Monday, September 24, 2018

Simon Says...Monochrome

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

and the theme for this week is...
Monochrome means one colour presented in varying shades and intensities and I decided to use Grey with a little black and white added to make a card for a special friend who has a Winter Birthday using Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Nature's Wonder stamp set which just happened to still be on my workdesk from a previous project and Alcohol Lift Ink.

I trimmed Distress Watercolor card and Tim Holtz Alcohol Yupo Paper to measure 4" x 8". I placed the Distress Watercolor Card in my stamp platform and because some of the stamps were hanging off the edge of paper, I added washi tape alongside the edges of the paper as a guide for placing the Yupo Paper in the exact same place. I removed the Distress Watercolor card at this point without stamping the images.
I dripped Black Alcohol Ink and Silver Metallic Fixative on to my glass mat, added a few drops of Blending Solution and placed the Yupo Paper on top. I then tapped the Yupo Paper back into the inky solution until I was happy with the coverage (similiar to the technique we use with Distress Oxide inks). I picked up the remaining ink with a paper towel and pounced on the Yupo Paper to create a textured look. 
I placed the Yupo Paper in the stamp platform using the washi tape as a guide and inked the stamps with Alcohol Lift Ink.  I patted the images with a paper towel repeatedly using a clean setion of paper towel until all the excess ink had been removed. I then buffed the panel with a soft cloth. I placed the Distress Watercolor card back in the stamp platform and stamped the images again, transferring the ink that had been removed by the Alcohol Lift Ink.
I coloured the Distress Watercolor Card panel with a light application of Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink using a mini round blending tool. I used the Diamonds Shifter Layering Stencil to add details to the backgrounds, using Black Soot and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide inks on the Distress Watercolor card and Alcohol Lift Re-inker on felt pad with a mini round blending tool on the Yupo Paper.
I stamped the Entomology script with Black Soot Archival and Halftone and Rings with Versamark and heat embossed using Ranger Superfine Clear and White Embossing Powders. I made sure that my heat tool was good and hot and kept it moving to prevent the Yupo Paper warping.
I added Idea-ology Mummy Cloth, phrases cut from Idea-ology Design Tape Chatter and matted the panel on to a 4.1/4" x 8.1/2" card blank coloured with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink and added strips of Design Tape Chatter around the edges.
I die cut Tim Holtz/Sizzix Fall Foliage Thinlits from Classic Kraftstock and white card coloured with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink and sanded
and Tim Holtz Sizzix Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits using the quilling tool which comes with the set  to roll up the flowers.
I added a couple of drops of Pitch Black Alcohol Ink to a plastic cup, dropped in Idea-ology Baubles and rolled them around to pick up the colour.
and added to the centre of the flowers using Ranger Glossy Accents.

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


  1. Kath, this is absolutely STUNNING! I do love monochrome, the leaves and flowers are just gorgeous. Such a bonus using the alcohol lift technique, as it means you get two cards, what could be better than that! Love this! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. In all honesty Kath, I always think you can't get any better craft wise, but you do..!!!..this is amazingly gorgeous, I mean wowser, love everything especially the colour choice...fabulous..xx

  3. this really is beautiful Kath. I also love all the beautiful flowers you created here. I was just working with that same die and it really is an art to making them so pretty as you can do!

  4. So beautiful and so elegant!!! I love every detail!!! I'm sure your friend will be very happy with this card!!!

  5. Absolutely stunning and so creative and learnt lots....Thank you for the amazing inspiration x.

  6. This is so pretty and due to the shades of grey is very elegant. I love the effect given by stamping on alkohol inks and this is another project convincing me that I should have alkohol inks too, lol. Love the flower and leaves cluster making such a cute finish. Hugs, Macarena

  7. A stunning stunning make! Every detail and image is perfection, and your lift technique perfect. Pinning!

  8. This is so Beautiful I too am a Monochrome fan and I LOVE Leaves.Hope you and Buddy are ok.Huggles and a Huge Cuddle for Buddy.xxxxx

  9. WOW!! what a stunner Kath!! Your friend is going to LOVE this!! the background is fabulous and I love the flowers and leaves, absolutely GORGEOUS!! 🖤

    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Lols x x x

  10. What an amazing card you have made using a few simple colour choices - thankyou so much for sharing!

  11. Love love love the gorgeous background colors and stamping, Kath. Such a fabulous design! :)

  12. Only YOU could bring gray to life! I think I would have a panic attack if someone told me I could only work in gray, but you have made this so fantastically elegant. Kudos to you and your ability to make any color palette stunning!

  13. Stunning piece Kath! love this background and the flowers.... superb!Great work as always my friend! barbara

  14. WOW!!! I absolutely love this grey card!!! Everything in it is so perfect and brilliant!!! Love the flowers!