Challenge: The Artsy Stamp

It might be a background, a hand-drawn image, a sketchy texture stamp, or a special saying. We challenge you this week to get out your artsy stamps and play! Or – get any stamps our and join us in some artsy stamping fun!


Barbara knows how much artsy stamps can add to her tags.

Use the stamps of this kind for this challenge was very attractive. Their designs and their faces, possess something magical and antique at the same time. In my tag I tried to represent the phrase that I used up “It’s all perspective” and that is perfectly suited to the world of art and creativity. To do so, I used the gears and the magnificent face Stampers Anonymous Classics colored blue, to break out. I added the heart, right inside the head, because I think that hearts and minds should always walking together!

Tracy decided to incorporate an image from Dina Walkey with an inky background to create a tag card.

I decided that the Dina Wakley All The Gals was the perfect artsy stamp to use along with an inky background. I incorporated one of the images along with Archival Reinkers Cornflower Blue and Tree Branch to create an inky artsy backdrop to coordinate with the quirky sketchy image. Adding several layers of interest adds to the artsy feel of the design adding into the mix a layer using the Cargo Layering Stencil. I love these designs where you can add many layers but see each one clearly in the design. This was great messy fun to create!

Mona was inspired to create a card featuring a Tim Holtz artsy image as the focal point on a paintmarbled background.

I was so excited to ink up the fun butterfly image from Fairytale Frenzy with Archival Jet Black ink for this challenge. The colorful paintmarbled background was created using a combination of tarnished brass, brushed pewter and antiqued bronze Distress Paints. All the drips extending from the butterfly image mimicking dripping wet paint screams artsy to me, how about you?

Ashli took inspiration from a Dear Lizzy die cut to put her new Dina Wakley stamps to use…

I just love the Dear Lizzy 12×12 Wood Veneer and when I saw the new Dina Wakley Collaged Heart Stamps, I knew they would be perfect to craft up my very own custom heart paper. Using the stamps, I created texture with both Modeling Paste and White Heat Embossing. Some watercolors finished off this fun and personalized intro page to one of my albums!

Sandra Mouwen went all artsy with her tag.

I so adore the new Dina Stamps, and enjoyed making this tag with the Scribbly Birds. They are so artsy and wanted my tag to complement those cuties. I made lots of layers with stencils but leaving lots of white space. The first layer I made with the Distress Marker Spritzer, the other layers I made with those stunning bright Dylusion Sprays.

Emma didn’t hesitate when it came to choosing the artsy stamp she wanted to use.

I absolutely adore the art of Brett Weldele and when I saw the title of this challenge, the Time Travelers stamp set was definitely my first choice. The image is stamped onto water colour card and coloured with Distress Markers using a water brush, then added to an embossed metallic background, surrounded by alcohol inked die cut gadget gears.

Suzz created a tag featuring her version of Mother Nature this week.

Mother Nature ended up on my tag today inspecting her children. I hardly ever use faces in my art but was inspired by the lovely face from the Stampers Anonymous Dreamers. The Wendy Vecchi Beauty flower is not only the flower being looked over by her Mother but it also creates the crown.

Meihsia enjoyed the creative process of stamping and coloring with two artsy stamps.

I believe that happiness is simple and life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. So on my art journal pages this week, I stamped Tim Holtz Cling Stamp Way with Words since I just love that saying. There is another artsy stamp – Prima Flower Paige Bloom Girl was colored with Loew Cornell watercolor and adhered with Prima Flowers and Prima metal embellishments on this art journal page.

Michelle likes to doodle.

A die to cut Journaling cards? No, add a tab and they become fun and artsy tags. They were a snap to make with the help of Paper Artsy JOFY Mini 16 stamp. When stamped on top of the artistic Prima Free Spirit papers, the doodles came to life.

Dan decided to use some of the arty stamp designs by Brett Weldele for Tim Holtz.

The stamping world abounds with images of women in all kinds of styles and looks but it’s much more difficult to find good images of men other than reproductions of old engravings. That’s why I appreciate these hand drawn images by Brett Weldele which are part of the Tim Holtz line with Stampers Anonymous. The stamp sets I used were Simple Sayings, The Chemist and Cracks and Specks.

Inspired by beverage, Andrea created Tea Bag Tags this week.

There are some things in life that I find to be undeniably cute. One is little kids in puffy winter coats, another is mountain goats and a third is tea bags. I know, there’s no logic or pattern, but there you have it. Since it would be hard to work with kids in coats or mountain goats, I decided to focus on tea bags this week. I adore their little strings and mini tags. But I wanted to give these tea bags a bright bold look and for that, there is nothing more perfect than Dina Wakley’s Collaged Hearts stamp set, black Gesso, and stencils like the Crafter’s Workshop’s Mini Cursive Alphabet.

Don’t miss Anna-Karin’s tutorial on Wednesday, when she will get inky with some very artsy stamps. Here’s a sneak peek.


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. 50dollar_voucher_600px 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 June 1st 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.



  1. Awesome DT! This is a great challenge, forced me to dig into my stash and play. Lol!

  2. I’d put most of my artsy stamps away. These tags are fabulous! They’ve re-ignited my artsy mojo!

  3. Great inspiration from the DT. So much talent in one small post. Now to go get inky!

  4. Wish I would quit making so many greeting cards and get into the mixed media. I have some things to alter but just haven’t taken the plunge.

  5. Thanks to Anna-Karin for helping learn my way around the challenge. I would like to delete #71 and #74, as I used the wrong link. Really enjoyed the opportunity to participate!

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