Monday, December 11, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Mixed Media Christmas Tree Cards

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is holidays/winter.  This year is epic because I finally managed to get my Christmas cards done before December 23rd!


I started by making a colorful background on Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I sprayed Dylusions Ink on it and spritzed it with water to make the colors blend.

I added some text circles and circular frames.

I spread white texture paste over a Snow Falling stencil by Simon Says Stamp (close-up view).

Next I cut my two collages into 3" x 4" card sizes.

I blended the text into the colored background with white paint.

I tore up some collages I'd made out of Washi Tape and paint and glued strips of it on to my cards.  I also cut some lattice shapes and scallop sections for some of them.

Next I cut some trees out of patterned paper (Carousel) and painted them green.

I glued the trees to the cards and added some circle stamping (Dina Wakley Scribbly Circles).

I added stars on top of the trees.

And some faux stitching along the edges of the cards.

And my cards were complete!

These are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see what you create for this week's theme!  Upload your projects to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

Monday, December 4, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Tree Tags Using Reverse Confetti's Fa La La die

Icy inspiration is the name of the game for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  We're also incorporating fabulous products from Paper Artsy.  I love the soft shades of snow and retro teals and pinks, so that's the color palette I went with for these tree tags.

I started by stamping some letters and dots onto my tags using Embossing Ink.  Then I sprinkled white embossing powder on and shot them with the heat gun.

After that, I water-colored over the surface of the tags.  While that dried, I got some fabric scraps and made the green and teal trees.  I like using Tim Holtz's Petal Drop die to make triangle trees (I cut the curved portion off the bottom).

I made a pink triangle, too, and heat-embossed some white circles onto it.  After that, it was just a matter of gluing all my layers down.  I used a great Fa La La die from Reverse Confetti as my focal point for the big tag.

I added a star to the top of the tree and smudged around it with Mustard Yellow Distress Ink to give it a glow.  I also added polka-dot Washi tape tree pots.

On the smaller tag, I used Seth Apter's Coffee Ring dies in the background and glued on some mini pom-pom trim I had in my stash.  I did the same star technique on this tag, too.  I outlined areas on both tags with a black Sharpie.

I enjoyed making these tags, which got me in the snowy spirit of the season!  Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:


I'm excited to see how you interpret our icy challenge theme this week!  My talented team-mate Maura made a beautiful icy mood board to help get the ideas flowing!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.