Monday 23 March 2015

1 Stamp, Many Ways ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!

Hope you've all had a good weekend!
Today, is the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week, we challenge you to use 1 stamp, many ways!

So if you have a stamp that is versatile and can be used in many ways, we want you to use it on the same project or maybe, you could use the same stamp in different colours on multiple projects! Whatever you decide, we can't wait for you to join us for our fun challenge.

For my project, I chose ONE flower stamp from Tim Holtz's new Flower Garden stamp set and used that individual stamp in three ways to create my card. Hope you enjoy the process of how I made it...

Technique number 1, the background: I began by stamping the flower repeatedly onto cream card using Jet Black Archival Ink.
I then watercolored the images with Abandoned Coral Distress Stain which I applied to my craft sheet and painted each flower using a water colour brush, building up the colour gradually to create shading.
When I was happy with my background, I inked around the edge with Old Paper Distress Ink and then mounted the card onto black card stock and attached it to the front of my 18 x 20cm white card blank.
Technique number 2 and creating a resist technique: Once again, I stamped the flower onto white card but this time using a Versamark Stamp Pad. I then sprinkled clear embossing powder over the stamped images and used a heat gun to melt the powder until molten.
When the powder has set, I then applied a small amount of Abandoned Coral Distress Stain to my craft sheet, misted the stain with water and then swiped the card through the ink picking up the colour. Gently dab away any stain on the embossed areas and then very gently, heat dry the card.
I machine stitched around the edge of the card using gold metallic thread and then, mounted the card onto a further piece of black card stock. Cut a strip of crinkle ribbon and dye the ribbon with, yep you guessed it ~ more Abandoned Coral Distress Stain and heat dry. Cut a small strip and wrap it around the left hand side of the matted layers of card, securing it into place with a Tiny Attacher. Mount the card onto the front of your covered card blank, using foam pads for dimension.
Technique Number 3 ~ Decoupaging and layering a stamped flower: For this, I used the same flower stamp and stamped the image onto watercolour card, three times. Cut out each of the stamped images but each time, cut away some of the image to create a layered effect.
I coloured the image exactly the same way as I coloured the background using more Abandoned Coral Distress Stain and when each of the pieces were completely dry, I layered the image to create this beautiful dimensional flower.
Attach the flower to the front of your card and tie the remaining ribbon into a scruffy bow, attaching it just below the flower. Add a small crystal to the centre of the bow.
Finally, I stamped the Beauty In Simplicity sentiment onto a piece of cream card and coloured the wording with an Abandoned Coral Distress Marker.
I inked around the edges and then attached it to the front of my card....
...completing my Flower Garden card.

I really hope you've enjoyed how I created my card and how I used just one stamp, three different ways. If you need any further inspiration for this challenge, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all 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 and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Tim Holtz Stamps: Flower Garden, Beauty In Simplicity
Distress Stain: Abandoned Coral
Distress Marker Pens: Abandoned Coral
Idea-Ology ~ Crinkle Ribbon
18 x 20cm White Card Blank


  1. Gorgeous card, Emma, and brilliant technique to use one stamp 3 ways, Love it!

  2. Seriously brilliant, Emma! On Tuesday, I am so doing this & I'll upload to the SSS blog. I think this will be a fun challenge which will push my limits beyond! Thanks Emma for being so awesome!

  3. WoW! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Emma! You hit the ball out of the park on this one!! Gorgeous ♥♥

  4. Brilliant card Emma. Just brilliant.

  5. Stunning! The best use of Abandoned Coral I have seen. I have this stamp set, so you have given me some ideas. A gorgeous card.

  6. amazing what you can create with one stamp. i need to have a go at this. and that abandoned coral is a stunning colour. i'm hooked and red is not one of my top colours but then it is not really red, hugs xx

  7. Goodness, what a stunning effect you've achieved! Jo x

  8. Beautiful card. May have to have a go at some of the techniques you have used.

  9. Gorgeous card, Emma! Very clever way to stretch the use of your stamps :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. I'm subscribed but am not receiving your blog. Could you check this? Thanks

    1. Hi Cindy,

      I've just checked and as far as I can see you are subscribed to my blog! I haven't had anyone else say that they're having problems, so I really don't know why you aren't receiving it and can only think that is Blogger that might be at fault! I do have quite a few other ways to follow my blog and I'm not sure if this would suit you but maybe you can follow via Google+, Bloglovin, email or Networked Blogs? This might be an alternative to solve the problem.

      I'm really sorry that I can't be of more help and I do hope that you manage to sort out whatever the problem is as I would hate to lose you as a much appreciated follower! If there is anything else I can do, please let me know... :)

  11. wonderful project ... you might want to see this .. your blog in the spotlight on mine :

  12. What a gorgeous card showcasing that beautiful TH flower stamp! Thanks for sharing these great techniques Emma.

  13. What a gorgeous card! And thanks so much for sharing your techniques!!!

  14. Terrific card, terrific technique. I find I'm reaching for my stains more than my ink pads lately, they are so versatile which your tutorial aptly illustrates. I will have that stamp set and your post has only made my desire more urgent!

  15. Emma, this card is so beautiful! Love the gorgeous flowers! The red makes them even more pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  16. Great use of this wonderful stamps! love your card! Barbarayaya

  17. Love your gorgeous card! Great stamping! :)

  18. Beautiful card Emma! That blossom is stunning! Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Wonderful card Emma and such a clever use of that one flower stamp!

  20. Whoa!! Holy layers of loveliness! I've got to say that I'm always impressed at your wide range of skills and techniques and I loved seeing how many clever ways you used this stamp! You've also made me an instant believer in Abandoned Coral. I bought it (of course), but haven't cracked into it yet, so thanks for getting me excited about it. I always want to copy everything you do. Hope that makes me a fan and not a stalker! ;)

  21. Gorgeous! I love the colors and the way your totally made the flower shine. This is so pretty and reminds me of a dress my daughter had when she was little.

  22. I love this, beautiful colour and a glorious stamp


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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