Hello friends! A new year has begun and every week we will continue to bring you inspiring challenges at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week our challenge is something new. We also have a new feature, during the first challenge of every month, we will showcase a specific designer or company. We are starting the year with Tim Holtz, who has designed so many wonderful products. If you search for Tim Holtz in the Simon Says Stamp store, you get 2835 hits. That is quite something.
I did an art journal page reflecting on the new year. This page was begun on New Year's Eve and finished on New Year's Day, which made it extra special. The background is inspired by a new baby jersey of Leo's, a dark navy blue with gold stars. I don't often use as dark backgrounds, or as much gold, and I enjoyed making something a little different.
I worked in my large Dylusions journal, on a page which was first coated with gesso. Blueprint Sketch and Black Soot paint was applied with a palette knife, blending them to create a deep and rich background. When the paint was dry, I stamped it with a question mark background stamp and white paint. You can see question marks peeking through here and there. They are meant to symbolise that we don't know everything about the new year and what's coming.
I applied Texture Paste through the Stars and Rays stencils. When the paste was dry, I painted it with gold paint. Here you can clearly see one of the question marks. The background was splattered with white paint. Some extra stars and branches were punched from gold metallic kraft-core cardstock.
The words and numbers were die cut from different gold surfaces. The year was die cut with the Billboard die, using gold DecoSheet. I love the shimmer of DecoSheets.
I hope you will join us in our new challenge. As always you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.
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