Challenge: messy

This week at Simon Says Stamp & Show we are getting messy – the perfect challenge for me! Visit the blog to see all of the other creations and to enter. This week’s prize (as always) is a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp! The winner is randomly drawn – you can enter by posting to your blog, flickr, or other site too. See the blog for entry details and rules as ususal.



Here’s my entry – a card that was nice and neat… until I squirted it with water! Here is the how-to on this card:

1. Hand cut a heart out of a scrap of paper, saving both the heart AND the paper you cut it out of.

2.  Stamp with broken china disterss ink gears all over a piece of specialty stamping paper and allow it to dry. Then place the paper (with heart shaped hole)near the center and ink ruler stamp with distress ink. Stamp and the ruler image will only appear within the heart – magic! and a fun way to use a background stamp too.

3. Once that ink is dry, place the cut out heart OVER the inked area and then use a foam blending tool and tumbled glass distress ink to color the entire area evenly.

4. Mist with water, let paper dry totally.

5. Add punched heart (stamped with gear stamp using gold paint) and sentiment to the specialty stamping paper (which by the way, is 3 3/4 x 5) and then stitch it to a piece of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 cardstock. Finish by adding dots of distress stickles around the edge.


Distress inks are my favorite messy medium because all it takes is adding a bit of water to make things bleed, blend, and otherwise make an artful mess. FUN! If you’re looking for a more controlled mess – I’ll be guesting on the Simon Says Stamp store blog this week sharing a neat & clean Dylusions card. No, really!


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16 thoughts on “Challenge: messy”

  1. Beautiful! The heart, the design and all the stitching come together to create a lovely card!

  2. May…your card is very cool. I love that ruler stamp and can’t wait to get my hands on it! Really cool how you’ve used it on this heart. And…the runs you’ve gotten by spritzing water on it looks really cool, too. The “FROM THE HEART” is the perfect sentiment for this! <3 Candy

  3. Really digging this ruler heart, May! Also the sweet little gold dots along the edge really sharpen up the project! I love it!

    Simon Says Stamp!

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