Monday, 23 October 2017

Watching and Waiting...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is all about MONOCHROME ~ using one dominant colour throughout your projects and we hope you'll join us because the team can't wait to see what you create for this challenge!

For my project, I chose to create just one more Halloween piece and made a home decor panel using  black and ivory (just a slight twist on the traditional black and white) but I did add just a pop of red into the mix! 

So, it's time for a brand new challenge and this is how I created my project full of layers and dimension...
To begin with I cut a panel of canvas paper and added a wash of Antique Linen and Picket Fence Distress Paints over the top. I heat dried the surface and then started adding some layers and depth to the background and began by applying randomly torn strips of tissue tape directly over the top of the painted surface.

For the next layer, I used the splat stamp from the Ravens stamp set and stamped onto the background in Jet Black Archival Ink. I always give my ink a blast of heat so that I don't smudge it before then adding the next layers, the Halloween Ephemera pieces, (sticking to the black and white pieces but adding that hint of red), together with cut pieces of paper from the Halloween Paper Stash. I arranged the pieces over the top of my tissue tape layer, adhering them with Matte Collage Medium and creating the effect of a cross shape on my background ~ you can see this underneath the circular die cuts in the photo below.
I wanted to create some texture onto the edges of the paper, so for this I dabbed the Embossing Dabber around the outside and then sprinkled over some Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. Heat emboss the powder and then rub gently over the surface to release the crystals, leaving the gorgeous effect that the powder creates. Do not put any of the released crystals back into the pot, discard these in the bin!

To complete the background I added a few gold and black paint splatters using a paintbrush which I dipped into the paint.

Once all the pieces are in place, I moved onto the next stage and cut my circular panels from some card, using the largest two sizes of the Stitched Circles dies.

Taking the larger circle, I painted it with black Soot Distress Paint and once it was dry, I applied some Brushed Iron Alchemy Wax over the top of the paint. Then, taking the smaller circle, I painted this with the same colours of paint that I used on my background. Layer the circles over the top of one another, using foam pads for dimension and attach them onto the centre of the layered background.
Taking a piece of woodgrain card, colour the surface with Black Soot Distress Paint. Once the card is completely dry, I cut the scarecrow from the black card. I then dry brushed the edges of the die cut image with a little Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. For his scarf, I used some cheesecloth that I dyed with Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Ink. I then tied the cloth around the neck of the die cut and secured it with a knot. To attach the scarecrow, I used and adhered it to the centre of my circular panels, placing it over a bed of sisal fibres.
I added the pumpkin from the Halloween Ephemera set and tucked it into the base of the scarecrow die cut and placed more cheesecloth just below the base of the scarecrow,
I then used some of the Halloween Clippings Stickers and attached these with a star adornment before I matted and layered my completed panel onto black card, followed by a layer of corrugated card, painted with Black Soot Distress Paint. I also added a small amount of the Alchemy Wax to accentuate the corrugation on the card.
As the finishing touch, I attached an Index Clip and hung a spider from a piece of silver metallic thread and added the Remnant Rub number.
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
 Cheesecloth, canvas paper, sisal fibres, corrugated card, Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder all from my own stash


  1. Oh wow Emma! Love the spooktacular scene you created! The scarecrow looks amazing! The cheesecloth scarf looks outstanding! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I love this, Emma! That scarecrow is one of my favorites. I love all the ephemera in the background and the whole design is once again perfection. Amazing!

    Cathie ♥

  3. Amazing! It's the most beautiful ivory I have seen lately and mixing it with black was a brillant idea. I love your backgrounds so much, for me they don't need anything else :-) But of course the rest of the project is amazing too and the red details are so fancy! Hugs, Marzena

  4. This is sooooooo fun ; love, love, love the snazzy scarecrow (he's stylin with cheese cloth scarf)); the details are so amazing and the techniques ... WOW !!

  5. This is a very stylish piece that I would be proud to hang up for Halloween! As usual Emma you are amazing

  6. Very cool piece, Emma! Love the vintage feel and touch of color. That scarecrow is just amazing with the bit of gauze scarf! hugs, Maura

  7. Wonderful decor panel! The scarecrow looks fabulous in his scarf and all the layers with the pop of red are amazing 😁. Enjoy your week! J 😊

  8. What an amazing piece! This color palette is incredible. I love how you managed to make black look subtle. Your mastery over colors and combining various elements is always impressive!

  9. This composition is beautiful and your lovely use of a neutral colour palette with a simple pop of cerise pink is perfect. It has certainly motivated me to produce something monochrome x

  10. your scarecrow is just adorable Emma, perfectly surrounded by the red accents...hugs kath xxx

  11. Every week is always more difficult to find the words to comment your art! You are extraordinary! barbara

  12. I am at loss of words, lovely project as always!

  13. Beautiful Halloween panel Emma! The linen colored background is really stunning and I love the touches of red.

  14. I always love seeing all the layers and details and extra bits you do with your projects!!! Wonderful!!!

  15. Love this awesome and fun Halloween home decor, Emma. The color scheme and those Halloween elements are fantastic! :)

  16. This is so cool, Emma! Love the scarecrow and the pops of red are fabulous! Stunning piece! Hugs, Sandra

  17. This without doubt hit's my 'Emma faves' list. I have nothing but a whole ton of LOVE for it and no matter how many times I see it that Love just grows . Thank you for filling my heart with happy my talented friend
    big hugs x


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Emma ~xx

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