Monday 1 January 2024

All That Jazz....

Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Festive Holiday season and I hope you're now ready for 2024, which I can guarantee is already going to be an exciting Tim Holtz making season!

Today the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge team are back after their break and we have a brand new challenge starting today, which is appropriately called A NEW START! So, whether you received new goodies for Christmas, want to make a new year card or just want to try a new technique, then this is the challenge for you and we hope you'll join us and play along! The DT are showcasing the products of Brutus Monroe.

For my make, I chose to create a card to celebrate 2024 and all those new adventures that a new year, and new start bring with it and I combined products from Tim Holtz, Sizzix and Stampers Anonymous with a Brutus Monroe stencil to create my 1920's inspired card...

It's time for that new start, new year and a brand new challenge....

This gold card base measures 21 x 12.5cm and uses a Size 8 tag which I mounted onto the stencilled background panel. I'm hoping the photos do the gold embossing justice, but UK weather hasn't been the best and some of the shimmer and shine has been lost.


To begin with I cut a piece of Distress Black Heavystock card measuring 19.5 x 10cm and I placed the Macrame Stencil over the top before applying Translucent Grit Paste through the design. After removing the stencil and working quickly, I sprinkled Gold Embossing Powder over the top and set the panel to one side to dry.

Once the paste feel firm to touch, I heat embossed the powder on a very low setting. You can build up the heat if you want, but be careful not to overheat the paste as this will cause it to bubble.

Once the powder had become molten and glossy, I attached the panel to a piece of black card, followed by gold metallic kraft card. I used foam pads to mount this onto a further panel of black card, that had a border which I machine stitched around the edge and finally attached the panels onto my gold card blank. The background is now complete and ready for the tag.


For the tag, I began by misting the tag with water and then adding the colour, and used Distress Spray Stains and Oxides Sprays in the following colours:

DISTRESS SPRAY STAINS: Speckled Egg, Uncharted Mariner, Walnut Stain and Stormy Sky

OXIDE SPRAYS: Speckled Egg, Broken China

MICA SPRAYS: Unravelled

After another mist of water, and a few flicks of both colours of Oxide Sprays, I heat dried the tag thoroughly.

Making sure my tag was dry, I then applied Crackle Paste through the Stampers Anonymous Falling Stars Layering Stencil, and whilst the paste was still wet, I sprinkled a combination of Distress Glaze over the top. These include:

Fossilized Amber, Speckled Egg, Salvaged Patina and Broken China

I just randomly sprinkled each powder to create the colour on the background. Tap away the excess, and again set the tag to one side to dry before heat embossing the powder, until it becomes molten.

After inking the edge of the tag with Walnut stain Distress Ink, I then machine stitched a border and matted it onto black kraft card. I then mounted the tag onto the centre of my card blank.

At the top of the tag, I placed an Index Clip idea-ology piece and then added a Hardware Head to the centre. Both pieces are altered with a touch of Distress Paint; Black Soot, Crackling Campfire and Antiqued Bronze.

We're now ready to embellish the tag and to add all that jazz....


The sentiment is stamped onto a die cut circle of mixed media heavystock card which I coloured with the same sprays as I used on the background.

I then used clear embossing ink to stamp the sentiment from the Festive Overlay stamp set in the centre. You will notice that I masked off the 'in the new year' part from sentiment.

Sprinkle gold embossing powder over the top and then heat emboss until molten. I then flicked a light coverage of gold paint over the circle before matting it onto a mount which is cut from gold metallic kraft card, using the Seal Die and Switchlits Embossing Folder.

I then mounted the sentiment onto my tag, using foam pads.


For the hat and suit, I used the Tim Holtz Tailored Die Set from Sizzix and cut all of my pieces. I chose a black suit, black top hat and red accessories, but you can choose whatever colours you prefer. For the bow tie, I added polka dots with a white pen.

As a final touch I added a tiny vintage metal bead onto the shirt and a gold adornment star onto the hat.

I then used foam pads for height to attach the pieces to my tag.

2024 STARS

The stars across the bottom of the tag, are all cut using the largest die from more of the card that I used for the sentiment and I used the the Falling Stars die set. I then layered each star over gold metallic card again cut with the same die, to create a drop shadow and outline.

I then attached them in a swathe across the tag using various depths of foam pads.

On each star, I added the numbers, 2024, again cut from gold Metallic kraft card using the Alphanumeric Bold Thinlits dies and layered these onto the stars.


For the final details, I added Hardware Heads painted with Candied Apple distress Paint for a chippy vintage look and placed these in each corner of the card....

...and finally I added the Metallic Sticker, The Adventure Begins beneath the 2024.

So, that's my card ready for 2024 and I hope you've loved the tricks and techniques I've used to create it.

As always, if you make anything, or if you've 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 next Monday at 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 and Happy 2024 ~ I hope it brings you everything you wish for!

Love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous: Falling Stars Layering Stencil, Festive Overlay
Distress Paint: Candied Apple, Black Soot, Crackling Campfire and Antiqued Bronze
Tim Holtz Oxide Sprays: Speckled Egg, Broken China
Mica Spray: Unravelled
Distress Spray StainsSpeckled Egg, Uncharted Mariner, Walnut Stain and Stormy Sky
Distress Glaze: Fossilized Amber, Speckled Egg, Broken China, Salvaged Patina
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
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  1. Hello Emma, thats gorgeous and funky and brilliant. I have just begun to update and ready my blog for 2024 and will be posting regular now. I look forward to seeing lots more from your lovely blog too. Happy New year x

  2. Your colors all look fantastic together. Love the style and whimsy.

  3. Love this! What a work of Art!


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