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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Rhinestone Cowboy... by Ann

Hello! We are back with another fun project inspired by this month's theme. This year we are focusing on Kim's favourite songs for our Dare each month, and because July in Calgary is all about the big Stampede festivities, we want to see see what you create featuring Cowboys, Western, Bling, Paisley and Country - inspired by the Glen Campbell song linked below - Rhinestone Cowboy!

Rhinestone Cowboy


Hi everyone, the July Emerald Creek Dares Challenge is inspired by the song Rhinestone Cowboy. This month kicks off rodeo season in Calgary, and the team at Emerald Creek is hoping you bring the western bling, paisley, country, anything!

I have created three cards to celebrate the rodeo and showcase one of my favorite Emerald Creek embossing powders, oil rubbed bronze. All of the backgrounds were created using distress oxide inks blended to create the look of gorgeous summer sunsets. I used color palettes recommended by Kristina Werner Design.

The first card is fairly simple. When thinking about rodeo cowboys, I know that the season usually means traveling from venue to venue competing and showing off their skills. This seems perfectly suited to the "not all who wander are lost" chipboard compass piece from my stash. I started with a blended distress oxide background using chipped sapphire, peacock feathers and carved pumpkin inks. Once the background is complete, I coat the chipboard laser cut piece with embossing ink and cover it with a layer of oil rubbed bronze embossing powder. The powder is heat set and allowed to cool. I repeat the embossing process a second time to give an even coverage. When the embossing has cooled completely, I attach the piece to the card front.

The second card I have made uses a printable image of a fancy cowboy boot. I create another blended distress oxide background, this time using fired brick, ripe persimmon, and wild honey. A star in circle laser cut border piece is embossed with oil rubbed bronze embossing powder and is attached along the left side of the card front. Next, I print the boot image onto a piece of heavyweight card stock and then fussy cut it out. Using a VersaMark marker, I color one of the main interior sections of the boot and then coat that section with ancient amber baked texture embossing powder. I heat set the powder and then repeat the process for the other portions of the boot that are this color.

I color the trim and sole of the boot with marker, and then, using a water brush, I color the other areas of the boot with aged mahogany distress ink. The studs are embossed with oil rubbed bronze. When the boot is complete, it is attached to the card front with double sided adhesive tape.

The third and final card uses an Emerald Creek Horse Head stamp. I begin by creating a blended distress oxide background with blueprint sketch, wilted violet, picked raspberry, and squeezed lemonade. While I have the inks out, I stamp the horse head using the same colors, layering them as I did for the background. I use my heat tool to dry the stamped images and then cut them out with scissors. The horse head stamp is approximately one inch (1") square. I want the horse heads to mimic the background but also stand out. To achieve this, I cut nine, 1-1/4" squares. I emboss the edges of the squares with oil rubbed bronze, leaving the central area blank. The horse head squares are attached to the embossed edge squares using foam tape. Leaving the central area void of embossing makes it easier for the foam squares to adhere to the card stock. The layered squares are attached to the background in a grid pattern.

I hope that my trio of cards has inspired you to create something and join us in this month's challenge. We would love to see your rhinestone cowboy shine; enter the challenge if you dare!

As always, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by,
 I truly appreciate it!

Here's a mood board for even more inspiration! Be sure to link your project below - or share it with us on social media with the hashtag #ecjuly2019


Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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Other items used that are available at Emerald Creek: 
Wagner Studio Precision heat tool

other supplies used:
Distress Oxide inks
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chipboard pieces
Sookwang double sided adhesive
VersaMark embossing ink
VersaMark embossing marker


To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. #ECJULY2019
 on your posts as well so we can reference them and if you add and tag various Emerald Creek product you will get a bonus entry. At the end of the month we will pick a winner and send a prize pack to the Winner as well as link up their project and share it out.

Just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.

So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!


  1. All three cards are beautiful Ann, especially the cowboy boot one, your colouring of the boot is exquisite with all that wonderful texture! xx