Simon Says Stamp & Show – One for the Boys


SSSS-BoysFun theme this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Ever since Shelly Hickox posted this project last week I’ve wanted to do something with foil tape and alcohol inks. Shelly’s work is amazing… check out her blog!

Tim got me past my fear of things that shine a few weeks ago when we made this project in class.

I used the honeycomb embossing folder on my foil tape letters with alcohol inks. I love that folder so much it’s scary. I’m not kidding. And with Shelly’s drip and dry technique, the raised areas of the EF seemed to hold the colors in place.

I used the gears dies and the new tiny metal Idea-ology ones, and just had fun with this tag.  My big work space was down to about a 6″ square because I had so much stuff out to play.

I used tiny alphabet stamps to spell out “Let’s hear it for” and a large music stamp background, and added a second tag (black) offset behind the main one before attaching the diecut gears on top.

Today I’m hosting a tutorial on the Movers & Shapers over at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog.  Would love you to pop by and let us know you visited!


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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Congrats on your Simon win! Fabulous project!

  2. Great piece Marjie! I love this one.

  3. Congrats!

  4. Love it and you got a top 3 blinkie for it! Well deserved!

  5. Wow this truly is amazing! I can see that your recent courses have you experimenting and the results are fantastic!!

  6. Wow Marjie this is so fun, wonderful details.
    Love this tag!
    Hugs Vada

  7. Lucy Edmondson says:

    This is such a fabulous design; I love it! Hope you have been enjoying your gadding about,
    Lucy x

  8. Now you have got me singing!!! Great colours and design Marjie – it’s a fab stamp and your embossed metallic letters are uber-yummy! Thanks so much for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge too! Sarah.

  9. Absolutely stunning! What a nice colours and design…

  10. Fantastic great coloring. Love the textured letter.

  11. Fabulous tag, Marjie–great colors and wonderful details!!

  12. wow, when you get over your fears you go all the way, love that! love all the different elements you used on this cute one>
    Have a happy weekend, hugs 🙂

  13. Stunning tag – fab use of the honeycomb on the foil!

  14. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

    I love the way the honeycomb folder makes the foil look like mosaic tiles. Very cool!

  15. Great tag, you make it look like you’ve been doing metal foils your whole life!

  16. it looks like you are WAY over the fear of things that shine. This POPS.

  17. This tag is amazing….love those letters, and the whole design in just fantastic!

  18. Gorgeous, I love the use of the embossing folders and alcohol inks on your letters which work beautifully with your image. Great layout and background too. Love the gears. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  19. Simply awesome!!! Gotta try that fab technique! xox

  20. HI Marjie
    Sorry I’ve not been stopping by but I know you understand.
    Today I just wanted to switch off and catch up on fabulous art such as your tag. Those letters are incredibly eye catching – amazing.

  21. Hi Marjie, like I said over at the F&F blog, this is brilliant, I love how you have used the alcohol inks and love the ‘lets hear it for the boy’. Again, brilliant! A x

  22. Wow what a fun technique. I love the gears especially. The letters are great but the gears with the colors are so neat. Great colors overall- the yellow really shows off the alcohol-inked pieces. Overall you made a really fun project with lots to think about and try.

  23. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Fabulous work- look out Shelly H!!! Hahaha I love all of your inspiration- the foil letters are awesome as are the gears!

  24. Loks great Marjie – love the colours & I like the Steampunk elements!

  25. This is amazing!!!

  26. Marjie, I love this! Those letters are so fun to play with, aren’t they? Adding the foil + ink takes them over the top. Fantastic piece!!

  27. Marjie…your tag is awesome! Your foil embossed and alcohol inked letters look really cool against the background. You’ve really used a lot of Tim’s elements on this piece and they all look fantastic! Great job, Marjie!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  28. This tag is gorrrgeous!! I love your color combo. That image is adorable. I agree with you on that honeycomb texture fade…i am in love and I want to use it on everything. I love the effect you got on the letters. I am going to have to give this one a try. Very inspiring!

  29. This totally ROCKS, Marjie. Love the foil covered letters and had to laugh about Shelly’s “drip and dry technique”. I love Shelly’s work – I want to be just like her when I grow up but I’ve been using that “technique” with foil and alcohol ink for the past two years. In fact, I just finished my piece for F&F next week using it – didn’t even know t was a technique – LOL.

  30. Love your tag! Those metal foil letters look amazing! Stunning!

  31. Great tag, love the colours! Valerie