Make your own background … for Simon Says Stamp

Hi everyone! I am so delighted and honoured to be in the Designer Spotlight this month over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

This week the theme is Make Your Own Background.

As it is the first Monday of the month Simon Says Stamp are featuring Carabelle Studios Products, so I had fun using some of their products to create this art journal page and you’ll find the details of how I created this page below.

I had fun making my own background and to start I added some pieces of torn dictionary pages to add some interest. Then I spritzed the page with water and applied three Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints (paint colours were No.34, No.64 and No.139) using a paintbrush.

Next I applied some white gesso using my finger and then I used a Carabelle Studio stencil, called Sur Fond De Mosaïque, to add Picked Raspberry and also Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink using a blending tool. I added more of the same watercolour paints to further define the edges of the colours and to finish my background, I stamped a Carabelle Studio stamp, called Background Avec Des Lettres, using black Archival Ink.

For the flowers, I stamped the Carabelle Studio Fleurs Dalex Cling Stamp Set using black Archival Ink onto white cardstock.

I coloured them using Spectrum Aqua Markers which I blended with a wet paintbrush; the colours were Yellow, Gold, Sunflower, Bud Green and Leaf Green. Then I cut them out which took some time (grin!).

I also used the same white cardstock to create the Inspire wording, which I drew using some magazine letters as a template, cut out and coloured using the yellow shades of Spectrum Aqua Markers and a white Uni Posca Paint Pen creating an ombré effect.

The flowers, wording and “Channel your inner Picasso” are edged using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen and a black fine line marker, and then they are stuck into place using a Zig Glue Pen. To finish, I coloured the stamens of the flowers using a white Uni Posca Paint Pen and then outlined them with the black fine line marker.

I had such fun creating my page for this challenge and I hope you will join in the fun too! For more inspiration check out the amazing creations from the Design Team over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (grin!).

Don’t forget that Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the Simon Says Stamp Store! and one lucky participant will be randomly drawn to win this voucher. How amazing is that! Good Luck to everyone!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of the materials over at Simon Says Stamp that were used to create this art journal page:

51 thoughts on “Make your own background … for Simon Says Stamp

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  2. Gorgeous art journalling Jo 🙂 the background is fabulous! the colours are so pretty and I love the stencilled design and flowers, the whole design is stunning!! 🙂

    Its so brilliant to have you with us this month too!! Woo Hoo!! 🙂

    Hope you have a great week
    Lols x x x

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  3. Jo, another gorgeous art journal page! I love your bright colors, it makes me feel like spring in the midst of our very wet and somewhat gloomy fall here. You have some mad fussy cutting skills there with the flowers and word – Wow! Thanks for the burst of color! hugs, Maura

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    • Thanks so much, that’s so nice of you! The bright colours make me happy too, it definitely cheered me up as I was creating it …lol 😉. I’m so delighted to join you and the rest of the SSS team this month too! Happy and creative wishes! J 😊 x


  4. Congratulation Jo on your GDT spot.
    Your page is awesome, with the fabulous background for your the bright yellow blooms. It really makes them pop from the page.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. Wonderful page Jo. You really did a fantastic job fussy cutting those flowers. They really pop off the page and look perfect. Congrats too on being a guest designer. Hugs-Erika

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  6. Congratulations on your GD spot Jo and what a fabulous page for your first creation.
    Love thee background , so vibrant but it doesn’t detract from the gorgeous yellow blooms, which really seem to ‘pop’
    Avril xx

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  7. BIG congrats on your GDT spot dear Jo! Well deserved ! Your art is always so unique and beautiful and this page is no exception .Absolutely amazing with ths fantastic background and the great way you add the blooms and wording! FANTASTIC! Big hugs Susi

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    • Thanks so much my friend, you are very kind! I am so excited to be in the Designer Spotlight this month and this page was a joy to create with the vibrancy of the colours, I think I’ve fallen in love with Carabelle Studio stamps and stencils too …lol 😉. Happy new week! Big hugs J 😊 x


    • Thanks a lot! Yes that’s right I did cut the yellow flowers out after painting them which took quite a bit of time, then I added them to the page. I don’t know why I missed this off my description so I have now added this step, thank you 😀. Wishing you a happy new week! J 😊 x


  8. So good to see you as GD Jo, BIG Congrats.. Love your created background, those carabelle flowers are such crisp images and look wonderful using the aqua colour markers. I really should use mine more. Your large wording really is a statement in itself and ever inspiring.
    Superb mixed media page.
    Big Hugs Tracey xx

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  9. This is so cool and full of energy and happiness. The colors mix is very pretty and I love the stamp with the loose letters! The sentiment is so funny, too. So glad to have you with us this month! Have a nice week!. Hugs, Macarena

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  10. Congratulations on being in the SSS Designer Spotlight this month, Jo!!!
    Your first page is a beauty. As usual, your directions are great too. Eileen xox

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  11. Wahoooo! I was so excited to learn you were going to be our fabulous GD this month! I always love to see what’s been going on in that clever brain of yours. On this project, I especially like the way you combined the various elements into one really cohesive vibrant piece. Thanks for sharing your talents so willingly and for always offering encouraging words to others!

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    • That’s a lovely thing to say, thanks so much! I enjoyed creating this project and the vibrancy makes me smile when I see it, especially on a grey day like today …lol 😉. Thanks again and wishing you a wonderful week! J 😊 x


  12. Congrats Jo for being Designer Spotlight for SSS !! Love this so Gorgeous Art page Jo, it´s so bright and happy, wonderful background.
    I wish you a very nice afternoon, big hugs, Caty

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  13. Wow wow wow! This is gorgeous and so much love is in it! Love how you added the dictionary pages first… I must remember to try something like this sometime… it never occurred to me! I see I must try to visit your blog more often…lol! And thank you so much for stopping by my place and leaving such nice words!

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  14. Love love love this gorgeous journal page, Jo. The colors and texture on the background you created are stunning. It’s so great to have you design with us this month. Looking forward to seeing more fantastic projects from you. 🙂

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  15. This is fantastic Jo!! I love the happy feeling of this page with the lovely background and those gorgeous yellow flowers. And all those tiny letters. I am so happy you are our guest designer this month and I am looking forward to seeing the rest of your projects.

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