SSS Designer Spotlight: Mixed Media Splash


I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter!  It’s Monday and that means it’s time for a new Simon Says Stamp challenge.

This week’s theme is Splash, and I can’t wait for a summer of boating and water fun, so, my first thought was nautical.  I don’t really have many nautical-themed stamps; however, so I focused on a color scheme of red, white and navy and just let it develop. Here’s a picture of the end result.

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For the backgrounds, I stamped the Hero Arts Wave Background (my one nautical-esque stamp) with Hero Arts Ombré Ink in Pool to Navy on white watercolor paper.  I pretty much botched the first impression, so I just went for it and did some 2nd and 3rd generation stamps in a wonky fashion.  The picture below (top left) shows just how bad things looked at the start!  You basically have to just force yourself to keep going at this point.  After that, I smeared some Dylusions white paint on top with a palette knife and my fingers, then once dry, added some Distress Candied Apple and Chipped Sapphire ink with a blending tool.  The picture top right, below, shows you the background at this stage.  Hot mess, right?

nautical collage

Next, I cut the paper down to two 6×3 panels, added some navy colored scrap paper (see the end of this post for how I store scrap paper), and smeared on a bit more white paint with my fingers (see image above, lower left).  Whew, it’s looking better already.

I used a the Tim Holtz Bubble layering stencil and a Distress Crayon to add some red dots.  And, I also stamped a few stars using the Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge and Simon Says Stamp Seeing Stars stamp sets.  I finished off the background with some nautical-themed washi tape and a smear of Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and Black Sharpie around the panel edges (lower right image, above).

Focal Images and Finishing Touches

I decided to sketch some nautical images for the focal points.  The abstract-y (is that a word?) sailboat was made by punching a 1 1/2 inch circle out of white card stock and cutting it in half.  I also hand cut a triangle shape, then used a sharpie to sketch an outline.  I used a Faber Castell big brush marker to color in the boat, grey Copic markers to add in some shading, and I added a piece of scrap paper to the sail.  The lighthouse was just a free hand sketch made with a Sharpie, colored with FC big brush markers and grey Copics.

I printed the sentiments on my inkjet printer using a font called My Underwood, which is now my new favorite free font!   I inked up a scrap of white card stock with Candied Apple and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink as an accent for the sentiments, and also inked the edges of the sentiment strips.

The last steps were to add twine to the base of the panels and to back them with coordinating red and navy card stock before adding the panels to the card bases.

Ready to set sail!

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Win a $50 Voucher to the SSS Store!


Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to link your Splash creation to this week’s challenge. You could win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.  Can’t wait to see what YOU make.


Here’s a list of the supplies I used for this tag:

Scrap Paper Storage

I’ve learned so much from you ladies about how you store all your supplies – and it has helped me immensely.  But, scrap paper is my Achilles heel, so I thought I’d share a bit about my storage solution.  I had a couple of shoeboxes FULL of scrap paper that I couldn’t bear to throw out.  No organization whatsoever, just dumped in there – impossible to use, really.  I admit it – I’m a scrap hoarder.

I needed to 1) organize the scraps so I could use them and 2) limit myself to what could fit in my space.  I bought a few 4×6 photo storage boxes because they would fit in the drawer I had alloted and because they seemed to hold just the right amount – not so much that you can’t dump it out on the desk and quickly pick out a few choice pieces, but not so little that it’s not worth the effort.  I labeled them by color family, which I found works better for me than by theme.   See my stash in the picture, below.  It’s been working great so far.  And, I am DETERMINED that I won’t exceed the box for that color – so if it won’t fit, I must purge!!  Hope this helps you tame your own scrap demons!

Paper scraps storage - collage



12 thoughts on “SSS Designer Spotlight: Mixed Media Splash

  1. Wow, Amy, I love the backgrounds on your ATC’s. They’re stunning! Great organizational tip too. I’m currently going through my craft room and reorganizing when I have time. I love this tip on saving scrap pieces and I’m so going to use it.

    Cathie ♥


  2. These are great, Amy! Love the wonderful mixed media backgrounds and those awesome graphic designs. The red white and blue totally fit the nautical theme! hugs, Maura


  3. What fabulous cards and I adore the backgrounds you’ve created they are wonderful and fit perfectly with the theme and with your wonderful nautical projects! Hugs… 🙂


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