I have had the honor of being asked to be a guest designer for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group's challenge #71! The challenge is "My Favorite Technique", and I'm all like, "Do I have to pick ONE?" Yes, I did. You too can play in this challenge if you belong to Flickr and are a member of the Simon Says Stamp group. You can also see some entries on Instagram by searching on #sssflickrchallenge. See below for a link to the challenge and a special sale at Simon Says Stamp you'll want to take advantage of!
Since I needed to use Simon stamps on this, I decided that my favorite technique would definitely be embossing resist. I had a couple of great backgrounds I had bought from Simon and was dying to use. There are so many varieties of embossing resist, but I decided to just play it straight. Since they asked me to make more than one card if I could, I decided to just vary the kind of inks I used. I had a great time!
For my first card, I grabbed the Circle Doodle background. I wanted to use Zig Clean Color brush markers and so I grabbed my pad of Strathmore Bristol paper, embossed using Versamark and clear embossing powder, and spent the next few hours coloring. Yes HOURS. But it was worth it! Lookie!
GOJUS!!! I originally started coloring in the circles with rainbow colors, but it was just a little too much. I am always more attracted to blues and greens, so I decided to restrict myself to those. I varied the color used in the center of each circle and had a couple of colors that served as pivot colors, where I reversed the order and went from yellow to dark blue and back again.
Once I got it all colored in, I speckled it with clear water and blotted up the spots to create little dots.
I decided on the Believe stamp set and matching dies to go with it. I also decided to use the Bundle of Stitched Shapes for the star along with the stitched rectangle and the single line of stitching for the black strip. The background after it was painted in reminded me of The Starry Night by Van Gogh, so I figured stars would be a perfect embellishment, along with the silver glitter card stock for the die cut word "believe." I die cut multiple copies of the black shadow to make it pop up a bit
I loved this quote that is included with the Believe set. I embossed it with white embossing powder.
I colored with a Zig Clean Color on my craft sheet, picked it up with a water brush, and did some more speckling to make colored dots. Two more stars from Doodlebug Designs up in the corner complete the visual triangle and reinforce my star theme.
It's even more gorgeous in real life! I popped the background up on white fun foam, but after trying it on the card front, I decided a mat of black with a thin edge would make it pop a bit more.
For my second card, I chose the equally beautiful Emma background. For the inks, I changed to my new love, Distress Oxide. I had not used them for embossing resist, and I couldn't wait to see what they looked like. And the answer was AMAZING!
GOJUS!!! I started with standard Neenah Solar White ccard stock and embossed with clear EP. I thought the inks might stick to the embossing, since they are a hybrid, but they actually do not. I used a blending tool to start, using Faded Jeans in the center of the medallion, then Peeled Paint, and then my favorite, Broken China. I then squirted water all over it and dried it with my heat tool set on low, so as not to remelt the embossing.
After that, I smooshed some of the ink on my craft sheet and picked up the different colors to paint in specific areas.
I also sprayed the ink on the craft sheet and picked it up with the embossed piece, dried it, then flicked a paintbrush with a bit more of the ink to create speckles. Once I was satisfied, I buffed the whole thing to get rid of any stray ink with a dry paper towel
I chose to use the Prayers set for the greeting, cutting multiple copies of the word Prayers out of Soft Navy card stock from Simon Says Stamp. The other words were stamped with the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink on a thin strip of Simon's Green Apple card stock.
Some baker's twine tied in a tiny bow and a tiny Prima flower that comes from an older assortment made the perfect accents.
A couple of Doodlebug Sprinkles in Lily White in the lower left corner this time for my visual triangle. I put the background on a mat of Green Apple, then popped the whole thing up with white fun foam.
Stunning. I can't wait to play with this technique some more!
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