Monday, 25 July 2016

Lady Rose...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Our theme for this week is...Add Some Texture and we can't wait to see how you incorporate this into your wonderful projects!

For me, this was my perfect challenge as I LOVE texture and the more the better and for my project, I created a canvas panel that has layer upon layer of texture and tells the story of love and romance! As always, I hope you love what I've created and enjoy the process of how I put this piece together...


I'll begin with the first background layer and for this, I took a piece of canvas paper and covered the surface with Antique Linen Distress Paint. Once the paint was dry, I dry brushed over the top with Frayed Burlap Distress Paint and heat dried it thoroughly. For the first layer of texture, I used Texture Paste applied through the Flourish Layering Stencil. I then dried the paste and using my fingers, I added some more Antique Linen Distress paint over the top. When the paint was dry, I then added some more colour using the Vintage Photo Distress Crayon before inking the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I machine stitched around the edge and matted onto gold metallic card, followed by a layer of dusky blue card.

Now to move onto the next layer ~ I started by cutting a piece of Manila card, 15 x 20cm and applied a layer of Tissue Wrap over the top of the card, using Collage Medium to attach it.

Cut a second piece of manila card, exactly the same size as the previous piece and on this section of card, I used the Flourish die from the Mixed Media 2 Thinlits die set to die cut into the top left and bottom right hand corners of the card.

Once this was done, I attached the card over the top of the Tissue Wrap covered card using the Collage Medium. Apply a layer of Collage Medium over the top and then allow to dry thoroughly. Once the card is completely dry, add a layer of gesso over the top, wiping away the paint from the die cut areas, so the layer underneath still shows through. Apply Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass, Walnut Stain and Salty Ocean directly onto the card surface and then using some more Collage Medium paint over the top of the inks to blend the colours. Once again, allow to dry.

You now have your second textured layer.
I highlighted some of the die cut areas using the Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon and then stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink directly onto the card surface using the Ledger Stamp.
I added some flicks of gesso across the card before adding some paint scratches to create a border around the edge. Apply a small amount of Collage Glue to the edges of the card and then using the gold foil from the Vintage Transfer Foil set, apply the foil  (shiny side uppermost) over the top of the glue to add some metallic shimmer to the edges.

Mount the card using foam pads onto the previous layer, placing it centrally to show the texture paste border around the outside.

Now for the third layer of texture and the main focal point...

I started by cutting a piece of the canvas paper, 8.5 x 11cm and stamped the beautiful image of Lady Rose. I always heat dry the ink to set it before colouring the image with Distress Marker Pens to create a light wash. Again heat dry to set the ink.
I inked the paper around the image with Old Paper Distress Ink and then distressed the edges to create small rips and tears. Matt the image onto kraft card and then a piece of corrugated card, die cut using the Postage Stamp Die.

Add some more metallic shimmer around the edges of the card using the Collage Glue Stick and the gold foil and then attach the word band to the image, adding a pearl stud from the Dapper Fasteners set.
Mount the image onto the background card layers using foam pads.
I also added some ephemera pieces at this stage, tucking them underneath the edge of my stamped image layers.
As a final touch of romance to the card, I created a shabby bow from crinkle ribbon dyed with Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet Distress Spray Stains and added a Dapper Fastener in the centre depicting the love of her life. I also hung a shield from the bow and then added a spray of pearls that I had in my stash before applying the finishing touch and attaching a pearl in each corner of the project.
To display my canvas I've used the Tim Holtz Adjustable Easel.
As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, 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....


Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again soon...love Emma xx


Products used:
Tim Holtz Stamps: Lady Rose, Ledger
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Mixed Media 2 Thinlits Dies
Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap
Distress Spray Stains: Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar
Distress Marker Pens
Distress Crayons: Set 1
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain, Old PaperWeathered Wood, Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean
Layering Stencils: Flourish
Blending Tool
Collage Brushes
Palette Knife
Big Shot
Pearl Spray and canvas paper from my own stash

Monday, 18 July 2016

Under The Sea

Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog where this week our theme is...By The Sea! There are so many wonderful products that can be used for this challenge and we can't wait to see what you create and how you interpret the theme...

For my project, I created a wallhanging which was inspired by the film that I was watching at the time ~ Pirates of the Caribbean, Curse of the Black Pearl. So, with this in mind...I recreated the story of Davy Jones' Locker, complete with a black pearl!


...and here's how I created this piece.
I started by creating my watery background and inspired by Tim Holtz's wonderful backgrounds on a recent tutorial that you can see HERE, I used a piece of Yupo paper which I swiped through Aqua, Citrus, Pool and Gold Mixative Alcohol Inks, picking up all the colour to create this beautiful marbled effect to the card before using the Bubble and Ringer Layering Stencils, together with Alcohol Blending Solution to create layers on the background.
Once I was happy with this, I added some splashes of paint, Salty Ocean and Picket Fence and also some white paint lines/scratches around the border. I then mounted the background onto kraft card and stamped the Postcard wording across the top in Jet Black Archival Ink.
Next, was to create the embellishments to recreate Davy Jones' Locker and for this I used the Mariner Blueprint Stamp set and stamped the crab and the anchor onto watercolour card. I then coloured each of them with Distress Marker Pens and fussy cut around the outline of the main image.
I wanted to add some metallic elements and for this, I die cut some silver metallic kraft core card stock using the Gearheads Thinlits dies and layered the die cuts to create five gears. I added a gold pearl to the centre of each gear.

For the netting, I cut two small sections of cheesecloth, left the one white and then spritzed the second piece using Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn.

Now to build up all those elements...
...and I started by placing the white cheesecloth across the alcohol inked background card, attaching them with a small dot of Collage Medium to hold it securely in place and added a ticket, tucking it underneath and just curling and inking the ends.

I wanted the crab to be quite raised from the project, so after much deliberation I found a piece of packing foam and cut a small square section. I glued this to my project and then covered the foam with the coloured cheesecloth before attaching the crab over the top. At this point I also added small amounts of frayed Linen Ribbon.
I added the metallic gearheads around the crab, just tucking them underneath the cloth and then I added my little message in a bottle.
For this I used a corked vial, alcohol inked the glass for a more vintage look and then popped a Big Chat sticker inside. I attached the bottle using Glossy Accents.
As a final touch, I needed my black pearl and placed this next to the bottle.

Now that the main section was complete, I needed to create a frame and for this, I cut a piece of canvas paper and added a wash of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top. I then used my Distress Crayons and scribbled them over the top of the painted canvas paper and blended them out with a semi dry wet wipe.

Once happy, I machine stitched a double border around the edge before adding some texture applying Texture Paste through my favourite Dot Fade Layering Stencil.
Once the paste was dry, I added a some more crayon over the top, just to take away the whiteness of the paste and inked around the edge with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I matted the finished background onto corrugated card, followed by a piece of Black Soot Kraft Core Core'Dinations card before I mounted my artwork onto the centre of the matted layers of card.
I used one of Tim's Display hangers, added a Remnant Rub to the central section of the hanger, which had a small amount of Mushroom alcohol ink applied to it.
Finally, I attached the stamped anchor to a piece of chain and hung the anchor over the clip of the hanger.
I really hope you love this project and love my inspiration behind it...
As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, 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....


Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again soon...love Emma xx


Products used:
Tim Holtz Stamps: Postcards, Mariner Blueprint
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Gearhead Thinlits
Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Salty Ocean
Distress Spray Stains: Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean

Distress Marker Pens
Distress Crayons: Set 1
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Alcohol Inks: MushroomPool, Aqua, CitrusGold Mixative and Blending Solution
Layering Stencils: Dot Fade, Ringer, Bubble
Blending Tool
Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool
Palette Knife
Big Shot
Cheesecloth and canvas paper from my own stash

Friday, 15 July 2016

Good Neighbours...

Hi everyone and welcome to another Fun Friday over on the Penny Black blog! As always, I have a little sneaky peek here on my blog but if you click HERE you will be whisked over to the Penny Black blog to see the full reveal of the card that I created this month! Also, if you want to create a similar card, then I have included full instructions of how I made this...

Thanks so much for popping by today and hope you'll visit again soon!
Have a great weekend, love Emma xx

Monday, 11 July 2016

Flora and Fauna...

Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where this week, our theme is...Flora and Fauna!

For my project, I was inspired by vintage botanical prints and wallpapers and decided to create a card using stamps and dies from Tim Holtz!


...and here's how I created this piece.

To begin with I cut a panel of watercolour card to measure, 16 x 12cm and using one of the Flower Garden stamps, I stamped a pattern onto the card. I then gave a watercolor wash to each flower using Weathered Wood and Faded Jeans Distress Stains, picking out the stamens in the centres with Spiced Marmalade.

Once I was happy, I thoroughly dried the card before adding a wash of Old Paper to the background, creating a worn vintage look. I then flicked Gold Foil Spray Mist over the top to give the appearance of foxing on the card.

After adding a few paint scratches with gesso and some colour around the edge, with Vintage Photo Distress Crayon, I matted the card onto a piece of cream card, followed by kraft core Core'Dinations card and then wrapped some twine around the matted layers, securing the ends at the back of the card.
For the outer mount, I used a piece of canvas paper and applied a layer of gesso over the top to prime the paper for adding my mediums. Again, I wanted to create a worn vintage feel and started by applying a layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint and then dry brushed some Frayed Burlap over the top, blending the two paints together. Use an old credit card or ruler to add some layers of gesso to complete the background.

I then used Vintage Photo Distress Crayon around the outside blending with a wet wipe to create a soft diffused look. After a final inking of Walnut Stain Distress Ink, I matted the card onto white card, followed by a final layer of blue card. (Tip: If you haven't got the exact match of coloured card for your project, then you can always take a piece of white card and apply Distress Paint around the edge, which is what I did for this project.)

To complete this section, I mounted the flowery wallpaper background over the top of my vintage mount, adding some Dapper Design Tape onto the mount section to appear as if they are around the outside of the matted background panels. I also added some metal embellishments from my own stash to each corner of the mount.
Now to move onto the embellishments and the wonderful, majestic dragonfly, which started life as a piece of gessoed card.
After die cutting and embossing the dragonfly, I then started to layer my paints. I started with a layer of Twisted Citron before moving onto Peeled Paint. I then added a dry brush of Gold Rush and Emerald Green Alchemy Paint over the top to give a shimmer to the wings before adding a further hint of colour with the Mustard Seed Distress Crayon.
I added some more shading to the body using Black Soot Distress Crayons before flicking Picket Fence and Mustard Seed Distress Paint over the wings. I added two seed beads for the eyes and then to give the dragonfly a little more movement, I die cut a second dragonfly but cut away the legs and tail to leave me with just the wing section and coloured these in a paler colour way before adding them underneath the whole dragonfly.
Attach the dragonfly over the top of some floristry fibres and some cheesecloth which I dyed with a combination of Squeezed Lemonade and Antiqued Bronze Distress Spray Stains. I also added a small Remnant Rub to the bottom left hand corner.
Finally, I stamped the quote onto a piece of painted card, coloured the wording with a Distress Marker Pen, before matting it onto a piece of Core'Dinations card. I then used foam pads to attach it to my background.
I really hope you've enjoyed this project and as you can see from the completed card, there is so much dimension to the dragonfly and by adding the second set of wings, it really does look as if it's taking off from the background.
As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, 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....


Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again soon...love Emma xx


Products used:
Tim Holtz Stamps: Flower Garden, Beauty In Simplicity
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Layered Dragonfly
Distress Paint: Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Frayed Burlap and Antique Linen
Distress Spray Stains: Squeezed Lemonade and Antiqued Bronze
Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Old PaperWeathered Wood and Faded Jeans
Distress Marker Pens: Chipped Sapphire, Spiced Marmalade
Distress Crayons: Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed, Black Soot
Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
Prima Alchemy Paint: Gold Rush and Emerald Green
Blending Tool
Big Shot
Cheesecloth and canvas paper from my own stash

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