Monday, 27 July 2015

Not Your Regular Paper ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

This week, the challenge is called ~ NOT YOUR REGULAR PAPER and we really hope you'll play along with us!

From speciality stamping paper to glitter, corrugated to extra heavy mixed media or tissue ~ there are plenty of wonderful papers out there and we challenge you to use something other than regular patterned paper or cardstock and inspire us with the world of papers available!

For my project, I chose to create a journal page combining a quote from my favourite actress and style icon, Audrey Hepburn and one of the most wonderful cities in the world, Paris and on these pages, I used two types of paper that I don't often think about using ~ vellum and glitter!

To begin with I took my Dylusions journal and I applied a small amount of Stormy Sky and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to the pages. I spritzed the paint with water and then moved the book around to allow the paint to run and create a dripped effect. I then heat dried the paint and added some tissue tape across the centre of the pages as a base for me to work on (it doesn't matter which design of tissue tape you use, as they are all gorgeous and will work equally as well) and also added some to the left hand page, in the top corner. Next, I applied Texture Paste with a palette knife through the Gothic Layering Stencil, adding it to random areas of my page. 
Once the paste is dry, I then spritzed the layered and textured background with Stormy Sky and Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain.

I love the effect this gave me and the two colours of Distress combined created just the colours I wanted for a French shabby chic feel to my pages.

For the final layer of interest and texture, I mixed some micro beads and glass glitter into some Matte gel and applied them onto the background, together with some ripped pieces of cheesecloth before stamping the Paris postmark directly onto the paper.
Whilst the pages are thoroughly drying, I started to create the elements for the layers and began by distressing the edges of pocket cards and ephemera pieces. I then used some of the gorgeous deco paper, (not my regular paper!!!) and die cut a gorgeous glittery Eiffel Tower using Tim's die. 
At this point I also die cut the picture wheel from white card and painted it with Distress Paints to create a more vintage feel.

I layered all my elements onto the background and added the Eiffel Tower as the crowning glory.
I then attached a border Industrious sticker to the opposite page and used the stickers to create the word, Paris. 
Below that I then stamped the rest of the quote using Hero Arts stamps and added a couple of sprocket gears to the pages.

For the finishing touch I added some punched butterflies, punched from the Wallflower Vellum paper stash and I layered each butterfly to create the look of them fluttering before attaching them to the page.
Finally, I flicked watered down Gesso over the pages and set them aside to dry.
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created these pages and how I incorporated two papers that I don't used often enough but will definitely be revisiting again soon!
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 Stamp. Good luck....

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

Products used:

Tim Holtz Dies: Picture Wheel, Eiffel Tower
Tim Holtz Stamps: Paris Postmark
Tim Holtz Punch: Butterfly
Distress Spray Stain: Stormy Sky, Tarnished Brass
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Gothic
Finnabair Art Ingredients: Silver Micro BeadsSoft Matte GelCopper Glass Glitter


iGirlZoe said...

Your journal page is stunning Emma! SO vintage paris shabby chic! I love all the different elements and textures and the colour palette is gorgeous. It's a true feast for the eyes and a nice way to start the week. Thanks for sharing. :)

Bernie Simmons said...

Great inspiration once again love it all if does conjour PARIS on a rainy day. Love it x

Lisapmac said...

Beautiful page xx

Marci said...

Gorgeous! And now I want two dies I never thought I wanted before :-)) I love how you have done these pages.

Kara said...

beautiful art journal!

Marcie Lovett said...

Simply divine, Emma. Truly inspired! Love all the details.

Irene said...

Absolutly stunning and brilliant.


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Naomi said...

Beautiful as always,

A Pink said...

Stunning! Emma Your pages ooze French Shabby Chic. Love your choice of colours , all the texture , all the elements , all the layers and the stamping . Your choice of papers that you don't regularly use add a beautiful touch of opulence to your perfect composition .
I Love Mondays - thx to you n your Creative mind n fingers . Hugs

Stephanie Leykauf said...

Absolutely stunning, Emma! I love the texure, dimension, the subject, well just everything about these pages :)

Simon Says Stamp!

Theresa Pace said...

spectacular. i knew this was yours even though i saw it first on my phone and could not read anything as it was too small. love everything about it, hugs xx

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Fabulous journal page Emma!

Maura Hibbitts said...

Love your journal pages! The cluster of materials with the Eiffel tower is brilliant! Love all the little details there. Wonderful textures too.

Art Newbie said...

This spread is so beautiful! It certainly inspired me to create my own spread!

Sandra said...

Gorgeous pages, Emma! Love the soft colors and the pretty die cuts! Hugs, Sandra

barbarayaya62 said...

Amazing page Emma! Paris and Audrey are wonderful together and I love both so much! I adore every single element of your work! BArbarayaya

Meihsia Liu said...

Such stunning pages, Emma. Love the great colors and texture you created. :)

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Who better to represent the classiness of Paris than you? Your art always has that sense of elegance mixed with whimsy. LOVE the Audrey quote and the layers of texture and color are stunning, as always!

Suzanne C said...

Looks like softy misty spring in paris! Beautiful pages and the incredible texture in the background with it's lovely soft texture is gorgeous!

Anna-Karin said...

So beautiful Emma!! Love all the layers and great mix of colours.

Michelle said...

Gorgeous! The composition are colors are amazing. It's almost a shame to keep this artwork in a deserves to be framed!

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