Challenge Winners: Inky Background

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner!

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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#86 Jill Anna-Karin says This happy card is so vibrant and the inky background is gorgeous. Love the use of dies and the strong colours. Andrea says: I thought Jill was so clever in the way she created a stunning background out of asymmetrical stripes. They pair so beautifully with the bright blue sentiment. The sun and clouds were the perfect finishing touch. Ashli says: This card is gorgeous! I am in love with the bright, cheerful colors and the little white clouds! But, what I love even more is that she has been having a hard time lately, and chose to craft up her own sunshine! I hope it brightened her day, because it sure did brighten mine!

#164 Suman Sandra says: This canvas is so cool! Love the explosion of color and the transfer is perfect! So much details. Suzz says: Suman’s beautiful canvas features an image transfer over many fantastic inky layers.

Congratulations to this week’s spotlight winners! You can email May (may.flaum(at)gmail. com) for the code to our spotlight badge.

Now, speaking of codes, it’s time to talk about the winner of the $50 voucher!

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Each week we draw (using random generator) a winner from our entries in the challenge. This week the lucky winner is:

#119 Nina-Marie Design

Congratulations! Email May (may.flaum (at) gmail. com) within the next two weeks to claim your voucher!

A big thank you to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring such a generous prize each and every week here on the Monday challenge blog! Also I’d like to thank everyone who participates in the challenges – seeing your creations is always such fun and we love how you take our challenges and make them your own each week.

Challenge: Winter Stamping

Winter isn’t just coming – it’s fully here! With the holidays behind us and spring seeming so far away, let’s focus on the season at hand. Will you stamp a snowy scene? Try a new use for a snowflake stamp? Perhaps be inspired by the colors of winter in your ink choices… however you decide to get stamping, we hope you’ll join in the challenge and share.

Winter is the season that Barbara prefers!

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I like everything: the snow, the cold and sunny days, the colors. For this challenge I am in my comfort zone, I chose red and aqua for my color palette, a little unusual, a little vintage, as the stamps that I used. To create my little diorama I used an Ikea frame, and it was a real fun work! To change its look I used my favorite acrylic, Distress Paints and the last born in the family of Distress, the new sprays! Reindeer, snowflakes and a touch of glitter have completed my winter landscape!

Sandra Mouwen loves winter themed crafting.

Yes, I do love winter themed projects, but I’m so not a fan of winter weather! Although making a snowman is lots of fun. I made the blue background based on a Tim Holtz tag. I loved that technique and wanted to play with it again. The Snowman is cut out of Kraft cardstock and colored it in with a few Distress Markers. On top of that I used Wink of Stella Glitter Pen to make it sparkle like snow.

Suzz created angel wings of snow.

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I have been coveting the Sizzix Textured Fades snowflake die and was lucky enough to find it among my Christmas gifts. I love the feathery edges and effect with the embossing which inspired my angel wings. I layered gesso with Ranger Distress Stain Sprays – Milled Lavender & Brushed Pewter to give a soft color to my wings. I turned it into a wall hanging for my daughter to hang in her room for inspiration.

I (May) was inspired by a wintery blue color palette in my art journal this week.

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This crafty girl stamp got me thinking… is she a winter crafter? Does she (like me) get more done in the winter months in her studio space? Thinking about this idea got me journaling for sure, and the combination of my Dina Wakley paints and my new Finetec watercolor paints was really fun here! I love the results- and I’m inspired to try more projects with this lovely stamp of mine.

Michelle is reminded of a winter tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

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I associate winter with cold. Bitter cold. I remembered the story of the Little Match Girl, and created matchbook notebooks with my Martha Stewart Scoring Board and my Tiny Attacher.

Meihsia was inspired to create a winter scene with a snowman on her art journal page.

I wanted to create a snow scene on my art journal page since there was no snow this winter in Dallas and I really missed it. I watercolored the background with Distress Spray Stain, and stamped the snowman using Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamp Halftone Christmas. Then I created the snow using Modeling Paste.

Ashli was inspired to scrap her daughter’s birthday.

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What better way to start on a layout all about a Frozen themed birthday party than with some winter stamping? To begin, I used some Hero Arts Chalk ink in blue to stamp on some lovely Birch Trees. I followed this up with a touch of Gold and then finished things off with some Maggie Holmes Chipboard. I love the way the winter stamping accents my theme!

Emma’s winter wonderland came to life after watching the movie Frozen.

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With the song “Let It Go” stuck in my mind, I knew that I wanted to capture an icy blue, frosty feel to my tag and began by stamping an embossed white background using the Tim Holtz Holiday Knit stamp. I built up my winter scene by stamping the Blueprint Snowman and colouring it with Distress Markers before surrounding it with die cut Holiday Greens and adding a Flash Card.

Andrea stamped on a dis-assembled snowman die to make some snazzy polka dots.

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I have always loved the wonky lines of Tim Holtz’s snowman die, so I thought I’d re-purpose the snowman into polka dots to decorate a notebook. Hopefully the snowman doesn’t mind taking on another form! I covered his snowy whiteness with some text stamps (Purely Random and Paper Artsy HP 1211), and added some black gesso for that extra bit of oomph.

Anna-Karin loves to make snowy winter scenes.

This week I wanted to make a cold winter night time scene using Hero Art’s gorgeous Forest stencil and Ranger’s Texture Paste. The background is painted with Dina Wakley’s acrylic paints. For a finishing sparkly snow touch, I used Prima Frosted Mica Flakes.

Mona was inspired to stamp a winter wonderland on a picture frame.

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I love to alter home decor pieces and this challenge inspired me to do just that. I collaged tissue wrap to the frame to create a base then from there, I applied stormy sky Distress Paint followed with randomly stamped / heat embossed Grunge Flakes. For added interest and design, I used Texture Paste along with the Latticework stencil. A die cut crackled Stacked Snowflake was added to complete the project.

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.

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As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday January 25th Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

Winners: Old & New Challenge

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner! It is great to be back from our holiday break – and don’t forget to join in our challenge this week! We are excited to see what you share.

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We have four entries to spotlight this week:

#4 Butterfly Anna-Karin says: This wintery art journal page by Alison is so beautiful. The textures, colours, shapes and images are amazing and carry through the theme of the page so well.

#11 Inky & Quirky Mona says She made a beautiful canvas board project featuring a colorful and stunning background paired with a fun Dina Wakely stamp.

#206 Beluah Bee Suzz says: A lovely mix of images blended together to create a sweet tag reminding us of good friends.

#240 shMe Ashli says: this is the most gorgeously embellished box! I love the beautiful tone on tone effect and the little touch of blue is perfect!!!

Congratulations to this week’s spotlight winners! You can email May (may.flaum(at)gmail. com) for the code to our spotlight badge.

Now, speaking of codes, it’s time to talk about the winner of the $50 voucher!

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Each week we draw (using random generator) a winner from our entries in the challenge. This week the lucky winner is:

#64 Nikosinas

Congratulations! Email May (may.flaum (at) gmail. com) within the next two weeks to claim your voucher!

A big thank you to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring such a generous prize each and every week here on the Monday challenge blog! Also I’d like to thank everyone who participates in the challenges – seeing your creations is always such fun and we love how you take our challenges and make them your own each week.

Challenge: Inky background

Anna-Karin proposed an inky background challenge – I’m intrigued! Will you create a messy effect? Do some distress stamping? Directly apply ink to your background? Take this as a chance to explore and play with ink…

Sandra Mouwen was inspired by ink sprays for her art journal page

I just love inky backgrounds and wanted to use ink sprays for this page. I really like the imperfection of the splatters and in this case: Bubblegum Pink, Vibrant Turquiose and Crushed Grapes. I played around with the Teresa Collins Stripe Stencil using it also as a mask.

Emma loves nothing more than getting inky and creating her own backgrounds for projects.

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I love using inks to make my own unique backgrounds and I was in my element using a combination of Brushed Pewter Distress Paint that created a resist for the Distress Inks to give me the perfect backdrop for my Scribbly Bird. I added die cut Holiday Greens for the bird to perch on and added an crinkle ribbon bow.

Andrea created a kid collage with all sorts of inky goodness.

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Having ink-stained fingernails is a small price to pay for our craftiness! So although my nails are now tinged with brown, teal and black, I had a wonderful time creating this little scene. Tim Holtz’s Found Relatives have become a favorite supply of mine, so I decided to highlight one brave gal in particular with happy yellows. I also love Tim Holtz’s Trellis die, which I used for the background, along with some of my favorite Distress Inks like Tumbled Glass.

Suzz was reflecting on resolutions for the New Year and used a journal page to capture her thoughts.

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The Dina Wakely All the Gals set had me thinking about how we measure ourselves. This inspired a journal page with a inky background using shimmery yellow mist which happened to be the end of the bottle and I just poured it out and ran it all over my background. I added a lovely mix of Peacock Feather Ranger Distress Spray over the top. this journal page had me thinking of what my new year’s resolutions should be and what I should be striving for in the New Year.

Anna-Karin loves to sit down and play with inky techniques.

This week, I was just playing around with inks and stamps and let the page lead me. The Small Creative Journal takes ink and water techniques very well. After some white embossing, I used Distress Spray Stains for the first layer of the background and continued with Simon Says Stamp stencils and Distress Ink. The final layer was done with stamping both with Distress and Archival inks using lovely stamps by Darkroom Door.

Ashli put one of her favorite inking techniques to use this week…

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My favorite way to use Distress Ink is with a stencil and a blending tool and this week, I decided to do just that! Using a stencil I created from the Block Talk Die, I simply blended Spun Sugar and Pumice Stone to create my background of alphas. A bit of layering with some My Mind’s Eye papers, and this layout about my daughter’s first word is complete!

Meihsia was inspired to created a colorful background with various inks.

I just love to play with all kinds of inks on my art journal page. To create this inky background, I sprayed Dylusions Ink Spray on the watercolor paper, then sprayed some water and Distress Spray Stain Picket Fence to soften the color. The edges of this page was distressed using Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Clearsnap ColorBox Art Dauber.

Kitschy prints inspired Michelle’s Inky ATC’s.

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The 70′s were were known for their funky graphics. Paper Artsy’s Electica3 flowers have a Groovy Vibe that I couldn’t resist. By using an Alcohol Ink background, and lots of inks and sprays, I was able to re-create the Kitschy feel of these “Far Out” ATC’s that Grandma would really dig.

Mona was inspired to create a duo of inky pages in her art journal.

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to explore art journaling more often so this challenge was the perfect motivation to do so. After creating the background using various die cut embellishments, a coat of Gesso was applied. Once dry, the fun began layering a variety of inks including: Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain, Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stain, Dried Marigold Distress Stain, and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I completed both pages by distressing the edges as well as adding random background stamping using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

This challenge has arrived at the right moment for Barbara!

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My Art Journal had long waited for to have a suitable cover. I decided to use my favorites of all time: Distress in every possible version! Distress ink pads to color the stamps, Distress spray stains to color the background. Their colors sprayed on gesso become even more beautiful and vibrant and I hope that my project makes you want to participate. Working with inks of any kind is absolutely relaxing and fun.

I (May) used a stamp + ink for my background.

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This stamp requires a lot of ink – and I picked out some lovely Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire which does a lovely job of bringing it to life. Add in some flecks of embossing powder, stars, and a little stitching and I quickly had a mixed media card I’m going to end up matting on canvas instead of mailing!

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.

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As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday January 18th Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

Coloring stamps with Suzz

Happy New Year! Suzz here. Resolution time and it is about time I picked up some long neglected ways of coloring my images. I love using my watercolor pencils so they are my first choice to color with but I forgot how much fun using the different mediums could be when coloring images. I decided to use the lovely Stampendous Nestled Bird stamp as the base for my different inky choices which include watercolor pencils, watercolor markers, distress inks and Copics.

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Depending on what type of medium you are using you will need potentially different papers and inks to stamp the image. For the water based mediums you will need an ink to stamp the image that will not run when the water is applied. For my watercolor and distress ink pieces I used the Ranger Archival Jet Black ink to stamp the images. For the watercolor markers it is important to have watercolor paper to help with the blending.

I started with the distress inks as my first piece. I stamped the image onto a piece of white cardstock using Ranger Archival Ink. You can also use watercolor paper. You can apply your Distress Inks using ink pads, the new distress sprays or the stains. I used the ink pads and some acetate to show how I picked up the ink with my water brush.

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I will usually smear it on my craft mat and pick up the color with the waterbrush. The waterbrush dilutes the color and allows you to paint it onto the image in very subtle tones. You can increase the color by using less water in the brush, picking up the color directly from the ink pad or using a regular brush and more water spritzed on the ink.

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I paint from the edges into the middle so the darkest colors/shading is around the edges leading into the light. I add different colors to the image to add shading using the brown or gray to help with a touch of darkness in the areas where the shading would naturally occur.

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I add highlight with a white gel pen after everything is dry. I love how the distress inks give a soft watercolor effect to the image.

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Next I moved onto the watercolor markers which require watercolor paper for the technique I used to color my image. You could use the markers similar to the distress inks with coloring on the acetate and picking up the ink with the waterbrush. The image should be stamped with a water-resistant ink on the watercolor paper. I used Ranger Archival ink.

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First you color around the edges with the markers. You can add multiple shades of color with the markers. I have shown adding the first layer of color. Using the water brush you start to blend the marker and pull the color to the middle of the image. This is where the watercolor paper helps bleed the color to center.

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You can keep applying more colors and blending them until you are happy with the effect. The watercolor paper will not degrade by applying more water and ink.

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Next up was my favorite medium which is the watercolor pencils. Typically with these I use Ranger Archival Ink and white cardstock. Because I am shading and blending with the pencil I don’t need the watercolor paper to help blend out the colors.

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I start with shading in all the color around the edges of the darkest colors first. I will use the pencil to blend the colors before applying the waterbrush. I use the waterbrush to soften the shading.

You can add many layers of color with the watercolor pencil.

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Don’t apply the watercolor pencil while the image is wet as it will grab too much of the color and if the pencil tip gets wet you will also get a strong burst of color.

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My final image is colored using the Copics. This requires two things stamping the image with a non-solvent based ink and paper that allows the blending of the colors. Simon Says has some excellent copic paper and Memento works beautifully for the ink.

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To shade with the Copics you will look for numbers in a family and typically will start with the darkest close to the edge and add in the lighter shades and blend with the lightest shade. I mixed up my colors and used a variety and blended with the lightest color used in the image.

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Now you can see the same image with a variety of mediums you will have to decide which one you like and play with the different mediums. I have to say I hardly use my copics but the brightness and freshness had me re-thinking why don’t I pull them out more often? Hope you can find something old to renew with today.

Products:

Copics: B60, BV11, Y15, YG25, E00, BV04, Y26, E15, E35, C3, E47, Ranger Distress Inks: Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Mustard Seed, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Simon Says Stamp Copic Paper, Watercolor Paper, Waterbrush, Watercolor Pencils, Ranger Distress Markers1, Ranger Distress Markers 2, Stampendous Nestled Bird, Impression Obsession In a Garden, Simon Says Stamp Cardstock – Brown, White, Memory Box – Dream, Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen, Ranger Archival Ink – Black, Memento – Black.

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Wow! So much fantasic possibilities- and perfect for this week’s challenge! Now it’s your turn! Join us this week in the challenge and show us how you’re using new (or old!) products and techniques.

Challenge: Make new friends, but keep the old…

It’s a new year, and our first challenge of 2015! This is so very exciting and we’d like to kick things off celebrating both old and new. Will you use an old favorite and pair it with a new supply? Try an old technique with a new stamp? However you feature old (or new) – we can’t wait to kick off this crafty year with you!

Mona embellished an altered shadow box with a variety of fantastic new and old die cuts.

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I recently purchased the beautiful Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly die and have been waiting to put it to good use. Rather than using the coordinating texture fade to add texture to the die cut butterfly, I applied crackled texture paste, allowed to dry then applied brushed pewter Distress Paint and seedless preserves Distress Stain.

Anna-Karin made a journal page about new places, and old things.

Since we recently moved, the new part of the challenge was easy for me to pick, and this is also the first page in a new Dylusions art journal. I used a bunch of older favourite stamps by Tim Holtz and an old dictionary book paper for the background. The page was painted with Distress Paints and I used paint to add colour to the stamped images.

Michelle loves mixing old and new supplies together.

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I love mixing new supplies with my favorite older ones. This quirky little Bird stamp by Hero Arts came out last year. He mixes well with the brushstroke trend in the new Love Notes paper by We R Memory Keepers. The font complements the Sentiment in Avery Elle’s Look Up set.

Andrea turned classic images of butterflies into a new form of art with her butterfly bracelet.

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We all have those go-to shapes that we love year after year, and I love butterflies! I collected several butterfly punches, including Martha Stewart’s Classic Butterfly punch and Tim Holtz’s Butterflight, and stamps like Impression Obsession’s Butterflies to make my bracelet.

Emma chose to alter the cover of an old book to create a journal for the new year.

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Just before Christmas, I came across an old unloved and unused notebook with a cover that was begging to be altered and because I never want to throw anything out that I think might be useful, I decided to use it for this challenge. So, after a good coat of gesso, I layered various colours of Distress Paint and Tissue Tape over the cover before adding a collage of Ephemera pieces and Idea-Ology to create my “brand new” 2015 journal.

Ashli decided to put an old favorite to use in a new way…

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I was inspired to put an old favorite stamp to use in a new way this week! Using my Gelatos, I stamped my image and then cut out each little spot to use as an embellishment. Once I had all of those adhered, I finished things off with some Amy Tangerine paper and some Maggie Holmes Chipboard. I just love this fresh take on an old favorite!

Meihsia decorated her art journal page using some beautiful new and old dies this week.

I really love the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp Delicate Thistle Craft Die so I decide to use it to decorate an art journal page with my favorite Simon Says Stamp Mini Hearts Set. After I sprayed Distress Spray Stain on a piece of Heavy Weight Cardstock, I die cut those flowers and hearts embellishments with the sprayed paper, then pasted the embellishments using Tombo Glue on the background of my journal page.

It’s time for Sandra Mouwen’s birthday party

Well almost, but it was time to make some invitations! A new year means I ‘m getting a year older within two weeks… I started with some old techniques, like the masking technique using my new friend the Ring Frame from Simon Says Stamp. Love the chalkboard look with Pitch Black and Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink in combination with Heidi Swapp Party Stamps.

I (May) challenged myself to play with things left on my desk.

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An old favorite trick of mine is to clean up my desk by taking things I find and creating a project with them instead of putting them away. The results are always unique and I love how this large tag came together with long time favorite chit-chat stickers, and new to me ephemera pack.

Suzz will be back on Wednesday to share how old is new again with her inky supplies.

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For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.

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As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday January 11th Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

Winter Art Journal with Sandra Mouwen

Hello, Sandra here. Today I want to show you how I create an art journal page, which I adhere in my art journal later. Let’s start the journal journey!

As base I work with a blank sheet of Neenah Solar White cardstock I cut to the right size so that it will fit into my art journal. To know where the middle line is, I mark the half of the page with a pencil. This helps me with the composition.


The Distress Spritzer is perfect for making backgrounds. Along with the Honeycomb stencil from Prima Marketing and Broken China marker, it makes a good start for my winter background!

If you’re familiar with my work, then you know that I just can’t resist my washi tape. I’ve used three different colors and brands of washi; Pebbles, Kelly Purkey and Teresa Collins. Washi tape for me brings color, texture and patterns to my projects, and helps me to create a composition.

In this tutorial I use lots of my classics, like this Script stamp from Kaiser Craft. I always stamp with it without using an acrylic block. Sure gets my hands very inky every time! I chose to stamp with Watering Can Archival Ink, because I wanted the text not to be too bold. The background will stay light.

The edges I distressed with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. With the light blue around the edges it gives the page more color.

The ink splashes, well what can I say about them. It gives such a nice effect and it’s a very simple technique. Unscrew the cap, remove the sprayer from the bottle and tap it with your finger quite hard like tapping the ashes from a cigarette. I did this with Black Marble, but also with Gold Lamé.

To adhence the composition of the washi tape lines I stamped with the Checkered stamp from Prima Marketing. Again with Watering Can archival ink. By adding all these layers you’re creating dimension.

You can see that the page has a winter theme. I’ve dabbed a bit of Gold Paint Dabber onto my craft sheet and with Blending Foam I dabbed it lightly on the Christmas Tree. Not too much, because then the stamp will move when you stamp with it. Applying the paint with Blending Foam gives you more control over how much or little paint you add to the stamp..

To give it more of grungy and vintage vibe, I distressed the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink in some places. This step gives the page such a different look instantly! Love that!

I love stencils. I often use them in combination with modeling paste, but this time I used paint. Because Distress Paint is very thin, it’s important that you apply the paint with Blending Foam and gently dab it, not like you do when you use ink with a stencil and make a circular motion. I forgot that when applying it the first time on the right side of the page. Can you see the difference with the left side?

Now I’m reaching the final steps of the page, it’s time for text. This is the moment I cut the page in half so that I have a better idea how the text will show in my art journal with the gap between the two pages.

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Now it is time for the text. The Simple Letter Outlines from Simon Says Stamp I stamped my first word, “Winter”. With the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen I glittered the letters for a sparkly winter effect.

On Tim’s Christmas stencil it has the word “Wonderful” and I taped so that became “Wonder”. I colored it in with Distress Ink Peacock Feathers and outlined it with Peacock Feathers Distress Marker.

The final step was cutting out the letters with Word play from a sheet of Adhesive Cork. That gives a bit more warmth to the page. Just what this cold winter theme needed!

Here is the final result. I hope you liked it to see how I create an art journal page. Who knows, it will inspire you to go play too. I sure hope so! Thanks for stopping by.

Quick & Easy Tags with Andrea Ockey Parr

Hello everyone! It’s Andrea here and with a new year upon us, I have a few crafty resolutions that will hopefully last longer than nine days (my resolution record for last year). In fact, I think I’ll call it a “goal” to take the proverbial resolution pressure off. This year’s goal? To increase the number of personalized cards and tags I make for people, without increasing the time I spend on making them.

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This is no easy task for me since my perfectionist side does not do well with “quick and easy.” Be that as it may, I think I’ve found a nice balance with these fast tags which still have personalized flowers.

To make your flowers unique and specific to either a project or a person, start with white flowers and some ink. For my tag, I used this Esplanade flower set from Prima. And have your inks at the ready for the next step!

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Once you’ve got your supplies together, use a sponge or a mini ink blending tool to rub ink onto your white flowers. I tried several different brands of ink and they all worked well. In this example, I used mostly Distress Inks. On the first flower, I blended Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Rain Forest (Colorbox brand). I used Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Worn Lipstick on the second flower. You can blend the colors seamlessly or leave little pops of brighter color here and there.

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Now you get to go digging through your stamps to find just the right image to stamp onto your colorful flower. You can choose big or small patterns, but I liked how bigger bolder text looked on mine. I used Ranger Jet Black Archival ink to stamp my images with. The stamps I wanted to use were both clear sets, so I grabbed my handy-dandy acrylic blocks and went to work. The stamp I used on the blue-green flower is from Prima’s Coffee Break collection and the stamp on the yellow-orange flower is from Technique Tuesday’s Away We Go set.

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I set my flowers aside and moved on to my tag. Using sturdy white paper, my Sizzix Big Shot, the Lifestyle Crafts Genius Platform and Tim Holtz’s Framelits Tag Collection, I cut out just the right tag. I blended on some more ink (Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed) and added some polka dots with Tumbled Glass and Tim Holtz’s Bubble stencil. I also inked around the edges with Peacock Feathers.

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I finished off the background by adding some more stamping using Ranger Jet Black Archival ink again and a Prima Epiphany stamp. I also added some black ink around the tag’s edges.

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I put everything together by gluing my flowers to my tag and adding some yarn to give it that last bit of oomph.

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This tag only took me about ten minutes to make and I enjoyed the creative freedom that those white flowers provided. Until someone figures out how to add an extra15 hours to every day, I’ll keep trying to find the balance between being efficient and still making personalized cards and tags. I think these flowers are a good step!

Altered ornament with Mona Pendleton

We hope you are having a very happy holiday week! We are taking a break from normally scheduled challenges, however our design team will be checking in with tutorials and projects to share! Enjoy!

Hi everyone, Mona here today to share a tutorial on how to create a crackled textured Christmas ornament. I love to create home made ornaments to give as gifts to friends or loved ones so I opted to alter a bare wooden sled ornament.

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To begin, I applied a coat of Gesso to the ornament.

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Once dry, apply coat of crackled texture paste.

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While texture paste dries, die cut Tattered Pinecones and Pine sprigs using Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Pinecone die.

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Create pinecones, apply picket fence Distress Paint to both pinecones and Tidings Token followed with Diamond Dust to pinecones only. Apply peeled paint Distress Ink to pine sprigs.

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Apply antiqued bronze Distress Paint to sled runners and vintage photo and weathered wood Distress Inks to sled.

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Embellish with die cut shapes, bow and Tidings Token.

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Wishing you a happy holiday season!

Mona

Supply list: Dina Wakley Ranger Media White Gesso, Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Paint picket fence, Twinklets Diamond Dust, Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Tattered Pinecone Bigz, Tim Holtz idea-olgy Tidings Tokens, Tim Holtz Ranger vintage photo Distress Ink, Tim Holtz Ranger weathered wood Distress Ink, Tim Holtz Ranger antiqued bronze Distress Paint, Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi crackled texture paste, Tim Holtz Ranger peeled paint Distress Ink, Tim Holtz idea-ology Gumdrops, Tim Holtz idea-ology paper stash French Industrial 12 x 12, Tim Holtz idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon

Woven Book Cover with Ashli Oliver

Hi there! Ashli here with you today to share a fun technique using paper weaving!

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This idea can be useful for so many crafty things, but today… let’s make a book cover!

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That was fun, wasn’t it?

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I just love the way this little book turned out! The textures… the colors…

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…oh, so many possibilities when weaving!

Thanks so much for watching! I hope this has inspired you to try some paper weaving of your own.

Here is a list of the supplies used to get you going: