Monday 15 September 2014

Rock The Technique ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

...and welcome to a fun new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week, it's all about technique! We want you to ROCK THE TECHNIQUE and show us your stamping skills and whatever you choose, we can't wait to see the finished projects!

For my piece, I decided to make a pocket tag card and used the resist technique to create the background. I absolutely love this technique and combined with the Flower Loop stamp from Hero Arts, it just created the most wonderful backdrop to my embellishments.

...and this is how I made it!

To begin with, I took a piece of black card, 4.25" x 5.5". I inked up the Hero Arts Looped Flower with clear embossing ink and then stamped directly onto the card. Apply clear embossing powder over the top of the wet ink and heat emboss until it becomes molten and shiny.

I applied a coat of Peacock Feathers Distress Paint over the top of the embossed card, using a damp piece of kitchen towel to wipe away the paint from the embossed areas. I then added a second coat of paint, again wiping away the excess before adding a final thin layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top.

Once the card was dry, I mounted it onto my pocket which I made from 2 pieces of kraft card stuck together and then, applied Tissue Tape around the edges.
I added some Tissue Tape and a Industrious Border strip across the front of the pocket and then used the Tattered Florals die to create some hand crafted die cut roses, using Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink as my colour palette. I added the roses to my pocket, layering them over the top of a piece of Trellis Frameworks die, die cut from chipboard and painted with Distress Paints. For the leaves, I inked up some card using Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and then die cut the Tattered Leaves and Garden Greens foliage from the card. I then slightly crumpled the larger leaves before unfolding them and inking the edges. I attached these to my flower arrangement and added die cut chipboard twigs, painted with Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.
For the butterfly, I used the Mini Movers and Shapers die to die cut a piece of Grungepaper. I painted the Grungepaper with the same paints as I used on the background before adding a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the top. Once the crackles have appeared and the paint is dry, I applied some Picket Fence Distress Paint and let it seep into the crackles. I attached the butterfly to my pocket, placing a Game Spinner on the centre of it's body.

As a finishing touch I stamped the quote onto a piece of inked Manila card, distressed the edges before crumpling it up to give an aged look to the card. I attached this with a Memo Pin to my flower cluster.
For the tag, I used a Size 8 Manila tag and swooshed it through some Broken China and Peacock Feathers Distress Stains that I had applied to my craft sheet and then misted with water. I distressed the edges of the tag, before inking them with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and stamping one of my favourite Tim Holtz quote stamps directly onto the background with black Archival Ink. 
I used a Distress Marker to colour the shadow on the wording and added some Tissue Tape and a border strip, then mounted it onto kraft card and added a crinkle bow to the top, hand dyed using Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stain. 
You can now add the tag to the pocket for the hidden surprise and message of love....
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created this project 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 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....

Thank you so much for all your visits today!
See you again Emma xx

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  1. I'm in awe! This is just stunning--LOVE those incredible roses & the background is just fabulous!

  2. This is sooooo beautiful Emma, like all your artworks! I'll try this technique over black cardstock...really great!

  3. this is awesome Emma. love it in its totality. love the colour palette you went with as well. hugs xx

  4. Gorgeous! I love your roses. I can almost smell them. ;)

  5. Beautiful!! I love the roses too x

  6. Gorgeous project Emma! Those blossoms are stunning!

  7. Such a stunning pocket card with tag, Emma! Love the flowers, I'm a big fan of those! It gives so much! Amazing! Hugs, Sandra

  8. Absolutely stunning duo, Emma! Love the yellow blooms :)

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  9. Inally I've managed a blog visit instead of just a Facebook comment! Emma this is stunning and what a glorious combination of colours. The yellow roses are so beautiful and I love the resist background.

    Lesley Xx

  10. Wowzers! So gorgeous!!! Your flowers are amazing! I love the clock hand you added to the butterfly!

  11. What a fabulous card! Love the gorgeous flowers. :)

  12. Gorgeous and inspiring project!

  13. I really like everything! The roses are amazing, the wonderful background and the tag fabulous! As always Emma a masterpiece! BArbarayaya

  14. Oh Emma! Another gorgeous creation! I would describe this one as, "Classy with a Kick!" I love both the elegance and energy that it has and your use of the tissue tape was really lovely.

  15. Beautiful on the outside and then wow another beautiful tag on the inside! Fabulous as always!

  16. So pretty! Your flower embellishments always amaze me and these are no exception. They're wonderful! I love envelopes and pockets and any place you can tuck a little something in, so this stole my heart. This is delightful!

  17. Such a wonderful pocket Emma!! Love the background, tag and of course those amazing flowers.


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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