Simon Says Stamp Grungy You Did It

Hello Crafty Friends and thanks so much for stopping by! I’m participating in an Instagram Hop today to celebrate the newest Simon Says Stamp release, Yay You. There’s loads of inspiration and lots of chances to win a gift card by commenting along the hop, so be sure to check that out! I’m referring to today’s card as grungy because it mixes a lot of different elements, with a focus on the You Did It sentiment. So let’s get into the details!

I knew that I was wanting a funky background for this one, so I pulled out a panel of Mixed Media paper along with some Ranger Gloss Sprays in Lime, Lemon, Ocean, Turquoise, Fuchsia and Magenta and got to work adding colors and splatters while letting it dry between applications. Needless to say, this background took quite a while to make. I let it dry between applications because I found that if I didn’t, I was getting more muddy colors.

Anyhoo, once I was satisfied with the look of the background, I used the PinkFresh Studio Diagonal Stitched Rectangles to trim it down to smaller than an A2 card. I then popped it in the Misti for a little stamping using the Stampers Anonymous Glitch 2 set and VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Once the stamping was done, I heat embossed that using Ranger Clear Embossing Powder.

I die cut the SSS You Did It once from SSS Holographic cardstock and twice from black cardstock. I cut the shadow once from black cardstock as well, and adhered all of those together using liquid glue. That was then glued directly to the panel. For a little extra added interest, I added a tiny heart from Doodlebug Designs.

The assembled panel was then adhered to a black panel using foam tape before being adhered to the card base using SSS Dot Tape Runner. I had also splattered the card base using some of the gloss sprays.

That finishes up this project! I always love making mixed media type projects even though I don’t do them very often. It just feels so carefree and that’s super awesome! Be sure to check out the Instagram Hop for your chance to win a gift card! Who doesn’t love gift cards? Thanks again for stopping by and keep being awesome!

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Simon Says Stamp Praying for Peace

Hello Crafty Friends and welcome back! In today’s post, I’m featuring a new stamp set from the StampTember release called, Raindrops. What a cute set this is! I’ve also made another card using the raindrops as flowers! That was super fun! So let’s get into the details!

I don’t do mixed media cards very often, but I have to say that I really enjoy the process when I do take time to do them! So, for this card, I started with a panel of watercolor paper and Ranger Crackle Paste through the SSS Falling Snow Stencil. Once the paste was dry, I pulled out the Distress Oxide inks in Hickory Smoke, Black Soot and Chipped Sapphire. I smooshed the ink on my glass work surface and spritzed it with water and smooshed my paper in it. I did only do one color at a time though.

The blue wasn’t quite bright enough so I spritzed some Distress Spray Stain Chipped Sapphire on the panel, working with it until I was satisfied. When the panel was dry, I used the PinkFresh Studio Diagonal Stitched Rectangles to trim it down. I then popped it in the Misti and stamped the sentiment from the SSS Raindrops stamp set on the bottom using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat embossing it using Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. I repeated that stamping again, but using VersaMark ink for the second time and heat embossed again. By heat embossing it twice, it gave the sentiment a nice glossy shine.

I pulled out some of the raindrops from the set and stamped some of them using Distress Oxide Chipped Sapphire ink and some using VersaMark ink to heat emboss those with Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder. Once the raindrops were stamped, I did fussy cut all of those.

The background was ready for some stamping and more stenciling now! I used the Tim Holtz Stencil 102 and more crackle paste and left that white. For the background stamping, I used the SSS Crackle Background stamp, along with some elements from the Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge stamp set with Ranger Archival Black ink. I used the wand of the Distress Oxide Chipped Sapphire Spray to add some splatter to the panel as well.

Once I was satisfied with how the panel looked, I arranged and added the raindrops diagonally across the panel using foam tape. This panel was then adhered to a black panel using foam tape again, before being adhered to the card base, which is Neenah Classic Crest 110lb.

That finishes up this mixed media project for today! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope it inspires you to get crafty as well! Stop by and check out the entire StampTember release, and don’t forget about all of the amazing collaboration sets that will be released all month long! Have a wonderful day!

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Simon Says Stamp You Make Me smile

Hello Crafty Friends! Thanks for stopping by today! I’m still playing with products from the new SSS release, Make Magic! Have you checked it out yet? I’m loving all of the fun things this release has to offer! For today’s project, I’m featuring the new SSS Stained Glass Background stamp and the All About You stamp set! So let’s get right into the details!

I love mixed media, but it is so far out of my comfort zone! But .. I still like to give it a whirl from time to time, which is what I did with this project! I began by pulling out a piece of Fluid Hot Press Watercolor paper. I decided to use this, because it’s what I had on hand, and I prefer to use cold press for actual watercoloring. Anyhoo, I began with some ink smooshing on the panel using a combination of inks. The inks used were Distress Oxide Sprays in Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Faded Jeans and Spiced Marmalade.

In addition to those inks, I used a few Distress Ink cubes in Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet. I added those because I wanted a little bit more vibrant colors and the Distress inks seem to give that. I also used a little bit of Salvaged Patina in Distress Oxide. I did add a bit of splatter to the panel using the wand of the sprays as well. Once the colors were added and dried, I added some Ranger Crackle Paste using the SSS Fading Tiny Dots Stencil. When the paste was dried, I popped the panel in the Misti for some stamping.

For the stamping, I used the SSS Stained Glass Background stamp, along with some elements from the Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge set, and a small set called Grunge. This small set was found eons ago at a Tuesday Morning store, and I’m not sure it’s even available for purchase any longer. The ink used on the panel itself was Memento Tuxedo Black. I also stamped the sentiment from the SSS All About You Stamp set using VersaMark Ink on black cardstock and heat embossed using SSS Detail White Embossing Powder. Once the sentiment was stamped, I fussy cut around the edges.

I used the Tim Holtz Paper Distresser Tool to rough up the edges of the panel and attached the sentiment using foam tape. The card still needed something, so I pulled out the SSS Beautiful Butterflies Stamp set and stamped a butterfly on vellum using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it using Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. I used the coordinating die to trim that out, along with a solid black butterfly to give it some contrast and definition. I adhered those together using liquid glue and then glued it directly to the panel.

I wanted a sub-sentiment, so I rifled through my SSS Reverse Sentiment Strips to find one that matched. That was adhered under the main sentiment using foam tape. I also added a glossy heart sticker from my stash for added interest. I cut an A7 card base from Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock, and splattered it using Royal Talens Amsterdam Oxide Black Acrylic Ink before attaching the panel using foam tape again.

That finishes this project. Like I said, mixed media is out of my comfort zone, but I really do enjoy it when I try it! I hope this project inspires you to get crafty and possibly step out of your comfort zone as well. Stop by and check out the entire Make Magic release, you won’t be disappointed! Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to stay awesome!

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Simon Says Stamp You’re So Kind Halftone Square Background

All the Feels Release

I’m having such a blast with the products from this release, and today’s project is one of my favorites! Mixed Media really isn’t in my wheel house, but I enjoy the mix of products and textures. You can check out the full All the Feels release HERE. Let me know what your favorites are!

Let’s get into today’s fun project where I’m featuring the new Halftone Square Background stamp. To begin, I put a piece of Fluid Hot Press Watercolor paper in my Misti and positioned my stamp. To achieve this look, I basically scribbled Karin Brushmarkers! Super fun, super easy! I chose a few rainbow colors from my set, and I scribbled one color at a time, spritzed it with water, and stamped! What did I say? Super easy, yet I think the results were kind of cool! I repeated that process with the remaining colors.

I left my watercolor panel to dry overnight .. under some books to help with the warping. I really wanted to use some Ranger Distress Crackle Paste on this, because I had decided that I was going to try a mixed media project. I used the circle stencil from the Mini Slimline Patterns 1 set, which is also a newbie in the All the Feels release. So, I used my spatula thingie to run some paste through the stencil and left that to dry. When it was dry, I took a waterbrush and lightly touched the crackle paste with water and lightly touched that with my Karin Brushmarker. Why? Because the crackle wasn’t showing up that well, so adding just a hint of color helped .. but it still isn’t very visible.

After that was dry .. again, I whipped out some Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps, because you really can’t have a mixed media piece without Tim Holtz! Am I right?!?! I ended up using stamps from the sets Documented and Ultimate Grunge. I also used the Simon Says Stamp Old Letter Background stamp. For the background stamping, I used some Memento Tuxedo Black ink, as well as some VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

Moving on to my focal point and sentiment .. I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Cosmos Stem three times for each flower from Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock. And .. I cut that little center piece from black cardstock. I thought that would tie all of my black elements together. I added color to one layer for each of the flowers using Distress Oxide Kitsch Flamingo and Distress Oxide Mowed Lawn. I adhered my flower stems together with the colored piece being on top with Craft Tacky Glue. I then die cut the Simon Says Stamp You’re so Kind sentiment three times from black cardstock, and glued those together. Why all this die cutting? Because dimension is life, and die cutting is my jam!

My next step was just dorking around with the placement of everything on my panel. Once I figured it out, I adhered my sentiment to my panel with Craft Tacky Glue, and I had to trim some of my stems before gluing those as well.

Now we all know about the bling situation! There has to be bling! Always! I opted for Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Confetti for this project. It gave just a little bit of shine, but wasn’t too distracting. I adhered my panel to a black panel using 3M Foam Tape and then glued that to my card base, which happens to be Neenah 110lb cardstock.

And there you have it! Like I said, mixed media isn’t my thing, but I do really enjoy it! It’s just so much fun to bring so many different things together on one project! I hope this inspires you to try something new or something that isn’t necessarily your thing either!

Don’t forget to check out the new release, All the Feels!

Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to stay awesome!

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Mixed Media Love You Card

Hey there crafty friends! I hope everyone has had a great weekend! We’ve had a snow storm here in Northern Virginia over the weekend. I hate the cold, but don’t mind it if it’s snowing!

Anyhoo, let’s get into today’s card. This card has so many layers going on! I first started with some Distress Oxide Spray Stains on some heavy weight watercolor paper. I then added some Crackle Paste through a Stamper’s Anonymous stencil. Once that was dry, I added some watercolors to intensify my colors a bit.

Once all of the wet elements were added to the card panel and dry, I added some stamping with the Simon Says Stamp You Are Background stamp, Tim Holtz Stitches and Tim Holtz Mixed Media Marks.

For the focal point of my card, I used the new Simon Says Mini Interactive Envelope die, the hearts from the Mini Hearts Party die and an older I love you die.

Of course I had to pop my hearts up with foam tape, because who doesn’t love dimension!?!? Am I right? My sentiment was cut three times and adhered together for further dimension. I adhered my card panel to a black cardstock panel with foam tape as well, before adhering to my card base.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this mixed media-ish card featuring Simon Says Stamp products for the new Love You release. I really had fun creating this card, and I hope it inspires you to get creating as well. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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