365 Designs: Simon Says Stamp Blog - Monday / Wednesday Challenge >

Simon Says Stamp Blog - Monday / Wednesday Challenge

This week's Wednesday Challenge is:

Showers and/or Flowers

I chose to create a Beauty and the Beast inspired card using the Simon Says Stamp set "More Spring Flowers" for this challenge. These line of dotted - outlined stamps are A-mazing! So much fun for coloring with alcohol markers. 

Simon Says Stamp Card More Spring Flowers Rose Peony

Simon Says Stamp more spring flowers card copic beauty and the beast



This Monday's Challenge is:

Splash It On

  I love coloring my stamped images. Give me a Copic, Bic, Spectrum Noir or even a Sharpie and I'll be immersed for hours. I tend to be a little intense when it comes to coloring with alcohol markers. Usually, I find the paper completely saturated through and through. I'm surprised I don't go through an entire marker on one image! It's just so hypnotic, I can get completely lost in the process. 
  I learned quickly that I get best results going from light to dark. I'm definitely one of those colorers. This technique gives me the best results and gives a much better blend. It took me a while to master the art of control. Beginning with the lightest color available definitely helps my image from becoming too intense. 
  Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. This stamp set by Stampendous is really great for use with alcohol markers. It gives you a great image outline and allows you to shade through your coloring. I had a great time on this challenge practicing my techniques for shading water through glass. I also got to use my punch, by Martha Stewart Crafts, for creating a simple die cut background. 

Stampendous Hydrangea stamp card copic with martha stewart punch


This week the Simon Says Stamp Challenge is:

Spring Color Inspiration

spring-inspiration-board

This week's challenge was to create a card inspired by spring, particularly using the colors featured in the image above. I really wanted to create a card with a cherry blossom but couldn't find a stamp that I absolutely loved. I found a great image online and was inspired to draw something similar. I sketched the one on this card and used alcohol markers to fill it in with subtle color. I used a rhinestones as accents over ink smooshed color. The stitched border die is from Lawn fawn.

I can't seem to remember who made this awesome script sentiments stamp set. If anyone recognizes it I would love for them comment so I can give credit. Does anyone recognize it?


Cherry Blossom Card with Copic markers and ink smooshing



This week's challenge is Fabulous Florals 

featuring Hero Arts Stamps

  Although the challenge was titled "Fabulous Floral" I thought succulents would fit nicely into that genre. Modern succulents have some of the most interesting colors and shapes they often appear more vibrant than classic florals. In this card I used a great stamp by Hero Arts that can be used in a variety of ways including terrarium gardens  or simple planters.  I also added a few irridescent sequins to add a little shimmer to the card and contrast the minimal earthtone coloring.



  I found this tool used in jewelry crafts to place rhinestones perfect for precisely placing the sequins. The smaller heart shaped "glitter" by Martha Stewart Crafts  adds a variety of shape to the sequin design. The frame layer is an adhesive backed cork cardstock.


Succulent Copic Spectrum noir colored faceted geometric card Hero Arts





This week's challenge was Flora and Fauna

  I created a fun card using a new die I purchased from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. Can I tell you how amazing it is. It's amazing! I love how you can use both positive and negative cut outs from the die to create a huge variety of words and sentiments. The font is  modern with nice kerning between letters while not being overly condensed. What I love even more is the fact that it's a "thin" die. These types of dies are great for their ease of use, versatility and quick storage.
  I wanted to create a simple card to get a feel for how the die can be used. I ended up elevating the sentiment slightly with dimensional foam adhesive. I also had the opportunity to use a stencil that I purchased years ago but never really used.







  This card was so fun to make. I'm entering it  on Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge. The theme was "animal magic." I loved these two kissing fish as soon as I saw them and knew they would be perfect for this challenge.
  I incorporated this Whipper Snapper stamp with an Avery Elle  stitched die cut card base to create a simple design. I used Copic and Spectrum Noir markers to color in the stamped image. I also used sequins and iridescent glitter by Martha Stewart Crafts for embellishments. The stamped sentiments stamp is by Your Next Stamp.
  I hope you enjoy and maybe find a little inspiration in it.




Simon Says Stamp Challenge 

Art Impressions Stamp 


Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge 7/11/16 Red,White & Blue

If you have any questions about the supplies I used making this weeks card I'd be more than happy to provide the details. Simply post a question in the comment section below and I'll be sure to reply!