Monday, 4 September 2017

Stamp It...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge called STAMP IT! This month, is a very special month over at SSS because...we're celebrating StampTember ~ a month long party full of exclusive new products, giveaways and special guests and the Monday Challenge team will be joining in with the celebrations and we hope you will too!
For this week's challenge, each team member was sent a surprise product from the brand new release and today, we are all sharing the projects we made using those stamps and dies! The stamp set that I was sent is the cute Carol Singers set and I decided to create my first Christmas card of 2017 using these fun characters.
So, here we go...it's time for this week's challenge and here's how I created my card! 
  


Many of my regular visitors will know that I don't usually do "cute" but today I have embraced my cute side with this card and to begin with I started with the stamping...

I began by stamping my bear image onto a piece of heavyweight mixed media card using Archival Ink and stamping a second image that once cut out, will be used as a mask for when I create the background. I then cut a circle to use as a template for the moon and placed this directly onto my card, overlapping the image of the bear and place the mask of the bear directly over the top of the image on the card. Now just work that Distress Ink magic by blending Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen inks over the surface and directly over the top of the masks, probably inking two thirds of the way down and leaving the bottom section free. I kept going until I was happy and then with the masks still in place, I splattered a small amount of water over the inked background before dabbing away the excess with a paper towel.

Removing the moon mask, I then inked the colour of the moon using some more Antique Linen and a touch of Frayed Burlap to add the depth.

For the snowy effect at the bottom, I just painted on some gesso, adding it thicker to places than others and then once the paint was dry, added some shadows using the same coloured inks as I used on the sky.

Next, I removed the bear mask and coloured the image using Distress Marker pens. Adding light and shade to certain areas. You'll also notice if you look real close, I've actually given the bear some eyes by colouring in the whites and adding little pupils. I also gave him some polka dot trousers, just for fun!
I then stamped the image of the cat onto a further piece of card, coloured the image and cut around the outline before attaching it with foam pads to create my scene.

I stamped some music notes from the stamp set around the image and then added the wording, again from the same stamp set.
For a base for the cuties to stand on, I used some cheesecloth ~ one section coloured with Tumbled Glass and one left white. I entwined the two pieces together and then using Collage Medium, I stuck the cloth to the background, adding some Art Stones to look like little snowballs around their feet.
To complete the scene, I added some gold die cut stars that were left over from a future Halloween project and placed them amongst dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops, applied directly onto the card.

Finally I added a sticker, (from Tim's Holiday Talk Metallic Sticker set from last year) along the bottom and two pearl baubles to either side.
To finish my card, I matted it onto layers of various coloured card and a piece of the gorgeous paper from last years Tidings Paper Stash by Tim Holtz. I finished the card with a piece of twine wrapped around and tied into a bow and added a button.

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then 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 StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....




Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx


Heat Gun
Tim Holtz Holiday Talk Metallic Stickers 2016 from my own stash

19 comments:

  1. Gorgeous card Emma :-) I love how you used this cute set to create such an arty and awesome work of art! The masking is fabulous, I love how you created the moon, and the background, absolutely stunning! :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. This is so cool and funny. I love the scene and the cat with the birdy on his head, lovely colored. The soft background is amazing (as always!). Hugs, Marzena

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  3. Wow, this is amazing and adorable all at the same time, Emma. The whole design is beautiful.

    Cathie ♥

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  4. Way cute , you embraced cute very well with your cute duet ... oops I mean trio ( can't forget the bird ); staged very nicely with your detailed background ! Love the bear's polka dot pants... can't have Christmas without polka dot somewhere , right ??! <3 Oh if you got this message or part of it twice it;'s because I'm trying to comment with this man talking in my ear ... and the message disappeared before I was finished DUDE ... go away , you're on MY time !!!

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  5. You should do 'more cute' 'cause you are so good at!!! Love it, my uber-talented friend...huge hugs! Simona

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  6. Yay! First Christmas card done, and it is stunning! I love the colors you chose for your images, Emma and the little touches like the layers and button with twine! Great way to show the snow! hugs, Maura

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  7. Love your gorgeous Christmas card! Emma. The carol singers are super cute! :)

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  8. Now I know you don't usually do cute but this is rather fabulous! Who cares whether its cute you have made the entire card sing! (carol singers and sing get it?). Anyway I love it.

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  9. How fun to see you do something in a totally different style! I always knew you were a versatile artist, but this proves it! I love how this is so cute, but it still has those great sophisticated elements of yours like lots of gorgeous texture!

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  10. Aw! This is adorable! Emma. It may not be your usual style but that doesn't matter when you ooze the talent you have. Heck, you could make the telephone directory (I think we still have those ?? lol) look good! Your card has such a lovely smiley feel to it. You have put the class and the taste into cute. Fabulous fa,la,la,la, la fun .
    big hugs x

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  11. This card so super cute. Great job.

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  12. This is so beautiful! I love the cuteness as well!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    Crafting with Creative M

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  13. Adorable - like a lovely illustration in a vintage children's book.
    Alison x

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  14. absolutely adorable...those cute images make me smile...hugs kath xxx

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  15. Love the way you used this set! Such a cute card!

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  16. Super cute card! Love to see when you work out of your comfort zone, the result is always spectacular! great piece my friend! Barbara

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  17. What a lovely card, Emma! the sweet carollers are so fun! Hugs, Sandra

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  18. What a lovely fun card! I enjoyed finding out how you created it too 😁. Have a great week! J 😊

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Emma ~xx

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