Monday, 20 November 2017

A Festive Special Delivery...

Hello friends...

Hope you all had a great weekend and ready for the brand new week ahead and a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, our theme is called, Tear It Up and whether you tear your paper or maybe use torn strips of material, we can't wait to see how you'll interpret the challenge!

For my project, I created a panel using paper's from Tim Holtz's Christmas Paper Stash that I tore down the centre and then added rips and tears around the edges. I also added torn corrugated card for a little more added texture and plenty of layers for some dimension...


So, let's get started and here's how I created this project...

To begin with I took a piece of the patterned paper from the stash and tore it from top to bottom. Taking the two torn pieces, I then rolled the edges of the paper to accentuate the tears. I placed the two pieces in front of me, with a gap of approx. 1' showing all the way down from top to bottom. I then placed a piece of the wood effect paper behind the gap, so that this shows through. I attached the wood effect paper to the torn pieces and then machine stitched around the outside edge to create a border. Using the paper distresser tool, I ran it around the outside of the paper to create small rips and tears.
Matt the papers onto red kraft card, leaving a border showing around the outside. I then matted onto gold metallic card and a layer of chipboard which I painted with Aged Mahogany Distress Paint.

To add some texture to the background, I tore some pieces of corrugated card, added a light wash of gesso over the top and placed this torn border strip across the centre of the matted layers.

To create the central focal point on this project, I began by cutting a piece of the polka dot card from the Christmas Kraft Paper Stash measuring, 10 x 12cm and matt this onto gold metallic card. I then cut a further panel of the wood effect paper and matted this over the top of the polka dot card ~ this creates the first layer, which I then attached to the right hand side of the torn paper background, using foam pads to add dimension.
For the next layer, I cut a piece of corrugated card from the textured paper surfaces and added a layer of gold deco sheet over the top. I then matted a piece of ephemera, the Christmas Carol music sheet onto kraft card and adhered this over the top of the deco sheet before adding some more ephemera pieces and a Christmas Paper Doll which I coloured with Distress Marker Pens.
I mounted this finished section of layered matts over the top of some die cut foliage ~ cut from Classic Kraft Stash with a light wash of Picket Fence over the top and then glittered with Rock Candy Glitter. I also added some berries to the die cut pieces using dots of Nuvo Glitter Drops.
To complete the focal point, I added a Christmas Clippings Sticker ~ A Merry Christmas To All and die cut a bow from red card, using the die in the Holiday Greens die set. I then placed the bow over the top of the foliage, in the bottom left hand corner.

To complete the background, I added a Special Delivery Ephemera piece just below the central section and outlined it with a Black Soot Crayon.
Now all that is left is all the little finishing touches and I began by colouring my baubles using turquoise and cranberry Alcohol inks. I then attached the baubles over the top of the torn corrugated card, on the left hand side of the dimensional centrepiece.

I added a mirrored star to the top right hand corner of the photo matts, which was lightly altered with Mushroom Alcohol Ink and placed an Index Clip, again altered with alcohol ink, gold mixative and mushroom in the bottom right hand corner.

On the left hand side, I clipped a Hinge Clip ~ coloured with the gold mixative and mushroom alcohol ink and hung a Christmas Typed Token from some chain.
To complete the project, I placed two mini knobs at the top and the bottom of the torn section.
As always, I hope you love the project I've created and enjoyed how I built up the layers to create the dimension on this piece. If you do need any further inspiration, then 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. oh WOW!! what a beautiful panel Emma!! I love how you tore the paper down the middle and then added all of the layers and elements, the whole design of this is GORGEOUS!! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. This is a gorgeous tag Emma! You can tell how much love and hard work you put into it. The layers are awesome. Every detail is just perfect!!

  3. Very festive and those torn accents so amazing; as are those fabulous layers ! You KNOW I love the details ! <3

  4. The papers used for background are amazing, I love the deep brown woodgrain against the white and red. Love how the stitching gives a warmth to the project. Lovely frosted leaves. Hugs, Marzena

  5. Emma, this is gorgeous!! I love how you have torn the paper to reveal the different sections, its like ripping the wallpaper off. Beautiful layer upon layer! hugs, Maura

  6. I love your project and all of the layering...just wow! Beautiful job!

  7. stunning! It never ceases to amaze me all the fabulous layering and details you use.

  8. Wow, I love the old vintage feel you created for this stunning Christmassy panel! There is so much lovely detail to look at with the papers and embellishments - amazing 😁. Wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊

  9. WOW!! This is ephemera at its best! I always have to click on your product list to see what the original embellishment looked like and how skillfully you altered it. This is full of clever and eye-pleasing details and I am amazed at your coloring skills on the paper dolls! So realistic and the tones are gorgeous!

  10. Emma, the number of stunning details in your projects is amazing! Spend my time to admire your works is always a wonderful moment, I love your unique style!Barbara

  11. Another stunner, Emma! All the elements put together equal perfection. I love your combination of papers, ephemera and metal pieces. I'm always in amazement with each and every creation of yours. This is beautiful!

    Cathie ♥

  12. Fabulous project!!! So many wonderful details!! I could sit and look and look and look at this!!!

  13. Such an amazing project Emma! I love all the tearing and layers and wonderful details.

  14. This is such a stunning holiday creation, Emma. Love all the fabulous details and Christmas elements on this piece! :)

  15. beautiful as always Emma, love the rolled paper look and all the gorgeous details you added...hugs kath xxx

  16. What a gorgeous project, Emma! Love all the stunning greenery and the touches of sparkle. Hugs, Sandra

  17. Beautiful and classy! this is a fantastic project! love the color and the rolled paper is awesome, it highlight the tears even more!

  18. Ms. Emma!!! This project is just SOOO delightful!!! I have been wondering about something to make for my Mother-In-Law and the very moment I saw mind was made up! Your projects always catch my eye and I cannot help but laugh to myself, now, because nearly every time I look to see who made it...there you are! I hope I can do it justice!

  19. Your tearing makes me happy! Emma. Yes, you have done it again and created a truly fabulous project that is in every way absolute quality.
    Big big hugs x


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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