Monday, 10 February 2014

We Love Stamps

It is Valentine’s week and this week the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is all about We Love Stamps ~ can’t you just feel love in the air? So whether you use a favorite technique or create a project featuring your favorite stamp - enjoy and I really hope you'll join us.
For my piece, I made a slider tag, which when opened showcases the gorgeous Tim Holtz ~ To My Valentine tag from the Love Struck stamp set. 
To make this slider tag the first thing I did was to make the pocket using Manila card. I made a 15 x 8.5cm pocket which fits the tag perfectly. Before assembling the pocket, I applied some Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen and Brushed Pewter Distress Stain to my craft mat, spritzed it with water and then dragged the Manila card through the stains to pick up the colour. I then did exactly the same, using a size 8 tag picking up the remainder of ink that was left my mat. I then assembled the pocket, added some layers onto my background using Tim Holtz's Stars Layering Stencil and the heart from the Love Struck stamp set, which I stamped using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. For the final layer, I inked up the Love Text with Watering Can Archival Ink and stamped onto random areas of the pocket, before inking the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
For the tag, I used the same inks and stamps to create my background but then used the gorgeous "To My Valentine" stamp as the main focal point on the tag. Finally, I flicked small amounts of White Linen Dylusions Spray over the pocket and the tag.
For the next step, I created the roses for the front of the pocket using Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals Die from Sizzix. Each petal was die cut from lightweight card and then spritzed with Postbox Red Dylusions Spray, dried and then spritzed again using Perfect Pearls Biscotti Spray Mist. I assembled the petals to create one large dimensional rose and two smaller ones and then attached these to the front of my pocket, with some twine.
I then used some Grungeboard to die cut my hearts, which were painted with Fired Brick Distress Paint and then I added a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint and watched those cracks appear. Once the paint was dry, I added some Tarnished Brass Distress Stain over the top to sink into the crackle and then attached the larger heart onto the front of my pocket and the smaller heart onto the tag itself.
I stamped the "Love" ticket from the stamp set, inked the surface and edges and attached it to the flower cluster using a Memo Pin and added some coils of rusty wire.
Finally, I tied some ribbon and paper string to the tag and attached a Muse token using a Wire Pin.
So, I hope I've inspired you with my Valentine's Slider Tag and the wonderful stamps that I used to create this piece. I'm really looking forward to seeing all your fabulous creations and I do hope you will join us in this week's challenge. For more great ideas and inspiration, then look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my fellow 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....
Products used:
Dylusions Ink Spray ~ White Linen and Postbox Red
Distress Inks ~ Walnut Stain, Old Paper and Tumbled Glass
Distress Paint ~ Fired Brick
Rusty wire, twine and vintage seam binding from my craft stash

Thank you for stopping by today and I'm really looking forward to reading all your comments.
Love Emma xx


  1. Absolutely stunning Emma just gorgeous x

  2. Yes Emma, Absolutely Stunning Love these flowers and the stamps and ....well love it all xxx

  3. I just love this card....The gorgeous flowers and the beautiful background....*sigh*.

  4. Stunning, more ideas and I need to experiment more I think

  5. Fantabulous flowers and gorgeous tag and pocket! The distressing on the flowers makes them blend beautifully with the distressed aged effect of the pocket and tag.

  6. Another gorgeous creation Emma. Those flowers on the pocket ... oh my ... beautiful. And I adore the kick of color Dylusions gives the petals and the soft white finish the white linen gives the tag and pocket. What a great way to show off Tim's new stamps. Fabulous way to celebrate Valentines Day :) Mary Elizabeth

  7. Wow.. your project is gorgeous, Emma. The background pattern and colors are so beautiful. Love those pretty flowers, too. Wonderful design :)

  8. really beautiful..... very much to my taste.

  9. Ohhhh, so beautiful Emma, and just the right amount of red....brilliant inspiration thank you for sharing...hope you are having a good day...Jo. X

  10. Ohh wow Emma! Love the slider tag! The tag is beautiful, and the pocket too! The flowers are fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

  11. another work of art. it's amazing how you can keep churning these xx

  12. Beautiful tag, Emma! I love the rose trio :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. This slide tag is absolutely lovely! I adore the color palette you used, which causes those divine roses to really pop! I also liked how you incorporated the stamps so well. The whole thing has a modern, yet vintage, vibe. Beautiful!

  14. Wow such a great card !!! I love every detail of it, wonderfull red roses great details!!!


  15. So beautiful, Emma - glorious flowers and the Valentine text stamp is exquisite.
    Alison x

  16. Gorgeous project, Emma! So romantic! I like that it's interactive, yet still has that dreamy quality. Beautiful!

  17. Emma I love this tag! The Roses are absolutely amazing! And all details are fantastic! great inspiration , thanks for sharing with us! BArbarayaya

  18. This is gorgeous! LOVE those flowers - such great details!!!

  19. Emma...such a lovely Valentine pocket tag. I love your choice of background colors. The stamped sentiment is a beautiful one and I truly love your tattered roses. Gorgeous colors! <3 Candy

  20. Gorgeous project Emma! Love the wonderful roses and pretty backgrounds.

  21. Beautiful Emma! Such beautiful blooms for the gorgeous backgrounds!

  22. this is such a beautiful tag the Valentin'es stamp to and how your red flowers pop off the tag...awesome!!!

    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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