Monday, 6 February 2017

You're The One...

Hello friends

Hope you all had a great weekend and ready for a brand new week and a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week the theme is YOUNG AT HEART and of course, is all about Valentine's Day and as an added bonus, if you love Simon Says Stamp products, then the team are also showcasing a selection of these within their projects!

I decided to create a Valentine's Day card but I didn't go down the traditional route of red and went with soft vintage tones of neutrals, pink, gold and duck egg blue.

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

To begin with I started with my background and cut a piece of mixed media card to roughly the same size as the background stamp that I was using.

I then added a layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint over the surface of the card, heat dried the paint before layering further Distress Paints ~ Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap to create my background. Heat dry the painted surface thoroughly!

Then, using an old expired credit card, I scraped some gesso over the top of the layers and again gave it a blast of heat to dry it.

To add that little extra hint of colour, I added a touch of Cracked Pistachio Distress Crayon to my background and just blended with my fingertips.

Ink up the Love Is Background Stamp using Versamark Ink or clear embossing ink and then sprinkle some gold embossing powder over the top. Tap away the excess powder and heat emboss until molten and shiny.
Flick some gesso splats across the embossed surface before matting and layering the background onto  a piece of gold metallic card, followed by a layer of pink kraft stock card. I mounted the matted layers onto a white card blank, inked around the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Now for my layers and to begin with I used the Tim Holtz Ornate Frame die to die cut a piece of chipboard. Prime the chipboard with a layer of gesso before adding some Grit Paste to the surface, leaving the paste slightly stippled to create some gorgeous texture.

Once the paste is dry, add some Gold Rush Alchemy Paint over the top and again leave to dry.

Attach the frame onto your background, layering it with pieces of torn corrugated card, dry brushed with gesso. Cut a piece of linen from the Textile Surfaces pack and add small amounts of gesso and Victorian Velvet Distress Paint onto the surface. Ink the Tim Holtz "You're The One" quote with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamp directly onto the linen.
Attach the message over the top of the layers. At this stage I attached a Hinge Clip, altered with some Treasure Gold Gilding Wax and then added a loop pin and a Heart Charm and just clipped onto the side of the layered section.
For the handmade paper rose, I used Tim's Tattered Florals die and die cut lightweight card, coloured with Victorian Velvet Distress Stain. I then created my dimensional bloom, inking the edges of each layer and shaping the petals to create a more realistic look.
Attach the rose to the card, together with a shabby bow made from crinkle ribbon and coloured with Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen Distress Stain.
Finally, I added some small hearts to my background! I actually had these teeny little hearts on my desk from a previous project ~ they are the negative sections from the SSS Stacked Heart Die and I just thought they were the perfect finishing touch to the card and placed them around the frame area.
To complete the card, I added some Memory Hardware metallic beads to each corner.
So, I hope you enjoyed how I created this card and it's inspired you with a few ideas for Valentine's Day!

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 xx

Recipe for project:

Simon Says Stamp products: Love Is Background Stamp, Stacked Hearts Die
Tim Holtz Stamps: The One
Tim Holtz Dies: Tattered Florals, Ornate Frame 2
Heat Gun
Corrugated Card from my own stash


  1. Gorgeous card, Emma! You know just all the right elements to put together for the WOW factor and your flower is absolutely gorgeous!!

    Cathie ♥

  2. Oh I just love the soft vintage tones and your beautiful card Emma. You've sold me on that lovely background stamp too. Wonderful design as always. Nicola x

  3. I really should get that Rose die you use.
    another stunning piece of are an amazing crafter

  4. Stunning Emma, simply stunning. I love it. xx

  5. Gorgeous! Emma Really love all those pastel, vintage tones working in harmony together with all those opulent touches of gold. The paint and gesso on the linen is so effective and your gorgeous bloom and sprinkle of hearts are the perfect finishing touches for this extra special, super gorgeous valentines card! I'm sure 'David' or 'Simon ' would love to receive this ;)
    Big hugs my lovely friend xx

  6. Gorgeous card Emma, I love the gold embossing with the pink details, the whole design is stunning!! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  7. Lovely golden details. I adore the frame and embossed background. The stamping on canvas is stunning. Hugs xxx

  8. Beautiful shabby chic card, Emma! Love how you frame your quote with the gilt frame!! hugs, Maura

  9. Beautiful card! I need some of those beads!

  10. This is so very pretty! I love the soft palette you used which is so romantic! The soft metallic touches are beautiful and the quote is so precious! You framed it out perfectly!

  11. Stunning, Emma! I love the pops of gold and the sentiment is perfect :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. so Victorian looking and really lovely!

  13. This is such a gorgeous work of art, Emma. The background you created is so beautiful. Love the pretty flower you made! :)

  14. Emma .... the flower is outstanding! The whole design is amazing but the flower struck my heart! Barbara

  15. soft dreamy and absolutely gorgeous...hugs kath xxx

  16. Fantastic card Emma! I love the distressed sentiment panel layered on the ornate frame. SO pretty! Gorgeous colour combo too.

  17. Stunning project, Emma! Love all the layers and the touches of gold are amazing! They really shine! Hugs, Sandra

  18. Your flowers are my favourite things


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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