Monday, 20 February 2017

Take The Scenic Route...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is all about Transport and for my project I was inspired by a bygone era to create this card full of vintage goodness...

It's time for a brand new....
...and here's how I created this card!

To begin with I cut a panel of canvas paper and and after applying a coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint, I then used a section of blue Distress Crayons to create a base colour on my background.

Once I was happy with the blend of colour, I then added some texture using Grit Paste and applying it in turn through the Treads, the Grid and finally the Industrial Layering Stencils. By using different stencils, it creates different textures and builds up a nice central section for me to build my layers. I added some colour to my layers by using more Distress Crayons in blues and also Pumice Stone and then adding a dry brush of gesso over the top.

After flicking some paint splats across the background using Black Soot Distress Paint, gesso and gold paint, I then heat dried the entire background thoroughly.
For the next stage, I used a combination of Industrial (I just love those nuts and bolts from this die, they are so cool) and Gearhead dies to die cut thick card and chipboard both covered with metal foil tape. Each of the die cut pieces are inked with a combination of Rust, Pitch Black and Sailboat Blue Alcohol Ink and then to add an extra touch of rustiness, I used Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Crayons over the top. I then attached all my cogs over my textured area using Collage Medium to secure them into place and arranging them in a cluster in the centre of my panel. At this point I also used a few Kaisercraft Wooden Cogs ~ these are fantastic as an addition to the Tim Holtz die cuts and they work so well together. Each of the wooden cogs are painted with a combination of Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint before adding Black Soot Crayon to vintage them up a bit...
Now that the background is complete, I mounted the entire panel onto a piece of Walnut Stain Kraft Core Cardstock from the Classic Paper Stash, followed by a layer of gold metallic kraft card and then added some wraps of twine placing them horizontally and vertically around the panel, securing the ends of the twine at the back and also adding two Index Clips, at the top and bottom. I then mounted the entire panel onto a black card blank.
Now to create the main focal point of that beautiful car and for this I used Tim Holtz's Vintage Auto stamp and stamped the image onto a piece of Mixed Media card that I had inked using Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I gave the stamped image a hint of shading using Distress Marker Pens and then stamped the wording from the Dapper Stamp set beneath the car.
I added a rub on and the Traveler ephemera piece from the Snippets set and then mounted the image onto a piece of torn corrugated card, which I had painted with a layer of Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint. Attach the image centrally over the top of the metal cogs.

I finally added an arrow Remnant Rub from the Special Delivery set and used a Finnabair Mini Hardware piece.

To complete the stamped section I stamped the hat from the Dapper set and cut it out, then placed it onto my layered section, adding a star adornment to the band.
As the finishing touch, I added a Quote Chip, slightly distressed using Distress Crayons!
I really hope you've enjoyed the process behind this card and if you like all things vintage with a touch of Downton inspiration, then this is the perfect card for any dapper gentleman who adores his vintage autos!
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!
Love Emma xxx


  1. Fabulous Emma! You are the queen of layers! Love how the background compliments the gears and vintage vibe.

  2. This is gorgeous, Emma! You're a genius when it comes to putting elements together, everything always done to perfection. Love it!

    Cathie ♥

  3. Emma, this is one of the handsomest cards I have seen!! Thank you for the inspiration.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  4. Ooh this is so dapper Emma! this definitely transported be to Downton Abby! the whole vintage theme is gorgeous :-)

    Lols x x x

  5. um, that should have said 'me' not 'be' ;-)

  6. LOVE what you have done here. I would have never thought to make the car stamp the centerpiece and it works PERFECTLY. So well done my friend.

  7. Thank you Emma for taking us on the scenic route around your Sensational project full of industrial vintage 'Fabulous!!'. All those cogs , gearheads, nuts and bolts arranged so perfectly around just the perfect vintage image for the theme had the 'WOWS' flowing here. The star studded bowler - such a fantastic touch ! Another week another challenge well n truly nailed superbly .
    Big hugs for a lovely week
    take care

  8. WOW... great technique on those industrial dies... my goodness ... and love that hat sitting on car piece; with those amazing layers... so cool !!

  9. Oh my! You have built here really piece of art. It's almost like a sculpture! Lovely 3D effect with all those gears, twine, and corrugated cardboard. The colors are amazing as always an couldn't be better matched. Hugs, Marzena

  10. Fantastic! I love this Emma!! What a wonderful piece, from theme to layers (esp. cardboard) to gears, oh my! Brilliant use of the twine from each side - love that idea!

  11. Oh my Emma...this is so amazing...I love love love the background, not to speak about all those gears!!! Thank you for the inspiration! ❤

  12. What a great card for a man xxx the gears are great and the texture and layers ... very clever with lots to look at xxx

  13. You've created a masterpiece, Emma! I love the gears & how you added the hat--perfect!

  14. SUPER combination of elements and layers and a fab masculine theme!!

  15. Your work is always amazing, I don't know how you come up with the ideas that you do.

  16. LOVE the gears in the background!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  17. The car panel is so cool Emma! And I love all the layers, gears, and the hat. That's one of my favourite sentiments too.

  18. Your beautiful canvas is recognisable as yours instantly Emma! As always your background is stunning! Then I love how you have made and built up the central panel, laden with fab textures. It all looks brilliant! Have to say the bowler is genius! Very steed!

  19. so gorgeous the addition of the bowler hat...genius...have a great weekend...hyugs kath xxx

  20. I love how this is such a clever mix of old and new! The nostalgic feel and the message of taking the scenic route is much-needed in today's crazy world! This is lovely and evokes so many good feelings!

  21. I really have difficulty finding the words to comment on your posts! the sequence of wonderful works that you are creating is endless! This is amazing, the design of your projects is always very accurate and your attention to details really makes a difference! Stunning , my friend! Barbara

  22. This is such a gorgeous creation, Emma. I really love the beautiful gear embellishments on the background you created. The whole design is simply fantastic. :)

  23. Love this project, Emma! There is so much detail in your works of art. The layers you add and the design of it. Love the hat, it's an amazing touch to this stunning piece! Hugs, Sandra

  24. I loved those auto stamps the moment I saw them and you have used one of them brilliantly. Fantastic card!


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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