Monday, 5 July 2021

I Meant To Behave...

Hello all...

Hope you've had wonderful and happy weekend and for all my US friends ~ I hope you had a happy 4th July!

As Monday comes around once again, the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge begins and this week our theme is all about Fun and Quirky and the DT are also showcasing Katzelkraft within their projects! If you would love to join us, all the details are at the end of my post and we can't wait to see what you create...

I decided to make a card, and as Tim refers to them ~ this is an Emma sized card which measures 19.5 x 15.5cm! You'll also notice that I can't get enough of the brand new Stampers Anonymous releases from Tim Holtz and this time I'm using the Observations set. I just love this gentleman, so regal and every time I see him, he reminds me of the actor who played Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert in the drama series Victoria!

So let's get started ~ it's time for me to share this project and here's how I made this card...

I started by creating the backgrounds and for this I used two separate panels of Mixed Media Heavystock card, one measuring 18 x 14cm and a second to measure, 16 x 12cm. I then spritzed the card with a light misting of water before spritzing the following sprays over the surface and blending them with another misting of water:

Speckled Egg Distress Spray Stain

Ground Espresso Distress Spray Stain

Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain

Frayed Burlap Distress Spray Stain

Crackled Campfire Oxide Spray

Tumbled Glass Oxide Spray

After heat drying the backgrounds thoroughly, I began by embossing the larger panel using the Circuit 3D Texture Fade Embossing Folder. Because of the size of the panel, I ran this through a couple of times to ensure the entire panel was embossed. I then machine stitched a border in black cotton around the outside.

After matting the embossed panel onto black kraft stash card from the Neutrals set, I mounted the layered panels onto the white card blank.

Now for the smaller panel and I stamped some text on the background using the advertising stamp from The Professor 2 stamp set. I stamped this in Black Soot Archival Ink and just rolled the stamp over the background, allowing it to kiss the surface but not stamping the whole image.

Now for the gold bursts and I used the Halftones Etoile stamp by Katzelkraft and using Versamark clear ink, I stamped this three times, top left hand corner, along the bottom edge and on the right ahdn side fo the panel, just taking each image over the edge of the panel and then sprinkled gold embossing powder over the images, and heat embossed them until molten.

To complete the panel, I inked up the tiny little crosses from the Inquisitive stamp set, and stamped these in the top right hand corner before I machine stitched a wonky border around the outside of the panel.

I matted the panel onto gold metallic kraft stash which I sanded around the edge and placed foam pads on the back before mounting the panel onto my card blank. To complete the panel, I attached a strip of card across the bottom of the panel, this was an offcuts from the card panel and inked in the same colours and I added it to just give a base for the face to sit on so that it won't be floating in mid air.

Now for the star of the show...Albert!

I stamped the image onto watercolour card and then coloured him with a combination of Distress Re-inkers and Polychromos pencils.

Once I was happy, I fussy cut around the outline and placed him on foam pads to add some height and dimension to the face. I added a gold Metallic Droplet to create the look of a button on his jacket.

I made a few rips and tears in a Urban Layers Ephemera piece, Registered No. and inked around the edge with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I then stamped my quote in the box. I took the quote from the Halloween Snarky Cats stamp set and just thought it worked for my quirky card. I did stamp the quote directly onto the ephemera piece but I'll admit I smudged it, so had to re-stamp it onto white card and then mount it over the top of the smudgey mistake!!

For the final details, I added a Stitched Scrap which I rolled up and then attached above the ephemera piece and I added a Wire Pin from my stash.

I also attached an Index Clip and some Machine Heads hardware onto each end of the strip that is attached to my panel.

Finally I added a Mini Flair in the top left hand corner, placing it in the centre of one of the golden bursts.

So that completes this week's project which I hope you love... always, if you make anything, or been inspired by anything that you've seen here on my blog ~ then please, let me know by tagging me on social media or leaving a comment here and I will be right over to take a look!

Don't forget that every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $25 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and you can join in up to 5 times, which means you could have 5 chances to winYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today ~ stay safe and keep well.
Love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Distress Inks: Walnut Stain
Distress Spray StainSpeckled Egg Distress Spray Stain, Ground Espresso Distress Spray Stain, Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain, Frayed Burlap Distress Spray Stain
Oxide SpraysCrackled Campfire Oxide Spray, Tumbled Glass Oxide Spray


  1. Fabulous card Emma :-) 'Prince Albert' is so handsome and I love the background and layers, absolutely gorgeous! :-)

    Hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  2. Another fabulous make Emma! Always appreciate the details on how you create your master pieces.

  3. Fantastic card, Emma! I love how Tim calls it an "Emma sized card"! LOVE it!! hugs, Maura

  4. Absolutely FANTASTIC!! I love everything about this! SO GREAT!

  5. LOVE this fun sentiment with the gent! That gold starburst is perfect and of course so many little metal touches that I love.


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