Monday, November 5, 2018

Simon Says - Make Your Own Background

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...

The first Monday of the month means the design team are showcasing products from a particular company and this month it's Carabelle Studio. You don't have to use their products to join in the challenge but if you have them, we would love to see how you use them.
We are also welcoming a new Designer In The Spotlight, the lovely and very talented Jo aka Let's Art Journal. If you haven't visited Jo's blog yet, you are in for a real treat, so please pop over and share some crafty love.
the  theme for this week is...

I created a set of Festive and Funky Christmas cards and used my Ranger Gel Plate and Abstract Flowers and Ronds Art Texture Plates from Carabelle Studio to create the backgrounds.

I have to confess this was a little bit of a step into the unknown for me because I'm a Gel Plate novice, in fact, this is only the second time it's ventured out of the tin but after a little bit of research on YouTube, I was itching to get started.
Apparently the first rule is that less is more when it comes to applying paint to the gel plate, so let it not be said that this old crafter can't follow instructions. I dribbled on Dina Wakley paints and spread it out with the brayer. I pressed the Abstract Flowers Texture Plate on to the surface and transferred what was on the texture plate on to white card. I repeated the process on the other side of the Gel Plate and then pulled a print. Woohoo, get me, sounds as though I know what I'm talking about and oh boy is this addictive, so I repeated the process and pulled another print.
I applied Dina Wakley Lime Paint to the Ronds Texture Plate using a mini round blending tool and stamped on the white card and used Black Paint on the Gel Plate prints. I then trimmed my prints down to create panels slightly smaller than A2 card blanks.
Then I had a thinking out of the box moment and decided, with a little help from Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous, Sizzix Thinlits and my trusty Sidekick to turn the results of this fun adventure into Christmas cards. I die-cut slopes and trees from white card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Home For The Holidays
and the houses from Snowglobe 2
To add a touch more of a Christmas feel, I stamped the snowflakes from Mini Weathered Winter with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder.
and the sentiment from Glorious Gatherings with Black Soot Archival and Festive Berries Distress Oxide heat embossed with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder.

and I have the other 4 backgrounds left to make Thank You cards perhaps

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 as always you all have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

You can also follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram
and if you use Instagram...
please add #sssmchallenge to your entry uploads so we can see them on there too
I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Fabulous backgrounds and wonderful layering on these cards. Hope you and buddy are well.
    Linda xxx

  2. Wow, what stunning cards! The gelli print backgrounds look amazing with those beautiful white heat embossed snowflakes and fabulous die cuts in the foreground πŸ˜€. I've been contemplating getting a gelli plate for a while and seeing how you created these makes me think I need to add one to my Christmas list as well as those Carabelle Studio printing plates πŸ˜‰. It's wonderful to be able to join you in the Designer Spotlight this month, thanks so much! J 😊 x

  3. Love these Kath! the backgrounds are gorgeous and I love the whole design of these, beautifully done :-)

    hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  4. Oh my! I am in love with these gorgeous cards, Kath!! I LOVE that you went with non-traditional colors, they are like sunbursts. Such wonderful and fun layers in there. I can see you had FUN with the gel printing! hugs, Maura

  5. Wow Kath, your backgrounds are incredible, beautiful colours and wonderful designs - I think I will come to you for lessons on the Gel plate now! Truly beautiful cards! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. These are beautiful. Love your out of the box thinking.

  7. What a great effect with the gelli prints! They are still an absolute enigma for me but I really admire the results. Great color combo, such a juicy and vibrant mix. Have a nice week and Happy Birthday!

  8. I adore these!! Wow! What a refreshing color palette for Christmas! I also think the backgrounds are really stunning. I love how you mixed brands, too, using Tim and Carabelle Studio so effectively. It's always exciting to see what you come up with and these cards are some of my faves!

  9. Amazing cards Kath! As always you are able to create stunning works with simplicity! I envy you very much this skill! Barbara

  10. Love your stunning holiday project, Kath. The texture and colors you created on the background are amazing. :)

  11. These cards are amazing Kath!! I love the gel printed background with all the textures and the winter landscape is just the perfect addition to that background. Gorgeous warm colors too.


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hugs Kath xxx