Hello friends and HAPPY MONDAY to all of you!
Welcome to Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge!
If you've gotten here from SHARI CARROLL'S BLOG, good for you! Isn't she amazing? Her art journal page is fabulous and the video is well worth the watch!
I'll be giving you more blog hop information at the end of my post but first ... a little background on Simon Says Stamp and introducing a NEW ART KIT!
Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn't take long until we realized we couldn't stop here. During the past 11 years, we celebrate rubber stamping in its full glory by giving access to people around the world to a one stop shop. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a STAMPtember event intended to inspire, educate and celebrate the greatness of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is the stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media, life documenting, art journaling and many forms of altering and expressing art.
Recently, Simon Says released a new STAMPtember Art Journaling Kit. created by Shari Carroll. Each of the Design Team Members received the kit and was asked to use it in our own unique ways to create something wonderful to share with all of you for our blog hop. Just look at all of the "goodies" in this kit! A NEW Dyan Reaveley 5" x 8" Smaller Art Journal (just as wonderful as the larger one-only smaller), little Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints in wonderful colors, Matte Multi Medium, an exclusive Simon Says Stamp Stencil, a Vintage Dictionary Page, Scrabble Tiles, Kelly Purkey Letters, Tim Holtz Ruler Ribbon, a Ranger Scraper and Mister Bottle, some Cream Prima Flowers, and if you order the kit in September, you receive a a couple of FREE Random Stamps from Indigoblu!
LET THE FUN BEGIN!
Texture and dimension is the name of the game on my altered new Smaller Art Journal. Using a Finnibair-ish style, I used Dyan Reaveley's Chequered Dots 5x8 stencil, my Ranger Scrapper and some White Embossing Paste to create the checkered edging. I also added Tim Holtz' Weathered Clock die cut, cut from Grungeboard and glued in place using the Matte Multi Medium in my kit.
For dimension, I started adding some little pieces of flowers that I had mixed in with Prima's metallic and wonderfully vintage Sunrise Sunset Flower collections, Maya Road's Filigree Antique Butterfly, Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears, and other metal findings. All were attached using Matte Multi Medium. I painted the cover using teal and gold iridescent acrylic paints and added gold highlights to the dimensional pieces by dry brushing the gold over the areas I wanted to accent.
I added some shading with a black pencil and thankfully I, like Shari Carroll, love to collect Scrabble Tiles. I received "A" and "R" in my kit and I added the "T" to add ...
"ART". Perfect for my art journal cover! Here, you can see more detail of the painting, shading and highlighting.
Lots of dimension.
With the outside of the book being finished, it was time to start on the interior pages and use some more of my kit "goodies"!
I started with some of Wendy Vecchi's NEW Translucent Embossing Paste and stenciled a Diamond's Are A Girls Best Friend pattern over a strip of the Vintage Dictionary Paper. I would later spray this with Dylusions Bubblegum Pink and accent the diamonds with Silver Adirondak Paint.
For one of the interior pages, I cut several rectangles from various paper scraps that I had and glued them in place using the Matte Multi Medium. I sprayed the page with Dylusions Pure Sunshine, Vibrant Turquoise and Fresh Lime.
I then added some black polka dots using my new Simon Says Stamp Exclusive stencil included in my kit. The black paint is the Studio Charcoal Black paint that I received in my kit.
Continuing to layer paint and embellishments, I next moved the stencil over just a little bit and added Snow Cap white polka dots over the black one. Cool shadow effect! I also added "VINTAGE" using Black Embossing Paste and Wendy Vecchi's Classic Words Stencil.
I transformed the Prima Cream flowers into colorful additions to my page and stuck a metal Prima gear in between them. They were sprayed with Dylusions Squeezed Orange, Bubblegum Pink, Pure Sunshine and Fresh Lime with a touch of Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle added for some extra shimmer.
Continuing to build the page, I added the strips of pink diamond embossed Dictionary Page to the upper right of the page, the vintage photo in the center framed with silver Dresden trim and few more little colored metallic trinkets, courtesy of Claudine Hellmuth's little paint bottles. I also added some orange accent lines and circles; drawn with the tip from the little paint bottle. Very handy! And finally, I added a partial sentiment from Tim Holtz' Way With Words stamp set.
Now for the page to compliment the one I just completed ...
I began by stamping the beautiful and detailed images I received in my kit from Indigoblu. I stamped them onto a piece of scrap cardstock I had and began coloring them in using various Distress Ink Colors and a Detailer Water Brush.
I distressed around the painted design with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to really deepen the tones of the colors. I then painted over the Distress Ink colors with corresponding Perfect Pearls Powders and the Detailer Water Brush to really bring out the color and give this page some subtle shine. Sunflower Sparkle, Pink Gumball, Turquoise, Green Patina, Kiwi and Berry Twist added this beautiful shimmer. Very subtle ... but when the light catches it ... it's amazing against the darker Gathered Twigs background.
Below the stamped and colored flower and postage stamp images, I added this little vintage pocket made from more of the Dictionary Paper that has been distressed with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink and edged with Gathered Twigs. I added a touch of lace across the top and little metallic gold corners. The photograph of the lovely lady is computer generated, black photo corners added and resting on yet another piece of torn Vintage Dictionary Paper that is distressed with Victorian Velvet, edged with Gathered Twigs and sprayed with Perfect Pearls Pearl Mist.
Here are my new art pages, side by side in my new art journal. I added the little hinge clips to the left side and I like how their dark metallic color plays off of the pages. I also created a tag for the pocket with more of my favorite quotes ...
The background of this #8 Manila Tag is distressed using Wild Honey and Evergreen Bough Inks with a touch of Gathered Twigs thrown in around the edges and Black Soot just on the paper's edge. I mottled the background using Tim Holtz' spritz and flick method. I alternated stamping the sentiments with Jet Black Archival and Coffee Archival Inks.
And here is a look at the interior of my art journal with the tag in the pocket.
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the creative process that my Small Art Journal took in coming to life via my wonderful new Art Journaling Kit from Simon Says Stamp.
I encourage you to hop on over to my lovely and talented Design Teammate,
SUZANNE'S BLOG to see her masterful creation using the same STAMPtember kit.
After checking out all of the wonderful creations that the Design Team has created just for you, then join us in our Monday Challenge!
All you have to do is create something that includes a SIMON SAYS EXCLUSIVE product in your project.
Then link up to our challenge and you could be the winner of our generous and weekly random drawing of a$50.00 gift voucher to be used at Simon Says Stamp.
As an added incentive, we are featuring the top projects for the week on our relatively new feature called ...
Good luck and I can't wait to see what you create for this week's challenge!
Here are all of the products available at Simon Says Stamp that were used in creating this
Small Art Journal: