Monday, 4 April 2016

Can You Resist?

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, where this week we are focusing on Ranger Ink products and incorporating our theme is all about RESIST!

There are so many ways you can create a resist ~ embossing powder, crayons, Molotow Pens or even masking fluids and we look forward to seeing what you use on your creations!

For my card I chose to use embossing powder and combined it with Distress Spray Stains to create a Batik style background! To be honest, I loved the background so much that I didn't want to cover it up, so created a floral display using the Wildflowers die, that would compliment it perfectly.

and I hope you enjoy the creative process!
To begin with I cut a panel of white card and using one of the smaller doily stamps from the Tim Holtz Doily stamp set, I inked the stamp with Versamark Ink and stamped the doily over the entire area of the card to create a background. You can stamp and emboss each doily separately but because the Versamark ink is slightly tackier, it remains wet for longer, allowing you to stamp the entire background in one go!

Once I was happy with the design, I then sprinkled some Ranger Ink Clear Embossing Powder over the top, tapped away the excess and heat embossed until the powder becomes molten.

For the next stage, I took Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio Distress Spray Stains and lightly spritzed over the surface of the card. The embossed areas will resist the stain and will remain white but if you feel the need and there is any colour on the embossed areas, just dab away with a paper towel before gently heat drying the card.

Once dry, I inked around the edges with a little Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, before inking with some Gathered Twigs.

I then flicked small amounts of Black Soot and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint across the surface of the card before attaching a strip of burlap across the bottom section.
At this stage, I also added a word band altered with Distress Paints and tied onto the card with some Crinkle Ribbon dyed with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain.
I matted my background card onto brown core'dination card stock and then a layer of corrugated card before mounting it onto a white card blank.

For the floral display, I used the Wildflowers die and die cut some of the stems from Mixed Media card. I then used Distress Inks to ink each of the individual die cuts in a combination of blues and greens before spritzing the stems with Biscotti Perfect Pearls which I decanted into a mister bottle with some water to create a spray.
For the leaves, I used the leaf stamp from Tim's Daydream stamp set and stamped these in Potting Soil Archival Ink over the top of a piece of card, inked with Peeled Paint and Twisted Citron. I then cut out each individual leaf and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI.
I now had all my elements for the floral display and assembled them on the left of my card, adding rusty wire coils and a crinkle ribbon bow, again dyed with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain.

For the button, I used a metal button from my stash and dabbed the surface with Versamark Ink. I then sprinkled Buttercup Embossing Powder over the top, tapped away the excess and heat embossed the button before adding it to the centre of my bow.
As a finishing touch, I altered the colour of the metal butterfly from Nature Adornments set with Yellow/Blue Prima Opal Magic Art Alchemy Paint and attached it to the background...
....which completes my spring inspired card!
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....

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: Wildflowers
Tim Holtz Stamps: Doily, Daydream
Distress Paint: Black Soot, Antiqued Bronze
Distress Stain: Tumbled Glass
Distress Spray Stains: Cracked Pistachio, Fossilised Amber
Button, burlap and rusty wire from my own stash


  1. Very, very pretty card! Thank you for the step by step on how you made it.

  2. Love the card and glad you were inspired to use the resist technique - really wonderful!

  3. Gorgeous card Emma, the whole design of this is stunning! I love the background, the colours are lovely and the wildflower display is so pretty, LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Everything about it, PERFECTION.

  5. This is so beautiful and romantic. I love the background mix of colors and those soft laces. Hugs, Marzena

  6. Gorgeous card Emma. I love the colours you have used. x

  7. Quite simply - stunning! x

  8. Absolutely Gorgeous! Emma . That's one fabulous background that, as you say, deserves to be seen . Love how you have showcased it with your floral arrangement and , which in itself is so beautiful. You really have captured the essence of Spring with your emboss resist card . Another Monday , another smiley face here - thank you . big hugs xx

  9. Beautiful card, Emma! Great idea to emboss the button.

  10. Gorgeous! Love everything about your card and the background is beautiful. Love the doily and the how you created your button. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Stunning card, Emma! The neutral palette is like going outside and taking a deep breath of fresh air! AH NATURE! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. Love it, Emma! The doily image is wonderful on your background - I looked at that stamp, and now I want it! The flowers and butterfly add a nice touch, but lots of the beautiful background still shines through!

  13. love the beautiful doily background and gorgeous colours...hugs kath xxx

  14. Gorgeous, Emma! Love the doilies in the background and I'm such a fan of your amazing romantic vintage style! Hugs, Sandra

  15. Love your gorgeous card, Emma. The colors and patterns on the background you created are fabulous! :)

  16. Emma, everything you create is gorgeous! There are so many beautiful elements on this card, I wouldn't know where to begin. I love how you used the wildflowers, amazing. Cathie <3

  17. Emma every time I try to find new words to comment on your projects! the concept is always the same: your works are absolutely brilliant! This combination of colors struck me, it is fabulous with white! Stunning as always! Barbara

  18. Interesting how many designers this week took the embossing powder route for resisting. You've shown great skill managing the delicate doily patterns! Also, this year's wildflowers are certainly popular and it was clever to tuck them behind that beautiful bow.They look so lovely there.

  19. This card is so pretty Emma! Love the background and the wonderful detailed flowers. I am waiting for my Wildflowers dies, they are out of stock...

  20. This is brilliant and I love the Batik influence! You know I'm a fan of fabric and I really like how you gave this the same look with all those layers of goodness. Always a joy to see your work!


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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