Monday, 25 September 2017

An Unfortunate Ending...

Hello friends and welcome to this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Our theme for this week is called ~ HEAVY METAL and whether you choose to create the look of metal, use metal or incorporate metal embellishments within your work, we can't wait to see how you interpret this challenge!

For my project this week, I made a clipboard with a Halloween theme, telling the story of a gentleman with an unfortunate ending...a visit from a poisonous spider. I decided to use quite a bit of metal including a rusty metal panel made from metal foil tape and embossed, a metal clip on my clipboard, a frame and even rusty screws.


To begin with I created my riveted metal panel and began by covering a piece of heavyweight card with some metal foil tape. I then popped it in the Rivet Texture Fade and ran it through my machine. To create the rusty feel to the panel I then started by adding a layer of Mushroom, Latte and Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink, pouncing the ink over the top of the metal. To create some more texture to the piece, and I really wish you could feel this as it does actually feel like rust, I used Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder! Apply a Versamark Ink directly to random areas of the metal panel and  then sprinkle the powder over the top, tap away the excess before gently heating the powder until it melts and you see a change in the appearance. Once the powder has cooled down, rub away the excess particles, (don't put these back in the pot, just throw them away) and this creates a beautiful rust texture. I then added some more depth to the colour by using my Black Soot, Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge Distress Crayons over the top of the inked surface, blending out the colour with my finger.

Matt the panel onto a piece of gold metallic kraft card which has been sanded to create a more worn, vintage feel and set aside.
Unscrew the clip from the board and set that aside for now. I then covered the board with a piece of paper taken from the Halloween Paper stash and cut to size. Adhere the paper to the board using Collage Medium and also apply a layer of medium over the top.

Once the medium is dry, I ran the Black Soot Crayon around the edges and blended the colour out before adding a couple of Remnant Rubs to each corner of the board.
Now for the clip and to begin with I attached a Crossbones Adornment onto the clip using Collage Medium. To change the colour of the clip, I lightly gessoed the clip, cried it thoroughly and then used a combination of Vintage Photo, Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paints just painted over the surface of the metal. I allowed the paint to dry and then added touches of Aged Brass Alchemy Wax over areas of the clip. Attach the clip back onto the board and flick Black Soot Paint over the entire surface before drying completely. Finally add a Halloween Clippings Sticker, placing it just beneath the crossbones adornment.
Adhere the rusty metal panel into place, attaching it centrally onto the clipboard.
Now for the embellishments and I started with my photo frame. I took one of the Framed Portrait images, removing it from the frame. I added a small amount of colour to my photo, just to pick out some detail in his face, rounded the corners of the image with a punch and then inked the edges of the card with some Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Attach the photo onto a wooden vignette panel for some added dimension. Attach the panel onto your metal background.
Alcohol ink a Baroque Frame using the same colours as was used on the riveted metal panel and just pounce the ink over the top of the metal frame. Once happy, I then smeared a small amount of Black Soot Paint over the top, using my finger, gave a blast of heat to set the paint and attached the finished frame to my photo. I then added one of the resin roses to complete this section.
For the final part, I used one of the mini pocket watches, again altered with alcohol ink to change the colour to a richer tone. I also added a smear of alcohol ink to the glass to create a more vintage feel. Inside the pocket watch was the final part of my story and for this, remove the back of the watch and then using Collage Medium, adhere a circular piece of paper to this section.

Layer a small amount of sisal fibres over the top and then place one of the spider adornments, coloured with Black Soot Paint over the top of the fibres.

Close up the watch and then wrap a piece of twine around the neck. Attach the watch over a bed of cheesecloth, dyed with Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and some sisal fibres.
Add a remnant rub directly onto the glass.
To complete my panel I added some screw heads, three to each side.
I hope you've loved the creative process behind this spooky project and that some of the ideas I've incorporated will inspire you with your projects.

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then 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 stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx

Heat Gun
 Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder, cheesecloth and sisal fibres from my own stash


  1. Wow, Emma, this is awesome! There's so much to love and everything is put together perfectly, as always. Gosh, it's fun to see what you create each week! You're amazing!

    Cathie ♥

  2. WOW!! Not everybody can be so "royally " Unfortunate ( covered in gold ) LOL. This is absolutely amazing ... your techniques... OMG !!!

  3. AMAZING! This piece i just fantastic. I love the way you kept it monochrome and so much retro! I love the image of the man on the frame and the use of gauze. What I really hate is the spider inside the watch :P The rest is totally stunning! Hugs, Marzena

  4. I love when art tells a story, and this piece certainly does that! The riveting is so cool, and the photo and spider in the frames makes it feel very Victorian. Love how you add just the perfect touch like the gauze! hugs, Maura

  5. Fabulous piece Emma using my favourite embossing folder. I love the handsome gent framed beautifully and I love your attention to detail. Have a lovely week. Tracy x

  6. this is awesome. That background is the perfect base for the piece (love the story too).

  7. Stunning piece Emma! Love how you built this project and I adore to read every step of your work! Fantastic as always my friend! barbara

  8. really love your beautiful project,
    Eleanor xx

  9. A bit creepy with the sentiment and oh so perfectly done! Love the rusty border!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. WoW! There's always some room in my heart for a bit of 'Heavy Metal' especially when it looks as incredible as this! Emma . Without doubt a Masterpiece
    big hugs . xx

  11. in a word stunning the shimmer and shine peeking through the olde worlde metal finish you created...hugs kath xxx

  12. This is stunning! I am so impressed with your ability to make any topic and any materials look classy. This is really the spookiest wonderful way!

  13. Wow.. this is such a stunning project, Emma. The background texture and those metal embellishments you created are fantastic! :)

  14. Spooky--I hate spiders--haha! Very artistic & creative, Emma!

  15. Your clipboard is perfect and I love how it tells a story of an unfortunate ending too. It reminds me of a scene from a haunted house and I'm just waiting for the eyes in the portrait to move ... lol 😁. The lovely rusty metal panel you created and all the other elements are amazing! Wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

  16. What a fabulous clipboard, Emma! Love the gorgous background and the medallion with the gent is stunning, love the creepy-ness of it! Hugs, Sandra

  17. Another wonderful project Emma. The clipboard is a fabulous idea


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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