Hello everyone! It is Monday again and of course time for a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Our theme this week is Spread Your Wings.
I hope you will be able to join us this week and don't forget to check out our wonderful guest designer Autumn Clark.
I was looking through a pile of photos and came up on these photos of Anton from about 2.5 years ago. He was helping me to die cut some flowers (Tim Holtz Tattered Florals), from scrap paper, which we layered together and gave to his teacher as a spring gift. He also stamped papers with hearts which we used to die cut flowers from. I've wanted to scrapbook these photos before, but never got to it. It was also fun seeing some details from the desk in my previous study/studio. The theme of the layout is that art can give you wings.
I started out with a piece of watercolour paper and covered it with gesso. The lines were pressed into the gesso with a ruler.
Squares were partly cut and partly torn into roughly the same size, using patterned papers by Graphic 45, and some vintage text paper. They were adhered with Matte Collage Medium.
Tone down the papers with an uneven layer of gesso.
To add colour, I first painted the page with watered-down Antique Linen and Pumice Stone and, when dry, rubbed a brown Distress Crayon on the gesso lines, to make them more visible. Most of the crayon was rubbed off with a slightly moist cloth.
Stamp here and there with a crackle stamp.
I used the lovely Butterfly Journeys StencilGirl stencil by Carolyn Dube and applied texture paste through it (I missed taking a photo of that step, it was late at night). When the paste was dry, I painted the butterflies with Distress Paint.
The background was also stamped with the same Drawn Hearts stamp that Anton uses in the photos, and Forget-me-not ink.
Because I hadn't used it before, I wanted to try some Faber-Castell Cement Paste and smeared a thin layer on three places of the page.
The page was stamped with a mix of Graphic 45 stamps, most of them from the Safari Adventure line, and my favourite Tim Holtz bird stamp.
I added shadows to the butterflies to make them look more grounded to the page.
I like all the layers on this page, from the gesso with the grid outlines, to all the patterns in the papers, the stamping, colouring, butterflies and finally some embellishments and words.
You was die cut with the SSS Missing You die, using only the second part. Here you can also see the effect of the Cement Paste a little better.
The circle stamps worked well on the butterflies and I found a little stamp on the Safari Adventure 2 set, which was perfect for the small butterflies.
Under the photos I layered some Graphic 45 patterned papers and cut a big tag from mixed media cardstock. I love the Angled Corner Chomper tool, which makes it so easy to make tags in odd sizes and shapes. The journaling is written on the tag.
Guess what happened below the stamped sentiment here? I dropped the stamp on the background when I lifted it up. Oops.
I finished the page with a couple of quotes.
Create was also die cut from patterned paper and label stickers were used as arrows pointing to the title.
I really hope you will join us in our Spread Your Wings challenge. As every week, 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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Thank you so much for visiting today! Have a lovely week!