Monday, 27 April 2015

Runway Fashion ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and you're now all refreshed and raring to go for the new week ahead!

Over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a brand new challenge starting today and this week is ~ ANYTHING GOES! Yes, you can do anything you want, there are no rules ~ just craft!!

For those who know me well, you will know that I love fashion and I adore the work of Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Dior, Lulu Guinness and Karl Lagerfeld. So with this in mind, when I started working on this challenge piece at the end of March (I work well in advance, lol) and because as soon as I saw the gorgeous new Runway stamps by Tim Holtz, I just knew these stamps were my thing and I would have to use them and was inspired to create a triptych of tags using yellow as a main feature because that was the colour that was so heavily featured in the spring/summer catwalk shows.
To begin with I took three Manila tags and coated each tag with a mix of Scattered Straw and Picket Fence Distress Paint. When the paint was dry I applied Texture Paste through the Lace Layering Stencil. Mount each tag when the paste is dry onto steel grey card, leaving a narrow border around the outside.

Now to move onto the next stage and for this I cut three pieces of watercolour card, 13.5 x 7cm and using the City Scapes stamp set, I individually stamped the London, Paris and New York skylines across the bottom of each piece of card. I then went on to stamp the Runway models above each of the skylines.
Next, I watercoloured the stamped images, using a watercolour brush to pick up colour from Distress Marker Pens that I scribbled onto a craft sheet. I wanted to keep the sketchy feel to these stamps and so decided to give them a soft washed watercolour effect. Give them a quick blast with a heat tool and then using the Distress Marker Spritzer, add some background detail to each of the panels.

Machine stitch around the outside of each panel and then attach them to the tags using foam pads.

Using jet black Archival Ink, stamp the London, Paris, New York wording onto a further piece of card and cut the words into individual cities. Ink around the edges and attach each to the top section of your tag.
Dye some crinkle ribbon with Scattered Straw Distress Spray Stain and cut small strips and thread through the holes in two of the tags, securing them with a knot. For the third tag which will be in the centre, tie the ribbon into a scruffy bow and attach to the top of the tag, adding a resin rose to the centre.
As a finishing touch, add small sequins around the image in the centre for a little bit of glamour and subtle glitz!
Finally, all we need to do is piece our tags together and for this I cut small pieces of the steel grey card, approx 8 x 4cm and score and fold vertically down the centre of each to form hinges. Stick the card hinges to the back of the first tag, placing them evenly at the top and bottom and then attach the second tag to the first, leaving a slight gap between the two tags of approx 1/16".
This will ensure that the tags will close perfectly when folded together. Attach the third and final tag to complete the triptych and that completes my fashion inspired project.
I really hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and love my finished project. If you need any further inspiration for this challenge, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....

Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Scattered Straw
Distress Spray Stain: Scattered Straw
Embellishments: Sequins


  1. Great tags, very original with the street boards, I love them all three!!


  2. Fabulous design and composition, loving the new TH stamps :-) xx

  3. Oh Emma, I just love this and had to come and have a closer look...the yellow tones are fab and the whole lay out is just perfect....I feel inspired ....thanks....have a good

  4. WOW!!! Amazing project!! Thank you for the inspiration :)

  5. Super ...I really love these. I like the skylines under the models/

  6. Ooo I love your tags Emma!! TFS!

  7. Saw this on Facebook, just love how you have combined the stamps and the yellow is lovely. Great design.
    Julie x

  8. Wow wee! Love the look of the sketched fashions - looks just like haute fashion sketches. Your creative depths are inspiring. You go Girl!

  9. Ooh love yellow - pleased to see so much of it around at the moment and great to see in your fabulous project, stunning :-)

  10. Stunning work yet again! I'm speechless, Jo x

  11. Wow! Gorgeous trio, Emma! I really love the POP of yellow in the clothes!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. what a clever triptych! loving the softness of the colouring. gorgeous xx

  13. These are so utterly fabulous! Love how you paired these stylish ladies with those intricate skylines. They are colored beautifully! I admit to being totally addicted to watching Project Runway because I've always been fascinated with fashion as an art form, so kudos to what you've done here!

  14. Absolutely stunning and brilliant.


  15. Absolutely Stunning!! Love the stamps I have the fashion stamps but, where did you get the city stamps?

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Chary and the Cityscape stamps are available from Simon Says Stamp. The link is in the supply list ~ hope that helps and if you need anything else, I'm always here! <3

  16. Love all your gorgeous tag, Emma. :)

  17. Oh my goodness do you know how wonderful this piece is...I'd love to have that displayed in my home because it's so beautiful. I need to add the stamps to my "if I win the lottery I'll buy these craft things" list. These are at the top. Stunning stunning stunning

  18. This is beautiful Emma and great idea to combine the cityscape and runway stamps. Love the colour combo too!

  19. This is just is over the top stylishly beautiful! I love that you used yellow and you put the cities below. This is so brilliant! LOVE it!

  20. Wow these tags are amazing, Emma! Love the stylish ladies! And love that you made them all about a big fashion city! Hugs, Sandra

  21. Beautiful screen. Very practical when you want to hide from the eyes of other household :-) Very elegant object.

  22. Emma I think that your tryptic is a Masterpiece! It's so stylish, I love color palette, I love background, I love absolutely love every little detail! Perfect , so perfect! BArbarayaya

  23. These are so cute. The little touch of tuquoise in the city scenes make eveything pop!


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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