Monday, 23 June 2014

The Colour Purple ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

There's a new challenge starting today over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week it's all about ~ I OUGHT TO USE THIS MORE!! Yes, let's face it, we all have lots of these products and techniques that don't get used nearly enough! Perhaps it is a stamp or maybe it's a particular ink colour. Whatever your particular product or technique is ~ this is the chance to get it used and share!!

This week, I chose two things that I don't use enough ~ the colour purple and a technique that I used when I first started crafting but, haven't used since ~ faux batik!! I combined the two to make this card and as always, I'm going to take you on the journey of how I made it and I really hope you love what I've created....
To begin with I covered a piece of white stamping card with Antique Linen Distress Paint. The card stock that I used hasn't got a coating as I find this is better for the next step that follows. I then inked up the Damask stamp with a clear embossing ink pad and stamped directly onto my painted background. I added clear embossing powder over the top and then, heated it until molten.

I now needed to create a background and for this I added a layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint, followed by a layer of Dusty Concord Distress Paint, using a brush to blend the colours together, building up layer upon layer to create a textured looking background and between each of the layers, I wiped away the excess paint from the embossed area using a baby wipe. For the final layer of colour, I used a brush, which has gone a little bit hard from using a multi matte medium and I dry brushed a final layer of purple over the top, which left me with these scratchy lines, which I thought look perfect for the background I needed. Again, I wiped away any excess paint from the embossed area.
Now for the fun bit ~ I took a piece of waxed baking paper and laid it over the top of the card. I then took my iron, a normal household iron as I don't have a craft iron and at this point REMEMBER TO TAKE THE STEAM FUNCTION OFF and with the iron on a low setting, I gently ironed over the top of the waxed paper, laid over the card which I'd embossed. This process removes the raised area of embossing powder to leave you with a completely flat surface and it doesn't take too long, so be careful ~ you usually know when it's ready to remove the waxed paper, as you can see the embossing powder just showing through and adhered to the wax paper.
To complete the background, I sanded away some of the paint from around the edges and distressed them with Distress Ink to give a vintage, shabby look, before stamping the quote directly beneath the Damask stamped image.
Next, I die cut a heart from chipboard using the Movers and Shapers set and covered this with Picked Raspberry Distress Paint. Once dry, I added some Glossy Accents over the top and then a layer of Picked Raspberry Distress Glitter. I attached this to my faux batik piece together with some Crinkle Ribbon dyed with a combination of Picked Raspberry and Dusty Concord Distress Stain. To complete the piece, I added a Pen Nib in the centre.
I mounted the finished artwork onto a piece of black card, followed by a piece of Manila card, stained with Distress Stains and the heavily distressed. I then matted all the layers onto a black card blank.

I do hope you've enjoyed my photo tutorial and loved this technique. As always, if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my 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....

Products used:

Distress Stains ~ Picked Raspberry and Dusty Concord
Idea-Ology Pen Nibs and Crinkle Ribbon
Archival Ink ~ Black
Uncoated White Card Stock from my own stash

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


  1. This is such an elegant card. Love the tecnique and will try it for sure.

    Have a lovely day/Gunilla

  2. That is really beautiful, Emma. Beautiful colours and great technique. xx Maggie

  3. Soft and Feminine and oh so elegant! Fabulous card.

  4. Such a gorgeous card! Love the softness and beautiful stamping. :)

  5. So cool Emma! Love the purple and that technique is amazing, I need to do that more too! Hugs, Sandra

  6. So pretty Emma! Love the gorgeous damask design and pretty purple color palette!

  7. My favourite card, so pretty Emma.

  8. just seen this over the sss challenge blog. it s very pretty. that damask stamp is gorgeous and the purples work so well with the design. beautiful xx

  9. Very cool! Love the purple and combination of techniques :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. One other thing we share! Even I can not use the purple very often,altough my little girl has this name! Your card is beautiful and elegant as always! BArbarayaya

  11. Emma, this card is stunning! I love the simple elegance of it. Thanks for the easy-to-follow-and-understand tutorial. I am excited to try it out!

  12. Another lovely creation! That soft purple is so soothing and I love the sentiment! The whole thing made me feel like I could succeed at doing something creative-- it was like a breath of fresh air and I really liked all of the different texture you created. It's simple, yet highly sophisticated!

  13. Love your card, & I'm so glad you shared the how-to. I always love to learn new techniques, and this one looks well worth trying. That purple is one of my favorite colors doesn't hurt, either! LOL Thanks so much for sharing this!

  14. Beautiful card Emma! This is such a great technique, and I too often forget about it. And, purple is also my least used colour, no idea why, I really do like purple.

  15. Incredibly clever techniques which combine to produce a stunning card Emma. Love it. Jenny x

  16. Lovely Technique thank you for sharing xx

  17. This project sold me on the Picked Raspberry Glitter. I love that color! Very inspiring project. So romantic!

  18. You know my favorite colour is purple and all shades of....I have LOADS in my stash!! Always gets used

  19. Wowzer! This is a work of art!


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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