Monday, 10 March 2014

Be Yourself ~ "D for Distress"

Hello friends!!

Hope you've all had a fabulous weekend and ready for the week ahead!! As always, a new week means a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and I think that this week's, is definitely going to be a popular one because it's all about "D FOR DISTRESS". So how will you distress? Will you ink the edges or use some of Tim Holtz's wonderful Distress products? Whatever you choose to do, we would love you to join in with our challenge...

As regular visitors to my blog, you'll know that I love all things Tim Holtz and I chose to use lots of Tim's Distress products to make my bright Spring canvas. As always, I hope you love what I've made...

To begin with I took a 7" x 5" canvas and covered a section on the front with Tissue Wrap, attaching it with Mod Podge. I then gave the whole canvas a covering of Antique Linen Distress Paint. I now had the base of my canvas finished and needed to add the colour...and for this, I used a combination of Mustard Seed and Picket Fence Distress Paint, which I applied along the top and then allowed to drip down the canvas. The next stage was to add some texture and so I used Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil and applied it to random areas of my canvas. 

Whilst that was drying, I started to create my flowers.
For these, I cut multiple layers of a lightweight card using Tim's Tattered Florals die and then inked each section with Wild Honey and Mustard Seed DI before inking the edges with Walnut Stain. I then gave them a spritz of Biscotti Perfect Pearls Spray and after a blast of heat, I layered the flowers together to create my dimensional blooms. As a finishing touch, I attached small watch parts to the centres of the flowers.
Next, I cut a piece of Manila card and using Distress Stains, which I applied to my craft sheet, I "swooshed" the card through the stains to add colour. I then dried the card and applied a small amount of Picket Fence Distress Stain over the top. I then inked up the Courage stamp with Watering Can Archival Ink and stamped the quote onto the inked card. I distressed the edges of the card before layering it onto a piece of corrugated card board, which I painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
I mounted the quote onto the front of my canvas and then added the dimensional blooms, together with twine, rusty wire coils and some of the Garden Greens, die cut from Grungepaper and inked with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

To complete the canvas, I added some Remnant Rubs.

So, I really hope you loved my springtime canvas and for more great ideas and inspiration, then look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my very talented Design Team members. Every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....
Products used:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Rubber Stamp ~ Courage
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil ~ Dot Fade
Distress Stain ~ Picket FenceMustard Seed and Wild Honey
Idea-Ology ~ Elements Remnant Rubs
Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist Sprays ~ Biscotti
Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste
Rusty wire and twine from my craft stash

Thank you so much for all your visits today and I'll see you all very soon!!
Bye for now...love Emma xx


33 comments:

  1. Beautiful color palette, fantastic stamping & as always your flowers are just exquisite. A fabulous canvas :-) xxx

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  2. Really beautiful Emma, I love the sunny colour scheme and the flowers are exquisite! xxx :))

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  3. gorgeous sunshine streaming out of your project. love it xx

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  4. This is a lovely feel good canvas Emma. I am partial to bees and honey too so I love your design choices x

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  5. This is such a beautiful canvas, Emma. The textures and colors on the background are fabulous. Love your gorgeous handmade flowers, too. Wonderful! :)

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  6. Emma ... I adore this canvas! Love the mustard seed in the background and the texture of the dot stencil. And those flowers are stunning. Gorgeous distress project! -- Mary Elizabeth

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  7. So wonderful...Great feel of spring by looking at the beautiful canvas...Love love it!!!

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  8. It's stunning, your attention to detail is amazing. Your flowers are gorgeous, love the colour xx

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  9. Really pretty canvas, Emma! The flowers look so real and it's distressed at the same time! Love it! Hugs, Sandra

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  10. Stunning canvas, Emma! I really love the yellow & the textured elements!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  11. Love the use of corrugated cardboard and rusty wire.

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  12. This really capture the feel of spring a beautiful canvas x

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  13. This is wonderful! Saw it on the Simon Says Stamp blog. Love every bit of it. :) Especially the colors, the cardboard behind the sentiment, your wonderful flowers. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  14. Well, this certainly puts a spring into my step, Emma [not easily done, as you know ;-)].

    However, please permit me to comment on the sentiment itself. These words strike the centre of where I am right now - thank you! This one is being 'borrowed' for my desktop wallpaper, temporarily. Is that OK - let me know if outrageous in thine eyes.

    Have a good week, Emma.

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  15. Gorgeous canvas Emma! Looks like spring has sprung in your neck of the woods! Love the gorgeous blossoms and all the distressing!

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  16. Beautiful canvas Emma, the blooms are stunning and I love the gorgeous spring colours, Cathy x

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  17. This piece is absolutely lovely! The yellows made me feel hopeful, especially when combined with that fantastic sentiment. I always love how you throw in an "unexpected" twist-- like the postcard stamp in the corner of the frame. So clever and elegant!

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  18. A gorgeous canvas, love the painty background & the flowers are beautiful.

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  19. Emma, this bright and sunny canvas is loaded with charm. Those flowers are stunning! So pretty!

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  20. What a great sentiment in a very eye catching surround!

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  21. Gorgeous canvas Emma, imlove the flowers and the spring like colour. It's been lovely out today, good job really for me as all the doors have been open with the kitchen refit lol. Imam not enjoying the dust. However, your canvas has uplifted me, beautiful. Tracy x

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  22. I cannot type either that is "I love" and "I am not " oh dear bed time it think lol x x

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  23. Stunning! I love Tim Holtz products and have everything you used to make one myself. I can't wait! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Beautiful piece Emma! I love the spring palette that you used and the flower is really a sight! Amazing interpretation for this week's challenge! BArbarayaya

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  25. Gorgeous canvas Emma!! Love the colours and the flowers you made are so very pretty. Great design and mix of different items.

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  26. beautiful project!!! LOVE that quote!

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  27. Emma,
    What a beautiful spring time canvas, I too am a lover of all things TH. Love the way you created those flowers. I'm really bad at flowers I'm going to try yours.

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  28. WOW!!! This canvas is perfection! Love the yellow, the textural dots, and the drips of color! The foliage is awesome! So gorgeous!

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  29. Lovely drippage in the background, and a favourite quote of mine (about to bob up over at mine in the very near future too!)... gorgeous springtime canvas, Emma.
    Alison x

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  30. Gorgeous! I love the pretty summery colors and the flowers are just so lovely! Fabulous canvas!

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  31. this is a BEAUTY! so spring like...
    I love your attention to the details!

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

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