Monday, 19 December 2016

It's Time To Sparkle...

Hello friends and welcome to our last Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge of 2016!! Hasn't this year flown? This challenge is going to last for TWO weeks and we will be back on 2nd January, so if you have the time to join in and play along, we would love to see what you create for our PARTY TIME theme! Whether it be last minute Christmas ideas or maybe New Year...let's party!!

For my project, I created one last very special Christmas card to wish all my friends and followers a very Happy Christmas and New Year! I wanted to make something really frivolous and create the look of a real party atmosphere and the ideas and techniques that I used on this card can be used on any projects and wouldn't this make a wonderful scrapbook layout for New Year or even a personalised party invite....

So, it's time for a brand new challenge and here's how I created this piece...
To begin with I cut a piece of canvas card stock which I have in my stash and prepped it with a coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint. As I mentioned last week, I always add a layer of Distress Paint (you can use gesso or a multi medium) because it easily allows me to blend the Distress Crayons onto my surface and it also creates a white background and doesn't change the colour of the mediums I'm applying.

Heat dry the painted surface and then start layering the Distress Crayons. I used Victorian Velvet, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen and a touch of Hickory Smoke and blended the colours with a semi dry baby wipe. Once I was happy, I then added some texture and for this I started with some offcuts of card that I had in my stash and just attached them onto the background using Collage Medium, slightly offsetting each piece. I added some gesso over the top and then went in with the same crayons as I used on the background to build up the colour. To add some more texture, I applied Transparent Texture Paste through the Splotches Layering Stencil and allowed to dry, before flicking some Gold Watercolor Ink and Black Soot Distress Paint over the entire background.
Matt and layer the background onto kraft card, followed by a layer of corrugated card with a hint of gesso applied around the edges and finally a layer of gold card.

Now to create the party vibe and for this I began by altering one of the photos from the Found Relatives Occasions pack and just adding a wash of colour with Distress Marker Pens.

Matt the photo onto metallic kraft core cardstock and then attach with foam pads, sticking it directly onto the background over a layer of cheesecloth. I then added an Ephemera piece, which I cut in half and added to the top and bottom of the photo, (I'm really sorry but can't remember which pack this was from as mine are a little jumbled up).

Using the Dimensional Stars die, die cut three various sizes from gold metallic kraft core card and assemble them.

Using Collage Medium, apply the gel over the top of the cheesecloth and smear small amounts onto the background. Sprinkle Gold Rush Glass Glitter, Copper Micro Beads and some small gems over the medium and allow to dry.

Attach the stars with a strong adhesive, placing them around the photo. Cover the photo and then using the Distress Splatter Brush, splatter a small amount of Picket Fence over the stars.
To compliment the die cut stars, I also added some Finnabair metal stars, coloured with Gold Alcohol Ink and placed these in the top right hand corner.
Finally, I added some Gold Gilded Remnant Rubs, a couple of crystals in the bottom left and right hand corners and a Chit Chat sticker.
I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this piece and you're inspired by some of my ideas!
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 stopping by today and Merry Christmas everyone!


  1. Fabulous project Emma :-) the vintage photo is super cute and the details are perfect! LOVE it :-)

    Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a fabulous 2017!
    Lols x x x

  2. Your work is always flawless, Emma. I love the background you created as always, and those stars and fabulous texture you've added make me swoon. Gorgeous!

    Cathie ♥

  3. It's pure magic Emma! I adore this one!!! <3 Hugs, Autumn

  4. Always an inspiration Emma - love the color scheme and the stars, well those are amazing!

  5. Now THAT is a Party !! OMG the technique for the background layers ... so cool; love the colors and your gilded "play", How could we not be inspired ??

  6. I love all the golden details on this vintage project and especially mixed with the black and white picture. Lovely background as always!. Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happiest New Year ever! Hugs, Marzena

  7. Stunning Emma! Love the dimensional stars and sparkle! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Your card is stunning Emma...I hope you and yours have a fabulous Christmas and a peaceful New Year...Looking forward to seeing more fantastic ART in 2017...XXxx

  9. Awesome...pinned but can't decide if for Christmas or I love it for both. You are amazing. Merry Christmas to you!

  10. Who would not want to go to this party!! Love the elegant feel with the white and gold, and the contrast to the partiers in the photo! So many little touches of glitter and gold! Merry Christmas!! hugs, Maura

  11. I'm totally going to use your idea with the stars!

  12. Love your gorgeous creation, Emma. The details and all the glittered embellishments are fantastic! Wish you happy holidays! :)

  13. What a fabulous project, Emma! The background is amazing and love all the gold touches and the fabulous picture! Best wishes for 2017! Hugs, Sandra

  14. Stunning project! You create wonderful works every week, but this, I confess, it's one of my favourite ever! The stars, the colors, the picture you've chosen! I think the details are essentials and I can say that you have an unique attention to details! I hope you'll have a wonderful, creative and healthy 2017, dear friend! Barbara

  15. gorgeous project all the sparkly glitz which goes perfectly with the black and white photo...Happy New Year my sweet friend and all good wishes for a Happy and Healthy kath xxx

  16. This is so pretty Emma! I love the stars and all the gold elements. Happy New Year my friend!!

  17. This definitely IS festive and such a special representation of the holiday season! I love how you tied it all together so seamlessly and those metallic stars are incredible! I wish you every good thing for 2017!

  18. Stunning! Emma You have captured the 'party vibe' with a real touch of class, glitz and sparkle showcasing the dimensional star die and 'snapshot' fabulously. ♥ everything about it !
    Hope you had a lovely Christmas full of magical moments . big big hugs x

  19. Perfection as ever


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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