Hello Monday my friends! I hope you have had a wonderful week, and are ready for a new challenge with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our challenge is AUTUMN/FALL. The season is beginning to change where I live and summer is drawing to a close. For me that's ok, because I love the fall season.
Hasn't it been wonderful having Anne Redfern with us this month? I love her creative style and inspiration, and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with her again. Wishing you the very best, Anne!
I started thinking about Fall and all of the things I love about it - cooler weather, colorful leaves, crunchy sounds underfoot, harvest time, apples, pumpkins, and I could go on. One thing that makes me a bit sad is seeing the birds migrating south. I truly am in awe of the miles they fly and how they navigate to their winter lands and back each year. Aren't they amazing?!
I began with a layer of autumn leaves, creating texture with the transparent texture paste and Tim Holtz's stencil. I set this aside to dry. (of course, I got impatient and pulled out the heat gun to speed things up)
Next, I pulled out some fall color distress crayons and swiped them over the tag, then I went in with my finger and smudged them in. I heat set this.
Time to add a metallic sheen with these distress crayons.
I wanted to add in another design layer, and went in with Seth Apter's new circles stamp. I wiped a lot off of the leaves, so you just see hints of this.
I wanted more color, so dripped on some ink, using the candied apple and carved pumpkin. I misted it and let it drip. A quick heat set, then I did the same with some hickory smoke.
Next, I went around the tag with black soot, and splattered some over the tag.
I stamped the flying bird on watercolor paper and colored the image with the Mermaid Markers, and fussy cut him out. I decided to add a scarf (like the fighter pilots used to wear), and used the same ribbon to tie at the top of the tag. I also decided to go and add a bit more stamping using Simon's Ornate Leaves set.
I added some gears, and the Wander quote chip that I altered a bit.
I felt like the top needed a bit more, and was happy once I added a black feather and some wire spirals.
My bird is ready for that long migration flight with his goggles and scarf!
I hope I've inspired you with my mixed media tag. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations this week, so please join us! One lucky participant is drawn at random for a $50 voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp.
SO HAPPY AND HONORED TO HAVE MY TAG SELECTED AS A FAVORITE ON SPLITCOAST STAMPERS FOR THE WEEK ENDING SEPT. 8!!
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Our design team has been busy creating some awesome Autumn makes to share with you, so be sure to head on over there!