Monday, 17 February 2014

A Cameo Appearance...

Can you believe it's Monday already? But the start of a new week means that it's time for an exciting new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week the challenge is called "A Cameo Appearance". Will you be inspired by a TV show when some actor you like (from another show) pops on an episode or like me, do you love vintage cameos. Whatever inspires you, we would love you to join us in our challenge...

...and this is what I created, a vintage style cameo book frame, inspired by the romance of Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice. As always, I hope you love what I've made!
I love Tim Holtz's Worn Covers and thought it would work so well with this piece but I didn't have one so, decided to make one of my own. To begin with, I used chipboard and Manila card to create the book cover as a base for me to work on.
I then painted the outside and inside of the cover, using Stormy Sky and Antique Linen Distress Paints. Once I was happy with the colour, I then cut more Manila card to size and applied the same colours of Distress Paint to my craft mat, spritzed the paint with water and then "swooshed" the card through the paint, picking up the colours on the mat. I heat dried the card and then embossed it using the Regal Flourishes Texture Fade. To highlight the raised areas of the embossing, I lightly inked them with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then added a touch of Treasure Gold. The edges of the card were then distressed and inked before applying each piece onto my cover.
The next step was to create the inside and for this, I inked the surface of some cream card with Old Paper Distress Ink, to give an antiqued look, added a few splatters of ink over the top before distressing and inking the edges of the card. I then die cut two Ornate Frames and the Mini Silhouettes from chipboard, painted all the die cuts with Black Soot Distress Paint before I inked over the top of them with clear embossing powder and heat embossed so that they became beautifully glossy.
I added some card behind each of the frames that I once again embossed with the Damask folder from the Damask and Regal Flourishes Texture Fade and then stuck the frames inside my cover and attached the silhouettes facing one another.

I now needed to decorate the outside and for this I wanted to make some paper flowers. I used the Tattered Florals and the Tattered Flower Garland Strips die to die cut all the various sized petals that I would need to make each individual flower. Once all the die cutting was complete, I spritzed all the petals using Squeezed Orange Dylusions Spray Mists and then heat dried them. After I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, I then layered each of the coloured petals together to give me six various sized dimensional flowers.
The centres of each flowers are made using an old punch from my stash, which makes the most perfect shaped stamens. I then inked them and added them to the centres with a pearl.
I added the flowers to the front of my cover and then used the Garden Greens die to die cut Grungepaper leaf flourishes. The flourishes are inked with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Ink and then added to the arrangement on the front.
To complete my book cover, I added some twine, a Paris Post Mark stamp which I stamped with black Archival Ink onto inked Manila card and then tucked into the arrangement with a Memo Pin and finally, I added a Word Band tied onto the cover with some dyed Crinkle Ribbon.

So, I really hope you loved my cameo frame book cover and for more great ideas and inspiration, then look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my very talented Design Team members. Every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....
Products used:

Dylusions Ink Spray ~ Squeezed Orange
Distress Paint ~ Stormy Sky and Antique Linen
Idea-Ology ~ Memo Pins, Word Bands
Punches, pearls and twine from my craft stash

Thank you so much for your visits today and I'll see you all very soon!!
Bye for Emma xx


  1. the elegance, the details, the textural elements - this is AMAZING!!! love it.

  2. Gorgeous! The flowers are stunning. The colors are amazing together, love how you used dry embossing on the cover and behind the silhouettes.

  3. Oh Emma this is stunning. I love it. xx

  4. Morning Emma, such a stunning project, and so much work. Thank you for the brilliant instructions, I may just have to give this a go....oh and I love the colour of the flowers...sets off the book to perfection....x

  5. OMG truly stunning work Emma just love everything from the cameo's the fabbytastic flowers & what you did with the ribbon.. if you inspire crafters to make something half as good as this I've got no chance <3 xxx

  6. February Favourite!!! LOVE your project Emma, it is breathtaking :-) xxx

  7. Wow as usual this piece is Beautiful!!! Do you have a you tube video of how you do your flowers?

  8. Emma, l love your book frame covers! What a fun idea to use it as a decorative piece and don't make a book of some sort out of it! Great details and the silhouettes are beautiful! Hugs, Sandra

  9. Beautiful piece, Emma, the flowers are stunning and I love the pop of colour. The embossed texture is beautiful . Very elegant piece. Tracy x

  10. Utterly stunning flowers, and such a stylish elegant creation in all.
    Alison x

  11. wow. this is stunning. i'm creating a book for my son's school project. just wondering how you built spine and how to make it sturdy as yours looks the part xx

  12. Emma...your vintage cameo piece is truly beautiful. That gorgeous orange flower on the cover is breathtaking. Love the die cut cameos on the interior as well. Such lovely texture and dimension! <3 Candy

  13. Beautiful 3D effects, Emma! I'm also loving the POP of orange :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. This is absolutely gorgeous Emma!! LOVE your fabulous flowers, wow. Wonderful textures and design.

  15. Beautiful project, Emma. The blossoms are so realistic. So luscious! I adore silhouettes and this project is darling.

  16. What a fantastic book frame! I simply adore those happy bright flowers you used on the front and how you combined them with the Paris scrap. Great embossed background, too. The whole thing made me feel like Spring and exotic vacations aren't so far away after all!

  17. This packs a puch Emma, Elegant, subtle and the flowers set everything off so beautifully.

  18. this is truly gorgeous. I LOVE those orange flowers!!!

  19. I'm totally in love with your Cameo project! The cover that you have created is stunning, I love all the details! Leaves and flowers embossed background are wonderful! BArbarayaya

  20. Oh the pop of those beautiful orange flowers against the elegant texture in the background is wow! Fabulous cameo book!

  21. What a beautiful creation! Emma. Love those gorgeous embossing and die cutting. Those flowers are totally fantastic! :)

  22. Wow. That is a stunning project. I love the embossing & the flowers look wonderful.

  23. So very pretty Emma! Lovin' all those gorgeous blossoms and beautiful cameos! The textured background adds such a great touch!

  24. what a creative piece Emma...I love everything about this book...from the color choices to your pretty flowers...

    Nancy T.


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


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