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Paradise & War Zone

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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 “ADD TEXTURE”.
….AND You know me… I loooooove some texture! So for today’s project I decided to make the background and the texture the main focus of it. I know that Backgrounds are supposed to be…well…backgrounds…but not this time!

I used a lot of gesso, black gesso, distress paint, dylusion paints to create the first layer of background. I set aside to dry because I wanted it to be completely dry before adding distress crayons.


Then it was time to add even more color so I grabbed a couple of distress markers and added depth to the already busy background. I did not want to add anything else, no stamps, no stencils. I wanted to create texture only with paint and gesso.


And as every project I do, it goes along with the current mood of my feelings. There has been a little “fight” – a little something going on, that had me think and carefully take a specific path.
Nothing to be worried about, but i found my self into paradise and at the same time in war zone….the result? I choose to be happy.

and oh boy. 🙂

Can’t wait to see all your yummi textured project!

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

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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!

Stay Happy Stay Creative…till next time!

Ciao , Zoey


Zoey Scarpelli

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

  • Emma

    Amazing texture and detail and that background is stunning…wonderful work as always, Zoey! xx

    July 31, 2016 at 2:24 pm Reply
  • Macarena

    This is just perfect! The fight is so visible and I love your choice of being happy! Great colors and amazing textures. Love it! Hugs, Marzena

    July 30, 2016 at 6:16 pm Reply
  • kath

    wow Zoey…you truly are the queen of texture and colour…love it…hugs kath xxx

    July 29, 2016 at 10:43 am Reply
  • desperatehousewifecraft

    Gorgeous colours and textures! Completely understand where you’re at, changing our perspectives help too. Especially when i look at your tag, every perspective brings out yet another beautiful element!

    July 28, 2016 at 9:35 am Reply
  • onecraftystamper

    Zoey, you create such amazing texture!! To think you did all this with paints! What a juxtaposition with the dark and bright, your words, and your life path. Happy is always a good choice in my mind – hugs!

    July 27, 2016 at 8:45 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    Stunning texture!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

    July 27, 2016 at 12:00 am Reply
  • Becca Cruger

    Jaw droppingly beautiful. I seriously loved every bit about this. The sentiment behind your card is conveyed perfectly in the chaos of the texture with the bright colors splashing over the dark background. Love, love, love.

    July 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm Reply
  • Mary Elizabeth

    Zoey — I so felt the emotional story of this tag before I ever read your post. It truly conveys the emotional turmoil of a “fight” with the layers of color and texture from the paint and gesso. And then the Choose to be Happy right in the middle of the words War Zone … Amazing. LOve this!!!!! — Mary Elizabethr

    July 26, 2016 at 4:01 pm Reply
  • barbarayaya

    Un lavoro bellissimo e molto toccante! Un mix di colori e textures davvero esplosivo! barbara

    July 26, 2016 at 7:46 am Reply
  • Mimi- she's crafty

    Oooh, bravo. Love this… the colors are bomb!

    July 26, 2016 at 6:54 am Reply
  • Cathie C.

    Love the colors and texture on your tag, Zoey! Amazing as always and I wish I could get the whole white space thing down but when I try it, it never turns out fantastic like yours did on this tag. You’ve given me the inspiration to keep trying.

    Cathie ♥

    July 25, 2016 at 7:16 pm Reply
  • lorraine

    Gorgeous tag Zoey, the background is amazing and I love the double sentiment, very clever and very lovely 🙂

    Lols x x x

    July 25, 2016 at 6:42 pm Reply
  • Beulah Bee

    I get the struggle, balance is the key and you’ve worked it out perfectly!

    July 25, 2016 at 4:41 pm Reply
  • Helen Gullett

    AMAZING texture! WOW!

    July 25, 2016 at 3:44 pm Reply

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