Monday, March 23, 2015

Welcome Leo!

Hi everyone,

A new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is here. This week we want to see stamps in different ways,  colors or different stamping techniques.

Anna-Karin, my very talented teammember, had a baby boy and I wanted to make her a card to congratulate her and her family with this delightful event. I wanted to do some mixed media techniques that I use in my art journal. I started with the Mini Arrows stencil and Broken China Distress Paint. To get it more into the background I applied a thin layer Gesso over it. With some blue Gelatos I made a border around the card, but it wasn't really what I wanted. And I took the Arrow stencil again with a baby wipe removed the gelato by making white arrows. Love the effect of positive and negative arrows.

It's useful to know which ink you can stamp on what surfaces, as the properties of the inks. Personally, I learned a lot from Tim Holtz in his Creative Chemistry 101 and 102 online courses, but you can also find information on the Internet and in books about it. And of course, trying to see what works, experimenting, is also a good way to go! In my project I have stamped on a regular transparent sheet and as far as I know there is only one ink capable to stamp on this kind of slick surfaces and that Staz-On Jet Black. Don't know if every Staz-On ink is suitable, I only have Jet Black. This ink ensures a good print and the ink dries almost instantly. Other waterproof inks don't really dry and will smear, usually the print isn't really crisp either.

For this card I stamped only on two different surfaces. Gesso and on a transparent sheet. I use Staz-On only for transparent sheets and Archival for all the other surfaces in case it must be waterproof.

Anna-Karin now has two sons and I liked not only Leo, but also Anton incorperated on the card with the Silhouette stencil from Jenny Bowlin. I've also applied some glitter with the Wink of Stella Glitter Clear Brush to let them shine.

I love the Shaker Kite die from the Simon Says Stamp Hop to it collection! And for some reason in my mind flying things brings joy and happiness. Perhaps because by the tradition of releasing balloons at celebrations. That's why I found this kite perfect for Leo's birthday card.

To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Monday Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!



Stephanie said...

What a gorgeous card for Leo! I love it! Great combination of textures!!

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Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Gorgeous! LOVe the kite, the blue, the texture and sheen! Fab design!

Beulah Bee said...

Very creative kite and I love the bright blues (especially the math class washi).

barbarayaya62 said...

I love the kite and your color choice is amazing! beautiful card! BArbarayaya

Meihsia Liu said...

Love the beautiful colors and great texture on your card! Great design, Sandra. :)

Emma Williams said...

Oh Sandra, what a sweet and thoughtful gesture and I'm sure Anna-Karin LOVED this beautiful card! It's gorgeous... Hugs :)

Mona Pendleton said...

Fantastic card Sandra! Love the fun kite!

Michelle said...

Fabulous! I love how you created the kite. Brilliant idea, Sandra!

Anna-Karin said...

I am so happy to have this card Sandra!! It was Leo's very first card and it is so special. I love it!! I wondered how you got the glitter on the silhouettes, very clever! The background, kite, text, arrows, everything is wonderful. Thank you so much again!!

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

How fun to make a card for Anna-Karin! I almost wanted to pretend I had a baby so I could get a super special card from you, too! ;) You've not only skilled, but a very thoughtful and generous person and I enjoyed every bit of this project and post!

Suzanne C said...

What a sweet welcome for Leo! Beautiful design and loving the blue silhouettes!