Monday, 26 September 2016

Something Wicked This Way Comes...

Hello friends...

Hope you've all had a great weekend and ready for the week ahead and you're also ready for a brand new week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!! This week, our theme is all about POWDER POWER! So whether you use embossing powders, mica powders or pigments such as PaperArtsy Infusions...we can't wait to see what you create and hope you'll join us for this fun challenge!

For my project, I chose to use a gorgeous Ranger Ink embossing powder to emboss die cut pieces to create a central focal point on my spooky altered book cover!


I started with this A5 kraft notebook that I bought for £1 from a local store...
...and then let the transformation begin!

I began by adding a coat of gesso over the surface of the book and heat dried it thoroughly! Using Frayed Burlap Distress Paint, I started to add some layers of colour, building up the intensity as I go along.
When that layer was dry, I then used Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Fossilized Amber Distress Crayons to add my next layer of colours, blending the crayons with my fingertips and again just building up the intensity of colour as I go along. Once I was happy with the base colour, I then used my fingers and added a small amount of gesso, blending it into the background. Heat dry the surface again, it's so important to do this between layers otherwise you could end up with a muddy mess...then add some darker shadows using the Walnut Stain Distress Crayon, finishing with Black Soot around the edge.
Give the surface a blast of heat using the heat gun to ensure that everything is thoroughly dry before adding some drips of gold using Ecoline Gold Watercolour Paint and just moving the book around to let the paint drip.

Once the paint is dry, you now have the base of your book and a surface to build on and for the next stage, I wanted to create some more layers and texture. I started this by using randomly torn pieces of Materialize Tissue Tape which I applied directly to the painted cover. I then took the Linen Layering Stencil from Mini Stencil Set 22 and applied paste through the stencil, focusing in the central area of the book and applying it over the top of the tape.

Let the paste dry and then using the same colour combination of crayons as before, apply the colour over the top of the paste, finishing with a dry brushing of the gold paint to add a shimmery highlight.
Now that the book cover is complete, I moved onto the embellishments...
I started with the frame and using the Ornate Frame 2 die, I used this to die cut a piece of chipboard. I then painted the frame using Black Soot Distress Paint and once dry, I applied some clear embossing ink over the top and sprinkled with Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder. Tap away the excess powder and then heat emboss until it becomes molten. I wanted to ensure that I had a nice thick covering for the frame, so for this...I applied a second layer of ink and powder and heat embossed again.
Now to create the spooky image of the face in the mirror. For this I used an image cut from the papers in the Materialize Paper Stash, a panel of mirrored card and the transfer technique. To begin with, I cut a piece of the mirrored card just slightly larger than the aperture of the frame. I cut the photographic image from the paper stash and with the image uppermost, I applied Tim Holtz Collage Medium over the top of the paper ensuring that every last bit is coated in the medium. Place the paper centrally, face/image side down onto mirrored card and use a brayer to ensure that it is firmly in place.

Leave this to dry thoroughly, I left it for a couple of hours but you can leave it overnight to ensure that it is completely dry. When you are happy that it's dry, spritz the card with water, soaking the paper really well and then start gently rubbing the top layers of paper away. Don't be too aggressive with your rubbing, nice and slow is better and if you need to add more water, then just keep spritzing until you start to reveal the final layer of the image. Wipe away any excess paper and water using a paper towel and I also, gently wiped away some of the straight edges of the paper, so that it created a less uniform look and made it more vintage.
Apply Mushroom Alcohol ink to the edges of the mirrored card and then position the image behind the frame. I also added a Remnant Rub to the mirror, placing it at the bottom of the image.

Attach the frame using foam pads to the front of the book cover, placing it over the top of some sisal floristry fibres.
Using the Halloween Script Layering Stencil, I placed this underneath the frame and applied paste through the word "wicked". Leave to dry and again, add some colour to the stencilled wording with Distress Crayons. Add a Remnant Rub spider to hang down from the frame.
To create the bat for the frame, I used the bat from the Hocus Pocus die and die cut the image from two pieces of black card. Dab clear embossing ink over the surface of both die cut pieces and then sprinkle the Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder over the surface. Tap away the excess and heat emboss. Apply a small amount of Black Soot Distress Paint over the surface of each die cut and leave the paint to go slightly tacky before wiping away the excess with a kitchen towel. Shape the wings of each piece and layer them over the top of one another. Attach the bat to the frame and add a Crossbones adornment piece to the centre.
Add one of the mini plaquettes (no.13) to the top of the frame and I then painted some Wicked spider adornments with Black Soot Distress Paint, adding a touch of red to the bodies and attached them around the frame, popping them in amongst the fibres.
Finally, I added some Hitch Fasteners to the bottom left and right hand corners, a pen nib and hung a chain down the side of the book and attached a Halloween Typed Token and an idea-ology key adornment, both coloured with Treasure Gold Gilding Wax to create a more vintage look.
My book cover is now complete and ready to use! I thought it would be perfect to use as a recipe book for all my Halloween ideas or maybe just use it as a piece of home decor but whatever it's uses, it's definitely full of wickedness!
So, I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this project nd hope that some of the ideas will inspire you to create some Halloween decor pieces of your own. As always if you do need any further inspiration, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Believe In The Magic Of Christmas...

Hello friends...hope you're all having a great week!

Today, it's the season to be jolly here on my blog as I'm sharing my first Christmas card of 2016! Some of you might recognise this card as this was one of the samples I created for the Tim Holtz Facebook Live Event ~ if you missed all the fun of this event, you can see it HERE and see all the incredible samples that everyone made using his amazing new Stampers Anonymous Holiday stamps and stencils.

I loved making these samples and can't wait to use all the other stamps for Christmas cards and home decor projects...it really is the most wonderful time of the year and here's how I created this particular card which in Tim's words...is HUGE!
To begin with I created a card blank from white card which measured 7" x 8".

To create the stencilled background, I cut a piece of linen card, slightly smaller than the card blank in size and painted the surface with a light wash of Stormy Sky Distress Paint. When the paint was thoroughly dry, I then applied some more of the same colour through the Nordic Layering Stencil ~ remember that you don't want to overload your applicator tool with too much paint as this might leak underneath the stencil ~ less is more and then you can gradually build up the intensity of colour!

I also wanted the background pattern to look random and a little bit distressed...so I didn't cover it entirely, leaving some areas lighter than others. Apply small scratch paint marks of gesso around the edges and then dry the surface using a heat tool before machine stitching around the outside.
Matt the background onto red card and then wrap some twine around the bottom section of the matted layers. Mount the background onto your card blank.

I then cut a panel of white stamping card, inked up the image of Santa from the Festive Sketch Stamp Set with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamp the image directly onto the card panel. Create a mask for Santa by stamping onto a piece of copy paper or as I did, a post it note and once you've cut around the outline, place the mask over the top of the stamped image. Using a second piece of copy paper, draw or die cut a circle, around 9cm in diameter. Place the circular mask onto your card, slightly overlapping the Santa mask that you've already placed down.

I then took my blending tool and applied Stormy Sky Distress Ink to the card, stopping about two thirds of the way down and leaving some white space at the bottom, which will become the snow.i I also inked heavier at the top and faded away towards the bottom.
Once happy with the sky, I removed the circular mask but kept Santa in place. Using Antique Linen Distress Ink, I then carefully inked inside the circle to create the moon. Flick water across the inked background and dab away the excess with a kitchen towel before heat drying the surface.

Keeping the Santa mask in place, I applied some gesso using my fingertips to blend out the paint to create a snowy landscape. Heat dry the paint and then remove the mask.

I coloured the image using Distress Marker Pens and then added a shadow beneath Santa's feet using Distress Crayons. Distress the edges of the card and then ink around the edge with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
Using the "Just Believe" message from the stamp set, I stamped the wording in Jet Black Archival Ink to the left of Santa and the applied a row of stars from the Gilded Accent Remnant Rubs set, placing them directly underneath.
Matt and layer the artwork using silver metallic kraft core card stock and a piece of co-ordinating card from the Distress Core'Dinations card stash.

Using foam pads, I attached my finished image centrally onto the stencilled background.

In the corner of the card, I used a spray of die cut foliage. For this I used the Holiday Greens dies to die cut various pieces of foliage in various shades of Distress Core'Dinations card. I then flicked Picket Fence paint across the die cut pieces and once they were thoroughly dry, I arranged them in the corner of my card, together with some floristry sisal. I then added some twine, a bow tied from Linen Ribbon and popped a Yuletide Fastener in the centre to complete the arrangement.
As a finishing touch to the artwork, I added some Distress Rock Candy Glitter to Santa's fur trim on his clothing and attached some Mirrored Stars and sequins around the image. I also added two small Hex Fasteners to the bottom left and right hand corners of the image.
I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this very special Christmas card and thank you so much for stopping by today!
See you soon...Emma x

Monday, 19 September 2016

It's Close To Midnight...

Hello friends! It's time for a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week, we are being INSPIRED BY MUSIC!

Halloween is one of my favourite times of year and as my inspiration, I used Michael Jackson's Thriller to create a burlap panel using Tim Holtz's spine tingling Day Of The Dead stamps. It was my intention not to inject too much colour into this particular project, thinking along the lines of the Thriller video and also, the colour will come later on another project using the Day of the Dead stamps! But for this canvas...I wanted to keep the overall look quite vintage and a little dark, adding the sepia toned image as a focal point and just including that pop of red and a shimmer of burnished gold.


To begin with, I took a burlap panel and changed the colour to black by spritzing over the surface with Black Soot Distress Spray Stain. Set the panel aside to dry thoroughly.

Whilst that is drying, I moved onto the stamped image and for this, I inked up the Bride & Groom stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamped onto a piece of watercolour card. I then coloured the image using Distress Marker Pens. I wanted to capture a worn sepia image but have just a pop of red, so I kept the majority of the image neutral, using Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone, Antique Linen and Old Paper and then went in with some Candied Apple and Fired Brick to add highlights of colour.

Once I was happy, I then used the large Web background stamp form the Web and Damask set and stamped onto the corners of my card. 
Ink the card with Antique Linen and the edges with blends of Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso, adding a shadow beneath the happy couple so that they don't look as if they're floating in mid air.
I flicked small amounts of Ground Espresso across the surface, protecting the stamped image before adding the Salem, Mass from the Gothic Remnant Rub set and applied it to the bottom of the image. Machine stitch around the outside of the image and then matt the card onto gold kraft core, followed by a panel of paper from the Materialize paper stash.
Moving back to the burlap panel, I wanted to add the look of moss around the outside and for this, I used Tim Holtz's Grit Paste and added a small amount around the edges. Once the paste was dry, I then coloured it using Distress Crayons. Because I didn't want it to look to muddy, I then used the Vintage Gold Foil Transfer Sheets and added some foil highlights to give a slight shimmer.
Now to start building up the layers on my panel...
I attached the matted image onto the front of the burlap panel, using foam pads for some dimension, I then die cut a piece of card using the Drip Edge die. You can just see the drips at the very bottom, beneath the panel and the 'bones' arrangement.
I coloured the drip die cut using Candied Apple and Barn Door Distress Paint and then attached it onto my panel.

I wanted to add a touch of metal onto my panel and for this, I created the "Trouble Beware" plaque. I began by cutting a panel of gold kraft core metallic card and used the Halloween Words to die cut the wording into the panel. Scratch the surface of the die cut panel using sandpaper.

Mount the wording onto a piece of silver metallic kraft core and then add some Black Soot Distress Paint over the top, wiping away the excess of the paint. You only want a hint of the black and for the metal to remain that it shines through.
Attach the metal plaque beneath the image, over the top of the drip die cut.

To complete my card, every bride needs a floral arrangement but because this is a corpse bride, she needed something different and so I created a "bone bouquet". I used small pieces of cheesecloth and dyed them with Distress Spray Stain and then attached these with some sisal fibres to either side of the metal plaque. I then tied two bones together using some black and orange jute and attached these over the top of the cheesecloth. Finally, I added a small resin Heirloom Rose, coloured with Cranberry Alcohol Ink.
To finish the panel, I attached a metal stud to each corner of the stamped image and some Gothic Industrious spiders, complete with jewelled red backs.

So, I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this panel and hope that some of the ideas will inspire you to create some Halloween decor pieces of your own. As always if you do need any further inspiration, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....



Products used:

Tim Holtz Dies: Drip Edge, Halloween Words
Tim Holtz Stamps: Day of the Dead 2, Web and Damask
Blending Tool
Floristry sisal, metal studs and cheesecloth from my own stash

Monday, 12 September 2016

At The Movies

Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week the DT have been asked to showcase Spellbinders products and combine it with our AT THE MOVIES theme and even though it wont be necessary for you to use Spellbinders, we can't wait for you to join us and play along with this fun challenge!

For my project, I will admit this wasn't the original idea that I had in mind as I was going to something very, very different using completely different dies but unfortunately, due to a few delivery problems, the dies didn't arrive on time and my original film theme ~ Sherlock Holmes went out of the window and I had to have a rethink! But these beautiful dies from Tammy Tutterow came to the rescue and after going through my extensive film library, I thought of one of my favourite movies ~ Pretty In Pink and created a card, inspired by the title! As always, I hope you love what I've made and that you enjoy the process behind it...
So, here we go...

 To begin with I created a 18 x 15cm card blank from white card and placed it on the desk with the fold at the top.

I then took a piece of manila card and using Distress Paints in Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers, I applied the paint over the surface of the card, blending them together with my fingers. Once dry, I then added some highlights of colour using Distress Crayons to create a really worn, shabby feel to the background.
I then used an old credit card to scrape some gesso over the surface of the painted background and added a few flicks of gesso and Black Soot Distress Paint before stitching around the outside of the card.
I matted the background onto core'dinations card, followed by a layer of gold card and them mounted the matted layers onto my card blank.

To create the central section, I tore a piece of corrugated card and applied some Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top of the corrugations.

I then cut a strip of film ribbon and lay this across the centre of the card, attaching it with the Tiny Attacher at both ends but leaving some of the film ribbon to overhang the edges.
For the little loop of ribbon on the right hand side, I cut a separate piece of film tape and curled it over, again attaching it with the Tiny Attacher and then attached this into place.
Attach the corrugated strip across the centre of the card blank and then I added a little metal Rustic Gear embellishment, together with a Mini Hardware knob to create the look of a film reel.
Now for the fun part, to create those pink blooms...
For this, I used the Shabby Posies die and used the four dies to die cut some lightweight card stock, cutting enough to create three separate flowers. I then spritzed the die cut petals using a combination of Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stains and dried the petals until the card was just damp, not wet...

Scrunch each of the die cuts up and then, unfurl them and shape each of the petals around a pencil. Ink the edges of the flowers with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and then, layer the four individual die cuts to create one bloom, shaping each layer as you go to create a more realistic flower. Repeat to make a further two and then add Prima Druzy Stones to the centres.
Using the Fall Foliage and Garden Greens dies, die cut a selection of leaves and foliage from card coloured with Peeled Paint Distress Stain. Attach the leaves and flowers in a cluster onto your card, together with some floristry sisal.
Finally, I die cut a piece of card inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink using the Labels dies from Tim Holtz and then stamped the wording, Pretty In Pink using the Hero Arts lowercase type stamp set and added a small mirrored heart.

Attach the label to a memo pin and tuck the pink into the floral arrangement.
As a finishing touch, add some gold sequins to the background...

So, I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this card and as always if you do need any further inspiration, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....



Products used:

Spellbinders Dies: Tammy Tutterow Shabby Posies
Tim Holtz Dies: Fall Foliage, Garden Greens, Labels
Blending Tool
floristry sisal from my own stash

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