Monday, 2 January 2017

Looking Forward to 2017...

Hello friends and Happy New Year!

Today, we have a brand new challenge starting over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week, our theme is...START AFRESH and the DT are also showcasing Carabelle Studio products!

Whether you choose to use a product fresh out of the package or want to experiment with a new style of craft ~ we can't wait to see what you create and hope you'll play along with us...

For my project, I created a card welcoming 2017 and the thought of starting afresh in a new year! New ideas, new products and new inspirations...
It's time for a new challenge and here's how I created this card...

To begin with I started by making my background. I cut a panel of canvas paper, 17 x 14cm and applied a layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the surface. Those of you who follow me on a regular basis will know that I do this when I work with Distress Crayons as the paint creates a surface that allows me to easily blend my colours. I then laid down my colours and for this I chose, Evergreen Bough, Cracked Pistachio and a hint of Peacock Feathers. I scribbled small amounts of the crayons onto my surface and then blended them with my fingertips and a semi dry baby wipe. Once I was happy with the blend, I then scraped gesso over the top to create a more distressed look and then used a heat gun to dry the surface thoroughly. Machine stitch around the outside.

For the next stage I inked up the Evolution stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamped the image onto Mixed Media card stock. Cut around the silhouette image and then apply the entire stamped image onto your background, sticking it with Collage Medium, which I also applied over the top of the image.

Use the Black Soot Distress Crayon to add a shadow around the outside of the image, smudging the colour with your fingertip.

To create some texture on the piece, I applied Grit Paste through the Carabelle Stencil Toujours Avec Des Ronds Edge Stencil, and once dry, I added a small amount of Evergreen Bough Distress Paint over the top of the dried paste.
Add splatters of gold paint and Black Soot Distress Paint, heat dry and then matt the background onto a piece of copper metallic kraft core card, followed by a layer of Black Soot Kraft Core card. I wrapped some twine around the layers of card and secured the ends at the back of the layers.

I then mounted my layers onto a piece of patterned paper, slightly larger than the layers and taken from the Wallflower Paper Stash, which I distressed by inking and tearing the edges. Mount the matted layers onto the front of a 20 x 18cm card blank, distressed around the edges with gesso and added gilt highlights. These are created using a collage stick applied around the edge of the card and then using the Vintage Foil Transfer sheets, apply the sheet, shiny side uppermost to the tacky edges.
For the plaque I used the Marquee dies to die cut my 2017 from gold kraft core card and then mounted each of the die cut letters onto the corresponding die cuts, cut from the Alphanumeric Thinlits die. I attached the numbers to a panel of silver metallic kraft core card, which I distressed using crayons to add a more vintage feel. I then mounted the panel onto cork, followed by a layer of copper metallic card and finally a layer of black soot card.

Apply foam to the back of the mounted panel and attach underneath the stamped image. Finally, add two Nailhead Findings to either side of the numbers.

To complete the card, I used a combination of Sprocket Gears and Mini Sprocket Gears painted with Gold Rush paint and then added an Arrow Adornment which I then attached to my stamped image.
For the finishing touch, I added some gold sequins and a Remnant Rub.
I also had to take this picture below because look how cool this panel looks with the sun shining on it, it takes on a whole new life...
So, I hope you've enjoyed the process behind this card 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 see you again very soon!


  1. Happy New Year Emma! Love the detail on this!

  2. Gorgeous card Emma, I love the layers and details, the whole design is fabulous 😍
    Happy New Year!! 🎆
    Lols x x x

  3. Gorgeous, Emma! I love the background you created and love the whole design as always. I always admire how you use layers and how you put everything together so perfectly. Amazing!

    Cathie ♥

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  5. Happy New Year! Emma and Happy is definitely what I'm feeling when I admire this superb card . One of my fave stamps, some of my fave colours and oh that date plaque with the sun shining on it- Wow!
    A fantastic start to what I'm sure will be another amazing year in your creative journey. I'll be following for sure
    big big hugs xx


  6. Great! I counted like 9 layers on this panel! OMG! Lovely colors, great distressing of the edges and a fabulous texture! Wishing you a Happy Year!

  7. Happy New Year. What a great first creation of 2017, Hope you have a lovely year, Love Hazelxx

  8. Happy New Year ! Amazing background and the details of the layers are amazing as well !

  9. well done - love the colors and the stamp you chose. Just so well done.

  10. Gorgeous texture and colors, I love it, Emma! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. Happy New Year, Emma! Love how you used the stamp and put the gear and arrow pointing to the new year. Such a cool piece, and the dots in the background add a fun feature. hugs, Maura

  12. You seriously rocked the New Year with this awesome card! Love the marquis numbers!

  13. This is FANTASTIC, Emma! Love your gear on the page. Happy New Year!

  14. gorgeous as always the texture from that stencil and my favourite colour combo hugs kath xxx

  15. Love your gorgeous project, Emma. The colors and the texture on the background are fabulous. Happy new year! :)

  16. A beautiful creation! Stunning job!
    Happy New Year!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting with Creative M

  17. Your pieces are not only lovely to look at, but they are always thought-provoking! I love the idea of evolution in conjunction with a new year. I certainly hope I evolve and it's a very encouraging concept. Thank you for always inspiring me!

  18. I agree with Andrea! This mix Evolution stamps and new year is fabulous! As always a great work, your creativity is endless thanks for the inspiration!BArbara

  19. An unusual New Years vision but I like it, turning your back on 2016 heading into 2017


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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