Monday, 8 January 2018

Winter Magic...

Hi everyone...

How's your week been? I hope you've all had a great one and looking forward to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week our theme is called Winter Blues and we can't wait to see how you'll interpret the challenge theme and, we're already looking forward to seeing your makes!

For my project, I was inspired by long walks in the woods on a cold and frosty day, bundled up warm and cosy against the icy elements and with this in mind, I created a panel using some Winter blues as my background and plenty of Tim Holtz dies to create the scene.

So, let's get started and here's how I created this project, full of layers and texture...

To begin with I cut a panel of canvas paper from my stash and started to lay down the colour for the background. I started with a layer of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint and then once this was dry, I scraped some gesso over the surface to create some depth. I then added some Pumice Stone Distress Crayon over the top of the layers and around the edges before applying Grit Paste through my favourite stencil, the Starry Layering Stencil from Tim Holtz.

Once the paste was dry, I added a dry brushing of Unicorn's Hair Alchemy Paint across the paste, just to accentuate the texture. I mounted the background onto silver metallic kraft card, followed by a layer of kraft card and then matted the layers onto a piece of chipboard, that I painted with the same colours as I used on the background panel.
Now that the background was complete, I started to build up my scene and for this, I used a variety of dies, including the Tree Line die and the Mini Holiday Greens die. To begin, I inked some card usingPeeled Paint and Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Inks and then die cut the tree line and some pieces of foliage. The remaining foliage was die cut from silver metallic kraft card and various shades of green classic kraft card.

I added my tree line die cut along the bottom section of the background and then attached all the other foliage pieces so that they sprayed out from behind the tree line. I then applied a small amount of grit paste to the tips of the tree line die and set this aside to dry.
Using an offcut strip from the background, I then attached this using foam pads along the base of the panel and applied some more grit paste to create the look of snow.
To complete the scene I added a die cut deer from the Winter Wonderland die set, which I painted with Distress Paints ~ Ground Espresso on the body and Pumice Stone on his antlers. I attached the deer into place over a bed of sisal fibres.
To complete my scene, I added the Winter Magic Quote Chips and a mirrored star at the top of the scene...
...and placed a Clippings Sticker and two Nailhead Findings along the bottom section.
I hope you've enjoyed how I put this piece together and 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.
Don't forget that 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 I'll see you very soon!

Love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Mini Holiday Greens, Winter Wonderland, Tree Line
Distress Oxide Inks: Peeled PaintIced Spruce
Distress Paint: Tumbled Glass
Distress Crayons: Pumice stone
Big Shot


  1. This title couldn't be more perfect, dear Emma, because this panel is just magical....absolutely gorgeous! Lots of hugs xxx

  2. Your panel is beautiful, Emma! It reminds me of when I lived in Colorado and during the long winter months after the holidays we would see more and more deer traveling through our property. I love the gorgeous background you created and the greenery is so pretty. Love it!

    Cathie ♥

  3. Oh yes! Your project is absolutely magical with this heavenly blues. Love the effect of wahing out the color, so cool. Hugs, Macarena

  4. This is so beautiful! I love it!

  5. A beautiful Winter Wonderland... the techniques you used in klayer are amazing... I think I "feel " that snow <3

  6. Lovely card with an outstanding scene and background! So dreamy!

  7. Beautiful panel Emma :-) the deer is stunning and I love the meadow you created, very Bambi, totally adorable :-)

    Lols x x x

  8. this is magical- I especially love all the foliage-so beautiful Emma!

  9. Fabulous winter scene Emma! Your ability to create amazing background is incredible! Barbara

  10. Your title/sentiment perfectly embodies your work, Emma! Simply magical. I just love it! The layered forest is so cool with the multiple shades of green!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. What a magical winter scene, Emma! I can feel that calm walk in the winter woods seeping out of the scene, and love how you did the snow on the ground with touches of it on the plants. The deer is the perfect finishing touch! hugs, Maura

  12. Emma, Anything that starts off with tumbled glass paint has to be beautiful. This project is no exception. It is so wonderful and magical. Thank you for sharing the details.

  13. I absolutely love the tree scene you created. Truly a winter wonderland!

  14. Such a beautiful wintry panel! It looks so magical with all the detail you created and the dies you used are wonderful 😁. Wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

  15. What an amazing project! I love the rustic feel, but it is also inspiring and elegant. What a majestic deer you've made and as always, I love soaking in all the details of your piece.

  16. This is such a stunning creation, Emma. The texture on the background and the layered embellishments are amazing. :)

  17. such a magical winter scene Emma, you have worked your special magic again...hugs kath xxx

  18. This is absolutely winter magic, Emma! The deer looks amazing and love the forest you've given it to live in! It'gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

  19. What a Wonderful winter woodland scene, Emma, magical enough to shake away any winter blues! Absolutely beautiful!
    Big hugs x

  20. A majestic animal needs a fitting background to be displayed in and you have done perfectly as usual.


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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