Monday 23 September 2013


Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. During the past 11 years we celebrate rubber stamping in its full glory by giving access to people around the world to a one stop shop. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a STAMPtember® event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the greatness of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media, life documenting, art journaling, and many forms of altering and expressing art.

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge this week is simply to use ANY "Simon Exclusive" product or kit (any stamp, stencil, paper, anything!)

We are also thrilled to have the very talented Shari Carroll joining us this week, welcome Shari. Shari designed the Art Journaling Kit we were all sent, which is now available from Simon Says Stamp. The Art Journaling Kit is absolutely fabulous and has so many wonderful products to use in your creative pieces, whether mixed media, art journaling, altered art etc. I loved creating with the products we were sent.

You should have arrived here from Dan .

I decided to decorate the cover of the fabulous journal within the kit.
I began my piece by die cutting the Cameo Frame six times from white card and then colouring with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and adhering each layer together. The bottom panel was stamped with the IndigoBlu Owl image using Black Archival Ink and again coloured with gathered twigs Distress Ink and then flicked with water.
I affixed my die cut dimensional panel to the small creative journal which we received in our kit and once dry I tore tissue paper into pieces and then scrunched up.
Multi Medium Matte was applied to the journal and then I added the tissue paper.
Layers of tissue paper have been added to give wonderful texture to the cover.
Layers were added until the journal was covered with tissue applying in a random fashion to add as much texture as possible.
Wendy Vecchi's White Embossing Paste has been applied through the Blocked Circles Stencil provided in the kit.
Three circles were added to the bottom of the journal using the stencil and Embossing Paste and then wooden letters have been added to the centre of each to add OWL to the journal.
We also received this fabulous paper flower in our kit so I added a Martha Stewart Medallion to the centre for further interest and then added to the journal.
The journal was then painted with a coat of Gesso, also in the kit to give a good base for painting.
One coat gives a fabulous covering.
Next a coat of Charcoal Black paint was added to the journal (again in the kit).
The front and back of the journal was given one coat but it now needed the embellishments and texture highlighted.
Place a small amount of Altered Orange paint (contained within the kit) onto a non-stick craft sheet. do not load the brush with too much paint, in fact I dabbed the excess paint off the brush; it is important that your brush is almost dry. Then the next stage takes time, simply apply light brush strokes over the texture on the journal, adding a bit of paint each time. We are aiming to dry brush the paint onto the texture.
Apply the Charcoal Black paint to an owl embellishment, simply dabbing onto the embellishment using kitchen towel, removing any excess. Once dry add touches of Altered Orange paint to the top.
Dry brushing the Altered Orange acrylic paint onto the texture really does highlight all the texture and dimension on the journal, I love it!
You would never know that all the texture has been achieved from tissue paper.
From this angle you can also see the wonderful dimension from layering the die cut pieces.

I also added OWL to the inside of the frame to echo the lettering on the outside of the frame.
It still amazes me how much paint can alter a simple white flower.

I also added some of the Alphabet Stickers to the journal prior to painting, again these were supplied in the fabulous kit we were sent.
Here are those Alphabet Stickers once painted.
The next stop on the hop is Anna-Karin Evaldsson 

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and take a look at my fellow team members 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.
Don't forget our new name Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and our new home is HERE.

I have also included the complete list of the HOP should you get lost along the way.

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Alterations - Cameo Frame Die
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Halloween Adornments
Dyan Reaveley Small Creative Journal
Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste
Distress Inks - Gathered Twigs
Archival Inks - Black
Claudine Hellmuth Multi Matte Medium
Claudine Hellmuth Gesso
Claudine Hellmuth Charcoal Black Acrylic Paint
Claudine Hellmuth Altered Orange Acrylic Paint
Simon Says Stamp Blocked Circles Stencil

Studio Calico Alphabet Wood Veneers
Martha Stewart Heirloom Metal Medallion
Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Kelly Purkey Alphabet Stickers White


May said...

this is the most AMAZING project!! seriously - I love it so much and it might be my favorite project from you - period. LOVE!

Seeing how it came to life really helped me to get the project too - feeling so inspired!

Shari Carroll said...

Love this Tracy!!!

hellerlittle said...

Love it and love how you colored *OMG.
Great idea how you used the tissue... the result isn´t to see what U used - great!
An amazing Owl stamp you get with your kit... enjoy to use it often.
TFS CU hellerlittle from germany

NGCARDS said...

Absolutely gorgeous and the owl image is adorable! xxx

The Queen of Collage said...

Blimey a lot of time has gone in to creating this wonderful make. I particularly like the dimension effect and no you wouldn't know it was made from tissue paper layered up.

Unknown said...

Looks like a wonderful wall hanging - amazing work :)

Chris said...

Fantastic piece Tracey! I love the colours and all the gorgeous textures and the owls are amazing! Chris x

Suzanne C said...

That is so cool! Love the framed owl. The tissue and the black make it so magical! The touch of orange over the black is fabulous!

Carol McCready said...

Your journal cover is amazing.

Kathy Eddy said...

Tracy, this is just wonderful! I love the owl.

Jacqui Blondel said...

wow this could be a spell book from Harry Potter. just love the layers and textures. fantastic

Gerrina said...

So great! I just love this and like your style verry much! Inky greetings, Gerrina

Candy C said...! Your journal cover is spooky cool wonderful! :) I love what you've done with Tim's cameo frame and the DIMENSION you've gotten by stacking it six times! :) That looks so so neat! Your IndigoBlu Owl image is also such a neat stamp! You've combined the stamp and the journal cover perfectly in this piece! Love the colors of your cover and the little bits of flowers, "OWL" and stenciled circles that you added. Very cool project! <3 Candy

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Way cool tutorial, Tracy! I love this piece!! Perfect for the autumn season and/or a Halloween decoration :)

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Anna-Karin said...

Such a cool cover Tracy! Love all the texture and especially the little detail of using the stencil to make dots to place your title on. Great idea!! Love that owl stamp and embellishment too.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Especially like the Owl theme. My daughter likes Owls. She is the true artist in my family & is a senior in college studying Art Animation & Art History.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

PJ said...

Ohh !!! this is just amazing tracy !
Love the vintage look sply the charcoal bit u did and then transformed the whole thing ! Just wonderful

Monika/Buzsy said...

So creative. Winderful textures and embellishments. Thanks for the visual.

Sabrina said...

WOW,WOW,WOW!!!!! I absolutely love your journal!! All the layering and texture!! It is simple gorgeous!!

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Tracy! Your project is STUNNING! I love the depth you created and all the texture! Jaw dropping beautiful! Thanks for sharing your creative process!

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Tracy! Your project is STUNNING! I love the depth you created and all the texture! Jaw dropping beautiful! Thanks for sharing your creative process!

selena said...

que c'est beau, j 'adore!

Paper Profusion said...

This is brilliant Tracy with a wonderful step x step. Nicola x

conil said...

All the techniques you shared are fantastic but the use of that tissue paper is AWESOME. What terrific texture and dimension is adds. This cover is FABULOUS.

Maureen Hayes said...

Love how you created so much dimension! Absolutely stunning work.

forpahl5 said...

All of the journals are so different and that is what I love to see! Thanks for showing us your style! Love it!

Unknown said...

Wow wow WOWWWW !!!!

Amazing and beautiful project !!

Hugs from France

Unknown said...

Oh, this is so beautiful! I really like how you used the orange paint to add that 'old coppery' touch. I see that a lot of people use the embossing paste, I will have to try it also, I just love the results!

Linda T said...

WoW just stunning! Thank you for showing us how you made this. What a beautiful journal!

Angie M said...

that is such a cool journal cover. Thank you for sharing!

Christina Hicks said...

I am so in love with owls so this is by far my favorite art journal that I have seen in a very long time. I love what you did with it with the tissue paper, that was just so cool.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Very cool project. Thanks for all of the great photo's.

D Walton said...

Nice work. Like it because it is so different from anything that I do. Must give the techniques a try.

Barb Ghig said...

What an amazing project...WOW! Thank you so much for your inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! You seriously transformed this book! LOVE IT!

Meihsia Liu said...

This is such a fun project, Tracy. Love the beautiful owl and the great textures. Your creation is always amazing. :)

Iris said...

This is great - love owl.

Billie A said...

Amazing and love how you got the look you did. Waiting for my kit and cant wait to get started. Really getting inspired on the hop.

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

WOW! You included so many amazing techniques in this piece! I am really inspired to try out the tissue paper application you did and I'm always impressed with your attention to detail. Stunning work, as usual!

barbarayaya62 said...

Amazing project! Adore your orange/copper paints! thanks fors sharing BArbarayaya

Dianne said...

Miss Laura, this is outstanding work showcasing the products, the 6 times layer frame is STUNNING,loooooove the owls, the texture is fantastic all black with the hints of orange, it's spookaly delicious, thanks for sharing all this creativity, hope you have a wonderful week..

Gerrie Johnnic said...

YOU are just amazing GF! hoot hoot

Sandra said...

This is so stunning! Love the frame you made! It's so pretty! Totally in love! Hugs, Sandra

Redanne said...

Wow Tracy, what a great kit, a fantastic creation and a brilliant tutorial! Hugs, Anne x

Maggie said...

Fabulous AJ cover Tracy love all the dimension and texture you achieved and you have used my favourite IndigoBlu stamp the Owl perfect project thanks for sharing enjoying the hop


Terry said...

Oh I missed this on FB! Wowser Tracy, this is a real stunning project! I love the black highlighted with the orange and the texture from the tissue paper! Don't you love tissue paper and the texture? That owl image is so perfectly framed! Love this!

Words and Pictures said...

Amazing work, Tracy - completely fab texture and patina... I love it!
Alison x

Mary Elizabeth said...

Tracy -- Wow!! Incredible ideas -- love the dimensionality of the frame on the cover of your journal! And the tissue paper texture -- I'm blown away. I love the orange patina. I have so many new ideas to incorporate in later project. Thank you! -- Mary Elizabeth