Happy 4th of July everyone and welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog where this week the design team are showcasing IndigoBlu stamps with our RED, WHITE AND/OR BLUE challenge theme!
We can't wait to see what you create using either one or all of the colours and hope you'll play along with us in this fun challenge...
For my project, I decided to use all the colours and create a celebration panel for Independence Day and used IndigoBlu stamps to create the background for my mixed media collage.
To begin with I took a piece of white canvas paper and cut this to measure 20 x 18cm. I then started to create the background by stamping the various sized circles from the Limor Circles stamp set, and stamping them across the centre of the page using Jet Black Archival Ink. Once I was happy with the positioning, I then started to colour them and for this I used Snowflake PaperArtsy Chalk Paint for the white areas, Festive Berries and Fired Brick Distress Paint for the red circles and finally, Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint for the blue.
Once the paint was dry, I then added some white gesso to highlight the circles before adding Black Soot to create some shadow. To complete the circles, I used the smallest script stamp from the set and stamped onto the small white circles.
I flicked some Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint and Snowflake Chalk Paint over the background before using Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Crayons around the edge, blending them with my finger to give a soft, smudged look.
Matt the finished background onto a piece of silver metallic kraft core card, followed by a layer of paper from the Correspondence paper stash and finally a piece of red Core'Dinations card.
I then used the Stacked Stars die to die cut the embossed metal covered card stock.
Randomly tear a piece of cardboard from the Textured Surfaces pack, which as you can just about see in the photo below, I used as a base to build up my layers and then can be easily transferred to your background to complete it.
Attach the stars to the corrugated card, using foam pads to create dimension.
I then took the gorgeous photo from the Occasions Found Relatives pack and fussy cut around the image before applying a wash of colour onto the flag using Festive Berries and Chipped Sapphire Distress Marker Pens. Attach the image over the top of the corrugated card arrangement.
I then attached my centrepiece onto the background and added Occasions Small Talk Sticker, 'Red White & Blue' and a number 4 from the Letterpress set. which I painted with Antique Linen Distress Paint.
As a finishing touch, I added some Remnant Rubs...
...and some Mirrored Stars!
To frame and complete the entire panel, I used a ruler which I dipped into gesso and then just added the straight lines of paint around to each corner.
I really hope you've enjoyed the process of how this piece was put together...it was so much fun to work on and I was so happy with the finished project! I always say it but it's my new favourite!
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. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....
Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead