Monday, March 11

A Bit O'Green


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

This week the challenge is: A Bit O'Green

Well, I challenged myself to do something green that was not for St Patrick's Day (one of my favorite holidays) and to really just use a little bit of green (my favorite color). Do you know how hard that was for me? Let me tell you, I struggled.


I knew I wanted to play with my new Simon Says Stamp Honey and Zest ink pads from the Splendor release. I think I really need to play with yellow more, these are so rich! I think that helped keep me away from all my green products. 
I always find it easier to ink smoosh outside of my art journal, so I cut a sheet of watercolor paper 7x7" to work with. After the smooshing, I sprinkled drops of water onto the paper, gave it a few seconds, then lifted it off with a paper towel to add more texture. Let dry, or speed it up with a heat tool.

Next, I did some tone on tone stamping using Tracy Scott's fun mark making stamps and the Honey in.k. 

 I added some drips from the Zest reinker, spritzed a bit of water at the top and let it run down the page.

I had punched various circles from the watercolor paper, and kept the scrap to also use. After it was glued in place, I added some shading with the Rustic Wilderness watercolor pencil and a #4 brush. (I got my inspiration for the circles and shading from a  class with Marta Lapkowska) 

 I blended ink onto the circles, added the green shading and let them dry. Later, I went in and added a bit of doodling.

Next, I figured out the placement for the punched circles and popped them up. I had to double check to make sure the green shading was at the bottom of the circle. So far, I have just used a bit o' green. 


I added green wings to this Funky insect from Tim Holtz, and some of Simon's new Dazzling Gems.  

As I was going through my stash of gel prints, I came across a page of green bubbles I had made using bubblewrap. So, I cut out a couple of circles to add a bit more green. 

Getting my page ready to put into the art journal...I decided to stamp a border and keep with the circles theme in my stamp choice. 

 I blended a bit of ink over the Quote Chip, and added the message to "Choose to Shine". 

I think I met my challenge here by going with a nature theme and just a bit of green, YAY!


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

Tim Holtz Sizzix Funky Insects Thin Dies 

Tim Holtz Rustic Wilderness Watercolor Pencil

Tim Holtz Quote Chips Theories

Paper Artsy Tracy Scott TS085 stamps

Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Saturated inks - Honey and Zest plus reinker

Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink

Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Dazzling Gems Clear

Simon Says Stamp Small Blending Brush Citrine

Marvy Jewel Picker Tool

Simon Says Stamp Foam Tape

 Ranger Dylusions Creative 8x8 Creative Journal

Big Shot

Ek Success 1" Circle Punch

Circle Punches 1 3/8 and 1 1/2"

Watercolor Paper 

Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock

Tim Holtz Kraft Cardstock Cool

Bearly Art Precision Glue

Ranger Glossy Accents

Ranger Mister Bottle

Black pen

Zen Size 4 watercolor brush

Tim Holtz Tonic Media Surface Mat

Ranger Heat It Tool

Gel Print from stash

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

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1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous card Maura! I like all that yellow and of course the circles. I hope you will have a great week!


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