Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge : Make Your Own Background

Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
This week the challenge is to

Make Your Own Background 

There are so many awesome techniques to create your own backgrounds, from textured embossing and simple splattering of inks to multi layered stencilling and gelli plate printing. Whatever techniques you used we will be looking forward to seeing your makes!
We are showcasing some fabulous Concord&9th Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used!
The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post! You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!

Here are my cards for challenge inspiration. I used Retro Petals Turnabout Stamp set.

I started by stamping Retro Petals Turnabout Stamp on a piece of 5.5×5.5 inch 80lb Neenah white paper using Tim Holtz Stamping Platform. I stamped each turn with different colors of Simon Says Dye Inks : Cotton Candy, Doll Pink, Barely Beige and Orange Slush.

Next, I trimmed the panel into A2 size then adhered it onto A2 sized top folded card base I made using Simon's Doll Pink Card Stock

Big Happy diecut was made out of Simon Copper Glitter paper & scrap white cardstock then was foam mounted onto the panel. I added a slip of vellum paper between diecut and background panel. I also used a small sentiment "BIRTHDAY" block from Beautiful Flowers set. I then adhered some 6mm and 4mm clear droplets as a final touch. 

For my two blue cards, I used Simon Dye Inks - Barely Beige, Audrey Blue, and Surf Blue- and an Altenew ink Rocky Shore. Then I made custom card base using Simon's Audrey Blue Card Stock

And in the last card, I heat embossed sentiments from Everything Together set in white on Vellum paper and adhered it onto background panel.

I added twine and Metallic Gold sequins as a final touch.


So now it's YOUR turn. 
 Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too !
There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog , if you haven't subscribed by email you may want to so you don't miss out.

You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
New creations only, please don't link projects published before the start of the challenge, Only 5 new creations will be eligible in the prize draw.

Thanks for reading this.
Have a great day!

Marge ♡


  1. Happy Wednesday, Marge! I love the color combinations you chose for the se wonderful quilt-like backgrounds. That stamp looks like such fun to use. Thanks for arousing my curiosity; I am going to search for a video to see it in use. Have a great day!

  2. So many gorgeous cards, The pink and gold one is stunning !!! xx

  3. So many pretty combinations, Marge - another set that I need to make my own!

  4. Gorgeous cards Marge, all 3 are stunning! I love the colours and designs, very beautiful :-)

    Lols x x x

  5. PERFECT and sooo COOL - LOVE all of your cards!!!

  6. Hi Marge, Such BEAUTIFUL cards, I love all 3 of them the colors are all so pretty. I buy most of my supplies at SSS but I have never entered a contest there, don't know why. Can you tell me when the new challenge goes up for Monday, I have looked into it before on their website but I was always confused if I was doing the current or previous contest because they don't use dates, they just say due wed for example, hope that makes sence, lol. Thanks Marge for ALWAYS being so sweet!!!!!!

  7. A trio of BEAUTY! Wow! The gold sparkly and embossed sentiments really pop against these AWESOME backgrounds!! WOW!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Such a beautiful color combination for the background stamps Marge! I have got to try this combo out. Sometimes you just need bold sentiment cards that really put it out there how much the person whom you are sending the card to means to you! :D Your cards do just that! Have a lovely day, friend! xx Ankita

  9. Beautiful cards Marg, love the designs of all three. wonderful inspiration.

  10. Your backgrounds are fabulous! I love the results of the turnabout stamps! Terrific cards!

  11. GORGEOUS! Love them all Marge! Great colors!

  12. These are gorgeous, Marge. I love that pattern and the colors you chose. Aren’t those turnabout stamps fun? I loved using mine once I got the jig dialed in.

  13. Absolutely brilliant cards, love how you've made the backgrounds.