
I started off by coating the pages with a layer of White Gesso and when it was dry...sanded it back in places using a PaperArtsy Sanding Block. I then smooshed Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink on to my craft mat...spritzed with water and applied over the background with a wet baby wipe. The sanded areas have absorbed more of the Oxide ink creating the uneven washed out look I was hoping for.
I then decided to use my Tim Holtz Grid Blocks as stamps.  I inked the first one with Broken China Distress Oxide...spritzed with water and pressed down on to the page...allowing the ink to spread out (if you get any large drops of can always pick them up with the corner of a paper towel)
 and repeated with a smaller block using Walnut Stain. This is not precise stamping...each impression will be different depending on how much ink...water and pressure you apply but was just the effect I wanted.
I then applied Broken China Distress Oxide through the Grid Dots Stencil on the Broken China areas...
 added Alphabet letters with Walnut Stain...
and stamped Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Ledger Script with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide over the Walnut Stain areas...
I love how crisp and detailed the stamping is with Distress Oxides...
I then stamped some of the words from the stamp set with Carnation Red Archival randomly over the background. And I'll let you into a little secret...when I first got this stamp set...I had to google some of the words because I had no idea what they meant...wrong generation and not as HIP as I thought...
I die cut Stitched Rectangles from Idea-ology Metallic Kraft Stock...smeared them with Ground Espresso Distress Paint....rubbed it back with a soft cloth and then sanded...
I cut pieces of Distress Watercolor Card to be slightly smaller than the frames...coloured with Distress Oxide inks and stamped with Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Scribbles background stamp inked with Walut Stain Distress Oxide.
I stamped the Hipster images on to Distress Watercolor card and coloured with Distress Oxide re-inkers using Ranger's Detailer Water Brush but decided not to use the Ostrich and filed her away for another day...
I die cut the Hipster images using the matching Sizzix Framelits and oops...sorry Tim but I think that Small Talk Sticker should read "you are never TOO old"...

I used the Type Lower Foam Stamp Set with Candied Apple Distress Paint to stamp on to Plain Tissue Wrap and the left over frame intended for Miss Ostrich...
added Idea-ology Label Letters and a Hinge Clip and before you all berate me for my lack of punctation...the missing apostrophe has now been added using a Black Fineliner Pen...
I fixed the Tissue Wrap letters down with Collage Medium Matte...doodled around the edges with the liner pen and added sections of Idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon...
and Idea-ology Adornment Stars coloured with Candied Apple Distress Paint...
and check out this cool dude with his Red Designer specs die cut from Idea-ology Kraft Stock Classic...

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


  1. I absolutely adore this! That background & how you created it is brilliant! I love your Rogue's Gallery ~ fantastic! Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  2. Love your pages Kath. The Rogue's Gallery looks fabulous.
    Toni xx

  3. haha, aww this is just so CUTE!! I love the whole design of this, super adorable and totally fabulous! :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. WOW Kath this is one artsy how you turned a blank card into such a how you showed the step by step. Those red stars look simply fabulous
    Dr Sonia

  5. What a fun journal page, Kath! I love the background you created and those hipsters are just so darn adorable. Love it!

    Cathie ♥

  6. WOW this is stunning! Love the layers and wonderful colours. Great images to use too in this rogue's gallery too.
    Linda xxx

  7. Definitely a Rogues Gallery! This is wonderfully imaginative, Kath! Love how you created the background with the checkerboard style pattern. The Hipsters look fabulous framed! Maura

  8. This is so stunning and funny! I love the way you made the background in form of cubes, great idea. The frames to the hipsters are fantastic and the touches of deep red are what make this project fabulous. Hugs, Marzena

  9. LOve this Kath - those glasses are perfect on the goat! Such a fun journal page!!

  10. Wow, Kath, I love the gorgeous layered background you created and I enjoyed seeing your process. Those hipster guys are just so funny and I love the 'designer' glasses - a little touch of genius! Hugs, Anne xx

  11. Brilliant pages, Kath! Love it all!! But especially the red glasses on the goat :D

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. These are FANTASTIC!!! I LOVE everything that's going on!! The flashes of red really makes the whole thing POP!!!

  13. Just so cool, Brenda! Every detail is just SO cool!! Hugs, Darnell

  14. Kath, I adore you Rogues Gallery page in your art journal They are my favorite 2 the Hipster characters. Love the build up on your creative background. Your step by step guide is wonderful and easy to understand. I thank you for that. The frames to the hipsters are fantastic with the deep red are what make this project fabulous amazing.Thank Your for the share.

  15. This is a nice layout. Thank you for sharing the tutorial with us. This is just great.

  16. Fantastic project Kath! I love how you made those frames from the Stitched Rectangles. The blocked background looks amazing too.

  17. Oh yes! I do love it when you go rogue! The color palette is so refreshing and bold and I liked how you combined those types of colors with all the distressed shades of cream. It is modern and nostalgic all at once and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing it!

  18. I love how you've framed those two rogues on these fabulous pages and adore the colours you've used, especially the red glassed, they look fantastic! Fabulous journal pages... Hugs xxx

  19. Amazing creation and also incredible that you think to take the photos at all the right spots in the process so we can follow along. TFS!

  20. Kath I ADORE this page! It is SO much fun to look at! These stamps goes so well all together!!!well done xxx

  21. Love love love these journal pages, Kath. The frames and the colors are fantastic! :)

  22. Amazing pages KAth! you're the Queen of Hipster stamps! FAbulous choice of colors and fantastic design! barbara