Monday, 17 August 2015

Citrus With A Twist ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hi everyone!

It's time for a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week we challenge you to use ~ Citrus With A Twist!

We are thinking all things citrus, neon and fresh. From orange to bright fresh colours, we want to see how you'll use citron...with your own twist!

For my project, I chose to make a card packed full of technique and dimension and focused on Tim Holtz's Twisted Citron colour, combining it with grey and black ~ I love this combination and LOVE how the beautiful lime green colour pops against the background! This card wasn't the easiest of tasks as I've been working with stitches in the palm of my hand for the last three challenges and doing the majority of things single handed but I was pretty amazed with what I achieved but so happy that they are now out and I'm back to full working order and two handed crafting!!

To begin with I cut a piece of watercolour card and spritzed the card with Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Spray Stain, moving the paper around to let the ink run and leave these wonderful drips.

I heat dried the card with a heat tool and then lightly flicked some Twisted Citron across the card. Once I was happy and everything was thoroughly dry, I added some Texture Paste through the Dot Fade stencil before machine stitching around the edge of the card, leaving some of the thread loose, which I loved! I then inked the edges with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and added some stamped layers using stamps from the Correspondence stamp set. Finally, I matted the card onto some Black Soot Core'Dinations card and mounted the layers onto a black card blank.
For the embellishments, I made some paper blooms. For this I used the Tattered Florals die and die cut some paper. This is a great technique for using up that old designer paper that you bought but won't use ever again and you don't see any of that paper on the finished flower.

For each bloom, you need six layers of paper. Layer up the die cuts, slightly offsetting the petals each time you add the next piece and add a brad through the centre. Spritz the flower lightly with water to soften the fibres of the paper and then tightly scrunch each layer up, one at a time. Open out the flower and shape the petals before heat drying.
Once the flower is completely dry, add a layer of Gesso over the entire bloom and dry thoroughly. The gesso will make the flower quite firm and robust. Spritz the flower with Twisted Citron Distress Stain Spray and dry. If you need more colour, just keep on spritzing. Once happy, ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
I added my flowers to the front of my card, together with a die cut Frameworks piece, again coloured with Twisted Citron, torn tissue tape and a coiled circle of wire thread. I used black wire thread but at the moment, there is only white available but this is easily remedied as all you have to do is use a black permanent marker pen and change the colour.
I added some torn cheesecloth and altered sprocket gears and finished with a small talk sticker and a scattering of sequins.
I hope you love this card and the technique that I used to create the flowers. It really makes fabulous blooms and I adore the dimension that they give.
As always, 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: Correspondence
Distress Spray Stain: Hickory Smoke, Twisted Citron, Black Soot
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Dot Fade
Surfaces: WaterColour Card


  1. Emma so sorry to hear you have had stitches and in your hands! I hate when I can't create and feel for you. Having said that your art is as beautiful as always! The design reminds me of a beautiful key and the colors are gorgeous.

  2. Even single handed you create beautifully. Now that really is talent. Your card is gorgeous and like you I LOVE your chosen colour combo- so classy ! Your flowers are lush with all that dimension and as always I love all your extra touches of detail and your faultless composition.
    I'm so sorry to hear about your hand . I have chronic problems with my upper body and I know how hard and frustrating it can be when you have limited usage. Sending you lots of healing vibes ad hope ya able to flex those crafty fingers again real soon . big hugs xx

  3. Fantastic make Emma ....sorry to hear you had a poorly paw though xx Love this and the Twisted Citron is so fresh xxx it works a treat x

  4. Stunning card Emma! And the fact you made it with single hand make it even more impressing!!! I could not make anything like this even if I had couple extra hands!!! Thank you for the inspiration and I am glad you are feeling better!

    Paper Talk with Samra

  5. Wonderful card, Emma. Hoping your hand is on the mend!

  6. Very cool card! Love the colors and balance!

  7. Beautiful card Emma! Love the flowers!

  8. Oh my goodness Emma! This is such a gorgeous card ... and you did it single-handed?!? You are such a talented lady!! Love the twisted citron with black and white. Amazing. Well, I hope your hand gets better soon. Thanks for the inspiration. -- Mary Elizabeth

  9. Gorgeous! Great composition and colors. I can' t believe you have been doing these projects with one hand! Hope your hand does well now.

  10. Gorgeous! Great composition and colors. I can' t believe you have been doing these projects with one hand! Hope your hand does well now.

  11. Gorgeous! Great composition and colors. I can' t believe you have been doing these projects with one hand! Hope your hand does well now.

  12. this is beautiful! You rock even with one hand behind your back!

  13. STUNNING! Love the citrus colored flowers :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. Your citrusy flowers are so pretty on your card!

  15. Wow, this card is so pretty! Love the elegance! The flowers are amazing! Hugs, Sandra

  16. Love those fabulous flowers against the funky minimalist background - gorgeous!
    Alison xx

  17. Gorgeous card Emma :-) the flowers are so beautiful with the splattered and embossed background, absolutely fabulous! :-)

    Lols x x x

  18. Emma I'm your super fan! your works are always inspirational for me! Wonderful and pinned! BArbara

  19. Emma, this is gorgeous! I've always thought that your flowers are amazing. And I'm still waiting for the Paper Flower Book. Seriously. Write one! I'd buy it! :)

  20. I love this Emma! The flowers are so pretty and the background with all the layers and different elements is gorgeous.

  21. Yet another brilliant piece! I love how you have the power to make "wow" projects even when using a minimal color palette. You have a great understanding of color and form and function, which was evident here. I'm pretty sure that if I handed you a pair of scissors and a blank piece of white paper, you'd create a miracle!


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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