Hello everyone! Time for another fun Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, this week we are all about dots. I love using dots and circles in my art and often reach for dotty stamps or stencils. They work for almost every topic and are great both as main elements and to add just a bit of texture.
I recently got a gelli plate and I love it, so much fun and you can create fabulous backgrounds. I made a whole bunch of prints and first planned to make three ATCs but I liked my papers so much, I made an ATC mini-book instead.
For the summer challenge a few weeks ago, I collected quotes about summer and sunshine, but then decided to make a burlap panel instead. This happy little book was the perfect home for those quotes. The Birds by Tim Holtz stamped on the cover is one of my all-time favourite stamps.
I poured out a few drops of Distress Paint on the plate and spread with a brayer. If you find that your Distress Paint beads up on the plate, wash the plate with water and soap and do one or two test runs, after that the Distress Paints worked real well. It is a thin paint, which is why it might at first bead up.
When the paint was spread into a thin layer on the plate, I pressed circle and dot stencils, dot stamps, the lid of the paint dabber bottles and paper that had been embossed (Dot Matrix, Bubble, and Retro Circles folders), into it. I used more than one stencil, stamp or embossed paper for each print and placed a piece of Neenah cardstock (14 x 14 cm) on top, smoothing it with my hands. Pull the paper off and you have a really cool print. Without adding more paint, place a second piece of paper on top to get the ghost print - see the paler prints. I used strips of left over paper to pull off the last paint, especially the paint that remained along the edges, which gave cool borders to the strips.
I am looking forward to seeing all your projects using dots this week. As always, one lucky participant wins a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp. Also, remember that our challenge changed name about a month ago, from Simon Says Stamp & Show to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, but everything else remains the same.
Thank you for the visit!
Surfaces: Neenah Smooth Solar White, Neenah Smooth Cream Cardstock, Sizzix Little Sizzles white mat board
Dies: Sizzix: ATC & Corners
Embossing folders: Dot Matrix & Gridlock, Bubble & Honeycomb, Rays & Retro Circles
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Psychedelic Grunge, The Birds, Mini Muse, Nature's Moments, Urban Tapestry; Darkroom Door: Wildflowers Vol. 1, Wildflowers Vol. 2, Hero Arts: It's a Parade G5467, Musical Walk F5468, Children at Table F5738, Spring Dream K5540, My Notebook AC027, My Favorite AC030, Time AC029, Basic Lowercase Letters; Impression Obsession: Bird
Paint: Distress Paint: Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Saffron, Monarch Orange, Venetian Orange, Sienna, Vermillion
Stencils: The Crafter's Workshop: Mini Swiss Dots, Mini Circle Regiment; Studio Calico: Circles
Medium: Stampers Anonymous Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste
Tools: Gelli Arts: Gel Printing Plate 6 x 6; Ranger Medium Inky Roller; Sizzix: Big Shot: We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile