Monday 25 April 2016

Like Clockwork...

Hey everyone and welcome to this week's brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Our theme is SHOW US YOUR METAL and whatever you choose to use, we hope you'll join us and play along!

For my project, I created a card using plenty of metal elements, including a rusty metal background which started life as silver metal tape foil...

and hope you enjoy the creative process behind this project!

To begin with, I cut a piece of metal foil tape approx 22 x 14cm and attached the foil to a piece of card. I then ran the adhered foil through a die cutting machine using the Rivet Texture Fade to create that gorgeous embossed background. At this point, you might be thinking that the embossing folder is slightly smaller than the card but if you emboss the top section first, then move the folder down to the lower section, it matches up perfectly to give a continuous pattern with no joins!

Once the card was embossed, I then wanted to create this rusty look and for this, I began by using Black Soot Distress Paint which I applied to the foil, before taking a kitchen towel to gently wipe away the excess of the paint. By doing this, the paint will seep and settle into all those embossed areas.
Next I took Tarnished Brass and once again, applied this over the top of the embossed foil, using my fingers to blend it. Again wipe away the excess.

Once dry, I then used Evergreen Bough and Vintage Photo Distress Crayons and applied these to the foil, blending them with my fingers to add that final touch of 'rust'.
When I was entirely happy with my rusty effect, I mounted the foil onto black card, leaving a border around the outside before die cutting a circular aperture into the upper section.

For the next stage, I took a piece of adhesive canvas and using the Imaginary Stamp from Tim Holtz, I stamped the image with Jet Black Archival Ink directly onto the canvas, adding highlights of colour with Distress Marker Pens.

I distressed the background of the canvas using Pumice Stone and Old Paper Distress Paint and then added Small Talk stickers, outlining them with the Pumice Stone Distress Marker Pen.
Attach the stamped image to a piece of card, placing it behind your circular aperture and use foam pads to attach the metal frame over the top.

Mount the metallic layers onto some more cardstock, including metallic kraft core card, ensuring each time that a border is left around the previous matt to create a layered frame.
Now for the final embellishments of the gears and for this, I used the new Tim Holtz Gearheads dies to die cut a plethora of gears from some more metal foil tape, which I then coloured using the same products as I used on the embossed background.
I attached all my gears, layering some to create dimension and adding some inside the circular aperture.
Finally, I added some metal embellishments, coloured with Distress Paints and a small touch of Treasure Gold Gilding Wax....
...and attached screw head brads, old watch parts and sequins to the centre of the gears.
I would love you all to be able to see this project in the flesh as the metallic has a real shine to it but is  so hard to pick up on the camera!
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 Stamps: Imaginary
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies/Texture Fades: Gearhead Thinlits Die, Diamond Plate and Riveted Metal
Distress Crayons: Set 1 and 3
Screw Head brads, clock parts and Idea-Ology Word Sticks (Muse) from my own stash


  1. This is the handsomest masculine card that I have ever seen!!! Thank you for the inspiration. I am a follower and huge admirer of your work. I always find so much inspiration each time I visit.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  2. Fantastic card Emma. x

  3. Fantastic! Emma Love the grungy metal embossed panel and all those gears. Inspirational and effective use of the small stickers positioned between the stamped image/s .
    Another week, another theme well n truly nailed my exceptionally talented friend . big hugs xx

  4. This is really a piece of art, just fabulous! Stunning work!

  5. I LOVE the rusty metal background and those cogs are amazing! I was not sure about the faceless man at first, but seeing how you used him, I think I might be a convert! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. great male project. wonder if it will inspire me this week? i think it might if i have the time, hugs xxx

  7. Stunning steampunk, Emma! I love the variation of colors :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. i just love this emma , simply wonderful x

  9. Simply amazing! Already pinned! Wonderful steampunk card Emma!!!! You're unstoppable!!!!Barbara

  10. This is awesome! So inspiring.

  11. Just love this card, it has all the elements that I love to use on my cards, thanks for the inspiration!!!!

  12. Wow, stunning effects Emma , I can imagine it looks even more amazing in real life. You are a. Aster as the techniques and have just good judgement in colour and blending x

  13. Emma, Your card is fantastic! I love all the gears and the "metal" background.

  14. Just stunning! Love all the texture on this "manly" card.

  15. Emma, what an amazing steampunk card! I LOVE it!! love those rusty parts!

  16. Another stunning project! I just love your rusty metal backgroung and the embossing folder and the foil have just joined my wishlist in the store! Thank you for this inspiration, it's amazing! Hugs, Marzena

  17. Another week, another amazing creation! You are so talented. I look forward to each Monday seeing what you've come up with for the challenge. There is so much attention to detail in each of your pieces and this is no exception. Amazing! Cathie

  18. This is such a gorgeous piece! Emma. Love the beautiful texture you created on this card. :)

  19. amazing texture on a fabulous project...that stamp has just jumped on to my wish list hugs kath xxx

  20. This is so pretty, Emma! Love the steampunk! The gent is amazing and so are all those gorgeous gears! Hugs, Sandra

  21. I love this Emma! The color you achieved on your metal background is awesome, and the grouping of gears is fabulous :)

  22. I'm so glad you used this Tim Holtz stamp! I've seen it around, but wanted to see more examples of it being used before I committed to buy. And of course, now you've made me want to buy it for sure! You lend creativity and classiness to everything you touch and I really loved how you put the sentiment where his face should be. GENIUS!

  23. You've amazed me again!! This is awesome, it all sounds so simple when you write it down but wow it looks complex. I couldn't begin to replicate this but you inspire me 😀

  24. This is so cool Emma!! I love how you placed the working where the face would be and the metal elements are wonderful.


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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