Monday, July 2, 2012

Challenge: spritz, spray, or stencil

Used with paints, multi-medium, mists, gels, pastes, or inks stencils can add not only another layer of detail and interest, but also texture. They can be used as a part of a background, a finishing touch, on a collage, or to create a pattern for a card base.
Mists can be used with or without stencils to create a splattered or solid coverage look. You can also pop that top off and mix the color into paint, liquid mediums such as molding paste or gel, or grab a paint brush and paint with them. The possibilities are endless - and this week we challenge you to spritz, spray, mist, or stencil onto your project.

Of course you could be like me (May Flaum) and combine a little of each, as I did on this tag:
I absolutely am addicted to Dylusions sprays and stencils - so I knew that I wanted to use those here. But I also wanted to use some of my vintage inspired favorites from the French General line. What is a girl to do? I toned down the blue with some white paint, spritzed on some of my favorite finishing touch (perfect pearls mist in sunflower sparkle), and let the crafty fun take me away!

I do love a good challenge - and you'll find more photos and how-to information as well as a supply list on my blog about my project. The same goes for all of the design team - they always do a post sharing more about their project each week, so be sure to click on their names to visit their blogs! I know I'm excited to get all the details for every one of their projects - just check out what they've created this week:

Dan created this piece of wall art when he was inspired by a favourite piece of music.
"Had I known, when I decided to make my own stencils for this piece, that I would be picking little pieces of plastic out of my hair, mouth and meals for the rest of the day, I might have reconsidered!  I stencilled with Distress Inks and Claudine Hellmuth paints and stamped with the It's Face Art, School Desk, Ultimate Grunge and Artistic Collages stamp sets.  I think I may also have used the Tiny Attacher once or twice."

Inky fingers were definitely the order of the day for Tracy Evans this week creating her inky collaged canvas.
She added into the mix plenty of Dylusions Ink Sprays, Crafters Workshop Templates Mini Cursive Alpha and Mini Daisy Cluster and Dyan Reaveley stencil Chequered Dots, along with stamped images from Dyan Reaveley Basic Backgrounds.

Candy Colwell stepped out of her comfort zone and let it all hang out this week with Dylusions inspired Art Journal pages. 
Using a combination of Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Sprays, Stamps and Stencils, she has created a bright, fun retro-ish look.  Give it a try!  As her journal page says, Until you spread your wings, you have no idea how far you'll fly!

Terry made a few tags and Spritzed and Sprayed away
"I played with lots of Distress Stains and Distress inks....Some of the figures on my tags just popped up in my head and I just had to place them on the Tags, the other figures are made with the Stencils from Dylusions, I have played with the Luscious Leaves and Dotted Flowers. The words are from the ChitChat stickers by Tim Holtz. I have placed my favourite stamps from Wendy Vecchi The Just Flutterby Butterfly and worked on them with Distress Inks and Crackle."

Sarah Engels-Greer had fun revamping two large envelopes to create her funky gift bags.
She used a Gesso base before going wild with Ranger Color Wash, Dylusion Sprays and her Mini-Mum and Punchinella templates. All finished off with scrap labels and word stickers.

To see more photos and detail of any of the design team member's creations, simply click on their name (above the photo of their project) to visit their blog.

Now that we've shared their creations - we're ready to see yours! As always, Simon Says Stamp is once again giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. The challenge will close at Midnight Eastern time on Sunday, July 8 and the winner will be announced during the following week. To qualify all you need to do is create a new piece of work that ties in with our theme and post it to your blog, then add a link here.

For the full rules, read the "challenge rules" posted in the side-bar here on our blog. We can't wait to see what you make.


  1. ...stunning makes by the team, bold, bright & riot of colour...Mel :)

  2. Great creations! Love the colorfulness!

  3. Every one a gorgeous work of art. The colours are fabulous.

  4. I'll just be honest - I want to win SO BAD. Thanks for the chance to try!
    Karen L

  5. Thank you for the fabulous challenge! I had TONS of fun with my new and unused stencil! ;) The DT really have done an amazing job!!! :) Fabulous creations, gals!

  6. Amazing inspirational work... I got out my stencils immediately to play!

  7. OMG, you guys rock!!! I'm ALWAYS so inspired and I love the variety. AWESOME!

  8. Thanks for the chance to win. Lots of inspiring creations here! My friend Judy B sent me here. She said I should enter this contest.

  9. This was fun. Thank you for the challenge. Blessings!

  10. There are some fantastically talented people here, even though I am ignorant in knowing what all the materials and techniques are.
    Lynn & the Doodly birds x

  11. WOW!! The Team really rocked this challenge!! I enjoyed this challenge SO much, thank you!


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