Monday 8 February 2016

You Make My Heart Smile

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week, our theme is...Spritz and Spray! So, whether you want to use Distress Spray Stains, Perfect Pearls or even custom make your own sprays for cards, canvases or layouts ~ we can't wait to see what you will create!

For my project, I was inspired by vintage tapestry that I had noticed when I went on a tour around Buckingham Palace last year and it struck me as being so beautiful and I thought I would try and replicate the look of it. I also thought, because I missed out on making a tag, that this would be the perfect opportunity to try out Tim Holtz's technique that was used on his 12 Tags of 2015.

To begin with I cut a panel of burlap from the Textured Surfaces pack and placed the Flourish stencil over the top before spritzing Candied Apple Distress Stain through the stencil. Carefully, remove the stencil and either heat dry or set aside and leave to dry naturally, whilst moving onto the background.

For the background, I started by cutting a piece of thick card and applying torn pieces of Tissue Wrap, sticking them with Multi Medium, to random areas of the card panel. After a blast of heat, I then spritzed the background using Vintage Photo, Antiqued Bronze and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains, allowing the sprays to mix and blend together.

Once I was happy with that and the background was thoroughly dry, I took an old credit card and scraped some gesso over the top before adding paint scratches using the edge of the card.
Ink around the edge of the panel with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso and then wrap twine around the panels before matting onto red card and mounting it onto a white card blank.
Now, for the burlap panel...and for this, I stitched around the outside of material and then gently frayed the edge before matting onto a piece of kraft card, followed by gold Metallic Kraft Core card stock. Wrap some more twine around the burlap panel layers.
I mounted the burlap panel onto my inked background.
Next, I took a piece of mount board and cut it down to ATC size. I applied a coat of gesso over the top before adding torn tissue tape. I then added a blend of Antique Linen Distress Paint with a touch of Frayed Burlap. Ink the edges before applying swipes of Collage Glue around the edge and adding touches of gold foil using transfer sheets.

Die cut a chipboard heart using the Heartfelt die set and paint with Candied Apple.
Ink the edges of the heart with Black Soot Distress Ink and then mount your ATC onto the burlap panel. Add a shadow around the edge of the heart using Black Soot Distress Marker Pen. Stamp the No.5 from the Correspondence stamp set onto the bottom left corner.
Attach the Picket Fence Distress Marker to the Distress Marker Spray Tool and spritz white ink over the top of the burlap and the ATC.
Attach a Small Talk sticker, mounted on gold card over the top of the heart.
To complete the card, I added a red button and popped an alcohol inked Heirloom Rose into the centre.
As a finishing touch, I added faux stitching around the outside of the mounted panels.
I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this card and that the techniques have inspired you.

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 StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and 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/Sizzix Dies: Heartfelt
Tim Holtz Stamps: Correspondence
Distress Marker Pen: Picket Fence
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Flourish


  1. Lovely piece Emma, love the red heart and button against the more vintage background tones. Lovely design. Tracy x

  2. At the risk of sounding 'cheesy' Emma you and your creativity always make my heart smile and todays project is no exception ! Such a beautiful project with so much attention to detail and design. I have no doubt that you have replicated the look of the vintage tapestry fabulously ! big hugs Amanda xx

  3. Nice to see you here today and with such a lovely piece. Fitting for this week! xx

  4. gorgeous card Emma, the whole vintage look of this is so pretty and I love that you used a tapestry from Buckingham Palace for your inspiration, can't get more posh than that! :-)

    Lols x x x

  5. Emma what a great card! Coming to your blog is always an happy surprise!
    hugs xx zoey

  6. so many techniques here. another masterpiece, hugs xxx

    1. oh and i forgot to say. love your new blog background. great vintage colours xx

  7. Wonderful, Emma. I love the way you use twine. Have to remind myself to use it more often!

  8. Absolutely gorgeous, Emma! I love the gold foiled and white washed touches :)

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  9. Emma I adore your way to mixed different textures and techniques! wonderful as always! Pinned! Barbara

  10. So pretty, Emma! Love the burlap and the background is fabulous. The heart with the sentiment is perfect! Hugs, Sandra

  11. Awh stunning as ever

  12. What a beautiful tribute to love, Emma!

  13. Love your beautiful card, Emma. The layers of the embellishments are so pretty. :)

  14. Your projects are always so inspiring, there is so much detail and such a wonderful combination of materials...beautiful!

  15. Your projects are always so inspiring, there is so much detail and such a wonderful combination of materials...beautiful!

  16. This is so pretty Emma! I love the wonderful layers, gorgeous heart and all the textures.

  17. You know I love every reference to anything British! Made me appreciate this piece even more, though of course, I already loved it at first sight!

  18. Beautiful love all the layers xxx


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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