First things first! I have a winner to announce from last week’s post!!
Shelly please email me by Friday so I can mail you the gelatos that are pictured above! Thank you everyone for your comments and for subscribing to my email newsletter!!
Ok, onto this weeks challenge!
This week’s challenge is Tag It! – Tags can be something that you test out techniques on, an added embellishment to a gift, or added to the front of a card for dimension. The design team is featuring supplies from Tim Holtz this week. I have plenty of his stamps, stencils, inks, embellishments etc in my stash to play with and I bet you do too!
I couldn’t resist creating a nautical theme with the Tim Holtz Nautical Blueprints Stamp set. I am still in denial that summer is over, and I am just hoping it is a quick and mild winter!
I started with a manilla tag, and blended some Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I then pooled some water in my hand and flicked it on the tag. Remember Distress Inks react with water, so leaving the splatters there for a minute will lighten up those spots. I blotted it with a rag and then covered the tag with the Tim Holtz Speckles Layering Stencil. I sprayed Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearl Mist through the stencil. Don’t sorry too much how this looks, its just adding a bit of shimmer in the background. You can see this better below in some of the detail shots.
With archival black ink I stamped the seahorse directly on the tag, and also on a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper. On the watercolor piece I used Wild Honey Distress Ink and my Koi waterbrush to watercolor in the seahorse. There was a little bit of perfect pearls mist still on my ranger craft sheet, so that added a bit of shimmer to the seahorse as well. I fussy cut the seahorse and the word “seahorse” out, and foam taped them to the tag. I then took some fun ribbon from May Arts and colored it with Lettuce Colorwash. It is originally a cream color, but I wanted it to look more like seaweed. I used the Tim Holtz tiny attacher, to adhere the ribbon. I bunched it up in places and wrapped it a bit around the tag, holding it all down with those fabulous tiny staples! I added a few pieces of sinamay with staples as well. We used to sell so many rolls of that at Colorful Creations for everyone’s beachy projects! I had a few seashells and tiny starfish in my stash, so I adhered those with a generous amount of glossy accents.
I then took Distress Stickles in Antique Linen and Rock Candy and generously squeezed this on the tag. I kept the Antique Linen primarily on the bottom, envisioning it as sand. I think Rock Candy Distress Stickles is TOTALLY underestimated, I just love the effect it gives things. In this case I put a bit on the shells, the “wing” of the seahorse and the edges of the water, to give it this sparkly ocean look! I finished off the tag with some nautical ribbon from May Arts. What do you think? It’s still summer in the Loft at my studio table 😉
Ok- so now it’s time for YOU to enter the challenge.
Just by playing along (creating a card where you made your own background) and linking up your project to the SSS Wednesday Challenge post you can qualify to enter a $50 shopping voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.
One lucky winner will be chosen at random, it could be you!
I really hope to see some of my blog readers join in on all the fun and play along with the challenge. I can’t wait to stop by some of your blogs and take a peek at what you have made. Have a wicked fun time creating!
Make sure to check back each Wednesday for another fun challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!