Monday, 5 October 2015

Autumn Is In The Air ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and ready for the week ahead...

Of course, the good thing about Mondays is we have a brand new challenge starting today over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week the theme is ~ AUTUMN IS IN THE AIR!

If you're like me and love this glorious season, then you will love this challenge and whether you're inspired by the colours, pumpkins, harvest or Halloween, we invite you to embrace the season and join us!

As many of you will know I love Halloween and for my project, I chose to create a fun little box canvas project using some of the new Tim Holtz Seasonal releases!
So, here we go...
...and this is how I made my fun home decor piece!

I started with a 6" x 6" box canvas. I really wanted to capture the colours of autumn but also have a really textural piece and for this, I added some Texture Paste through the Shatter Layering Stencil and whilst the paste was still wet, I sprinkled over micro beads, chunky glitter and glass beads! This is a great way of using up those bits and pieces that you will never use and because they'll be painted over, it doesn't matter what colour they are, just use them up!

For the next stage, I covered the entire canvas in a coat of gesso and gave it a blast of heat to dry it. When it was completely dry, I blended Fossilised Amber and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Paints over the background. Allow to dry before adding some darker colour around the edge of the canvas ~ for this I used Ground Espresso! Add a few flicks of the dark colour over the background and dry everything thoroughly before moving on.

To give a richness to the canvas and add a more vintage feel, I randomly dabbed a Versamark Ink pad around the edge, sprinkled the ink with Sticky Embossing Powder and heated it. Do not overheat this embossing powder as it will loose it's tackiness! Once the powder is melted, apply vintage gold foil sheets all around the edge.

I then stamped the spider in black Archival Ink down each side of the box, coloured the body with a little Festive Berries Distress Paint and set aside to dry whilst getting all my decorative elements ready.

The first stage was to die cut leaves from Manila card, using the Fall Foliage Thinlits dies. At this stage whilst the card is still in the dies, I also embossed some of the leaves to create the veins by running them through my die cutting machine using an embossing mat. I then inked the leaves using a combination of oranges, greens, purple and red Distress Inks. Once I was happy with the blends, I spritzed them all with Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist and dried them with a heat tool.
For the pumpkin, I used one of the gorgeous characters from the Jack O Lantern Bigz die and die cut it from a really thick card. I coloured the card using Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint and set aside to dry. At this stage, I made a second die cut, traced around the edge onto a piece of chipboard and cut the solid shape out. Paint the surface of the solid pumpkin black and then layer the painted die cut over the top.

Because you have layered the card over the top of the chipboard base, this now creates a slight aperture and raised lip around the eyes, nose and mouth of the pumpkin to which I added a layer of Glossy Accents into. Set aside for the Glossy Accents to slightly harden and once that is done, apply more of the medium over the painted orange area of the pumpkin and then sprinkle with Spiced Marmalade Distress Glitter. Tap away the excess glitter and what you will find is that the mica from the glitter sticks slightly to the aperture areas creating a glisten but the remaining areas will capture more of the chunky glitter to create your beautiful sparkly pumpkin.
Using the die cut leaves, a web from the Gothic Industrious Stickers set ~ I arranged and assembled all my elements by onto the front of my box, together with some cheesecloth that I coloured by spritzing with Hickory Smoke and Spiced Marmalade Distress Spray Stains. 
I added the Boo Alpha Part which I glittered with Shabby Shutters Distress Glitter and a spider.
To complete the scene, I applied a Remnant Rub and a Small Talk Occasions sticker before tucking dried moss into the leaf arrangement and around the pumpkin.
As the finishing touch to the canvas, I attached more die cut leaves to the top and added a Curio Knob. 
I also wanted to add a quirky touch to this piece, so decided to add little feet and for this I used cotton spools that I painted with Distress Paints before attaching them to the base!
I also thought it would be really cool to add some autumnal leaves that I bought from a local store and some lights, which create the perfect atmosphere for my spooky Jack O Lantern centrepiece!

I hope you've enjoyed how I created my project for this week and 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....

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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: Jack O Lanterns, Fall Foliage
Tim Holtz Stamps: Carved Spider
Distress Spray Stains: Hickory Smoke, Spiced Marmalade
Cheesecloth, canvas, moss, chipboard, cotton spools ~ all from my stash


  1. WOW!! I LOVE this Emma! what a great decoration!! The pumpkin is so cute and I love the background, absolutely gorgeous! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. really beautiful emma - great way to use the pumpkin face!! And the background...well that is stunning.

  3. I just love your Halloween canvas Emma, the colours and textures in the background are wonderful and I love how happy the Jack-o-Lantern looks. The leaves and lights look amazing too! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Another STUNNING project Emma! WOW the fall foliage is yummy and that Jack is so cheeky. I still haven't even had a chance to cut myself a Jack yet. Awesome canvas!

  5. Wow!! love your autumn canvas <3 that looks fantactic :)

  6. what a fabpiece. i must confess that i love autumnal colours. i think they are spectacular. even though i'm not a halloween fanatic like yourself, i love this project. it is grand, hugs xxx

  7. I absolutely love this mixed media project! It is the epitome of Halloween! Even the spider crawling down the side of the canvas is brilliant! I just found your blog and absolutely love your work. Thank you so much for sharing your style and inspiration with us! ~Tia

  8. What an awesome mixed media canvas. The moss is inspired between the beautiful fall leaves you created. Love this decor and how beautiful the pumpkin is in the pretty leaves and moss.

  9. Wow, Emma, that is an incredible project! Love seeing all the steps it took to build this genius piece.

  10. STUNNING!! Love how you layered the fall florals!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. The foliage transforms this into a WOW!!! LOVE the jack-o-lantern nestled in. PINNED!

  12. What a wonderful mixed media canvas! Your Jack-o.lantern is stunning and the Leaves are Amazing! love the colors and the design as always! barbarayaya

  13. All the details are gorgeous on your canvas, Emma. Love the cute Jack-o-lantern. :)

  14. Gorgeous piece, Emma! So pretty! Love the glittery carved pumpkin! Hugs, Sandra

  15. Emma, your canvas is gorgeous! That smiling pumpkin catches my eye, nestled into the wonderful leaves. Your finishing elements like the pull and spools turn this into a little masterpiece! Hugs!

  16. Wow Emma, look at all those fantastic leaves! Love the moss too. The pumpkin is so pretty, with l that glitter. Stunning!!!

  17. Oh Emma! If I had to make a bet on who has the coolest and classiest house ever, my money would be on you! I bet it's bursting with color and all sorts of eye candy from all of your amazing creations. I really like seeing how you incorporate crafty materials into home decor items. This one is so fun! Your attention to detail is ever-admirable (you even decorated the sides of your canvas)!!! Kudos to another thing that I'm drooling over!

  18. A fantastic halloween canvas ! Emma So rich in all those autumnal colours and the glitter and sparkle definitely help take the edge of those dull dreary days and dark nights of Autumn. Love the spiders down the sides of the canvas - great idea and all those leaves - so fabulous your smiley pumpkin looks so happy to be sat amongst them. . Love how you have created an autumnal glow with the lights and the extra leaves . hugs x


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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