Monday, March 6, 2017

A New Challenge along with my Favorite Resist Technique

 A big hello and welcome all! It is an honor to have been invited to be Guest Designer for the Simon Says Monday Stamp Challenge during the month of March. I have long admired the brilliant creativity of the Design Team each week and have also enjoyed participating in many of the challenges. Thank you for having me!

 The theme for the challenge this week is Make Your Own Backgrounds and we are showcasing Dylusions products.

 This week I am showing my favorite resist technique using gesso to create custom beautiful patterned cardstock like on this card:

and these ATCS:

 Now let's make some backgrounds! (Products available at the Simon Says Stamp Store are listed with links at the end).

A. Stamp white cardstock panels repeatedly with Dylusions stamps and white gesso. Immediately clean stamps using a soft toothbrush so gesso doesn't dry on the stamps. Also, for this technique it is best to use stamps that are solid or not so detailed. Allow panels to dry completely.

Take the caps off your Dylusions sprays and blot onto cosmetic sponges. Apply the colors onto your gessoed card stock using the direct to paper method, covering the panels. Gently wipe over the gessoed images on the panels with a baby wipe or paper towel. This will remove color from the gesso prints and allow those images to pop!

C. Enhance the panels further by stamping another image repeatedly using a coordinating color of inkpad .

For the pink card panel I used clear stamps by Altenew along with Distress inks. The panel was further embellished with dots made using a white gel pen:

 To complete my card I used a scallop border die to die cut my panel along with a black cardstock panel and glued the two together with the black panel slightly extending beyond the printed panel. Sentiment by Altenew was stamped on the lower left of a white notecard  using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Panels were adhered to the card which was embellished with small black flowers and rhinestones. 

For the ATCS:
 Leaf image from Altenew was stamped repeatedly on panel using Distress Vintage Photo ink. Panel was cut to two 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" panels.

 To make my ATCS Versafine Black ink was sponged along the card edges. Tim Holtz Watercolor Butterflies were stamped on white card stock using the same ink, fussy cut, then thin black wire was taped to the backs to form antennae. Wrap and secure twine around bottom of cards. Adhere words (Tim Holtz Small Talk Stickers), butterflies (wings popped up with foam tape) and a few Moonshine Sequins.

 And here's a little extra: an experiment that became two quick and easy projects:
 I wanted to see if and how the ink sprays worked on glossy paper so I sprayed one (left) with Dylusions sprays in Bubblegum Pink, Lemon Zest and Dirty Martini. I mopped up the pooled excess using a 140lb. watercolor panel (right) and came out with two completely different backgrounds. Leaf images and borders stamped using Dyan Reaveley stamps and Versafine Onyx Black ink. The words (hand carved) were stamped with the same ink. Simple play became a card and bookmark:)


 Come on over and be wowed by the DT, and do play along for your chance to win a $50 GC to the Simon Says Store!

Products and Links:

 Dylusions Ink Sprays: Dirty Martini
                                     Bubblegum Pink
                                     Lemon Zest
                                     Calypso Teal

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black
         Distress ink-Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Vintage Photo

Stamps: Altenew:  Floral Shadow Set, Painted Flowers Set
             Tim Holtz: Watercolor Butterfly 2
             Dyan Reaveley: Doodle Parts Set, Basic Backgrounds Set

Other: White gesso
           Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions Stickers
           Uni-ball gel pen-white
           Simon Says Stamp Dot Scallop Border die
           Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Sequins

 I will see you next Monday for a new challenge and another chance to win  a $50 GC to the Simon Says Shop!

For T Stands For Tuesday with Elizabeth:

 My son was recently at a favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner and thoughtfully brought home a special mango pulp drink along with a vegetarian burrito for me-YUM!

 And lastly my March calendar pages:

Peerless watercolors, deli paper Gel Plate print on right along with flower cut from a magazine, butterfly stickers, stencil (Faber Castel), Versafine Onyx Black ink, Studio g stamps.

 Yes, I will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day and one day hope expect to see Ireland in person! Ireland map printed from Google, clippings from a travel magazine along with collage sheet images (dream, 4 leaf clover) from ARTchix Studio.

 Linking also to Art Journal Journey for the theme of "out and about" this month hosted by the lovely Yvonne, and Paint Party Friday where EVA and Kristin are celebrating their sixth year going on seven! Congrats, happy blogiversary-and thank you!!

 Thank you so much for stopping by-looking forward to visiting you too:)

"It's hard for many to imagine, but having fun, feeding your passions, and engaging your talents are simple steps that will take you to the bigger answers you seek".
                                                       Jonathan H. Ellerby


  1. Gorgeous creations Linda, the ATC's and card are fabulous! I love how you used gesso as a resist, I have never tried this and will have to give it a go! the designs are so pretty! LOVE them :-) The 2nd card and bookmark are fabulous too and your calendar, AWESOME!!! My goodness you have been busy :-)

    It is so lovely to have you along with us this month!! Welcome aboard :-) XX
    Lols x x x

  2. Wow Linda! The creativity is popping on this post along with those colours using the resist technique! I think I may have known that once but I've forgotten it ;) Thank you for reminding me!

    Your lunch looks great and so do your calendar pages :)


  3. Love your gorgeous creation, Linda. The colors and patterns you created on the background are stunning! Your calendar pages are fabulous, too. :)

  4. Fabulous art and big congrats to be a guest designer! Wow!
    Happy T-Day!

  5. Love your backgrounds, Linda, they are all so beautiful! It will be so fun to have you with us this month. I can't wait to see you amazing talent each Monday.

    Cathie ♥

  6. What a wonderful post Linda, congrats on being spotlighted, so much lovely art. Happy T Day, happy everything, hugs, Valerie

  7. What a great idea. I'm definitely going to give this a go very soon. And congratulations on being Guest Designer.

  8. Beautiful backgrounds Linda! Love this technique, and your card is fantastic!

    I'll say Happy T-day now.........I have my post started, guess I should go work on that huh?

  9. Thank you for joining AJJ as well dear Linda!

  10. Glorious work Linda! Thanks for all the tips.

  11. Its been a wonderful post to read Linda. Congratulation on your Guest Designer place.
    The art work looks fabulous and I loved your journal pages, Ireland is a beautiful place to visit, I hope you get there some day.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

  12. Also lovely creations here ~ love the card and the ATCs ~ and tutorial is great too ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a happy week ~ ^_^

  13. Yay! I guessed right as I remember being that excited the week before! Huge Congratulations - you have such wonderful projects toady and SSS are lucky to have you as GD this month! I have never tried that resist technique although I have been aware of fading when I use inks - this is so clever and looks amazing! Love the glossy paper experiment too! I love your calendar pages and even though it is not so far away I still have Ireland on my wish list of places to visit! How kind of your son to treat you - Happy T day! Chrisx

  14. Can we meet in Ireland?! LoL. It's on my list . . . Okay, you know, YOU should be on a design team! Really, really. These are just gorgeous! And small thing, but I really love your picture of the inks and sponges ;) BRAVO all around!! xoxo

  15. Congrats on your Simon Says Stamp hostessing. You have been one busy busy girl. :) Those colors are amazing that you sponged onto the background. I think those Dylusions colors are fantastic. And I love a good burrito. Yum! Have a wonderful T day. Hugs-Erika

  16. I can't believe how much wonderful art you packed into this post, Linda. I have never heard of this resist technique before, but you created some wonderful art. The card is fabulous and the ATCs are great. But the bonus card and bookmark are simply out of this world. So different, yet using many of the same materials.

    What a great son to bring you a Mexican burrito and mango drink. Thanks for sharing this with us for T this week. Everything you made is out of this world and beautiful beyond belief.

  17. Forgot to compliment you on your calendar pages, too. You and Krisha put mine to shame!

  18. Wow Linda! Fabulous projects! Love all the inky details!

  19. What a treat to have you as our Guest Designer! I can't wait to see what you come up with as I've long admired your style. And wow! What a stellar way to start the ball rolling! I love this technique that you shared and those ATC's are stunning. I am so impressed with your handle on color-blending and combining elements in an aesthetically lovely way. So glad to have you along for the March ride at SSS!

  20. Oh Linda what a fabulous post and so many beautiful creations, especially the very pretty first card.
    The gesso resist technique is fabulous!
    Have a great day... Gill x

  21. what a busy post! congrats for you being Chosen as a host! you really do such a good Job. thanks for all the Details.
    ireland is on my travel list, too:)
    have a great week and happy t-day!

  22. A fantastic post with such brilliant ideas that I will definitely try. Love the artwork you have done.

    Nice looking meal

    Happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

  23. Many congratulations on guest hosting at Simon Says Stamp, I'm so pleased for you :-). I have been looking for some ink sprays for a while and as there are so many on the market I wasn't sure which ones to get, I have to say that the Dylusions Ink Sprays look fantastic. I was wondering if they reactivate if they get wet? You made it look so easy to use them and I love the designs you have created they have so much depth and richness :-). Gesso is such a good relief but I've never thought of using stamps with it - thanks for the tip! Burritos are one of my favourites, that was so kind of your son too. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J :-)

  24. Congratulations on being Guest Designer.
    You are perfect for the job of inspiring and sharing dear Linda!
    Your choice of colors and designs are oh so lovely.
    AND your carved word stamps are WOWEE wonderful too.
    I shy away from word carving usually.
    Sweet son of yours! BOING! what fun and yummy sounding to go along with your tasty lunch.
    Ireland is such a magical place.
    I hope you get to visit some day.
    Happy T Day my friend.
    Thank you for sharing and bringing sunshine to a grey day.

  25. Linda ... LOVE your card and ATC's... I have never tried that technique so i look forward to giving it a go... I do have some Dylusions Spray Inks but don't use them much as i don't like how they are not permanent... I tend to stick to Archival inks.. But i have them and i would really like to try out the technique you've showed us here..just lovely results.. Happy Happy T day! Hugs! deb

  26. Congrats on being chosen for this month!!!! You'll do great ♥ Love the card and ACEO's and all of the other great art you shared today ♥

  27. Truly stunning cards! I adore the pink one with the scalloped edge! ♥ love your tutorial-you make it sound easy, but I know it's not! whenever I try to stamp i always get smudges... happy T day!

  28. Congratulations on being invited to the SSS Design Team for March, Linda! I love the results you got with every one of these techniques. I think I need to take a messy play break with ink and gesso. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  29. Your butterfly ATCs are lovely. Great color!

    I'm always up for Mexican food, and that looks yummy. I haven't ever had a mango drink. The color reminds me of Orange Crush, which I always liked.

    Happy T Tuesday!

  30. Wow! What a great post. So much to see and enjoy. Thanks for the tutorial. It looks easy. I have some spray inks that I never use (not Dylusions, but another brand) but I could give this a try. I must say the result is stunning. I also love your ATCs with the butterflies.
    That was nice of your son to bring you a take-away. I bet you enjoyed that.
    Happy T-Day,

  31. Wow! So much accomplished, Linda. Your cards and bookmark and tag are lovely. It was interesting to hear the steps.

  32. Beautiful backgrounds. Thanks for explaining the technique. Fun to think about a far away place and to dream of visiting there one day.

  33. What a great post full of inspiration. Love those ATCs you shared over at SSS.
    Alison x

  34. Good morning and Happy T day but on a thursday lol just now getting to the computer this morning.
    Oh wow I really enjoyed your tutorial very much-I have not done any paper art in a very long time-I used to make cards to swap and a few atc's but my medium is mostly fibers-
    Your post was very inspring

  35. Holy Moly! What can I say - I love all your projects you are sharing here! The backgrounds for the card and ATC's are gorgeous, but then you went on to experiment and made another beauty! Don't you love it when something happens with serendipity like your bookmark! hugs, Maura

  36. Hi Linda! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing resist technique! I am going to a scrapbook crop tomorrow and will definitely take along my dylsuions sprays and gesso! I love the atc's and card you created. I love the second technique of "moppig" up the extra sprays for your card and bookmark! And your March calendar pages are wonderful. I, too, hope to visit Ireland one day as my dad was Irish!!!! Hugs, Sharon

  37. Love your unique cart stock patterns. I have a terrible feeling I am going to be purchasing these ink sprays soon.

  38. wonderful work this week Linda, your cards are professional quality.

  39. Very inspirational post...and so beautiful!!!
    Congratulations on being Guest Designer an honor well deserved!!!

    Happy PPF

  40. Lovely art and congrats are being selected as the guest artist. Thanks for visiting my blog and for the thoughtful comments.

  41. Many lovely art to see here, Linda.
    Happy PPF and weekend xx

  42. Dear Linda, what a thrill to be invited to design for Simon Says, well done!
    You have done an amazing job at showcasing their products - They will keep you on for sure!
    I was a scrapper centuries ago and loved making cards and books for my granddaughters. For some weird reason I love fussy cutting - there were no kindergartens in the country back when I was little, so I missed out on all that!!!!
    Love your diary page too - oh if only I wasn't still working I could have so much fun playing!
    Shane xxx

  43. Love the technique, colors and designs.

    Hugs Diane

  44. Fab projects and WELCOME! Loving the custom backgrounds you made and the color combos! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  45. I can't wait to get out my stamps, gesso, and inks and try this fab technique. Your work is so beautiful.

  46. Hello Linda, you have shown what a talented Designer you are. Also, your instructions and thoughts throughout are so easy to read (I don't do this type of craft, but I became so inspired to give it a try).
    Beautiful results with the resist method, and I loved the idea of mopping up from a glossy page - the bookmark and card are gorgeous.
    Thanks for a great post, Happy PPF :D)

  47. What fabulous creations. You are very talented. I really like your map of Ireland. Well...I would. Hope you get over here soon.

  48. Great post! Thanks for sharing your technique.

  49. Good and thoughtful son, you stay blessed

    Luv this week's art.
    Happy PPF

    MUCH LOVE...

  50. So impressive Linda you did an amazing job of those resist cards!! I love them so much!!Stunning work!! Great post and you have wonderful loving son!! Not surprising one bit!!

    Hugs Giggles

  51. This is a wonderful post Linda. I really am impressed with all that you are doing. Your son is wonderful just like his mom.

  52. What a fun technique Linda! thanks for sharing it. Your pieces look beautiful. And congrats on being a guest designer. I can see why they chose you!

  53. Those look like some fun sprays to work with, and the results are lovely. Blessings, my friend!

  54. many gorgeous projects and backgrounds, these are amazing Linda and what a fabulous post to kickstart your month as our GD! It's an absolute pleasure to have you join us and can't wait to see what you create next! :) x

  55. Such stunning ATCs! Love the colours and wonderful resist effect. All the layers are wonderful. Thank you so much for being our guest designer this month!! I am looking forward to seeing all your creations!

  56. wow wow wow Linda...your projects are your stamping inking technique and am so happy you are joining us for the month of March...can't wait to see what you will share next week...hugs kath xxx

  57. Wow , fabulous technique Linda!Thanks for sharing, I'll try it ! love so much your ATCs and color palette you used, It's a pleasure to have you with us this month! BArbara

  58. Lovely ATCs and very interesting technique. Need to give it a try. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Marzena

  59. wow, so many beautiful creations and congratulations to be a Guest Designer :)

  60. Wow! Really beautiful artwork today Linda! Love the gesso technique. :)

  61. Wowwow I agree with others! beautiful creations!
    Have a good rest of the week!

  62. I love learning so many great and new ideas. Thank you. Blessings, Janet

  63. What wonderful and beautiful creations, I love the butterfly piece especially.


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