April 04, 2016

Today



I've been invited to be a Guest Designer for April at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and if this is your first visit here--hello and welcome!


Our challenge this week is to use a resist technique and I chose embossing powder which works great with watercolor but I also wanted to alter the fine lines of my stamping. So here's the twist...

I cut a tag shape from Arches watercolor paper then stamped my flower shapes (Tim's Flower Garden Stamp Set) with ColorBox white pigment ink and sprinkled on Ranger's Ultra-Thick Embossing Powder.

Since this powder has chunky bits, I embraced this feature and encouraged some to fall off with extra tapping before it was heat-set to create a distressed appearance.


For a quick way to make a mask, I used wax paper and a graphite pencil to make a rubbing of the embossed surface.


I trimmed the mask along the edge outline and it was used to cover the flowers so I could stamp some background text (Tim's Ledger Script) with Ranger archival ink.


I applied water over the entire tag surface and let it soak in a bit before adding paint. This way, the colors run together creating natural blends and it prevents hard edges. The embossed lines make it easy to control and contain the paint.


It's optional, but I prefer to iron-off the embossing as a final step to even-out the surface and get rid of the shine. I use an old iron (dedicated to crafting) to re-melt the embossing while it is covered with newsprint (it has the best absorption). Pull the paper off immediately after applying heat because once it's cool the paper might stick.


My stash of bee stamps is limited (what?) so I clipped an image from a newspaper advertisement and since the paper is flimsy I pasted it to some strong tissue, encased it with acrylic medium then cut it out.


I made some adjustments to the paint colors (added some stems and a bit more green), stitched tinted Lace Trimming along the side, added dots of dimensional paint and a Small Talk sticker.

The tag edges were darkened and I splattered watered-down white paint over the surface with finger flicks.

I'm happy with the mottled appearance and would recommend this resist technique if you want to give your stamped images a new vibe--distressed or otherwise.

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I really hope you'll join us for this week's challenge.

There are many resist techniques and I want to see what inspires you!

And when you upload your creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog you'll have a chance to win a $50 voucher at the Simon Says Stamp store!
https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/

Here's a list of the products I used for this challenge which can be ordered from Simon:



29 comments:

  1. Gorgeous tag Beulah and I love the step by step photos. The excess powder bits look awesome and the colours and little bee are perfect! I totally LOVE this :-)

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

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  2. LOve, love, love. I love the fluid colors you got on the flowers. It reminds me of the many water lilies Monet painted.

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  3. WoW! What a cool idea of making the mask to avoid accidental stamping. I'm so glad we have you with us this month, I guess I will learn a lot :-) And I love especially the beautiful pink of your flowers, it's fabulous!

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  4. Well how utterly brilliant was SSS to ask you to design for them?! This tag is most amazing with such fabulous details. Love the colors and masking and the gorgeous array of flower images. So pretty! Happy Monday!!!

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  5. Thank you SSS designers to have invited Beulah Bee this week, brilliant idea!
    This tag is fresh, romantic, original, love it and love the step by step photos!

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  6. Absolutely beautiful! The colors and design are super!
    Mar xx

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  7. I love this! The flowers look fantastic!

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  8. I'm very intrigued by your ironing to settle down the EP... congrats on your SSS GD spor, how awesome!

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  9. Wonderful techniques and the result is quite stunning! I love the wax paper idea. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. SIMPLY WONDERFUL PROJECT! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Stunning tag, Beulah! So springy and beautiful!!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  12. Beulah, this tag is magnificent! Your flowers are gorgeous - I mean really they look like they just came from the garden, and I love your bee! Fab background too!!

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  13. WOW!!! I am in love with this tag - your resist/watercolor is absolutely stunning!! And I love your trim, and the little bee (and yes, what?!) Absolutely brilliant all round, Bee! xxx Lynn

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  14. wow...love your tag Beulah...can't wait to see the rest of your April projects...hugs kath xxx

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  15. This is so pretty, Beulah! Love how you've used the resist in your project! You're amazing adding such gorgeous layers. Hugs, Sandra

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  16. And forgot to add that I'm so thrilled that you're our GD this month! Doing a happy dance!!

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  17. Love your gorgeous tag and beautiful step photos, Beulah. Great design! It's so great to have you as our guest designer! :D

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  18. I'm in love with your tag, Beulah! I love the colors and the background is awesome. It's great having you join us as our guest designer and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your amazing work. Cathie <3

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  19. Beulah it's always the same thing! When I visit your blog I'm in awe! Your tag is so beautiful and the idea to mask your project with wax paper..... Genius! Barbara

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  20. As always, you've created a work of art ~ the colours are divine and the technique creates a wonderful effect, making those flowers pop off the page...gorgeous work! :)

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  21. That background is gorgeous! Love the fabulous resist effect, wonderful textures and colours. And the bee!

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  22. SOOOoOOoOOOo excited that you're a Guest Designer for us this month! You know we all adore you and your aesthetic. And your clever techniques seem endless! I really love this card and it was an especially nice treat to see the steps in your project all laid out. Kudos and YAY to having you on board!

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  23. Hi Beulah, I am a new visitor - I stumbled across your gorgeous blog via Pinterest - this tag is one of the most beautiful resist/distress ink projects I have ever seen. You have used such gorgeous colours and I really like the chunky embossing powder effect. Thank you so much for generously sharing your technique with your excellent tutorial.
    Sue
    tanglemousecards.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Wow, beautiful tag. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial, it explains a lot :-)
    Hugs,
    BożenA

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  25. A magical tag - great resist technique and the soft watercolour effect is beautiful.
    Alison x

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  26. Stunning tag, love the look of this technique and what a clever way to make the mask! Cathy x

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  27. Beautiful card and thank you for instructions.... I had not heard of taking off the embossing.

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  28. This is beautiful, looks like batik. And I love the colours. Bees are my fav too. :) Alli

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  29. Absolutely a beautiful tag!

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