Monday, 7 March 2016

Love Of Beauty...

Hello everyone and hope you had a great weekend!

As you all know, Monday means that we have a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week our theme is Make Your Own Background, together with showcasing products from Darkroom Door ! If you would like to play along with our challenge, then you don't have to use their products in your creation but we would love to see what you create and hope you'll join us!

For my project, I was inspired by a wonderful Darkroom Door quote stamp and created a card based around the theme of art! This card has lots of wonderful layers and texture and I combined the stamp with plenty of gorgeous Tim Holtz products.

So, to begin with I created a 18 x 20cm kraft card blank as my base.

I then cut a panel of black card, 14 x 16cm and started to layer my paints in a fairly free and random fashion. For this I used a fairly good weight of card from Crafters Companion which I know takes my mediums well, but if you haven't got any of this card, then just have a play to see what works for you! 

I began by laying down a good amount of gesso, drying thoroughly and then adding a layer of Salty Ocean Distress Paint over the top, before using some Picked Raspberry. For this, I didn't use a paintbrush, I just added the paint using my fingertips to blend the colours together. Once I dried those layers, I then added some gesso over the top, again using my fingers and leaving it quite messy and thick to create some texture. Dry the layers once again and if you need some more colour, just add until you're happy.

Once the layering is complete, I added some more texture with Texture Paste through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil before flicking Black Soot and Picked Raspberry paint splatters across the entire background. To complete this section, I matted it onto some copper Metallic Kraft Core Core'Dinations, wrapped twine around the centre of the matted layers and then set it aside to move onto creating my second matted layer.

For the next layer, I wanted a continuation of the background across the entire card, (as you can see in the photo below) and used a second piece of black card and once again, added gesso across the central area of the card before adding my colours of Distress Paints and texture paste.
After a few more splats of gesso, I added Picket Fence around the edge of the card and matted it onto more copper metallic card before mounting it onto my card base.

I then used foam pads to attach my second layer, ensuring that it was central and that the paint on the previous layer, lined up perfectly with the top layer.
For the quote, I added gesso and paint to a further piece of black card, dried the painted card before stamping the quote in Jet Black Archival Ink. I matted this onto metallic kraft core card, followed by a layer of kraft card, which had more paint added around the edges.
I attached the quote to the front of my card with more foam pads for dimension.
To complete the card, I added a paint brush, which I painted the handle of in a co-ordinating colour and added a gilt remnant rub. 
I also dipped the brush into paint to match the little paint pot corked vial, which I had poured Picked Raspberry Distress Paint into.
As a finishing touch, I added a vial label to my little paint pot, complete with Remnant Rub and attached the glass pot to my card, using Glossy Accents, which holds it in place perfectly.

Finally, I used Enamel Accents to add a few raised dots around the quote and that completes my card for this week, which I hope you love and has inspired you with some of the techniques!
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 StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and 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:

Darkroom Door Stamp: Beauty Quote
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Dot Fade
Paint Brush and Black Card from my own stash


  1. A gorgeous work of art Emma! the colours and quote are perfect and I love the brush and little vial, great details! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Absolutely beautiful Emma. I love the colours on the black card. xx

  3. Love the colors, the frame in frame, and the glass of paint and brush with paint on it!

  4. what a great card. it is perfect for you as you are constantly creating art, hugs xxxx

  5. WOW WOW WOW! Stunning AND in my fave colors! Bonus!! :D

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. Emma, this is Gorgeous!!! Love how you layered, and white paint and dots on the black is a wonderful backdrop to an awesome saying. The little vial of paint and the brush are wonderful touches! Funny how we both chose to dip our brushes in bright pink!

  7. Wow! its a real stunner! Emma a real eye catcher on so many levels! I LOVE the sense of 'drama' you have created with those vibrant colours against the black background which is only enhanced further by the random, free spirited painting. As always your embellishments and finishing touches are fabulous ! You have certainly created a 'Beauty' that is without doubt 'Art'!
    Big hugs xx

  8. Gorgeous! Love, love, all your mediums and color layers.

  9. You've done it again! You e created something so unique, beautiful and amazing and I'm amazed again. Truly awesome

  10. Wonderful project, Emma, and a great reminder!

  11. This is such a fun piece of art!!

  12. What a fantastic piece! I love the bold colors and how you even managed to rock a neutral like black! Love the pops of pink and the glass jar. The textures you built up are striking and as always, there is plenty of inspiration to be found here!

  13. Your layered card is fantastic! love when you add some piece as this brush! This unusual palette is amazing, black background is perfect, another piece of art Emma! Barbara

  14. What a beautiful project. I thought it was a canvas! I love the dimensional look with two layers of kraft/black pieces. Amazing splashes of pink and blue on the black background. And the brush rocks! Hugs, Marzena

  15. Love the beautiful background you created on this piece, Emma. Such a fabulous design! :)

  16. Emma, this is so beautiful! I absolutely love the blue and pink colors against the black background.

  17. this is indeed a real it...hugs kath xxx

  18. Such a stunning piece, Emma! Love the mix of vibrant colors with lots of black. fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

  19. This is wonderful Emma! I love the bright colours on the black background and all the texture. And of course the paint brush!

  20. Another fantastic project Emma, my favorite is the small bottle! Really awesome idea and the black background is fantastic!!!
    hugs Zoey


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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