Hi there lovely friends - eeeeep! soooooo exciting to be back in with another guest design challenge piece of art for Simon Says Stamp
And I've had a total 'colour' ball creating this 'distress paradise found' page, what an awesome challenge 'Emboss it!" to go see the details of the challenge PRESS HERE and ohhhhh ther's oodles of LUSH inspiration form the fabulous design team eeeeep!
...after a little pondering on whether to go embossing folders or heat embossing hahaha! I went with both!!
My starting point was this irresistable Tim Holtz Sizzix Layered Dragonfly Bigz Die With Texture Fades, look at all that amazing detail, he (the Dragonfly is a handsome dude for sure) Can you spy the teal colored Ranger Ink Shiny Transfer Foil twinkling away on the wings which I also stamped over, just on the edges with the 'Newsprint' from Tim Holtz Cling Stamp Newsprint and Type. to colorise him I simply added layers of Tim Holtz Distress Paints, spritzed with a little water, let dry and the repeat till I was happy! Once the foil was adhered (I used a Ranger Ink Collage Gluestick to adhere the foil remembering to place the foil shiny side up!) I then added tiny hi-lights and shadows to the Dragonfly with more of the same colors I'd originally colorised him with...I'm in love with this little fella for sure :-)))
The other embossing folder I used was the very versatile Tim Holtz Sizzix Typewriter and Keyboard Texture Fades Embossing Folders as you can see I inked up my folder with black ink and once I'd run the folder through my Sizzix Bigshot I chose to cut out the little circle discs creating my very own custom buttons. Randomly stacking on top of eachother creates amazing depth to your art (some of the letters do come out back to front doing this inking up trick but I don't care cos its adds a quirky edge to my art, gets the brain cogs thinking a little more when somethings upside down, back to front!)
Two of my fav must have go to items are the Tim Holtz Distress Cayons and Ranger Ink Frosted Crystals Embossing Powder. I loooooves this technique cos when you heat this embossing powder it leaves a 'rough' rather than the usual smooth finish to your image, thus you can lighlly scribble your Distress Crayons over the 'embossed frosted crystal image' and create a kool kaleidoscope of 'Distress' color as the crayon color gets trapped between the 'rough' finish embossed frosted crystals. Tis an easy , fun and uber kool technique adding more layers of bursting color and you can use whatever base color of ink to stamp your image with too, the variations are endless! The stamps I chose to use for this technique are Tim Holtz Stampersanonymous Rubber Stamp Countdown Stampers, Tim-Holtz Stampersanonymous Rubber Stamp Sequence Stampers and the tiny splatter dots from Tim Holtz stampersanonymous Rubber Stamp Halftone Stampers (these tiny splatter dots are soooo handy to use not only as a full and beautiful layer to a background but if you use just a small portion of the stamp you can fill in those akward unbalanced areas, also they look like tiny splatter residue (which totally floats my boat!)
My background was created on a loose page, why not my beloved Dylusions Journal, well more often than not I like to add a little machine sewing on the page, thats the top and bottom of it! It gets adhered in there when I'm finished! Also as with this piece i know i'm going to work, work, work that page with layer after layer of color and mediums so I find Ranger Watercolor Paper Inkssentials Surfaces is well up to that kind of color/medium hammer heeheehee!
I do hope you have enjoyed my 'distress paradise found' page, I soooo want/need the summer to come so I went all out hot, hot, hot color, a kaleidoscope of hot, fun and summery color!
I can't wait to see what you all create this week and remember that Simon says Stamp will give away $50 voucher to shop at their store as always...
Simply - out of this world xReplyDelete
Kassa, this is the coolest thing I've ever seen created with dies and embossing folders! Unbelievably creative and inspiring!ReplyDelete
Absolutely gorgeous project Kassa! the colours and whole design of this are stunning and I want to CASE this, the whole design is fantastic! LOVE it :-)ReplyDelete
Lols x x x
Oh this is just stunning hun. Love it! xReplyDelete
What a feast for the eyes! Absolutely stunning, Kassa. Cathie <3ReplyDelete
Wow again! Do you have video tutorial(s)? What a cool page!ReplyDelete
Your pieces, as always, are gorgeous and colorful - and with happy colors!ReplyDelete
These piece is amazing!! I love those fantastic stripes of colour and all the circles and gorgeous texture. The dragonfly looks fantastic. I wish I could see this in real life. Stunning!ReplyDelete
Stunning project, Kassa! Love this array of color!!ReplyDelete
Simon Says Stamp!
Absolutely stunning, I'm a new follower, thanks for the tutorial on how you made this card :) AJ rutabagapiedesigns.blogspot.comReplyDelete
This is such a lovely work of art! Thanks for sharing!~ReplyDelete
Oh my word. This is stunning!!!! I need to try and create a background this gorgeous.ReplyDelete
Wow! I'm not usually big on a lot of the mixed media stuff I see out there, but this creation is amazing! I would have LOVED to see a video of all that you did to create this piece. I think I'm just too restrained to try mixed media artwork. :) If you don't do videos, you should really consider it.ReplyDelete
Kassa, I am in awe!! This is a stunning and brilliant piece! I adore all the colors your have used, and the layers, and the texture, and your dragonfly is magnificent!! I loved your step by step and have added a few items to my wishlist - thanks! I LOVE this!! hugs, MauraReplyDelete
I absolutely love this piece. The design, colors and spacing are perfection. Those lines of bright color are brilliant in all ways!!!!ReplyDelete
Came over from Simon to get the amazing details. Quite an impressive project!ReplyDelete
STUNNING! Oh how I wish you had a video on how to did this!!!!ReplyDelete
your project is amazing...love the dragonfly..the cute alphabet circles and the background detail is stunning...hugs kath xxxReplyDelete
Wow, amazing colour work and stunning finishing with the grungy thread and stitching and spatter.ReplyDelete
Love Love Love this!!! Would love to try something like this on a canvas! It is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and for the details!ReplyDelete
This is absolutely so striking. I just adore the colors and the dragonfly is superb!ReplyDelete
This is simply amazing. Everything about it is just perfect.ReplyDelete
Excellent use of the crayons and strong colors, love the format!ReplyDelete
Out of this world! You know how I love your ART! This project is just AMAZING! love the colors, and overall I love your creative mind! BArbaraReplyDelete
explosion of colors....just beautiful.ReplyDelete
This is FABULOUS! The colors, layering, theme....the total....blow me away! I'm going to save this.ReplyDelete
I LOVE everything about your creation, starting with the dragonfly! Fabulous colours and textures that draw your eye. It's eye candy. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Love your beautiful creation, Kassa. The colors and texture you created are amazing. :)ReplyDelete
Holy cow, girl! This is amazing times a billion! I adore the deft hand you used with these colors! It is bright and full of energy without being garish. It is so inspiring and if this was wallpaper, I would buy a whole roll of it! I'm so glad you've joined us as a Guest Designer and can't wait to see what you do next!ReplyDelete
OMG! This is absolutely AMAZING! I'm in love in your background before I saw the post till the end, I was wondering how did you do that. Now I know everything and I'm really impressed! Thank you for this inspiration. Hugs, MarzenaReplyDelete
Oh wow, Kassa! This is so pretty! Love the color explosion in a rainbow kind of way! The dragonfly looks amazing! Gorgeous piece! Hugs, SandraReplyDelete
I am late to the party, but this is AMAZING!!!ReplyDelete
Wow. Absolutely amazing. It's really inspired me.ReplyDelete