Monday 29 September 2014

Finishing Touch ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend.

As you all know Simon Says Stamp has been having a month long party to celebrate STAMPtember and as the month comes to a close we have one final challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and it's the perfect way to end our celebrations ~ we want you to show us your FINISHING TOUCH STAMPING!!

For me, what better way could there be than finishing your project with Jean-Jacques Rousseau's wonderful quote made into a stamp by Tim Holtz. As always, I hope you love what I've made.
To begin with, I created my background by attaching Tissue Wrap to a piece of Manila card using Multi Medium. I then started layering my Distress Paints, starting with the Victorian Velvet and Antique Linen before adding a wash of Picket Fence over the top. Once I was happy with the blend, I then added some texture, using Ranger Texture Paste and applying it through the Speckles Layering Stencil onto random areas of my background. Once the paste was dry, I used my finger to add some light touches of Vintage Photo over the top of the paste.
I then distressed the edges of the card and matted it onto a piece of cream card, followed by kraft card. I added a final layer of black card, which I lightly inked around the edges with Picket Fence Distress Stain, wrapped a piece of stained Crinkle Ribbon around the centre of the matts and then attached them onto the front of my black tent fold card blank.
Cut a further strip of the Crinkle ribbon and dye using Victorian Velvet and Antiqued Bronze Distress Stains. Thread the ribbon through the strip attached to the front of your card and tie into a bow, together with a piece of paper string. Alter one of the Adornment Arrows by applying a small amount of Antique Bronze Distress Paint to the surface and then place the painted arrow underneath the centre of the bow.
Next, I used the Mini Feather and Inkwell die from Tim Holtz to die cut pieces of Grungepaper. I painted the inkwell with Black Soot Distress Paint and used Picket Fence to colour the two die cut feathers. Each piece was inked around the edges to give a vintage feel and then set aside to dry.

To create the crumpled letter, I inked up a piece of Manila cardstock using Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and then spritzed the paper with water before scrunching it up. Carefully unfold the card, tear the edges and then apply a light amount of ink over the surfaces and onto the torn edges.
Attach the letter onto the front of your card, using foam pads and layering it over the top of some cheesecloth. Add the die cut ink well and feathers and finally, to complete the card add two of the stamps from the Ephemera pack attaching them with a mini paperclip and attach Industrious Sticker trims onto each of the four corners of the card.
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created this card and 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 all of 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!
See you again Emma xx

Products used:
Distress Ink: Old Paper and Vintage Photo
Cheesecloth from my own stash


  1. Wowwww, awesome!!!! Love the colors and the details!!!


  2. What a beautiful love letter in a card. Gorgeous soft and elegant!

  3. I love this stamp!!! You truly did it justice with this amazing romantic card. Beautiful -- Mary Elizabeth

  4. A delicate, soft, gentle piece of art. I love how you can change your style. X

  5. another work of art. i see you are in a tissue wrap phase. elegantly soft. love it xx

  6. So pretty and feminine, Emma ... and so perfect with that romantic quote! Anita :)

  7. So pretty Emma! Love the soft, feminine vibe!

  8. This is such a fabulous creation, Emma. Love the gorgeous soft color scheme and the beautiful distressed effect. :)

  9. Wow, Emma! This card is so beautiful! Love it! Hugs, Sandra

  10. Beautiful card, so soft and vintage! Wonderful! Barbarayaya

  11. What a fantastic piece! Being the literature nerd that I am, I really enjoyed the whole love letter theme and the quote is particularly beautiful. And you've staged it so perfectly! Love how you paid homage to the written word in this one!

  12. Such a beautiful card Emma! The textured background is great and I love how you made that pretty quote the centre piece.


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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