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Hello Crafters!

Here we are to a brand new challange over Simon Says Stamp!


This week’s theme over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challange is “STENCIL IT!” and we invite you to use stencils the way they speak to your heart!
I made this TAG and I went crazy with the stencils, i used a bunch of them to create my background!

I started with covering my entire tag with old book pages, I did that because I wanted then to use Tissue Wrap Paper by Tim Holtz. But this thing is thin and you can see through it and my tag is yellowish…so I wanted to get rid of the yellow!
When the glue was dry, I then added the tissue wrap paper and let it dry again.

I toned down the Tissue wrap paper with a bit of gesso and then I started adding color with stencils. I used a blending tool to apply Distress Paint through the stencils. I dry it with the heat tool and then I added a good amount of Heavy body gel and set aside to dry. Once it was dry I added color with distress paint.


I honestly do not pay too much attention when I work on backgrounds, I mean, I usually go with the flow, no plans, no ideas, nothing. I just take things and put them there. Does it work? Sometimes! Other times I make a mess but nothing that a good amount of gesso can’t fix! LOL
When I was ok with the stenciling, I added a bit more of color, this time I used Distress Paint with a bit of water so that the color was not going to cover up all the stenciling.


When it was all dry I added details. I started with my usual stitching all around the tag and around the clock stencils so that I could give a place “to sit” for the paper doll I choose to use for this tag.
I then glued the paper doll and the sentiment.

I love the smirk this little fella has on his face and i think it perfectly matches with the quote I wanted to use!

For this challange Simon Says Stamp kindly offers a $50 gift voucher to shop over Simon Says Stamp!

Simon Says Stamp is also on Instagram! If you would like you can also share your projects there, but don’t forget to use the hashtag #sssmchallange

And that’s all for today, If you have any questions, suggestions or if you want to let me know what  you think of this project, leave a message!

Zoey Scarpelli

I'm Zoey - I'm passionate about Mixed Media, Stenciling, Stamping and reading books.

  • barbara

    Ormai credo che entrambe siamo dipendenti dalle Dolls di Tim! tu pensa che io ne ho prese due confezioni! Come sempre fantastico sei così brava a creare strati! Li adoro!

    July 3, 2017 at 6:53 am Reply
  • Andrea Ockey Parr

    Another beautiful creation! You are SOOOOO talented at creating texture and combining colors in beautiful ways. And I always love the words and sentiments you choose to include. You always inspire me!

    July 3, 2017 at 5:10 am Reply
  • kath

    your stencilled background is amazing Zoey and I love that handsome young lad…hugs kath xxx

    July 2, 2017 at 6:15 pm Reply
  • Anna-Karin

    Beautiful tag Zoey! I love all the layers in your background and the stitching is perfect – especially how you stitched a chair for him.

    July 1, 2017 at 10:47 pm Reply
  • Emma

    I love that you’re addicted to the Paper Dolls just as much as I am and this is another stunning work of art ~ that background is amazing and looks wonderful! Love it… <3

    July 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm Reply
  • thealteredpaper

    Gorgeous mixed media tag! Lovely background and colors!

    June 27, 2017 at 10:10 pm Reply
  • steph203

    The image and sentiment are totally perfect… not too mention the gorgeous texture and color on the tag! Well done, Zoey! : )

    Simon Says Stamp!

    June 26, 2017 at 11:57 pm Reply
  • onecraftystamper

    WOW! Awesome tag, Zoey! Love the colors – you are brilliant with them, and all those stencils! Sewing adds so much to what you do, I really need to pull my machine out. Great message! hugs, Maura

    June 26, 2017 at 9:33 pm Reply
  • Maureen Reiss

    Gorgeous tag!!! Love the colors and all that texture!!

    June 26, 2017 at 9:16 pm Reply
  • Cathie C.

    Oh, Zoey, the vibrant colors on your tag are gorgeous! I love the depth of your stenciling and of course the stitching is always done to perfection. Gorgeous!

    Cathie ♥

    June 26, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply
  • Macarena

    Oh this is so beautiful! I love the great texture you gave it by stenciling. And love the stitches of course. You’re right the little one has something tricky clever on his face 🙂 Great idea with stitching him a place to sit! Hugs, Macarena!

    June 26, 2017 at 7:38 pm Reply
  • lorraine

    Gorgeous tag Zoey, I love the colours and textures on the background and the vintage boy and sentiment are fabulous, love the sentiment, so true! 🙂

    Lols x x x

    June 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm Reply
  • Anne R

    The mix of colours you used on the background are fantastic, there is such a warm feel to them, the stencilling adds some lovely depth and the stitching here and there is a wonderful touch!

    It has been a pleasure to work alongside you for this last month! Hugs, Anne x

    June 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm Reply
  • Jackie PN (@PNJackie)

    Zoe, This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the palette and your layering as always pulls at my mixed media heart!
    May I ask what colors you used? That yellow is gorgeous! (kampysgirl)(@)(gmail)(dot)(com)

    June 26, 2017 at 3:11 pm Reply
    • Jackie PN (@PNJackie)

      geesh, I just saw your colors on your list! If I had kept reading I would have seen before I asked! Duh! heehee

      June 26, 2017 at 3:13 pm Reply

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