Friday, August 21, 2015

Citrus With A Twist

Hi everyone this week's Simon Says Monday Challenge is Citrus With A Twist. I decided to see what I could do. I did a lot of playing and things didn't turn out the way I wanted. This is what I finally ended up with.

I don't own any of the Tim Holtz  Twisted Citron products so Mandarin Orange distress ink had to do. Alas my yellow ink which I was going to use disappeared. I found the lid but not the ink pad. I wonder if it accidentally got left at my son's house as the last place I was playing with the mini ink pads was there.

I don't know what happened but I scored wrong for folding my card base so I used a pair of pinking shears which are so old they will no longer work to pink fabric and trimmed the edge.

I have been wanting to see how Brusho Colour Crystals would work with a wipe. In this case I took an unused Cotonelle wipe and sprinkled leaf green and yellow crystals on it.  Interestingly the yellow in places looks orange. I decided to go ahead and spritz water to soften the pattern and color a little bit.  I love how the crystals reacted on the wipe as well as the felt like texture. When the wipe was dry I went and ironed the wipe on a cotton setting and was happy to see where the wipe had been folded the fold ironed out. :-)

I played with stamping with distress paint using different stamps but finally decided to use a resist technique. I stamped with white embossing ink on a scrap of white card stock and then heat embossed with white pearl embossing powder. I used Stampendous cube leaves stamp. I don't know if it is still available as I couldn't find it online.

I then misted my cardstock and using a blending tool applied Mandarin Orange Distress Ink. Then sprinkled yellow Brusho Colour Crystals . When I went to wipe off specks of the crystals I noticed that it was coloring the stamped image and I liked it. I went ahead and colored the leaves more using Faber Castell yellow water color paint.

I thought something was needed and remembered that I have chevron washi tape by G Studio so used that as a frame. I like how it worked out with the stamped image.

While a lot of the Simon Says design team went more with a summer theme I'm ready for Autumn. I think my citrus colors work well with the leaves which have more of an autumn look to them.

Here is the link if you would like to join in any of the Simon Says Monday Challenges. if you are not into challenges you can find lots of inspiration looking at creations by the talented design team and the projects are not all cards or scrapbook pages. :-)

I hope I have inspired you to do a project using citrus colors. Especially if they are not the colors that you usually use.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


  1. I am so proud of you on so many levels! First off, this card turned out to be really stunning, so kudos to you! I particularly love the chevron-stripe border and how nicely that design element pairs with your florals. Secondly, I am proud of you for not giving up and for being honest about your struggles! It's refreshing to see that I'm not the only one who has traumas while crafting (such as your yellow ink that went AWOL)! This just proves that perseverance pays off because this was a joy to see and to read about. Thanks so much for sharing this with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!


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