Monday, 24 August 2015

Ticket To The World ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week we want you to show us your "TICKETS PLEASE"!!

Design Team member Sandra challenges us to show our tickets. From trains to concerts to planes, stamps to paper ~ we can't wait to see what you make!

For my project I was inspired by a vintage image of a sailor and created a canvas telling a story of his ticket to the world. As always I hope you love what I've created and that you'll enjoy my creative process...
To begin with I took an 8" square canvas and then used the Block Talk die to die cut some letters from chipboard to spell out the words "world ticket". I added the letters to my canvas and then covered the entire surface, including the lettering in PaperArtsy Chalk Paint. I then added a dry wash of Pumice Stone Distress Paint over the to create a worn look to the canvas. I outlined each of the letters using Hickory Smoke Distress Marker Pen, slightly smudging the ink with my finger.

When the surface was thoroughly dry I used a paint brush to flick small amounts of Broken China and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint and again dried the paint thoroughly before moving onto the next stage.

To complete the canvas, I added some Texture Paste through the Chevron stencil and stamped directly onto the background with the Type stamp and then added some Correspondence Tissue Tape around each of the four edges.

Now comes the fun part of building up the canvas and this is all about layers...I love layering elements to create dimension and to create texture and this piece features layer upon layer upon layer!
To begin with I used the Ticket Die to die cut a piece of Manila card and inked the surface of the card with Vintage Photo and Old Paper Distress Ink. I added some Remnant Rubs down the side of the ticket and distressed the edges before attaching it to my canvas.
I then added the die cut globe to my canvas which was die cut from white card and coloured with Fossilised Amber and Broken China Distress Spray Stain. All the layers are built up with foam pads, to give added height and definition. 

I layered some die cut clouds cut from Deco Sheets and also added a die cut Gadget Gear, cut from card covered with metal foil tape and given the vintage feel with some alcohol ink.
The next part was to add some wording and to create the story of this sailor and to begin with I placed a Big Chat sticker inside a corked vial which was coloured with alcohol ink to give a more aged look. I tied some twine to the bottle neck before attaching it to my canvas using Glossy Accents.
I also used a flash card and added a small talk chit chat sticker, which I mounted onto a alpha part arrow, coloured with Fossilised Amber, Broken China and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paints.
Finally I needed to add the storyteller and his photo, which came from the Vintage Photo Booth set. I distressed the edges of the image and then framed it with some wire thread that I coiled around a bottle to create a circular shape before buckling it slightly to make it less uniform in it's shape.
As a finishing touch I added some Sprocket Gears that I altered with the same colours of Distress Paint that was used on the arrow and popped a mirrored star onto the ticket.
...and that completes my canvas and this week's project, which I hope you enjoyed as much as I enjoyed making 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 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 Stamps: Type
Distress Spray Stain: Fossilised Amber, Broken China
Distress Ink: Hickory Smoke
Alcohol Ink: Pitch Black, Mushroom
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Chevron
Embellishments: Prima Black Wire Thread, Twine


  1. I am always in awe of how you so artfully combine textures, shapes, and get so much from all the products you use. This is no exception - and working with you has been my true pleasure!

  2. this is beautiful Emma - love all the layers and the way you used the tape around the outside edge. Just super (as always) made my day! wink- wink

  3. As always Emma you have created another stunning piece of art . LOVE everything about your canvas - the layers , the texture , the dies , the ephemera , the colours , the embellishments and of course your faultless design and composition . Thankyou so much for ALWAYS making me smile :) xx

  4. Gorgeous Emma, love the layer upon layer. The die cut letters are a lovely dimensional touch and I love the image nestled within the layers. Love the colours on the arrow too. Lovely design. Tracy x

  5. Gorgeous canvas! The whole story you tell on your canvas is beautifully put together with the sailor and the world die!

  6. Wonderful job, Emma! Love all the layers and details.

  7. Love your canvas Emma, great layering and I particularly love your message in a bottle.
    Julie x

  8. well you did it again! love it and love the journey you take me through every time i read your blog posts, hugs xx

  9. This is fabulous... the layers are so amazing and how you "tied" all the elements together to bring this Story... just fascinating ... every color every detail just takes us along the journey !!!

  10. Fantastic Emma! I love very little detail of this. It's got so much going on and yet it looks really clean and uncluttered. You never fail to provide total eye candy. :)

  11. This canvas is amazing, love all the layers and details are beautiful

  12. How de do, Emma!

    I absolutely ♥ your layout, I think its the best layout I've seen for eons!

    Great Job!

  13. What a cool concept for a layout, Emma! I love how you thought out all the pieces to put into this piece to coordinate with the theme :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. Gorgeous canvas, Emma! So cool! Love the sailor as the star of your project! He looks so happy in the centre of all those beautiful elements. Hugs, Sandra

  15. Your composition is balanced so perfectly and I love the story it tells.

  16. Love your beautiful canvas, Emma. All the details are fabulous. :)

  17. This is so beautiful Emma! As always there are wonderful details wherever you look. Very cool finish on the globe.

  18. What a great piece this is! I really love the retro vibe and how you've brought this sailor to life to tell his tale. You used the wire thread so well, too! I love you how manage to mix clean-cut sophistication with whimsical elements so perfectly!


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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