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Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Take a picture using GESSO, Lawn Fawn and Hero Arts

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope this week has found you well. I was up most of the night with a hungry little girl, but I’m not complaining. Just thrilled she is here with us. A true miracle. Both of my kids are… Kids. Still can’t get over saying that…. Thank you Jesus….

Today’s challenge is TAKE A PICTURE! Create anything that is film, camera, photograph related…. I chose to work with a couple of Lawn Fawn stamp sets and paired them with a technique I picked up from the cute Lisa Spangler…  GESSO! Here’s a look (all supplies are listed at the bottom of the post):



Let me explain. I started with a white piece of card stock and used several different color distress stains to create the background. I then took a thick layer of Gesso and applied it with a palette knife… I then took the envelope pattern stamp set from Hero Arts and pressed down into the gesso and got this amazing texture as a result.



To bring out the texture even more, I rubbed some Weathered Wood Distress Paint mixed with water over the top……  I then took the filmstrip image from the Hero Arts/Studio Calico Borders set to incorporate the sentiment….


And there you have it. A little mixed media card. I don’t do mixed media often as I don’t have the skill for it, but after seeing Lisa’s technique video, I had to give it a try!

The wonderfully amazing and sweet Heidi is offering up a $50 gift certificate to the Simon Says Stamp online store!!!!!! HELLO!!!!!! That’s awesome!!!

Be sure to head on over the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog and take a look at the rest of the design team inspiration and play along with us!!! Be prepared to have your socks blown off because they are all amazing! I am so lucky to be a part of this team! Dream come true.


Thanks so much for stopping by!!!! :)

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  1. That background is wicked cool! Very pretty card!

  2. Adorable card Laurel! Love the fab background!!


  3. Cool technique! I love the background!!

  4. Your created the background is fabulous and great details.

    Heather xx

  5. Awesome card!! Love the mixed media elements!!! How creative and fun!! So sorry you were up all night! I hope you’re able to sleep when she does during the day today!! You’re allowed to feel tired, stressed and overwhelmed (and blessed and thankful!) with (2!!) kids! 🙂 it’s part of life and human nature! Sending warm thoughts and prayers your way! 🙂

  6. Fabulous card Laurel, love how you’ve created the background
    Mandy xx

  7. Beautiful texture, Laurel! What a fun card!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Amazing, Laurel! Thanks for sharing your process. 🙂

  9. Love this so much Laurel!!!! And I gotta say, YOU are the star! xx

  10. Just stumbled across your blog and I love it! I just started one of my own and am hoping to focus a lot on paper products, mainly cards. You’re blog has been a wonderful inspiration! I love all of the small details you put into your pieces. : )

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