Monday, 27 January 2014

This Is Where The Cowboy Rides Away...

Morning everyone...

Hope you all had a great weekend and today, I'm so excited to be sharing my first Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge post for the brand new weekly challenge. This week's fun challenge is called "This Is Where The Cowboy Rides Away" and for my piece, I wanted to encapsulate everything that reminded me about the Wild West and this is what I created...I hope you like it!
To begin with I took some corrugated cardboard from some old packaging and tore off some of the outer layer of the card to reveal the corrugation. I then painted it with Distress Paints to create a rustic wood effect as the background to my piece.
I applied small amounts of Black Soot, Pumice Stone and Weathered Wood Distress Stain to my craft mat and spritzed it with water before "swooshing" a size 8 Manila tag through the ink. Next, I distressed and inked the edges of the tag with Black Soot Distress Inks. I added a strip of Film Ribbon down the side before applying some Olive Bronze Treasure Gold onto Newsprint Alpha Parts to spell out the word Wanted, which I layered over the top of the film strip.
Next, I stamped the image of the cowboy on the horse from Tim Holtz's Wild West stamp set with black Archival Ink and masked the image off before stamping the saloon behind him, to give depth to my artwork. I watercoloured the image with Distress Markers and used Distress Inks on the background. I then distressed the edges before inking them with Distress Inks.
Once I was happy with that, I attached the image to a second piece of corrugated card and set it aside.
Because no cowboy is complete without his belt, I made a belt to wrap around the image using twill ribbon dyed with Distress Stains and then, punched holes and added eyelets to the ribbon. I attached one of Tim's Idea-Ology buckles and then put the belt in place before attaching the image onto my painted corrugated background, with the inked tag tucked behind.
I then stamped the Wild West word stamp onto a further piece of card which was inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and coloured the wording with Festive Berries and Fired Brick Distress Marker Pens. I clipped the wording to the piece with a Hinge Clip, again covered with Treasure Gold to give a tarnished look to the metal. Finally, I added a Idea-Ology Cash Key and threaded some thick twine through the loop to give the appearance of rope.

I really look forward to seeing all your fabulous creations and hope you will join us in this week's challenge. You can visit the blog for more great ideas and inspiration from the wonderful Design Team. Also every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.
Products used:
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Belt Buckles, Cash Keys and Hinge Clips
Distress Inks ~ Black Soot, Walnut Stain and Frayed Burlap
Thick twine and twill ribbon from my stash

Thank you for stopping by today and I can't wait to read all your comments.
See you soon...love Emma xxx


25 comments:

  1. A great piece and just love your background it looks amazing! What a way to start off! Well done you huge hugs x trace.

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  2. A brilliant project Emma, fantastic start, congratulations!
    So much to look at and inspire..
    Have a good week, crafty hugs xXx

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  3. Wow the detail and effort you have put into this artwork is truly amazing, very detailed explanation which is fantastic, you continue to amaze me x x

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  4. Morning Emma another stunner from you and so many layers and techniques.....truly inspirational and perfect for your first DT piece....looking forward to more.....roll on next Monday.....have a good week.....Jo. X

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  5. You have put so much work into this piece Emma it is awesome. Way to go CowGirl yeehaw!!! :-) xxx

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  6. Emma what a stunning first post for Simon Says, well done. So many gorgeous bits so stash on there and so many techniques! Absolutely fabulous. Jx

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  7. Well Ye Ha! ;) Fabulous
    xoxo Sioux

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  8. Yee hah! Hi ho Emma. You'll ride into the starlight with this one! Well done.

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  9. Fantastic! Love the belt and buckle the whole design is fabulous and inspirational! Happy to have you joining us every week with the challenge!

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  10. Fabulous piece Emma! Love all the layers, textures and great stamping. So happy to have you on the team!

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  11. This is such a fantastic creation, Emma. I love the beautiful colors and textures you created. It's so great to have you on the team. Love & hugs :)

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  12. Wow Emma, what a knock out! Love the rustic Western look you gave this beauty! Such a great first of many to come! Really excited to have you on the team! Hugs, Sandra

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  13. wowzers Emma. what a super piece of art. so many techniques involved. yeeha! xx

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  14. Amazing card, Emma! I love all the elements mixed together! The corrugated cardboard is the perfect background for the subject :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  15. Stunning project, I love the corrugated card.

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  16. Fabulous piece Emma, wonderful texture and dimension. Wonderful design and colouring too. Great to have you on board the SSS team. Tracy x

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  17. What a wonderful piece Emma, so much rich texture and detail to admire! So great to have you join the SSS family! :)

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  18. Awesome project Emma! Love all the texture and scene that you created! The belt is such a perfect touch!

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  19. You've captured the essence of the old Wild West. What a fun project! I love all of the rustic embellishments. Great job!

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  20. Having known you a while this is such a different image for you but absolutely LOVE what you have done with it...

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  21. Fabulous corrugated background and I love the strap and the gilded lettering - very cool start!!
    Alison x

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  22. Congrats on joining the SSS Monday team Emma - this is a superb debut! Love your wonderful layering and the belt is a fabulous element. Nicola x

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  23. This is SO gorgeous! Full of awesome texture! VERY excited to have you on the team :)

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  24. Emma! What a fabulous debut piece! I love everything about this, but I am particularly amazed at your cardboard background. It adds such great texture and the painting on it is fantastic. A super cool technique to be sure! The whole composition of your piece is basically brilliant and I'm so excited to be working with you on the team!

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  25. Emma your piece is fantastic! Wild west is a very difficult theme but you've created a wonderful project! fab!

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Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated.
Please come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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