Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!
This week, the challenge is called ~ NOT YOUR REGULAR PAPER and we really hope you'll play along with us!
From speciality stamping paper to glitter, corrugated to extra heavy mixed media or tissue ~ there are plenty of wonderful papers out there and we challenge you to use something other than regular patterned paper or cardstock and inspire us with the world of papers available!
For my project, I chose to create a journal page combining a quote from my favourite actress and style icon, Audrey Hepburn and one of the most wonderful cities in the world, Paris and on these pages, I used two types of paper that I don't often think about using ~ vellum and glitter!
To begin with I took my Dylusions journal and I applied a small amount of Stormy Sky and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to the pages. I spritzed the paint with water and then moved the book around to allow the paint to run and create a dripped effect. I then heat dried the paint and added some tissue tape across the centre of the pages as a base for me to work on (it doesn't matter which design of tissue tape you use, as they are all gorgeous and will work equally as well) and also added some to the left hand page, in the top corner. Next, I applied Texture Paste with a palette knife through the Gothic Layering Stencil, adding it to random areas of my page.
Once the paste is dry, I then spritzed the layered and textured background with Stormy Sky and Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain.
I love the effect this gave me and the two colours of Distress combined created just the colours I wanted for a French shabby chic feel to my pages.
For the final layer of interest and texture, I mixed some micro beads and glass glitter into some Matte gel and applied them onto the background, together with some ripped pieces of cheesecloth before stamping the Paris postmark directly onto the paper.
Whilst the pages are thoroughly drying, I started to create the elements for the layers and began by distressing the edges of pocket cards and ephemera pieces. I then used some of the gorgeous deco paper, (not my regular paper!!!) and die cut a gorgeous glittery Eiffel Tower using Tim's die.
At this point I also die cut the picture wheel from white card and painted it with Distress Paints to create a more vintage feel.
I layered all my elements onto the background and added the Eiffel Tower as the crowning glory.
I then attached a border Industrious sticker to the opposite page and used the stickers to create the word, Paris.
Below that I then stamped the rest of the quote using Hero Arts stamps and added a couple of sprocket gears to the pages.
For the finishing touch I added some punched butterflies, punched from the Wallflower Vellum paper stash and I layered each butterfly to create the look of them fluttering before attaching them to the page.
Finally, I flicked watered down Gesso over the pages and set them aside to dry.
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created these pages and how I incorporated two papers that I don't used often enough but will definitely be revisiting again soon!
As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....
Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead