Monday 2 December 2013


Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is a simple one this week, use a FLOURISH in your design this week.  From stamps to stencils, filigree to embossed, we all love flourishes. Whether you add a fancy swirl, or simply give your project a little extra pizazz this week we invite you to join us in this fun challenge.
I decided to create a quirky card for a dear friend this week using the fabulous Spellbinders Noble Rook M-Mossabilities Folder which has fabulous FLOURISHES in the background.
Emboss a piece of white card with the Spellbinders Folder and then apply Peeled Paint Distress Ink over the embossed area. I love this folder, the embossing is so deep and detailed.
I wanted to age my piece a litte so I bent the card in different directions to add a few creases.
Touches of Vintage Photo Distress Ink were then added over the embossed design, I love these two colours together!
The Vintage Photo Distress Ink highlights the creases perfectly and adds to that aged feel.
I inked the Embossing Folder with VersaMark Ink to prevent any enamel sticking in my next step.
This is the first time I have actually used my Melt Pot, please don't ask me why, it's great fun and I love the texture and dimension enamelled pieces give to a piece of art.
I added some gold mica to the enamel or you could add any old embossing powders that you are not using at this point. It is important to work on a heat resistant mat when using the melt pot and I also used the Melt Art Tools.
I then poured the hot enamel onto the Embossing Folder. However, I would not recommend this usually with the folders being plastic, however, the M-Bossabilities are really thick and I thought I would give it a try and it worked beautifully and did not affect the folder.
The dimension, texture and detail from the enamel is fabulous, I love it. I then applied Treasure Gold Olive Bronze and Spanish Topaz Metallic Waxes to the raised areas.
The waxes really highlight all the fine detail.
I used a small heart cookie cutter, placed it onto the Embossing Folder and then poured more of the hot enamel into the cutter over the embossed design. I wanted the heart to be really deep and dimensional so I filled the cookie cutter with enamel, however, if you wanted it to be flat just cover the bottom area with enamel.

The waxes really highlight the wonderful dimension on this piece and I love how dimensional and tactile this card is.
I added a banner to the top of the card embossed again with the folder and coloured with Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I have added WISH to the top of the banner cut from black card using the Typeset Die.
I have added black twine behind the Noble Rook for further interest and included a ChitChat Sticker, again coloured with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
I love the small dimensional heart too. I also machine stitched around the edges of the card to add a further layer of interest. Happy Birthday has been stamped on to the embossed aperture using the Simple Sayings Stamp Set and Black Archival Ink.
The Noble Rook image is set to be one of my favourites!

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Have you visited the Simon Says Stamp BLOG, pop along  for wonderful inspirational ideas, tutorials and videos.
Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x 

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Typeset Alphabet Die
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - ChitChat Stickers
Tim Holtz Simple Sayings Stamp Set
Spellbinders Noble Rook M-Bossabilities Embossing Folder
Distress Inks - Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo
Black Archival Ink
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
Melt Pot
Ranger Melt Art Black Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Non-Stick Craft Sheet
PaperArtsy Treasure Gold Metallic Waxes - Olive Bronze, Spanish Topaz



Helen said...

Fabulous, I love the use of the UTEE on the folder to make another bird - it looks gorgeous.

Inkypinkycraft said...

this looks fab ,I love that rook and he is now firmly on my wish list, gorgeous xx love how you have used the UTEE ! Brave but it paid off! Xx hugs x trace x

Brenda Brown said...

Love the melt pot rook Tracy, he worked superbly. A great card and textured design.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Barb Cady said...

Wow, this is very clever, the bird turned out amazing, such a great idea and a fabulous present! X

carol edwards said...

Hi Tracy great card and loads of techniques going on. I have not got any mbossibilities folders but now on wish list to try with utte. Stunning effect ,thanks for sharing

Edith said...

Wow, it´s a great idea to use your melting pot for the bird! The whole card looks great, love it! Edith

Jenny Marples said...

Talk about thinking outside the box! Tracy, this is superb. Jenny x

Amanda said...

Genius! Using the utee in the folder what a fabulous effect for a fabulous card,
Amanda x

rachel said...

this is just stunning Tracy - love the idea of using the melt pot with the mbossibilities folders - so clever - brilliant piece xx

joy said...

Love that flourish embossing folder and you use of the melting pot for the rook! Such a beautiful creation - your friend is one lucky gal!

Anonymous said...

This is gorgeous! Love what you did with that embossing folder!

Carol Q said...

wow he looks stunning Tracy. I do love the way you tie your string

Meihsia Liu said...

This is such a gorgeous creation, Tracy. I love the beautiful embossed background and the waxes really had an amazing effect on the embellishments. Great design! :)

Gez Butterworth said...

Brilliant! Such a clever idea and a beautiful card xx

Sandra said...

What a gorgeous card, Tracy! Love the embossed background and the pretty bird. Such a fun idea to use an embossingfolder to make that bird. Hugs, Sandra

Michelle said...

You are so brave! I think that I would be too scared to pour that hot wax on the embossing folder. Once I caught the carpet on fire with an embossing gun. So, I'm afraid of hot things now. :) But your results are sooooo worth the risk. You've created another fabulous card. Love it!

Words and Pictures said...

Woomph - genius!! The risk paid off big time, because your gilded raven looks amazing perched in front of his "shadow" in that fabulous green background. It's a great folder, but you've taken it to another level with this creation - and the finished card is simply brilliant - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!
Alison xx

Nan G said...

Wow! mr. rook is so regal. Fab idea using Utee on the e.f.! A fabulous card!

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

WOW! This piece is stunning! And I love how you used that gorgeous folder twice! I would've never dared to pour hot enamel onto the folder, but once again, you have shown genius where I merely had cowardice thoughts! You always inspire me to try new things and I thought this piece was brilliant all the way around. I love the colors and really liked the multi-layered twine bow, too. Great job....again!

Esther said...

This is really stunning, so impactful and interesting! Well done.

Redanne said...

What a genius idea Tracy, the rook looks fabulous in the UTEE and mirrors the embossing folder image brilliantly. How clever are you coming up with this amazing idea.... Hugs, Anne x

Candy C said...

Tracy...your card is absolutely amazing! I really love that embossing folder. You're right....lots of stunning details on it! I really love what you did with the bird. The embossed one is really neat but then to pour UTEE over it and create a dimensional metallic looking bird as an embellishment....genius! :) Love all of the twine and other little embellishments you added to complete this gorgeous card. <3 Candy

Mona Pendleton said...

Holy smokes Tracy! What a fantastic and creative project! I love that bird! Your background is stunning! Thanks so much for sharing your creative process!

Corrie Herriman said...

Wow, wow, wow, this card is absolutely gorgeous !
I would be very, very happy to get a card like this on my birthday !
Corrie x

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Utee awesomeness!! WOW!! Love this card, Tracy!

Simon Says Stamp!

Terry said...

Well this is the first I have seen an embossing folder used like this! WOW, clever and gorgeous! Totally awesomeness here, Tracy!

barbarayaya62 said...

Tracy this work hit me so much! the idea of ​​creating the crow ... Fantastic and wonderfully made​​! Barbarayaya

Suzanne C said...

Can I just say brilliant! I love this card. The paper with the image melted is so clever! Gorgeous card!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card!!! Looks like I need me some Utee. Karen.x

Mary Elizabeth said...

My jaw dropped when I saw the on SSS&S Monday Challenge blog. Stunning. You are the Melt Art royalty! The echoing enamel bird on top of dry embossed image was just genius!! Love your creativity Tracy!! -- Mary Elizabeth

Anna-Karin said...

Gorgeous card Tracy! The embossed background is so pretty and what a genious idea to use an embossing folder with the UTEE. Glad you used your heating pot!!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Love love love!!! The bird and how you made it are simply stunning! What a fabulous creation!

Cocofolies said...

Wow!!! This is wonderful!!! thanks for all the details too. Coco x