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.


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.


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…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



  1. Thank you for another challenge – and for the DT display of inspiration – I just learned a new technique using stamping and detailed embossing powder so I will be making my creations probably based around that technique -have a blessed day!

  2. Absolutely fabulous inspirations and the beautiful silver and mica card are stunning! Thank you for sharing how it was created too – love it! Thank you for a really fun challenge too Karen x

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