Challenge: Stencils & Stamps

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Whether you stick with STAMPtember stamping or mix it up and pull out a stencil – this week we want to see how you stamp or stencil your way into crafty fun this week!

Barbara loves playing with stamps and stencils in her art journal.

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Stamps and stencils are two of the “tools” of a crafter that I love most! This is the second page of my art journal and I played with Simon’s exclusive stencil that I love very much and Tim’s stamps! To add more fun to my work I used Distress paints and Gelatos in warm tones of yellow, pink, and orange, unusual shades for me!

Emma was in her element using stencils to create the background for her wall hanging.

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I had so much fun creating this piece, using a combination of embossing paste through the Zig Zag Dots stencil and playing with the Distress Marker Spritzer, misting Black Soot through the Latticework Layering Stencil to give me a wonderful textural background set against one of my favourite colour palettes, Evergreen Bough. I added the gorgeous Layered Dragonfly, various Idea-Ology and finished the project with a stamped quote.


Sandra Mouwen always has lots of fun playing with stamps and stencils

I don’t know what I’ll do if I don’t have any stamps or stencils. They are such great tools to make a project amazing. For this page I started with a blanco sheet of Neenah Solar White cardstock. And with the Harlequin stencil along with Tattered Rose and Dried Marigold Distress Ink, I began to build up the background. With lots of differtent washi tape I made the composition and to adhance those lines, I stamped along them with the Cartographer stamp amongst other stamps.

Ashli was inspired to create some embellishments using a stencil this week…

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A super fun way to use a stencil is to make your own embellishments using Modeling Paste. This week, I did just that for the cover of my notebook! Using the Simon Says Bouquet of Flowers Stencil, and some Modeling Paste, I was able to work up these embellishments in no time! Some Watercolors and a bit of Mist finish off the cover of my little journal.

Anna-Karin was in the mood for art journaling this week.

With stamps, stencils and some paint and ink you can create anything you want to on a white piece of paper. I love the endless possibilties with these products. Here I used stamps and stencils together with Dina Wakley’s vibrant paints, some ink and Ranger’s Texture Paste. This shade of pink is not a colour I use often, but I really liked the result. The page was finished with old dictionary paper circles and words.

Michelle created a scrapbook layout using stamps and stencils.

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I was excited to use the Waffle Flower “Be My Guest” Stamps with my old photo to create this vintage inspired layout. Tattered Leaves and Wendy Vecchi Gold Embossing Paste transformed ordinary embellishments into Autumn treasures.

Halloween is creeping up and Suzz created a Treat of a tag.

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Halloween is such a fun time of the year and we love going out and seeing the clever, sweet, and funny costumes. I had this bit of stenciled inky background with some non traditional halloween colors that I thought would be fun to create into a Halloween tag for one of my older kiddos who doesn’t get to go trick or treating anymore. The trick-or-treat kids from Tim Holtz Halloween set made the perfect border. My non traditional colors came from the Ranger Dauber Paint – Honey and Ranger Dauber Paint – Salty Ocean. Now I have a fun tag to put on a treat bag going off to my son at college.

Meihsia created an art journal page with her favorite stamp and stencil this week.

Stamps and stencils are essential for my art journaling. This week, I used my favorite Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp Brush Collection and Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Harlequin to create this art journal page. The background of this page was sprayed with Clearsnap Colorbox Pinkolicious Dye Ink Spritzer and stenciled with Modeling Paste.

Mona was inspired to create a mixed media style card using both stamps and a stencil.

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I love t0 create layers on my projects using both stamps and stencils. This week, I inked up a fun sentiment from Apothecary Labels surrounded it with various flowers including die cut roses. For the background, I combined a variety of Distress Inks and added texture and design using the Latticework stencil.

Andrea made a Color Book to stay inspired with all sorts of lovely shades and hues.

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Don’t report me to the hardware store police, but I made a color book out of more than my share of paint color swatches that I acquired from Home Depot and Lowe’s. I put my paint swatch acquisitions to good use by making a color book where I store notes and samples of various Distress paint, inks and stains. I made the cover using this great little Picture Wheel die, a Rings and Puddles stencil and this stylish bathing beauty that I cut out of the Fancy Pants Me-Ology paper collection.

I (May) think stamps + stencils are the perfect combination.

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Armed with my new Dina Wakley stamps and one of my favorite Tim Holtz stencils I set out to play with paste, distress, and generally just have a real good time with this week’s challenge. I love how stencils can help add texture and fun to my stamping projects!

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 September 28th 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: Hop week

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

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This week we loved seeing all of your inky entries, and two of you (both happened to use the actual Simon the dog stamp!) will be spotlighted this week. I’m inspired to dig out that lovable dog stamp and find more ways to use it myself!

#10 Chriss Anna-Karin says Such a sweet card. I love the angle of the mosaic heart, with the cute stamped Simon dog.

#49 Thoughtsof… Ashli says: I just love the way she used our “simon” in this very fun and sparkly card!!!

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:

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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.

STAMPtember tutorial with Anna-Karin

Hello everyone! It is Stamptember and I (Anna-Karin) am happy to be here today with a stamping tutorial. I am going to show you three different ways in which to stamp on black cardstock and to create shine and glimmer.

I don’t use black cardstock often for stamping, only for things like matting and cardbases, so when I got Ranger’s new smooth black cardstock, I thought I would challenge myself to stamp on it, in three different ways. Heat embossing works great on black cardstock, but instead of using ordinary embossing powder, I used Ranger’s Sticky Embossing Powder, which works as an adhesive, making it possible to use your stamps together with products that can otherwise be hard to use on stamped images. I used all the three stamped papers on the same card, to show you their differences and how they look together. It will work great to use only one of these on a project too. We’ll be using Perfect Pearls powder, gold leaf and Distress Glitter.

Starting with the background, I inked up Tim Holtz Marble stamp with embossing ink. Stamp it and immediately cover with Sticky Embossing Powder. Pour the leftover powder back into the jar. Heat the powder with a heat gun, you will notice that it turns transparent. I took this photo before melting the powder.

Have three or more jars of Perfect Pearls powder ready and immediately pounce the powder on the background using a Perfect Pearls paint brush.

Brush off the leftover powder. If you want to you can mix it with some water and use it to paint a stamped image for another project. Mist lightly with water to set the Perfect Pearls.

It is hard to capture the shine of Perfect Pearls on a photo. You might be able to see it a little better here. You can use Perfect Pearls in the same way together with only embossing ink, but I liked the extra texture from the Sticky Embossing Powder. Some powder will stick to the black cardstock too, but I thought that gave a nice look to the background.

Secondly, I decided to try the same technique but with gold leaf sheets instead. Emboss a bird on black cardstock with the Sticky Powder, as before. Immediately cover it with a piece of gold leaf and rub to make sure it sticks to the melted powder.

Brush off the leftover gold leaf with a paint brush, for a gorgeous golden image. Try the same technique with a background stamp for a shimmering background. You can keep the leftover gold leaf for another project.

Thirdly, I stamped a feather stamp on the black cardstock and embossed it as before with the Sticky Powder. Immediately cover with Distress Glitter and rub lightly on top. Pour the remainder of the glitter back into the jar. Do one feather at a time because you don’t want to wait before sprinkling the melted powder with glitter. This way, you can get a glitter look with all your stamps, instead of having to cover the stamped image with adhesive and then sprinkle with glitter.

I layered the pieces together on a manila cardbase, inked with Frayed Burlap. All these three effects are hard to photograph, you really need to see them in real life. Here you can see the difference between the three techniques: the multi-coloured pearly shine of the Perfect Pearls, the bright shine of the gold leaf, and the vintage glitter look of the Distress Glitter. Try the same techniques on white or cream cardstock for a different look.

I embellished the card with a Tim Holtz idea-ology ticket, and stamped it with a sentiment using Archival Ink Jet Black.

The Philosophy Tag and Game Spinner were distressed with Distress Paint. I also added some linen ribbon and a leftover strip of Vintage Lace die cut from foil tape and painted with Tarnished Brass and Black Soot.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspired you to stamp on dark cardstock and to use some fun glitter and shine effects together with your stamping.

Happy Stamptember!!

 

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Supplies:

Surfaces: Ranger: Black Cardstock, Manila Cardstock, Foil Tape Sheets

Stamps: Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz: Marble & Doily, Bird Feather, Stuff to Say

Dies: Sizzix: Vintage Lace

Ink: Ranger: Archival Jet Black, Emboss It Clear Ink Pad, Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap

Paint: Distress Paint: Broken China, Antique Linen, Tarnished Brass, Black Soot

Embossing Powder: Ranger: Sticky Embossing Powder

Pearls: Perfect Pearls powder: Biscotti, Blue Raspberry, Mandarin

Glitter: Distress Glitter: Broken China, Spiced Marmalade

Gold Leaf: Speedball: Mona Lisa Gold Leaf Sheets

Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Chit Chat Stickers, Philosophy Tags, Game Spinners, Long Fasteners, Journaling Tickets, Linen Ribbon, Paper Strings
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Thank you again to Anna-Karin for the tutorial and beautiful inspiration! Now guess what? it’s your turn! Join us this week in the challenge and show us what techniques you’re ready to rock!

Challenge: Rock the Techniques

It wouldn’t be STAMPtember without techniques – so show us what you’ve got!

How about a shimmery technique? Suzz used a shimmery glittery technique this week.

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I have to say I think I was looking at glittery shimmery dresses on Pinterest which inspired my technique and project. When I am looking for inspiration I look for effects on clothes that I can emulate on my art. My art this week is inspired by the new beautiful Stampendous Lux which has a mix of mica flakes, glitter and other bits all in silver. I wanted to showcase that and create a selection of birthday cards using the new Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Birthday Die Set. I was trying to store up some glamorous girl birthday cards for my daughters to use.

Emma loved using the resist technique to create a pocket FULL of love.

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Since I first started stamping, the resist technique has always been one of my favourites and the Hero Arts Looped Flower and Distress Paints work so well to bring this technique to life and create a background for my slider tag project. The stamped background was added to my pocket, which is covered with Tattered Florals blooms. For the element of surprise I added a tag inside the pocket, stamped with a wonderful Tim Holtz quote from the Random Quotes stamp set.

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

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I love using white embossing powder as a resist. And, for this week, I just had to put my brand new Mini Blueprint Stamp Set to use in this way! Some watercolors show off the lovely stamped images just perfectly. Layered up with pockets of Sequins and plenty of scraps, we have one of my favorite things to make… Prize Ribbons!

Sandra Mouwen expiremented with some new techniques in her art journal

Sure love to play around and try new things. So why not expirement a bit. I grabbed my Gelli Plate for this, and started to apply some Washi Tape for texture. It was a bit bright after the first layer, so I toned it down with a whole white layer. That didn’t turn out the way I wanted it, and with the Peacock Doily stencil and a baby wipe I began to remove the White Paint layer and the bright colors from the first one appeared! Love expirementing and discovering new techniques along the way!

Meihsia loves to create watercolor effect with Distress Inks and wet brush pen.


I’ve always loved to create watercolor effect with different inks and medias on my mixed media projects. This week, I decided to make the watercolored background on my art journal page using Simon Says Stamp New Stamps, Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Pentel Aquash Brush. The texture on the background was created with Modeling Paste and Tim Holtz Layering Stencil.

Michelle used a very basic stamping technique to enhance treats from the kitchen.

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Our non-stamping friends consider Masking to be an impressive and delightful technique. With Holidays and bake sales fast approaching, a simple set of personalized tags created with the Avery Elle die is and the Hero Arts My Recipe stamps, is a treat in itself.

Andrea decided to try her hand at water stamping this week.

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While browsing Pinterest (what do you mean it’s three hours later?) I found a link to a most excellent tutorial by M. Carmen Sanchez (aka Cuchy) on how to water stamp. All I can say is that I’m a huge fan of this technique (sort of like backwards stamping) and was amazed at what could be done with a handful of Distress Inks, water and some stamps such as Simon Says Stamp’s Scribble Flowers, Prima’s Doily #1 and Paper Artsy’s Word 5.

Mona was inspired to create a tag featuring the heat embossed resist technique.

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I love the contrast effect that may be achieved by heat embossing stamped images using white embossing powder. With the Autumn season right around the corner, I opted to create a fall themed tag featuring Leaves. The background was created using a variety of Distress Inks and the sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamps Thanks set.

I (May) went with a trio of favorite techniques.

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For my tag I used a favorite new STAMPtember Simon stamp and stencil, as well as my watercolor set and other favorites. I have so much fun playing with color and layering up details for this project. I love how it turned out and I always love when a “clean the stencil” base tag turns out better than I hoped!

Anna-Karin will be back on Wednesday with a tutorial on how to stamp on black cardstock, with some glitter and shine.

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 September 21st 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: Bold Stamping challenge

What time is it? Prizes time!

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We have three lovely entries to spotlight this week:

#23 Pearshaped Anna-Karin says A stunning and vibrant journal page with bold colours and patterns.

#75 Valerie-Jael Mona says: Valerie-Jael created a fabulous canvas full of incredible texture and bold colors. A real work of art.

#160 Jane’s Journal Ashli says: she really looked this challenge in the eye! Sorry – couldn’t resist :) But seriously, I love the bold eye and the textures she achieved in both her layering and in her background. Gorgeous work!

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:

#67 Isha

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: Simon Says… STAMPtember hop!

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Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. For more than 10 years we have celebrated rubber stamping and its glory. We work to bring companies from around the world together in a one stop shopping environment. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a “STAMPtember®” event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the delight of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.

This week we’ve got something STAMPTASTIC for you – we’re mixing things up and sharing our projects with you hop style!

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What is the challenge? We are challenging you to embrace STAMPtember! We encourage you to use your favorite Simon brand stamp (or other Simon exclusive) and help us share the STAMPtember love!!

Where to start for inspiration? Check out all of the team members blogs by starting with Andrea here.

When you’re all done with the hopping fun, come on back here and share your project with us.

In case you’d like it, here is the full list of our designers (and their posts):

Andrea
Anna-Karin
Ashli
Barbara
Emma
May
Meihsia
Michelle
Mona
Sandra
Suzz

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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 September 14th 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: Witch Kraft challenge

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

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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#67 Ana K Sandra says This shadow box is amazing! Love all the creepy elements, and even better that she made most of herself! Perfect as a Halloween decor piece! Anna-Karin says: This is a very spooky shadow box! Lots of very clever details, such as the spiders and scary eyeballs.

#85 Jenny Martin Andrea says: This tag is stunning with its vibrant Halloween colors that are blended so beautifully. I also like the layers of stamping that Jenny used to make some elements fade and others stand out.

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:

#30 Create & N*joy

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: Boldly go into STAMPtember!

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It’s that time of year – STAMPtember!! Be sure to check out all the new products, guests, and extra special fun Simon and the team have in store. We’re jumping right into the spirit of things this week with our first challenge of the month. We challenge you to make a statement with bright ink, a large stamp, or otherwise be bold in your stamping! Whether you take a big chance in your art journal or try stamping onto a nearly finished project- we can’t wait to see.

Emma’s thoughts are turning towards her favourite season.

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Inspired by my favourite time of year, I used Tim Holtz’s wonderful Damask stamp to create a backdrop for my autumnal project. The stamped image is glittered with Distress Glitter and layered onto a burlap panel and I added the cutest little die cut owl, sitting on a branch full of die cut leaves to complete the project.

Anna-Karin made a scrapbooking page with some bright and bold stamping.

One of the boldest stamp sets I have is Tim Holtz Numeric, with large bold numbers. I stamped the entire background with the numbers using bright Archival Inks. An alphabet stamp was white embossed here and there over the numbers. In addition, I also used a bold sentiment, stamped on a die cut tag. The title and hearts were die cut from cork.

This week, Ashli is going bold with gold…

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I was inspired to use one of my most favorite Simon Says background stamps and some gold embossing for this week’s challenge. And, challenge it was! That giant block of gold hearts gave me some trouble, but plenty of Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Die Cut Shapes and Watercolors ended up being just the thing. This page took me on quite an adventure, but I love where it ended up!

Sandra Mouwen played with a bold number stamp in her art journal

I took the challenge literally this week and my inspiration were the bold numbers from the Purveyor stamp set. I was in the mood for lots of texture. The mesh I got from the hardware store and adhered it down with lots of Multi Medium Matte. I colored the pages in with a few Distress Inks and a Brush. After I applied some Embossing Paste with the Bubbles stencil it was time to stamp with the bold numbers.

Meihsia was inspired to create art journal pages using some big stamps.

Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps Artful Voyage remind me of the beautiful memories of our Alaska trip. The background of these art journal pages were colored with Izink inks, and sprayed with Prima Flowers Anchors & Helm Stencil and Heidi Swapp Tropicana Teal Color Shine. I really enjoy the journey and am planning to have another cruise soon.

Mona was inspired to create a page in her art journal using a bold color palette along with a lot of bold stamping.

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I had so much fun challenging myself to create an art journal page using a bold and bright color palette with Distress Paints including broken china and picked raspberry. the colors are so vibrant and seem to jump right off the page! After applying many layers of paint, I added various bold stamped images using the following stamp sets: Stuff to Say, Papillion and Fairytale Frenzy. I might just have to step outside my pastel comfort zone again sometime soon!

Suzz used bold colors to make her stamps come to life.

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I had another project in mind for my bold stamping but I was distracted with the idea of using a soft watercolor stamp and a combination of colors to see if I could make a soft stamp still look bold with bright colors. The Hero Arts Petals of Beauty stamp has a lovely watercolor effect when stamped. I have been wanting to try out my new Pan Pastels and see the bold colors would make the stamp pop. To make the pan pastels blend I added a little shimmer by misting the stamp after I had applied the Pan Pastels. I loved the effect I achieved and I ended up making a set of cards using a variety of inks and sentiments.

Michelle was bold enough to break the first rule in stamping.

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One of the first things that’s taught, is to NOT mix the inks. See what happens when I boldly mixed the silvery shimmer of Delicata Pigment Ink with the Simon Says Stamp Smoke dye ink.

Andrea boldly stamped where she’d never stamped before: paper towels.

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I got to thinking this week that I should try and stamp on one of the most fragile surfaces possible, so I went with wet paper towels! Though it was a bit sketchy at times, I do love the finished result of how the colors blended together so beautifully. It’s a happy mish-mash of colors now, but I started it off using a Decorative Grate stamp by Stampendous and a handful of Distress Ink, such as Squeezed Lemonade and Picked Raspberry.

I (May) looked around for my boldest stamp.

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A huge snowflake isn’t the easiest thing to use, but it sure is pretty! With this beloved Hero Arts snowflake I got big and bold this week in my art journal and just ‘let it go’.

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 STAMPtember 7th 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: Anything Goes Challenge

It’s that time… we’ve got the spotlight and voucher winners!
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We have four entries to spotlight this week – though we could have so very many! With over 480 entries it wasn’t easy!

#10 Bonnie Anna-Karin says: Bonnie made three Artist Trading Blocks on top of each other with so many gorgeous details: birds, lace, picket fence, words. Gorgeous project!

#114 Ana K Emma says: Ana has created a fabulous piece of collaged artwork with so many textures and layers that are perfectly put together

#193 Love Freebie Andrea says Binty inspired me with her layout where she used Project Life elements in a totally clever way. This layout is layered with vacation goodness.

#420 Macarena Sandra says: This notebook cover is amazing! Love the soft colors and the embellishments are so gorgeous! The big bold flower is perfect!

Congratulations to this week’s spotlight winners! You can email May (may.flaum @ 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:

#358 Crafty Paws

Congratulations! Email May (may.flaum @ 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.

Witch-kraft with Sandra Mouwen

Hi Sandra Mouwen here to share a tutorial with you on how I made ​​this Witch-Kraft invitation. As you might know, I love Kraft, but also spooky stuff and Halloween is the holiday for making something spooky. We are very early with our Halloween challenge, but why not, right?

The Wallpaper stamp I find very Halloween-ish. With such a large background stamp, I like to use the Stamping Press and especially since the stamp was not covering the entire piece of Kraft Cardstock. And it’s also very handy with stamping exactly were I like. The edges are inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

The wallpaper background was a bit too busy for me and I had to come up with something to tone it done or cover it up. While searching my Kraft stash, I found some Corrugated Cardstock. Perfect to make a frame. I made the frame 1/2 inch wide with my exacto knife.

My favorite Halloween stamps are the Mini’s and I have stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink the Trick-or-Treaters and Text. I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink the same as for the corrugated cardboard and the wallpaper background. The gold splatters are splashes I made with Color Shine Bronzer. The effect of those drops are really amazing, gold sparkly with a dark edge.

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The frame needed a banner and in the Masquerade Party stamp set I found the perfect stamp. I stamped it on a piece of Black Bazzil Cardstock with Versamark Ink. Then covered it with Silver Embossing Powder and heated with the heating tool. After it had cooled, I fussy cut it out.

How cool is this Haunted Webs die? It’s a bit larger than the background, and this way I can determine where I want it to be before I adhere it down. Love these Tissue Tapes!

It is difficult to glue this web because it’s very intricate, but with a dot of Tacky Glue on my Craft Sheet, I applied the glue with a toothpick on the back of it. When I glued it in the right place, I cut off the excess.

With Glossy Accents I highlighted a couple of things. Like the bats of A Bunch of Bats die and the umbrella of the Trick-or-Treaters.

The spider webs needed something extra to make them stand out more, I applied with a small brush Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. Love the crackle effect! Really beautiful!

The last thing I had to do was after everything was dry, was to assemble all the elements. Here the final result:

Hope you liked this Witch-Kraft invitation tutorial, made you want to create your own and join us this week!

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Thank you again to Sandra for the tutorial and beautiful inspiration! Now guess what? it’s your turn! Join us this week in the challenge and show us how you’re inspired by “witch-kraft”.