Monday, 29 August 2016

The Merchant Tailor

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, our theme is called ~ It's A Stitch Up and we would like to see a sewing themed project! So, whether you use faux stitching or real stitching, we can't wait to see what you create!

Now, followers of my blog will notice that I do like a little bit of machine stitching on some of my projects, so this was the perfect challenge for me and with all the recent Tim Holtz Dapper themed products, I decided to create a card full of layers and texture, that would be suitable for any stylish gentleman. I also showed how you can combine the large Dapper set with the mini versions of the stamps that are now available on the Ladies and Gentlemen stamp set.


To begin with, I cut a piece of the "tape measure" paper from the Dapper Paper stash to measure 19 x 17cm and I machine stitched around the edge of the paper, leaving some loose ends of cotton to hang free. Matt the paper onto kraft card and then mount the matted layers onto a black card blank.

Next is the layering and I cut a piece of burlap, 16 x 13.5cm and once again, I machine stitched a border around the edge of the burlap and left loose threads of the cotton hanging.

For my final layer, I used a piece of white Substrate sheet by Tim Holtz and this again measures, 16 x 13.5cm. I spritzed the sheet with a mist of water and then scrunched it tightly in my hand. Open the sheet out ~ this is such a clever surface as it creates the look of leather but it's paper!! I wanted to create a slightly worn, vintage look to the surface and to take some of the "whiteness" away, so whilst the substrate sheet was still damp, I flicked Old Paper and Frayed Burlap Distress Stain over it and let the stain run and blend into the paper. I heat dried the surface and then stitched a border around the edge.
I matted the burlap and the "leather look" substrate sheet onto the covered card blank, off-setting each layer as they were attached and not fully attaching the substrate sheet, so that it would look more natural.
I can now set that section aside to work on the rest...

For this, I used the largest Stitched Rectangle die to die cut a piece of canvas and then I also cut separate frame using the largest and the second largest die, which I placed inside.

I painted the surface of my canvas and the frame using a blend of PaperArtsy Snowflake White Fresco Finish Paint and Antique Linen Distress Paint.

I then used the Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and a small amount of gesso smeared onto the surface using my finger, to create a more worn effect to both sections of the canvas. Once the paint was dry, I flicked some Frayed Burlap Distress stain across the surface.

Around the edge of the frame section, I added some foil highlights using the gold foil from the Vintage Foil Transfer sheets and this helped to create just a little bit of shimmer.
Attach the frame to the rectangular section of canvas and then matt onto a piece of kraft card, inked around the edges with Walnut Stain ink.

For the focal point of my card, I inked up the gentleman from the Dapper Stamp set and stamped onto the centre of my framed canvas.

I added some colour using pencils.
For the Merchant Tailor sign, I used the mini version from the Ladies and Gentlemen stamp set which is the same as the large stamp on the Dapper set but this sized stamp was just the perfect fit for my image and it shows how you can combine the two sets perfectly!

I stamped the wording onto a further piece of canvas, painted with the same combination of paints as before and then matted this panel onto a piece of kraft card and added two small hex fasteners either side.
I then attached the wording across the centre of my framed image.

As the final layer, I cut a tape section strip of the tape measure paper and mounted it onto a piece of card which was cut exactly the same size but this gave the paper some extra strength.

I then used a gold pen to add a line at either end of the tape strip before attaching this across the centre of my covered card blank, leaving the ends to overhang the card.
Attach the framed image centrally and add an idea-ology adornment arrow and a typed token both coloured with Gilding Wax below the wording banner.
I then added some gorgeous buttons from the 28 Lilac Lane Embellishment bottle into the four corners of the substrate sheet.
To complete the card, I added some leftover offcuts of Eclectic Elements fabric, some decorative pins and finally, a couple of Nailhead Findings to the either side of the tape border strip.
So, I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind my card and as always if you do need any further inspiration, 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: Dapper, Ladies and Gentlemen
Tim Holtz Dies: Stitched Rectangles
Distress Paint: Antique Linen
Distress Stains: Old Paper and Frayed Burlap
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Distress Crayons: Set 3
Blending Tool
Decorative pins and colouring pencils from my own stash


  1. Emma, the details are amazing. Beautiful piece!

  2. Amazing, amazing... I so love your little details and how the small details help "interpret" your project.
    Those little fabric swatches with the pins ; fabulous touch !!

  3. Superb card Emma with genius detailing and design. Nicola x

  4. Beautiful card Emma, the whole design of this is absolutely gorgeous :-)

    Lols x x x

  5. beyond perfection! LOVE IT Emma!
    hugs Zoey

  6. Emma, you've hit the bullseye with this one!! What a wonderful card! Love, love all the layers and details, and the centerpiece is spot on! You amaze me with what you come up with - love this!! hugs, Maura

  7. Thanks for the detailed description of this wonderful card. It lets us appreciate every tiny detail. Really love it.

  8. How beautiful, Emma! Love the gold accents!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. wow! wow! wow! what an amazing card. whoever gets it should feel soooo proud to own such a piece of art work. you never fail to amaze me, big hugs xxxx

  10. Very classy Emma. I can see this on a wall in a tailor shop. Love the tape measure backdrop. Have a lovely week. Tracy x

  11. SUCH a nice piece! I love the playful sense of mystery you get from having the text right where the face would be...and the little touch of gold shimmer...!

  12. WOW Emma, what a fabulous card.. I do love all the details you put in your designs..LOVE ♥♥♥ it, I'm just off to have another look! xxx

  13. Fabulous, elegant, vintage card - dapper is definitely the word! Love all those amazing layers with so many different textures from the fabrics, and brilliant detailing as always.
    Alison x

  14. Love this card. I've been looking for inspiration with this stamp set and you have hit it out of the park!

  15. Your mixed media art piece here is stunning! I don't believe I would be able to give this card away!

  16. Super classy work! I adore the touch of gold and all your stitches are totally beautiful! As always I love your work! barbara

  17. Another beautiful design, Emma! I love the gold foil transfer. Just gorgeous!

    Cathie ♥

  18. Elegant and classy as always. Everything is just perfect. Even the stitching is so perfectly straight! Every week I admire your colors and this time again :-) Hugs, Marzena

  19. Wonderful, wonderful challenge project with the stitching. Beautifully composed. Thank you.

  20. This is so pretty Emma! I love all the layers, stitching, details and the way you used the stamps sets. Beautiful!!

  21. beautiful as always Emma...your merchant tailor is very dapper indeed...hugs kath xxx

  22. Oh wow! Sorry it's taken so long to get here - dreadful connection while away! This really is fabulous! I love all those gorgeous textured layers! Chrisx

  23. Love this gorgeous piece, Emma. The layers of embellishments and the vintage look are fabulous. :)

  24. Emma! What a masterpiece yet again! I really loves those little fabric embellishments that you made and how you hung the "create" token from the arrow. SO CLEVER week after week after week!

  25. I love your machine work on this, my machine is too old to do this, it has its moods!!

  26. Stylish, bespoke, classy, fabulous and so thoughtfully designed and created Emma. A masculine masterpiece. big hugs x

  27. This is so pretty, Emma! The gold touches are amazing! Got this stamp set the other day and need to go play with it! Hugs, Sandra


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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