Monday, 7 November 2016

Shine Like A Diamond...

Hello friends...

It's time for a new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week we are showcasing Tim Holtz products with our theme...SHINE LIKE A DIAMOND. We really hope you'll join us and play along and can't wait to see how you add some sparkle and shine into your projects!

For my project, I created a Christmas card with a difference...inspired by the chalkboard style and using Perfect Pearls to create the shimmery chalkboard effect.
It's time for a brand new...
...and here's how I created this Christmas card full of sparkly goodness!
To begin with I started by stamping the wonderful message sentiment from the Tim Holtz Doodle Greetings Stamp Set 2. I cut a panel of black card and inked up the message with Versamark Ink, stamping the wording centrally onto the card. Whilst the ink is still wet, use a brush to pick up some Perfect Pearls from the pot and pounce the powder over the ink. When the entire inked surface is covered, gently brush away the excess to reveal the wording in all it's shimmery glory.
To set the powder, I spray the card surface with a very light spritz of hairspray. It doesn't have to be expensive, the cheapest is's just to set the powder. NOTE: You can also spritz with a fine water mist but I like the hairspray as it doesn't wet the cardstock.

Edge the border of the card panel using the Picket Fence Distress Crayon and then set aside.

To create the sparkly layers for the message, I cut another piece of black card, slightly larger in size than the message layer. I then added some Transparent Texture Paste around the outside edge of the card, using a palette knife to apply it. Sprinkle a combination of micro beads, glass glitter and Sugar Glitter over the top and allow to dry completely.
Once dry, matt the sparkly layer onto a piece of corrugated card, followed by a layer of gold metallic kraft core cardstock. I used foam pads to each layer for added dimension.

Now moving onto the background ~ and for this I cut another piece of black card and began by spritzing the card with Prima Color Bloom Spray in Frost. Heat dry the surface before then adding the next layer but I love the way that the spray creates this wonderful effect of the galaxy onto the card ~ it reminds me of the opening credits to Star Wars!

Using the Snowflakes Layering Stencil, I applied Transparent Texture Paste through the stencil and whilst the paste is still wet, sprinkle Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter Dust over the top. Set aside to dry and be patient...don't go poking the paste with your fingers!!!

Once dry, matt and layer the background onto a piece of gold metallic card, followed by a layer of silver metallic card and then wrap some twine around the centre.
I mounted my card layers onto the front of a kraft card, card blank and then attached my sparkly message onto the right hand side using foam pads to secure into place.
Now as if there wasn't enough shimmer and shine, I decided to add some more and attached sequins from the 28 Lilac Lane neutrals tin, sorting through the selection to get all the coppery, bronze metallic tones and attached these to the corners of the message....
...and also onto the background, clustering and layering them together.
The final part of all this shimmer is to create those poinsettias and for this I used the Tattered Poinsettia die to die cut gold kraft core card stock. I then layered each of the petals to give me these beautiful dimensional blooms.
Attach the blooms to the left of the message, together with some foliage cut from silver metallic card, using the Holiday Greens die set.
Finally, add some crystal gems in the centre of the flowers to complete this wonderland of sparkle.
I hope you've enjoyed how I created this chalkboard inspired Christmas 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....


  1. Elegant, classy and superbly stunning! Emma. This card really does shine bright like a diamond with your glorious colour palette and your great choice and use of shimmer and shine products and embellishments.
    Theres HUGE LOVE here for this one - so striking !!
    Thanks so much for my Monday 'fix' . ;)
    big hugs x

  2. Oh Emma. This is absolutely gorgeous. I love your step outs. They are always so clear and so inspiring. This really is a stunning card. Thank you for reminding me to go back and use those gorgeous perfect pearls!

  3. So beautiful, Emma! I love the gold and black together, it screams elegance and class. Stunning as always!

    Cathie ♥

  4. This is lovely Emma! The sparkle really pops on the black. TFS all the details!

  5. Best bling ever! Who would have thought that a chalkboard/glitter combo could look so amazing. Excellent tutorial (as always) and I am happy to know about the Perfect Pearls technique--I didn't know it was possible to use it with embossing ink.

  6. Beautiful and elegant! Love this card!

  7. Stunning card Emma! the black with the gold is fabulous and I love the flower arrangement and chalkboard effect. Absolutely Gorgeous :-)

    Lols x x x

  8. OH my, my, my...what great inspiration today Emma! I love everything about this. The black cardstock/gold poinsettia combo is AMAZING! Just stunning.

  9. Emma, this is SO gorgeous and elegant in the black, white, and gold!! It is amazing! Love the flowers and beautiful clusters of sequins. Maura xx

  10. Lovely classy design Emma. Love the metallic touches. Lovely piece. Tracy x

  11. Beautiful and elegant!!! A perfectly made Christmas card!!!

  12. Simply amazing. I love the black cardstock embellished in such an elegant goden way! What you did with beads and glass glitter is just fabulous and gives a great effect. I love the white galaxy on the background and those gold glitter stars! Hugs, Marzena

  13. This is just stunning! Love the use of the perfect pearls with the black card stock! This is beyond elegant. I now feel inspired to make some black Christmas cards!

  14. This is amazing, Emma! Love the chalkboard with the white letters! The touches of gold are perfect! Hugs, Sandra

  15. Oh Emma! I love every single thing about this gorgeous creation! Hugs, Autumn

  16. This is absolutely gorgeous! Just love the colors!

  17. omg... the GOLD! Gold is my favorite and I LOVE the way you clustered the sequins.. must try this! And the mixture of glitter and beads on the edges... and those flowers...LOVE!!

  18. Oh Emma, this is so beautiful, I love the chalkboard effect...x

  19. This stunner definitely has va va voom Emma! A card to be received with champagne in one's hand! Love it! Nicola x

  20. Such a stunning card for one happy receiver.
    I love everything about it.

  21. You shine like a diamond! this is stunning, Emma!

  22. Loving the gold on black...WOW!! That really pops beautifully :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  23. This week, you really struck me to the heart! This work is absolutely STUNNING! It is so fabulous, sophisticate, classy ... Your creativity is endless!

  24. stunning card how you used the chalkboard effect but added lots of glimmer and sparkle...truly beautiful...hugs kath xxx

  25. Wow Emma! This is so pretty! I love the chalkboard and all the black, but especially all the sparkle and gold.

  26. This is such a stunning creation, Emma. Love the chalkboard background. The flowers are gorgeous. :)

  27. PINNED this beauty! black and gold, and love the chalk board look, and love the gold poinsettias, and love the perfect pearl use...GORGEOUS every single bit! I'm so glad to be back for the month!

  28. Your card really caught my eye! Great Job!


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Please come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx


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