Monday, 1 January 2018

Hello 2018...

Hello friends and happy new year! Today, is the start of a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week we are showcasing Simon Says Stamp products and combining it with our theme ~ SOMETHING NEW! So, if you've had something new for Christmas and you'd like to use it within this challenge or maybe, you've bought yourself something that you'd like to use for the first time, then now is the time to play along and join us for this fun theme and we can't wait to see what you create.

For my project, I created a tag and used a gorgeous Simon Says Stamp die to say 'hello' to 2018.

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

To begin with I took a Size 8 tag. I applied Broken China, Iced Spruce and Antique Linen Distress Oxide Inks to my craft sheet and then lightly misted the inks with water before 'swooshing' the tag through the colours, picking up the ink. I then heat dried the tag before dipping it into the remaining inks on my sheet to pick up the residue colour. Once the tag was dry, I then applied some Frayed Burlap to my craft sheet and again, spritzed it with water and picked up small amounts of colour on my dipping my tag into the inks. Heat dry again to make sure the tag is thoroughly dry.

Now to create some layers on that background and for this, I applied random strips of Tissue Tape, and placed these directly onto the background, focusing in the central area of the tag. I then scraped gesso over the top of the taped area, dried the medium thoroughly before adding some depth of colour using Pumice Stone Distress Crayon, mixed with a little Broken China and Vintage Photo. Once I blended out the colour using my fingertips and a semi dry baby wipe, I then added some Grit Paste through the Mini Layering Stencil. Allow the paste to dry, before spritzing Mica Spray over the top ~ this creates a beautiful, subtle shimmer to the background and blends the inks perfectly.
I gave the tag a blast of heat to set the inks before moving onto all the elements to build up my layers. To begin with I took the Mini Globe die and die cut the image from gold metallic kraft card. I then inked the surface using Hazelnut, Gold Mixative and Espresso Alcohol Inks. I placed the inked globe over the top of a circle of Silver Deco Sheet, trimming around the edge of the die.
I then layered my die cut globe over the top of some Snippet Ephemera pieces which I attached with Collage Medium and coloured a Paper Doll with Distress Marker Pens, which I also added to my layering.
To complete the layering, I added some Sprocket Gears behind the Paper Doll.

For the wording, I used the Small Hello Craft Die from SSS and used this to die cut a section of black card, followed by a layer of gold Deco Sheet. I then layered my wording to create a shadow effect and attached it to my tag, together with some Deco Stickers to spell out the year 2018.
Finally, I added some crinkle ribbon to the top and placed a Clippings Sticker along the bottom of the tag....
...which completes this week's project and this dimensional tag, packed full of layers.

As always, 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 wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2018.

Love Emma xxx


  1. The wet and vintage background is amazing, so warm and really old-looking. LOve the white details stenciled behind the boy and the golden globe too. Happy New Year, Emma! Hugs, Macarena

  2. What a brilliant tag - perfect use of all those TH goodies, and the inky/crayony background is just fabulous. Happy New Year to you!
    Alison x

  3. Gorgeous tag Emma :-) the background is fabulous and I love the little guy and world die, very cute :-)

    Hope you had a lovely Christmas and Best Wishes for a fabulous 2018!

    Lols x x x

  4. Awesome tag to bring in the new year, Emma! Love the nonchalant young gent along with the world and happy - the embossing is a wonderful touch,, love the metallics. It's going to be a creative new year, and I'm happy to be creating with you again! Happy New Year! hugs, Maura

  5. Wonderful tag! I enjoyed finding out how you made it too; the layers are so amazing and I love the grit paste and the mini globe and hello dies - beautiful 😁. Wishing you a happy and creative New Year! J 😊

  6. every detail and the boy is a standout against the globe...perfect new year make!

  7. How gorgeous, Emma! I love seeing how you assemble your art! The touches of glitter are perfect touches for the new year! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. This is such a beautiful and well-put-together piece! I especially like how you arranged it to say "Hello 2018." This is a wonderful tribute to a new year and it's full of your signature classy aesthetic!

  9. gorgeous tag,love the background and that adorable boy...hugs kath xxx

  10. A fabulous tag and such a great way of saying Hello and welcoming in the New Year! I really hope 2018 is an amazing year for you and all your creative dreams, Emma. I'm really looking forward to following over the next 365 . Big hugs x

  11. Beautiful tag Emma! I love how you used the globe as a layer and all the gold and glitter details. Happy New Year!!

  12. Love your gorgeous tag, Emma. All the details and embellishments on it are fantastic! :)

  13. This guy is probably one of my favorite paper dolls! Love how you created this tag!

  14. Such a gorgeous tag, Emma! Your background is amazing and love the little paper boy, he is so cool! Best wishes for 2018! Hugs, Sandra

  15. You know me, always late to the crafting party but when you said go for the Distress Oxides and I did then I never looked back. Absolutely love love love them and even though I haven't had a chance to use them for a little while I feel a little playtime coming along!
    love this design and the boy is a sweet addition to this 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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