Monday 2 August 2021

It's Our Party ~ Shine Like The Stars

Hello friends...

So sorry for not sharing a project last week, and thank you to everyone who messaged me to see if everything was ok but unfortunately, I had an internet upgrade which went a little wrong and as a consequence I was left for a week without internet ~ so frustrating but I'm back and there's no more watching that little wheel turning before my eyes as I try to load a page because I now have super fast broadband!

Anyway, back to this week and the brand new Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp, which is all about Birthday Celebrations, because the SSS Monday Challenge is officially 11 years old, and that means it's time to party! The DT are showcasing AALL & Create products within their projects and we hope you'll join us and play along!

For my project, I made a card using an AALL & Create stamp set featuring the one and only Charlie Chaplin and of course, it wouldn't be one of my pieces without including a few Tim Holtz products, which includes a Distress Ink background, applied through the Bubble Layering Stencil, those beautiful Sizzix Balloons and a Quote Chip.

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

To begin with I made the background. I used the monoprint technique for this background and all you need for this is a panel of Distress watercolour card measuring 10 x 14.5cm, inks, water mister and a stencil. Taking the Bubble Layering Stencil, (THS002) I applied Distress Inks directly over the surface. I used Mustard Seed, Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint and Weathered Wood and just applied the inks to random areas of the stencil.

I then lightly misted the stencil with water, flipped the stencil over, placing it directly onto my card panel. I then pressed the stencil lightly to ensure a good coverage and at this stage, used a paper towel to dab away any excess ink so that it would give me a really good impression. After removing the stencil, I heat set the ink and then inked the edges with a little Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

I then added some machine stitching around the outside to create a border.

I mounted my panel onto black card, followed by a layer of silver metallic kraft stash card.

Using foam pads, I then mounted the layered panels onto a further panel of black card, with machine stitching around the edge in cream cotton thread and a final layer, which is something I do quite often is is actually a panel of white card, but I edge this with some washi tape ~ and this time I used AALL & Create Twine Washi Tape, and this gives the appearance of patterned paper. I mounted my layers onto a card blank.

I now have the background ready to add the star of the card, Charlie...

...and to begin with I stamped and watercolored the image of Charlie. I used Distress Re-Inkers for the image, applying the colour with a Fine Tipped Waterbrush and then I add shading to complete the image using Polychromos Pencils. I finished the image by adding some stripes to Charlie's trousers with a black fine line pen before fussy cut it out.

I also stamped the ticket and clapperboard from the same stamp set and once again I watercolored the image and then fussy cut around the outline.

I attached the image onto the card front, placing Charlie and the clapperboard onto a Theories Quote Chip, Shine Like The Stars". I sanded the chip around the edges and inked it with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink before attaching it to my background using Matte Collage Medium. To ground the images, I added some Mummy Cloth, dyed with Frayed Burlap and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains.

To complete the chip, I added Hardware Heads to either side which I altered with a little Crackling Campfire, Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Paint for a more rusty look to the metal.

Taking the little stamped Cinema ticket, I attached this by tucking it underneath the matted layers of background and just let it overhang the edges of the card. I also attached two mini paperclips onto the panel.

Now for the balloons, and for these I used the Sizzix Circle Play Thinlits Die by Tim Holtz. I inked some Mixed Media Heavystock Card with a combination of Festive Berries, Candied Apple and Fired Brick Distress Inks and then blended the colours with a mist of water. Once the card was dry, I used the dies to die cut all the pieces I needed to created three separate balloons. I also cut the strings from black card.

I assembled the balloons and then attached these to my card, using foam pads for some extra height and then adding the strings to dangle down. 

Once of these I extended to make it slightly longer by cutting it twice and sticking it together to form one long string.

I finished the balloon arrangement with some red cotton thread.

Finally, I added a Specimen Remnant Rub in the top left hand corner, and that completes my card and this week's project....

...and as 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 $50 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:

Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Circle Play
Stampers Anonymous: Bubble Layering Stencil
Distress InksFestive Berries, Fired Brick, Frayed Burlap, Mustard Seed, Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint and Weathered Wood 
Distress PaintsCrackling Campfire, Vintage Photo, Black Soot
Distress Re-Inkers: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Aged Mahogany


  1. Emma, you always inspire me with everything you make. I admire you so much!!!! This card is adorable!!

  2. This card is spectacular! I am always so impressed with your cards. They are always spot on. They usually leave me speechless (you don't know me, but that's kind of hard...LOL) Thank you very much for your inspiration! Cheers, MK


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