Hello friends! I hope your weekend was good. I try to spend a lot of time outdoors over the weekends and this one was no exception, especially since we had lovely spring weather. Today, it is colder again, nature can't quite make up its mind.
This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog with have a Rainbow theme. How fun! Don't miss the explosion of color on the challenge blog. Since this is the first Monday of a new month, the team is showcasing a specific designer/company, and this month the turn has come to the very inventive Tim Holtz.
Our guest designer during April is Amy Bethke from Amy's Card Obsession. Don't miss her lovely project for this week.
I recently got a big batch of photos printed, and finally have some new photos to use. I don't print photos at home since I never had a printer which could print as good photos as the professional printers. But it was a while since I had photos printed and is fun to have new ones. Here's a recent one of Leo. As you know, I love words, and I got the idea of covering the entire background with Tim Holtz's Quote Chips. I love these chipboard words and phrases and the sizes are great too. They were inked with Distress Inks to create the bright multi-colored effect. Very easy and quick.
I worked in the larger Framed Panel (6.5 x 9 in) and moved the words around until I was happy with the look, almost like a puzzle. I took a photo of this before moving on, so that I knew where everything would go.
The frame was painted with several coats of gesso. I glued the frame to the back piece and then added Chatter Design Tape along the edges, to get even more words on my projects. Use Matte Medium under and on top of the tape to make sure it is stuck down well.
The frame was dry-brushed with Mermaid Lagoon, and then I painted the whole thing with Ranger's Pearl Metallic paint, which gives a wonderful shine too it. I didn't want the frame to be too busy, but I also didn't want it to be plain white and the pearl gave just the right amount of interest to it.
The Quote Chips were inked with Distress Inks and misted with water to create subtle texture. They were all adhered with Matte Medium.
I just love all these words and phrases and picked pieces that I wanted to say to Leo as important life lessons.
I left an open spot for an Alpha Transparent Tile number (his age), and also added a silver L. In the remaining gaps, I glued metallic Stars Adornments.
There was a little bit of space at the bottom of the frame, but not enough for more chipboard words. I adhered an Industrious Sticker border there.
And another look at the Design Tape border. It also hides the joint between the frame and the back piece.
I really hope you will join us in our Rainbow 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.