Feb 3, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Valentine Card & Verve Stamps January Sketch


Hi friends!  Happy Saturday!  I'm enjoying some free time in the studio today and pulled together a quickie for the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge.  The challenge this round is to create a Valentine.  I have had the idea for a while to use the Fractile Leaves set as the pattern inside of a heart die cut and finally gave that a whirl.  It worked perfectly with the smallest Tutti Designs Stitched Hearts die.  For my background I did an embossing resist with the SSS Abstract Triangles stamp, turned sideways to mimic the lines in my hearts.  I spritzed my embossed panel with water and then dipped the edges only into watery Picked Raspberry DI, letting the colors bleed inward.  I really liked this look!  :)


After a splash of black gesso, I added a few sequins, a Tim Holtz sentiment sticker and a bundle of silver thread.

I'm also sharing my Valentine with:



I shared this card on Instagram already so I wouldn't miss the deadline, but also wanted to blog my entry for the January Viva la Verve Sketches Challenge.  I just loved Julee's sketch and needed a sympathy card.


I tried Tim Holtz's new technique for using Distress Oxides on alcohol ink cardstock, then applying Distress Glaze with the blending tool.  I have to say, I liked the panel before adding the DG and it was also hard to stamp on, even with Archival ink.


The blue was completely lost and I got camouflage!  YIKES!


But I was committed and finished it up, using Tim's Stitched Rectangles for my matting.  I decided the lower layer needed something, so after matting I ran the entire thing through the sunburst EF - ha!  It actually looked good, so there.  I'm not giving up on this technique, just need to branch out of my monochromatic tenancies.  Wish me luck!!!

26 comments:

Darlene said...

Both cards are just gorgeous my friend! You have a magical touch with color and technique! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘For the One I Love’ challenge at Dies R Us. Good Luck and please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
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Ellibelle said...

Two amazing creations Autumn, love all the inky-ness and paint splatter! Fabulous sketch too, I may have to play with it too.

Kate said...

Both your cards are so pretty Autumn. I love that abstract triangle on the first one. That along with the colors make a romantic yet modern looking card. And the second one is spot on with the sketch. Loving the bow, faux stitching and of course your magnificent backgrounds.
Happy Weekend,
Kate

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

So so pretty Autumn, I love it when an idea comes to plan especially when it's free play time. Both cards are as stunning as each other. The first with it's vibrant colour balanced so well with the white embossing and the second with it's mixture of DOX, we would never have known it was created from a result you were not over happy with.
What a great rescue.. Wishing you a blessed Sunday HUGS Tracey xx

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are so gorgeous!! I love the colors and the Fractile Leaves die!! It looks so fabulous in the hearts!! The second card is stunning!! The background is amazing!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

I just LOVE your cards! I wanted to let you know that I’ve chosen your first creation as one of my Top Picks and linked back to your blog! Thanks so much for sharing your talent. Kathy at stampsatplay.blogspot.com

brenda said...

Just popping in to look at your pretty creation and see what I'v missed, slowly trying to ease back into the swing of things.

B x

Helen Gullett said...

Both cards are beautiful and fabulous, Autumn. I love how you created the background on them. Those hearts are so sweet.

Debbie Mageed said...

It's always a great day when I find an inspirational post from you, Autumn! I love these cards!!! The way you play with inks is so unique and beautiful. Monochromatic or bright, the cards will always inspire. Love them and can't wait to see what you do next!

Donna Ellis said...

Such loveliness in both creations, Miss Autumn. The texture in your heart background looks gorgeous! I love those wonky, criss-crossing, so perfectly placed lines with similar mosaic features in your hearts. The springy morning colors in your "let us" card are lovely, and the card is breathtakingly beautiful! Thanks for always sharing so much inspiration and happiness! hugs, de

Stefania Salmi said...

How can you be so creative? I like them both, the first is simple and bright, with a stunning background.
The second card is warmer and more in tune with my favorite colors, I think it's perfect as it is! But really, I do not know which one to choose!

Kathy Krug said...

Gorgeous designs. I love your backgrounds. Thanks for sharing with us at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. We hope you will join us for future Challenges.
Kathy
DRU DT

Susan said...

Both cards are beauties! I love that wicking technique with the Distress inks as watercolor. And that embossing folder looks great with the background layer on the sympathy card.

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous backgrounds,great texture and gorgeous bow
Carol x

Linda Kunsman said...

these are both gorgeous cards!! Really love the vibrancy of the Valentine.

CherylQuilts said...

Absolutely amazing cards, Autumn, and if there is anyone who could get me into mixed media -- it's you! I absolutely love the second card (mostly because of the fabulous verse that so touches my heart) and also the beautiful colors and ribbon/flower! Stunning in every way, and you are such a blessing! I love about pushing through. That's what I've been doing myself and trusting the Lord for each day...a measure of healing! Much love and warm hugs! xoxo

Helen Wallace said...

It's always a joy to visit your blog and be inspired by your latest creations. They never disappoint. Love the embossing, the gorgeous work with Distress Oxides and of course the shaker. Very special.

Barbara Schiassi said...

Both your card are fabulous! the design, the way you used colors... great work as always! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

Maxine D said...

Wow to them both Autumn - they are both absolutely adorable, and do different .
Blessings
Maxine

Diane said...

Fabulous card with a super creative background! Thank you for joining our challenge at Dies R Us!
Diane DRU DT {Nellies Nest}

Sara Barker said...

Two stunning cards! I love that bold pink with the splashes of black! I can see why Kathy featured it in her Top Pick post! Yipppeee! Congratulations, my friend! So well deserved!

Great save on the second card! I've not heard of this technique, but I love the Micro Glaze, and it's just so much fun to get crazy looks from. (I recently did one, but didn't have time to post it to SSS's Resist It challenge. So typical of me!) Anyway, I digress; the colors are gorgeous (just used them last night--well, they're similar) and genius to add the embossing. TWO GREAT MINDS! You will have to laugh when you see what I just made! As much as I adore the bright pink and the geometrics, I have to say this one is my favorite of this pair. Sending big hugs!

Mac Mable said...

Yes that technique of the vibrant pink around the edges of your card looks fabulous. Love how you've put this together and the fun techniques. Such a unique and beautiful card. Thanks for experimenting with the glaze for us on the second card! Great idea too, to run the background through with the embossing folder, will be remembering that one as it's a great effect x

debby4000 said...

Fabulous card, love their different backgrounds. My fave is the pink one.
Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
luv
Debby

Jackie P Neal said...

So, yea...both cards are gorgeous! I mean really gorgeous! ")
I love the bleed in on the first...you said watery di. Did you have that on your met? or in s dish?

And the second card! Wows! I totally loved the before DG better as well, but i the end, you rocked it all Autumn- gorgeous-ness!
Jackie xo

Margaret Mifsud said...

Both these cards are simply awesome Autumn!! I love the first one. The bleed technique used looks fabulous and I love the embossed triangles! Your second card is stunning too .. a brilliant save!! Always such an inspiration visiting here!! Thank you for sharing! hugs xx

Denise van Deventer said...

Wow...simply gorgeous and so very pretty! Love the distress oxide background on the second card....fabulous! ;-)

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