Monday 7 December 2015

Holly Jolly Stamping...

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

As Christmas approaches faster than a blink of an eye, this week's challenge is all about HOLLY JOLLY STAMPING! From santa to trees, from sentiments to snowflakes ~ we can't wait to see what you will create and hope you play along with our fun challenge...

I really can't believe where this year has gone, it's absolutely flown by and I'm so not ready for Christmas yet...maybe give me another month and I might be there! But as we head towards the big day, at least I have managed to create a couple of special cards and this is the first of them! I hope you love it as much as I loved creating it... 
For me, Christmas 2016 has been all about metallic and when I was planning this card in my head, I thought how wonderful a Tattered Poinsettia would look in silver metallic card, set against a black background with just a hint of sparkle. I then thought of adding a touch of nostalgia into the mix and I think it's a match made in heaven and this card turned out exactly how I envisaged!

and here's how I created this card!

To begin with I took a piece of black card and gave it a spritz of Frost Color Bloom Spray Mist, heat dried the card and then misted over the top with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain. I loved how this looked, almost like a shimmering night sky.

Once the card was dry, I then needed some sparkle and added some Transparent Texture Paste through the Snowflake Layering Stencil. Whilst the paste is still wet, I sprinkled Rock Candy Dry Glitter over the top, tapped away the excess and set the card aside to dry. At this stage, don't be tempted to poke, it will take a while to dry and needs to harden completely before the next stage.

So, I moved onto my stamping and took a piece of white watercolor card and stamped the Music Santa from the Christmas Magic Stamp Set, in Jet Black Archival Ink. I watercoloured the image using a combination of greys and neutral tones and then inked around the edges with Antique Linen, Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress Ink for a more vintage look. 
At this stage, I also used the sparkles stamp from the same stamp set and inked with Antique Linen, to create a little more depth around the edges. Heat dry to make sure everything is set and then, I distressed the edges and matted it onto a piece of kraft card.
Now for the fun part, to create that gorgeous texture around the edges of the matted layers and for this, I used Prima Soft Matte Gel and mixed some Silver Micro Beads and Gold Glass Glitter into the paste before apply it with a palette knife around the edge of both the spritzed card and the stamped image.
Whilst the paste is still wet, I sprinkled Antique Silver Sugar Ultra Fine Glitter over the top, tapped away the excess. I loved the sparkle of the background and the raised snowflakes that shimmer in the light, they look so beautiful!

Once all my mediums were completely dry, I matted the black spritzed card onto a piece of silver card and wrapped a piece of silver metallic trimming around the matted layers.
I mounted the card onto the front of my card blank and attached the stamped image using foam pads and added a Small Talk Sticker.
As an added touch of sparkle, I added a gem to the corners of the image.
Now, all that's left is to make up that gorgeous poinsettia and for this I used the Tattered Poinsettia die and silver Metallic Kraft Core card stock.

I made up the bloom using the die cut layers and shaped the petals for a more realistic look.

Once I'd stuck my flower into place, I then added some Holiday Greens die cuts and a few punched laurel leaves, tucking them around the poinsettia. To complete the flower, I added glass glitter to the centre and used the fabulous Tim Holtz Splatter Brush to flick some Picket Fence over the top.
As the finishing touch, I added a vintage mother of pearl button and popped a Gumdrop into the centre.
All that's left now is for me to do now, is write this very special card and give it to two very special people in my life ~ my Mum and Dad!
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....

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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: Christmas Magic
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Tattered PoinsettiaHoliday Greens
Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Laurel Leaf Paper Punch
Distress Paint: Picket Fence
Distress Spray Stain: Brushed Pewter
Antique Mother Of Pearl Button and crystal gems from my own stash


  1. This is just fabulous! Love the black vintage paired with the silver! Gorgeous!

  2. Marvelous card & what a lucky mum & dad to receive such a gift! Now I know how to use this stamp set which was recently gifted to me. I tried coloring it with non muted neutrals and I made a big puddle of muck😝 Thank you has always for your creative genius!

  3. This is just a MAGICAL card. Your attention to detail is amazing.

  4. Gorgeous card Emma, the colour palette is very striking and I love your poinsettia. Tracy x

  5. Another stunning creation, Emma, Jo x

  6. What a fabulous Christmas card that I'm sure your Mum and Dad with love and treasure . They must be so proud to have a daughter as lovely and talented as yourself .
    I adore the background , simply stunning - the colour , detail and the shimmer and sparkle - just enough to give a real touch of class and sophistication . The vintage image painted so delicately works so well against it . Your metallic poinsetta gets a real WOW from me and is the perfect embellishment for this very special card . Your creativity is always so inspirational Emma and it is always a pleasure to visit you and marvel over your incredible talent . Thank you so much for sharing Big hugs xx

  7. what an awesome card. love the colourways, right up my street. how i wish i could be the recipient of this. i have never sen that stamp set. looks ace. will have to look out for it, hugs xxxx


  8. Un superbe trésor que des bravos

  9. You have outdone yourself, Emma. This card is simply amazing!

  10. Fantastic card Emma! the whole design of this is stunning! I would frame this, most definitely :-)

    Lols x x x

  11. Gorgeous card. I love that silvery poinsettia!

  12. Emma, I love how you did this in grey and metallic! who would have thought how awesome it would pair up for the holidays, but you! Love it!!

  13. Love your fabulous card! The distress effect is awesome. :)

  14. Emma you've done again! A masterpiece! Your card is incredible! Barbarayaya

  15. What a totally daring color choice for Christmas! If someone told me to make a black Christmas piece, I think I'd have a panic attack! But once again, you've enlightened my mind to some fabulous new possibilities with color! I also love the Santa image. My parents both play the piano and it brought to mind many happy holiday sing-along's at our house growing up.

  16. This is absolutely stunning Emma! I love the silver flower and that sparkly background. Gorgeous!!

  17. This is lovely! I adore the way you've used the products to create such a chic distressed mat for your image. It's beautiful!

  18. Gorgeous, Emma! love the vintage stamp and the amazing silver foliage! So very pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  19. Fabulous card! Love the vintage look and all the awesome elements on the card!


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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