Monday, 22 September 2014

Stamp and Stencil Fun ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and can you believe how fast the last week has flown by? Today, we have a brand new challenge starting over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week we challenge you to some "STAMP AND STENCIL FUN". Whether you stick with STAMPtember stamping or mix it up and pull out a stencil ~ this week we want to see how you stamp or stencil your way into crafty fun!

I've absolutely loved this week's theme and, I definitely stamped and stencilled my heart out and loved every minute of it to create this hanging full of inky goodness!
...and here's how I created it!

To begin with, I took a piece of white card, cut to 6" square and swooshed it through some Evergreen Bough, Picket Fence and Brushed Pewter Distress Stains that I applied to my craft sheet and then spritzed with water. I picked up all the ink from the mat and at this point, if you do have any residue ink left over, either use another piece of card to mop it up or swipe your existing card through it to give more depth of colour. Once the card is dry, I then used Multi Medium to attach some torn Tissue Wrap over the top of the inked card, before applying a very thin coat of Picket Fence over the top.
Next, I laid a Tim Holtz Latticework Layering stencil over the top of my card and using the Distress Marker Spritzer, I misted Black Soot through the stencil onto random areas of my card. After a quick blast with a heat tool to set the ink, I then took the gorgeous Simon Says Stamp Zig Zag Dots stencil, placed over the top of my card and applied Texture Paste through the stencil. Move the stencil around the card to apply the paste onto different areas.
Once the card was completely dry, I matted it onto some textured paper and machine stitched around the edge. I then stamped a Tim Holtz message directly onto the background using black Archival Ink.
The next stage was to create the larger background for this piece and for this, I used an 8" square piece of chipboard and gave it a coat of Gesso. When the Gesso was dry, I then applied a layer of Evergreen Bough Distress Paint over the top. Dry this coat of paint thoroughly and then, as with the previous layer, add torn pieces of Tissue Wrap over the top. Add another light wash of Distress Paint blending Evergreen Bough with a touch of Picket Fence and dry.

Lay down the stencil over the top of the painted surface and again, using Black Soot Distress Marker and the spritzer, lightly spritz through the stencil and heat set with a heat tool.
Add some streaks of white acrylic paint onto the corners and then mount the previous matt over the top of the painted chipboard, using foam pads.

Now we need to embellish and for this I chose to use the Layered Dragonfly. I attached a piece of metal foil tape over Grungepaper and then die cut and embossed the dragonfly. I applied various shades of blue and green Alcohol Ink to the surface, blending it with gold mixative.
I added some sprocket gears and a game spinner to the dragonfly's body and then attached it to my wallhanging, laying it over the top of some cheesecloth.
Finally, I added some more gears, a hinge clip and an adornment arrow which I altered with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created this project and as always, if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from all of 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 Stamp. Good luck....

Thank you so much for all your visits today!
See you again Emma xx

Products used:
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Layered Dragonfly
Distress Paint ~ Picket FenceEvergreen Bough
Alcohol Ink ~ Gold Mixative, Citrus, Pool
Cheesecloth from my own stash


  1. Fabulous Emma, wonderful colour choice and great depth created with your stamping and stencilling. Nikki xx ps thanks for my birthday message yesterday on Facebook

  2. Beautiful! The colors are so soothing and happy. The subtle texture really pulls it together.

  3. Beautiful piece of work. Love the texture and Colors you have used.
    Everything fits sp perfectly. Thanks for inspiring me Anneke.

  4. Amazing piece of art Emma! Love the colors!

  5. love this hanging! wish i could have it on my wall. the colour palette is right up my street. the attention to detail is mind blowing. stunning. hugs xx

  6. Stunning! Love the way you created the background :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Love your beautiful creation! The colors and textures are awesome! :)

  8. Gorgeous! Love the colors you used, too.

  9. I am really attracted to the subtle texture of the tiny white dots. Your layers blend very nicely together and I admire this color scheme. It's a perfect balance--nothing ordinary here!

  10. Stunning job! I am loving the colour choices and texture! I have this die and I am yet to use it. Shame on me!

  11. Fantastic project. I love all that texture. Thank you for
    the inspiration.

  12. This is stunning, Emma! Love the dragonfly! And the colors are so pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  13. Love this!
    The colors are awesome. And I LOVE that stencil! I have not seen the latticework stencil used before. It's now my new favorite. :)

  14. Emma your art is wonderful! Every piece of yours is a masterpiece and this is not different! I Especially I love your background! Stunning! BArbarayaya

  15. Ugh! The texture...the colors... I love everything about this. You have got some real talent!

  16. So pretty Emma! The stenciled background looks spectacular and the dragonfly is stunning!

  17. Stunning and gorgeous! I have looked at this piece a few times...the details that you put into this are truly stunning!

  18. This is so pretty Emma! Love the tone-on-tone effect and all the wonderful textures. The dragonfly looks amazing!

  19. LOVE this! The dragonfly is gorgeous and one of my favorites! Beautiful design.

  20. Emma, Emma! You are just so...sophisticated and creative and whimsically wonderful all at once! I don't even know how to explain it, but your pieces are always bursting with energy and fun, yet they still look like something you would buy at a high-end boutique or that would be hanging in an art gallery. It's like you've unlocked the secret balance between creative control and artistic freedom of expression. Perhaps I am waxing way too philosophical this morning, and if so, just ignore me and know that I love your vibe and your projects are always inspiring.

  21. I don't always comment when I see something I like. I put it on my pinterest board and then, like today, when I make my take off on your idea, I like to let you know. I had fun playing with the layers. And I had to be creative as well. I made one card will all the dimensional elements which goes into my sample book. Then I made two relatively "flat" versions for some male friends birthday cards. I just keep posting your work, knowing I will get back to some of it in the future. thanks as always for sharing.


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

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