Monday, 31 October 2016

A happy accident! Simon Says Stamp Guest Design

Hi everyone. Today is my final post in the 'Designer Spotlight' at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. A huge thanks to Lols and the team for the invitation and their wonderful support throughout the month.

This week the challenge theme is Thinking of You.


I have recently purchased Tim Holtz Ornate Frame 2 and wanted to get this out of it's packaging (!) so decided to make a card featuring the frame and the leaf from an older set - Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits LEAF BLUEPRINT Wafer Thin Die & Stamp Set.

I had an idea that went completely wrong but ended up quite well! I started with some autumnal colours of distress inks on some card - completely covering it with random patches of colour. I then intended to add some versamark through a stencil and heat emboss with clear powder to retain the multi colours under the embossed surface. However I failed to fully fry the distress inks so when adding my clear embossing powder I completely covered the card. I heated it anyway and ended with a mostly sealed surface - no stencil pattern visible!
Not wanting to waste what I had done I reached for my distress paints and began marbling the surface with different colours - drying each colour before adding the next. With the heat, the paint adhered to the sealed surface but retained quite a glossy finish and I loved it! The paints are more vibrant than when doing the same effect directly onto card ( I know - I tried it!).

I die cut my ornate frame twice - once in black card and once in white card - I painted the latter with Tarnished Brass distress paint before quickly sprinkling some embossing powder ( a mix of gold, dark red and brown) over it - not covering - just a light sprinkle. I then heat dried.
I stamped the leaf and cut one whole and 2 halves. I added my autumnal distress inks randomly over them - adding darker colours to the edges before taking Distress Crackle Paint and covering the leaves. Once dry I created the dimension using glossy accents.
The greeting from Tim Holtz Simple Sayings completed my card.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Nikki
xxx

25 comments:

  1. A very happy accident indeed! This is awesome! xxx

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  2. Fabulous card Nikki! I love the background and colours, the whole design is gorgeous! A happy accident!, looks awesome! :-)

    Thanks so much for joining us for the past few weeks, it has been brilliant having you along with us and I hope we get to do it again soon :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  3. The epitome of fall colors. Striking!

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  4. What wonderful texture you achieved on your card, Nikki! I love the deep rich Autumn colors and design. It's been fun seeing your amazing work on our Monday Challenge this month. Thank you for all your inspiration!

    Cathie ♥

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  5. Gorgeous Autumnal shades on here Nikki and love all that texture.
    Fliss x

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  6. The colors are amazing, the card seems to be on fire! I love the leaves, they go to my wish list! Thank you for this inspiration and to be with us this last month! See you there! Hugs, Marzena

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  7. absolutely delicious Nikki - I love the frame and leaves - brilliant! Hugs rachel x

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous Nikki and I always find the happy accidents seem to lead to the best discoveries too :)
    Hugs
    Donna xx

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  9. Great card Nikki - happy accidents are the best !

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  10. Wonderful colours, techniques and design, I adore this Nikki xxx

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  11. Stunning colours and textures

    Love Chrissie x

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  12. Gorgeous card and I adore that background Nikki, happy accident indeed! Deb Xo

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  13. Gorgeous colors, and love the touches of sparkle! :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  14. It is stunning and then some! Wish I had happy accidents like this x

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  15. Love the beautiful colors on the background, and pretty texture on the leave and frame. Great design Nikki. :)

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  16. Nikki, this is one drop dead gorgeous card! Love the richness of the colors and detail. It's been great having you with us this month, and I look forward to seeing your future work! hugs, Maura

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  17. How gorgeous, Nikki - I love your autumnal accident! The embossed texture and metallic shimmer is just fabulous amidst all the fall colours. Beautiful finale to a great month of spotlit inspiration - congratulations!
    Alison x

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  18. Stunning background, love these rich colours, Cathy x

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  19. You are truly the QUEEN of texture! I love how you give everything such dimensional flair! And the concept of a leaf with a frame background is genius! It has been so much fun having you as the Guest Designer and it was a joy to see your fabulous creations! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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  20. fabulous project nikki to finish off your GDT spot...we have loved having you join us and woohoo I love happy accidents...you turned it around brilliantly...hugs kath xxx

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  21. Don't you just love happy accidents that turn out beautifully and yours did just that...it's stunning and I adore the wonderful colour tones and the beautiful textures! It's been wonderful having you as our GD this month and been an absolute joy to see all your fabulous work...thank you Nikki for sharing! <3 xx

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  22. Amazing project Nikky! Your leaf is stunning, colors are fabulous and textures WOW!!!! It was be an honour and a pleaseure work with you during this month! Barbara

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  23. Oh wow this is amazing, Nikki! So much depth and texture! Thanks so much for being on our team as a GD! Hugs, Sandra

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  24. Another gorgeous creation! You did a fabulous job with these guest posts Nikki! Congrats again. Hugs, Autumn

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  25. Wonderful autumn colours, great dimension and variation of texture. YOur projects for SSS have all been fab . x

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