Monday, January 23



 Hello Monday my friends! And welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Thank you for joining us for the  4 Legged Animals  Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is: Beautiful Blooms

I went for a vintage distressed look for my card this week. I started with some ink smooshing, then stamped over that with the same ink and Simon's Old Letter 1878 stamp (one of my favorite layering stamps) on a slimline card. 

I wanted to brighten it up, so blended in some of Simon's Pawsitively saturated inks with their small blending brushes.

I decided I needed a lighter area for my stamped image, so to figure out where the paint needed to go, I lightly stamped the flower image, then blended paint over that with my fingers.

Once the paint dried, I stamped the image again. Now, it stands out more.

I colored the flower with ink and blending brushes. Then, I dabbed glue in a couple of areas and applied metallic flakes using Simon's Reverse Tweezer, which worked really well to help me place the pieces.

I brushed off the flakes, leaving only the areas with the glue. I also decided to add in a bit more color to the flower, so added a bit more with Scribble Sticks.

I added a touch of white to the flower with a pen to bring out some more detail.

Final step, some of Tim Holtz's Big Chat stickers that I blended a bit of ink onto, then doodled around them with a black pen. Flowers definitely have their beautiful moments of glory!

May all your moments be beautiful this week, and let's bloom with creativity!

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store 

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Botanic Collage stamp set

Simon Says Stamp Old Letter 1878

Tim Holtz IdeaCitrine-ology Big Chat stickers

Prima Art Ingredients Steampunk Metal Flakes

Simon Says Stamp Slimline card

Simon Says Stamp Black Dye ink

Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Saturated inks -  Citrine, Field, Grapefruit

Simon Says Stamp Small Blending Brushes

Simon Says Stamp Reverse Tweezers

Tim Holtz Ground Espresso distress ink

Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks

Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints - White, Lemon

Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte

Tim Holtz Splatter Brush

Pens - Black, White

Heat It Tool 

So now it's YOUR turn, Happy Crafting! Maura

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  1. This card is so beautiful Maura! The metallic flakes add so much and I really like the warm colors that you used. I hope you will have a good week!! / Anna-Karin

    1. Thanks so much Anna-Karin! Hugs, Maura


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