Monday, 6 January 2014


Do you have the post holiday blues? Is it rainy and dreary where you live? Perhaps you've escaped to warmer climates for a tropical fix! Or perhaps you are like me and adore the colour blue in your artwork. Whether you take the word blue to mean a colour of state of mind - this week we're all about all things blue at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
This week I just wanted to enjoy the creative process, no set plan in my mind. I had the Crafter's Workshop Mini Whimsical Vines Template on my desk and decided to just play for the fun of it!
I had some tissue left over from some packaging and decided I would incorporate this into my artwork. I cut a piece of card 5" x 7".
Apply Multi Matt Medium to the white card.
Crumple the tissue and then add to the adhesive and press down to ensure good contact.
Once the adhesive is dry apply Broken China Distress Ink around the card.
Place the Whimsical Vines Template onto the surface and apply White Embossing Paste over the Template and then remove and set aside to dry. Add a second Vine to the design.
I love the fantastic texture the Embossing Paste adds to any design.
Add a small amount of Sky Fresco Finish Paint to a Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Place the mask back over the embossed design.
Apply the Sky paint through the stencil onto the Embossing Paste using Cut 'n' Dry Foam.
Apply a tiny amount of Inky Pool Fresco Finish Paint to the Cut 'n' Dry Foam.
Add touches of the Inky Pool paint to the design to give definition. Repeat this process for the second Vine.
Apply Olive Bronze Treasure Gold Wax over the design to highlight the wonderful texture and dimension.
 Add Olive Bronze Wax to the edges of the design to highlight the texture from the tissue paper.
Place the Classic Words stencil onto the design and apply Inky Pool paint over the 'FRAGILE' wording.
Remove the template and add FRAGILE wording once again around the edges of the card.
Die cut a Bitty Blossom from Core'dinations card.
Roll the flower to create the dimensional blossom and then apply Olive Bronze Treasure Gold Wax to the petals.
I love how the Olive Bronze Treasure Gold really highlights the wonderful texture and dimension in my design.
The tissue gives my card a real tactile feel.
The Bitty Blossom has been added to the top of my design.
For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and take a look at my fellow team members artwork, they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x 

Products Used:

Crafter's Workshop Mini Whimsical Vines Template
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Bitty Blossoms
Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium Matt
Broken China Distress Ink
Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste 
Wendy Vecchi Stencils For Art Classic Words
Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Ink Blending Tool
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints - Inky Pool
PaperArtsy Treasure Gold Olive Bronze Wax Finish
Cut 'n' Dry Foam


Helen said...

What a great tag, Tracy! love the crumpled tissue background, and your fab flower!

Brenda Brown said...

Beautiful Tracy, thanks for sharing the steps for making the gorgeous textural piece.
hugs {brenda} x0x

carol edwards said...

Lovely Tracy.and it all started out with a bit of leftover tissue. Thank you

Anna-Karin said...

Beautiful piece Tracy!! Love the background and the stencil that you used. The touches of gold adds such a nice touch. said...

Hi Tracy great Tutorial I love what you have made too. Sam x

rachel said...

oo tracy - this is gorgeous. thanks for the step by step detail too! hugs rachel x

Pop's Cards said...

Good morning sweetie, this is so sweet, hugs Pops x

Gerrina said...

My eyes catched a glimp of this at the SSS blog and that was it; I have been looking at it for three minutes! Sounds not long, but it is...It is stunning! Hope you don´t mind that I pinned it to let it inspire me later... Inky greetings, Gerrina

butterfly said...

Lovely bluesy piece - the tissue texture is so fab, and I love the layered paint and gilding on the vines.
Alison xx

Willkommen auf meiner Kreativseite. said...

What a wonderful card! Thanks for the workshop.

wendy vecchi said...

wonderful texture! LOVE IT!

Toni Hinchcliffe said...

Wow! Absolutely beautiful! And thank you for the fabulous detailed tutorial!

Anonymous said...

so very lovely!

Candy C said...

Tracy...your card is so pretty! I love the crinkled tissue in the background. That, backed on the dark teal is a great combination! I also love your embossed leaves and the way you've colored them with the Fresco Paints. So very pretty. The added touches of the Treasure Gold really adds alot of richness to the card! I also love your die cut bitty blossom. So pretty! As always, such a gorgeous card! <3 Candy

Carol Q said...

fabulous texture Tracy.

Michelle said...

Lovely! Such a creative approach to the color blue. The texture here is so appealing. It makes me want to reach and out and feel it.

Annie said...

Fabulous background Tracy and the stencil looks amazing. TFS and a very Happy New Year

Annie x

Sandra said...

What a beauty! Love the tissue wrinkled background! And the touches of gold are perfect. Hugs, Sandra

Astrid Maclean said...

Gorgeous piece Tracy! Love the effect f the tissue paper, together with the texture past and lovely subtle colours, it truly makes a piece of fragile beauty, really lovely!

Anonymous said...

It certainly is gorgeous with a background that appears as though it is shattered glass.
Really effective, really beautiful.

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Lovely design & great tutorial!

Simon Says Stamp!

Mona Pendleton said...

So beautiful Tracy! Love the textured tissue paper background and the golden highlights! That flower adds a nice touch! Thanks for the inspiration!

Terry said...

Very pretty, Tracy! It is always such great fun to use tissue paper and love how you stenciled over it! Hope you have a wonderful Birthday! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful texture with the tissue paper & paste! Great piece of art Tracy!
Alison x

JansArtyJunk said...

Hi Tracy...I love the effect the crinkled tissue in the background gives...a wonderful textured piece Jan x :)

Redanne said...

The crumpled textured background is gorgeous and I love your stencilling on this beautiful piece of art. Hugs, Anne x

Tina Theis of Ivory Moon Designs said...

Oh wow LOVE LOVE LOVE this Tracy xxxx guess what I will be having a go at today :-) ..... I need something really fun to do ...

Hope you have a wonderful day

Tina xxxxx

Corrie Herriman said...

It's wonderful, I love the blues paired with the metallics.
Corrie x

Suzanne C said...

What lovely lovely blue canvas. The step out photos were fantastic, now I can see how you achieved all that fabulous texture.

Meihsia Liu said...

This is such a beautiful canvas, Tracy. Love the fabulous textures and colors on the background you created. The flower is gorgeous! :)

barbarayaya62 said...

What a beautiful canvas!!! I Love your way to work with this color! Your tutorial is wonderful! Thanks for sharing! BArbarayaya

SCarol said...

This is simply gorgeous and so good to see the step by step design.

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow a gorgeous beautiful canvas, I love the tissue technique, especially all the texture. Love the stencil you used. Kezzy :-) xxx

Cocofolies said...

Thank you for sharing, that's a wonderful work, so lovely!! Coco x

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Not only do you create these masterpieces every week, but I love how you walk us through the process. Thanks for always refueling my creativity and giving me new techniques to try!