Hello and welcome to the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® blog hop! The Monday Challenge blog team has a fabulous blog hop for you this week. The team got to play with a great exclusive Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Art Journaling kit, designed by Shari Carroll. You can see Shari's video about the kit here. Shari is also joining us in the blog hop.
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 there. 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 that 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.
Our challenge for this week is to use any Simon Says Stamp Exclusive product.
I loved all the items in the art journaling kit and made two pages and two ATCs, I will share some of the steps below. The kits are great and you'll be able to make many pages and other projects with the supplies. I tried to use the products in the kit in a bunch of different ways, to give you some inspiration. I have also added some stamps and other products that are not in the kit.
I really like the size of Dyan Reaveley's Small Creative Journal (5 x 8), which is included in the kit. I made two double-pages, and the techniques I am sharing can be used on many different projects. There is a vintage dictionary page in the kit, and I happened to have another of them at home, also from Simon Says Stamp. This page was about optics, and since I had just been at the optometrist the same day I made a page about seeing clearly.
The vintage dictionary page I used on the second page defined 'orange' and that fit well together with a mainly orange page. I used a wonderful quote about art, which I also used on this tag for Tammy Tutterow. I wanted to use it for something for myself too and it fit well together with the IndigoBlu sentiment stamp that was included in my kit (the kits have different IndigoBlu stamps).
I started covering two pages with gesso, using the scraper tool in the kit. I added some lines with the tool in a cross hatch pattern. Leave to dry.
The strips were inked with Evergreen Bough, isn't it a great quote? I also used Tim Holtz tissue tape.
There are two manila ATC cards in the kits too, and instead of using them in the journal, I decided to make two ATCs. Cover with gesso as before. I made the one to the left smoother. Leave to dry.
When the paint is dry, apply embossing paste through the stencil with a palette knife. Leave to dry and ink the edges with Gathered Twigs.
The kit includes two hinge clips, two paper flowers and two Scrabble tiles. The tiles in my kit happened to be the first letters in my sisters' names, so I made these ATCs for them. I cut the large flower into two pieces. The flowers were painted with watered down paint and when dry, stamped with an alphabet stamp. I also die cut and stamped a ticket. The hinge clips were coloured with Stream and Espresso Alcohol ink. The labels are also included in the kit. This one was stamped with a stamp from the Simon Says Stamp On Edge set.
Join us this week - using any Simon Says Stamp Exclusive product - and you can be the one to win a $50 Simon Says Stamp gift voucher, drawn randomly.
The next stop on the blog hop is the fabulous May Flaum.
Have fun hopping along and thank you for stopping by my blog!
Kit: Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Art Journaling Kit
Surfaces: Neenah Smooth Solar White cardstock; Ranger Manila cardstock
Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Mini Hearts Set, Small Forest Tree, Tall Forest Tree, Life, Family, Love; Sizzix: Stacked Artful Words, Ticket Strip, Butterflies
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Tiny Textures, Going Somewhere, Winged Things 1, Classics #5; Simon Says Stamp: On Edge, Be Sentiments; Prima: Circles
Ink: Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Evergreen Bough; Ranger Archival Ink: Venetian Orange, Jet Black; Tsukineko Stazon Jet Black
Alcohol Ink: Adirondack: Stream, Espresso
Paint: Faber-Castell: Mango Gelato
Medium: Wendy Vecchi Stampers Anonymous: White Embossing Paste
Stencils: The Crafters Workshop: Mini Raindrops
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Elements Remnant Rubs, Label Letters