Friday, 12 November 2021

Simon Says Stamp Handmade Holiday Blog Hop ~ Day 2

Hello friends and welcome to Day 2 of the Simon Says Stamp Handmade Holiday Blog Hop...you can catch up with Day 1 over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog.

I'm so excited to be joining so many of the talented designers on this hop and if you've arrived here from Adelle Emery then hello, but if not, and you want to catch up with everyone who is participating in this hop, then don't worry because you can head back to the beginning HERE!

There are so many gorgeous new products in this release and I can guarantee that you will be spoilt for choice and every single one of them will get you into the festive spirit and make you feel happy and so uplifted and to see this fabulous new release in full, then click HERE!

For my make, I used the gorgeous Etched Berry Branch that cascades down the centre of my card and combined this with a sparkly background created with the Citrine Glitz that is one of the beautiful new colours in the SSS Rainbow Mini glitz collection.




So with everything in front of me, let's get started and here's how I created this card....

MATTED CARD LAYERS

To begin with I cut a panel of White Mixed Media Heavystock Card by Tim Holtz using the third largest of the Simon Says Stamp A7 Thin Frames.

This frame cuts two separate pieces, the central panel and the outer frame section and for this make, I used both die cuts.

Placing the frame to one side until later, and concentrating on the central panel, I started by adding some zig zag machine stitches to the edges, before then applying the Citrine Glitz through the Tim Holtz Sparkle Layering Stencil, applying the paste with a palette knife. 

You need to do this in two stages as the stencil doesn't fit across the width of the panel.

I added a few flicks of Tarnished Brass Distress Paint across the surface before setting the panel to one side to dry.

Moving onto the layered background panels ~ I cut and adhered a panel of grey card, trimmed slightly smaller in size than my card blank which measures 14 x 19cm and has the fold at the top.

I followed this by cutting a second panel of white card using the largest die in the A7 Thin Frames set and once again I kept both pieces of the die cut, and mounted these onto my covered card blank.

I then cut a second panel of the grey card, machine stitched a border around the edge and then layered this onto my card blank. Finally I took the glittered panel and that die cut outer frame, and matted both of these pieces onto a piece of matte gold card ~ attaching the glittered panel first and then adhering the thin outer frame around it. I then mounted this finished panel, placing it centrally onto my card front.

ETCHED BERRY BRANCH

For the berry branch foliage, I inked a piece of the Mixed Media cardstock with Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint and Evergreen Bough Distress Spray Stains. Mist the card with a light spritz of water and then spritz the stains over the top. Once I was happy with the colour, I cut all the foliage pieces that I would need for the card. Remember you can cut into these die cuts if you want individual leaves or smaller branches, and that's what I did to create dimension.

With the die cuts in front of me, I used Postbox Red Nuvo Drops to create the berries. Once the berries were set and dry, I added some sparkle by smearing a little Matte Collage Medium over the leaves and then sprinkling Rock Candy Dry Glitter over the top. Tap away the excess and leave to dry.

I splattered some white gesso over the top of the sparkly foliage, and then arranged the foliage to cascade down my card from top left to bottom right.

SENTIMENT PLAQUE

For the sentiment, I used the XL Christmas Greetings stamp set and using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, I stamped the Season's Greetings stamp onto a panel of white card in Barn Door Archival Ink. Without removing the stamped panel, I re-inked the stamp with Black Soot Archival Ink, but only added a very light coverage, almost as if you're just kissing the stamp gently! I then re-stamped the sentiment over the top of the previous stamped wording and this just takes off the brightness of the red.

I machine stitched a border around the outside and matted the sentiment onto gold matte card before attaching it to the centre of my card front, using foam pads and arranging it to nestle in amongst the foliage, bringing some of the leaves over the top to soften the straight edges of the sentiment panel.

Finally, to complete my card, I added some gold metallic droplets to the background and the sentiment panel.

I really hope you've loved the card I've made for the hop and now it's time to visit the next, and final make Yoonsun Hur.

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the blog hop! This means you can leave a comment here and on every stop along the way to increase your chances. Winners will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, 17th November and all winners will need to contact/email Simon Says Stamp to claim their prize. 

Also, last but by no means least ~ if you shop during the Handmade Holiday blog hop release, then you  can get yourself a Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide ink pad FREE with any purchaseThe offer is valid until Wednesday, 14th November at 11:59 ET, or while supplies last and the code you need to use to claim your gift, is: HDMADE4U

Thank you so much for stopping by today and hope you enjoy this fun hop....see you soon, Emma x


RECIPE FOR CARD:

Stampers Anonymous: Sparkle Layering Stencil
Distress Spray Stains: Evergreen Bough, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint
Distress Paint: Tarnished Brass

68 comments:

  1. As always your work is very inspiring. I look forward to your posts. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  2. I literally said, "Oh my," when I pulled this absolutely gorgeous card up. You really outdid yourself on it...outstanding!!!

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  3. dear Emma
    I LOVE your work and your explanations.

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  4. Love the gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing:)

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  5. That is a solid WOW! Gorgeous card. I love everything about it. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful creation.

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  6. Your leaves are soooooo wonderful. And the cool 60s stars are great with them. NICE IDEA

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  7. Your card is gorgeous! All the layers and dimension are fantastic. Using the ink kissing technique on the sentiment is brilliant. ❤️

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  8. Oh my goodness! Looks so real! love it.

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  9. That dimension, those layers - wowsers!!

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  10. Beautiful card! Wow! Thanks for sharing how it was made!

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  11. stunning card - LOVE all the layered leaves

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  12. Absolutely stunning! Your leaves look so real!

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  13. This is truly one of the most beautiful holiday card I have ever seen. Great job!

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  14. Wow! Classic, elegant beauty. It’s glorious.

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  15. So beautiful. I like reading your tutorials, it's so great to understand how you put things together. I like the idea of adding the black soot to the barn door sentiment, adds such nice interest. Thank you for taking the time to write this up.

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  16. I absolutely love the foliage! It looks so real! Thanks for sharing your idea!

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  17. Wonderful dimension on this artwork.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  18. Gorgeous card! How do you get that sewing so straight!!

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  19. This is my favorite of the two day hop! OMG! Amazing!

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  20. Gorgeous card. I love that Season's Greetings sentiment -- the font is wonderful.

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  21. Oh my gosh! This is such an incredibly detailed card, so very beautiful!!!

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  22. What a beautiful card! Lots of gorgeous details to it!
    TFS -
    Lori S in PA

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  23. Such a pretty card Emma. Love the sparkly background and all those berry leaves! Great composition! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  24. Wow! Incredible card. Bravo!

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  25. As always, your card is spectacular! You always put a creative twist on your work. Lovely and stunning!

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  26. Wow! Your card is amazing! I love all the gorgeous dimension!

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  27. SWOON!! Such a STUNNING Card!! I LOVE ALL of the Layers and the Details!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!!

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  28. Wow. Incredibly intricate and beautiful!

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  29. Oh my goodness...this is stunning! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Great card, those leaves look so real.

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  31. I already loved the Etched Berry Branch, but you've taken it to the next level. Wow! This is an amazing and gorgeous card.

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  32. Emma, your attention to detail and texture is spot on and beautiful!!!

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  33. I love the rich elegant look of your card Emma! I now want to add the Etched Berry Branch & the Citrine Glitz to my list. Thanks!

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  34. Wow -- your card is absolutely gorgeous!

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  35. I just love your card! Those leaves look so real.

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  36. Beautiful textures and dimension! Gorgeous design and colors! I love it!

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  37. I love all the dimensional features of your card. Pretty color selection and the leaves are fabulous with the glitter and splatters. All the gold details really created an elegant design. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Wow!! Wow!!! Wow!!! I just love everything about this truly elegant and eye-catching card!! So much detail to bring this stunning creation to life!!! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Stay safe! :)

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  39. Every time I look at this card I see something else awesome about it. The layers, the mica flakes, the little sewing strips with thread. So much awesome!

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  40. Your card is just stunning.

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  41. Holy moly, this is an absolute stunner! The most beautiful card along the hop for sure! WOW!

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  42. I love how elegant your card is!
    You really hit it out of the park!
    Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  43. Adding the machine stitching makes for a nice look that's a little different from the usual.

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  44. WOW!!! Stunning card!! Blew me away!

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  45. Wow, this is a stunning card! The greenery is so beautiful and realistic.

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  46. Such a beautiful and inspirational card!! Love this release!

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  47. I sure thought this was a decor piece.... and should be. Gorgeous and elegant and fun! Lovely card/decor piece.

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  48. Lots of amazing layers and textures on your card!

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  49. One of the most stunning cards on the hop! Your card would be a gift in itself!

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  50. This card is truly a work of art! I love the mixed media effect and I am reminded of the great detail that sewing on a card can add. I'll be going to my machine again with my next creations!

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  51. Gorgeous, I love the embossing and all the dimension!!

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  52. Stunning! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  53. Gorgeous. One to bring out
    in future years. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  54. Wow. I can’t imagine how thrilled some lucky recipient will be when they get this card. Honestly there is so much going on I originally thought it was a piece of home decor. I’m glad I read through the post and realized I was wrong. Thanks for sharing.

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  55. I love this card. I would put it up on the wall!

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  56. wow, absolutely stunning design!

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  57. Wow!!! Amazing card!!! I love this!!!

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  58. This is the first card to catch my eye in those shown for the blog hop. It is beautiful! You really go the extra mile. Thank you for sharing.

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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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